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In today’s overweight, yet thin-obsessed, society it’s hard to imagine a time when gaining weight was a major problem (and goal) for many young women. Here’s an advertisement from the November 1934 of Physical Culture, aimed at quickly providing women with those few extra pounds (click for full size pic):

Kelp O Malt Advertisement - How to Gain Weight

Who wouldn’t want to gain “at least 5 lbs. of good, firm flesh in 1 week”? For some reason Kelp-A-Malt doesn’t seem to be on sale anymore … maybe McDonalds, Häagen-Dazs, and Television proved to be too much competition?

via Modern Mechanix via Digg.

Bizarre Coke Commercial

The Santo Buenos Aires ad agency produced this commercial for Coca Cola. Bizarre, but pretty inventive for a commercial.

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

Now I know why I don’t share drinks! via Neatorama

There’s nothing better than a really cool purse. OK, maybe there’s quite a few things better, but I always like seeing other women carry around atypical purses. Such as this:

Meat Purse

This just screams “don’t even THINK about asking me if I’m a vegetarian” or maybe “I’m available”. Guys, what would you think if you saw a young lady walking around with that? Grade A, right?

Or how about this bacon briefcase?

Bacon Briefcase

Now THAT’S professional. Personally, I’m more dairy inclined, so I’d probably prefer a cheesier purse:

Cheese Purse

Too bad these food purses aren’t real. I’d buy that ground beef purse just for effect.

These were all part of an ad campaign for some diet program. Oddly enough, it actually made me want to eat a big plate of overcooked bacon. I guess I’d be a bad candidate for their program. Pics taken from Amazing Design World via Spluch.

While researching to see if there were any real beef purses, I did find this limited edition purse by Mark Ryden and Paul Frank, but come on, it’s not really the same, is it?

Real Meat Purse

Plus, they typically sell for over $100 on eBay. That’s right, $100 for a signed white pleather purse with a steak painted on the side. Note to any purse designers out there – maybe it’s time to start looking in the meat aisle at the grocery store for inspiration.

When I was a kid, my brother collected comic books. I was never really a fan of the stories (except Superman and Richie Rich), but for some reason I loved the advertisements. The more sensational the better – I wanted it all.

Here are a 10 crazy vintage comic book ads I recently stumbled across. Many of these I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that I actually bought (or at least tried to).

Cheap land for sale

Texas Ranch Land for Sale

Who wouldn’t want some prime Texas real estate? I was about six when I saw a similar advertisement and tried convince my parents to advance me four weeks allowance so I could be a rancher.

I had dreams of cows and wealth (Dallas was my second favorite TV show, primarily because it aired right after Knight Rider), but obviously no concept of measurement. Via comicvine

Comic book weapons (click either pic for full-sized ad)

Tripod swivel machine gun from comic book

Something tells me a kid couldn’t buy this nowadays. Actually, I’ll bet an adult couldn’t either, at least without being added to a terrorist watch list. Via comic coverage

Polaris Nuclear Sub Toy

The holy grail of kids’ toys back in the Sixties. The Polaris Nuclear Sub fired rockets/torpedoes, had working controls, and dove deep to help you search for pirate’s treasure. Fun for girls and boys, wow!

The only problem was that the sub was made from cardboard and rubber bands. Thank goodness they were discontinued well before I was born, the disappointment would have been devastating.

Has anyone ever seen one of these? If so, I’d love to hear about it. I’ll even pay for a picture of the actual sub – my curiosity is driving me crazy. Via psubs

The Superman Phenomenon

Superman vs. Muhammed Ali

In the mid-seventies, celebrities started popping up in superhero comics. Superman vs. Muhammed Ali was my favorite. It was quite possibly the silliest comic book ever (a boxer giving Superman a black eye?), but I loved it.

Kryptonite Rocks

This one never made sense to me. Be a friend to superman by buying Kryptnotastic rocks? Kids were supposed to buy them to keep the rocks out of the hands of villains. Makes a tiny bit of sense, but why wouldn’t the government just destroy them all or send them into space?

I convinced a couple kids on the school bus to buy them for protection in case Superman was exposed to red Kryptonite and came after them. They felt this was a logical reason, and received this upon ordering:

Kryptonite Rocks

Painted green rocks – they lost 3 weeks allowance, I got a great laugh. Then they went back to arguing whether or not Superman would come out of retirement to raise the Titanic.

Pics via x-entertainment

Hypnotize your friends

Hypnotize with a coin

My parents were psychologists, so I was always trying to convince them to teach me hypnotism. The hypno-coin was supposed to be my shortcut to fame and fortune. Another waste of two weeks allowance. I tried to hypnotize my brother into trading some of his garbage pail kid cards for my hypno-coin, but even that wouldn’t work.

X-Ray glasses

X-Ray glasses

After I bought these glasses, my older friends tried to convince me I just didn’t know how to use them right, and would “ooh” and “ah” when wearing them and looking towards neighbors houses. I never saw anything terribly revealing, but did give myself quite a few headaches.

Free Cash

Comic Book One Million Cash

Yes, I fell for this too. I probably spent around $3 to get a worthless catalogue and $1 Million in cheap cutout $10,000 bills. Fun.

This and next ad via Tom Heroes

Quail Eggs

Hatch your own Quail eggs

Why Quail eggs? Why not Chickens or even Turkeys? Did these actually work? I remember seeing Live Miniature Dogs (a “no way!” from mom and dad) and Sea Monkeys (another waste of three weeks allowance), but never incubators for Quail. I would love to hear from anyone who tried to hatch a mail order Quail as a kid.

Bizarre Adult Products

Irritated Eyelids

If you read comic books, you probably noticed lots of products that were certainly not marketed towards kids. How many kids had irritated eyelids? Or jock itch? And would women really peruse comic books to buy slimming bras?

If you were a comic book fan, what were your favorite advertisements?

Are really bad special effects worse than no special effects at all? See what you think after watching these ridiculous short videos:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)


(if you can’t see the video, you can view it at VideoSift)

The Skiing Ostrich

The snow on the slopes may be melting, but this ostrich plans to ski until there’s nothing left:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

I wonder how they train ostriches to ski? I’ve actually been told this is part of an advertisement for a Japanese railway system (which, of course, makes perfect sense).

Now, even McDonalds is getting in on the “bald is beautiful” trend:

McDonalds and Britney Spears Bald Billboard

Thank goodness they aren’t giving out a McFlurry or Shamrock Shakes … I would have seriously considered their offer!

I love to fish, but could never get into ice fishing. Why not? To be honest, I was always afraid of something like this happening:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

This is supposedly part of a commercial for Fish Oil … I can’t find the whole thing, but it certainly doesn’t give me the urge to buy supplements! Maybe Fishermen Anonymous could use this video in promotional materials instead? 😉

A Smart Blonde Joke

This picture has almost nothing to do with the following joke, other than the setting. I just thought it was a funny way to advertise chicken:

Chicken on Airplane

I’ve always loved smart jokes, and usually I am amused by blonde jokes (my son and half the people in my extended family are either blonde or used to be). Since smart and blonde jokes are usually mutually exclusive, I was thrilled to receive this rare gem from MC at Culture Kills:

Setup: A middle-aged lawyer and an attractive blonde woman are sitting next to each other on a long flight from New York to London. The blonde is trying to get a little sleep, while the lawyer is vainly attempting to impress the blonde with his wit and intelligence. The blonde ignores the lawyer until he suggests a little wager.

Lawyer: Would you like to play a game? I’ll first ask you a question. If you can’t answer it, using any means at your disposal, you give me $5. Then if I can’t answer one of your questions, I’ll give you $500.
Blonde: Sure, why not?
Lawyer: Great. What’s the circumference of the earth?
Blonde (after quietly handing him $5 from her purse): OK, my turn. What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down the hill with four?

The lawyer is stumped. He starts jotting down ideas, searches the net via the plane’s in-seat phone, then finally calls up a few friends, all without any luck. After over an hour, he finally wakes up the blonde and hands her $500.

She thanks him for the money and closes her eyes, but the lawyer can’t contain himself: “Wait! You’ve gotta tell me, what was the answer???” Without a word, she reaches into her purse and hands him another $5, then lays down and falls back asleep.

You’ve probably seen the odd Burger King commercials with “The King”. These are the ads where all of a sudden a guy dressed as a king (complete with a massive plastic king head) pops up in unsuspecting places: the actor’s bedroom, outside their window, a bus stop, etc.

I always thought these commercials were pretty funny, but I also know some people find them creepy (one friend had nightmares of “The King” for a month after seeing the bedroom ad). Either way, “The King” is popular … so much so that Burger King recently released an XBOX 360 game featuring him.

Here’s the game trailer:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

How silly can a game get? Surprisingly, it has sold over 2 Million copies (at U.S. Burger Kings) to become one of the most popular games of the past year. If you or your kids already have this game, what do you think? Is it as strange as the promo video appears?

Video via Emmanuel BRUNET

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