By Cory Doctorow at 11:38 am Sat, May 11, 2013
They just don't make ads like this anymore. "Guy with pince-nez" is great visual shorthand for "Authority figure."
Contest Entry.. Away with trusses!
Surely that’s Teddy R?
Man with pince-nez & smart suit mesmerizes trusses and causes them to float midair with the power of his mind!
I wrote to that address to get my free book of advice, but all they keep sending me is burritos, which if anything, add to my rupturing…
This just in: Thomas Wayne actually killed by humbug truss attack!
BB is really going to some strange places for ad revenue.
truth in advertising is maintained over a century
the book is still available for free
I do not envy people of past eras their medical technologies. Yikes. I’ll have my er, rupture operated on, thanks.
Billy Joel was right: It’s always been a matter of truss.
In the words of Spike Milligan, ” Thank you for your support. I shall wear it always.”
$10K a year amounted to a pretty impressive Truss Fund in those days.
He is just acting like a Truss Fund baby!
“Get rid of that truss! New, from RonCo – Nugget Nuzzlers! never feel so ‘handled’ again!”
It looks like he’s casting a Level 3 Imperialism spell
Could someone tell me what the hell this thing is talking about?! ‘Ruptures’? Trusses? And what or who is a ‘Prince-nez’? Is that like a male princess? A rupture in your pants? Is it to hold up your socks? I can’t make any sense of this, it’s just bizarre.
“Rupture” is early 20th century-speak for “hernia”. You can read all about it here.
“Pince-nez” is the kind of glasses Mr. Angry-Teddy-Roosevelt-Lookalike here is wearing, the glasses with no temples, just staying on my pinching your nose (that’s what ‘pince-nez’ means, in french.)
Well, if you have to ask…you can’t afford them.
Prince-nez (with an “r”) is a song by the Squirrel Nut Zippers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSUQnc1iX44. The band members say they were mistaken about the name of the pince-nez, so the song doesn’t make a lot of sense.
5000 endorsements. That seems a bit excessive. Are they ALL in the book?
William Howard Taft is free balling.
Were hernias so prevalent as to spawn a billion dollar (in today’s dollars) industry? In all my life, I’ve only know one person with a hernia of any sort, and, well… hmm… okay, I admit it, I know about 3 people, which means hernias must affect at least 33% of the population.
My theory is that “hernia” was a euphemism for one or more ailments of the “downstairs area” that were considered taboo in the society of that time.
Under Obamacare, doctors have to provide free trusses to patients, but they don’t have to act happy about it.
I know guys with a truss for every day of the week. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
My pince-nez keeps slipping…
Any time I read the word “rupture” I hear it in a Stephen King character’s voice: “Sent him home with a fuckin’ rupture.”
What’s the literary/lexical equivalent of an earworm?
you can still get the book mentioned in the ad. pdf instead of cloth-bound, but… http://www.groin-hernia.com/herniabible/downloads/CluthesAdvice.pdf
“Guaranteed to hold at all times – including when you are working, taking a bath, etc.”
‘Etc.’ is another way to spell sex.
What if God was one of us?
Just a stranger on a bus?
Get a hernia, wear a truss
Jersey towns like Paramus
And there’s also Hohokus
I tried them, but couldn’t handle the scratching metal slides.
I’m just glad to live in a time when a ‘rupture’ is fairly easily treated in a minor surgery, instead of a new cross to bear for the rest of your uncomfortable life.
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