Cockroach racetracks were just one of the products sold by the
International Mutoscope Reel Company
. But the sales just weren't enough to save the company from bankruptcy in 1949.
Posted By: Alex -
Mon Apr 08, 2013
More weirdness from the WU archive:
Dying pigs’ squeal used to sell pianos, 1907
Small New England town starts 100-year savings fund, 1912
This paper bag costs $290.67
I can think of a few places where cockroach races still take place:
Ambulance chaser attorney offices.
Used car sales offices.
Life insurance sales offices.
In each case, the cockroaches are not necessarily insects.
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 04/08/13 at 08:12 AM
Around my family the fastest thing running around a cockroach race would be the women!
BTW, KDP, I've been 2/5 of your list at one time or another.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 04/08/13 at 08:22 AM
I recall an episode of M*A*S*H in which they had cockroach races. Dr. Pierce ("Hawkeye") poo-poohed them with the comment: "people who go to those things only want to see a cockroach crash."
Posted by tadchem on 04/08/13 at 01:31 PM
I found lots of cockroach races on youtube. Here's one:
Posted by Cougar Allen on 04/08/13 at 04:57 PM
Where did you get this? If someone did this for a lark, it's one of the better "retro" forgeries I've ever seen.
Posted by Lileks in Minneapolis on 04/28/13 at 11:47 PM
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