And I don’t mean the kind
that you get for a short time
after a migraine, or a
Justin Beiber concert.
I mean a high pitched sound
that won’t go away–
— and plugging your ears
just makes it worse.
It’s called tinnitus,
and I can’t even
imagine what kinda crazy
it would drive me to,
but some people have
to suffer with it,
day in and day out.
So imagine how relieved
those poor folks would be
if somebody told em that
they had invented a cure.
A company in Brooklyn, New York
did just that around 1900.
( not to mention your sore ears and aching head )
behold the wonder of the age —
The Violin Vibrophone.
Oh, don’t get me wrong now….
It didn’t work .
But they did sell about 120,000
of ’em at about 600 bucks in today’s money.
Let me tell you how it worked.
how it didn’t work.
This mechanical violin thingee
had all kinds of cool little dials on it,
that you could adjust, so that it
would play a constant note
at the exact same frequency
as your ear ringing sound.
How would that help, you ask?
Hahaha, well there-in lies the rub, my friend.
The only difference was in that
when you finally lost your
ever-lovin’ mind completely,
you wouldn’t know whether
to blame the disease or the cure.
Welcome to the world of
vintage medical quackery devices,
and another of our posts about it.
So strap in, my little friends………
( evil laugh trails off in the distance )
Now, I know what you’re thinking…”
He’s always putting crummy
disclaimers on his posts,
that don’t have anything
to do with the subject at hand..…….
it’s just a cheap device going for a cheaper laugh. “
Well, you couldn’t be further
from the truth..…..
although now that I think about it,
I’m not sure why I decided to
add a disclaimer to this here thing,
exceptin it be to remind you that
this stuff is supposed to be
somewhat funny, even though
it is the real skinny…..
and to warn you that if you
find anything offensive
about the skeletal system
of a healthy female type
person around 35, you
might want to skip this post
and go read something else.
Cause it’s comin’.
I’m no technological reactionary.
I got no problem with it………
I’m not one of those guys
who bucks every new gizmo that comes along.
Like these scanners at the airport.
I can see how these things
can actually be put to very good use.
But it’s not like every technological
marvel that has come along
has been proven to be a boon to mankind.
……. well, I just don’t see
how they got away with selling it.
Like this gizzie for instance.
It was called the “Robot Phrenologist” ……..
And as if phrenology as a science
wasn’t goofy enough already …
( it was the practice of determining
one’s personality by reading the bumps on your head)
…. this gizmo used vacuum tubes
to interpret them automatically.
All you had to do was strap
the headgear on, and have plenty of gullible.
No Doctor required.
So, you had a lot of crap masquerading as cure.
This here fine product is an example….
It’s called Doctor William’s Pink Pills for Pale People.
It’s miracle ingredients were all of 3 minerals–
Iron, Manganese, and Copper.
Any lessening of paleness in people
taking this stuff was most likely due to rust.
The device below is called the Heidelberg Electric Belt…..
…… you notice that little electric loop down at the bottom of it?
Well, guess what you do with that.
It would send little electric shocks down
through the belt and into that loopy thing.
Do I smell meat burning?
While we’re on the subject of male anatomy…..
This device was recently patented….
it’s supposedly for the relief of problems with obtaining erections.
It’s — yes — you guessed it –
—- a penis exerciser.
Apparently, you stick your member in one end,
and then, by adjusting the spring tension,
and moving that paddley thing up and down,
…… you’d be doing the same basic thing as penis pull ups.
Really, I’m not that good
at reading technical drawings, but…..
Nobody’s putting Little Elvis in a penis pullup machine.
He gets his exercise the old fashioned way.