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‘Hydrophobia Skunk a Fake Myth (Jul, 1932)

If it’s a fake myth, does that make it true?

‘Hydrophobia Skunk a Fake Myth

THE dreaded “hydrophobia skunk” of the southwestern states is both an affectionate pet and a valuable helper in keeping down field mice, insects and other harmful creatures.

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DON’T CHOKE ME JUST GIVE ME A HOT SHOT (Nov, 1931)

Alrighty then…. moving on.

DON’T CHOKE ME. JUST GIVE ME A HOT SHOT

Amazing electrical invention starts car, truck or tractor motor without choke. Saves plenty gas, oil. More speed. HOT SHOT sparks BLUE if ignition O. K.—RED if faulty. Draws big crowds. Sells on sight. 30,000,000 prospects. 100% profit at $1.50. Gold mine for agents. “$25 a day easy,” says Akeman. “Rush 500 HOT SHOTS,” says Klint. “Send 200 more,” say Berg-Williams. “We want exclusive.” “Never saw anything to beat it.” “My first winner.” Selling like wildfire. Your best bet part time – full time.

FREE Sample Offer. Act QUICK. Reardon Mfg. Co., Dept.V-ll, Peoria, Ill.

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WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH ONE INCH? (Nov, 1933)

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH ONE INCH?

This is written in one inch — the smallest advertisement accepted in this magazine. Small advertisements of one or two inches produce results of many times their cost for hundreds of companies or individuals who have novelties, scientific or mechanical equipment, tools, games, puzzles, etc., to sell, and for firms looking for agents.

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Introduce Me To 10 Ladies And I Pay You Cash For Your Time (Jul, 1930)

“Conservative” business leaders called Van “crazy” for making this radical cash pay agreement. They said it would ruin “conservative” traditions.

Introduce Me To 10 Ladies And I Pay You Cash For Your Time

Here’s an utterly new, easy way for honest men and women to make money, and also the strangest offer we ever heard of. Just introduce me to 10 ladies and say 20 magic words and this million-dollar company will pay you cash. No need to sell a single thing. This is the revolutionary new plan of the famous business genius— C. W. Van De Mark—the wizard who has already put more than 25,000 men and women on the road to prosperity.

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DOES GRASS HOLD SECRET of HIDDEN POWER? (May, 1935)

DOES GRASS HOLD SECRET of HIDDEN POWER?

“BOSS KET”

Charles F. Kettering, known as “Boss Ket” to his fellow workers, is chiefly interested in finding the answers to unanswered questions. Two of the foremost that have puzzled him are: “Why is grass green?” and “Why can we see through a pane of glass?”

Head of the General Motors Research Corporation, “Boss Ket” devotes practically all his time to research, to discovering how it can be done when experts and formulas say “It can’t be done.”

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You Don’t Have To be Good To Have Fun! (Mar, 1948)

Nope, not another sexology post. It’s actually about making a belt.

You Don’t Have To be Good To Have Fun!

IF YOUR job or hobby is deep-sea diving or jet-plane piloting, either you’re good or you’re dead. Watchmaking and diamond cutting call for considerable skill, too. But there are dozens of pursuits less exacting that offer something much needed these days: the thrill of accomplishment.

I have an idea that a lot of people hesitate over hobbies because (a) they think they aren’t skilled enough, or (b) it’s too much work.

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For the gift that packs MAN-MAGIC! (Dec, 1955)

For the gift that packs MAN-MAGIC!

VISE-GRIP DOES MORE JOBS EASIER — THAN ANY OTHER TOOL MADE!
A gift to make any man happy, handy, “hep” at his fixing A whole tool kit — in one tool! Jaws lock onto work with one-ton pressure. Quickly adjust — for use as a Super-Pliers, All-Purpose Wrench, Clamp and Wire Cutter. 7″ and 10″, cutter optional. Only $1.85 to $2.60 at your hardware store.
PETERSEN MFG. CO., Dept. M-12, DeWitt, Nebr.

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Blow, Pedestrian, Blow (Apr, 1948)

Blow, Pedestrian, Blow

Much has been written about careless driving and traffic hazards in Los Angeles, but Hilton Tupman, of that city, has done something about it. Carrying his six-pound pedestrian horn, shown above, he honks his way across streets, warning over-eager motorists that even the lowly foot-traveler has some rights. The tank holds air under pressure of 500 lb. A trigger release under the handle sounds it off, good and loud.

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Self-jerking fishing rod (Nov, 1964)

When I was first getting this blog started up I was very close to calling it Self-jerking fishing rod just because it had such a nice ring to it.

Self-jerking fishing rod has hair-triggered spring that snaps up catch at slightest nibble.

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