Neatorama Posts Tagged "snake oil"
The Golden Age of Quackery...

The following is an article from the book Uncle Jo...  ...All-Purpose Pain-Killer. Doctor Thomas' Electric Oil was guaranteed to cure everything from a toothach...  ...haracteristic: they contained opium. The Electric Oil was also laced with alcohol and chloroform. SL...  ...r a genuine kickapoo cure-all- pai...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/07/02/the-golden-age-of-quackery/
How Snake Oil Got a Bad Rap

We use the term " snake oil " for anything promoted as a cure-all that doesn't...  ...who worked on the Transcontinental Railroad used oil from the Chinese water snake to treat sore muscles, and it worked! A 2007 sto...  ...d Kunin made the connection between Chinese water *...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/05/21/how-snake-oil-got-a-bad-rap/
Hooked on Tonics...

Snake Oils , Hangover Cures, and Other Questionable Medicine...  ...to stardom when they started selling a vegetable oil , alcohol, and water mixture marketed under the na...  ...were forced to leave her ashed in California. OIL RIGGING Snakes...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/13/hooked-on-tonics/
Mark Twain Pwns Snake Oil Salesman

I'm a little late in posting this, but it's too awesome to pass: Shaun Usher's Letters of Note has a copy of a 1905 letter sent by Mark Twain to a patent medicine salesman who tried to sell bogus medicine. Twain was furi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/03/mark-twain-pwns-snake-oil-salesman/
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