Monday, March 30, 2009

The Double-Quick-Plus Disaster

For the man who has totally run out of good ideas, here is the Woo-Wee Auto Horn.

Not only will you alienate women with this thing*, but you can goad "road hogs" into full-blown rage as you emit screeches, barks, whistles and siren noises. That'll work out well.

And who hasn't thought to themselves: I wish I could buy me a bright yellow Cadillac. It would sure impress the girls. And everyone would get out of my way on the highway, too. But those Cadillacs sure are pricey....Hey, I know! I'll buy a loud obnoxious horn instead. It's practically the same thing!

You thought inventing the automobile was a clever trick? Forget about it, that was nothing. This is the epitome of wit and charm. Too bad if you want to reel in the babes in Ohio, though - you'll have to pay extra.

Insurance and legal fees not included.

*Although it seems to amuse elves in curlers, if that's your sort of thing.

From Popular Mechanics, March 1948. (Just how popular were those mechanics, anyway?)

16 comments:

Sher said...

Wow...this is really something! Wonder how many of these they actually sold...and if the people who used these were arrested for disturbing the peace???!!!!! How obnoxious...just the thing to go with a yellow Cadillac!!!! :0)

Have a great day,
Sher :0)

Mary@Holy Mackerel said...

I wish I had one of those things now. Oh, how to embarrass my children. That is my goal in life.

One Creative Queen said...

This is a really great post - I, too wonder how many they sold.

And your spin on it is great!

Jamie said...

"Cleverest novelty since the use of the auto"? Wowzers.

Hopefully the first user in the neighbourhood turned out to be the last, once the neighbours ganged up on the buyer for using it too often while driving home in a "happy" mood at three in the morning.

Lidian said...

Sher - Wouldn't it be something if all the neighbors bought one too? Yikes!

Mary - Yes, there are so many uses the ad didn't even mention! :)

One Creative Queen - Thanks! I guess one way to measure how popular they were is to see whether they kept being advertised year after year. I have no idea :)

Jamie - I was thinking that being first in your neighborhood to have it might, as you say, mean that you would not end up being very popular.

Tori Lennox said...

If any of my neighbors had one of those, I think I might get away with justifiable homicide.... don't you think?

Cookie Brochette said...

Well, at least it can be installed in 15 minutes. Cuz if you're gonna drive around bein' tacky, you wanna to get to it pretty quickly!

Heather Cherry said...

Elves in curlers, LOL. I like how she's all skidding to a stop. The wolf whistle stopped her in her tracks; so much so that her feet are emitting little stop-y lines.

Me-Me King said...

This is why I love coming here. It is so much fun to visit and rediscover those things that made us laugh. My neighbor had a '42 Chevy coupe with an a-uga horn. As kids, we loved it when he a-ugaed at us.

Da Old Man said...

Should I admit to having one of these?

It wasn't on my yellow Caddy, but my green Plymouth.

Lidian said...

Tori - Yes, because I am very noise-sensitive especially to buzzing or beeping noises!

Cookie - Absolutely, you might as well get out there as soon as possible to spend as many hours as you can making this charming racket.

Heather - She's skidding because she's so flattered! Doesn't everyone?

Me-Me - So did he use this horn a lot? I can imagine kids loving it, actually. It would be kind of fun, on occasion.

Da Old Man - Was that you driving around Me-me's neighborhood?

Hairball said...

It was all fun and games until the day James honked his honk and the lady in question pulled out a gun and shot out his tires.

Relax Max said...

This enjoyed great popularity until the hip babe magnets discovered Mr. Microphone.

Lidian said...

Hairball - That's the chance he took!

Max - One hopes that they did not have access to both at the same time...

jan said...

I'm surprised that this didn't start "road rage."

Lidian said...

Jan - Who says it didn't? Well, retro road rage, anyway (fist-shaking, yelling, etc)