Follies of the Madmen #472

That mouse is definitely giving the finger. Is it supposed to be a sexy lure for male mice to entice them into the trap? I'm confused....

     Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 10, 2020
     Category: Animals | Anthropomorphism | Antisocial Activities | Business | Advertising | Death | 1960s

I think it's supposed to be a "come here" gesture. Remember that mice have just 3 fingers (and a thumb) – check any picture of Mickey or Minnie.
That said, what does this have to do with insurance? Male mice are horny, need female mice, and get trapped because of it? Does Prudential cover horniness?
Seems like the "need" is for somebody who can come up with a decent ad for insurance.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 04/10/20 at 07:35 AM
I've been watching a lot of the older Antiques Roadshow (British version) episodes, and a lot of the presenters use their middle finger to point to things. It sort of makes sense when close up (it's longer), but it still seems odd.

In the other hand, beckoning by using the middle finger should be acceptable because it will make some people come.
Posted by Phideaux on 04/10/20 at 12:07 PM
This is a weird one for sure. At first glance it looked like a trap-proof suit of armor for a mouse. No question it’s a poorly thought out concept.
Posted by Brian on 04/10/20 at 12:38 PM
Virtual: someone has, but they're in Dutch. "Even Apeldoorn bellen".
Posted by Richard Bos on 04/12/20 at 06:39 AM
Thanks, Richard. I found lots of ads that are hilarious even for non-Dutch speakers.
Posted by ges on 04/12/20 at 11:22 AM
This one is brilliant:
Posted by ges on 04/12/20 at 11:32 AM
This one is perfect, IMHO:
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 04/12/20 at 07:21 PM
This fellow may have been covered by the horniness clause:
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 04/12/20 at 07:25 PM
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