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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Product Names That Make Me Laugh

Brioschi.
Feen-a-Mint.
Gas-X.
Boraxo.
Anusol. (What were they THINKING??)
Handi-Wipes.
Carter's Little Liver Pills.
Goody's Headache Powders.
PhisoHex.
Vagisil. (Again, WHAT WERE THEY THINKING??)
Janitor in a Drum.
Kraml Milk.


Your suggestions are welcome!

19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then there's those unfortunately named Ayds candies (guaranteed to melt the pounds away).

Writer Eric Larsen reports that the World's Columbian Exposition introduced breakfast innovation Aunt Jemima pancake mix, re-named from the patently unwise original moniker, "Slave in a Box". Even by 1893 standards,some things were just too risky.

Rob

3:56 PM, February 08, 2006

 
Anonymous Jonathan said...

Southern Comfort
Spotted Dick
Dulcolax

6:18 AM, February 09, 2006

 
Blogger Tom said...

Darkie Tooth Paste. (It's Thai.)

7:18 AM, February 09, 2006

 
Blogger Stuart Shea said...

Rob, I hope you're kidding about "Slave in a Box." I get a terrible feeling you're not...same thing with "Darkie Toothpaste." Jonathan, what is Dulcolax? It sounds like a 1960s computer.

8:56 AM, February 09, 2006

 
Anonymous Mark C. said...

The restaurant La Pasta-Ria.

Eeeewwwww.

10:21 AM, February 09, 2006

 
Blogger Larry Epke said...

Fast Foo's, a downtown Chicago Chinese takeout place.

In New Orleans, there was a chain of Chinese restaurants called Takee Outee! I don't know if they're still there (is ANYTHING I knew still there?), but that was what they were called in the late 1970s.

And there's the product Beano, a pill for gas. (There was also the British comic paper Beano -Eric Clapton is shown reading a copy on the cover of a John Mayall Bluesbreaker album.)

11:37 AM, February 09, 2006

 
Anonymous jamesfinngarner said...

Darkie Toothpaste is for real--I have a tube, brought from overseas, I think, by a friend.

But it all evens out. When I came bck from a trip to Japan, I brought along a package of instant coffee creamers called Whitey.

12:50 PM, February 09, 2006

 
Anonymous jamesfinngarner said...

Among American products, I like :

Clabber Girl

12:51 PM, February 09, 2006

 
Anonymous Jonathan said...

Ducolax is a laxative. Oh, for Japanese products, Pocari Sweat (a health drink, a milky carbonated soda -- actually it's not bad).

3:36 PM, February 09, 2006

 
Anonymous Jonathan said...

I mean Dulcolax.

3:37 PM, February 09, 2006

 
Anonymous Jonathan- said...

I don't even know what the product is, but the name of the patent case is Hazelquist v. Guchi Moochie and Mr. Yamaguchi.

1:28 PM, February 10, 2006

 
Anonymous Bashleo Fatghar said...

Eddie Murphy was on the Letterman show once, and showed (and ridiculed) a toob of that Darkie stuff.

Here's a great look at some odd product names:

http://www.crainium.net/jdjArchives/2005/03/why_its_difficu_1.html

7:54 AM, February 11, 2006

 
Anonymous Bob Purse said...

http://www.crainium.net/jdjArchives/2005/03/why_its_difficu_1.html

Try that again. If it still doesn't work, my name, below, will link to it

8:08 AM, February 11, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Stu, I'm not kidding about the pancakes...

Down the street from where I work is a business, apparently a restaurant, called Chinese Ho.

Speaking of products marketed around the world, I've often wondered if Latin American countries market those steel wool thingies, Spic N' Span.

Also, what do they call Cheese Nips in Japan?

Rob

2:54 PM, February 11, 2006

 
Blogger GJersey said...

Cheez-its. Or is it Chee-zits?

8:30 AM, February 12, 2006

 
Anonymous RVRon said...

How do I get to the Chinese Ho?
Can I hope to buy some Fan Tan?

9:41 AM, February 15, 2006

 
Blogger Cas Tway said...

Of course... there's always that great foot care tool, the "Pedi-file":

http://www.beautyorigins.com/longpedifile.htm

5:08 PM, February 16, 2006

 
Anonymous Amy said...

Krack Cream (or is it "Crack Cream")

Nads (a hair removal product)

...and the reference about the pancake mix that Rob was referring to most likely came from Eric Larsen's book "Devil in the White City".

-Amy

1:50 PM, February 17, 2006

 
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