The Trac LXXVI Razor from Mad Magazine
Back when the 5-bladed Gillette Fusion came out a bunch of readers wrote in about the Onion's prescient spoof article about a ridiculous sounding 5-bladed razor. Recently ShavingStuff reader Crosius wrote in about an earlier piece from seminal comedy rag Mad Magazine (and presented by Wired). Seems Al Jaffee and his gang of misfits dreamed up the Trac LXXVI (that's 76 for all you roman numeral fans) razor years before:
Seventy-six cutting edges … wrap around an entire face and shave it close and clean in two or three effortless moves.
That was in response to the Schick Quattro, which at the time had an outlandish 4 blades.
For the M3Power, the first vibrating power razor from Gillette, Mad came up with a
battery-powered shaver produces "a high-frequency electromagnetic ray [that] instantly withers hairs and reduces them to ash."
I'm still waiting for the laser treatment which guilts hair follicles into lying dormant in therapy until a special psychological cream is applied to overcome their performance anxiety.
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Posted by Russell Neufeld at June 18, 2007 8:53 AM