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Get them smoking cigarettes by the time they're 6 or 7 so they can be the cool kids at 13 and 14.

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HoooBoy.
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Lysol? Seriously? :eek2:
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RoadScholar wrote:
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Lysol? Seriously? :eek2:
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Sam the Centipede wrote:
Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:18 pm
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Wow, quite a collection here! :shock: The one I’m most offended by however is # 5, the Jello ad. I’m shocked that one was ever considered to be acceptable. :madguy:
I was baffled by your complaint about the Jell-O ad until I realised you weren't referring to the one a little above extolling Jell-O's gaiety (in a time when the word "gay" had no sexual or unwholesome connotation) but—as you explicitly indicated—post #5 on the previous page.

Yes, that is truly disgraceful and distasteful, even vile.
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These are all difficult to understand all these decades later.
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Volkonski wrote:
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I call shenanigans on that one.

"Ribbed for Xtra pleasure?"

No, I don't think so.

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Chilidog wrote:
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I call shenanigans on that one.

"Ribbed for Xtra pleasure?"

No, I don't think so.
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Love this topic. There are a bunch of them here: https://www.collectorsweekly.com/articl ... orsements/ These were my favs.


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Another.
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What was the deal with Lysol? I wonder if PineSol or Mr. Clean ever tried to break into the market?

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It was a big deal because birth control was illegal until 1965.
Lysol’s Vintage Ads Subtly Pushed Women to Use Its Disinfectant as Birth Control
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Lysol isn’t even an effective contraceptive
By Rose Eveleth SMITHSONIANMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 30, 2013

Vintage ads can be both hilarious and shocking, and some of the most often passed around old ads are these ones about women using “‘Lysol’ brand disinfectant” for “feminine hygiene.” The ad had women claiming, “I use Lysol always for douching.” At the time, Lysol was “an antiseptic soap whose pre-1953 formula contained cresol, a phenol compound reported in some cases to cause inflammation, burning, and even death,” says Mother Jones, and the thought of using that for douching is enough to make anybody wince.

But according to Lisa Wade at The Society Pages, that’s not actually what the ads are pushing. She writes:
These ads aren’t frightening women into thinking their genitals smell badly. According to historian Andrea Tone, “feminine hygiene” was a euphemism. Birth control was illegal in the U.S. until 1965 (for married couples) and 1972 (for single people). These Lysol ads are actually for contraception. The campaign made Lysol the best-selling method of contraception during the Great Depression.[/quote]

Of course, as Wade points out, this still wasn’t a good idea: Lysol might have been corrosive to the sperm but it also damaged tissue inside the woman. And in fact the Lysol used back then was far stronger than our Lysol is today. Hundreds of people died from Lysol exposure, some of them women using it as birth control. Nicole Pasulka at Mother Jones writes:
By 1911 doctors had recorded 193 Lysol poisonings and five deaths from uterine irrigation. Despite reports to the contrary, Lysol was aggressively marketed to women as safe and gentle. Once cresol was replaced with ortho-hydroxydiphenyl in the formula, Lysol was pushed as a germicide good for cleaning toilet bowls and treating ringworm, and Lehn & Fink’s, the company that made the disinfectant, continued to market it as safeguard for women’s “dainty feminine allure.”
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Lysol isn’t even an effective contraceptive.
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You may laugh at those old ads but creepy Gwyneth Paltrow is selling these in her idiotic Goop shop now:
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Here's a link for those of you who want your rooms to smell like Gwyneth Paltrow's vagina for only $75. Clearly somebody wants that because they're currently sold out.

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You forget there is only one rule in business:

“Will a bunch of people buy it? If so, sell it.”

Regardless of what “it” is.
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RoadScholar wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:44 pm
You forget there is only one rule in business:

“Will a bunch of people buy it? If so, sell it.”

Regardless of what “it” is.
That said, maybe I should open a Topless Ice Cream Parlor.
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We've all been there. :-
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