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Twelve Signs of the Idiac

April 11th, 2013 · 4 Comments


I didn’t know that the Illinois State Department of Health issued cartoons; this one is striking.  I found it in a 1928 book called Safe Counsel, by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols.  Don’t be like this man!

(Posted by Doug Skinner)

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lisa // Apr 12, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    This is wonderful! I wish more departments of health had a healthy sense of humor.

  • 2 Doug // Apr 12, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Hooray for Illinois!

  • 3 Derek // Apr 13, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I figured the word “Idiac” sprang from Doug’s brain. Who’d a thunk such cleverness lurked in the bowels of the state bureaucracy. Guess it really was the “Roaring Twenties.”

  • 4 Doug // Apr 13, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    I guess “idiac” is a portmanteau of “idiot” and “zodiac”; but googling reveals it’s also a combo of “idiot” and “maniac,” as well as a number of acronyms. A versatile word!

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