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When my son was about 3, I used to give him Ready-Brek for breakfast. Then he suddenly started refusing to eat it, and wouldn't tell me why. Finally, after a week or so of refusing and my asking "Why?" he finally burst into tears and said, "I don't want that little man to come!" It all clicked--Ready Brek had started running a TV commercial that showed a smiling little man emerging from the steam of the bowl, and my little boy obviously thought he was real, and would appear over every bowl of Ready Brek.
i used to think that 1980s Pepsi commercial said: "Catch that Pepsi spirit, to get in, to get in, to get in" when they were really saying: "Catch that Pepsi spirit, drink it in, drink it in, drink it in..."
I used to beleive on commercials when they would say "you have to be 18 or older to order" that means that the kids on the actual commercial were 18 and you had to be 18 to play with the toy.
Until I was about 10 i thought that when, on tv, they said stuff like, in this compition there are 250 tvs up for grabs, that one person got them all. I always wondered what the hell i would do with 250 tvs...
When I was seven years old, I saw a commercial for the doll Baby Born. In the commercial, the girl was pouring the fake baby food packet (which was powder) into the small dish and it immedietly turned into the wet baby food (commercialism can make anything possible). That led me to believe that it was a "magic bowl" and that the powdery stuff would automatically turn moist.
I finally got the doll for Christmas and I tried this bowl thing out for myself. I was disappointed to find out that you had to add water first!
there was this song on the radio, could've been some sort of adv with the lyrics, "recyle, that's what we do, recycle...."
well, in my childhood innocence, i thought that it was, "we cycle, that's what we do, we cycle, tell your mother that we cycle!"
i always wondered why...
One day when I was about 5 my grandmother was driving me to her mother-in-laws flat in Potts Point. When passing the Coca Cola sign in Kings Cross, I asked her what it said, she replied "drink your milk".
i used to beleive that all familys on TV and adverts were real familys.
When I was little, the Cinnamon Toast Crunch commercials involved the guy on the logo zapping the cinnamon on, so I thought that the guy lived inside of the electrical socket. A couple of times I tried to find him, but I never did.
when I was little (about 5-6) there was a commercial that would play all the time "Cal Worthington Ford" (those of you from California, no doubt know who I'm talking about. well he would feature zoo animals in his commercials with a little jingle that went "when you need a car or truck, go see cal go see cal go see cal" well for YEARS I thought he said "pussy-cow" which in my young mind meant a fantastical animal, that was the size of a cat but looked like a cow.
There used to be a commercial for a car salesman named Cal Worthington (and his dog Spot) which had a jingle containing the line, "Go see Cal, Go see Cal, Go see Cal!" I thought they were singing "Pussy cow, pussy cow, pussy cow!" like a pussy cat.
Michelin had an ad campaign when I was really little (mid-70s) where the Michelin Man would come thundering over hill tops etc., so when a bad storm would kick up, I thoughtit was the Michelin Man coming to get me1
when I was about 5 there was this commercial for Circuit City and a big plug always plugged into the top of the building. I used to think it really did that and I wanted to go by Circuit City all the time to see the giant plug.
Its only been 8 years since I believed that.
In Canada (and possibly elsewhere), there are back pain relief medications called Robax. They have a series of long-running commercials featuring wooden marionette-type people. In them, the marionettes do something active until needles pop up from their backs, representing back pain. I thought that you actually got needles coming from your back whenever you had too much activity and got back pain and Robax was used to pull them out.
There was this old Pop- Tarts commercial that I really liked in fifth grade. It was advertising freezing your Pop- Tarts, so it had a yeti in it that said, "Best eaten frozen!" At the end of the ad, an announcer with a Norwegian accent cam on and said, "Listen to the Yeti!" But I thought he was saying something in Norwegian, like, "Lisen Tudietti!"
Here in Germany we always had those adverts for cleaning agents. After the woman had cleaned the bathroom with them she was standing in front of a mountain. I didn't understand that this meant that the bathroom smelled as fresh as the air on a mountain after you've cleaned it. So I always asked my bother to buy it because I wanted to go on holiday on a mountain.
When I was little Ban deodorant just had came on the market and had a catchy tune"Ban takes the worry outta being close" Well I listened and went running into the kitchen where I told Mom"Beans take the worry outta being close" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
When I was a child, I used to believe that if you cut a person in a magazine with your scissors, it would actually hurt them.
I used to believe that the wing on the Goodyear logo was of a hand pointing to the right. This was when I saw it from far away.
I used to believe the eagle's wing in the Nationwide logo was a human rib cage. I thought it was a literal illustration of their slogan, "Nationwide is on your side."