Johnson Smith Catalog Item #30

[From the 1950 catalog. Click to enlarge.]

I can see this prank being really popular in the Middle East nowadays. "Gotcha, Ahmed [Isaac]! You really thought the Israelis [al Qaeda] had rigged your car!"
     Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 07, 2013
     Category: Death | Destruction | Explosives | Fireworks and Pyrotechnics | Johnson Smith Catalog | 1950s | Pranks | Middle East

It would result in a jail sentence here now. No sense of humor about bombs in the US since 9/11. I could see it resulting in a punch in the nose back then even.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/07/13 at 08:09 AM
That's why Family members would send their wives out to start the car in the morning.
Posted by KDP on 08/07/13 at 10:10 AM
I remember these! They weren't 'bombs' and in !!KaBOOM!! they just smoked and whistled.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/07/13 at 10:40 AM
My father's prank as a kid about 70 years ago was to stick a potato in a tailpipe, which would eventually back up with exhaust and blow out with a big backfire. When he told this to me as a kid, it seemed to me a waste of a perfectly good potato. Now it seems like "What if the potato didn't blow out? Ha ha, you just died of carbon monoxide poisoning!"
Posted by Bill the Splut on 08/07/13 at 02:48 PM
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