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Spittoons They'd be considered very unhygienic today, but in their day spittoons were actually a step up in public health. Used as a receptacle for spit generated by chewing tobacco, in the late 19th century spittoons became a common sight in pubs, brothels, saloons, hotels, stores, banks, railway carriages, and other places where people--especially adult men--gathered. Although brass was the most common material for spitoons, other materials ranged from basic functional iron to crafted cut glass and fine porcelain. At higher-class hotels, spittoons were often elaborately decorated. Spittoons were flat-bottomed, often weighted to minimize tipping over, and commonly had an interior lip to make spilling less likely even if they did tip over. Occasionally they'd have lids. Some had holes with an accompanying plug, to aid in draining and cleaning. Use of spittoons was considered an advance of public manners and health, intended to replace previously common habit of spitting on floors, streets, and sidewalks. Many jurisdictions passed laws against spitting in public--other than into a spittoon. Boy Scout troops organized campaigns to paint "Do not Spit on the Sidewalk" notices on city sidewalks. In 1909, Cincinnati scout troops allied with members of the Anti-Tuberculosis League painted thousands of such messages in a single night. A punny mass-produced sign common in saloons read: 'If you expect to rate as a gentleman, do not expectorate on the floor.' Spittoons were also useful for people suffering from tuberculosis who would cough up phlegm. Public spittoons would sometimes contain a solution of an antiseptic such as carbolic acid with the aim of limiting transmission of disease. With the start of the 20th century, medical doctors urged tuberculosis sufferers to use personal pocket spittoons instead of public ones; these were jars with tight lids which people could carry. After the deadly 1918 flu epidemic, both hygiene and etiquette advocates began to disparage public use of the spittoon, and use began to decline. Chewing gum replaced tobacco as the favorite chew of the younger generation. Cigarettes were considered more hygienic than spit-inducing chewing tobacco. While it was still not unusual to see spittoons in some public places as late as the 1930s, vast numbers of old brass spittoons met their ends when they were melted down during the scrap metal drives of the Second World War.
Tags: spittoons  hygiene  tobacco 
Added: 17th July 2012
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Posted By: Lava1964
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Added: 17th July 2001
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Posted By: Cliffy
Aloysius Travers - Emergency Pitcher One of the most interesting pitching lines in MLB history belongs to Aloysius (Al) Travers, a 20-year old seminary student, who pitched once for the Detroit Tigers in 1912--a complete-game 24-2 loss to the defending World Series champion Philadelphia A's. Of course there has to be an explanation: Travers wasn't really a pitcher! He was hastily recruited among a group of local Philadelphia amateur ballplayers to replace the striking Detroit Tigers. The Tigers' regulars walked off the field shortly before game time at Philadelphia's Shibe Park on Saturday, May 18, 1912 to protest the suspension of center fielder Ty Cobb. (Cobb had jumped into the stands during a game in New York three days earlier to fight a heckler.) Faced with a potential forfeit and a huge fine, the Tigers' management recruited Travers and other amateur players as emergency replacements. Travers was the ersatz Tigers' only pitcher--and he wasn't even good enough to make the baseball team at St. Joseph's College. Be that as it may, Travers was forced to face some of the most vaunted hitters in the majors in front of 20,000 fans. In eight innings, he allowed 24 runs (14 earned), and 26 hits. Travers also walked seven A's and struck out one. He was paid $25 for his efforts. Travers, shown here in a photograph taken late in his life, eventually became a priest. To date, Travers is the only priest known to have pitched in an MLB game.
Tags: baseball  Aloysius  Travers  Detroit  Tigers 
Added: 18th July 2012
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Posted By: Lava1964
BRET MAVERICK From 1981 to 1982, James Garner revived his classic western television character. Here is a short musical clip from the pilot.
Tags: maverick    james  garner  western   
Added: 19th July 2012
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Posted By: bartguy
Rare Dobie Gillis sales footage This is footage of a sales presentation designed to sell Dobie Gillis to the CBS network
Tags: dobie  gillis  comedy  bob  denver  dwayne  hickman  comedy  rare  footage 
Added: 20th July 2012
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Posted By: bartguy
The Maltese Bippy This is Rowan and Martins attempt at a movie career. This picture was filmed during the height of their Laugh-In success. It is bad but fascinating.
Tags: dan  rowan  dick  martin  laugh-in  comedy 
Added: 20th July 2012
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Posted By: bartguy
Sally Ride Passes At Age 61 Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel into space, died Monday at the age of 61, the Associated Press reported. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, according to a statement posted on the website of Sally Ride Science, a science education company she founded in 2001. She had been battling the disease for 17 months. On June 18, 1983, Ride became the first American woman to fly in space when she blasted off on the Challenger as part of the STS-7 crew, according to NASA. She flew her second shuttle mission on October 5, 1984, again aboard the Challenger. That mission, STS-41G, was the first shuttle crew to include two women.
Tags: Sally  Ride  Passes  At  Age  61pancreatic  cancer  Challenger 
Added: 24th July 2012
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Posted By: Old Fart
Sherman Helmsley aka George Jeffereson Passes Age 74 Sherman Hemsley, known for his starring role on "The Jeffersons," has died at age 74. Although the cause of Hemsley's death is unclear, TMZ reports that the actor passed away at his El Paso, Texas, home. Hemsley had no wife or kids.
Tags: Sherman  Helmsley  aka  George  Jeffereson  Passes  Age  74  The  Jefferesons 
Added: 24th July 2012
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Posted By: Old Fart
Shell No Pest Strips Do you remember the ‘Shell Pest Strips’? These were insecticide laced things you hung in your home and thought were safe. Turns out they caused cancer in humans so the FDA recalled them in 1979.
Tags: Shell  No  Pest  Strips  Inseticide  FDA  Cancer 
Added: 25th July 2012
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Posted By: BigBoy Bob
Cindy Morgan On Getting The Part On Caddyshack Tags: Cindy  Morgan  Lacey  Underall  Caddyshack    golf  sports  news  action  worldwide  chicago  caddies  famous  funny 
Added: 25th July 2012
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Posted By: BigBoy Bob