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1970’s TV commercial, modern apartments where tenants share the medicine cabinet   Leave a comment


Imaginative Right Guard TV commercial where the tenants share the bathroom medicine cabinet. The series of commercials aired around 1977-79.



Posted November 16, 2016 by markosun in Advertising

Crazy and Strange Products as Advertised on TV   1 comment

The founder of K-Tel died today in Winnipeg. Phil Kives started the company selling anything and everything. His big breakthrough was a non-stick frying pan. And this was just the beginning. In the 70’s and 80’s K-Tel sold everything from the pocket fisherman to the vegie-matic, the miracle brush to bionic glue. Any crazy and obscure product he could find out there, Phil would offer it to the world via TV advertising.

But K-Tel didn’t have all the crazy products. The list below has some products even more bizarre than K-Tel’s most outrageous contraptions.


Kush Support

The weight of one massive jug on top of the other has been plaguing big-breasted side sleepers for ages. Or so the makers of this item claim.


Fridge Locker

Contain your lunch and expose your OCD.


The Better Marriage Blanket

Protect yourself from deadly farts with “the same fabric used by the military to protect against chemical weapons.”


The Backup

A bedside gun rack so you can shoot an intruder without hesitating long enough to notice it’s just your girlfriend.


FIR-Real Portable Sauna

Leave a little bit of your ball sweat every place you visit with this traveling torture chamber.


 The GoPilot Portable Urinal

This product for the prostate challenged was recently included in a Father’s Day Gift Guide … written by the worst son ever.


Gangnam Style Singing Toothbrush

Hear this maddening tune two times a day for two minutes straight and try not to kill yourself. It’s like Fear Factor.


The Tush Turner

A lazy Suzan for your fat ass that’s guaranteed to make it even fatter.


The UroClub

Douse your friends in urine when you accidentally swing this pee-filled tube instead of your three iron.


The Fat Magnet

Suck the grease—and fun—out of every meal.


Hand Fitness Trainer

Type so hard you break the goddamn keys!


Bigfoot Garden Yeti

A sculpture that ensures a neighbor will never come knocking.


Organic Woombie Baby Swaddle

Finally, a newborn straitjacket!

Posted April 29, 2016 by markosun in Advertising

Phil Kives, K-Tel International founder, dies at 87   Leave a comment


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Winnipeg businessman Phil Kives, who brought you everything from hamburger patty stackers to hit music records with his company K-Tel International, has died. He was 87.

Founded by Kives in the 1960s, K-Tel marketed household items such as the Patty Stacker, the Bottle Cutter, the Veg-o-matic, Super Slider snow skates and the Miracle Brush.

The company was also behind numerous music compilation records with titles like Mini Pops, Hooked on Classics, Sound Explosion and Disco Motion.

News of his death surprised local filmmaker Cam Bennett, who produced the 2006 documentary As Seen on TV: The K-Tel Story.

Just as memorable as K-Tel’s products were the advertisements for them — catchy, memorable ads that are recognizable in Manitoba and beyond.

Proud Winnipegger

Bennett said whether people knew it or not at the time, chances are they’ve had at least one item or album that came from K-Tel.

“So the late ’60s and the ’70s, that was an incredible time for K-Tel, because they were often in the marketplace by themselves,” he said. “Like, their compilation albums were kind of the first; they kind of owned that space.”

Kives was a very proud Prairie person who, even at the height of the company’s success, insisted that the head office be based in Winnipeg, Bennett said.

“They were settled here, their family was from here, and they remained proud Winnipeg corporate citizens,” he said.

Some of the strange products


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Comedy show SCTV spoofs K-Tel

Posted April 28, 2016 by markosun in Advertising, Economics