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When i was little i thought the scrubbing bubbles guys from the dow bathroom cleaners were real so i bugged my grandma to buy a can so i could have bubble buddies in the tub with me. she did and when i sprayed it i started crying because mine did not have any.
I used to believe - when I was a child - that when advertisements on frozen foods instructed the consumers that they can find said product in their "grocer's freezer," they were saying their "grossest freezer." I wondered for years why anyone would want frozen food from a gross freezer. :-)
I used to think that all commercial were live and so I was quite confused when I saw the same people day after day doing the exact same thing.
There is/was an ad for Gander Mountain (a sporting goods chain) in which the words "Hunt! Fish! Camp!" are chanted .... when I was young I refused to go to Gander Mountain because I misheard the chant to be "Hunt! Fish! Kill!" and I didn't want to go to a store where people were so violent and obsessed with death.
There used to be these Red Cross public service announcements on TV saying to donate blood. But I thought they were saying "don't eat blood".
In Canada (and possibly elsewhere), there are back pain relief medications called Robax. They have a series of long-running commercials featuring wooden marionette-type people. In them, the marionettes do something active until needles pop up from their backs, representing back pain. I thought that you actually got needles coming from your back whenever you had too much activity and got back pain and Robax was used to pull them out.
I used to believe that "some assembly required", as heard in countless television ads, meant that some of the boxes in the stores held completely assembled products and some required assembly. I could never figure out how I could never pick a box that contained an assembled toy. Never lucky enough I thought.
I don't know why, but I used to be afraid of the Royal Bank logo. There was something about that maze of yellow lines that freaked me out, apparently. Whenever I would go upstairs from my basement, I would run because I thought the logo was chasing me.
When I was a kid and they would say "void where prohibited" at the end of a commercial for some kind of contest, I would always wonder what kind of thing "voidwear" was and why it was prohibited. I guess somehow I realized that since no one talked about "voidwear", that it was something I should either know about already or something that I was not supposed to know about. Then one day...I think I was in my teens, driving even, that it hit me "oh void WHERE!!".
When I was little--I would stand in the shower and do a Zest soap bar commerical--and then watch the tv for my commercial to be on. HHmm...never did!
I used to think Mr. Rogers lived at Target because I always saw the Target logo before/after his show.
I remember after eating crackers with Imperial margarine, looking all over the house for my crown. I saw them pop up on people's heads on the commercial.
Also after eating a Halls I wondered when the vapours would go up my nose. Another sucker of special effects.
when I was about 5 there was this commercial for Circuit City and a big plug always plugged into the top of the building. I used to think it really did that and I wanted to go by Circuit City all the time to see the giant plug.
Its only been 8 years since I believed that.
When I was seven years old, I saw a commercial for the doll Baby Born. In the commercial, the girl was pouring the fake baby food packet (which was powder) into the small dish and it immedietly turned into the wet baby food (commercialism can make anything possible). That led me to believe that it was a "magic bowl" and that the powdery stuff would automatically turn moist.
I finally got the doll for Christmas and I tried this bowl thing out for myself. I was disappointed to find out that you had to add water first!
I used to believe that when commercials were on t.v an dthey said " must see " or " u cant miss this " that u actually had to watch it or something horrible would happen.One night i had 2 go to a party and the show that i " had 2 watch " was on.I cried so hard after the party and i didnt get to sleep at all cos i fort something was coming after me!
Michelin had an ad campaign when I was really little (mid-70s) where the Michelin Man would come thundering over hill tops etc., so when a bad storm would kick up, I thoughtit was the Michelin Man coming to get me1
I used to think that commercials that say "get your free gifts now" or "available now" or anything that says "now" meant that we have to rush there within a few seconds before the commercial ends.
when tv ads for toys came on i would always try to convince my parents that they should buy me the toy because it was "9.99 PLUS TAX!" i didn't know that the 9.99 did not inlcude the additional tax, and thought that i would get the toy because of the lesser price
I used to believe that if you weren't good, the Trix Rabbit would steal your yogurt.
I used to believe tv commercials were not played from tape, but their actors had to perform live in front of camera every time the commercial was emitted. I remember how I wondered about commercial with group of kindergarten children listening to dentist and answering his question - "man, how poor they are, being such a child they have to play the same scene thousands of times and to do it completly the same each time" It was just one day when I realised, "Hey it is impossible to make perfectly identical moves so many times!" Then I said to myself "Ya fool, what are cassetes for!" =)