“Unisex” was a hot seventies fashion trend. But these pants are taking it a little too far, don’t you think? I mean, as much as I love the cut of these seventies pants – I think it’s fabulous – I can’t imagine myself, let alone a guy, wearing them.

seventies-fashionToronto Life, October 1969. Image Credit: jbcurio

I’m curious to know if real guys in the real world actually wore these pants.


This is the promotional text on the inside of the gum pack I bought today.

Is it just me or is this really, really weird?

10 Funny Ads

by MomGrind

Funny ads? Perhaps, but these ads are so bad, they probably had the opposite effect on the consumer than what the advertisers had intended.

Some of these ads are old, some are new. Apparently, bad advertising and uninspired copy writing are timeless.

1. Sausage
This should be enough to turn anyone into a vegetarian, and certainly would NOT make me (a non-vegetarian) buy this particular sausage.

sausage-adPhoto credit: krizsa

2. Gillette

Photo credit: krizsa

3. Cigarettes
This one is probably a play on the classic Laugh-In line: “Blow in my ear and I’ll follow you anywhere.”(1968)

cigarette-vintage-adImage credit: krizsa

4. Milk
Is this a convincing argument for drinking milk? Not only is the concept not a very good one, but the copy writing is strange too.

drink-milk-adImage credit: caffeina

5. Harry’s Bread
Harry’s Bread tagline is “Nice and Soft“, so it’s obvious what they were trying to do here. It is so soft that she can comfortably sleep on it. But does it make you want to EAT that bread?

harrys-bread-adImage credit: Tomas

6. FIM Financial Services
This Swedish Finnish ad for an investment company says “Sure you can smell your way to money. We’ll tell you how”. Thanks Norwegian Guy and Anton for providing the correct translation, and Silja for clarifying that the ad is from Finland.

fim-adImage credit: gruntzooki

7. Online news
According to Kate, who posted this on Flickr, this is a Sydney subway ad for online news. She adds, “I’m not sure it makes a compelling argument.” I agree!

bizarre-adImage credit: Kate Raynes-Goldie

8. Bursa Kebab
Bursa Kebab is a restaurant in San Francisco. I’ve never eaten there, and I can’t say that this ad makes me want to.

bursa-kebabImage credit: Paul Schreiber

9. Capital One
Regardless of the current financial chaos, does this ad make you want to move your banking needs to Capital One?

capital-one-adImage credit: jarek69

10. Vitalis
He looks SO CUTE with his tousled hair. After applying Vitalis, he looks like a freak.

vitalis-adImage credit: jbcurio

Bikini Mishaps

by MomGrind

vintage swimsuit
Image credit: nyctreeman. Ad circa 1931.

What exactly IS an “accredited swimsuit?”

Since one of my most embarrassing moments ever involved a bikini mishap, if “accredited” means “will always stay put,” I am all for it.

Have you ever had a swimsuit mishap or any other major wardrobe malfunction?

Gross Vintage Recipe

by MomGrind

Photo credit: Miss Retro Modern

I generally like vintage recipes, but this molded vegetable salad, featured in Woman’s Day Encyclopedia of Cookery, 1974, just looks wrong on so many levels.

What’s the weirdest, or grossest food item, vintage or not, that you have ever come across, or have eaten? Please share in the comments.


I’m assuming I can safely make fun of this over here.

Right? RIGHT?!

There’s no way one of you will yell at me in the comments “I have one exactly like this in my yard and everyone thinks it is BEAUTIFUL and a lovely addition not only to my house but to the entire neighborhood. Home values in my neighborhood have sharply risen since I’ve placed this in my yard”.

Photo taken on a recent trip to Half Moon Bay, California, where the roadside is filled with local farmers selling fresh produce, nurseries selling flowers and plants, and shops that are selling tasteful outdoor decorations.

Vintage Bras, Oh My

by MomGrind

These 1958 vintage bras look quite uncomfortable.


vintage bras
Photo credit: sixtiesbooks

But hey, they’re cheap!

Actually, using a Consumer Price Index calculator, the relative dollar value for these vintage bras in today’s dollars would be $7, which means they really are cheap.