November 11, 1940

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1940, the Jeep made its military debut. In 1946, the first magazine ad for “Army Jeep In A Crate for $50” made its debut on the back of comic books and Popular Mechanics. These ads promised an unused, surplus Army Jeep for $50 that only required four tires and a battery and the ability to handle a wrench, screwdriver, and a hammer. While many fifty dollar money orders were sent in, no “Jeeps in a Crate” ever showed up via US Mail and three generations of American teenagers have been disappointed since 1946. On a side note, the Sea Monkey ads were true, but if you got the salt ratio wrong, they all died immediate and horrible deaths. In 1998, Chim-Chim, the Sea Monkey Ambassador to the Dry Land Earthers officially forbid anymore of his people to participate in the Sea Monkey Exchange Program until the average American youth could read and follow the directions written on the side of the package that the sea monkeys were delivered in. He was quoted as saying, “Glub, glub glub, glub, glub glub.” Which translated to glub, glub glub, glub, glub glub, as no one has ever been able to understand the little buggers.

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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