Tuesday Turnip: "VD is for everybody!"

David K. Israel

It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up."

Today I typed in "the history of STDs" expecting to regale you with such golden nuggets of information as: before 1960 Syphilis and Gonorrhea were the only major STDs. Chlamydia was first recognized in 1976 and AIDS in 1981, blah, blah, blah.

But I must forgo the ordinary to present two serious extraordinary finds that popped up, each deserving a little extra attention in today's Turnip.

Of course, what we now call STDs were commonly known before the 1990s by the euphemistic handle "venereal diseases." (The word venereal comes from the Latin, Venus, as you'd expect.) And while you might think America in the 40s, 50s, 60s, and even 70s would consider the subject of sexually transmitted diseases taboo, I present you with humorous evidence to the contrary:

Exhibit A:

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A war-time poster aimed at keeping our soldiers protected at all costs. If you can't see the print at the bottom there, it reads: "You can't beat the Axis if you get VD."

Now on to Exhibit B, which, by my way of thinking, is even more entertaining. It's a recording of an actual TV jingle that was popular in the early 70s. And yes, they really are singing, "Anyone can share VD with someone nice as you!"

click here for VD jingle