Now, you may well laugh.......How about getting me a bottle of steam..........Or a left handed claw hammer.....
Probably a bit of both - I think Aladdin must have been first on the scene, because you originally only ever talked about pink paraffin. Fortunately we only used it as a low level background heat in sub-zero temps - a small circular thing that sat on the floor: possibly in the outside khazi. Later my Mother had a greenhouse heater that used it as well.That's right and Aladdin Pink.
This was at the time paraffin stoves were popular for heating and whether colouring it was a safety measure so petrol wasn't used or simply an advertising gimmick between the two companies I don't know.
G-g--g-granville - g-g-go fetch a cloth!In my mid teens I had a Saturday job in a Cycle Shop that also sold pre-packed coal and smokeless fuel and pink paraffin. I had to deliver orders to regular customers. I rode a tradesman's cycle with either two five gallon drums of paraffin on the front, or, four twenty-eight pound bags of coal, that's a hundredweight in old money. I don't think 'elf & safety would allow that today
My first ever wind-up was when working for a butchers too. I was sent to the boss to ask if a left or right handed tripe hammer was required to split the lamb shoulders we'd just had delivered. Waltzed straight into the boss like a muppet and said "Derek want's to know if he needs a left or right handed tripe hammer for these lamb shoulders". The boss was very diplomatic and said that Derek was to use whatever he though fit for the job.When I left school my first job was in a butchers. They sent me to a rival shop down the road for a long weight. I stood in there for 15mins then the owner said "you've had your long weight now f*%* off"
That is a common scam these days. The old adage is if it seems too good to be true then it probably is. The Chinese seller will clone a popular listing, even using the same wording description and photographs as the original listing and then offer for sale with his details at a ridiculously low price. This is commonly found on expensive brass locomotive kits in smaller gauges.
As regards the funny side of this thread, I worked a lifetime in aviation and the common requests of new apprentices was 'X' metres of flightline or so many litres of propwash. The tool crib operator would have a prepared container with the propwash or would ask the apprentice to verify the concentration of propwash required. At one time my then leading hand told the apprentice to get a long weight from the tool crib. The apprentice returned unknowingly with a short weight. He was duly instructed to return it for the correct length weight. All fun and games then but these days known as bastardisation.