Some of these are hard to believe, “When life depends on it, you use asbestos”?

Consumerist

Remember when you could buy barbiturates for the baby? Cover your house with asbestos? Or get heroin from the doctor? Okay, probably not, but thanks to the immortal beauty of advertising, you can take a trip back in time. Here’s our pick of some of the most ironic ads in American history.

UNION CARBIDE
“Science helps build a new India”

Ah, the innocent days before a Union Carbide plant in India obliterated everyone in sight. In 1984, Union Carbide’s plant in Bhopal released 42 tons of toxic gas into the air, ultimately killing about 25,000 people. The stench of this “new India” remains to date, in fact, as the Yes Men have duly pointed out.

(Image via Copyranter)

CORVAIR (1960)


The Corvair in action!
Impaling drivers with steering wheels!
Leaking oil!
Spiraling out of control!

You may remember the Corvair as the focus of Ralph Nader’s classic book…

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