Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Mystery of the Magic Fire Crayon

 Some deep philosophical questions, in no particular order:

- What are these Magic Crayons made out of?

- If it is like neon, that means it is not neon. What is it, then?

- How long does the advertising message "burn"? It has to be at least 10 seconds, because you will be making a sale in that amount of time. You "walk-in, walk-out." That is, walk in, set some shopkeeper's window on fire by writing "Everything Half Price," damage window, and walk out. Don't forget your amazing cash profit though!

- How can a "lazy man" make four sales a day, isn't he going to be busy sitting at home in his Barcalounger?

- Who is Fuller?

- And why you would be making exactly $7.65 per order? How did they arrive at that precise number?

- And finally: the math. If you make $7.65 profit with each sale, ten sales will equal a profit of $76.50, right? So how could Fuller have made $79 on only seven sales?

- Answer: The extra must have been for selling his brushes on the side.

[From Popular Science, April 1960. Another amazing product from Chicago, by the way!]

6 comments:

Tori Lennox said...

If these suckers ship C.O.D., how can you get paid "cash on the spot"?

Lidian said...

Tori - That must be magic too. Or maybe they think that your prospective clients will be so amazed they will throw money at you.

Or maybe they'll throw money to get you to stop writing on their stuff ;)

Barbara said...

Made with uranium. Or that radium they used on old clocks to make them glow in the dark. Everyone in the vicinity of the "magic crayon" is dead now. Crayon poisoning.

Keith said...

Hey there. I hope you're having a good weekend. It's been cold and rainy here. Our internet keeps going out so I did want to leave a comment on your blog. Take care. Have a great week. Cheers!

Lidian said...

Barbara - That's a good idea - I never thought of that! I tried to look this up but all I found were more ads.

Keith - Oh no! Hope your internet gets to working well again soon, I hate when that happens (and everyone knows it!). Otherwise, hope you're having a good weekend :)

prashant said...

I hope you're having a good weekend.

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