March 2016

The Dog Sack

The Dog Sack invention first appeared in the June 1935 issue of Popular Mechanics.

It was designed to keep the car clean while giving the dog some fresh air.

According to the original article: ‘When you take your dog along for a ride, but prefer not having it inside the car, it can ride safely and comfortably in this sack, which is carried on the running board.

‘The bottom of the sack is clamped to the running board and the top is fastened to the lower part of an open window with hooks, covered with small rubber tubing to prevent marking the car.’

This invention was never added to any car models.

There was also this from December 1932:

There were other options for dog transport on running boards for those people who wanted to keep their dogs in relative danger, but couldn’t stand the idea of them actually enjoying it.
 Why Your Dog Is Probably Glad Running Boards Are Dead


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Can you spot the mistake?

A church community was left red-faced when it mucked up the spelling of Jesus’ name on a banner for their Easter celebrations.

Acomb Parish Church in York had a sign made up for the service to celebrate Jesus’ return from the grave.

The poster, made on a white background with red text, was meant to read “Christ is risen”.

But due to a spelling error, the final product actually read “Chris is risen”.

Luckily, the church found the funny side and sent a snap of the gaffe to BBC York.

They tweeted it and uploaded onto their Facebook account with the caption: “Acomb Parish Church in York has been left short this Easter. More T vicar? Good News for Chris, though!”

The funny episode has tickled social media, with Facebook and Twitter users sharing the image.

Others have been tagging friends and family in the photo, who all share the name Chris.

One person posted: “I love that so many people tagged various Chris’!”

Another added: “Reminds me of the friend who misheard the Muslim name for God so thought they were saying ‘All praise be to Alan'”

Article originally appeared on the Mirror.

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Disapointing Easter egg substitute from Tesco

This is really not what you want to see when you’ve ordered delicious chocolate treats…

Easter is finally upon us, which means it’s time to crack open those chocolate eggs and get munching.

Unless, of course, you don’t have any Easter eggs because your supermarket order got substituted.

That’s what happened to 12-year-old twins Matthew and James Bayley, who were greeted by a MUCH more disappointing sight than the Cadbury’s Mini Eggs extra large eggs their mum had ordered for them.

Instead of delicious chocolate, they were sent a roast chicken and broccoli salad.

To add insult to injury, there was only one – so they have to share it.

What’s more, the two eggs came to a price of £8, whereas the solo salad only cost £3.50.

Mum Joanne, 41, from Colchester in Essex, said: “I had bought the two eggs early because I know the shops regularly sell out quickly and didn’t want to end up with nothing for the boys.

“It turns out I was very lucky to have done that as if I had not had time to go and buy more Easter eggs I would not have found it quite so funny.

“What on earth made whoever was packing it think this was an adequate replacement? My husband Mark and I were so confused we said it out loud so the kids heard us talking about it.

“Both of them then said ‘do I have a salad for Easter?’ but once we explained it was just mistake it made them laugh. If they had found it at the end of their Easter egg hunt though I’m not sure what they would have made of that.

MercuryJoanne Bayley, 41, had treated 12-year-old twins Matthew and James to a Cadbury's Mini Eggs extra large egg each at a total price of £8.00 on her online shop with Tesco. However Joanne was left baffled when the supermarket giant switched the two eggs to a single roast chicken and broccoli salad for £3.50
The sheet provided by Tesco shows the substitution listed

“I took it in good humour and shared the picture of what had gone on with my friends as it made everyone laugh.

“It could be construed as them taking healthy eating too far. I’m all for the kids eating well but Easter and Christmas is the one time of year they can get away with eating treats – even for breakfast.

“It’s certainly not put me off doing my weekly shop at Tesco though, even though this was an odd substitution.”

Since the incident, Joanne has bought the eggs elsewhere to ensure Matthew and James are not disappointed on Easter Sunday.

A Tesco spokesperson said: “We’re investigating what led to this unusual substitution.”

Article originally appeared on the Mirror.

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Insane Products You’d Never Be Allowed To Buy Nowadays

15 Insane Products You’d Never Be Allowed To Buy Nowadays

These goods from yesteryear are either too lethal or useless to be sold today. But they’re also just plain weird.

1. Poisonous cigarettes (to cure asthma).

Poisonous cigarettes (to cure asthma).

In case the idea of smoking to cure asthma wasn’t crazy enough, the active ingredients are Stramonium, also known as Datura, the most awful drug in the world, and Belladonna, also known as Deadly Nightshade. Yes, that Deadly Nightshade.

2. Opium-laced booze elixir.

Opium-laced booze elixir.

It’s as strong as whiskey and contains a spoonful of opium for good measure. So it makes perfect sense that this explosive cocktail was a treatment for babies as young as five days old. What exactly it cures, I’m not sure.

3. Cough medicine made out of heroin.

Cough medicine made out of heroin.

When a few drops of opium aren’t enough, why not try full-on smack? Recommended for the relief of coughs. It’s quite cheap too.

4. Morphine injection kit from Harrods.

Morphine injection kit from Harrods.

Where better to buy your needles than upmarket London department store, Harrods. They were quite a popular present for soldiers on the front during World War 1.

5. A corset, surging with electricity.

A corset, surging with electricity.

The “very thing” for ladies, apparently. What’s great about this particular advert is that it doesn’t explain how adding electricity to an item of clothing actually helped. This glaring problem was actually never explained and the product was later revealed to bea scam.

6. Do-it-yourself double chin remover.

Do-it-yourself double chin remover.

As much as I would love to reduce my enlarged glands, this device looks horrifyingly close to a contraption from the Saw series of films.

7. A machine gun, for kids.

A machine gun, for kids.

When I was a kid, we usually made do with making that ‘RATATATAT’ sound when playing soldiers. Apparently the kids of the 50s were allowed this magazine-fed automatic pellet machine gun that ‘develops deadly target skill’. I somehow doubt that this could be sold today.

8. Perversion glasses.

Perversion glasses.

Ah, pervy old X-ray Specs. Not that they ever worked – either to see through clothes or through to people’s bones (this advert weirdly seems to imply that they do both). What it doesn’t say is how dangerous it would be to wear a radiation source as spectacles.

9. Radioactive face cream.

Radioactive face cream.

It really makes you glow. Unlike X-Ray Specs, these products really did have a highly radioactive source in them – radium. Before the deadly effects of radium were discovered, it was hailed as a miracle cure and was added to almost everything, including beauty products like this.

10. Radioactive toothpaste.

Radioactive toothpaste.

I really do mean everything. This is for if you wanted to rub radium into your teeth.

11. Radioactive water.

Radioactive water.

Or you could just outright drink it. Remember, your health is your wealth.

12. Radioactive chocolate.

Radioactive chocolate.

Nothing is sacred.

13. An electronic, vibrating finger. For oral use.

An electronic, vibrating finger. For oral use.

Obvious jokes aside, even if someone did want their gum massaging why the hell would they want to use some horrible chubby finger on a stick?

14. Kidnapping-simulation tool.

Kidnapping-simulation tool.

Nothing wrong with ventriloquism, but there’s something sinister about this. Besides having some nondescript ‘instrument’ lodged in your mouth, this ad seems to indicate that the most fun you can have throwing your voice is pretending that people are trapped inside trunks.

15. Jeans designed for roundhouse kicks.

Jeans designed for roundhouse kicks.

It’s hard to believe that this isn’t a photoshop from 2005, but Chuck Norris did actually promote these ‘action jeans’. Wait, what am I saying, of course these would sell. Memes don’t get old, right?

Article originally appeared on BuzzFeed.

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Disgusting things restaurant staff have done to food after you send it back

We’ve long worried that food can be tampered with if you complain about it – but these people have confessed it is true.

If you’re unhappy with your meal in a restaurant or fast food chain, do you send it back to the kitchen to get what you want?

Apparently we might get a little more than what we want, if these horror stories are anything to go by.

On Q&A website Quora , people who have worked in the food industry are lifting the lid on what really goes on behind closed kitchen doors.

The companies are not named and these are hopefullly isolated incidents – but even so, they are pretty concerning.

One man who worked for a popular burger chain, where “the majority of the staff were between the ages of 15 and 18”, explains that complaining to a teenager is “the wrong thing to do.”

He said: “I was there for over three years and I’ve seen (and tried to even stop, to no avail) the following (stop reading if you have a weak stomach).”

1. A daddy long legs spider seared into a burger
As well as the obvious cruelty involved in this, daddy long legs and burgers are things that should NEVER go together.

2. Different types of body hair being purposely added
We don’t want to know where this body hair is being plucked from.

3. Sneezing and then wiping the nose with a bun (then calling it a Bacon Double Sneeze Burger)
It might not be a good idea to eat that…
The pun just adds insult to injury.

4. Many different forms of spit and phlegm being combined with the ‘corrected’ order
We have no words for this one, so…

5. Stuff recovered from being dropped on the floor
If it’s a five-second rule deal at home, then we’re all for picking stuff up off the floor (so long as it’s clean). But when it comes to eating out, this really isn’t ok.

Have you ever seen anything disgusting happen to food in a restaurant? Tell us about it using the form below

6. Wiping butt and/or armpits with food items.  NOT OK.
This one has got us particularly concerned. How would you tell!? Have we been eating sweat (or worse) all these years?

7. The pooper scoop…
In one particularly grim anecdote, he describes how a customer defecated on the floor next to the toilet – and his colleague decided to clean it up with a chicken nugget scoop.

We’re never eating out again.

Another user, David Durham, quickly tried to reassure anyone reading the horror stories that it’s not a regular occurence.

He said: “I can answer this question as someone who’s dealt with customers as a server.

“I’ve heard of instances where nasty things were done to rude guests but I’ve never seen such a thing, nor done it myself.

“It’s simply not professional. In dealing with rude customers a professional will just maintain a certain ‘business decorum’ and ride it out.”


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Staff Rules in 1878

And you thought you were having a rough day.

Imagine working in the 1800’s, in a time when daily prayers were mandatory and there was no talking allowed during business hours.

Fortunately, workplace conditions have improved substantially and we’re all afforded much greater leniency than the people who lived and worked 127 years ago had.

1. Godliness, cleanliness and punctuality are the necessities of a good business.

While there’s nothing wrong with cleanliness and punctuality, a lot of people today would have problems with ‘godliness’ being a business requirement. Religion was much more popular and ordinary 127 years ago.

2. The firm has reduced the hours of work, and the clerical staff will now only have to be present between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays.

Phew. Workdays are now only 11 hours long. Wait… how long were the clerical staff required to be present before this rule was put into place?

3. Daily prayers will be held each morning in the main office. The clerical staff will be present.

This one would easily be in violation of Charter rights today, pretty much regardless of whatever country you live in. Good thing it would now be illegal to enforce this rule.

4. Clothing must be of a sober nature. The clerical staff will not disport themselves in raiment of bright colours, nor will they wear hose, unless in good repair. Overshoes and topcoats may not be worn in the office, but neck scarves and headwear may be worn in inclement weather.

While dress codes still exist in most workplaces, it would be rare to find any codes this specific by today’s standards. What would happen if the good people of 1878 were shown the black and blue (or gold and silver) dress? Would it be allowed?

5. A stove is provided for the benefit of the clerical staff. Coal and wood must be kept in the locker. It is recommended that each member of the clerical staff bring four pounds of coal each day during cold weather. 

Keep in mind that the clerical staff probably had to carry all that coal each day as they walked to work through the bitter cold. We shouldn’t take cars and heating systems for granted, that’s for sure.

6. No member of the clerical staff may leave the room without permission from Mr. Rogers. The calls of nature are permitted and clerical staff may use the garden below the second gate. This area must be kept in good order.

At least bathroom breaks were okay, but to use the garden? At least management probably didn’t have to worry about buying new fertilizer. This rule must have been extremely unpleasant on the days when each member of the clerical staff had to bring in four pounds of coal.

7. No talking is allowed during business hours.

Sounds like things really were all work and no play. This rule alone would be enough to drive most people insane in today’s workplace.

8. The craving of tobacco, wines or spirits is a human weakness, and, as such, is forbidden to all members of the clerical staff.

Just during work hours, right? It seems like smoke breaks weren’t a thing back then either.

9. The owners recognize the new Labour Laws, but will expect a great rise in output of work to compensate for these near Utopian conditions.

Mr. Rogers and the other managers would probably have a heart attack if they saw the working conditions and standards of today. Contrary, most of us would have a difficult time adjusting to the Utopian conditions of 127 years ago.

If these rules for staff in 1878 tell us anything, it’s that maybe we don’t have it so bad today after all. Does your workplace enforce any insane rules?

This article originally appeared on What to do when bored.

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1930’s dating rules

‘The last straw is to pass out from too much liquor. Chances are, your date will never call you again!’ Hilarious 1930s dating rules show some things don’t change

  • The 1938 dating guide includes sepia photo illustrations
  • Book also warns against going braless and and chewing gum
  • Says public displays of affection will ‘humiliate’ your date
  • Also advises not to talk to your date while dancing

Some sound like common sense. Others appear ridiculously old-fashioned. But, whether now or in the 1930s, getting absolutely plastered on a first date probably won’t do you any favours.

The ‘don’t get drunk’ rule is part of the advice doled out to women in an amusingly illustrated dating guide published by Click Parade magazine in 1938.

Along with laying off the booze, other pearls of wisdom from the American publication include not being too sentimental, an exhortation not to sit awkwardly and a stern warning about being careless.

Boring! Women are advised not to talk about fashion or clothes if they want to impress their date

Boring! Women are advised not to talk about fashion or clothes if they want to impress their date

Want to chew gum? It's not advised but if you have to, do it with your mouth closed. And don't sit awkwardly

Want to chew gum? It’s not advised but if you have to, do it with your mouth closed. And don’t sit awkwardly

Others highlight the perils of being over-affectionate, talking while dancing and skipping your brassiere when dressing.

‘Don’t be familiar with your escort by caressing him in public,’ reads the caption under a sepia photograph of a very worried looking man and his amorous date.

‘Any open show of affection is in bad taste, usually humiliates or embarrasses him.’

Another pearl of 1930s wisdom reads: ‘Don’t be familiar with the head waiter, talking about the fun you had with someone else another time.

‘Men deserve, desire your entire attention.’

Faux pas: Over-familiarity with the head waiter is a big no-no according to the dating guide

Faux pas: Over-familiarity with the head waiter is a big no-no according to the dating guide

Don't be sentimental: Men don't like tears in public places, advises the 1930s dating guide

Don’t be sentimental: Men don’t like tears in public places, advises the 1930s dating guide

Oh no! It's much better to be fully dressed BEFORE he arrives
Don't forget your bra! Wrinkled stockings aren't good either

Dressed for dating:  Make sure you’re fully dressed before your date arrives – and don’t forget that bra!

Minimal make-up: Keep your lipstick to yourself, says the guide, and definitely not on his handkerchief

Minimal make-up: Keep your lipstick to yourself, says the guide, and definitely not on his handkerchief

Although the old-fashioned rules are unlikely to win them many admirers among feminists, others, such as the many exhortations not to drink to much, will appeal to many.

One particularly entertaining example reads: ‘Don’t drink too much as a man expects you to keep your dignity all evening.

‘Drinking may make some girls seem clever, but most get silly.’

Another says: ‘Don’t be conspicuous talking to other men. The last straw is to pass out from too much liquor. Chances are, your date will never call you again!’

Few men – or women – could take issue with that.

Don't be careless! And try not to talk to him while you're dancing - the 1930s man doesn't like it

Don’t be careless! And try not to talk to him while you’re dancing – the 1930s man doesn’t like it

Drinking - it's not clever: Worse, says this old-fashioned pearl of wisdom, it makes most girls very silly indeed

Drinking – it’s not clever: Worse, says the guide, it makes most girls very silly indeed

Bad idea: Talking to other men and getting plastered is a one-way ticket to getting dumped

Bad idea: Getting plastered and flirting with other men is a one-way ticket to getting dumped

Article originally appeared on the Daily Mail and was written by Ruth Styles.

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Customers line up at the very first McDonald’s restaurant in 1954

Customers line up at the very first McDonald’s restaurant in 1954

Raymond Albert Kroc was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Luis and Rose Kroc. He had two younger siblings, Robert and Lorraine. As a child, his mother called Ray “Danny Dreamer” because he would daydream all the time. Rose Kroc was a piano teacher, and she taught young Ray to play.

Kroc’s first job was with his uncle, Earl Edmund Sweet, in a soda fountain the summer before he started high school. The next summer Ray dropped out of school, and he used the money he made the previous summer to rent a building with two friends. They sold sheet music and small instruments, but after a few months the business failed.

During World War I, Kroc lied about his age and became an ambulance driver for the Red Cross. He returned to Chicago after the war and held various jobs, including work as a jazz pianist and as a real-estate salesman. In the summer of 1919, Ray played in a band at Paw-Paw Lake, Michigan, where he met his future wife, Ethel Flemming. Ray and Ethel married in 1922, but only after he satisfied his father’s requirement of getting a steady job—selling paper cups for the Lily Tulip Cup Company, where he worked for seventeen years.

The McDonalds had started with a group of hot-dog carts, and now had a chain of restaurants.

In 1954, Kroc went to San Bernardino, California, to see the McDonald brothers’ restaurant, which used an assembly-line format to prepare foods. Kroc decided to set up a chain of drive-in restaurants based on the McDonalds’ format and convinced the brothers to sell him the rights to franchise McDonald’s restaurants nationwide. His first restaurant opened on April 15, 1955, in Des Plaines, Illinois. Kroc also began selling franchises on the condition that the owners managed their restaurants. Kroc was known for his obsessive cleanliness, and he wanted the restaurants kept very clean. In 1961, Kroc bought out the McDonald brothers for $2,700,000. At this time he had established 228 restaurants, and sales had reached $37,000,000. By 1963 more than 1 billion hamburgers had been sold.

Kroc served as the company’s president from 1955 to 1968, as chairman of the board from 1968 to 1977, and as a senior chairman from 1977 until his death. He also was the owner of the San Diego Padres professional baseball team. Kroc died on January 14, 1984, in San Diego, California. He is remembered as a pioneer in the fast-food industry, and was named as one of Time magazine’s “Builders and Titans” of the twentieth century.

McDonald’s Worldwide

By 2004, McDonalds had become a $40 billion global enterprise with more than 30,000 restaurants in 120 countries and more than half its sales outside the United States. International outlets are adapted to local cultures. In Saudi Arabia, for example, single men are seated separately from women and children. Indian McDonald’s restaurants serve no beef or pork, but feature instead such menu items as a Chicken Maharaja Mac, a Paneer Salsa Wrap, and a McAloo Tikki Burger. In Japan, where the “r” sound is difficult, Ronald McDonald goes by the name Donald McDonald. As the chain faces slowing sales in a mature domestic market, the pace of its international expansion has increased. In China, where there are already 500 McDonald’s, the chain plans to open more than 100 new branches a year. The company has become a major employer worldwide, with more than 1 million employees. However, despite (or because of) its international success, McDonald’s has frequently come under attack as a symbol of American cultural imperialism. In 2000, anti-globalization protesters in a French farm town smashed windows in a half-built McDonald’s franchise, highlighting the struggle between small farmers and big business in the global agriculture market. And after the United States began bombing Afghanistan in 2001, McDonald’s outlets in Pakistan and Indonesia were vandalized. Attacks on McDonald’s have been recorded in more than 50 countries.

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