Sometimes you hear news that causes a double-take, like these items from 1962.

* That’s not candy! Someone left an open bag of copper sulfate near a Los Angeles pool and a 4th grader found it. Thinking it was blue “rock candy,” he offered it to his classmates. More than 50 tasted it, and 10 actually chewed and swallowed the algaecide, requiring hospitalization. Fortunately, all recovered.

* Keep on truckin’. A doctor in Palm Desert, Calif., sold his home, which was to be demolished and replaced by a bank. But he couldn’t bear to see his new pool destroyed, so he sold it for one dollar to a guy in nearby Indio. The catch: The buyer had to move the 12-by-30-foot gunite pool down Highway 111 to its new home. So arrangements were made to dig around the vessel and, using wire cable netting, lift it out of the ground and truck it down the highway.

* All that jazz. A North Carolina pool builder came up with a unique way to thank new customers. Henry “Buddy” Klein, who also was a jazz drummer, would throw a free pool party for clients upon completion of a job, with live music by the Buddy Klein Combo.

* Is that a skunk? The little Nebraska village of Bertrand came up with some imaginative ways to raise money for its swimming pool fund. At a day-long auction, some interesting stuff went on the block, including a descented skunk (“sold for $20!”) and a crate of ducks. The haul: $3,000. Excited by the auction’s success, the organizer immediately scheduled a variety show and a cookbook sale to help reach the $24,000 goal.

* Scuba-crazy. A couple whose lives revolved around their scuba-diving hobby had a special pool built at their San Fernando Valley, Calif., home. The 35-foot-wide pool boasted 32 feet of 12-foot depth, and 24 feet of 3- to 5-foot depths. Cost: approximately $10,000. The grand opening attracted the important diving figures of the day: Lloyd Bridges, star of the “Sea Hunt” TV show; Zale Parry, an underwater photographer/actress also on “Sea Hunt”; and Alberta Jones, an endurance diver famous for staying underwater 50 hours or more at a time.

Source: Pool News