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Re: Carter's Little Liver Pills

Posted by Bob on May 18, 2003

In Reply to: Re: Carter's Little Liver Pills posted by ESC on May 18, 2003

: : Does anyone know where the phrase "He has more ______ than Carter has liver pills" comes from. Or did my Grandma just make this one up?

: There was a product: "Carter's Little Liver Pills." If you want to see a sample, go to ebay and type in "Carter's liver."

It was a Very heavily-advertised patent medicine, which lasted perhaps into the 1960s. Carter's Little Liver Pills became Carter's Little Pills when those fussbudgets in the government made the point that these pills had, oh, nothing whatsoever to do with the liver. The new name had less appeal, and the brand faded away.