Stealing From The bookofjoe

Once again, I’m echoing a lot of content from bookofjoe. I just can’t help myself.

Without the blog, how would I know about products like the Flatulence Deodorizer?

The Flatulence Deodorizer — U.S. Patent No. 6,313,371 — is “guaranteed to eliminate embarrassment from odors associated with flatulence – forever – or your money back.”

Says the site: “Try it, you’ll like it – and so will the others around you.”

How, indeed, would I know about Laver’s Law of Fashion? The law explains our fashion sense in a time-sensitive context:

Indecent – 10 years before its time

Shameless – 5 years before

Daring – 1 year before


Dowdy – 1 year after its time

Hideous – 10 years after

Ridiculous – 20 years after

Amusing – 30 years after

Quaint – 50 years after

Charming – 70 years after

Romantic – 100 years after

Beautiful – 150 years after its time

Finally, and this is more serious, how would I know that musicians are using performance-enhancing drugs? It reminds me of an NPR All Things Considered story about cosmetic neurology that I’d meant to comment on. bookofjoe calls it Cosmetic Psychopharmacology, but either way, it’s about using drugs to enhance performance of many types: memory, eyesight, reaction time, calmness. On the other hand, musicians and artists throughout history have used drugs to ehance, stimulate, or inspire their work, so….

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