She was boring her husband to death

This ad for Vivarin stimulant tablets ran in newspapers and magazines in 1971. It prompted a complaint from the FTC.

San Bernardino Sun - Mar 28, 1971

Ivan Preston provides more details in The Great American Blow-Up: Puffery in Advertising and Selling:

ads for a product called Vivarin told women their husbands would be more attracted to them if they used it, apparently implying some sort of sexually based arousal which would renew the lagging instincts of tired old married folks. To quote the ad directly:

"One day it dawned on me that I was boring my husband to death. It was hard for me to admit it—but it was true…. Often by the time he came home at night I was feeling dull, tired and drowsy, and so Jim would look at television and, for the most part, act like I wasn’t even there. And I wasn’t. I decided that I had to do something. I had seen an advertisement for a tablet called Vivarin. It said that Vivarin was a non-habit forming stimulant tablet that would give me a quick lift. Last week… I took a Vivarin tablet… just about an hour before Jim came home, and I found time to pretty up a little, too. It worked. All of a sudden Jim was coming home to a more exciting woman, me… The other day—it wasn’t even my birthday—Jim sent me flowers with a note. The note began: ‘To my new wife…'"

All very nice, but but the contribution of Vivarin was to provide merely the amount of caffeine found in two cups of coffee. No miracle aphrodisiac, just good old caffeine at a premium price!
The major allegation of the FTC's complaint about Vivarin concerned this social-psychological misrepresentation... But the Vivarin ads were also alleged to be deceptive because they did not disclose caffeine to be the critical ingredient.
     Posted By: Alex - Mon Apr 20, 2020
     Category: Drugs | Advertising | Wives | 1970s

If a couple of Vivarin turn him on, imagine what he’ll be like after you drink a pot of coffee!
Posted by Brian on 04/20/20 at 11:27 AM
Obviously the rules have been relaxed, or those complainers no longer care. How many similar products, mostly aimed at men, are currently advertised on the boob tube? Gain muscle! Run faster! Jump higher! (Sorry I got a P.F. Flyer shoe commercial mixed in there.)
Posted by KDP on 04/20/20 at 12:45 PM
It might even have worked - if only because of the placebo effect. Think you're more interesting, you're going to behave more interestingly.
Posted by Richard Bos on 05/02/20 at 01:39 PM
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