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Wilkes Barre Times Leader, October 16, 1922. We’re not talking about the pituitary here, nor the thymus. But do not leap to the conclusion that we’re looking at the Chicago equivalent of bang-utot or that African hysteria whereby a stranger shakes a feller’s hand and the latter’s johnson disappears. The above-named victims really were sporting conspicuously clean trouser lines. Some of the blanks will be filled in, others not. But is “gland banditry” not an awesome phrase? [Thanks to krrraft for putting me onto this phenomenon.]

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Try bang, Dad: nil.

A dry blind gnat.

A dirndl by Tang.


  1. Is this in some way related to the whole “monkey gland” surgery?

    • In a shaker, over ice, add 2 oz gin, juice from 1/2 orange, and a splash of grenadine. Shake well, and strain into a chilled ups glass lined with Pernod. Garnish with orange peel.

      Much safer than surgery, and arguably more effective.

        • mrparallel
        • Posted January 10, 2010 at 6:43 am
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        And that cocktail’s called a Gland Bandit? I wonder why I never heard of it before.

    • Not unrelated, though no monkeys will be harmed.
      I assume you’ve read Gertrude Atherton’s Black Oxen?

  2. Am I the only one with a sufficiently juvenile sense of humor to be snickering over that fact that one of the victims was named Harry Johnson?

    • Oh gosh no.

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