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My grandfather worked as a watchman for Smith Brothers Cough Drop company and would bring us small sample boxes of the product. I believed that the first names of the Smith Brothers were Trade and Mark because that was written under the picture of each.
When I was about 8, I saw an ad for Ralph Lauren that said, "First there was Ralph, then there was Lauren" or something like that. I thought it meant that the designer was a guy named Ralph who then had a sex change and became a lady named Lauren. Nowadays I stick to Tommy Hilfiger.
When I was little, there were these ads for Cheese Strings. I absolutely hated Cheese Strings, but one day I saw an ad and I didn't really listen. They were advertising a contest to win a Gameboy Colour, and they showed a sort of Gameboy like design on the bag. I thought that there was a Gameboy in every bag of Cheese Strings! I made my dad go and buy me some, and boy was I disappointed. Then I had a weeks supply of Cheese Strings. Ew.
I misheard an advert where the line was 'his debt, is destroying his family'
but i misheard it as 'his dad, is destroying his family'
No wonder i never trusted loan companys...
When I was little I wanted nothing more than to be an actress or a singer. Then I heard a commercial on the radio for Alfred Hitchcock on Nick at Night and it said "where the stars come out to die." So I thought if I became famous I would have to die. After that I wanted to be a cleaning lady...
You know how in the Energizer commercials, there's a little pink bunny banging on a drum? I always thought they were commercials for the bunny instead of the battery! I still kind of want a little toy like that!
I used to believe that if my mom used a household cleaner other than Mr. Clean, that Mr. Clean would come and kill us all.
In the crayola marker commercial that goes "fat or thin, fat or thin", I thought that they were saying my name Jonathan, Jonathan, and i was wondering why the were saying my name, i kinda felt special heh
Growing up in Southern California there was an auto dealer named Cal Worthington and his dog spot. Now spot could be a bengal tiger, a monkey, whatever, so it's already confusing right? Well there was a song on the commercials advising you that, "If you want a car or truck GO SEE CAL" but since it was so fast and I was already confused, I thought the song was, "If you want a car or truck, PUSSY COW."
And it sort of made sense with a lion sitting on top of a car. I've talked to alot of friends who thought the exact same thing when they heard this commercial.
When I was little I often saw an odd commercial where a struck match was put out with a small circular pad (Tucks medicated pads). From this I believed that these were special pads for putting out matches, which seemed quite odd but then the adult world was foreign to me then.
they used to have these cal worthington car commercials when i was little and he'd advertise cars for fourteen ninety-nine - i used to wonder how come we couldn't another car if it was only fourteen dollars.
When I was about 4, I saw this ad on TV for a promotion in which you could win a Gameboy (I think it had something to do with Breakaway bars) which showed a kid playing on one and ending up with holes in him (not sure of the specifics, but they were round holes you could see through, not bloody gunshot wounds or anything).
For a year or two after that, I thought that would really happen to me if I played on a Gameboy, and I was scared that someone would buy me one for Christmas or my birthday.
When the IGA commercial would come on it say's "At IGA, people come first." I always imagined some kind of monsters going shopping at IGA and having to wait all the time.
i used to think that 1980s Pepsi commercial said: "Catch that Pepsi spirit, to get in, to get in, to get in" when they were really saying: "Catch that Pepsi spirit, drink it in, drink it in, drink it in..."
I used to believe that if you called the number on one of those Christian Children's Fund commercials they would actually send you a child. I was an only child and always begged my mom and dad to send me a baby from South America.
When I was little, the Cinnamon Toast Crunch commercials involved the guy on the logo zapping the cinnamon on, so I thought that the guy lived inside of the electrical socket. A couple of times I tried to find him, but I never did.
I wanted to order Sweet Pickels when I was little SOOO BADLY because that bus would come with all the characters in it. My mother kept telling me that it wouldn't really be delivered that way, but I was convinced she was lying to me so that I wouldn't want it.
When I read in magazines about 'adopt a whale/dolphin/third world child' I actually thought it would be sent to your home. I think I was about 12 when I finally read a whole article about it (see i had just read the title 'adopt a ...') and realised what I actually happened. I was so disappointed!
when i was younger i didn't grasp the idea you got PAID for appearing in tv adverts, i thought if you were advitising mcdonalds you would get a years free mcdonald food, etc
when my dad told me i was going to be in a comercial i got really scared at first because i thought that when they film you you stay in the tv and you can never get out!