20 December 2012 @ 08:23 pm
In 1890, this sold more bottles than Coca Cola.  
http://www.grovearcade.com/groves-tasteless-chill-tonic/

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Jim Caruso: gingersnaps3jasonbeast on December 21st, 2012 02:48 am (UTC)
It's tasteless? AND it makes me fat? Where can I buy this wonder beverage?!?
Good grief, it's a running gag: giggle (Pushing Daisies)lady_ganesh on December 27th, 2012 12:59 am (UTC)
Fat as a pig!
Jim Carusojasonbeast on December 27th, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
And who wouldn't want that?
Nyxalinth: pic#118686947nyxalinth on December 21st, 2012 03:13 am (UTC)
That face reminds me of Bobby Hill...
The Great Enabler: From Texasrick_day on December 21st, 2012 05:32 am (UTC)
"The boy needs to go on a diet, Peg!"
Nyxalinth: pic#118686947nyxalinth on December 21st, 2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
LOL!
achillesmachillesm on December 21st, 2012 04:24 am (UTC)
Agree with you
Ejia Arath: ur flavr iz deelishusejia_arath03 on December 21st, 2012 07:26 am (UTC)
You'd think I chug three bottles of this stuff daily from how I look. :P
Emmuzka: English languageemmuzka on December 21st, 2012 07:41 am (UTC)
Apparently the stuff was Quinine to fight off malaria, where the active ingredients were in a syrup in non-soluble form so it was more palatable. what it had to do with making people fatter, no idea. Maybe at the time malaria fewer burned off people's fat storages.
franklanguage: Roseanne Rosanadanafranklanguage on December 21st, 2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
I think also at the time, being fat was considered a good thing.
ladytwnksfallconsmate on December 21st, 2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
being fat implied that you had enough wealth to have more than enough to eat. so yes, fat = health and wealth. the whole "having enough money to starve yourself thin" is a relatively new idea.

and no, fashion magazines and mail order catalogs have ALWAYS drawn people thinner than the actual public are, this is evidenced by doing actual measurements of clothing that are still in fashion/clothing museums. :)
Good grief, it's a running gag: badass boyfriendslady_ganesh on December 27th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, quinine tasted terrible.
Chase: Tallulah Flipchase820 on December 21st, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
My mother had to take this as a girl, and according to her it was anything but tasteless. 60 years later, she still shudders at the memory.
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