Getting Skinny With Ayds

Talk about bad timing. Ayds (pronounced “Aids”) was an appetite suppressant “candy” to aid dieters, introduced in about 1979 the 1970s, about the same time that shortly after this AIDS (also pronounced “Aids”) began to receive national attention. It quietly faded away, but Ayds was a precursor to phen-fen, a diet pill ingredient since banned by the FDA, so Ayds would have eventually gone away anyway.

Brian Boone

From the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Northwest, I contribute to the Retroist, write for trivia publications, and blog about music in a humorous fashion. I feel about "Back to the Future" the way you feel about "Star Wars." Also, I'm married and have a child (sorry ladies, orphans).

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