I worked at a grocery store one summer while I was still too young to drive, so I had to rely on my parents (well, my mom) to pick me up & drop me off most of the time. Mom had her hands full around that time between us kids and my grandparents and her job, so I spent a lot of time waiting in the lobby after I clocked out.
And that's when I started finding these.
I don't know who was dropping them around town back then, but once I'd found one where I worked, it seemed like they were everywhere. They were usually clustered around benches in the lobbies of grocery stores, or tucked into slots on pop machines, or slid into the free flyers or newspapers stacked in doorways. Whoever was scattering them wasn't just dumping them in a pile; they were going out of their way to put them in spots where they'd sneak up on people.
After I went away to college in Duluth a few years later, I didn't find them nearly as often and sort of forgot about them...until my younger brother started working at the IGA in Ashland when he was in high school. I came home one weekend and he had a whole pile of them in his room - "These are hilarious! Who writes this crap?"
A few weeks ago, I bumped into them again online...and found a whole afternoon's worth of entertainment on the publisher's website.
There's their famous treatise on the evils of Dungeons & Dragons:
There's one (actually, several) about the dangers of engaging in premarital sex (especially with guys dressed like Burt Reynolds):
And there's a lot of completely level-headed information about people who aren't fundamentalist Christians, too.
(Why is Grandpa dressed up like Harvey Birdman's boss?)
However, thankfully, to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction; and for every zealot, there's a jester. And oh, there's a lot of funny parodies of this stuff online. There's even a Mystery Science Theater 3000-themed one. Something for everyone! Well, almost everyone. Somebody must be getting converted by those pamphlets or they wouldn't keep printing them, right...?