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From 1898 through to 1910 HEROIN was marketed as a non-addictive morphine subsitute and cough medicine for children.

Bayer marketed heroin as a cure for morphine addiction before it was discovered that heroin is converted to morphine when metabolized in the liver, and as such, "heroin" was basically only a quicker acting form of morphine. The company was somewhat embarrassed by this new finding and it became a historical blunder for Bayer.

Bayer AG is a massive German based chemicals and pharmaceuticals manufacturer. It has operations in most countries worldwide and after a controversial year in 2004 posted a net loss of $1,361,000,000.00.

As a major player in 4 controversial sectors for over 125 years Bayer has a distinguished history of corporate crimes, ranging from the manufacture and sale of controversial drugs (Heroin, Ciproxin and Baycol), the development of chemical warfare agents and poisons (Chlorine Gas, Zyklon B and VX), the use of forced labour during WW2, and numerous cases of poisoning, lethal side-effects and environmental pollution connected to its chemical and pharmaceutical products.

In December 2001, Multinational Monitor rated Bayer AG as one of their Top Ten Worst Companies of the year. In December 2003, Alternet ranked Bayer as one of 'The 10 Worst Corporations of 2003'.

Gillette Safety - Safe enough for a baby.

In the old days if you can convince people that it's safe enough for a baby than everyone bought your product.

It must of worked because Gillette is one hell of a big company today.

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Iodized Salt


Goiter can be caused when the thyroid gland swells because of a lack of iodine in the diet. Most medical advise now states that iodine in salt is no longer necessary due to our food sources arising from all over the world.

I guess they had the right idea...

Iver Johnson Revolvers

There not toys: they shot straight and kill. You may need one only once in your lifetime: buy now. so you will have it at that time.

Papa says it won't hurt us. ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE IMPOSSIBLE.

A child in bed with a revolver in her hand. Believe it or not...