Flying on Air Force One is kind of like flying first class (something I’ve been lucky enough to do twice thanks to accidental airline upgrades). There are real glasses and real silverware. And in the press area, when you board there are baskets of candy/snacks and fruit to munch on.
The news organizations do pay for our seats on Air Force One, so these perks aren’t free. And they aren’t even really for us. The journalists are there to cover the leader of the free world, stay connected to the seat of power in these difficult times (you never know when news might break out) or simply to document it if the president stumbles on the steps.
Perhaps the best part, no one scolds you about wearing your seatbelt or forces you to turn off your laptop for takeoff and landing.
Wow, this product sounds too good to be true! It probably is—and products have been marketed with false claims for a long time. But wait! There’s more:
Electropathic Belt ads claimed it would treat a variety of ailments, including “nervous exhaustion, neuralgia, rheumatism, indigestion, sleeplessness, [and] ladies’ ailments.” At the time, electricity was mysterious and seemingly wonderful. Despite the welcoming, calm looks of the two “invalids” in this ad, the belt didn’t work as advertised. Instead, it proved extremely effective in chafing skin—and nothing else.
More examples of bogus ads from history from our National Museum of American History. First 50 readers get free admission to any of our museums (Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum not included in this offer)**
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