is a floor wax and
a dessert topping
. Pulvapies was a foot powder and
a mayoral candidate
Let's step into the Wayback Machine
and visit Ecuador
in 1967, where the small coastal town of Picoazà
(Population: 4,000) was holding its mayoral election, along with many other towns and cities. A foot deodorant
company called Pulvapies began a new advertising
campaign that featured the slogan
"Vote for any candidate, but if you want well-being
, vote for Pulvapies." One the day before the election
, they distributed flyers that were the same color and size as the official election ballot
which read: "For Mayor: Honorable Pulvapies."
Pulvapies was elected mayor
of Picoazà and received votes in other towns and cities.
It was an occasion for scandal
. I don't know if the foot powder company survived -- many candidates threatened to sue, and I can find no references to Pulvapies outside of the mayoral scandal. It's a pretty good bet that the second-place candidate was sworn in as mayor of Picoazà -- though I don't know how long you'd want to be "the Mayor who Got Beat by Foot Powder."
It sounds like an urban legend
, but Snopes says it's the real deal. It's hard to imagine how a foot powder would be worse than some other politician
s -- it would at least keep your feet dry...Research from the Snopes Urban Legends Reference Page (http://www.snopes.com/politics/ballot/footpowder.asp)