To celebrate April Fool’s Day, Secret Fun Blog has dipped into their seemingly infinite supply of old novelty items to provide beautiful pictures and stories about the off-brand version of the all time best pranks. They’re doing one a day for the whole month. Including this early precursor to our Emergency Yodel Button.
He also tells the story of the product that was the foundation of the novelty industry, Sneezing Powder!
If we’re talking about the original sneezing powder, the stuff that was sold up through the 1940s, then we should call it by its real name– dianisidine chlorosulphonate. This substance was adopted by the Germans in WWI as a chemical weapon. They poured it into shrapnel shells and fired it at the French, but its use was discontinued because “it has only limited ability to create casualties on the battlefield…” (quoting Chemical and Bioligical Warefare by Eric Croddy)