The Atomic Balm prank

I'm not sure when exactly Atomic Balm was first sold. I believe it was sometime in the 1950s. But it very quickly became widely used by football teams as a pain-relieving ointment.

It also became a favorite of pranksters. The prank involved surreptitiously placing Atomic Balm in a player's jockstrap. Since the ointment contains Capsaicin, the results were painful.

The Atomic Balm prank was a perennial favorite on high school football teams, but the most famous instance of the prank occurred on the Miami Dolphins, recounted below.

Source: Teena Dickerson, The Girlfriend's Guide to Football

     Posted By: Alex - Fri Aug 19, 2022
     Category: Sports | Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters | Pranks | Pain, Self-inflicted and Otherwise

It would be nice to know the date of this prank. I am sure it is what inspired the scene in "Revenge of the Nerds" and their use of "Liquid Heat" as revenge against the bully jocks.
Posted by Rob on 08/19/22 at 08:05 AM
Yoghurt. Just sayin'.
Posted by Richard Bos on 08/20/22 at 02:26 PM
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