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The Paleo Diet of 1916: Poop Like a Cave Man

(Image: Oregon Daily Journal, 21 Sept. 1916)

In his natural state, man is not encumbered by social constraints that induce constipation. He, uh, responds to his bodily needs when told by his body. He does not need medicine to regulate his bowels. He might need a natural lubricant to keep them flowing, though. This is the premise behind Nujol, a medicine available in the United States in the 1910s and 1920s.

Nujol is literally made of petroleum. It's a lubricant, like the kind you might put in your car engine. Appropriately, it was a product of the Standard Oil Company. You can read more about it at Weird Universe.


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I never heard of Nujol until last summer, when I got a box of old bottles for a dollar at an auction. I looked up the bottle, and its worth $24! Since that justified the bid, I haven't bothered to look up the rest of the stash yet.
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