The 12% Solution
February 1, 2010 10:24 AM   Subscribe


 
Man, do I want that t-shirt!
posted by jonmc at 10:32 AM on February 1, 2010


I like how one of the choruses suggest that Hadacol makes Mexcians have sex a lot.
posted by The Whelk at 10:43 AM on February 1, 2010


I thought this post was going to be about Micros~1.

...it was a medicine show, of a type rapidly withdrawing into antiquity.

Informercials are bringing them back, though.

And whoa, Hadacol was exposed by Martin Gardner in 1952? That gives a really good gut feel for just how long Gardner's been doing his thing. Wow.
posted by DU at 10:54 AM on February 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


I distinctly remember seeing a Hadacol billboard on Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove in 1973!
posted by squalor at 11:07 AM on February 1, 2010


The real message? The govt (Big Govt!!) had to step in and not allow fake claims about any old thing some Private Concern Marketed...again, the Big Bad Govt stamping out Free Market practices.
posted by Postroad at 11:12 AM on February 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


Had'ta call it somethin'!
posted by Afroblanco at 11:13 AM on February 1, 2010


For some reason I thought this was going to be about the Large Hadron Collider.
posted by sleepcrime at 11:20 AM on February 1, 2010


Hello, friends. I'm your Vitameatavegemin girl.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 11:33 AM on February 1, 2010


VITA-META-medja-minameat!
*glug glug glug*
posted by sexyrobot at 12:28 PM on February 1, 2010


Godamn this is a good post. Thanks for introducing me to this blog. l love finding new outlets for 'serious' criticism online, espeically one with lines like:

Man, this is a lot of testimony! How about another song?

The analysis reminds us that product placement (even the winking, faux-critical kind) is nothing new, and neither is free advertising of naive artists singing about the dumb crap they like.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:02 PM on February 1, 2010


Ugh, 404.
posted by sourwookie at 3:28 PM on February 1, 2010


That was fast! Where did it go?
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 3:59 PM on February 1, 2010


Wow. it seems to have been deleted. Shame -- it was a nice page with great info.

Should this post stand?
posted by hippybear at 4:01 PM on February 1, 2010


And now it's back!

I hope someone is chewing out their hosting service...
posted by hippybear at 4:58 PM on February 1, 2010


We have a town that was called Hadacol Corner. The Post Office decided that the town could not be named after a trademark, so it is now Midkiff. It was the site of the major oil boom in 1950s Texas, and a popular singer at the time, Slim Willet, made a song called "Hadacol Corner" that captured the essence of dry, dusty West Texas.

Hadacol Corner, caliche road.
Once it rained and once it snowed.
But most of the time, the wind just blowed.
Hadacol Corner, caliche road.

A car will last you ninety days
If you don't drive over thirty.
I've been gone so long
They're calling me the Spraberry stray.
posted by Houstonian at 5:08 AM on February 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


Meh. I like the SALTACOL better.
posted by The otter lady at 10:03 AM on February 2, 2010


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