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Old 10-01-2011, 09:20 AM
 
Location: South of Maine
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One man's passion for buying crap from the back of comic books. Novelty historian Kirk Demarais tests X-ray specs and other mail order mysteries.

Novelty Historian Kirk Demarais Tests X-Ray Specs And Other Mail Order Mysteries (VIDEO)
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Old 10-02-2011, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Kinda neat. I remember those ads and the ones for Palisades Amusement Park. Knew the stuff was carp from the getgo. The rare Edmund Scientific Company ads were the ones that sucked me in.
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Old 10-03-2011, 10:19 AM
 
Location: South of Maine
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Kinda neat. I remember those ads and the ones for Palisades Amusement Park. Knew the stuff was crap from the getgo. The rare Edmund Scientific Company ads were the ones that sucked me in.
Just in time for halloween... Edmund Scientific sells "Ghost Detectors"!!
CSI | Edmund (Pseudo) Scientific Sells ?Ghost Detectors?
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Old 10-03-2011, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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It was last year, so not to worry. All those ghosts are dead by now.

Oddly enough... I made something I made that is very similar to that EMF meter described. I made it a number of years ago to test for EMF leakage around my computer monitors (wireless phone connections were really bad around them). Pretty simple IIRC, coil of wire on some PVC pipe, battery, transistor, couple of resistors hooked into a cheap multimeter. Maybe I should apply for work as a ghosthunter.
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I always wanted to order the onion gum ... And the black soap!!

I already have a whoopee cushion.

http://www.retroist.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/treasure-chest-of-fun.jpg (broken link)
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:57 AM
 
Location: South of Maine
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I always wanted to order the onion gum ... And the black soap!!

I already have a whoopee cushion.

Both 'new' to me!
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Old 10-03-2011, 12:09 PM
 
Location: South of Maine
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It was last year, so not to worry. All those ghosts are dead by now.
Oddly enough... they were dead by then!
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Old 10-03-2011, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Both 'new' to me!
You must not have been a comic book-reading kid in the 60s! LOL Those ads were in every comic book everywhere, from Barbie to Batman.
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:50 PM
 
Location: South of Maine
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You must not have been a comic book-reading kid in the 60s! LOL Those ads were in every comic book everywhere, from Barbie to Batman.
...guess I was too busy dreaming of "X-Ray Specs"!
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:17 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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When I was around eight , I once ordered a "Genuine Black Forest" clock from the back of Supergirl . I thought I was so sophisticated. I thought it would be at least the size of a real clock; it wasn't. I think it was about eight inches tall & was made of cardboard.
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