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    used to be bubble gum.   I used to love them.  Like really decent hubba-bubba type bubblegum.  (Is Hubba Bubba still around at all anymore?)

    anyway, Snake Oil comes from the time of pilgrims on.  They observed native americans rubbing a kind of oil on their skin after cuts or injuries.   We think now this was mostly from oil seeps at the time.. anyway, some people thought this was so unique they bottled up some of it mixed with whatever else and called it 'healing oils'.

    When it moved to the west of the country years later, they would market it as 'snake oil' as a cure all for almost anything.  Broken bones, sickness, whatever.. snake oil.

    Then it just became associated with fraud.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 07:37:23 AM PDT

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