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When I was little me and mum spent ages trying to find the meaning of the word 'judicious' so we could understand what the advertising jingle "and hands that judicious are as soft as can be with mild Green Fairy Liquid." really meant!!!
When I was a child my Mom helped me order a yellow plastic canteen with a red plastic strap on it from the back of a box of Rice Crispies. In the center of the canteen was a sticker showing Snap Crackle, and Pop. At the time, there was a coresponding TV commercial promoting the canteen and cereal which showed Snap, Crackle, and Pop moving around and talking on the canteen. I waited and waited for what seemed like a year to get the canteen...checking the mail every day. When it finally came, I excitedly opened the box and fully expected to see Snap, Crackle and Pop, moving around and having fun on the front of my new canteen. When I saw that the characters weren't moving...I was sure that the canteen must have been faulty.
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 believe that when a product had the label of "all new materials" that the material used to make it was all new--as in just made up, just discovered. but then i couldn't figure out why my T-shirt (as example) would be 'all new', it just seemed like cotton to me!
I grew up in a Third World country that occasionally received American advertising. I used to believe that the cartoon characters on boxes of cereal were real, but that they only interrupted the breakfasts of American children.
When i was about 4 there was a commercial on tv for preventing child molestation. At the end it showed a finger pressing against lips as in "shhh" in black and white and slightly blurred. To me, this appeared to be a finger touching female private parts. I was absolutely disgusted by this commercial, and wondered why they would so graphically depict the very thing they were trying to prevent. I finally realized what it actually was when i say my little sister (who was barely a year old) see this part of the commercial, press her finger to her lips and go "shhh". I felt like such a pervert for having thought it was something else. I'm relieved i never told anyone what i thought it was!
I used to believe that Gustavo Dudamel's (principal conductor of LA philharmonic) name was La Phil because all the advertisements for LA philharmonic said "La Phil", with a picture a Gustavo Dudemal conducting. Fortunately, I only believed this for about 4 years until my brother told me that the conductors name was Gustavo Dudamel, not La Phil.
When i was younger British Gas adverts all finished with a person clicking their fingers, and a flame came out of their thumb. i thought this was some great talent, and so would constantly practice this, thinking that some people genuinley could say 'british gas' click their fingers and ... the magic of fire.
if only i could...
when i was a kid(around 5), the films shown on tv would normally announce the sponsors of the show before playing it and i thought if i watched the entire show, the sponsors would send me a bag of their goodies which normally would be abalone or some expensive yummy food. so no matter how tired i got, i stayed awake throughout the whole show and for the rest of the week, anticipated for the arrival of my 'gifts'. alas..none ever arrived..
HI when i as young when i looked at the billboards in India, it use to be plain and a contact number at the center and i did not know, what the number meant there and thought it was the contact number of god and use to always note all the numbers and use to ring them up and ask them wether he was a God
do you remember the commercial with the scrubbing bubbles. they had little faces and they cleaned your tub. i thought they were real. when my mother bought the cleaner. i ran into the bathroom very excited because i was finally going to get to see the little guys. needless to say i was devasted when only white foam came out and there were no little bubble guys to play with.
I thought when a movie was shown, with ad breaks and stuff, all the actors took a break, so I always wondered what they were doing when there was a criminal and a good guy....i figured they would go to opposite sides of the rooms while being restrained by others.
I used to believe that commercials would only go away when you bought the product that was being advertised.
When I was growing up I saw billboards for Household Finance Co. (HFC) My dad had the same initials. I asked about that and he said the company was named after him. For a few years I really thought the Household Finance Company was named after my Dad.
When I was yound there was an ad for a tube of smarties. A guy would open the tube and he would be sucked inside to a world of smarties. I made my mum buy me a packet thinking that if I opened it I would be sucked inside. I was very dissapointed.
There was an advert many years ago on British TV about soap. It involved a bleary eyed person getting up in the morning and stumbling to the shower as if he was blind. He had a shower using the soap and as a result could see again. I kept wondering why don't all blind people use this soap so they can see.
I used to see all those Halls cough drop commercials when I was a kid, and in the commercials they would simulate soothing vapors around the persons face when they ate the cough drops. Well when my Grandpa ate one I stared at him waiting to see the vapors float around his face.
when I was around 8 or 9 years old and I saw advertisements on TV for cereals, toys, etc. I was quite annoyed with them because they paused the show that I would be watching at the time. One time, my mom had bought me Lucky Charms and I hadn't seen the commercial after a while so I thought that if you had bought the items shown on commercials, they wouldn't show the commercials anymore.
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 I was little, there was an advert on the telly for Chambourcy chocolate mousse, that had the slogan "Sh! Don't tell the children!" to suggest that it was so yummy that they'd eat it all before you got a chance to have any.
My sister thought that adverts were subject to the watershed like TV programmes, and believed that the Chambourcy advert had slipped through mistakenly when it was aired before 8pm!