November 26, 2003

Remembering Mr. Yuk

No, this isn't another post about Bush, it's about that other Mr. Yuk -- the one they had commercials for when I was a kid.

Mr. Yuk was created in 1971 to help educate kids about products in the home that could harm them. Parents could get Mr. Yuk stickers to put on poisonous household products, and then tell their children that Mr. Yuk was a warning. (There was even a song).

I think it's a decent idea, but check out some antique bottle technology used to help people avoid accidental poisoning. I love the "coveted skull bottle."

(Brandon mentioned Mr. Yuk on Instick Musings)

Posted by James at November 26, 2003 10:05 AM
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Just had to show me up, eh! :D

That glass bottles link was a great find. Interesting reading.

Posted by: Brandon at November 26, 2003 1:15 PM

Just the results of a Google search. Actually, I turned up those bottles looking for pictures of the old "skull and crossbones" so familiar from the cartoons of our childhood.

Posted by: James at November 26, 2003 1:35 PM

My dad used to make model airplanes. Some of the glue and paint bottles he used (Testor's I believe) had skull and crossbones on them. Damn, I'm old!

Posted by: julie at November 27, 2003 10:14 AM

There was also an article about the skull and crossbones on The Straight Dope this week.

So, that little squiggle above Mr. Yuk's eyebrows, below the POISON HELP! - is that a word, or is it supposed to be his hair, or what?

I actually don't remember Mr. Yuk from childhood at all. I never saw him until the 90's!

Posted by: julie at November 27, 2003 10:15 AM

The writing on his forehead says:
(copyright symbol)CHospPgh(registered symbol)

I remember Mr. Yuk was a big deal at my Ohio elementary school during the 70s. I vaguely recall a school assembly/presentation complete with a play and everything.

Posted by: Brandon at November 27, 2003 11:07 AM

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