December 28, 1732

On December 28, 1732, Benjamin Franklin ran an ad in the first issue of “Poor Richard’s Almanack”. It was for the “Pennsylvania Gazette.” Later, to make some real change, Franklin ran ads for “The Furtive Pocket Telescope” which guaranteed an enterprising lad a view of a well-turned ankle from 100 yards away, the Thomas Topham strongman exercise routine with advice about when to take your ‘air baths’, and ads for the most wonderful of pets, “Sea Monkeys” which included the Arabic incantations required to sever the Sea Monkeys’ spiritual connections to Dagon, so they wouldn’t grow too large and consume your pineal gland.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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