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Paul Goldner
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Ooo.
All comercials for "chaser"

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quote:
Originally posted by vonk:
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]

Sonic commercials are by far worse when they play constantly BUT THERE'S NO SONIC WITHIN IN A 100 MILE RADIUS!

STOP TAUNTING ME, SONIC!

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Any commercial involving food when it airs at a time too late for me to go and eat some. This is also the time when I am always hungry.
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quote:
Originally posted by rivka:
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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.

Ermm, I think you might be living in a deliusion, cows today aren't living in green pastures.
Links:
http://www.westonaprice.org/transition/dairy.html
http://www.factoryfarming.com/dairy.htm

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Not all cows are that way, jlt. I have relatives who still own cows that wander in green pastures. I'd assume most of those cows live a decent life (by cow standards).
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I also hate the credit score guy. I yell at him whenever the commercial comes on, and my GF still doesn't understand why he sucks so much.

I also hate any commercial that makes either the guy or the woman look like a complete idiot, while their spouse acts like a horrible nag. I keep expecting one of them to say, "Stop treating me this way! I hate you, you stuck up jerk!"

Since when is it "cool" to portray your product with people acting like morons and/or a-holes? If that's who uses your product, I don't want it.

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jlt: You're brainwashed. sorry guy. Crawl out of your city and drive around the country some time.
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quote:
Originally posted by ketchupqueen:
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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!
YES!!! Kill the Empire man today, right in his home, and have him delivered six feet under tomorrow.
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Originally posted by brojack17:
Oh. I just remembered the infomercial about the magic bullet mixer. How many people stay the night after a party?

Good question. Also, how can I get all my pre-zapping prep done by kitchen elves too?

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jlt: You're brainwashed. sorry guy. Crawl out of your city and drive around the country some time.

No kidding. I live in one of the largest urban areas in the country, and I still sometimes see cows (horses too) in pastures when zipping past on certain freeways.
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I've seen cows grazing in more-or-less green pastures in... *counts* eight states. And I've only been to nine states. I think. And I didn't see any cows in Nevada.
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quote:
Originally posted by MightyCow:
I also hate the credit score guy. I yell at him whenever the commercial comes on, and my GF still doesn't understand why he sucks so much.

I also hate any commercial that makes either the guy or the woman look like a complete idiot, while their spouse acts like a horrible nag. I keep expecting one of them to say, "Stop treating me this way! I hate you, you stuck up jerk!"

Since when is it "cool" to portray your product with people acting like morons and/or a-holes? If that's who uses your product, I don't want it.

That reminds me of that H and R block commercial when the woman's like, "Ask the box." and I want to hit her, or at least shake her because she's being so mean to her husband.
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quote:
Originally posted by Lyrhawn:
quote:
Originally posted by vonk:
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]

Sonic commercials are by far worse when they play constantly BUT THERE'S NO SONIC WITHIN IN A 100 MILE RADIUS!

STOP TAUNTING ME, SONIC!

Same thing here, drives my wife nuts as she's a big Sonic fan.

Geico's caveman ads stopped being funny pretty much after the millionth 'roast duck with mango salsa' reference.

Most of you are thankfully spared this one, but one of the biggest sponsors for the Buffalo Sabres broadcasts this season is the Vein Treatment Center of WNY. The very first commercial pretty much every commercial break begins with the 'before' picture of a local radio personality's varicose veins. They also have a huge ad on the boards at the Arena, so you can't help but remember the commercial even if you are at the games in person!

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I *love* the caveman commercials. I know how they feel.
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I have a decided dislike for people who use their own young children on television ads.
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I liked the first three variations of the caveman commercial. Now I can't even tell they are advertising for Geico until the very very end.
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I do like the Geico one where the caveman is with his therapist and his mom calls. [Smile] Cliche joke but I still giggle.

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No kidding. I live in one of the largest urban areas in the country, and I still sometimes see cows (horses too) in pastures when zipping past on certain freeways.
I live in one of the fastest growing counties in the US and I'm looking out my window right now at horses grazing on the dead brown grass through the snow. Whoops. Now they're running. (Horses seem to like snow.)
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I've seen cows grazing in more-or-less green pastures in... *counts* eight states. And I've only been to nine states. I think. And I didn't see any cows in Nevada.
KQ:
There you go confusing east LA (Las Vegas) with Nevada. There are lots of cows in Nevada. Most of them have to carry canteens, however. Actually Elco county has always been cowboy country and both Fallon and Mindon/ Gardenerville are traditional dairy areas. Don't expect to see cows at a "Ranch" however. The "girls' generally do not fit that discription.

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But I've never been to the part of Nevada with cows, so I don't know if they graze on green pastures. That's all I'm saying. The only part of Nevada I've seen is solid rock and dirt. Never been to Vegas, either. Never went that far north.
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Since some of the grazing permits in our area call for an animal density of less than one per 100 acres, you might not see the cows even if you did come this far north. Oh, and its really not solid rock, if you get out and walk on it. There is lichen every few paces and there will be a "shadscale", "mormon tea", or "rabbit brush" bush every hundred feet or so, in a good year. 2007 is not going to be a good year.
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Let's go back in time. The Encyclopedia Britannica guys from the 80's was horrible.
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OK, I've looked it up. Cows today have varying degrees of quality of life. Some are treated well, some badly. It isn't very reguulated but the USDA does make recommendations to dairy farmers. In any case, that commercial is still annoying.


On a completely different point, I must express my LOATHING for the Old Navy commercials.

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quote:
Originally posted by brojack17:
Let's go back in time. The Encyclopedia Britannica guys from the 80's was horrible.

"I've got to write a report. About space."
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I can't stand the 'jingle' at the beginning of Office Depot commercials: "Whoah - oh Office De - ee poh - oh, here to lend you a hand!"

Seriously, it makes me turn off my car radio and count 20 seconds every time I hear it. As ad campaigns go, it's a complete failure, because I never hear what their company is advertising.

On the other hand, I've gotten pretty darn good at counting twenty seconds and turning on the radio just as the station returns to its programming.

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quote:

On the other hand, I've gotten pretty darn good at counting twenty seconds and turning on the radio just as the station returns to its programming.

See I actually don't mind commercials now that I have made them fun for me. Two things,

1: Read the fine print, and listen to the disclaimers, it's quite enjoyable, at least for me, to laugh my head off when a sleep aid medicine is being advertised and hearing that one of the side effects is, "Drowsiness." WELL DUH! Or when a products side effects seem to outweigh its benefits, "Our product helps you lose weight up to 25% faster, side effects include, nausea, weigh gain, weight lose, dependancy, and internal bleeding. Its fun to even see fine print that completely negates what the advertisement is saying, "None of these statements have been verified by the FDA."

2: If my wife is around Ill actually respond to the commercials while they broadcast,

TV: "Are you suffering from psoriasis?"
Me: "YES!!! Honey I need this to cure my Psoriasis."
Tiffany: "Honey, in the last half hour you've complained about psoriosis, cervical cancer, PMS, melanoma, and our crippling mortgage we don't have a home."

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Whenever I see the commercial for Bare Escentuals, I always loudly declare that I need to swirl, tap, and buff away my imperfections!
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quote:
On a completely different point, I must express my LOATHING for the Old Navy commercials.
Oh, yes.

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I can't stand the 'jingle' at the beginning of Office Depot commercials: "Whoah - oh Office De - ee poh - oh, here to lend you a hand!"
I think they're going to have to concede defeat, as pressing the Staples Easy Button is the only thing that creepy hand is good for.

--j_k

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The commercial that I hate the most is the one where the little animated monster guy lifts up a toenail like it's on hinges and climbs inside. It makes me cringe and I have to look away. I have a thing about nails.
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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!

As much as I hated the old commercials, I really like the guy singing the little diddy about serving to tourists in t-shirts and the other one about his posse riding in his hooptie. When those commercials come on, I sing along.
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Best commercials ever: Little Ceasars. 'Pizza Pizza' [Cool]
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quote:
Originally posted by brojack17:
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!

As much as I hated the old commercials, I really like the guy singing the little diddy about serving to tourists in t-shirts and the other one about his posse riding in his hooptie. When those commercials come on, I sing along.
Definitely an improvement. I'm glad the Credit Report people took the time to read this thread and come up with something better.

Thanks, Free Credit Report people!

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The new credit report ones with the guy singing all the songs about how jacked up his credit is are actually pretty catchy.

I don't watch much TV anymore, so it's hard to say what's on that I hate but, I miss new AFLAC commercials [Frown]

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F-R-E-E that spells free credit report dot com BAY-BEE.
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quote:
Originally posted by brojack17:
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!

As much as I hated the old commercials, I really like the guy singing the little diddy about serving to tourists in t-shirts and the other one about his posse riding in his hooptie. When those commercials come on, I sing along.
I can see the hoopty thing, but what does bad credit have to do with singing in a pirate outfit?
Or even with marrying a girl with bad credit and having to live in your mom's basement?

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I'm not sure about the pirate outfit one, but, when he married the girl with bad credit, it ruined their combined credit, so when they went to get a mortgage for a house, her credit destroyed his and they weren't able to get one, so now they are stuck in his mom's basement.

Maybe the pirate thing is because his credit is bad and he couldn't get a loan for something?

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quote:
Originally posted by DaisyMae:
The commercial that I hate the most is the one where the little animated monster guy lifts up a toenail like it's on hinges and climbs inside. It makes me cringe and I have to look away. I have a thing about nails.

Thing is, it's safe to say you're not in that commercial's target audience. If you had nails like that... let's just say that if I had health insurance and could afford to see a doctor, I'd be asking mine about Lamisil.

(Whether it's okay to gross out lots of people who aren't going to buy your product anyway in order to more effectively reach the handful who might is a fair ethical question.)

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"Delicious lattes from Dunkin Donuts: you order them in English, not Fritalian." [Wall Bash] [Wall Bash] [Wall Bash]
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quote:
Originally posted by rivka:
quote:
Originally posted by ketchupqueen:
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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!
YES!!! Kill the Empire man today, right in his home, and have him delivered six feet under tomorrow.
Wait, Empire went national? I thought they added the 800 just because Chicago split into multiple area codes.

The 800 will always sound wrong to me. It's plain old "588-2300, Empiiiiire". We also have "773-202 <ring, ring> Lunaaaa".

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Five.


Five dollar.


Five dollar foot looooooongs.


Not only is the song annoying but the holding the hands up to show foot long is a little... well... you know.

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brojack, that's a fun one to riff on.

If you're at a sporting event:
Five.
Five dollar.
Five dollar hot doooooogs. (Hands six inches apart)

Movies:
Five.
Five dollar.
Five dollar popcooooorn. (Hands cupped)

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Somebody at work did the "five dollar footlongs" thing with hand gestures and all yesterday. I stared blankly at her for a while. Eventually she explained it was from a commercial and I was reminded how nice it is to only watch TV shows on DVD.

--Enigmatic

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I hate all Dunkin Donuts commercials right now. It always annoys me when companies advertise in states they don't have any stores in yet.
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I hate the commercials with Billy Mays. He's the loud guy with the beard who does the commercials for Oxyclean, Wonder putty, etc.
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I used to have commercials I hated, until I stopped watching TV a few years ago.

Now, when DH and I go out (blinking in the suddent sunlight and groping our way around the modern world [Wink] ) and there's a TV on at the restaurant's bar, the commercials look really....eerie. Both funny and nauseating. Very Blade Runner.

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Let's not forget the fast food place that encourages food poisoning
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I hate the commercial where the mother accuses her daughter of texting too much, the girl speaks as though she is texting, and somehow this is supposed to convince us that the best answer is to pay for unlimited texting instead of taking away the brats phone.
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I actually enjoy the "5 dollar footlong" commercial-- as long as it's only on once every hour or two.

And yeah, I totally know all the words to all the songs from the free credit report dot com people. Those are kinda funny and definitely catchy. "I married my dream girl, yeah I married my dream girl, but she didn't tell me that her credit was bad..." is fun; I think my favorite is "They say a man should always dress for the job he wants, so why am I dressed as a pirate at this restaurant?"

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quote:
Originally posted by Glenn Arnold:
I hate the commercial where the mother accuses her daughter of texting too much, the girl speaks as though she is texting, and somehow this is supposed to convince us that the best answer is to pay for unlimited texting instead of taking away the brats phone.

YES!!! So wrong!!!

The other one that rubbed me that was was during the holiday season, there was a Best Buy commercial where the (very young) teenage girl is on the cell phone (of course) talking to her friend (of course) about how mean her parents are because they won't let her get her belly button pierced. Then she looks out the window and they have gifts from Best Buy, so all of a sudden she loves them and thinks they're cool again, and belly button piercings are lame anyway.

Oh, yes, I want to buy back my daugher's affections with material goods because apparently she is so spoiled that me telling her "no" is enough to make her hate me forever. And also she's 14 and hangs out with girls that have pierced navels and has a cell phone. Yeah, I'm not a bad parent, at all.

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The free credit report dot com commercials are actually kinda fun. I'll actually stop what I'm doing to hear those guys and their guitars.

"Now instead of lookin fly and rollin phat, my legs are sticking to the vinyl and my possy 's getting laughed at, (thanks for the correct lyrics KQ) f-r-e-e that spells free credit report dot com baby."

I HATE those Yaz commercials. Especially the one with the medical students walking through the hospital and outside with their professor trying to make the ad shtick sound like a lecture. The other one with the girls at the party talking about Yaz as if it's a conversation they just happen to be having bugs me too.

"WOW you really know your stuff!"
"I didn't go to medical school for nothing."
"Show off!"
"tee hee hee hee!"

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"...my legs are stickin' to the vinyl and my posse's gettin' laughed at." [Wink]

And I hate ALL birth control commercials. Including the ones for Mirena, talk about annoying. "...finish a SENTENCE!" It takes you five years to finish a sentence? [Roll Eyes]

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(I thought the one with the med students walking around campus with the prof was for a blood pressure medication, though.)
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quote:
Including the ones for Mirena, talk about annoying. "...finish a SENTENCE!" It takes you five years to finish a sentence?
Actually, I get that. My life is so chaotic, I often joke about not being able to even finish a sentence. That one, I can relate to.

Maybe that's a more common expression in some parts of the country than others?

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