I’m not one of those fancy people that has a DVR to record shows without commercial interruption. This means that when I have the TV on and I’m doing other things at the same time instead of sitting there to watch the show I was waiting to sit down and watch, I am exposed to advertising.
While some commercials are highly entertaining—I could watch the Slowsky’s all day—most of them are annoying and last so long that I’ve forgotten what show I was watching and vow to never buy their product.
But in the spirit of expanding my worldly knowledge to dispense among the dozens of you who flock to this blog, I decided to share some insight.
What I’ve Learned from Watching TV Commercials
- I have a majority of side effects of multiple prescription drugs that I’ve never even taken.
- Men are all balding, irresponsible and only respond to sex, food and things that explode. They can’t be trusted to buy anything without their wives or girlfriends, but they can however use a grill while wearing an apron and smiling.
- Lipstick is made of some cement-like substance that will never come off until you tell it to.
- Melted cheese must be stretched out before consumption and a frozen dinner is apparently the secret ingredient to spicing up a romantic evening.
- Outback Steakhouse is really, really Australian.
- When a family gets a new luxury SUV, the first thing they do is take it off road and drive through one-lane mountain passes and water-covered roadways at breakneck speed.
- Everyone laughs when they’re eating candy or wearing a tampon.
- On that note, it’s perfectly acceptable to pull out an unused tampon and show it off in a group setting.
- Kids don’t watch TV–they watch toasters—and they find it fun to patiently wait for their Pillsbury Toaster Strudel.
- Every one of my local news stations is the most accurate, watching out for me more than anyone else and willing to put their lives on the line to bring me the news.
- Senior citizens with bowel and bladder problems spend part of every day in tennis whites.
- In order to get rich, I need to get attacked by a dog or injured in an automobile accident, in the workplace or through a hospital’s negligence so I can sue (and the lawyer can afford to not make his/her own commercials.)
- No one can back their car out of a garage or driveway without incident.
- All breakfast foods aimed at children now contain “More Fiber!” than it takes to fill an industrial silo, which leads me to believe all children are constipated.
- Speaking of that, when a group of female friends get together they spend all their time talking about constipation or eating yogurt, which is apparently the key to fulfilling their innermost serenity (the yogurt, not constipation.)
- Bacon and diarrhea have the same manic PR person, as almost every commercial includes one or the other.
- The factory workers who make Honey Bunches of Oats act like they’re personally responsible for the cereal satisfaction of every person on the planet.
- If I use a certain whitening toothpaste, not only will it land me a boyfriend, but I’ll also be able to land planes at night due to the brightness of my choppers.
Advertising dollars well spent.
What have you learned from TV commercials?
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