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Pot-Smoking Jesus

An ad by a Seattle burger restaurant, inspired by the fact that Easter Sunday is on April 20 (4/20), which is a special day for cannabis enthusiasts.

Of course, some people are already saying that the ad offends them. But in the ad's defense, there is a long-standing argument that Jesus and his disciples probably were cannabis users. Though I doubt that argument is endorsed by the Vatican. []

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Apr 16, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Religion, Advertising

Dr. Sanden’s Electric Stimulator




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"Seminal weakness" indeed!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Apr 15, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Scams, Cons, Rip-offs, and General Larceny, Sexuality, Advertising, Twentieth Century, Genitals

No More Rice Krispies!

Back in the late 1960s, Rice Krispies ran three opera-themed commercials, which are remembered as some of the most popular commercials of all time. I found two of them on YouTube (Pagliacci - Vesti La Giubba, and Madame Butterfly). The third one, which featured the Toreador song from Carmen, doesn't appear to be online. At least, I can't find it.

The Vesti La Giubba commercial is, by far, the most famous of the three, to the extent that whenever some people hear the song, they immediately think of the commercial. As reported by LA Times writer Diane Haithman in 2005:

at a Los Angeles Opera performance of "Pagliacci" ... instead of focusing on tenor Roberto Alagna singing the celebrated tears-of-a-clown aria "Vesti la giubba," I could only hear: "No more Rice Krispies! We are out of Rice Krispies ... "

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Apr 10, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Advertising, 1960's

Cat & Budgie

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Apr 08, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Advertising


Serve him plain rice and nothing else. He won't expect that.

The ads were part of a 1969 campaign by the Rice Council of America.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Apr 07, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Advertising, 1960's

Eat More Sugar

An advertisement run in 1959 by "Sugar Information Inc.", which was an organization created by sugar producers in order to convince Americans to eat more of their product. All indications are that they succeeded. [via Backstory Radio]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Mar 20, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Advertising, 1950's

Armalite Arms David

This ad by American gun company Armalite not only has seriously offended some people in Italy (in particular the director of the Accademia Gallery where the David statue is located, who says that the ad is disrespectful to Italy's dignity and culture) but also has got them lawyering up. Because in Italy the likeness of a work of art must apparently be licensed by the government for commercial use. Even if the work of art is over 500 years old. []

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Mar 12, 2014 | Comments (29)
Category: Advertising

Old Bill Spud

Yet another food industry mascot whose creepiness prevented a longer career. From The Chicago Packer - Apr 10, 1937.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Mar 09, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Advertising

Follies of the Madmen #217


Maybe I tend to overthink things. But I confess I am baffled by the situation depicted in this ad.

1) Assume the girl in blue is a child, not an adult. Let's call her 8-10 years old.

2) The thing in her lap could be a doll.

a) But if it is a doll, its eyes are directed at the cookie, and it's reaching for it. It is not drawn to resemble an artificial thing. It is drawn as real as the girl.

3) The thing in her lap could be another living child.

a) But the only living child bearing that proportion to a ten-year-old would be, oh, what, a six-month-old baby? And what six-month-old baby ever looked like that?

Alternate explanation.

The girl in blue is an adult woman, the creature in her lap is a midget, and the whole thing is a fetish setup.

Please provide other theories, if possible!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Mar 05, 2014 | Comments (14)
Category: Business, Advertising, Comics, Candy, 1940's
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