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    Ironic ads from history



    UNION CARBIDE
    "Science helps build a new India"

    Ah, the innocent days before a Union Carbide plant in India killed obliterated everyone in sight. In 1984, Union Carbide's plant in Bhopal released 42 tons of toxic gas into the air, ultimately killing about 25,000 people. The stench of this "new India" remain to date, in fact, as the Yes Men have duly pointed out.

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    ASBESTOS (1981)
    "When life depends on it, you use asbestos"

    Okay, sure, when you need to get out of a burning building fast, asbestos may give you a few extra minutes. But you better be wearing a respirator because when that fucker collapses, that asbestos is getting in your lungs, where it will fester for years before killing you mercilessly. (Wait, did we mention 911?)

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    DISTAVAL (Thalidomide), circa 1960
    "This child's life may depend on the safety of Distaval"

    Who says advertising doesn't tell the true? Sadly, this slogan was more true than anyone expected at the time. Distaval was a brand name for thalidomide, a drug that causes serious birth defects. Think flipper babies and death. This sedative-hypnotic, commonly prescribed to stressed-out moms, was advertised as "especially suitable for infants" as well. (On a side note, am I sick for longing for the day when it was okay to sedate your baby?)

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    DuPONT'S CELLOPHANE BABIES

    Parents who tired of drugging their babies could always turn to cellophane to keep them quiet. Permanently quiet, in fact. In 1959, Life and other media sources scared readers with "the latest household peril" — plastic dry cleaning bags — so we're betting this ad dates prior to that.

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    DUTCH BOY LEAD PAINT
    "Where your dream house comes true, don't let cheap paint make it a nightmare!"
    You want a hear my nightmare? How about spending nearly a year stripping lead paint in my dream home, wearing a gas mask and gloves and keeping the bedroom in lockdown so that toxic dust and muck doesn't spread everywhere?
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    THE FORD PINTO
    "The little carefree car"

    Carefree? Hardly. Ford's Pinto was design in such a way that rear-end collisions could cause the car to catch fire and blow up. An internal memo revealed that Ford execs were well aware of the problem, but determined not to fix it. Why? Ford's cost-benefit analysis showed that paying off potential law suits from deaths was cheaper than a redesign. Another one of the TIME's 50 Worst Cars.
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    CAMELS
    "More doctors smoke Camels..."

    Ironic old cigarette ads are a dime a dozen but we figured we should include at least one, if for not reason than to call this post an even 10.

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    BAYER HEROIN

    Not only did Bayer once own the trademark on Heroin, it promoted it to doctors as a non-addictive substitute for morphine. For a while, doctors took the bait. "It possesses many advantages over morphine," wrote the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal in 1900. "It's not hypnotic, and there's no danger of acquiring a habit." The American Medical Association approved the use of heroin in 1906, but by then the "junkies" foraging scrap metal to feed their habit were getting hard to avoid. Bayer stopped making heroin in 1913 when prohibition seemed inevitable, and its use without a prescription was banned in the US the following year.

    How Aspirin Turned Hero [Sunday Times, September 13, 1998]
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    Yikes. I think the "More doctors smoke camel" and the cellophane babies are my favorites.... though Asbestos was pretty great too. "Asbestos... we couldn't live the way we do without it." I take it "the way we live" is without lung cancer? :)
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    Bayer used to sell HERION!!! LOL
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