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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!
Have you ever seen the "concerned children's advertisers" commercial about house hippos? I saw it and for a long time belived house hippos were real. I always wanted to pet one, they're so cute and small. :)
I thought that "Celebrity Cruises" meant that at least one celebrity would be traveling in the ship and that mingling with the celebrities was part of the package. I was a tad disappointed when I found out it was just the name of the upscale cruise division of a large cruise company.
Seeing all those time-share commercials I believed that for some reason everybody in America owned a time share in at least one condo or resort, and you just had to call up a bunch of people and sort through a lot of paperwork to see which one you had. Once you had documentation to prove which was yours, you could then sell your time-share.
I used to believe that commercials were live, and every time that a particular commercial was shown on television that the actors had to rush downtown and perform the commercial live. I always thought that the actors must have been REALLY skilled in order to do the exact same thing every time!
When I was little I used to believe that R-O-L-A-I-D-S actually spelled "relief." So then I wondered what R-E-L-I-E-F spelled.
When I was little, like 3 or 4 years old. They had a commerical that when you hit the can of biscuits on the side of the counter the Pillsbury Dough Boy would pop out and talk to you. My mother had to make sure I was not in the kitchen when she opened a can of biscuits. I would run in looking for him and she would say, you just missed him, he was too fast for you. I am 35 now and my kids think this was hilarious.
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 eight, commercials for the Coloriffic brand of coloring impliments were all over the place. And I desperately wanted a Coloriffic brand thing, because it showed the kids drawing wild stuff that came to life. Unfortunately the school supply shopping trip passed and we just got normal Crayola (I didn't bother telling my parents why it had to be Coloriffic and nothing else so I just went with Crayola). It wasn't until about fourth, fifth, or sixth grade and I got a set of Coloriffic colored pencils that I realized I had been done in by a clever marketing ploy.
i used to believe the commercials for secret deodorant was a actual secret. i didnt understand that they are selling a product. i was to embarrasted to ask or say anything because it was a secert
When I was about 5, I saw adverts for Rice Krispies on the TV, showing a child eating the cereal and the characters on the box coming to life and causing havoc. After that I was too scared to eat Rice Krispies because I thought that would happen to me!
Growing up in Southern California there was an auto dealer named Cal Worthington and his dog spot. Now spot could be a bengal tiger, a monkey, whatever, so it's already confusing right? Well there was a song on the commercials advising you that, "If you want a car or truck GO SEE CAL" but since it was so fast and I was already confused, I thought the song was, "If you want a car or truck, PUSSY COW."
And it sort of made sense with a lion sitting on top of a car. I've talked to alot of friends who thought the exact same thing when they heard this commercial.
When I was a little kid and I used to sit infront of the TV watching cartoons alllll day and I used to see toy commercials on the TV about a toy that I wanted, I thought that the advertisement ment that there is only 1 of that toy for sale in the store so I used to tell my brother I am going to get that toy before he does! kinda dumb lol.
iused to think the Foldger's coffee jingle went "The best part of waking up, is soldiers in your cup!" i still can't sing the song without picturing soldier's in your coffeecup...
In the UK we had a TV advert called 'The green cross code man' who explained the dangers of crossing the road without looking. The punchline of this advert was 'Look out kids, because I won't be there when you cross the road' which I (at the age of 4) heard as 'Look out kids, because I will be there when you cross the road'.
I was quite confused after a week of not seeing this guy until my mom explained what the advert really meant.
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.
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. :-)
After my dad explained to me that the searchlight beams I'd occasionally see at night were like commercials - "adverts" to some of you, and meant to attract attention to an event or a business - I imagined that every time I saw one, it meant that a commercial was about to appear on a TV set somewhere.
while watching commercials, i used to think that the actors would react the commercial over and over again, not that it was taped. I always thought they were amazing that they could do it perfect everytime
When I was younger, I thought that every television show was filmed live and that commercials were so the people could stop to use the bathroom.