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13 More of the Worst Products for Men Ever Created

vintage baldness cure ad advertisement carbo magno

One of AoM’s earliest and strangely most popular posts (people just pretend to like our serious stuff-they really want to know more about chest hair toupees) was a post we wrote called the 10 Worst Products for Men Ever Created. Since people had so much fun checking out the wacky products of yesteryear, we decided to look back into the archives to find some more hilarious and quite questionable inventions that were sold to men. The funny thing about these products is that most are advertised with a money back guarantee. It makes me wonder how these companies ever made money.


A New Kind of Hat

vintage hair loss ad new kind of hat

Not only does this hat help you grow hair, it is also protects your brain from mind control. The Allied Merke Institute definiely should have invested more in their marketing department. They couldn’t even come up with a name for this thing except for “invention” and “new kind of hat.”

Glow-in-the-dark Kiss Me Tie

vintage glow in the dark kiss me necktie

Do you often find yourself in the pitch black darkness? While wearing a tie? With a woman who will do whatever your tie tells her to? Well, sir, do I have the tie for you! If this tie doesn’t float your boat, the company also makes another equally suave design:

Glow-in-the-dark Striptease Tie

vintage glow in the dark striptease necktie tie

This is the mullet of neckties. Business during the day and a party at night.

The Dila-Therm

vintage ad advertisement dila-therm prostatitis men's product

Prostatitis is the inflammation of the prostate gland and can cause your man junk to really hurt. But in the case of the Dila-Therm, the cure may be worse than the disease.


vintage hair loss ad advertisement carbo magno

What’s cooler than wearing a hat? Wearing a hat that can rehair your head of course!

The Lantz Supporter

vintage men's ad advertisement lantz supporter jock strap

The man can come back, both he’s apt to run screaming if he gets sight of this baby. Who knew that wearing a jockstrap or “suspensory,” could add two decades to your life? And someone better tell those male underwear models to stop stuffing; what they really want is a “refined appearance.”

Model 25 Nose Shaper

vintage ad advertisement nose shaper men's product

Why waste thousands of dollars on a rhinoplasty when you can simply smoosh your nose into submission. The ads says you can wear it day or night, but the former is only true if you’re Boo Radley.

Squirrel Lamp

vintage Squirrel Lamp taxidermy ad advertisement

Every man is looking for a cool, inexpensive hobby. Well sir, have you considered combining your passion for arts and crafts, your love for varmint hunting, and an interest in taxidermy? It will forever solve the problem of what to get your loved ones for the holidays. Mom? She’ll go nuts for a squirrel lamp. Dad? A frog-cum-ashtray is right up his alley.

Float-ees Swim Trunks

vintage floatees blow up swim trunks ad advertisement

Making it to adulthood without learning to swim can be quite embarrassing for a man. You can’t very well put on some swimmies or a rubber ducky inner-tube. Float-ees is the solution! But make sure no one sees you blowing them up; they might give you a real funny look.

Paste-on Facial Hair

paste on facial hair vintage ad advertisement

All men long to grow a manly mustache or sideburns. But it takes so damn long and wouldn’t you like to be able to wear some sideburns to work and then attach a cool handlebar mustache for your date that night? And sometimes you just want to rock the Satan Van Dyke. Choose your own adventure? Nah. Choose your own facial hair.

Fleischmann’s Yeast Acne Cure

Yeast Acne Cure comic fleischmanns vintage ad advertisement

There’s no beating around the bush here. No making you feel better because Puff Daddy breaks out too. But when you have a product that both clears up acne and makes bread rise, you’ve got to get your message out to the masses.

Weil Belt

weil belt fat loss belly reducer vintage ad

You’ve probably knew these kinds of belts were sold to women, but they were apparently pitched to men as well. Surprising, but what was a man to do when strenuous exercise was “liable to strain your heart?” Unfortunately, no one had yet invented a cure for enormous striped underpants.

The Perfect Breather

perfect breather mouth breathing snoring vintage ad advertisement

What do you think are the causes of an early grave? Fatty foods, smoking, lack of exercise? Nope, it’s mouth breathing! So cut it out already! Not only will it permanently solve your snoring, it’s a final solution for pretty much every problem you’re having. Is it me, but does the guy in the ad eerily look like Bruce Willis in Pulp Fiction?

Ads taken from one of my favorite websites: Modern Mechanix

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