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Olden toon question.
Posted by: rich in distress
Date: March 26, 2019 09:31PM
There was this powdered substance that, when accidentally ingested by Tom (or some other toon predator) made their mouths be reduced or compressed, and thus, unable to ingest Jerry —even with a straw.
Anyone knows what was the substance? Last time I saw a cartoon with the joke, I still could not read, so I don’t have any guesses, and I have never seen the joke used in cartoons from the 70’s...
Thanks!



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Re: Olden toon question.
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: March 26, 2019 09:37PM
Alum ??



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Re: Olden toon question.
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 26, 2019 09:38PM
....alum......


featured in many cartoons......?!



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Re: Olden toon question.
Posted by: rich in distress
Date: March 26, 2019 09:48PM
That’s it! Thanks!!



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Re: Olden toon question.
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: March 26, 2019 10:04PM
You can order it from Acme.



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Re: Olden toon question.
Posted by: rich in distress
Date: March 26, 2019 10:19PM
Haha! I just may, if it comes with a mouse eating celery...



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Re: Olden toon question.
Posted by: tronnei
Date: March 27, 2019 08:49AM
Alum also featured in a Laurel & Hardy short, with the same effect.
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Re: Olden toon question.
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 27, 2019 09:03AM
.....In olden days, a glimpse of stocking
Was looked on as something shocking.
But now, God knows,
Anything goes...........




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Re: Olden toon question.
Posted by: wurm
Date: March 27, 2019 09:26AM
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tronnei
Alum also featured in a Laurel & Hardy short, with the same effect.

And of course The Three Stooges.
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Re: Olden toon question.
Posted by: Acer
Date: March 27, 2019 09:41AM
FIGARO!FIGARO!FIGARO!FIGARO!FIGARO!FIGARO!



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Re: Olden toon question.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: March 27, 2019 10:14AM
I also remember alum being used to quiet a chatty child-mouse, with knee pants and a goofy little hat with a tail (on the hat as well as the mouse).




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Re: Olden toon question.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: March 27, 2019 10:23AM
Ok, maybe not knee pants:



Sniffles




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Re: Olden toon question.
Posted by: BernDog
Date: March 27, 2019 10:42AM
What was the deal with alum back then that it was so prominent that it was referenced so often in popular culture? What was the average person doing with it back then that everyone knew what it was and would get the joke?
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Re: Olden toon question.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: March 27, 2019 10:58AM
What was the deal with alum back then that it was so prominent that it was referenced so often in popular culture?

I had wondered that myself, never knowing what alum was used for in the first place.

[en.wikipedia.org] doesn't give any clue as to how someone would think to use it (on someone) orally.

There would have to be some use/connection that would link to that 'application', such as the old comedy bit... 'If this stuff can raise rockets... Brought to you by Upjohn...'




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must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men
except by believing all possible evil
of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

Perfection is the enemy of progress. -Winston Churchill

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Olden toon question.
Posted by: rich in distress
Date: March 27, 2019 11:02AM
I wonder that too... Maybe used for pickling?

Still chasing that mouse with the celery... at least I know I’m not crazy.


Edit: Sniffles!!!



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Re: Olden toon question.
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: March 27, 2019 11:05AM
What was the average person doing with it back then that everyone knew what it was and would get the joke?
wiki: "food preparation (in baking powder and pickling)"

My mom made Bread & Butter pickles, that's where I remember it from.



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Re: Olden toon question.
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 27, 2019 11:07AM
....in UK....alum...........minium.......is how pronounced.....



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Re: Olden toon question.
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: March 27, 2019 12:11PM
Yup, used in pickling, so would have been familiar to all but the most urban of audiences in the 1940s.
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Re: Olden toon question.
Posted by: JoeH
Date: March 27, 2019 12:28PM
Also used in deodorants and styptic pencils. A block of it is what is usually sold as a "natural" deodorant.
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Re: Olden toon question.
Posted by: Robert M
Date: March 27, 2019 12:35PM
JoeH,

It's also used after shaving. I have an alum block which I use after shaving when time permits.

[www.wikihow.com]

[www.badgerandblade.com]

An alum block is an investment since they can be on the expensive side but also last years.

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Re: Olden toon question.
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: March 27, 2019 05:23PM
Nope, not pickling. Much more interesting than that...

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Re: Olden toon question.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: March 27, 2019 06:27PM
Also used in deodorants and styptic pencils.

Styptic pencils are used for shaving.

(I know you knew that.)




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all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men
except by believing all possible evil
of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

Perfection is the enemy of progress. -Winston Churchill

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Olden toon question.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: March 27, 2019 06:31PM
Much more interesting than that...

LOL, I was wondering if anybody was going to go there.

That use sounds like something borne of the '40s.




When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men
except by believing all possible evil
of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

Perfection is the enemy of progress. -Winston Churchill

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Olden toon question.
Posted by: JoeH
Date: March 27, 2019 08:18PM
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RAMd®d
Also used in deodorants and styptic pencils.

Styptic pencils are used for shaving.

(I know you knew that.)

That is one aspect of shaving I do not miss, worn a beard since 1978.
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Re: Olden toon question.
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 27, 2019 08:23PM
....so you even wear a beard.........down there.......???



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