During the 1980s, Domino's Pizza ran a series of ads featuring "The Noid" -- an annoying creature that ruined pizzas intended for delivery. By ordering pizza from Domino's you could supposedly "Avoid the Noid."
The ads were very successful, but were abruptly cancelled in January 1989 when a man named Kenneth Lamar Noid "wielding a .357 magnum revolver stormed into a Domino’s in Atlanta, Georgia and took two employees hostage" for five hours.
Mr. Noid's problem with Domino's was that he believed their ads "specifically made fun of him."
Mr. Noid was found innocent by reason of insanity, but that was the end of Domino's Noid campaign.
You can read the full story at priceonomics.com
Who ever knew that Snap, Crackle & Pop had villainous counterparts in Soggy, Mushy & Toughy?
All the fake employee singing in the world could not save the Robert Hall chain
from bankruptcy a mere 4 years after this commercial aired.
What is this miraculous "sambuci wine?" I'm glad you asked.
Preparation.—Take of elder bark, parsley root, each, in coarse powder, 1 ounce; sherry wine, 1 pint, or a sufficient quantity. Form into a medicated wine by maceration or percolation, as explained under Vina Medicata, and make one pint of the preparation.
Original ad here.
Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—Wine of elder is useful in dropsical diseases, especially ascites, and dropsy supervening upon scarlatina or other exanthematous diseases. Dose, 2 fluid ounces, 3 or 4 times a day.
Those crossbars replicate the excruciating pain of the infamous parental sofabed from Seinfeld
Original ad here.
Odd choice of photo to advertise their product, since this Big Red team member seems to be suffering from some kind of intestinal distress. From the Cornell Alumni News
- Oct 19, 1939
Who ever knew it happened at a dance?
Do you have to abstain from washing your pits for five days to make this work and get your money's worth? I note this item still exists. Any experience with it among WUvies?
Unless he was smoking something else.....
From Life magazine - Sep 15, 1941
JULIA: Gk-gk-stop choking me, you brute!
GEORGE: I've been choking all day in a shrunk-up shirt because you forgot to look for the right label.
JULIA: What label?
GEORGE: The 'Sanforized' label, dumb-puss. The one that says the fabric won't shrink more than a little 1% by standard tests.