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FABULOUS FLOPS By T. A. Tafoya Some products make it and others just don’t. Tidbits takes a look a few fabulous flops. • Studebaker Dictator. This car was not exactly “the heartbeat of America” when it was introduced in 1934. According to one auto industry analyst, “After Hitler and Mussolini came to power, a name like Dictator was downright un-American.” But that didn’t stop the nation’s No. 5 automaker; in fact, the Dictator was in production for three years. • Bic Perfume. It was what every woman wanted — perfume in a lighter. At least that’s what the company hoped. So why wasn’t the $5 perfume a hit? According to one industry expert, “It looked like a cigarette lighter.” Bic lost $11 million. • Chilly Bang! Bang! Juice. Maybe not the best packaging idea — The kiddie drink came in a pistol-shaped container. Kids drank it by putting the barrel in their mouths and squeezing the trigger. Outraged parents and complaints from officials got it yanked from the shelves. • Hop ‘N’ Gator. The inventor of Gatorade sold his original drink to a major corporation in 1966. Then, in 1969, he used the money to create another can’t-miss product: a mixture of Gatorade and beer. The Pittsburgh Brewing Company sold the drink for a couple of years, but unfortunately sales never took off. People didn’t want Gatorade in their beer. • Zartan the Enemy Action Figures. Hasbro promoted the first version of this soldier doll as a “paranoid schizophrenic with multiple personalities.” After mental health organizations complained, Hasbro made a second version that doesn’t reference either mental disorder. • Pepsi A.M. Why not get your morning caffeine from cola instead of coffee? The world’s first breakfast soft drink didn’t get far. It didn’t take long for Pepsi to find out that most consumers didn’t want a breakfast soft drink, and those who did drink Pepsi in the morning, “still preferred the taste of plain old Pepsi.” • Hands Up! This kid’s soap in an aerosol can, was introduced in 1962. The spray nozzle was a plastic gun. Kids got soap out of the can by pointing the gun nozzle at themselves or bath partner and squeezing the trigger. The HandsUp-slogan: “Gets kids clean and makes them like it.” • Colgate Kitchen Entrees. Colgate tried to market a variety of food products with the Colgate name, but they never took off. Colgate may have thought this was a clever idea — Eat Colgate food and then clean the food off your teeth with Colgate toothpaste. Sounds appetizing, right? • Cocaine Energy Drink. Cocaine is a highenergy drink, containing three and a half times the amount of caffeine as Red Bull. The FDA declared that the manufacturer, Redux Beverages, was “illegally marketing their drink as an alternative to street drugs.” It was pulled off U.S. shelves in 2007. Despite the controversy, Redux Beverages has no intention of ceasing production and still sells the beverage in Europe and a few stores in the United States. • The DeLorean. John DeLorean quit General Motors in 1973 to start his own auto company. His car, The DeLorean, debuted in 1981 but failed two years later due to lack of sales. The car’s design may have been too “space age” for the times, with its unpainted, stainlesssteel exterior and gull-wing doors. Only 9,000 vehicles were manufactured.

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