A sure way to kill bugs - True story.

@Pose123 (21667)
Canada
December 14, 2009 5:32pm CST
In the early twentieth century, a common household pest was the infamous bed bug. Many people tried to rid their homes of these pests but were usually unsuccessful. Imagine the delight of one couple to find in a weekly magazine an advertisement captioned "A sure way to kill bugs". The couple immediately placed an order and waited expectantly. Two weeks later they received in the post a package containing a small wooden hammer and a block of wood. Enclosed was a note that read as follows: "Catch the bug carefully, lay him on the block, then take the hammer and give the lad a knock"!
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@williamjisir (22903)
• China
19 Dec 09
Give the lad a knock. It is really funny of the directions of the use of the wooden hammer and the block of wood. Yeah, it is true that bed bugs were one of the pests in the twenties centuries, especially in the country.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
19 Dec 09
Hi William, Thanks for commenting and I agree it's funny. The cost was so little that no one was hurt. Blessings.
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
16 Dec 09
I am hoping that this was intended as a joke.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
17 Dec 09
Hi Roxie, Thanks for commenting. It actually happened, but the couple I heard about took it as a joke. They had paid only one or maybe two dollars so it was more for fun than what we would call a scam. Blessings.
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@enola1692 (3325)
• United States
15 Dec 09
thats funny I like that one
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
15 Dec 09
Thanks enola. Blessings.
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@madteaparty (2762)
• Japan
15 Dec 09
Isn't always the best way to do it yourself?
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
15 Dec 09
HI madteaparty, Thank you commenting. Blessings.
@shobhan51 (376)
• Malaysia
15 Dec 09
When we are desperate, there are conmen ever ready to fleece us, don't you think so?
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
15 Dec 09
Hi shobhan, Thanks for your comment. Blessings.
@voxnocis (20)
• United States
14 Dec 09
ha ha ha ha, that is a great idea i think i might eventually try to sell somthing like that "a new revolutionary way to kill all kinds of bugs. spiders,ants,roaches,flys,even bugs no one has ever seen even kill small rodents" a modern varint of that scam a magnet and a small metal hammer with the same instructions. (btw food is a great way to attract bugs to use this tool on .)
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
15 Dec 09
Hi voxnocis, Thanks for commenting and the guy that I heard about considered it was worth the couple of dollars that it cost. Blessings.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Dec 09
hahaha well it didn't say anything about catching them, now did it?
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
15 Dec 09
Hi dawnald, Thanks for commenting, it was a good joke and at the time probably only cost one or two dollars. Blessings.
• United States
14 Dec 09
They are probably the people who own the resorts I stay in, money making schemes like this are now called scams.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
15 Dec 09
Hi gitfiddleplayer, Thanks for commenting. Back then it probably didn't cost more then one or two dollars and the guy it happened to enjoyed the joke. Blessings.
@Hatley (164629)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Jan 10
hi Pose123 oh my goodness,needed that chuckle and it felt really good too. well that was really practical but first they had to catch the little bugs. as I understand it they were really pretty small. well I will have to tell my son this joke. You really did a neat discussion as you worked in the joke without making it the discussion. unlike one poor poster who made the joke the discussion as mylot admins do delete those. I did warn the person and told her or him that I hoped mylot had overlooked it,. the joke' was funny but it was not buried it was the whole discussion this was done as a story so it is altogether different.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
9 Jan 10
Hi Hatley, Thank you for your comment and I always thought that one was funny. It was clearly meant as a joke because the cost was minimal. Blessings.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
15 Dec 09
Well it was something to do with their spare time, of course in those days there wasn't much spare time to be had. And the bugs lived on.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
15 Dec 09
Hi Savypat, Thanks for your comment. The couple I knew thought that the joke was worth the dollar or two they had to pay at the time. Blessings.
@ronnyb (6120)
• Jamaica
17 Jan 10
Lol oh my I can just imagine the surprise on the face of the couple after realising they were scammed .Then again thats a sure way to kill the bugs ,just not a way to kill all of the bugs .Thank youfor this laugh