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No joke here folks. I actually experimented with this idea
in 1974 and had modest success. I was a silkscreen artist
at the time and was experimenting with ink alternatives.
My first attemps were with chocolate (fudge ice cream
syrup). I created a whole series of proto-type business
Some were designed to resemble a fudgicle-pop,
others said "lickem-here" with a patch of chocolate.
Some had conventional typeface but with a panel of lick-
able chocolate on the back. The printed typeface was also
chocolate. To prevent stickiness each card was inter-
leafed with a thin sheet of velum paper. They were
quite stable and I still have some of them stored to this
Other examples were ketchup and mustard. Food coloring
had to be added to intensify the color density.
One really weird idea I tried was just using clear cooking
oil with some type of stabilizer to facilitate with the
printing process. The result created a controlled graphic
typeface which was oily. Subtle oil stain-like graphics.
I tested out various card stocks from very porous to hard,
I got my inspiration for that one looking at a grease stained
I was trying at the time, to infuse the oil with the smell of
pepperoni pizza. I never applied to get a patent, I was trying
to expand the boundries of artistic invention.
would have been useful here
voted on by four autoboners [FarmerJohn, Oct 04 2004]
[DeathNinja, Oct 04 2004]
Preston's Candy Cards
They make business cards too [monkeywidget, Oct 04 2004]
Edible Business Cards
Fiction. [jutta, Apr 28 2005]
Beef jerky business cards [hippo, Apr 28 2009]
||How about "scratch 'n' sniff" business cards, which would be infused with the corporate smell?
||Anything that brings roaches to a competitor's desk get's a lickable picture of a croissant from me. +
||All business cards are lickable, but
your cards probably tasted better.
I personally never eat things from
anyone's wallet aren't individually
wrapped. '74 huh? Did you try
dipping your cards in the usual
'70s chemicals. I can think of
atleast 3 of them that would make
humans want to lick your cards.
Chemicals like that are the other
reason why I won't lick any one's
cards, especially if they ask me to
do so. Possibly, fine for other
humans though. +
||<notes the words 'other humans' and smiles to self>
||// make humans want to lick your cards //
||I could imagine coming home to candles, food, and a wife wearing nothing but my business cards...
..hopefully I didn't choose "ketchup" cards...
||Might want to add a disclaimer for avoiding any responsibility for tongue-based paper cuts... ow! Hmmm. Why not make the edges salty just to add to the experience???
||Margarita letterhead with salt sealing envelope.
||It was the early 1970's and the scratch and sniff concept
was just being tested. I remember a Martini scent and
Natural Gas. I was inspired........
||Business-card-shaped stick of chewing gum would be flat, would stack with other cards, and be more sanitary.
||flypaper,..........this gives me a new idea! What about
business cards made out of an edible,
durable foodstuff. Highly compressed
granola or something, with non-toxic soy-
bean inks for the printing.
||bizarre. delicious. call the nurse.