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When I was a boy, I believed that the television stations kept track of everything you bought, and would stop sending commercials to your house advertising those products you already had.
When I was about four or five, The Publisher's clearing House ran a commercial that said; "we'll find you, wherever you are." I guess I took it very literally, because not long after, my dad took a different route to my grandmother's house, and got lost. I was'nt scared though- I was certain it was just a matter of time before PCH came to the rescue.
i used to think that every time an add came on that it was live so i thought that the people got to eat the food every time the add came on
When commercials for medicines said if you were nursing or pregnant you should not take that medicine, I would always get scared that my mom would die because she couldn't take any medicines since she was a nurse.
Wheni was young, i thought all the tv ads were done live. Not only was I perplexed at how they did everything the same way each time, but could believe they allowed young kids who starred in the commercial up so late at night
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, I saw these commercials on TV about how "sniffing" is bad for you and kills brain cells. I thought it meant that when you have to blow your nose if you don't blow it, but sniff it in instead, then that kills your brain cells. So for years I wouldn't sniff in whenever I had a runny nose. The commercials went off the air for a few years and it wasn't until the end of high school when they re-aired them did I realize that it was referring to sniffing drugs/chemicals and not sniffing snot.
When I was a kid, I saw a TV commercial advertising a place that was having a "liquidation sale" because it was going out of business. I had never heard that term before; I thought that it meant whatever merchandise was left unsold at the end of the going-out-of-business sale, they would take and melt down. (You know...liquidate!)
I figured it was some sort of marketing gimmick to coax people into coming to the sale and buying things - nobody wants to see so much stuff go to waste like that, after all. This all made perfect sense to me.
There used to be a TV ad for Brute 33 which went, "where, where, where would you be without Brute 33?" Well my sister used to go around singing, "where, where, where would you be without Fruit Betty Green?"
I used to believe that comercials are evil beings that would keep appearing until you bought the product.
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 I was little I used to think that commercials were live. So I felt bad for the people because they would have to react the same thing over and over every time that commercial came on. Then I found out that they only had to film it once and just replay it.
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!
Bismillahir Rahman ir Rahim -- when I was a kid in the 80's I believed (along with a lot of adults, I suspect) that the "cola wars" were terribly serious. I imagined a nation divided in vicious opposition between two warring soft-drink superpowers, and followed developments anxiously, fearful that any day one would crush the other utterly and rise victorious to reign over all Americans with its tyrannical single-soda regime.
I used to believe that commercials on T.V. were true. I begged my mom to buy the Chips Ahoy cookies with colored sprinkles. After I ate one, I said "Gee, it doesn't taste like a party in my mouth."
I used to think that if you ate ready brek you would get an orange glow like the people in the adverts. So when i had a bowl of ready brek i was really exicited and i ate it and nothing happened!
When I was little I used to believe that the people in commercials who were acting out and telling how they were talking to someone and mentioned about a problem and the person they were talking to told them about (name of product) were real people who really were in that situation talking to a person and thatg the person they were talking to really recommended that product. I thought it was all a real situation. I was shocked when I found out that these were paid actors who really didn't have that situation.
One day I couldn't remember the ending for the Oscar Meyer song. Humming it to myself, singing it outloud, nothing worked to complete the happy jingle. That's when I came up with my own. . . "cause Oscar Meyer has a way of recombining DNA!" Still makes me smile.
When I was at school a boy in my class started singing 'Goodness, Gracious, Great balls of Fire'one day. Because of particular advert for cereal at the time, I immediately told him to stop being so stupid and that the real words to the song were 'Goodness, Gracious, Great Bowls of Fibre!!' Obviously everyone laughed!!
When I was little I believed commericals on TV were "live" and re-enacted over and over again each time they were repeated.
One Saturday night our babysitter was trying to get us to sleep at 11 PM- I protested that the kids on the "slip and slide" commericial were still awake and working so I could stay up too; she asked if it the commercial wasn't "recorded" then why was it sunny outside at 11PM at night? My bubble burst then and there.