Old Gold Cigarettes Will Give You The Crazy Eyes

Boingboing directs us to the following 1941 ad for Old Gold cigarettes. “Something new” has been added to the tobacco blend, and it apparently gives people the crazy eyes. Has the time for Four Loko jokes passed? Yes, yes I think it has.



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  1. MaliBoo Radley says:

    Man. I’m glad I quit (3.5 years now), but occasionally I miss that old vice.

  2. Nick1693 says:

    “Something NEW* has been added!”


  3. denros says:

    The eyes… staring into my soul…
    Phnglui mglw nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah nagl fhtagn

  4. unchainedmuse says:

    It’s one vice I happily never picked up. Sometimes I wonder if it’s better to be fat or to smoke. Often, it seems like a tradeoff. Society doesn’t seem as hostile toward smokers as it does to overweight folks.

    • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

      Try lighting up in public and see how much less hostile they really are.

    • Hoot says:

      Legally it is much harsher to smokers. You don’t see Big Macs costing $8.00 a pop. You can still shove as much food into your mouth and sit on your butt wherever you want around whatever people you want (generally this is true). You can smoke in so few places nowadays.

      I’m sure you mean how people look at and act toward smokers versus fat people though. I feel like people see smoking a lot less nowadays so maybe it’s just out of the public eye. Maybe because a lot of people are ex-smokers now that it’s different? Obesity is the new buzzword for health problems – it’s everywhere. That could up the hostility too.

      I personally am far more disgusted with someone blowing smoke in my vicinity than someone whose muffin top is poking out of their pants. Maybe because I sympathize with the latter. :)

      • AstroPig7 says:

        Mmm… muffins.

      • tooluser says:

        Yes, because you should feel derision for everyone your social betters deem you should. You cannot make decisions for yourself, or treat others as equal, because that would be wrong. Do what you are told. Ostracize those you are told to ostracize. Obey.


        Oh yes you will.

    • El_Fez says:

      I can see why – there’s no such thing as second hand Big Mac, so people tend to be more forgiving.

  5. RxDude says:

    I really doubt there was any significant quantity of tobacco imported into the US from the “eastern Mediterranean” during the early 40’s.

  6. Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ) says:

    Considering the point of a magazine advertisement is to get you to stop flipping through and scope out that page, I think crazy eyes is pretty effective.

    Worked on getting me to click on this post anyway.

  7. tborodarc says:

    And when I press here he says “MAMA!”

  8. MarvinMar says:

    Seeing the price of a carton of cigarettes now, I think they are comparable to Gold.
    Cash for Cigarettes anyone?

    • Destra says:

      Be careful. Someone over at a cable news channel will pick up on your suggestion and broadcast it on the air. “Reports say that Old Gold is the new gold for safe investments!”

  9. MikeM_inMD says:

    If she gets that ga-ga over a Corporal, what happens when she meets a Master Sargent?

  10. cys_av8r says:

    Wow…diggin for content I guess.

  11. Penn20 says:

    And this relevant for what reason ?

  12. Griking says:

    If those same eyes were placed on a black character people would be screaming racism.

  13. EverCynicalTHX says:

    Must be that Eastern Mediterranean “Kronic” lol..

  14. george69 says:

    as of january 1st I will have been smoke free for 2 years :)

    • clint07 says:

      Good job, I quit about 4 years ago except for the occasional cigar on vacation. It’s a tough run but gets much easier as you go on

  15. KyBash says:

    An herb with ‘small leaves’ imported from the Middle East which makes you dippy . . . can’t imagine what that might have been!

  16. badb! says:

    I smoke OG’s and my eyes are fine. Smelly and yellow, but fine.

  17. Destra says:

    Is this an honest representation of what you’ll look like if you smoke these cigarettes?

  18. Martha Gail says:

    I cannot stop thinking that the girl in the drawing looks like Jane Krakowski.

  19. UglyShirts says:

    The eyes are creepy enough. But what REALLY weirds me out is that she has apparently seen fit to glue a fair number of Bratwurst to her face.

  20. Cicadymn says:

    American invented Yandere in 1941

  21. Telekinesis123 says:

    Crazy eyes *and* jazz hands, now there’s a product I would buy.