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Quakers Oats Are Cool!

Description: 1966 QUAKER OATS vintage magazine advertisement “Hot oatmeal is cool”

~ Hot oatmeal is cool. – Know what the beautiful people eat for breakfast? – Right! Big steaming bowls of it. – Because oatmeal swings. It really does. – On a cold wintry morning, oatmeal absolutely turns you on. As a part of your breakfast menu, it gives you a healthy helping of energy that puts you in gear for the whole day. – It’s a good, natural, stick-to-the-ribs food that makes breakfast an honest meal. And tastes warm and nutty and good, besides. – In its funny old-fashioned way, Quaker Oats is a modern nutritionist’s dream. It’s got protein to spare. Good natural protein. Builders. Boosters. Things that make young bodies grow. And go, go, go! Yet a bowl of Quaker Oats has only two more calories than a bowl of cold corn flakes. – Which may surprise you. And interest you, if you’re watching your waistline. – Quaker Oats can help you do it without feeling hungry or wanting to sneak a snack before lunch. – Here’s another little surprise: more people eat Quaker Oats for breakfast than any other brand of cereal in America, hot or cold. – Could it be that at the ripe old age of ninety, we’re finally becoming a teenage fad? – In some cities, Quaker Oats is called Mother’s Oats. ~

Okay then.

Article originally appeared on Vintage Adventures.

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Victorian kitchen that has remained untouched for 60 years discovered

Shrouded in a thick layer of dust and hidden under piles of junk, a complete Victorian kitchen lay forgotten for more than a generation.  Archie Graham-Palmer and his wife Philippa discovered the incredible time capsule when they began rummaging in the basement of the family home.  They found an entire kitchen kitted out as if the cook had just stepped out for a breath of air.

The old cooker in the Victorian kitchen, which has been uncovered after decades of gathering dust in a country house in mid-Wales
The old cooker in the Victorian kitchen, which has been uncovered after decades of gathering dust in a country house in mid-Wales
Cooking utensils from the Victorian era remain in place on the walls, shelves and sideboards
Cooking utensils from the Victorian era remain in place on the walls, shelves and sideboards
House proud: Archie Graham-Palmer and wife Phillippa discovered the relic in the basement of their home
House proud: Archie Graham-Palmer and wife Phillippa discovered the relic in the basement of their home
A kettle from the Victorian era left on a hotplateIt is a far cry from the stainless stell kitchens of today
The kitchen was discovered when the room, which had been used as a dumping ground, was cleared.
The kitchen’s entrance had been blocked since the Second World War with a collection of unwanted belongings.  A kettle from the Victorian era left on a hotplate
It is a far cry from the stainless steel kitchens of today.  The kitchen was stocked with everything the staff needed to prepare meals for the household, as well as a full cooking range, they discovered kettles, pots, pans, pastry cutters, antique fire extinguishers and jelly moulds.  There was a spit for roasting pigs on, as well as a table and benches in the middle of the room which could easily seat 20 staff.
The current house at Cefn Lea Park was built around the turn of the 19th century, the previous building on the site having been destroyed by fire in 1794.  In the 18th Century it had been the home of the Griffiths family before passing on to the prominent Kenyon family of Gredington.  The house was sold in 1830 at an auction held at the Wynnstay Arms Hotel. It was bought by Rev Nathaniel Roberts whose wife, Frances, was daughter of John Matthews, attorney of Chester.  However, another fire that same year meant that the house needed extensive renovations.   What we see today is likely to date from this period.  On Frances’ death in 1850, Cefn Park passed to Sir William Henry Roger Palmer, Bt, of Kunure Park, Dublin, who was married to Frances’ sister  Eleanor. It subsequently went to their son, Sir Roger William Henry Palmer in 1854.  The kitchen is thought to date back to the 1830s when the house had a full complement of servants.
Unused for more than 100 years, the kitchen was apparently briefly recommissioned during the Second World War because it offered protection from air raids.  But it was mothballed after the war and became a dumping ground.  Cefn Park near Wrexham, North Wales, has been passed down through the family since it was bought in 1830.  Mr Graham-Palmer, 41, who worked in commercial forestry, moved back to the family home this year to take over the estate from his father.  With his wife, Philippa, 37, he began investigating the nooks and crannies that had been left undisturbed for decades.  ‘The basement had been a dumping ground for years,’ he said. ‘We discovered that the room was as it would have been.  ‘We even found a cookbook. Most of the recipes would have needed an army of cooks.’  He and his wife intend to preserve the kitchen because of its links to the estate’s Victorian past and it is being redecorated in colours from the era.

Archie Graham-Palmer and his wife Philippa discovered the below-stairs kitchen in the 200-year-old stately home in Cefn Park

Archie Graham-Palmer and his wife Philippa discovered the below-stairs kitchen in the 200-year-old stately home in Cefn Park

Bells so the staff knew when they were being summoned to each roomA relic from a bygone era hanging on the wall
Bells so the staff knew when they were being summoned to each room, a relic from a bygone era hanging on the wall.

The bells with which the servants were summoned, as well as an unidentified weighted pulley system, remain mounted on the walls
The Cefn Park house is surrounded by 50 acres of land near Wrexham

Article originally appeared on the Daily Mail.

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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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