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when i was little (about 6) i thought that ad breaks were so the writers of the show had time to think up what came next.
i asked mum and she said it was true

flicky
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I used to think hte commercials for "male enhancement" were for "mail" enhancemetn.

i htought that they would send you mail so it seemed like you were popular and more people would like you.

boy was i far off....

what a difference a few letters make
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When I was a child, the "This is your brain on Drugs" (Where they fry the egg) commercials would play all the time during the Saturday Morning cartoons. I completly misunderstood those commercials and believed that the act of frying an egg in butter would somehow make it be "Drugs" I learned quickly how wrong I was when I yelled at my mom for "Making Drugs" for breakfast one saturday morning.

Anon
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In the U.S. there is this very long-running commercial for a bathroom cleaner with 'scrubbing bubbles.' In the commercial, the bubbles were these little round things with eyes and scrub brushes for moustaches. I always thought that if you poured out this particular brand your tub would fill with these little characters. A friend of mine (who grew up in another part of the country) believed the EXACT same thing, and neither sets of our parents would buy it for us so we could try. They always bought Comet. We're in our 30s now and still marvel at those little bubbles with faces.

queeneve
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Wen i was little there was a commercial for ambesol (sp?) the gum numbing gel, where a woman was drinking orange juice and didnt enjoy it (i could tell by her facial expression) and the man in the commercial said "the agony". So i never liked orange juice with pulp in it only i never knew it was called pulp and i thought it was called agony! it wasnt until i told my mom i want the orange juice with no agony that i found out it was called pulp...

Anon
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Bachelors Super Noodles adverts featured a little girl whose plaits would twirl around like a helicopter whenever she ate the noodles. The first time I tried the noodles, I made my mother plait my hair, and began to cry when my plaits didn't even move. Plus I didn't even like the noodles!

Steph
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I thought that the people that were in adverts for food only ate that food. I felt sorry for the people that advertised non-food stuff as they were hungry.

Helen
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In Scotland the advert for our national soft drink, Irn-bru showed a bunch of guys and lassies developing phenomenal strength after drinking. I was sorely dissapointed when I could not obliterate concrete after a can or two.

E110
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when i was little i thought that Sears commercial with the slogan "We'll do your homework for you" was literal, so i called the 1-800 number and asked the customer service lady questions on addition and subtraction from my 3rd grade homework worksheet! LoL, she was really nice about to too!

reklamfox
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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".

Brandon Campbell
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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.

TheAmber
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When I was younger I thought the Army commercial with the logo "Be all you can be" actually said "Be a chimpanzee" I never understood it =D

Tiffy
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When I was four years old, they were still running those ads on TV for polio vaccinations. One of the ads had a string puppet dancing happily, and then a shadow appeared of a hand with a pair of scissors and cut one of the strings; the puppet's arm went limp. Then the shadow scissors cut another string, and another, and another, until the puppet was laying lifeless on the ground. After that, I didn't like going into my bedroom with the lights off, because I was afraid the shadow scissors would cut off my strings as well....

Anon
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I used to believe that, on television when it said 'Please ask for Bill payer's permission', that Bill Payer was some guy everyone used to ring up to ask for permission to do something. I used to say 'Man, Bill Payer must be annoyed with these people calling him asking can they buy things all the time.'

Nina
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I never wore gloves. I always had fingerless mittens that are hard to build snow people with. I asked my mother why, and she said when I was little I loved the talking glove on the Hamburger Helper dinner commercials. She told me I was afraid I would kill the glove's family if I stuck my hand inside thier heads.

I don't really remember liking the dinners made by Hamburger Helper as a kid.

Violet
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There used to be a type of medicine that was advertised on the TV, I think it was an antacid but I can't remember what it was called, for which the add slogan was "Suck them and see."
The way the voice over guy said it made it sound like "Sucamin C" which I presumed was something like Vitamin C, but perhaps a man made version, or something equally as dense.

Ross
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There's a commercial on TV for flea medication where a puppy sings, "There ain't no bugs on me! There ain't no bugs on me! There may be bugs on some of you mugs but there ain't no bugs on me!"
From the very first time I saw that commercial to a week ago, I always thought it was "There may be bugs on Sonny and Mugs but there ain't no bugs on me!"
I just assumed that Sonny and Mugs were supposed to be the other puppies he's seen playing with. =S

Kat
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Back in the early '70's, my brother Mike thought that the Pillsbury Dough Boy was REAL!! One day at a supermarket, he got away from my Mom and he went to the refrigerator section of the store and he began busting open cans of Pillsbury biscuits looking for the Dough Boy to pop out. Biscuits were everywhere! The supermarket manager got a kick out of my brother's little stunt and didn't make my Mom pay for the cans that he busted open!!!

Dotti
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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...

Elissa
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When my older brother and I were younger, he subscribed to Nintendo Power. One day, he received an ad that was a little yellow packet with the words "Do Not Open This" in big, "exciting" font.

"Why can't you open it?" I asked.

"If you open it, you'll go blind," he joked.

I was terrified out of that little packet for over three years until I finally got the nerve to brave opening it up.

It was just an ad for a renewal subscription of Nintendo Power.

Anon
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