Candy is a food! That's the first thing to know about it. Candy supplies definite needs of the body, just like milk, fruit, vegetables, cereals. Candy, in fact, furnishes several vital elements of the diet, without which you couldn't keep well!
... Caroline Hunt, noted specialist in Home Economics, has therefore recommended that candy be made a part of the "sweets" ration, which consists of about five pounds a week for the family of five. Candy may constitute whatever part of this is desired.
So they were recommending that everyone eat a pound of candy a week!
Saturday Evening Post - Oct 27, 1928. Source: atticpaper.com
I have never seen laxatives touted as a daily dose, rather than just as needed.
"Uke-TEL NAKI-U1" is the 1993 creation of the 'art collective' Maywa Denki (brothers Masamichi and Nobumichi Tosa), who specialize in creating "useless machines"
. They offer the following description of 'Uke-TEL' on their website:
A thrilling "fish cage" with a special device. The hanging needles fall off from the roof in time to the telephone time signal and may hit the unlucky fish swimming at the bottom
Or, as explained by We Make Money Not Art
A fish is swimming in a cage, nails hanging on the ceiling. When you call 177 using a phone attached to the cage, nails fall into the water along with the tone.
Seems to me its use is to kill goldfish, which makes it relevant to the controversy, previously posted about
, concerning the legal rights of goldfish.
Source: Parsons Daily Republican
(Parsons, Kansas) 12 Nov 1922, Sun Page 4
In an effort to attract new customers, "including singles, sports-minded men and female shopping-mall patrons," the Oakland Ballet put up billboards that displayed the message, "Go ahead, take another date to miniature golf, and die a virgin. Oakland Ballet. You just might like it."
I can understand that the ads were meant to be controversial, but what was with the weird dig at miniature golf?
More info: LA Times
Sacramento Bee - Nov 23, 1995
It's fairly common to use metal clothes hangers to extend the range of a radio's antenna. So John Jerome Spina had the idea of combining the radio and clothes hanger into one. The metal of the hanger would serve as the antenna. He was granted a patent for this invention in 1978.
I'm not sure he thought through what would then happen if you hung something on the hanger, such as a coat.
Too much excitement for me!
More details here.
Suzanne Adams was awarded the title of 'Miss Space' at the World Congress of Flight in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Apr 12, 1959