Doonesbury on magical thinking

Getting it right once again (click on the image for the whole comic)…


I’ve been meaning to do a piece about Head On, but I think I’ve decided that it’s just too ridiculous to bother with, and that’s saying something. After all, this is the blog that regularly posts pictures of a giant enema bottle.


  1. #1 DLC
    December 23, 2007

    I wish somebody would put an ad right behind theirs, reminding people that the product they just saw is nothing more than a wax stick. But… Wishing is more magical thinking.
    (joke) Oh well, perhaps after I win the lottery (/joke)

  2. #2 Becca
    December 23, 2007

    But the important question is when are you going to debunk homework?

  3. #3 Calli Arcalempre
    December 23, 2007

    What I find truly impressive about Head On is its ability to con people into thinking that it is effective *without even saying what it’s supposed to be for*!

    Now that’s impressive. (On the other hand, it’s been done before. Shades of “Cuforhedake”, or whatever it was called, back when the government first started to crack down on blatantly false claims.)

  4. #4 Nemo
    December 24, 2007

    I just think it’s funny that the comic has a priest talking about “magical thinking”.

  5. #5 DT35
    December 24, 2007

    Bohemian Road Nurse had a great post a year or so ago,describing an elderly home care patient who reported relief of her headaches with a product applied directly to the forehead. When asked if it were HeadOn, the patient responded that it was similar, but that she purchased the cheaper generic version. She then produced for the nurse’s inspection a bottle of Ban Roll-on deodorant.

  6. #6 Patience
    December 26, 2007

    I have a small pot of headache balm made primarily of menthol and lavendar, which does help my sinus headaches…well, the menthol bit does. It clears up my nose some and relieves the pressure. But I also know what’s in it and how it works, and it only works for those headaches (not my migraines, for example). Head-on, on the other hand…

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