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Uprooted
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"Chick-ken Noo-dle . . .

And it shows !!!"

*Deranged high-pitched cackle*


Tell me, has this commercial done anything but make people want to run screaming from the Campbell's Soup section in fear of contracting mad cow disease or whatever caused the brain damage in those women?

What commercials do you love to hate?

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Banner ads.
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That's a progresso ad.

Once again, I am tired of that stupid I AM MAN ad and I am sick of that Subway ad with those doods going, "more meat!" GAH!

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Car sales commercials. To much fine print, annoying jingles and announcers that seem more excited about 0% interest for 12 months than can possibly be healthy.
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quote:
Originally posted by Synesthesia:
That's a progresso ad.

Is it really? [Blushing]

Maybe that's why they keep showing and showing and showing it -- they figured someday name recognition would sink in.

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I can't think of any.
I can't think of any.
I can't think of any.

--j_k

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He went to Jared!
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The happy cow ads (notice they're animated because the happy cows on the farms don't exist).
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quote:
Originally posted by jlt:
The happy cow ads (notice they're animated because the happy cows on the farms don't exist).

There are plenty of happy cows. (Well, docile and apparently content -- it's not like cows can grin.) But none of 'em talk.

The ads are fairly annoying, though. Sometimes amusing the first time through, but never worth watching a second time.

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I think you guys are head on in your choices of adverts that give headaches.
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Rich Chocolate Ovaltine has to be the WORST.
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Peyton Manning commercials. Ugh!

By the way, I'm from San Diego, and if your not up to speed with all the NFL drama (I admire your ignorance), you should know that Peyton isn't a fan of the Bolts. Both he and Eli have dissed us on several occassions. He really needs to stop making more commercials. As if he's not being paid enough already.

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quote:
Originally posted by Brinestone:
He went to Jared!

... Yeah, those ones for me as well.
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head on
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Ooooh, I'm with Samprimary on this one!

(And I actually like the happy cows commercials.)

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Now that I think about it, I'd have to say the "Smiling Bob" commercials for Enzyte. The most annoying thing is that they play during shows I like to watch with my daughters - who are 13 and 11. Why do advertisers think that science fiction fans all have erectile dysfunction?
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Cillit Bang!
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There's a local one-- "Michael's Furniture: the store with LEEESSSS overhead! Your neighbors shop here TOOOO!"

The Progresso ads annoy me, but the Campbell's do, too-- "Campbell's mmm-mmm good possibilities." What's the worst is when they start singing things that really DO NOT fit. "Campbell's Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole possibilitie-e-es."

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Shane Company jewelry store ads on the radio make me mad. I always chance the channel when one comes on, as soon as I realize it's that tool Tom Shane.

"Your wife is pregnant, and you might not know it, but what she really wants is some jewelry."

Right. She doesn't care about saving money for hospital bills, or diapers, or a college fund. She wants a necklace.

That guy makes me want to use language that I can't use on a family website.

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quote:
Originally posted by Samprimary:
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Those actually got worse when they started saying "Hey, you know how you HATE our commercials?"

Naming it doesn't make it better.

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quote:
Originally posted by CaySedai:
Now that I think about it, I'd have to say the "Smiling Bob" commercials for Enzyte. The most annoying thing is that they play during shows I like to watch with my daughters - who are 13 and 11. Why do advertisers think that science fiction fans all have erectile dysfunction?

Those ads squick me out... THye have all these phallic symbols and say "male enhancement" a lot.
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Synesthesia: exactly.

I think I'm going to have to start writing letters to the shows' producers or something and explain that at least some of their viewers are a) not that demographic and b) offended by the ads.

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They play this one at the cinema a lot. I give it the Worst Rhyme in a Commercial Award for "sounds corny and seedy, but yes indeedy."

Optus makes other vapid commercials like this which have precious little to do with their services.

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"Restore your manhood: buy a Hummer."

"Get your girl on: buy a Hummer."

Ugh.

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The things I miss by not having a TV.
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"Restore your manhood: Foster self-discipline and develop a sense of moral integrity."

Fixed!

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I agree with Enzyte . [Eek!]
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I'm thiiiiiinking of a number between 450 and 850. Do you know what it is? It's my credit score!
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OOOOOH I HATE THE SHAME COMPANY!!!!!!!!!!!! (No I'm not appologizing for all caps. Tom Shame sucks monkey butt!)

Every time I hear his ads on the radio I flip to another channel. He's got this nice soothing voice but what comes out of his mouth is infuriating! I hate him I hate him I hate him!!!!

"Did you know that today is buy-more-crappy-jewelery day? You might not know it, but your wife is expecting diamonds today. So buy them at the Shame company. We've got a wide selection of stuff you wouldn't buy except we told you your wife wanted it. You've got a friend in the guilt business. The Shame Company."

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Enzyte annoyed me at first... I started to find it funny later. But aren't they out of business because they were (duh) a scam?

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I like happy cows.

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I hate pretty much any car commercial. I don't understand why people would spend 6 months to a years income on a damn car. I mean, jesus people, think about how many hours you're stuck at work to pay for that thing? Then the extra maintenence and insurance on top of it? zomg!

And the car companies nurish this unhealthy obsession with commercial after commercial after commercial till you think "Yeah, I'm gonna go down to the dealership and buy a six-pack of Lexi"

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Cell phone commercials. Some of them are cute and I don't mind them, but, no, I don't want your cell phone. I don't want any cell phone. I have to carry one because of work, and the safety aspect is nice, but cell phones are a thing of evil because now you can never get away and people will interrupt face to face conversations to talk to someone (obviously MORE IMPORTANT than you) on their stupid cell phone.

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*ding* "Wanna get away?" Yes, from your stupid embarassing humor commercial.

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"Girls Gone Wild"... why the hell can't I look away from those commercials?

Me: "I hate this commercial" *stare*
Hubby: "Yes, me too" *stare*
Me: "What are these girls thinking?" *stare*
Hubby: "Nothing, they're drunk" *stare*

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Any commercial that promotes the insanity of the proprieter. Used to, back home we had "Carpet Cabin" commercials. nigh upon 20 years later, if I moved back home I would buy my carpet from anyone but "Crazy M.D."

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Tante: I'm with you on the credit score...

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Seattle's Kia dealership commercials are horrifying.

Money Tree commercials make me want to claw my eyes out.

Stereo Warehouse commercials do the same thing.

Not too many national campaigns that bother me enough to be noticeable, except for that AHA one during the superbowl.

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Does anyone else get those awful MCE Genie commercials, or is that just here in Silicon Valley?

Argh. The link's not working. I really wanted to share the awfulness.

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The new Sonic commercial kinda bugs me. I'm talking about the one with the husband and wife talking about how their ice cream or smoothy or whatever is so good. They are able to have a nice moment together, which is good because they'll be wallpaper shopping later and they know they'll have a huge fight. I can't help but crack up when the wife says "Things from the past will come out" and the husband replies "So much darkness." But really, they're talking about marital strife and potential abuse, and that's not funny. But the way they're talking about it is.

And I can't help but hate with a passion every commercial that portrays some husband/father that couldn't possibly handle even the simplest domestic task without the help of whatever product prevents him from having to think at all. It infuriates me. Where are the commercials about the women that can't cook for their family so they have to microwave some box and everyone laughs about how the woman would never have been able to make anything herself? Not there, that's where they are. [/rant]

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quote:
Originally posted by Lyrhawn:
quote:
Originally posted by Samprimary:
head on
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head on
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head on
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head on
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Those actually got worse when they started saying "Hey, you know how you HATE our commercials?"

Naming it doesn't make it better.

Totally agree. I was barely tolerating the normal commercials. Now the "Head On, I hate your ads" commercials are annoying me even more. Most times I just hit the mute button and do something else when these kind of commercials are on.
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There's also always everyone's favorite Hemorrhoids commercial.
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[Laugh] "Hemorrhoids: They don't have feelings like you and me."

Are the Empire carpet ads national? 800-588-2300, Empire . . . yup, that stupid number is in my head forever and ever, I'm afraid.

Then there's the unforgettable jingle for Kaminski Jewelers in Marietta, GA:

"If you wantski good priceski,
Come in and see Kaminski."

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What about the commercial for the "sonic ears" or whatever?

We have a guy in sweats at the gym standing with his buddy -and across the room- a group of scantily-clad women talking amongst themselves giving the guys secretive glances.

And the narrorator says:

"Have you ever wanted to discreetly listen in on a conversation from the other side of the room?"

Pause.

"Well, now you can! With new Sonic Ears!"


Um...what?

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The Enzyte commercial where they talk about Santa's huge sack has got to be the worst thing out there, and it seems to come on a lot when we're watching stuff with the kids.

My kids really hate the credit score commercial, too.

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When is a diet pill worth $153/ a bottle?

(Me: AUUUUUUUUUGHHGHGHG! Neverrrrrrrrrrr, you harpy!)

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quote:
Originally posted by Brinestone:
He went to Jared!

Seconded
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Any commercial related to the presidential election, unless it is 30 days or fewer until the actual election. I'm especially bitter about this since I have to watch them in Canada.
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quote:
Originally posted by Uprooted:


Are the Empire carpet ads national? 800-588-2300, Empire . . . yup, that stupid number is in my head forever and ever, I'm afraid.

No, no, no. It's "800-588-2-300, Empire... Today!" And it's been the same one for YEARS and it bugs me so much!
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quote:
Originally posted by Tante Shvester:
I'm thiiiiiinking of a number between 450 and 850. Do you know what it is? It's my credit score!

I am chalking this up to a tendency for people to by habit, select similar numbers within a certain range. But when I first saw that commercial I literally threw out 720 to see if I could guess and did a double take when he said it outloud.

I was psychic for those 3 seconds, I am sure I no longer am and will never be again.

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I must say, I appreciate the visual and audio puns in the Enzyte commercials.
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quote:
Originally posted by Euripides:
They play this one at the cinema a lot. I give it the Worst Rhyme in a Commercial Award for "sounds corny and seedy, but yes indeedy."

I agree that it doesn't sell the product very well, but that is a fun ad. Don't knock the company for the lyrics they're npt from the ad-man. I've always loved that old song.
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quote:
Originally posted by Uprooted:

Are the Empire carpet ads national? 800-588-2300, Empire . . . yup, that stupid number is in my head forever and ever, I'm afraid.


Worse is around Xmas when they do THIS IRRATATING VERSION OF JINGLE BELLS THAT MEKS ME WANT TO REACH MY HAND INTO THE TELEVISION AND CHOKE THEM! I don't know why they t hink annoying people is a good way of selling a product!
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The guinness "better bar" commercial.

I no longer drink the stuff.

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Commercials with eating noises. The campbells soup to go commercials spring to mind. Gross!
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quote:
Originally posted by Tante Shvester:
I'm thiiiiiinking of a number between 450 and 850. Do you know what it is? It's my credit score!

He's so smug about it. If I knew where he lived, I would rob him! [Evil]
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Oh. I just remembered the infomercial about the magic bullet mixer. How many people stay the night after a party?
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1-800-588-2300!
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