I was reading this article about Nintendo and how they got their start making naked lady playing cards and owning love hotels (basically a Japanese hotel where you can get a room by the hour), and thought it was funny how Nintendo’s modern reputation is one of wholesome entertainment, shying away from sex and censoring violence at every turn. It got me thinking about other companies that try to maintain wholesome facades but have histories steeped in corruption, moral decay, and depravity. I did some research, and you’re going to be shocked at what I found!
Chick-fil-A, a company known for its Christian values, even mandating that all restaurants close on Sundays so that families can worship together, wasn’t always so squeaky clean. In fact, when the original incarnation of the restaurant was opened in Hapeville, GA, in 1946, under the name “The Dwarf Grill”, the slogan was not, as pictured above “We Didn’t Invent The Chicken, Just The Chicken Sandwich”. It was “We Didn’t Invent The Chicken, But Here’s Some Fried Chicken For White People Only”.
Walmart, a behemoth of a company that is famous for offering censored music, and promoting family values, also hides a dark past. The original Wal-mart in Rogers, Arkansas, was actually a front for the sale and distribution of massive amounts of marijuana. In fact, the smiley face logo of Walmart finds its origins in “Razorback Lush”, the popular brand of weed available in that area at the time and well-known for being adorned with a giant yellow smiley face sticker.
Everyone knows that the original formula for Coca-Cola contained trace amounts of cocaine, but very few people realize that the mouths of all the original glass bottles were coated with a light layer of LSD and that the sharp edges of the bottle caps would inject heroin directly into your body when grazed against your skin.
While it would be logical to assume that the logo for Gerber is a baby because it has been manufacturing baby food and baby products for almost 90 years, the dark reality behind this company’s origin is that the founder just really liked to fuck babies.