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Maksutov
2005-Dec-06, 11:35 AM
Well, for starters,

1. That ridiculous Toyota meteor-proof truck ad. Its plethora of mistakes and absurdities is discussed in another thread somewhere.

2. The car ad that states that the particular vehicle is the "most appealing" of any cars. What the heck does "most appealing" mean? It's never defined in the ad. BTW, this ad failed one of the basics: I really don't recall the actual product.

3. The Viagra (Cialis?) ad with the idiot running around with the apparently permanent ear-to-ear grin. Makes Alfred E. Neumann look positively intelligent and handsome. Glad I don't need that product.

4. The Coors Light (AKA "Cowboy Koolaid") "beer" commercial that is supposedly located at Foxboro, Massachusetts. It shows the temperature as being 100 F. Can't remember the last time it got that hot in Gillette stadium during football season, if ever. But now during the regular season in December it is pathetically hilarious to see the commercial's Patriots fans sweating in the heat while the actual game is being played during a snowstorm.

5. Any and all ads for 4-wheelers that are shown ripping the wilderness to shreds, kicking up rocks, and creating future erosion channels.

6. Any and all ads for SUVs that are shown ripping the wilderness to shreds, kicking up rocks, and creating future erosion channels.

7. Ads for SUVs that show yuppies on mountaintops celebrating their wonderful achievement, i.e., driving their SUV to the mountaintop.

8. Ads for alcoholic beverages where the protagonists appear to be young enough to still be in high school.

9. The Domino's pizza ad where the father allows his children to turn on the light for a few seconds to look at the pizza, and then shut it off, because they're trying to save money. Meanwhile he's ordering delivered pizza, one of the world's great bargains.

Anyone have some other candidates?

turbo-1
2005-Dec-06, 01:04 PM
Any Jeep ad that uses the phrase "most capable". Most capable of what? Breaking down? That's what mine did - I was wrenching on that thing on a regular basis.

My wife's all-time hurler is the nail fungus ad showing a little demon lifting a toenail and digging away at the flesh underneath. Of course, if you take the "medicine" being advertised, your doctor will have to monitor you for possible liver damage...a liver is a small price to pay for pretty toenails, though.

Moose
2005-Dec-06, 01:55 PM
It's a tie between all prescription drug ads. They say a doctor who self-prescribes has a fool for a patient. How much more so when the "doctor" has no credentials whatsoever?

A close second is the white terrier eating peanut butter. Geh. I couldn't so much as look at the stuff for close to a year after seeing that ad.

I generally think poorly of commercials that involve blue liquid euphamisms and/or baby backsides.

gethen
2005-Dec-06, 02:50 PM
I hate that Hummer commercial where the kid builds his own Hummer-like wooden vehicle and then cheats his way to winning the soapbox derby by going off the track. It fits in nicely with my idea of the type of person who would buy a Hummer for personal use in the first place.

Moose
2005-Dec-06, 02:56 PM
Oh, I just remembered that Ford Focus commercial where this woman is "above" waiting in line by sneaking into the men's restroom and driving on the sidewalk while rolling her eyes at the poor deluded souls who, you know, follow road laws and don't run people down in their haste to get where they're going.

She could have at least pulled out a roll of Mentos to show she was a harmless scamp doing harmless scampy things. That would have made it all right.

mickal555
2005-Dec-06, 03:41 PM
There's this hair-regroth add
This really busty guy is going on about how he lost his hair(hes like 28 and looks likes hes never lost a hair on his head) and it's scientifficly proven etc...

EVIL

And theirs another one for hair- shampoo or something...
At the end a guy asks "honney wheres my socks" "in your draw" WT..?
It has no relation to the actuall add- it's just thrown in their for the "men are hopeless" girlpower buy our product... it just makes no sence....

Those crazyfrog and sms adds :sick:

SolusLupus
2005-Dec-06, 04:13 PM
Any commercial that has an annoying theme song that I CANNOT GET OUT OF MY HEAD!

zebo-the-fat
2005-Dec-06, 07:39 PM
All of them!

I record everything and skip through the adds

SolusLupus
2005-Dec-06, 07:41 PM
All of them!

I record everything and skip through the adds

You mean you've never seen any of the Geico commercials?

You poor poor boy you.

aurora
2005-Dec-06, 07:51 PM
I was going to mention all of the Geico commercials as being particularly annoying.

Also, there is a new car commercial where the family is out for a drive in the ocean, and the kids are watching sharks through the sunroof. Ugh.

Gillianren
2005-Dec-06, 09:11 PM
Any and all commercials that involve phone operators intentionally making your life harder.

Any and all commercials for prescription drugs.

Any and all commercials that say their claims are not proven by the FDA.

Any and all commercials wherein someone comes home from a long day at work and has to make dinner for people sitting around the house.

Any and all commercials for alcoholic beverages.

SolusLupus
2005-Dec-06, 09:35 PM
I was going to mention all of the Geico commercials as being particularly annoying.

Man. I love the Geico commercials.

Donnie B.
2005-Dec-06, 09:59 PM
I'll nominate the ad for toilet paper that features animated, cutsey bears. Makes my stomach churn every time.

Donnie B.
2005-Dec-06, 10:01 PM
5. Any and all ads for 4-wheelers that are shown ripping the wilderness to shreds, kicking up rocks, and creating future erosion channels.

6. Any and all ads for SUVs that are shown ripping the wilderness to shreds, kicking up rocks, and creating future erosion channels.

7. Ads for SUVs that show yuppies on mountaintops celebrating their wonderful achievement, i.e., driving their SUV to the mountaintop.Seconded, and LOL at #7. [pumps fist] Yeah! I'm a man! I can drive uphill!

SolusLupus
2005-Dec-06, 10:12 PM
I'll nominate the ad for toilet paper that features animated, cutsey bears. Makes my stomach churn every time.

I'll second that. Showing cutesy bears wipe themselves is... weird...

Oh, also: Any tampon commercials. Not just tampon commercials, but tampon commercials on, say, Spike TV.

"TV for men!"
"Buy tampons now!"

Hugh Jass
2005-Dec-06, 10:52 PM
It's a tie between all prescription drug ads.


Any and all commercials for prescription drugs.

Ditto, but I have to say the ones that DON'T TELL YOU IT'S PURPOSE!!! break the tie and take the lead. 30 seconds or a minute of people taking walks in a field or sailing or hugging their children or just generally skipping and happy. BUT WHAT DOES IT TREAT!!! They just tell me I need it, go see your doctor today!! Hey doc I need this pill, but I don’t know why.

five_distinct
2005-Dec-06, 10:54 PM
I can't think of any that I particularly hate right now, but one that I really find hilarious is the new Future Shop one (I'm not sure if Future Shop is even in the states, so you guys might not have seen this) where they're spoofing some kind of ridiculous 80s synthpop music video and shoot lasers out of their crotches.

Celestial Mechanic
2005-Dec-06, 10:57 PM
The commercials for Total cereal where people are given multiple bowls of some other cereal in order to get the daily requirement of nutrient X that Total provides with just one bowl. You're not supposed to get all of the day's nutrition from one bowl of cereal! You should try to eat sensibly all day! Pizza should be the source of your nutrients!

Of course now they've got an even lamer commerical. In this one, a crew performs an "extreme makeover" of this couple's kitchen by replacing the one box of Total with three different flavors and the couple are just completely overwhelmed by this fabulous "makeover". Count me underwhelmed. In fact, count me Totally underwhelmed. Not by this thread, mind you! :lol:

GDwarf
2005-Dec-06, 11:26 PM
The Best Buy 'Holiday Carol' commercial, with the family telling the store clerk exactly what they want... To the tune of "The 12 days of Christmas".

The new Canadian Tire commercial with the talking Dog.

Actually, that's about it, I can apparently withstand a fair amount of idiocy from a commercial.

zebo-the-fat
2005-Dec-07, 12:03 AM
You mean you've never seen any of the Geico commercials?

You poor poor boy you.

What's a Geico?

five_distinct
2005-Dec-07, 12:08 AM
The Best Buy 'Holiday Carol' commercial, with the family telling the store clerk exactly what they want... To the tune of "The 12 days of Christmas".

The new Canadian Tire commercial with the talking Dog.

Actually, that's about it, I can apparently withstand a fair amount of idiocy from a commercial.

Or any of the The Bay Christmas commercials which remind me of that Sarah Jessica Parker "I love being a girl" ad.

The Mangler
2005-Dec-07, 12:12 AM
What's a Geico?
Government Employee Insurance COmpany
How many of you knew that? :D ;) ...probably a few I guess... It just seems like must people didn't know it even meant anything.
It's not just for gov't employees anymore though. It's one of the cheaper auto insurance companies here in the US.

paulie jay
2005-Dec-07, 07:33 AM
There is an advert on the TV at the moment for orange juice where there are two hippos in bed, and one gives the other a "dutch oven". The juice isn't really mentioned in the ad at all. Talk about lowest common denominator...

sarongsong
2005-Dec-07, 08:18 AM
Those let-us-help-you-stop TV commercials by tobacco companies.
By odd (?) coincidence, smoking-in-the-movies is "back up to levels not seen since the 1950s (http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/living/health/13330795.htm?source=rss&channel=mercurynews_local)".
...Nearly 80 percent of American movies rated PG-13 contain tobacco scenes...(And I'd love to hear the justification for TV's 'Becker' chain-smoking title character, portraying a doctor.)

mickal555
2005-Dec-07, 09:32 AM
All cerial adds


BLEAH BLEAH

dvb
2005-Dec-07, 03:55 PM
Ditto, but I have to say the ones that DON'T TELL YOU IT'S PURPOSE!!! break the tie and take the lead. 30 seconds or a minute of people taking walks in a field or sailing or hugging their children or just generally skipping and happy. BUT WHAT DOES IT TREAT!!! They just tell me I need it, go see your doctor today!! Hey doc I need this pill, but I don’t know why.
Probably the most popular of those commercials is when rogaine with minoxidil came out. I can't stand prescription drug commercials either.

or

life insurance commercials
phone company commercials for cellular or long distance rates (10-10-321 type included)
lawyer commercials
fertalizer commercials (you see a lot of these in the prairies come spring time)
debt consolidation commercials
loan commercials
school diploma from home commercialsThere's probably a dozen I've missed, but these are the most common that I can think of at the moment.

R.A.F.
2005-Dec-07, 04:26 PM
Now I don't want to start a political discussion...but...

I "most dislike" military recruitment commercials...particularly the one where the "appearently" single mom's son says "it's time for me to be the man".

...like he can't be the man unless/until he joins the army...:rolleyes:

Theoretician
2005-Dec-07, 08:16 PM
Here in the UK, there is a terrible WKD advert. Men running to the fridge in slow motion to get the last bottle of WKD. It is hideously unfunny but always seems to be shown.

I don't know of a single person who doesn't hate it.

MrClean
2005-Dec-07, 08:39 PM
Pizza should be the source of your nutrients!

Oh, so NOW you tell me!

I love the Happy Cow Commercials but grow weary of the jerk that base jumps off the mountain to his suv. Nice 4 hour climb back to the top at night.

And the commercial that was just on. Some stupid sausage with syrup in it. O wow, real Searop. The way she pronounces it, the long line of people just dyin to try it, the running away with the hotplate of them.

But those Cows, they take all the pain away. Say Cheese.

archman
2005-Dec-07, 08:47 PM
I dislike the coca cola commercials with the penguins and polar bears together at some mythical polar area.

Polar bears are at the north pole.

Penguins are at the south pole.

They don't coexist.

Coca Cola is spreading ecological misperceptions, oh the humanity.

SolusLupus
2005-Dec-07, 08:50 PM
I love the Happy Cow Commercials but grow weary of the jerk that base jumps off the mountain to his suv. Nice 4 hour climb back to the top at night.


Well, I imagine he has a nice long ladder on the other side of the cliff ;)

Maksutov
2005-Dec-07, 08:57 PM
I dislike the coca cola commercials with the penguins and polar bears together at some mythical polar area.

Polar bears are at the north pole.

Penguins are at the south pole.

They don't coexist.

Coca Cola is spreading ecological misperceptions, oh the humanity.I guess as long as they don't use baby seals to advertise club soda, then it's OK.

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Priscilla
2005-Dec-07, 10:17 PM
All the DSL commercials, especially the ones with "The Hardways", and with the 3 friends and one of them is trying to get online to win a contest and she's saying how "fast access is expensive and complicated",and her other friend picks up the phone cutting her connection. Grrrr...they annoy me.

Gillianren
2005-Dec-08, 11:31 PM
Well, I imagine he has a nice long ladder on the other side of the cliff ;)

My guess has always been elevator. Either way, it's a pretty dumb commercial.

Trebuchet
2005-Dec-09, 01:19 AM
I can't think of any that I particularly hate right now, but one that I really find hilarious is the new Future Shop one (I'm not sure if Future Shop is even in the states, so you guys might not have seen this) where they're spoofing some kind of ridiculous 80s synthpop music video and shoot lasers out of their crotches.

Used to have Future Shop around here, say 10 years or so ago. They suddenly closed all their stores leaving thousands of people who had paid for merchanidise but not yet received it holding the bag.

SolusLupus
2005-Dec-09, 03:59 AM
My guess has always been elevator. Either way, it's a pretty dumb commercial.

Eh, I disagree. I thought it had style myself.

LurchGS
2005-Dec-09, 04:23 AM
lessee...

Virtually any car commercial
Lawyer commercials (have YOU been in an accident? )
Axe body spray (trying so hard to be as funny as Tag)
Beer Commercials (I miss Bob Eucker and The Taste Buds, and to an extent, the lizards)
those inane Khole faucet commercials.
Cruise ship commercials
the latest spate of Capital One (I miss the barbarians)

Actually, the shorter list would be commercials I like, but that's been addresed on a different thread

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"oh great, a talking gekko!"

teri tait
2005-Dec-09, 02:22 PM
I used to hate the Jack in the Box guy (his voice was soooo annoying...) But then thay made the one with the seattle guys hacky sacky-ing in the rain and I loved it! Then my daughter pointed out the UFO in it and I loved it even more, then I saw the bigfoot quietly walking through the trees, man was that funny...guess I don't really hate any of 'em anymore....I just turn off the sound.

Vermonter
2005-Dec-09, 07:53 PM
Dunno if it's been posted...

The older Quiznos ads with the screaming rats...*shudders*

Also, the XMOD Evolution ad with that idiotic sounding teenager.

Krel
2005-Dec-09, 08:17 PM
I'll nominate the ad for toilet paper that features animated, cutsey bears. Makes my stomach churn every time.

But it does answer the age old question about what a bear does, or does not do in the woods.

David.

teddyv
2005-Dec-09, 09:43 PM
Someone else mentioned it already but most Canadian Tire ads are very lame. The current Christmas dog ones are dumb and the previous thousand with the annoying couple are long past expired. Tim Horton's also can't seem to do a good commercial.

LurchGS
2005-Dec-09, 10:01 PM
oi! I forgot about these...

Any commercial that uses incredibly bad grammar (Everyone should have one of these in their home)

There's a class of commercial that sports a woman who talks through her nose. Many and varied are the products, but that voice (worse, even, than Lois Griffin) from so many different women just gives me a headache

Commercials that try to be funny, but fail utterly (carrot top, recent Dominos, recent Pizza Hut)

Commercials for products with which I have some experience, and that experience was awful, so I know the commercial lies (UPS - screwed up more shipments for me than I can count)

but probably the single worst genre is political commercials

Celestial Mechanic
2005-Dec-09, 11:21 PM
[Snip!]But probably the single worst genre is political commercials
Agreed! :sick:

I wonder if there is a small bump in the sales of televisions and picture tubes in the weeks leading up to an election? ;)

paulie jay
2005-Dec-09, 11:57 PM
I hate every Linx advert ever devised...

Maksutov
2005-Dec-14, 12:02 PM
Well, it turns out that product wasn't Viagra or Cialis. The commercial was for something called Enzyte. I turned on the sound for the first time and found the narration to be, well, unusual. As in an unusual case of bad taste.

Here it is, with illustrations:


(whistling in the background)

Narrator (smarmy, salacious tone of voice):

This is Bob.
http://img235.imageshack.us/img235/6683/bob116dg.th.jpg (http://img235.imageshack.us/my.php?image=bob116dg.jpg)


Bob is doing well. Very well, indeed.
That's because not long ago, with just a quick phone call,
Bob realized that he could have something better in his life.
And what did he get?
Why, a big boost of confidence.
A little more self-esteem.
And a very happy missus at home.

(whistlers joined by wordless female chorus)
http://img235.imageshack.us/img235/4093/bob211dh.th.jpg (http://img235.imageshack.us/my.php?image=bob211dh.jpg)


Narrator (serious, sell the product tone of voice):

Call or go online now to get a sample pack of Enzyte...etc.

(wordless female chorus joined by various brass and winds)

Narrator (smarmy, salacious tone of voice):

This is Bob. http://img235.imageshack.us/img235/6446/bob311si.th.jpg (http://img235.imageshack.us/my.php?image=bob311si.jpg)


Bob is looking cool
And with a call to Enzyte about natural male enhancement Bob is living large.
In a few short weeks Bob has a big, new spring of confidence.
A generous swelling of pride.
And the one thing every man deserves:
A little well-earned respect from the neighborhood.

Narrator (serious, sell the product tone of voice):

Call or go online now to get a sample pack of Enzyte...etc.

:sick:

R.A.F.
2005-Dec-14, 01:25 PM
http://img235.imageshack.us/img235/6683/bob116dg.th.jpg (http://img235.imageshack.us/my.php?image=bob116dg.jpg)


Yeah...those Bob commercials are very bad...that smile is really scary...

one thing I don't understand...

This is from (I believe) the "swim party" ad...

...A generous swelling of pride.
And the one thing every man deserves:
A little well-earned respect from the neighborhood.

How in the world does he lose his swimsuit in the pool?..."seems" like it would have stayed on if we are to believe that the "stuff" they're selling actually works.

Maksutov
2005-Dec-14, 01:42 PM
Yeah...those Bob commercials are very bad...that smile is really scary...

one thing I don't understand...

This is from (I believe) the "swim party" ad...


...A generous swelling of pride.
And the one thing every man deserves:
A little well-earned respect from the neighborhood.How in the world does he lose his swimsuit in the pool?..."seems" like it would have stayed on if we are to believe that the "stuff" they're selling actually works.Good point. http://img394.imageshack.us/img394/4879/iconbiggrin1kg.gif That's definitely one of the main "hang-ups" of the commercial.

Take a look at those pictures. Would you buy a used pill from this guy?

One wonders what the producers of the ad were thinking...or doing... :think:

Extravoice
2005-Dec-14, 02:36 PM
...the jerk that base jumps off the mountain to his suv. Nice 4 hour climb back to the top at night.


My first thought when I saw this commercial was, "If he has a super-capable SUV, why didn't he simply drive up the cliff the night before?"

That said, I hate any SUV commercial showing the vehicles driving in the snow. I live on a curve and wish I had a dollar for every SUV that ended-up on my lawn during a snowstorm.

Moose
2005-Dec-14, 03:04 PM
My first thought when I saw this commercial was, "If he has a super-capable SUV, why didn't he simply drive up the cliff the night before?"

'Cause he'd have to climb the mountain afterwards to retrieve the SUV. May as well leave it at the bottom, in case you feel like base-jumping from half-way up.

R.A.F.
2005-Dec-14, 03:42 PM
I've just realized that there are a lot of commercials that I "most" dislike...:)

Here's a new one...I think it's for insurance...an old clip from the I Love Lucy show featuring Fred and Ethel Murtz...

The sound track has been replaced with Fred and Ethel "sound alikes" discussing aforentioned insurance.

I really hate commercials that use deceased actors to sell products.

Hutch
2005-Dec-14, 03:43 PM
One bad thing about commericals is that what might be a cute concept once is often then done to death--for example, the Miller Beer "Beer Referees" was a nice idea the first couple of times, but now it's a franchise and utterly time-wasting.

The worst current commerical is the Budweiser one where someone has told the young Busch heir that he's perfect for commercials. What he is, is boring. Not one of the greater ad ideas of the century.

R.A.F.
2005-Dec-14, 04:43 PM
One bad thing about commericals is that what might be a cute concept once is often then done to death--for example, the Miller Beer "Beer Referees" was a nice idea the first couple of times, but now it's a franchise and utterly time-wasting.

Which reminds me of another bad commercial I saw for the first time yesterday...

Gene Simmons (yes, from KISS) is on the witness stand, about to be asked about the great taste of Miller beer...there's an objection, questioning "if" he is an "expert witness". The answer, of course he is because of his tongue...

Totally disgusting...

Maksutov
2005-Dec-14, 05:02 PM
Which reminds me of another bad commercial I saw for the first time yesterday...

Gene Simmons (yes, from KISS) is on the witness stand, about to be asked about the great taste of Miller beer...there's an objection, questioning "if" he is an "expert witness". The answer, of course he is because of his tongue...

Totally disgusting...Gross.

Almost as gross as the "tag" commercials that show various over-sexed early 20s females getting off on a waste-water pipe. A slow upwards pan reveals the source, which appears to be a person, shot-from-the-back, urinating in a shower.

Yeccch.

LurchGS
2005-Dec-14, 08:34 PM
Gross.

Almost as gross as the "tag" commercials that show various over-sexed early 20s females getting off on a waste-water pipe. A slow upwards pan reveals the source, which appears to be a person, shot-from-the-back, urinating in a shower.

Yeccch.


ok, THAT one is a bad image... I never thought of the guy as urinating - simply taking a shower, yadda yadda.

I have to admit, though - on those miller lite commercials, I DO like the Gene Simmons one. The rest all stink, but that's nicely warped.

As for Bob and the pool... the drug is for physical enhancement, not necessarily.. um...a change in state. Having been the victim of a loose suit (didn't lose it, but did have to grab it or I would have), it seems plausible to me. Not that I particularly like the commercials.. One thing I *do* like about them is that they're not full of 'beautiful people'

01101001
2005-Dec-14, 09:32 PM
Well, it turns out that product wasn't Viagra or Cialis. The commercial was for something called Enzyte.

Good choice. All the products of Berkeley Nutraceuticals leave me queasy. Do they sell an herb tablet for that? It's all supplement compounds dressed to look like actual medicine. It's big marketing run amok. No mention of one of their brands should leave out guilt-by-association mention of the others, currently: Altovis, Avlimil, Biovaye, Dromias, Enzyte, Numovil, Nuproxi, Pavaxin, Pinadol, Prulato, Rogise, Rovicid, Rudofil, and Suvaril.

Usual disclaimer from their web pages: "These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease."

Slick-sick. My suggested cure? A healthy dose of skepticism.

DukePaul
2005-Dec-14, 10:21 PM
I really dislike the one where the bobbing head "JimBob" is singing along with his Dukes of Hazzard ringtone phone.

LurchGS
2005-Dec-15, 06:09 AM
Department store ads have recently hit a new low. Right down there with kidney stones.

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Open. Open. Open

Donnie B.
2005-Dec-15, 10:43 PM
Ugh, how could I have forgotten? The sandwich shop ads (I won't reward them by giving the name) with the talking infant "Bob".

Those are downright unsettling. :eh::sick:

Maksutov
2005-Dec-15, 11:13 PM
Originally Posted by Maksutov Gross.

Almost as gross as the "tag" commercials that show various over-sexed early 20s females getting off on a waste-water pipe. A slow upwards pan reveals the source, which appears to be a person, shot-from-the-back, urinating in a shower.

Yeccch.
ok, THAT one is a bad image... I never thought of the guy as urinating - simply taking a shower, yadda yadda.Well, when the upwards pan begins, you see a pair of feet and hairy calves, in front of which a stream of somewhat discolored water is hitting the shower floor and going down the drain. Only after the pan cuts and continues up does it become clear the water is from the shower.


I have to admit, though - on those miller lite commercials, I DO like the Gene Simmons one. The rest all stink, but that's nicely warped.I haven't seen that one. Will keep a tongue...er, eye out for it.


As for Bob and the pool... the drug is for physical enhancement, not necessarily.. um...a change in state. Having been the victim of a loose suit (didn't lose it, but did have to grab it or I would have), it seems plausible to me. Not that I particularly like the commercials.. One thing I *do* like about them is that they're not full of 'beautiful people'Of course they're not "beautiful people"! The beautiful people never need such products. It's the plain folk who are almost alway in need. I'm immediately reminded of two commercials.

One is for a cold remedy, where the gal with the cold is a "plain Jane" whereas the healthy one who recommends the product to "Jane" is quite attractive. Coincidence?

The other is a beer commercial where the product is shown being consumed by groups of beautiful yuppies, the obvious implication being that if you buy and consume our beer, you will be one of these beautiful people too. Coincidence?

The latest bad commercial to catch my eye is the one for the Swedish car that is shown outracing jet fighters. Right.

An H. L. Mencken quote comes to mind once again.

Maksutov
2005-Dec-15, 11:18 PM
Ugh, how could I have forgotten? The sandwich shop ads (I won't reward them by giving the name) with the talking infant "Bob".

Those are downright unsettling. :eh::sick:A while back one of those shops opened here. They had a special promotion where everything was half-price. A while later I saw one of the commercials you referred to, which featured the "exact" same sub/size that I had ordered and wondered, "How come the sub in the TV ad seems to be about twice as big (especially the fillings) as what I received for my order?"

Then I realized how they managed to sell them for 1/2 price that week...

I agree, that "kid" is unsettling. Seems to be the sort of thing one would run into in a circus sideshow.

LurchGS
2005-Dec-15, 11:27 PM
Well, when the upwards pan begins, you see a pair of feet and hairy calves, in front of which a stream of somewhat discolored water is hitting the shower floor and going down the drain. Only after the pan cuts and continues up does it become clear the water is from the shower.

maybe I'm not warped enough (though I think, upon reflection, that this is for Axe, not Tag)


Of course they're not "beautiful people"! The beautiful people never need such products. It's the plain folk who are almost alway in need. I'm immediately reminded of two commercials.

True, but if you look at some of the other ... similar products, the people were at least photogenic.



One is for a cold remedy, where the gal with the cold is a "plain Jane" whereas the healthy one who recommends the product to "Jane" is quite attractive. Coincidence?

on the other hand, maybe I *am* warped... if it's the commercial I'm thinking of... the healthy one has an ipod and is intent on going deaf by the time she's 30? Cuz I find HER to be annoying to the point of insanity (as does the ill roommate), and once she's asleep, the ill one is VERY pretty. hmm.. I'd not analyzed that before. Good thing I've been using that product for years. Imagine how good I must look!



The other is a beer commercial where the product is shown being consumed by groups of beautiful yuppies, the obvious implication being that if you buy and consume our beer, you will be one of these beautiful people too. Coincidence?

ALL beer commercials are like that, aren't they? I tune them out so fast these days it takes an exceptional one to catch my attention.
Reminds me of that ... uhh.. Desorono? some stronger drink, anyway.. NOBODY is all that good looking.. the women are too emaciated and the guys all need shaves...



The latest bad commercial to catch my eye is the one for the Swedish car that is shown outracing jet fighters. Right.


Is it outracing? or is it simply in companion with? I think you could do that shot without even compositing it.. There's no VERBAL indication that the car is faster than the jets - it comes across to me as 'this car evolved from jets' not 'this car is faster than..'

Am I breathing too much methane?



An H. L. Mencken quote comes to mind once again.

Which one? I know so few

N C More
2005-Dec-15, 11:33 PM
Just a comment about "Bob", the Enzyte guy. Now, this guy is just completely *creepy*. And I mean creepy in the weird/psycho "gonna slash ya in the shower" kind of creepy. Good Grief! Seriously, I don't care what size his...umm..."manhood" (that seems like a safe choice) is. Pla-leeze! No woman in her right mind would want anything to do with a guy grinning like that...*shudder*. http://www.cosgan.de/images/midi/konfus/c070.gif

Maksutov
2005-Dec-16, 05:45 AM
maybe I'm not warped enough (though I think, upon reflection, that this is for Axe, not Tag)Shows you how much of an impact the ad had, re product identity.


True, but if you look at some of the other ... similar products, the people were at least photogenic.That's probably because they've been using the product for a while.


on the other hand, maybe I *am* warped... if it's the commercial I'm thinking of... the healthy one has an ipod and is intent on going deaf by the time she's 30? Cuz I find HER to be annoying to the point of insanity (as does the ill roommate), and once she's asleep, the ill one is VERY pretty. hmm.. I'd not analyzed that before. Good thing I've been using that product for years. Imagine how good I must look!Not only looking good, but perhaps eventually your left eye will regenerate!


ALL beer commercials are like that, aren't they? I tune them out so fast these days it takes an exceptional one to catch my attention.
Reminds me of that ... uhh.. Desorono? some stronger drink, anyway.. NOBODY is all that good looking.. the women are too emaciated and the guys all need shaves...All the models out of Central Casting look like that these days. The women follow a classical Roman diet, while the men have shavers that are adjusted for crew cuts.


Is it outracing? or is it simply in companion with? I think you could do that shot without even compositing it.. There's no VERBAL indication that the car is faster than the jets - it comes across to me as 'this car evolved from jets' not 'this car is faster than..'A number of shots seemed to indicate the jets were falling behind the car. Re verbal indications, next time I'll turn the sound on. Any commercials I accidentally watch are, by choice, silent.


Am I breathing too much methane?Light a match and check the meter.


Which one? I know so few
No one in this world has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.

Maksutov
2005-Dec-16, 05:47 AM
Just a comment about "Bob", the Enzyte guy. Now, this guy is just completely *creepy*. And I mean creepy in the weird/psycho "gonna slash ya in the shower" kind of creepy. Good Grief! Seriously, I don't care what size his...umm..."manhood" (that seems like a safe choice) is. Pla-leeze! No woman in her right mind would want anything to do with a guy grinning like that...*shudder*. http://www.cosgan.de/images/midi/konfus/c070.gifHey, that's great! A "G-rated" "Bob" smilie!

HenrikOlsen
2005-Dec-16, 06:03 AM
The other is a beer commercial where the product is shown being consumed by groups of beautiful yuppies, the obvious implication being that if you buy and consume our beer, you will be one of these beautiful people too. Coincidence?

ALL beer commercials are like that, aren't they? I tune them out so fast these days it takes an exceptional one to catch my attention.

Not in all countries.
Denmark tends to sell beer with humor instead, as in "Swede enters shop to buy beer, has to go through long list of things drunk people do and promise not to do them. Now he can buy our beer".

Extravoice
2005-Dec-16, 01:31 PM
A number of shots seemed to indicate the jets were falling behind the car. Re verbal indications, next time I'll turn the sound on. Any commercials I accidentally watch are, by choice, silent.

Homer Simpson:
"Quiet, the commercial is on ... we don't watch these, it's like we're stealing TV."

Back to the topic at hand . . .
I spotted this commercial once. I think the point was that Saab makes jet fighters, therefore they must make a kick-butt car.

Halcyon Dayz
2005-Dec-16, 03:30 PM
The problem is, the car-manufacturing branch of SAAB is a fully owned
subsidiary of GM these days. It hasn't anything to do anymore with
the aircraft manufacturer.

Trebuchet
2005-Dec-16, 07:52 PM
The problem is, the car-manufacturing branch of SAAB is a fully owned
subsidiary of GM these days. It hasn't anything to do anymore with
the aircraft manufacturer.

As the SAAB Aerospace folks at a business meeting I attended last week were VERY quick to point out.

LurchGS
2005-Dec-16, 08:10 PM
ah - but the commercial says SAAB was FOUNDED by 16 jet engineers (or is it aviation/airplane???) Nothing about the lame company that owns them now. Kinda like Mercedes, only not as good :D

Celestial Mechanic
2005-Dec-16, 09:55 PM
Ugh, how could I have forgotten? The sandwich shop ads (I won't reward them by giving the name) with the talking infant "Bob". Those are downright unsettling. :eh::sick:
Those "Bob" ads for Quizno's are a vast improvement over what they had been running before. Remember the Sponge Monkeys? (Someone else alluded to that here.) And then there was the commercial where a man and a woman are walking down the street, the woman's nose wrinkles as she catches the scent of an unfinished Quizno's sandwich, and then she reaches into a trash bin and proceeds to wolf down the remains of said sandwich. That's one of the worst. :sick:

I've eaten at Quizno's, the sandwiches are OK, but I don't like their piped-in music. The music is OK, but it has commercials for Quizno's. They're not much better than the TV commercials, but frankly I don't really want to hear that in a restaurant. Nowadays I go to Potbelly's for that sort of toasted sandwich. Better music, no commercials, occasionally the music is live.

Bob_the_enzyte_guy
2005-Dec-17, 02:00 AM
When I watch those TAG commericals I can't help but think "Don't most pipes run through walls, not the middle of an apartment?"

The political ads for both parties drive me crazy. "Jim Smith hates families." Really? Do people actually belive these attacks?

I'll add one more commercial to the list. "Can you hear me now? Good. Can you hear me now? Good."

Maksutov
2005-Dec-17, 05:16 AM
When I watch those TAG commericals I can't help but think "Don't most pipes run through walls, not the middle of an apartment?"

The political ads for both parties drive me crazy. "Jim Smith hates families." Really? Do people actually belive these attacks?

I'll add one more commercial to the list. "Can you hear me now? Good. Can you hear me now? Good."Good ones, Bob! That last one causes homicidal fantasies, even with the sound off.

Welcome to the BAUT! Great to have someone here who you don't have to tell, "Smile when you say that, pardner!"

So, what's up?

Hugh Jass
2005-Dec-17, 05:28 AM
I'll add one more commercial to the list. "Can you hear me now? Good. Can you hear me now? Good."

I just saw a viral add, that I'm not sure was actually for Verizon or not, making fun of these adds. I had tears in my eyes I was laughing so hard by the time it was over.

Trebuchet
2005-Dec-17, 02:57 PM
A common, if not explicitly stated, theme in commercials the last few years seems to be "Our customers are morons." This is especially common in radio but is also seen in TV. The guy with the "Dukes of Hazard" ringtone is a great example. I have a feeling that's what the folks in the advertising industry really think of us, and they think we're too dumb to figure it out.

Moose
2005-Dec-17, 04:07 PM
I just saw a viral add, that I'm not sure was actually for Verizon or not, making fun of these adds. I had tears in my eyes I was laughing so hard by the time it was over.

Yeah, that was wicked awesome. I've described it in the "favorite commercials" thread somewhere. I can't see it having actually been by Verizon, though, because of the language. It had to have been a parody.

teri tait
2005-Dec-17, 04:26 PM
How 'bout the creepy Buurgher King ads? If he isn't jestfully pushing the steelworker way atop the girders (a playful murder attempt) he's an obvious voyuer oogling the helpless woman, then 'handing' her a tasty treat...brrr...creeepy. Alas, he's becoming one of my favs...

teri tait
2005-Dec-17, 04:38 PM
I guess as long as they don't use baby seals to advertise club soda, then it's OK.

http://www.cosgan.de/images/midi/tiere/c032.gif


Uuugh...there used to be a horrifying ad that played in Alaska (during SNL, for heavens sake!) it would show how baby seal fur is harvested. Sickening. That's what I visualize from clubs and cute baby seals...

I shamelessly referred to it for years whenever I was mad at my children:

"...[stop that behaviour]...or I'll club you over the head like a baby seal!"

DukePaul
2005-Dec-17, 05:48 PM
Don't you find the Earthlink commercials that use the fairies, leprecon and giant kind of creepy?

teri tait
2005-Dec-17, 09:24 PM
I find them hilarious, the unicorn is a mystical representation of the Christ and it is rather refreshing to see a unicorn.

Gillianren
2005-Dec-17, 10:54 PM
What just floors me is the guy with the Dukes of Hazzard ringtone is that he's got a better singing voice than that tedious musician who's on a different commercial for the same product. (Don't remember which company; don't care.)

sarongsong
2005-Dec-18, 12:11 AM
Any ad featuring David Spade.

LurchGS
2005-Dec-18, 02:38 AM
any commercial for male beauty aides

Candy
2005-Dec-18, 06:16 AM
What just floors me is the guy with the Dukes of Hazzard ringtone is that he's got a better singing voice than that tedious musician who's on a different commercial for the same product. (Don't remember which company; don't care.)
I think this one is funny. It's so silly, it's funny.

LurchGS
2005-Dec-18, 06:41 AM
McDonald's commercials. All of them

teri tait
2005-Dec-18, 09:57 AM
I love the cheesy Mr Sun, getting his Jimmy Dean snausages before going out to start the day,
"Be careful, honey, those are hot." "Hello...I'm the Sun..."

mickal555
2005-Dec-18, 10:33 AM
We have these coke adds. I don't like 'em.

Celestial Mechanic
2006-Jan-21, 06:00 AM
Sorry for the bump, but I just remembered one commercial I really hate. It's a commercial for some Pepsi product or other and it uses the scene from Spartacus where the survivors of Spartacus's army have surrendered to the Romans. In the bits that are spliced in a Roman centurion finds someone's brown bag lunch which has a can of Pepsi in it, and the name Spartacus on it. He asks, "Anyone here named Spartacus?" and one by one the prisoners yell out, "I'm Spartacus". Then they show the close-up of Kirk Douglas as Spartacus with tears in his eyes. This commercial really left a bad taste in my mouth. :evil:

Come to think of it, Pepsi leaves a bad taste in my mouth, which is why I drink Coke! :dance:

paulie jay
2006-Jan-22, 01:07 AM
My least favourite commercial on TV at the moment is an advert for tampons in which a girl is looking all over the house for one but can't find one. Finally she comes across her boyfirend who is playing with her cat and "stupidly" using the tampons as mice.

This ad irks me for two reasons:

1) the whole "mousie mousie" thing was done on the Young Ones about 25 years ago, so it's not even original.

2) I'm sick to death of adverts that portray men as clueless idiots.

Dragon Star
2006-Jan-22, 01:16 AM
John Basow (sp?) better body basics commercial's....I turn the channel when they come on...That guy freaks me out.

mickal555
2006-Jan-22, 08:13 AM
2) I'm sick to death of adverts that portray men as clueless idiots.

Yes,

There's this one add in particular- This girl is washing her hair in the shower, and looks like shes having the best time of her life...

Anyway after she gets out her bf ask where is socks are and she goes "in your draw" and then goes to the sceene with the bottles lined up"Product blah blah blah"

That add's so stupid- the only reason for that bit was to somehow say that men are stupid, then the women supposidly go "yeah yeah so true" and buy the stupid shampoo....

peteshimmon
2006-Jan-22, 11:16 AM
Its been mentioned but those debt consolidation
adverts really should be overlayed with a
symbol of a large, finned aquatic creature!
These firms were once just tacky adverts in the
weekly advertising sheet, its horrifying how
a colourful television spot makes them seem
warm and friendly. Only householders need apply!

Maksutov
2006-Jan-23, 04:54 AM
[edit]2) I'm sick to death of adverts that portray men as clueless idiots.Complete agreement. I refuse to touch any products where their ads have this as a theme.

For example, how about the Capital One "no blackouts" ads where the father brings the family to a ski area, and insists on skiing it, even though there's no snow?

And the ongoing baloney about men being unable to fix anything or read directions (home improvement ads are the most guilty here). Or speaking of directions, being constantly lost, and ignoring the all-knowing wife's correct directions (GPS ads, etc.).

I also really dislike the ads that attempt to rewrite history through the use of CGI, etc. For example Coors is running a Coors Light ad showing SuperBowl fans consuming the stuff during games in the late 1960s and early/middle 1970s. Coors Light (AKA "Cowboy Kool-Aid" or "CYW (for carbonated yellow water)) was first marketed in 1978.

Maksutov
2006-Jan-23, 05:18 AM
Oh yeah, and any commercials that speed up, slow down, freeze frame, skip frame, zoom in, zoom out, dolly in, dolly out, switch from color to black and white, mix color and black and white, run in reverse, run the foreground subject at normal motion while the background is run at fast motion, and

http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/700/flashingnew47zk.gifflashhttp://img81.imageshack.us/img81/700/flashingnew47zk.gif

all for no particular reason other than to create a mood of "excitement" (which they don't) or because new computer methods mean it can be done.

Or any commercial where, after a few seconds I think to myself, "Overproduced".

farmerjumperdon
2006-Jan-23, 08:17 PM
Whichever one is the last one I saw.

I must say I really don't get TV commercials, or commercials of any type for that matter. Are people really convinced to buy things by TV ads?

Has somebody actually bought a Chevy truck because the commercial says they are "like a rock" while Ford is only "Ford truck tough."

And so people tell me that TV ads are not about sales directly, but are about image. Again though my logic holds; do people really allow their image of an organization to be manipulated by the garbage a PR firm whips up and puts to celluloid?

As much as I crab about the masses allowing themselves to be treated like sheep, I still think (hope?) people are smarter than that.

ToSeek
2006-Jan-23, 08:28 PM
Whichever one is the last one I saw.

I must say I really don't get TV commercials, or commercials of any type for that matter. Are people really convinced to buy things by TV ads?

Has somebody actually bought a Chevy truck because the commercial says they are "like a rock" while Ford is only "Ford truck tough."



I'm coming to the belief that ads are more about brand awareness than anything else. You might not be persuaded to buy Ford over Chevy due to the ads, but I bet most people will buy a car from a company they've heard of over one they haven't.

Doodler
2006-Jan-23, 08:35 PM
Mortgage company ads are about the most annoying ones so far.

Though if you want to expand the scope of the discussion to radio ads, I could do without the nasal, whiney, wanna-punch-him-in-the-throat, song from the Shaw's Jewelers commercials...

farmerjumperdon
2006-Jan-23, 08:51 PM
I'm coming to the belief that ads are more about brand awareness than anything else. You might not be persuaded to buy Ford over Chevy due to the ads, but I bet most people will buy a car from a company they've heard of over one they haven't.

Gotta be more to it than that though. Is there a human alive who is not aware that Coke exists and what it is? Are they spending the vast sums of money to get to kids who are just watching TV for the first time?

Reminds me of The Onion article about Pepsi's $2.6 million Superbowl ad increasing Pepsi awareness by .000000000001 percent. Specifically, the ad raised Pepsi awareness in 71 year old Tauk Huun, a Mongolian goat herder and 1 of 5 known humans not familiar with Pepsi. Coke will soon launch it's own $11 million ad blitz to crack the Tauk Huun market.

I think they are attempting a form of mind control - seriously.

Demigrog
2006-Jan-23, 08:54 PM
Oh yeah, and any commercials that speed up, slow down, freeze frame, skip frame, zoom in, zoom out, dolly in, dolly out, switch from color to black and white, mix color and black and white, run in reverse, run the foreground subject at normal motion while the background is run at fast motion, and

<snip! Cut dangerous flashing image>

all for no particular reason other than to create a mood of "excitement" (which they don't) or because new computer methods mean it can be done.

Maksutov, your post caused me great eye strain and emotional damage; fortunately I just saw an ad on TV for a Lawyer who would probably take the case. ;)


I'm coming to the belief that ads are more about brand awareness than anything else. You might not be persuaded to buy Ford over Chevy due to the ads, but I bet most people will buy a car from a company they've heard of over one they haven't.
I’m afraid you’re right; fortunately the Internet has given us the ability to ferret out the secret bargains and find legitimate reviews and details on products—not to mention that smaller competitors can now sell directly to consumers.

I for one go out of my way to avoid products with annoying ads. Unfortunately, most ads annoy me; I’d go hide in the mountains to get away from them all, but it’d be way too much like an SUV commercial.

ToSeek
2006-Jan-23, 08:57 PM
Gotta be more to it than that though. Is there a human alive who is not aware that Coke exists and what it is? Are they spending the vast sums of money to get to kids who are just watching TV for the first time?

People forget, though. I bet if there were no Coca-Cola ads for a decade, their market share would vanish.

farmerjumperdon
2006-Jan-23, 08:59 PM
Mortgage company ads are about the most annoying ones so far.

Though if you want to expand the scope of the discussion to radio ads, I could do without the nasal, whiney, wanna-punch-him-in-the-throat, song from the Shaw's Jewelers commercials...

Are the majority of retail jewelers across the country run by Jewish people? Or is it like that only here in the Twin Cities market (MPLS-ST PAUL).

For 2 months prior to Christmas (I find that funny) the airwaves around here are overflowing with middle-aged Jewish men with nasal voices and that horrible sing-songy effect where they emphasize all the wrong sylables hawking diamonds for the local retailers.

Trying not to sterotype, but I don't remember hearing a single jewelry commerical that was not done in that style.

Doodler
2006-Jan-23, 09:06 PM
People forget, though. I bet if there were no Coca-Cola ads for a decade, their market share would vanish.

Its not so much us older codgers they're targeting, its the kids coming up behind us. By the time you hit 30 or so, you're pretty set in your selection, so changing our minds costs more than they stand to make through success. But every generation of 15-25 year olds has the media driven attention span of goldfish. Its these younger people that they're slamming their high impact advertising at, constantly staying in focus for years.

For those of you in that age bracket, take it as a backhanded compliment. I miss having that kind of energy. As a support for my basis, I use the MTV example. Every two years they rotate out their programming almost completely trying to stay fresh because of constantly changing tastes in the younger audience as new people enter their target market segment. Product advertising is equally targetted. Its not the people at the high end of the strata you're after, its the people entering it.

Doodler
2006-Jan-23, 09:09 PM
Are the majority of retail jewelers across the country run by Jewish people? Or is it like that only here in the Twin Cities market (MPLS-ST PAUL).

For 2 months prior to Christmas (I find that funny) the airwaves around here are overflowing with middle-aged Jewish men with nasal voices and that horrible sing-songy effect where they emphasize all the wrong sylables hawking diamonds for the local retailers.

Trying not to sterotype, but I don't remember hearing a single jewelry commerical that was not done in that style.

Nah, there's a Belgian outfit that's big around here, Movis (can't figure out the keycode for the o with an umlaut) Diamond Importers. Then there's another one up in Delaware (Robins?) who's huge in the radio advertising market here.

Hugh Jass
2006-Jan-23, 09:18 PM
I also really dislike the ads that attempt to rewrite history through the use of CGI, etc. For example Coors is running a Coors Light ad showing SuperBowl fans consuming the stuff during games in the late 1960s and early/middle 1970s. Coors Light (AKA "Cowboy Kool-Aid" or "CYW (for carbonated yellow water)) was first marketed in 1978.

I agree on this ad, and most of them like it, however I actually really like the gatorade ad where they start by showing a bunch of altered great moments in sports, Jorden rims out to lose the game, "the catch" wasn't... then, add gatorade... da da daaaaa replay reality of all those shots. As much as I hate comercials, and the message I just like the way this one was done.

Hugh Jass
2006-Jan-23, 09:21 PM
Its not the people at the high end of the strata you're after, its the people entering it.

Joe Camel... heck cigarette and alcohol advertising in general.

Hugh Jass
2006-Jan-23, 09:27 PM
People forget, though. I bet if there were no Coca-Cola ads for a decade, their market share would vanish.

RC cola? I've seen a couple different blind taste tests, ok well one via the internet years ago, and the second was a bit anecdotal from a room mate about one he did in high school, about RC beating both coke and Pepsi in blind taste tests. It's still around, but I don't know the last time I saw an ad for it.

When it comes to the major companies like soda, and car manufacturers and gas companies (those get me the most) the whole point of the advertising is to make sure a competitor isn't getting there name out at that moment as well. The ad agencies really push a standpoint that for every :30 second spot if it's not your products name out there it's your biggest competitor.

A career path I always found interesting but never followed. I love the nuances and psychology behind ad campaigns, and I suppose I have the moral flexibility to not be bothered by the blatant disregard for truth and reality.

paulie jay
2006-Jan-24, 12:39 AM
Joe Camel... heck cigarette and alcohol advertising in general.
At least here Down Under we haven't been subject to cigarette advertising for quite a long time :)


I have a similar outlook to Maksutov, I won't buy a product by a company who's advertising offends me. Which is why I'll never buy Windsor Smith or Lynx, who's advertising companies seem to be channelling Benny Hill at the moment.

Hugh Jass
2006-Jan-24, 12:48 AM
I guess I gave a bit of a wrong impression, in the US, Cigarettes have been off the television (formally) for years, they still abound as product placement in just about every film out there, but the print ads and road side billboards are still blatently directed at youth.

paulie jay
2006-Jan-24, 12:53 AM
I guess I gave a bit of a wrong impression, in the US, Cigarettes have been off the television (formally) for years, they still abound as product placement in just about every film out there, but the print ads and road side billboards are still blatently directed at youth.
Oh I see! We have it banned from TV, Radio, sports sponsorship, magazines, newspapers, billboards - pretty much everywhere except point of sale.

jkmccrann
2006-Jan-24, 08:03 AM
Are you sure it isn't banned at point of sale? I think they've banned it there for a while now.

Point of Sale Tobacco Advertising - Banned (http://www.bandt.com.au/news/3b/0c00a03b.asp)

Actually, it seems looking at the article that it may only be banned in certain states, but reading that article, it seems to back up the fact that it is banned here in Victoria. Been that way since Jan. 2002 anyway.

Not sure what the situation is in NSW paulie jay, maybe there's something on the cards there at the moment?

Most disliked commerical has to be anything by Sakata. Japanese rice crackers. Udderly repetitive and completely mind-numbing. And to boot, they taste like dried dirt. Ugh.

zebo-the-fat
2006-Jan-24, 08:07 AM
Why do I find Radio ads more annoying than TV?
(TV I usualy record and skip the ads, but I never listen to radio stations with ads it just drives me mad!) :evil:

paulie jay
2006-Jan-24, 08:19 AM
snip
Not sure what the situation is in NSW paulie jay, maybe there's something on the cards there at the moment?
Actually, you are probably right. As a non-smoker I'm not often near the "point of sale" - so I reckon you're probably more up to date with it :)


Why do I find Radio ads more annoying than TV?
(TV I usualy record and skip the ads, but I never listen to radio stations with ads it just drives me mad!) I think what makes radio adverts annoying is that with no visuals to offer, they tend to keep blabbing on and on to avoid dead airtime.

zebo-the-fat
2006-Jan-24, 08:24 AM
Why do I find Radio ads more annoying than TV?
(TV I usualy record and skip the ads, but I never listen to radio stations with ads it just drives me mad!)


I think what makes radio adverts annoying is that with no visuals to offer, they tend to keep blabbing on and on to avoid dead airtime.

Thank god ror the BBC, (No ads!) :clap:

mickal555
2006-Jan-26, 10:26 AM
There's this one add, insurence I think- the actuall add goes for 30 seconds and then they have another 30 secs of small print talk.... It's crazy...

zebo-the-fat
2006-Jan-26, 02:43 PM
There's this one add, insurence I think- the actuall add goes for 30 seconds and then they have another 30 secs of small print talk.... It's crazy...

I love your sig! :)

Moose
2006-Jan-26, 02:53 PM
Yeah, Mickal, your .sig's pretty good, but *cough* ("you're", not "your".)

zebo-the-fat
2006-Jan-26, 02:55 PM
Yeah, Mickal, your .sig's pretty good, but *cough* ("you're", not "your".)

<Blush> So I was in a rush between jobs! </Blush>

ToSeek
2006-Jan-26, 03:20 PM
Yeah, Mickal, your .sig's pretty good, but *cough* ("you're", not "your".)

And if we're going to nitpick, it's "substitute". But maybe that's part of his reality. ;)

Doodler
2006-Jan-26, 03:26 PM
I guess I gave a bit of a wrong impression, in the US, Cigarettes have been off the television (formally) for years, they still abound as product placement in just about every film out there, but the print ads and road side billboards are still blatently directed at youth.

Maybe its a stray sequence redneck DNA in my genes, but somehow calling the NASCAR series the "Nextel Cup" is blasphemous in my eyes...

farmerjumperdon
2006-Jan-26, 03:37 PM
Maybe its a stray sequence redneck DNA in my genes, but somehow calling the NASCAR series the "Nextel Cup" is blasphemous in my eyes...

It is nice though that they are not generically referred to as "Winston cars" anymore. We used to call them "roundy-pounders" (as opposed to cars that can turn in more than one direction).

Maksutov
2006-Jan-26, 03:46 PM
It is nice though that they are not generically referred to as "Winston cars" anymore. We used to call them "roundy-pounders" (as opposed to cars that can turn in more than one direction).Question for NASCAR driver:

What's this a picture of?

http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/8153/rightturn8ht.th.jpg (http://img217.imageshack.us/my.php?image=rightturn8ht.jpg)

NASCAR driver answer:

A right turn.

long live the queeb
2006-Jan-26, 03:48 PM
Never ending, and ever expanding ads on TV, open a newspaper or magazine, and prepair for a veritable cascade of inserts, the sly, early evening/late night voice on your telephone "This isn't a sales call Sir" Ads on cell phones, in Schools, in Hospitals, at airports, seaports, carports, bottles of Port, Neatly placed on carrier bags, boldly emblazoned on clothing, huge motorway billboards, from the tops of skyscrapers, to the depths of the Ocean, and comming soon to a moon near you AHHHHHH!!!!!. And you ask me which one I hate the most? Summer holiday ads on Christmas afternoon actually;)

Hugh Jass
2006-Jan-26, 04:17 PM
It is nice though that they are not generically referred to as "Winston cars" anymore. We used to call them "roundy-pounders" (as opposed to cars that can turn in more than one direction).

Kinda funny, since I live not :45 minutes from Sears point, the road course, it influences who I want to see win for the rest of the year. The best road course drivers become the guys I root for.

mickal555
2006-Jan-27, 06:28 AM
<Blush> So I was in a rush between jobs! </Blush>

He meant me- your your was correct. I just wasn't thinking :o when I wrote my sig, I put to instead of too also.

Celestial Mechanic
2006-Jan-30, 06:22 PM
Here's some I had forgotten about (until now, of course! :) ) :

The commercials for Calvin Klein's Obsession. The "Tormented Twits" commercials, as I called them. Filmed in black and white in order to make them even more pretentious.

I never did get a chance to do this, but I was hoping to be approached in a department store by someone with a sample of this "product" so I could say, "Why would I want to use your product? All the people in the commercials act as if they're suffering the torments of the damned!"

:lol:

Laguna
2006-Jan-30, 08:23 PM
The worst TV-Commercial.

For Gemany here is my nominee:

http://www.cab-drink.com/_upload/spot_cab0.zip

A Spot for Cab. Its a mix-drink of cola and beer.
The main message of that spot seems to be, that without alcohol
(especially without alcohol that conains a dragon) you can't have fun, be cool or whatever.
Sending this in the surroundings of shows that are mainly seen by teenagers makes it worst! :evil:

Moose
2006-Jan-30, 08:27 PM
Nah, it's not the alcohol, it's the dragon. You can't possibly be cool without a dragon. Everybody knows that.

Laguna
2006-Jan-30, 08:34 PM
In that case I should think about getting a Hungarian Horntail.

Donnie B.
2006-Jan-30, 10:47 PM
Two more nominees -- can't recall if anyone (including me) has mentioned these before.

1) Kay Jewelers' "Every kiss begins with Kay" tag line. To me, it implies that you must buy your partner's affection with jewelery. Despicable.

2) The sub shop that has the talking baby called Bob. Just disturbing. Actually, I think I did mention this before... well, it still annoys me.

Gillianren
2006-Jan-30, 11:39 PM
Okay, on that note, let me add every commercial that says women like diamonds and gold best! This is why my friend Heather keeps getting jewelry she hates from her boyfriend. (Neither of us like diamonds or gold very much.) I think it's awfully bold to assume that all women have the same taste in jewelry.

Trebuchet
2006-Feb-01, 05:00 AM
Two more nominees -- can't recall if anyone (including me) has mentioned these before.

1) Kay Jewelers' "Every kiss begins with Kay" tag line. To me, it implies that you must buy your partner's affection with jewelery. Despicable.
It took me a VERY long time to realize it was a bit of a pun: Every "kiss" begins with "k".


2) The sub shop that has the talking baby called Bob. Just disturbing. Actually, I think I did mention this before... well, it still annoys me.
Me too, especially since it's my name.

In the meantime, I'm getting really fed up with the ones for the ambulance chasing attorneys looking for class-action clients.

Celestial Mechanic
2006-Feb-01, 05:12 AM
Okay, on that note, let me add every commercial that says women like diamonds and gold best![Snip!]
How about furs?

This wasn't a TV commercial, it was a cigarette ad that played in the computer magazines of the 1980s. It showed a man, soldering iron in hand, working on some circuit board and a woman lounging about in fur. The caption--"He's into hardware, she's into software." Uggh!! :evil:

Much better would have been to have her (minus the fur!) before a keyboard with a spreadsheet on the screen, but even then there is still a residue of sexism in it.

Maksutov
2006-Feb-01, 05:30 AM
How about furs?

This wasn't a TV commercial, it was a cigarette ad that played in the computer magazines of the 1980s. It showed a man, soldering iron in hand, working on some circuit board and a woman lounging about in fur. The caption--"He's into hardware, she's into software." Uggh!! :evil:

Much better would have been to have her (minus the fur!) before a keyboard with a spreadsheet on the screen, but even then there is still a residue of sexism in it.You know, I think I'll look at spreadsheets differently from now on. http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/566/iconwink6tn.gif

The one that gets killed as quickly as possible right now is the Budweiser "Ted Furgeson" (sp?) series. That young lad doesn't look old enough to drive or shave, let alone drink beer.

Then, re ad campaigns that never seem to die, there's the Nissan "SHIFT" series. Exactly what is that supposed to mean? They're either manual or automatic. Next question...

At least they got rid of the creepy old man with the dog.

MAPNUT
2006-Feb-02, 02:56 PM
(Speaker #1) "I can't believe nobody has" (Speaker #2) "mentioned the kind, used by many products, where" (Speaker #4) "the message is delivered by a whole" (Speaker #5) "series of different speakers, each" (Speaker #6) "of whom delivers a fragment" (Speaker #7) "of the message. I'd sure like to" (Speaker #8) "know how anyone ever imagined that" (Speaker #9) "is an effective way to deliver" (Speaker #10) "the message, and why no one ever told them it" (Speaker #11) "isn't."

ToSeek
2006-Feb-02, 03:41 PM
Okay, on that note, let me add every commercial that says women like diamonds and gold best! This is why my friend Heather keeps getting jewelry she hates from her boyfriend. (Neither of us like diamonds or gold very much.) I think it's awfully bold to assume that all women have the same taste in jewelry.

I always wanted to do a parody of those diamond ads where the music swells as the man gives the woman a ring, and she bursts into tears:

"Do you know how many DVDs I could have bought with this!?"

Gillianren
2006-Feb-03, 08:20 PM
I always wanted to do a parody of those diamond ads where the music swells as the man gives the woman a ring, and she bursts into tears:

"Do you know how many DVDs I could have bought with this!?"


Hello! I'm totally there. My Valentine's gift (which I've already received) was season one of Remington Steele, and I'm here to tell you, I'd rather have it than all the tacky jewelry on TV commercials. (And has anyone else noticed how tacky a lot of it is? Who wears that stuff, especially now my grandmother Nelson's dead?)

Hutch
2006-Feb-03, 08:37 PM
I would like to point out to our (American) members that the Football Super Bowl 40 will be on this Sunday, and it has, for the past few years, been THE site for new commercials to be premiered (given the 100M+ US audience).

Some have been very good, some less so, but most all have had millions spent on the production of 30-60 seconds worth of 'message' and in some cases are more memorable than the game. (ask a guy if he remembers the score of Super Bowl 37 or if he remembers the Miller Beer "catfight" commerical, which, IIRC, was shown during that game)

Anyway, we may find a new nominee for 'most-disliked' among the many new ads to be seen.

Discussion on Monday.

Celestial Mechanic
2006-Feb-03, 10:12 PM
I would like to point out to our (American) members that the Football Super Bowl 40 will be on this Sunday, and it has, for the past few years, been THE site for new commercials to be premiered (given the 100M+ US audience).
[Snip!]
Anyway, we may find a new nominee for 'most-disliked' among the many new ads to be seen. Discussion on Monday.
We might even call it "Monday morning quarterbacking". :)

Gillianren
2006-Feb-04, 07:59 PM
Okay, I think a new ring just opened up in Hell for whoever came up with this contrast.

I was watching the History Channel's special about the 9/11 Commission last night. There was a commercial for Dish Network that suggested that the worst thing that could ever happen to you was paying high cable bills. Saw another one just now during an A&E special about people who missed Flight 93.

soylentgreen
2006-Feb-04, 08:14 PM
Okay, I think a new ring just opened up in Hell for whoever came up with this contrast.

I was watching the History Channel's special about the 9/11 Commission last night. There was a commercial for Dish Network that suggested that the worst thing that could ever happen to you was paying high cable bills. Saw another one just now during an A&E special about people who missed Flight 93.

Welcome to America! :(

For most disliked commercial, I'd nominate:

Hot potato, Hot potato! Hot potato, Hot potato! Hot potato, Hot potato!
Hot potato...Potato! Potato! Potato!"

If you know the commercial I'm talking about, I'm sure you understand.
If you don't....count yourself lucky. This sucker was in HEAVY rotation the last few weeks. I managed to accumulate about 16 of 'em when I recorded that Lincoln documentary! :mad:

Tinaa
2006-Feb-04, 08:15 PM
I hate the new credit card commerials that promise that they'll help you save money. 1% of your purchases go into a savings account. The 18% interest charged on the balance more than eliminates any savings! Do people really believe this stuff?

LurchGS
2006-Feb-05, 07:10 AM
(Speaker #1) "I can't believe nobody has" (Speaker #2) "mentioned the kind, used by many products, where" (Speaker #4) "the message is delivered by a whole" (Speaker #5) "series of different speakers, each" (Speaker #6) "of whom delivers a fragment" (Speaker #7) "of the message. I'd sure like to" (Speaker #8) "know how anyone ever imagined that" (Speaker #9) "is an effective way to deliver" (Speaker #10) "the message, and why no one ever told them it" (Speaker #11) "isn't."

uuuhhh... what happened to speaker #3? did you do something you should talk to the police about?

weatherc
2006-Feb-05, 02:08 PM
uuuhhh... what happened to speaker #3? did you do something you should talk to the police about?Speaker #3 was going to say something, but wasn't fast enough.

Gemini
2006-Feb-05, 07:34 PM
Two more nominees -- can't recall if anyone (including me) has mentioned these before.

1) Kay Jewelers' "Every kiss begins with Kay" tag line. To me, it implies that you must buy your partner's affection with jewelery. Despicable.

2) The sub shop that has the talking baby called Bob. Just disturbing. Actually, I think I did mention this before... well, it still annoys me.
...and Bob's a she really, not a he, thats also disturbing.

Hutch
2006-Feb-06, 01:01 AM
..was by FedEx, which decidedd to use the old "Cavemen co-existing with Dinosaurs routine" that probably made all the YEC's very happy but did nothing but insult my intelligence.

But given the level of intelligence they are shooting for...

SeanF
2006-Feb-07, 04:24 PM
..was by FedEx, which decidedd to use the old "Cavemen co-existing with Dinosaurs routine" that probably made all the YEC's very happy but did nothing but insult my intelligence.

But given the level of intelligence they are shooting for...
Well, you'd probably hate this movie (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082146/), then. :)

I thought that FedEx commercial was hilarious, but not as good as the Sierra Mist commercial with Kathy Griffin as the security guard.

R.A.F.
2006-Feb-07, 04:35 PM
Bad Superbowl commercial...

The big "production number" commercial for Burger King. Dancers dressed up as onions, pickles, burger patty, etc. jumping on top of each other to form a burger...

It was just plain weird.

Kennewick_man
2006-Feb-07, 06:42 PM
I'm not too big on all the commercials where the guy is some out of shape, balding and dim-witted individual who has to have simple things explained to him by his usually attractive wife and/or kids. (Oddly, I love Family Guy)

LurchGS
2006-Feb-07, 07:03 PM
I'm about fed up with any commercial that portrays anybody (or group of anybodies) as being thick in the skull. Though I admit, it appears to me to lean heavily toward painting Joe Average Whiteguy as dumb as a box of rocks. You try some of these commercials with <insert minority here> and there'll be all kinds of hooraw.

Extravoice
2006-Feb-08, 05:14 PM
...I'm getting really fed up with the ones for the ambulance chasing attorneys looking for class-action clients.

It's gotten worse. Daytime TV in these parts is full of commercials for some company that will buy-out the "structured settlement" you got from your lawsuit so that you can have cash "Now!"

Trebuchet
2006-Feb-09, 12:27 AM
I'm about fed up with any commercial that portrays anybody (or group of anybodies) as being thick in the skull. Though I admit, it appears to me to lean heavily toward painting Joe Average Whiteguy as dumb as a box of rocks. You try some of these commercials with <insert minority here> and there'll be all kinds of hooraw.

There are a great many of these on the radio these days. TV is only slightly better. The general theme seems to be "Our customers are morons!" Most of the Bud Light superbowl commercials fell into this category.

Hugh Jass
2006-Feb-09, 12:37 AM
uuuhhh... what happened to speaker #3? did you do something you should talk to the police about?


Read between the lines, it was a quiet python reference. "1...2...5..." "no three sir" "right 3!"

Wally
2006-Feb-09, 02:14 PM
I'll nominate the ad for toilet paper that features animated, cutsey bears. Makes my stomach churn every time.

Gotta agree w/ this one! Like we really need to be taught how much TP to use. . . Come on!

LurchGS
2006-Feb-09, 10:30 PM
oi - that is a pretty nasty set of commercials
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And, while there's nothing overtely wrong with them, I am getting sick up to ^ with those CountryWide home loan commercials

(not a very good face, but I never claimed Rembrandt was an ancestor)

teddyv
2006-Feb-09, 11:21 PM
I'll nominate the ad for toilet paper that features animated, cutsey bears. Makes my stomach churn every time.
Gotta agree w/ this one! Like we really need to be taught how much TP to use. . . Come on!

I also thought that bears used rabbits for that. Unless...

John Dlugosz
2006-Feb-13, 08:48 PM
And so people tell me that TV ads are not about sales directly, but are about image. Again though my logic holds; do people really allow their image of an organization to be manipulated by the garbage a PR firm whips up and puts to celluloid?

As much as I crab about the masses allowing themselves to be treated like sheep, I still think (hope?) people are smarter than that.

Think about who gets elected president.

LurchGS
2006-Feb-13, 08:53 PM
Read between the lines, it was a quiet python reference. "1...2...5..." "no three sir" "right 3!"

Lol - that's about as effective as a cat covering up on linoleum! :)

Sadly, ads are almost entirely about the image - either the image of the company or the image of the customer. Medicine, vehicles, travel, food.... it's all about image - even when a few statistices are mentioned.

If ads were about facts, Consumer Reports would not exist. Take facts out of the equation, and all you are left with is image.


------

It's the real thing - the Pepsi generation!

Maksutov
2006-Dec-09, 04:30 AM
I've written poem which will provide guidance to the Ad execs and allow them to fire everyone underneath them. All they have to do is hire a Korean production team on the cheap and, for any TV ad, follow the instructions that are contained in this poem*:

FLASH! FLASH! FLASH!
QUICK CUT! QUICK CUT!
FLASH! FLASH! FLASH!
QUICK CUT! QUICK CUT!

FLASH! FLASH! FLASH!
QUICK CUT! QUICK CUT!
FLASH! FLASH! FLASH!
QUICK CUT! QUICK CUT!

SPEED IT UP
FREEZE!
SLOW IT DOWN
FREEZE!

SPEED IT UP
FREEZE!
SLOW IT DOWN
FREEZE!

FLASH! FLASH! FLASH!
QUICK CUT! QUICK CUT!
FLASH! FLASH! FLASH!
QUICK CUT! QUICK CUT!

NOW WE'RE IN BLACK & WHITE!
NOW WE'RE BACK TO COLOR!
NOW WE'RE IN BLACK & WHITE!
NOW WE'RE BACK TO COLOR!

WE HAVE NO IDEAS
SO LET'S DRAW LINES ON THE SCREEN!
WE HAVE NO IDEAS
SO LET'S DRAW LINES ON THE SCREEN!
WE HAVE NO IDEAS
SO LET'S DRAW LINES ON THE SCREEN!

FLASH! FLASH! FLASH!
QUICK CUT! QUICK CUT!
FLASH! FLASH! FLASH!
QUICK CUT! QUICK CUT!

FLASH! FLASH! FLASH!
QUICK CUT! QUICK CUT!
FLASH! FLASH! FLASH!
QUICK CUT! QUICK CUT!

QUICK CUT! QUICK CUT!
QUICK CUT! QUICK CUT!
QUICK CUT! QUICK CUT!
QUICK CUT! QUICK CUT!
QUICK CUT! QUICK CUT!
QUICK CUT! QUICK CUT!
FASTER!
FASTER!
QUICK CUT! QUICK CUT!
QUICK CUT! QUICK CUT!
QUICK CUT! QUICK CUT!
QUICK CUT! QUICK CUT!

FREEZE!

FLASH!




BTW, if Mad Avenue ever opens its own college, this would work well as a cheer.

*This poem is dedicated to all the epileptics and migraneurs out there who have had pain inflicted by these atrocities before they shut their eyes or look away.

Maksutov
2006-Dec-09, 04:34 AM
Then there's the Coke commercial that says:

"Free refills should be the law."

Of course an economic analysis of this shows that only the diners providing the free refills will bear the added expense, since all the Coke they serve will have to be purchased from the Coca-Cola Company.

Maksutov
2006-Dec-09, 04:36 AM
And the HDTV commercials that show how wonderful their sharp pictures are. Funny, they look as good as, but not any better than, the picture on my 25" analog Magnavox which displays these commercials.

SeanF
2006-Dec-09, 04:49 AM
And the HDTV commercials that show how wonderful their sharp pictures are. Funny, they look as good as, but not any better than, the picture on my 25" analog Magnavox which displays these commercials.
This post reminds me of a current one showing people watching a golf game on their fancy new TVs - the TV viewers can all see the golf ball in the tall grass clearly on their screens, while the player and his caddy are fruitlessly searching around for it.

It's kind of a cute idea, but since I can see that golf ball on my current TV, what do I need one of theirs for?

Delvo
2006-Dec-09, 08:04 AM
You might notice that the "Smiling Bob" commercials are a lot less common now or gone... it's because the company got sued by the customers.

I hate all the "Your penis isn't good enough" commercials and products, from that to Viagra to Cialis to Top Gun (no I'm not kidding) to Male Power (no I'm not kidding)... but I have to admit that one brand's commercials does crack me up, although unintentionally. It's like they're making fun of themselves for how stupid and cheesy they are, and they don't even know it.

Years ago, I saw a stand-up commedian joking about porno movies. Part of his routine included an imitation of the music that would start playing in porno movies whenver there was about to be a sex scene. Now, Cialis is running commercials in which the music sounds just exactly like that comedian's imitation of porno movie sex-scene music! :D

Trebuchet
2006-Dec-09, 02:12 PM
And the HDTV commercials that show how wonderful their sharp pictures are. Funny, they look as good as, but not any better than, the picture on my 25" analog Magnavox which displays these commercials.

The other thing I love about the HDTV commercials is that the products apparently work brilliantly with no wires whatsover -- no power, no cable, nothing.

Not exactly a TV ad, but there was a magazine add for HDTV a year or so ago which showed a couple watching a set that was suspended by two chains from a ceiling beam. It was explicitly stated that it was a 60" diagonal set so it was easy to get out a ruler and determine that their ceiling was just over five feet tall. And no wires, of course.

I saw "Smiling Bob" a couple of times just last evening. Disgusting.

danscope
2006-Dec-09, 05:38 PM
Hi, All the drug commercials really upset me no end. It is a ploy to extract more money from the drug industry and get mad avenue to kick back under the table.
(my conspiracy theory) . The cholesterol comercial about where it comes from runs back to back, and the violins churn my stomach. People have no idea of how much they write off in drug advertising. And we pay for it all.
And pay...and pay...and pay...and pay.....adnauseum...addnauseum(?)
I think I saw a joke (was it on SNL) that had good ol Gilbert Godfrey doing the head on comercial. Pretty funny actually.
There.....I feel better having vented. I think I'll listen to Folk Alley on
internet radio.
Best regards, Dan

The Backroad Astronomer
2006-Dec-09, 11:10 PM
Well i know this was a while ago in this thread but the bob on the enzyte guy is creepy but what was extra creepy was the his wife a knew a person who looked like her (okay younger and for what I could tell just in the face), just glad I did not see the ads when I was around her.

Celestial Mechanic
2006-Dec-10, 05:58 AM
Something I'm beginning to get tired of in commercials these days is the use of Dr. Seussy nursery rhyme narration. Teddy G. must be spinning in his grave! I hate being talked down to.

As for Bob the Enzyte guy, all I can think of when I see him is, "Keep him away from the livestock!" :lol:

mickal555
2006-Dec-10, 06:03 AM
Er,

Excuse my ignorence, but what is 'Smiling Bob'?

The Backroad Astronomer
2006-Dec-10, 06:09 AM
Er,

Excuse my ignorence, but what is 'Smiling Bob'?
In the commercial there is a man named Bob who had certain problrms and after taking enzyte the problems went away so he smiles very creepy all over the place (enzyte is something like viagra).

Maksutov
2006-Dec-10, 06:19 AM
In the commercial there is a man named Bob who had certain problrms and after taking enzyte the problems went away so he smiles very creepy all over the place (enzyte is something like viagra).Yup!

And for some strange reason, Smilin' Bob, in the current commercial, first appears rising from the bottom of the screen and then popping up to fill your TV in full glory!

Joe E. Brown (http://www.nndb.com/people/905/000091632/joeebrown02.jpg)'s estate should sue.

Meanwhile, subtle Mad Avenue is an oxymoron.

The Backroad Astronomer
2006-Dec-10, 06:25 AM
Yup!

And for some strange reason, Smilin' Bob, in the current commercial, first appears rising from the bottom of the screen and then popping up to fill your TV in full glory!

Joe E. Brown (http://www.nndb.com/people/905/000091632/joeebrown02.jpg)'s estate should sue.

Meanwhile, subtle Mad Avenue is an oxymoron.
have not seen it and don't want to see it.

Maksutov
2006-Dec-10, 10:45 AM
have not seen it and don't want to see it.Wait a minute!

You don't want to see it?

Advertising executives have millions of bonuses that ride on your reactions to these commercials, and you don't want to see it?

Wow, how unAmerican.

Definitely Bush-league.

:razz:

Delvo
2006-Dec-10, 02:10 PM
(enzyte is something like viagra).Viagra treats some causes of impotence but isn't supposed to make it bigger. Enzyte claim is that it makes it bigger, not anything about impotence.

antoniseb
2006-Dec-10, 02:42 PM
Viagra treats some causes of impotence but isn't supposed to make it bigger. Enzyte claim is that it makes it bigger, not anything about impotence.
The ads don't actually say specifically what way it 'enhances males'. It only implies that his wife is more satisfied.

The Backroad Astronomer
2006-Dec-10, 11:06 PM
Wow, how unAmerican.


:razz:
what can I say "I am Canadian".
added: There is beer commercial were a guy points out the differences between canadians and americans and it ends with "I am canadian".

Maksutov
2006-Dec-11, 01:31 AM
what can I say "I am Canadian".
added: There is beer commercial were a guy points out the differences between canadians and americans and it ends with "I am canadian".Good for you!

Aw, take off, eh?

The Backroad Astronomer
2006-Dec-11, 01:37 AM
Aw, take off, eh?
I will and I will never comeback or vote for the BA, hmph.

The Backroad Astronomer
2006-Dec-11, 02:00 AM
I will and I will never comeback or vote for the BA, hmph.
just yanking your chain,the commercial that gets me is the energizer bunny, will that ever die its been over 14 years with that thing.

Maksutov
2006-Dec-11, 02:26 AM
Originally Posted by davidlpf http://www.bautforum.com/images/buttons/viewpost.gif (http://www.bautforum.com/showthread.php?p=881240#post881240)
I will and I will never comeback or vote for the BA, hmph.
just yanking your chain,the commercial that gets me is the energizer bunny, will that ever die its been over 14 years with that thing.From the sequence of quotes it appears that chain belongs to you. http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/566/iconwink6tn.gif

Yeah, I'd like to see some energized hasenpfeffer. The servings just keep going and going and going...

SeanF
2006-Dec-11, 03:37 AM
just yanking your chain,the commercial that gets me is the energizer bunny, will that ever die its been over 14 years with that thing.
The Energizer Bunny did die.

Apparently, he tried to march through a home pregnancy test commercial...

The Backroad Astronomer
2006-Dec-11, 04:18 AM
probably with bob the enzyte guy in it too.

Tobin Dax
2006-Dec-11, 04:18 AM
just yanking your chain,the commercial that gets me is the energizer bunny, will that ever die its been over 14 years with that thing.

Ya know, that just could be the point. :D :evil:

The Backroad Astronomer
2006-Dec-11, 06:20 AM
Ya know, that just could be the point. :D :evil:
well i remember in 92 people were sick of that commercial but it keeps goin and going and going.

Tobin Dax
2006-Dec-11, 08:32 AM
well i remember in 92 people were sick of that commercial but it keeps goin and going and going.

Nothing outlasts the Energizer [Bunny].

farmerjumperdon
2006-Dec-11, 02:13 PM
I'm always amazed at the thought that anybody anywhere is ever moved to purchase something because of a commercial.

Delvo
2006-Dec-11, 03:29 PM
This is mostly a radio problem rather than a TV one, but I hate any commercial with a hingle that's a Christmas carol with the words changed...

Celestial Mechanic
2006-Dec-11, 08:48 PM
The thing I miss about the Energizer Bunny commercials was that originally they were made to look like interruptions of other commercials, for example, one of the commercials interrupted was one for a wine called "Chateau Marmoset".

I'd love to see the Head On commercial interrupted by the Energizer Bunny marching through and applying one of his drumsticks to the person's forehead. Yes! :lol: :dance: :D

afterburner
2006-Dec-11, 11:51 PM
I dont like most commercials, but one of my least favourite ones is:

"Head on, apply directly to forehead, Head on, apply directly to forehead, head on, apply directly to forehead." :mad: :mad: :wall: :mad: :mad:
I dislike commercials that talk for you, as if you're having a conversation in your head. Commercials that try to be "sneaky" in their presentation, and ones that exploit various associations. BUT, turning on the brain to watch what goes through it, renders these commercials silly and ineffective.:eh:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/dc/Headon.jpg

Tobin Dax
2006-Dec-12, 03:25 AM
I dont like most commercials, but one of my least favourite ones is:

"Head on, apply directly to forehead, Head on, apply directly to forehead, head on, apply directly to forehead." :mad: :mad: :wall: :mad: :mad:
I dislike commercials that talk for you, as if you're having a conversation in your head. Commercials that try to be "sneaky" in their presentation, and ones that exploit various associations. BUT, turning on the brain to watch what goes through it, renders these commercials silly and ineffective.:eh:

Of course, in this case, they wouldn't have to have such annoying commercials if they actually had a worthwhile product that they can advertise instead of a placebo wax stick.

The Backroad Astronomer
2006-Dec-12, 03:28 AM
the only time I see the head on cmmercial is just after jeopardy!

Mister Earl
2006-Dec-12, 05:01 PM
Most annoying commecial in the world? Those clothing commercials that ripped of Gilligan's Island and yet oooozed "Yuppie". I don't even remember the name of the company. I just remember how shocked I was that they'd rip off Gilligan's Island. Huh. Some people have no respect!

Fazor
2006-Dec-12, 05:10 PM
Hmm....for me it's a toss-up between car commercials, and network commercials for network television shows (or political ads, but november has come and gone so we're done with that in the states for a while).

With car commercials, I don't understand why they all have to be so boring and generic. "here's our car on a reflective floor. now here's our car driving on a mountain road. buy it." I mean, I understand that every product can't use comedy to sell thier product, but doesn't mean it has to be boring either.

Altho when they try comedy they fail miserably. Like the car commercial for... a ford focus maybe? can't even remember. where he can't park because someone double parked, so he turns on his stereo and bounces the other car out of his way. Just an example of over the hill ad execs and mindless fresh college grads that have no idea how to reach thier target audience.

And then tv commercials for tv shows? Showtime or HBO or whoever had one for the new drama "Splinter Cell", and the tag line was "The show that critics are calling better than 24!" ...well, that only works if you like 24. To someone like me, that's like saying "The show that's better than that other crappy show, but not good enough to mention merits of its own!"

Thankfully I now have a DVR and watch very few commercials heh.

pghnative
2006-Dec-12, 06:04 PM
I dont like most commercials, but one of my least favourite ones is:

"Head on, apply directly to forehead, Head on, apply directly to forehead, head on, apply directly to forehead." :mad: :mad: :wall: :mad: :mad:
Though they now have a followup commercial in which an actor compains that the "HEAD ON, APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE FOREHEAD" commercial gave him a headache. While the first commercial was really annoying, it certainly did a great job at increasing name recognition.

Celestial Mechanic
2006-Dec-12, 06:46 PM
[Snip!] With car commercials, I don't understand why they all have to be so boring and generic. "Here's our car on a reflective floor. now here's our car driving on a mountain road. buy it." I mean, I understand that every product can't use comedy to sell their product, but doesn't mean it has to be boring either. [Snip!]
And don't forget, if it's an SUV, they have to show it splashing through six feet of MUD! MUD! MUD! :rolleyes:

Peter Wilson
2006-Dec-12, 07:03 PM
My most misunderstood one was the old ad for "Nissan hard-body trucks."

Why would anyone want a truck with a hard body? I like the body on my truck to be soft and supple, so that if someone should lean on it, say in a parking lot, the body will fold-in on them :D

Who were those ads targeting? Was anyone ever actually persuaded to trade in their good-ol' soft-body truck for a Nissan hard-body?

Spacewriter
2006-Dec-13, 03:40 AM
There is an advert on the TV at the moment for orange juice where there are two hippos in bed, and one gives the other a "dutch oven". The juice isn't really mentioned in the ad at all. Talk about lowest common denominator...

A "dutch oven"? is that some sort of euphemism for something?

(Yes, I know what a dutch oven is, but seeing it in quotes made me wonder if there's something we're missing out on here.)

Spacewriter
2006-Dec-13, 03:46 AM
I watch a lot of Spike TV (for CSI reruns) and also football. So, I see the "Man Law" commercials a lot and kind of like them. YOu can see them at: http://www.manlaws.com/ (age enforced)

Celestial Mechanic
2006-Dec-13, 06:14 AM
A "dutch oven"? is that some sort of euphemism for something? [Snip!]
Yes, it's a euphemism for breaking wind under the covers and then pulling them over the head of your partner. I first saw it in National Lampoon's Job of Sex parody back in the 70s. It sounds like something that children sharing a bed might do. :D

pghnative
2006-Dec-13, 02:29 PM
Of course, now I'll have that vision every time I cook a pot roast...

Fazor
2006-Dec-13, 02:37 PM
I watch a lot of Spike TV (for CSI reruns) and also football. So, I see the "Man Law" commercials a lot and kind of like them. YOu can see them at: http://www.manlaws.com/ (age enforced)

I love the man law commercials. It seems to me that beer companies are the only ones that consistantly have great commercials. In 15 years when my liver is fully deteriorated I'll haveta use that against them in some bizaar lawsuit where i refuse to take responcibility for my own actions. "those commercials were just too good! I *had* to drink all that beer!"

The Backroad Astronomer
2006-Dec-19, 12:21 AM
the commercials with " giving 110 % " I was just reminded about these ones this mourning whill watching a show.

Maksutov
2006-Dec-23, 07:52 AM
Current most disliked is one of the various diamond dealer commercials that seem to sprout like weeds this time of year.

This one shows a yuppie couple in their mansion. The trophy wife is, ironically, watching It's A Wonderful Life while her upwardly mobile husband is going through the checks from their rental properties and making a list (and checking it twice) of those who are late in their rent payments and whom they will have their representatives evict just before December 25th.

I'm sure both feel terrible about the awful treatment poor Mr. Potter got in that movie.

Of course, once done the yuckie husband presents the yuckie wife with an overpriced diamond array, guaranteeing he will have some kind of relations that night.

Every kiss begins with a Kay®.

http://www.cosgan.de/images/smilie/ekelig/k020.gif

Gillianren
2006-Dec-23, 06:02 PM
God, and the assumptions they make in those ads! Every woman wants gold and diamonds. Well, I don't. I like silver and opals, in fact, and wouldn't take a diamond at all. (Bill Maher once said something about how no woman would rather have a book than a diamond, and he's wrong. True, diamonds may be exchanged for money, which can be exchanged for goods and services, but I'd rather just have the same amount of money spent to buy me books.)

sarongsong
2008-Apr-26, 02:58 AM
...while there's nothing overtly wrong with them, I am getting sick up to [here] with those CountryWide home loan commercials..."...there's no succe$$ like failure..."
April 25, 2008
...Countrywide Financial Corp. CEO Angelo Mozilo earned some $10.8 million in total compensation [and cashed out $121.5 million in stock options] last year...an 80 percent cut from the 70-year-old's total pay in 2006 of about $51 million. The Calabasas-based company reported a yearly loss in 2007 of $704 million...It agreed in January to be acquired by Bank of America Corp. for $4.1 billion in stock...
CBS (http://cbs2.com/business/Countrywide.Angelo.Mozilo.2.708317.html)

jrkeller
2008-Apr-26, 04:43 AM
There used to be this commercial for MeowMix.

They kept repeating Meow over and over and .....

Link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JuVHCJVYf4&feature=related) if you dare

Maksutov
2008-Apr-26, 09:20 AM
Here's a real beauty:

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Drink our beer and increase your athletic performance!

Maksutov
2008-Apr-26, 09:22 AM
There used to be this commercial for MeowMix.

They kept repeating Meow over and over and .....

Link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JuVHCJVYf4&feature=related) if you dareMy sister the family genius and cat lover used to sing that whole thing over and over while taking care of her cats and waiting on her husband hand and foot.

Nadme
2008-Apr-26, 04:09 PM
Any commercial featuring a tableful of gorgeous slim supermodeling-looking "girlfriends" happily (pretending to) scarf down big plates of gooey pasta or huge slices of triple-layer chocolate cake...

That just doesn't happen in real life. I'm a woman who CAN allow herself to truly enjoy food while many others of my gender fret and collapse into 100 pushups over 1 leaf of lettuce. :rolleyes:

mike alexander
2008-Apr-27, 10:21 PM
JG Wentworth, cable purveyor of structured settlements. "It's MY money and I want it NOW!"

Hangnail
2008-Apr-27, 10:54 PM
Any commercial featuring a tableful of gorgeous slim supermodeling-looking "girlfriends" happily (pretending to) scarf down big plates of gooey pasta or huge slices of triple-layer chocolate cake...

That just doesn't happen in real life.

Sure it does. They just didn't show you them all running to the bathroom and jamming their fingers down their throats after.

Neverfly
2008-Apr-27, 10:59 PM
Sure it does. They just didn't show you them all running to the bathroom and jamming their fingers down their throats after.

It does on the "Lifetime" channel...

KaiYeves
2008-Apr-28, 12:57 AM
This one for a car sale that made fun of environmentalists. It just wasn't nice.

danscope
2008-Apr-28, 01:58 AM
I would say...."Most of the above" , but I have a real problem with drug comercials.
Right from the get-go.....they are offensive, useless, invasive, less than taseful,
even vulgar; but the worst part is the fact that these companies purchase so much expensive air time and add this to our exhorbitant drug bills......as if they weren't high enough already. We used to not allow drug comercials. A saner congress will change this ridiculous situation and clean up televisions act. Don't you wish that they would remove
their crumby drug comercials and leave us in peace? There is a damned limit.

Best regards, Dan

sarongsong
2008-Apr-28, 02:01 AM
Ugh!---that travelocity commercial with a jack-hammer "soundtrack" that drowns out a traveling couple's attempt to discuss their room-accommodations... :(

Mister Earl
2008-Apr-28, 06:21 PM
"Doctor" Frank's Homeopathic pet spray. We know you got mangled pets badly needing health care. Take the cheap and ineffective way out instead with this water-in-a-bottle! Spray your worries away! When your pet later dies of neglect and extreme suffering, you can tell everyone you did "everything you could" with this product!

I want to slap "Doctor" Frank. I can't imagine the high number of pet-suffering-hours lengthened and worsened, thanks to this "Doctor" and Homeopathy.

Extravoice
2008-Apr-28, 07:10 PM
"Doctor" Frank's Homeopathic pet spray...

That is quite a scam. Your pet can't tell you whether the spray is making them feel better or not. It's kind of like the placebo effect one step removed.

Trebuchet
2008-Apr-28, 07:20 PM
JG Wentworth, cable purveyor of structured settlements. "It's MY money and I want it NOW!"

Which should be "It's MY money and I want 40% of it now!" 'Cause that's about all you'll get.

mike alexander
2008-Apr-28, 08:21 PM
Trebuchet correctly notes:
Which should be "It's MY money and I want 40% of it now!" 'Cause that's about all you'll get.

But the real soul-grinder is the grown-up three year olds screaming and whining. I'm surprised some of them don't throw their cereal bowl off the high chair.

Maksutov
2008-Apr-29, 12:09 AM
Here's a real beauty:

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Nothing like paying money to learn faulty perspective and how to draw clichés.

Romanus
2008-Apr-29, 12:58 AM
Whoever posted "Head-On" basically finished the argument, IMO.

Grizzle
2008-Apr-29, 03:33 AM
I think I have pretty much perfected the art of zoning out immediately when a commercial comes on, and coming back when it is over. It's a useful skill.

Maksutov
2008-Apr-29, 04:49 AM
My artistry there is on the keyboard, i.e., the mute button and getting up to take care of something for about 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, here's another gem:

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mike alexander
2008-Apr-29, 05:19 AM
Oh, yeah. And is the Pope Catholic?


And while we're at it, all the deodorant ads that have people lifting their arms at every opportunity, and tampon ads that have women in white shorts riding bulls or operating jackhammers. Maybe both at the same time.


"Are you jellin'?"


BILLY MAYS SELLING OXY-CLEAN!

Maksutov
2008-Apr-29, 05:33 AM
We had a Six Sigma black belt who was so over-the-top that folks started calling him "Mr. Oxy Clean".

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Neverfly
2008-Apr-29, 05:47 AM
Maksutov, how are you getting your attachments without the attachment showing at the bottom of your post?

Maksutov
2008-Apr-29, 05:51 AM
Click on the "Attachments" icon (the paperclip). The attachments window opens. Upload your attachment. Then close the window. Click your cursor where you want the attachment to be inserted. Then click on the "Attachments" icon and select your attachment by its name, which should be listed. It will be inserted in the selected location.

Neverfly
2008-Apr-29, 06:08 AM
Testing...
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ETA: Rock on- Thanks Maksutov.

Maksutov
2008-Apr-29, 06:23 AM
You're welcome.

Is that one of your pets manning the bucket brigade?

Neverfly
2008-Apr-29, 06:32 AM
You're welcome.

Is that one of your pets manning the bucket brigade?

If you stay in my house, you better be willing to Work!

No lazy butts under my roof... No one is immune...http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/mesg/emoticons7/33.gif

ravens_cry
2008-Apr-29, 06:48 AM
I never saw this on TV, but with the help of Youtube, it creepeth me out. . .
THE DEAD LIVE!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fcn4p213Zg8

Incidentally. a fascinating example of the Uncanny Valley in action.

Kaptain K
2008-Apr-29, 07:55 AM
Now that's creepy! :eek:

RalofTyr
2008-Apr-30, 07:21 PM
The ones for herpes.

"I have genitle herpes, but I don't"

If I saw any of those women in a bar, I'd run.

It's kind of messed up advertising. It's telling the people that you can lead a normal life after you contract herpes and have a partner, also increasing the risk of spreading herpes (to your partner) and creating more consumers of the product.

korjik
2008-Apr-30, 07:41 PM
The ones for herpes.

"I have genitle herpes, but I don't"

If I saw any of those women in a bar, I'd run.

It's kind of messed up advertising. It's telling the people that you can lead a normal life after you contract herpes and have a partner, also increasing the risk of spreading herpes (to your partner) and creating more consumers of the product.

I keep asking how hungry does an actor have to be to admit on national TV that they have herpes. Yeah, I know it is fake, but still.

As for commercials I hate, I can work up a good dislike for any commercial that they play over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.

I would kinda like to know if anyone has done research on finding out how long it is before a commercial becomes a liability instead of an asset.

Maksutov
2008-Apr-30, 09:44 PM
[edit]I would kinda like to know if anyone has done research on finding out how long it is before a commercial becomes a liability instead of an asset.Same here.

But it wouldn't be the ad agencies, who have a vested interest in making themselves look good to their customers, nor their customers, who want to hear how well the latest advertising campaign is going. Kind of a mutual admiration society there

Paul Beardsley
2008-Apr-30, 09:50 PM
An advert that really annoys me is part of the "Should have gone to Spec Savers" series. The running theme is that someone got a bad deal on spectacles because they went to a opticians other than Spec Savers. (Never mind that other opticians give you a professional service.)

Anyway, the latest one has footage of Edith Piaf singing "Non, je ne regrette rien," while subtitles supposedly translate the words into English. They begin accurately but then change to her admitting she regrets not going to Spec Savers.

Now, quite apart from the fact that they are putting foolish words into the mouth of someone who is dead and therefore cannot defend herself, why in the name of all that's sacred did they choose to do this with someone who isn't wearing glasses?

A.DIM
2008-Apr-30, 09:54 PM
We don't watch TV in my household (well, it's very limited) so we're largely immune to such things as commercials.


I guess I could simply say "my most disliked TV commercial is TV itself," though I'm unsure that makes any sense.

(maybe I should just go mow)

Maksutov
2008-Apr-30, 10:06 PM
I keep asking how hungry does an actor have to be to admit on national TV that they have herpes. Yeah, I know it is fake, but still....Two hungry members of Central Casting:

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They seem proud of what's going on

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and are living a lovely lifestyle

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Pardon me while I go throw up...

mike alexander
2008-Apr-30, 10:49 PM
I don't know how I forgot that one (the gentile herpes ads).

"Hi. I have herpes, syphillis, tuberculosis and HIV, but by taking Pfizzer's new combination drug Getitonitol I can feel that my partner is reasonably safe much of the time, and we can sit on a beach in Cancun' sipping lime Dos Equis while we wait for the Cialis to kick in."

UseofGetitonitolisnotguaranteedtokeepyourbugstoyou rselfdonotakeGetitonitolifyouhaveacompromisedimmun esystemtakeMAOinhibitorsorhavegarlicbreathsideeffe ctsincludelethargypalpitationsseizurespaininthebum clinicaldeathandgarlicbreath

"Getitonitol... because it's fun to share."

KaiYeves
2008-Apr-30, 11:22 PM
Those horrible Air Force ones about shooting down satellites and "defending our country in space". Um, the last time I checked, nobody owns space.

Neverfly
2008-Apr-30, 11:30 PM
Those horrible Air Force ones about shooting down satellites and "defending our country in space". Um, the last time I checked, nobody owns space.

I've seen those commercials- they are trying to encourage enlistment.
They don't say anything about 'owning space.'

They are trying to portray service as exciting- and space is pretty exciting (Strangely enough).

But if you want to get technical... A nation will protect its borders. This includes underneath all the way to the center of the Earth and above the skies too.

You can say no one owns the ocean too, but that doesn't stop the Navy.

KaiYeves
2008-Apr-30, 11:36 PM
Yeah, but I don't want kids my brothers' age to think that space is all about blowing things up. If they want that, they can watch Star Wars. And I don't like conflict. Bad experiences in my youth.

mike alexander
2008-May-01, 01:35 AM
Earthquake? Or Giant Terrorist Moles?

Air Force... defending you down to the Moho.

Delvo
2008-May-01, 02:09 AM
It's not "Gentile" herpes, folks. Jews can get it too.

mike alexander
2008-May-01, 04:34 PM
'Twas a joke, a goyische joke.

Jim
2008-May-01, 04:48 PM
Pepto Bismol and the Dancing Symptoms. Now those are hungry actors!

mike alexander
2008-May-01, 05:13 PM
Girls Gone Wild

'Nuff said.

Celestial Mechanic
2008-May-01, 05:27 PM
Girls Gone Wild

'Nuff said.You mean they've actually run ads on TV for that stuff? :eek:

Ladies and gentlemen, the Eschaton has been immanentized! :lol:

NEOWatcher
2008-May-01, 05:44 PM
You mean they've actually run ads on TV for that stuff? :eek:
Just record any non-infomercial programming between the hours of....Ohh, maybe between 1am and 5am. You'll see all sorts of irritating commercials and products.

At least they put dots over the important parts for the commercials.:whistle:

korjik
2008-May-01, 06:27 PM
Earthquake? Or Giant Terrorist Moles?

Air Force... defending you down to the Moho.

Didnt you know? There hasnt been a natural flood in the US in 47 years. What they call 'floods' are actually fighting back against mole man attacks.

Maksutov
2008-May-01, 07:43 PM
Looks like those darn Mole People currently have a thing for the St. John River (http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/05/01/maine.flooding.ap/index.html).

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One wonders if the Canadian Air Force is helping too, using its airplane.

sarongsong
2008-May-02, 09:05 AM
http://www.bautforum.com/images/icons/icon10.gif


...Lt. Mckay---being pursued by von Richthofen, cut in front of both Boelcke and Böhme. Boelcke had to make a hard right turn to avoid colliding with the Canadian flyer...
Times Square (http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Zone/4914/dicta.htm)http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Zone/4914/boelcke_bohme.jpg

i only ponder
2008-May-02, 12:33 PM
the car advert with the dog that sings. i hate that advert. i can't tell you why, i just can't stand it.