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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.
I used to believe that there was a tropical island called Paradise where everybody went around in swimming costumes eating Bounty bars all day.
When I was younger, I thought that the jingle for the Chevy commercials was "lagger up". I now know that they were saying "like a rock".
When I was little, every time a Nabisco commercial would end, it had a little tune and had "Na-bis-co!" *ding* I heard it so much (because there were so many Nabisco products.) I became convinced and terrified that Nabisco was taking over the world.
A car commercial when I was about 5 or 6...
Correct words: "Like a rock"
What I heard: "Lacker up"
I always got confused wondering why they'd choose a slogan that didn't make sense. I didn't figure it out until I was 10/11 when my dad heard me singing along with the jingle and told me the actual words
When I was 8 an advertisement for Cif (cleaning stuff) showed little men coming out of the bottle to clean the floor.
When i went to my cousins house he started shouting @ me and burst into tears because his mum had just cleaned the floor and he believed that i had squished all the little men.
The National Enquirer used to run television ads that teased you with tidbits from that week's issue. Then they would state, "On sale at newstands!" I always thought they were having a sale that week, and it would be cheaper then it usually was. One time I walked to several different stores trying to find one that had it discounted! (I was only 11!)
I used to think Mr. Rogers lived at Target because I always saw the Target logo before/after his show.
When I was five, the television advertisement for one brand of sanitary napkin would feature models wearing polka dotted dresses. I truly believed that "Carefree" was actually clothes that are sold in the local grocery stores and asked my mom to buy me carefree clothes for my birthday.
I used to think that when you won the lottery the big, sparkly hand from the advert really did come out of the sky and say "it's YOU!". So when we bought a ticket, if it hadn't come out and pointed at us within five minutes I predicted that we hadn't won anything. I was never proven wrong, so I believed it for years.
that actors went to the toilet during the ad breaks.
There used to be an advert for St. Ivel Gold (a kind of buttery spread). And it used to end with a shot of the top of the tub. Then a knife came across and in one simple move from right to left, the spread became shaped into the name of the product. I used to spend ages trying to do it and could never figure out why it only flattened the spread further.
I wanted to order Sweet Pickels when I was little SOOO BADLY because that bus would come with all the characters in it. My mother kept telling me that it wouldn't really be delivered that way, but I was convinced she was lying to me so that I wouldn't want it.
I used to believe that if you weren't good, the Trix Rabbit would steal your yogurt.
I remember that when watching TV before there was a comercial break someone would say, "This program was brought to you by veiwers like you. Thank you." I used to believe they were saying, "This program was broktuyued by viewers li-(etc.)" I thought this meant people from the show would occationally recruit loyal viewers to do the long tedious task of broktuyuing the shows. Man I was weird!!!
I believed advert-breaks were toilet-breaks for the actors on-screen...I believed it for a long time without question!!
When I was little (now i'm 19) there was a milk commercial on TV where village family went in field and then boy started milking cow by... pumping her with her tail like pumping water with handle, and mother was gathering milk pouring from udders. For some time, I believed this is actually how we get milk from cows! (my mum iluminated me when I told her my theory once...)
When I was real little I thought when it said "Each sold separately" on a commercial they were saying "Sip girl separately." Doesn't make sense but hey I was like three.
Watching the 'Mr Muscle' cleaning product-range ads convinced me that the products actually made Mr Muscle appear in your bathroom or kitchen and clean up the place for you.
I used to believe if you were moving the Century 21 people would really come and pick your house up and take you away. (Based on a commercial they ran back in the 80s)