During my 1960’s boyhood, part of which was spent reading
Mad Magazine and its attendant paperpacks, I remember seeing
in various drawings, stories, and cartoons the word “Potzrebie”, or “Potrzebie”. For no apparent reason the
word would be worked into the background or corner of the
The earliest occurrence I know of was in the Robinson Crusoe
send-up which I saw in the Bedside Mad paperback. This story
was written by Bill Elder (?) sometime in the 1950’s.