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As a child, maybe until I was about 7 or 8, I always wanted to send off for every special offer I saw on any kind of food or drink packet, whether it was for something I really wanted or not. I once saw on a bottle of tomato ketchup "Free from artificial colour and preservative". Because it had the word "free" on it, I thought it must be some kind of special offer. I was very disappointed when I tried to peel the label off and found no special offer underneath.

Alan, Sheffield
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My mom told me that "commercials lie." When I was five or so, I noticed that the laundry detergent that we used was one that I had seen a commercial for. Since the commercial said that it was a good detergent and cleaned clothes, I was sure that this was a lie and I tried to get my mom to throw it out.

Becky
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You know how on PBS they usually say something like "this program was sponsored in part by viewers like you?" I thought "Viewers like you" was an actual company.

I also thought that TV was kind of like video, so that when i turned it off, i could turn it back on later and whatever show i'd been watching would start right where i'd left it.

Kris
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I saw a commercial that said, "Don't drink and drive", when I was 5. Later we were in the car and my dad was drinking a coke. I informed what the commercial said.

clevelandphil
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My sister and I once insisted that my parents buy Mrs. Butterworth's Pancake Syrup, and when they did, we sat at the table and waited for her to talk.

That was a lesson about the truth of advertising!

Kresel
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When I was a young kid there used to be an advert on TV for Barrett Houses and the man would always say "The nation's second biggest house builder!". Naturally I was 110% convinced that our local house builder was THE biggest in the land. It was years later that I realised he was just a small builder who built just a few houses a year in our town.

Rick
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When I was about 4 or 5, I used to see the Mrs.Butterworths commercials on tv, and the only lady that was the bottle would come to life. Well, whenever my mom bought it, I would sit with the bottle in front of me and try to talk to her. She never talked back :( False advertising to children is so mean!

Kendyl
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I used to believe the pillsbury dough boy lived in the "grocers freezer".I spent many a trip looking for him,the scary thing is I wanted to find him so I could throw him off the bed,I guess I thought it would stop his little laugh and make a cool splat?!

polly
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When you see a captain crunch commercial, at the end, everyone goes "crunchitize me captain".
when i was little, i thaught they said " Sodomise me captain". I didn't know what sodomise meant but i had heard it somewhere. i was eating captain crunch one morning and blurted out "sodomise me captain!" my parents just stood there in utter shock. they later explained what sodomise meant.

feederfooder
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I thought Tuck's Medicated pads were for putting matches out. In the commercial they used to show a match light on fire and then they would use the pad to put out the flame. I would always tell my mom why don't people save money and just blow the match out.

Shelly
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Joe DiMaggio used to be the official spokesperson in the Mr. Coffee commercials, and not knowing who he really was- I thought his name actually was "Mr. Coffee"!

ajd
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When I was little, i saw the commercials for Walmart. The smiley face would go around knocking down prices. So whenever my mom would take me to Walmart, I would constantly look for the smiley face floating around, knocking down prices. It wasn't until I was about nine or ten years old that I realized the smiley face wasn't real!

Ashley
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The only ads I ever paid any notice to were toy commercals, which usually only advertised new toys. I believed for the longest time that only new things were advertised on television. I'll never forget the pepsi commmercial that made me realize my error...

Elisa
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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!" =)

Ja Polak
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On sweepstakes commercials, I would always hear them say "Many will enter, you will win..." In stead of "many will enter, few will win."

I entered many contests, but didn't win anything....

Why can't I be a winner?
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Okay, you know those Robax ads? They have these funny little puppets, that suddenly double over with back pain, and to show what the pain feels like, they have needles in the puppet's backs. Well, when I was little I actually thought that Robax wasn't medication, I thought it was these needles you bought that you could put in your back and that it hurt to put them in but when you took them out your back pain was gone. It made me very grateful to still be a young energetic healthy kid who didn't have to deal with things like back pain.

Confused Child
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Shampoo commercials.

I used to think that if you got close enough to a TV and looked down, you could see the boobs of the girl in the shower.

Chester
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You know sometimes when adverts are cut short, well, when i was little, i used to think that it was because th people who made the adverts were away for the day, and the advert man would play out as much as he could remeber then leave it! how stupid i must have been....

Amber
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In the 70's an advert on UK TV for Wrigleys Spearmint Gum had people carrying around enormous packets of gum. I believed that when you bought and opened a packet of Wrigleys Gum it would inflate to this size.

Calum
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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.

Anon
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