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Soren Sorenson Adams

One of the pleasures of the comics of my youth was the small-ads for pocket-money priced practical jokes, from stink bombs to ‘dirty’ soap and hand-buzzers to snakes in a tin, all of which we owe to Soren Sorenson Adams, the father of the practical joke.

Born near Aarhus, Denmark in 1879, his family migrated to America when he was four years old and he grew up in New Jersey. He wasn’t to discover the the profitability of the novelty prank until 1904 when he worked for a chemical dye company and noticed that one of the ingredients used caused uncontrollable sneezing which his co-workers found hilarious. Read more ›››