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ipsedixit Oct 4, 2006 05:59 PM

Do you have one?

Either print, TV or radio?

Current or past.

One of my favorites was from the Got Milk? series, where the guy stuffs his face with cookies and realizes his glass of milk is empty and then realizes he's in hell ...

  1. Katie Nell Oct 4, 2006 06:04 PM

    Okay, my favorite one of all time... "Peter!!!" When I see that Folgers commercial, I know Christmas is just around the corner! It gives me warm fuzzies! :-)

    Next was a short run of a Dairi Queen commercial advertising chicken strips. The chicken is literally stripping on the stage... it doesn't matter how old I am, that commercial could always make me laugh! I think it must have offended some people though, because it didn't last very long.

    And then I also really liked the Chips A'hoy commercial with the creme sandwich cookies where they're dancing on a bus singing "smack dab in the middle"! Yep, I'm a dork!

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      Azizeh Barjesteh Jan 5, 2008 12:04 AM

      Oh yeah. Those Peter commercials. Saw one this year and it warmed my heart a little bit. I hate Christmas in general, but those commercials are cute.

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        coney with everything Jan 6, 2008 04:41 AM

        I love the Peter commercial--it actually brings tears to my eyes since I haven't spent Christmas with my parents since Carter was president.

    2. Davwud Oct 4, 2006 06:11 PM

      I have no idea why but I always loved the Coke, "I'd like to teach the world to sing...." commercial. It's always a great sign of summer.

      Most American beer commercials.

      DT

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        Kater Oct 4, 2006 10:54 PM

        You can't help but love Real Men Of Genius!

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        MeowMixx Oct 4, 2006 06:14 PM

        The Jack in the Box Chipotle commercial where he couldn't pronounce "chipotle". hee hee, makes me giggle everytime.

        1. LindaWhit Oct 4, 2006 06:15 PM

          One of my favorites was the recently resurrected Oscar Mayer B-O-L-O-G-N-A commercial where the little boy with dark curly hair is singing the OM Bologna Song. I think the little boy in it is just too cute! Loved him saying "How's that?" with a big grin on his face at the end of the commercial before he takes a big bite of his bologna sandwich.

          1. SunnysideUp Oct 4, 2006 06:21 PM

            The original Diamond Walnuts commercial that uses "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from the Nutcracker.

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              SunnysideUp Oct 4, 2006 08:46 PM

              In the New York area, the Carvel commercials when Tom Carvel was still alive.

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                Michele4466 Oct 4, 2006 08:51 PM

                Fudgy the Whale? :-)

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                  SunnysideUp Oct 4, 2006 10:40 PM

                  haha, yes! Read on...: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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                    Michele4466 Oct 4, 2006 11:32 PM

                    Excellent! I almost forgot about Cookie Puss LOL

                    Thanks for the memories...

            2. Infomaniac Oct 4, 2006 06:26 PM

              I liked the California Rasin commercial when they sang "Heard it through the Grapevine". Now I like the M&M commercial with the rowing Pirates.

              1. OCAnn Oct 4, 2006 06:29 PM

                I like ones that have catchy ditties that you remember through childhood (Coke, Oscar Meyer as mentioned above).

                I also like the Mean Joe Green Coke ("have a Coke & a smile") CM, where he gives his jersy to the kid.

                And in Japan, a CM w/Arnold Schwarzenegger singing & dancing in a hapi coat, touting the deliciousness of ramen.

                1. Carrie 218 Oct 4, 2006 06:32 PM

                  Slightly food-related... for women only; the Bounty paper towell commercials. There were two of them:

                  1. Husky, flannel-clad man comes into the house with groceries, looking lustily into the camera. He makes a platter of French-press coffee and <oops!> spills a little, needing the paper towel to clean it up. Final scene of him carrying the tray of coffee and breakfast to <sigh> "you" in bed.

                  2. Golden Boy in the kitchen, frosting a cake. Needs a paper towel to clean up a small spill of frosting. Scene closes where Golden Boy hands "you" a puppy and the cake he has obviously baked for "you."

                  You have everything needed for the women of the world; men who cook, clean up after themselves, and serve you! Pure soft porn and I love 'em!

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                    Katie Nell Oct 6, 2006 07:28 PM

                    Yeah, and it's the same creepy guy, George, from Desperate Housewives... how weird is that?!

                  2. Michele4466 Oct 4, 2006 06:41 PM

                    Actually it is for Brawny :-) and (I hope it is ok to say here) he has a huge bulge in his pants. Both my husband and I crack up over that.

                    Now they have a Brawny School for Men "show" on brawny.com...Too funny.

                    One of our quirky faves is for Quizno's, though they no longer have it running, but it was the weird, freaky little monster guy who used says "toasty" "crunchy" in a funny accented voice reminiscent of the Taco Bell chihuahua... not sure why we got/get such a kick out of it but whenever we see a Quizno's or see a commercial we both automatically say it in the voice and crack up. Guess we are also dorks :-)

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                      Katie Nell Oct 4, 2006 06:54 PM

                      Oh no... that Quizno thing is too creepy for words!!

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                        Michele4466 Oct 4, 2006 08:42 PM

                        You think? No?!!! Are we missing something :-)

                        I guess that "thing" looks a bit weird but...we crack up so hard...

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                          Susan627 Oct 4, 2006 11:26 PM

                          My favorites too, if we're keeping count!

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                          AnnieG Oct 5, 2006 11:29 PM

                          Ok, the Quizno "creatures", if we are talking about the same ones, kind of disgusted me. They were disturbing, like rotting potatoes and mice had children with human teeth. Ick.

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                            Michele4466 Oct 6, 2006 03:09 PM

                            LOL

                            I am not saying they were not a bit disturbing... for some reason those spots ran for a very long time, perhaps because they were jarring. What we found/find so funny is the way they said "toasty", "crunchy". Still cracks us up...

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                              k_d Oct 7, 2006 09:22 PM

                              Those were spong-monkeys. Don't bother looking it up; the guys made them up.

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                                macrogal Dec 19, 2006 07:13 PM

                                "THEY HAVE A PEPPER BAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRR"

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                                  nosh Jan 1, 2008 08:35 PM

                                  Those Quizno creatures are available, smoked and thinly sliced, in combo sandwich #4.

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                            AnneM Oct 4, 2006 06:41 PM

                            I love all the Grey Poupon commercials.
                            "Avez-vous du Grey Poupon?"

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                              mwright Oct 4, 2006 06:51 PM

                              The Cadbury Easter egg commercial with the clucking bunny -- the original one. I still crack up when I think of it ( may have had to do with what I had consumed the first time I saw it.....)

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                                Mushroom Oct 4, 2006 06:59 PM

                                The one that goes "Thanks, Easter Bunny! Bwawk! Bwack!

                                I love that one! My sister and I still say thank you to each other that way - regardless of the time of year!

                              2. Pei Oct 4, 2006 08:40 PM

                                Happy Cows Come From California!

                                I love all the commercials in that series.

                                My Kansan friend was shocked when she saw a commercial end in the tagline "California...it's the cheese." WHAT? How dare we make cheese on the West Coast?!

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                                  Katie Nell Oct 4, 2006 09:10 PM

                                  I do love those commercials too! "Do you think cows are pretty?! Yes, yes, I think cows are pretty! Do you wanna marry a cow?!" Tee hee!

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                                    Val Oct 7, 2006 12:46 PM

                                    Katie, I'm with you...the happy cows are a hoot especially the one you mentioned, just too cute.

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                                      RGC1982 Jan 9, 2008 02:00 PM

                                      I love the one where the bulls were peeping through the barn door at the cows.

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                                    Dommy Oct 4, 2006 10:57 PM

                                    Not to crazy about the happy cows... but I do love the Chick F'ila cows who carry signs that say "eat more chik'n"... LOL!! :)

                                    --Dommy!

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                                      Aloo0628 Jan 6, 2008 09:44 PM

                                      I LOVE the Chick Fil A cows...the eat more chikn classic is always cute, but they had some really silly and creative ones too. Can't think of any off the top of my head, but BF and I have gotten many a giggle out of those brazen moocows. :-)

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                                    bijoux16 Oct 4, 2006 08:53 PM

                                    I love the commercials for Haagen-Dazs. very zen..

                                    1. Phood Oct 4, 2006 11:00 PM

                                      Once upon a time, when commercials were understated, there was a TV spot for Ranier Beer. The scene, which didn't change, was an aerial view of a mountain road winding through a pine forest. There was a motorcycle traveling that mountain road, and the only sound was that of the motorcycle gently accelerating, changing gears twice as it negotiated the winds in the road. What was heard sounded like "Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer."
                                      Very understated. Very pastoral. Very creative. It didn't last long for just those reasons.

                                      1. Seth Chadwick Oct 5, 2006 01:10 AM

                                        My all-time favorite food commericial was run on TV a total of two days. It was a Jack In The Box commericial and it was poking fun at McDonald's getting sued by the woman who got severe burns from their hot coffee.

                                        The scene is a lab and Jack introduces their intern who is strapped into a dental chair. Jack says, "So, people always ask, 'Jack, how come you serve orange juice with your Breakfast Jack Combo instead of coffee?' Well, let's find out."

                                        A mechanical arm then swings into view and pour a hot cup of coffee on the intern's nether regions and Jack asks what the intern is "feeling." The intern is on the verge of tears talking about "blistering skin" and such.

                                        Jack then says, "Now, let's see what happens with orange juice." The mechanical arm swings in again and pours the juice on the intern's nether regions. Jack asks the intern what he is thinking and the intern talks about "happiness" and "refreshing" and thanking Jack profusely.

                                        Jack looks into the camera and says, "Now you know why."

                                        A sick, tacky, tasteless commercial that had everyone in my family on the floor laughing for days (because, well, we are sick people).

                                        It lasted two days on the air and I am sure McDonald's was quick to sic the attorneys on JITB over that one.

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                                          Jamie Loulie Dec 16, 2006 01:25 AM

                                          Oh my god I just found out that that was my English teacher played the intern in that commercial! We got to watch it today, it was the funniest thing in the world!!!!! But I can't find it anywhere, does anyone know where to find it?

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                                            susancinsf Dec 16, 2006 05:12 PM

                                            Never saw that one before they pulled it, but JITB in general has the best commercials! They are all good, but my favorite is where the underling is showing off the new Company spokesperson to Jack, and the spokesperson is doing an advertising presentation and going on and on about how it has been 'proven' that eating cheese burgers and fries and the like are good for you and will help you loose weight, etc. Jack turns to his underling and says, "This guy is GREAT. Where did you ever find him?".

                                            Answer: "Tobaco Company" (while Jack just nods wisely).

                                            I loved it.

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                                              janetofreno Jan 1, 2008 07:40 PM

                                              I have been thinking of you and this thread since seeing the latest JITB commercial (I wonder how long it will last?). There is Jack in the hot tub with his woman (is that the same one who plays his very nice wife in another commercial...doesn't seem like it!) and another couple. Anyway, the punch line is: "Yeah, let's try a Jack Sandwich!"

                                              It has decided sexual overtones. You have to see it. Then at the end the bag bounces down with the banner "You know you want it!"

                                              lol!!!

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                                                nosh Jan 1, 2008 08:40 PM

                                                The JITB ad with the stoner in the drive-thru, and tiny Jack appears on the dash. Dialogue about what he should order -- tacos. "How many?" "Thirty." "That's what I was thinking!"

                                          2. geg5150 Oct 5, 2006 01:16 AM

                                            I love the Red Stripe radio ads. My fave was the one about tea. It end -- "Boo, tea! Yeah Beer!!"

                                            I love most Coke commercials too.

                                            1. amandine Oct 5, 2006 09:49 PM

                                              Mr. Yoshida's Teriyaki sauce. Delightfully un-PC. The slogan was something like, "Exciting Asian sauces from an exciting Asian man." so silly.

                                              1. Cheese Boy Oct 5, 2006 09:52 PM

                                                Also Got Milk.... the one with the triplets is cute. Each of the three girls has a tall glass in front of them only a third of the way filled with milk and they're trying to dunk what looks like an oreo cookie in it, but their hands won't fit in the glass.

                                                They brainstorm a bit and the next scene is them pouring each of their milk all into one glass and dunking away. Cute commercial. Problem is I don't remember if the commercial is for milk or for Oreos. One of them (Oreos or Milk) is getting a freebie in our minds right now, not sure which. Ah, the power of advertizing.

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                                                  Kelli2006 Oct 5, 2006 11:29 PM

                                                  The 80's Wendy's commercial,

                                                  "Where's the Beef?"

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                                                    MuppetGrrl Oct 5, 2006 11:38 PM

                                                    http://thefanlists.com/coffee/main.png

                                                    That is all that needs to be said.

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                                                      MuppetGrrl Oct 5, 2006 11:40 PM

                                                      Oh, and "Quack, quack, waddle, waddle, quack, quack, waddle, waddle!"

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                                                        Frosty Melon Oct 5, 2006 11:54 PM

                                                        Oh, that one. I spent a whole summer, whenever it rained, with my cousins singing

                                                        We are whippersnappers
                                                        We're in luck
                                                        If it rains all day
                                                        Just pretend you're a duck
                                                        Quack quack waddle waddle...

                                                        It was a McDonald's ad, no? There was another one, same year, with a little girl and her dolls and she would say, covering her mouth, "I love to tease them!"

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                                                          MuppetGrrl Oct 6, 2006 12:07 AM

                                                          Yep, McDonald's!

                                                          Two all beef patties special sauce lettuce cheese pickles onions on a sesame seed BUN!

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                                                            MaspethMaven Dec 24, 2006 02:14 PM

                                                            I think if I look hard enough I still have the flimsy vinyl record of the big mac song that mcDonalds put in the sunday paper back in the 80s.

                                                            Ugh! And to think I was so gullible. You couldn't force feed me a big mac now!

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                                                        AnnieG Oct 5, 2006 11:40 PM

                                                        Two Pepsi ads spring to mind at the moment. The first one had a guy (was it Dave Chapelle?) waiting for his date, drinking a Pepsi. There is a little robotic vacuum (one of those Roomba ones) cleaning the room, and the guy taunts it with the Pepsi, waving it around. Cut to the woman getting ready at the mirror, who hears a crash and other noises. She comes out and the guy is still drinking Pepsi, now wearing only boxers. He says "You vaccum ate my pants, there was nothing I could do." Cracks me up because it is soooo dumb!

                                                        The other one I am not sure was Pepsi. "Secret agent man" is playing in the background, we see a sandwich and a soda on the counter. Dog runs past, grabs sandwich in mouth. Dog runs past again, grabs soda in mouth. Dog runs to counter last time, carrying cat in mouth, plops it down on now empty plate. I am not sure if this advertised the soda or the sandwich though. It was just funny, the dog incriminating the cat.

                                                        I also liked all the Planter's commercials, where animals would do all sorts of creative things (like carve the peanut man out of a tree) so that three camping guys would feed them a nut.

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                                                          Davwud Oct 6, 2006 07:24 PM

                                                          Indeed it was Dave Chappelle.

                                                          I liked the second one you mentioned. I'd forgotten about it.

                                                          DT

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                                                          Val Oct 6, 2006 11:00 AM

                                                          Publix grocery stores down here in FL have some gems...the one of an elderly couple working on fixing a meal together in the kitchen for a new neighbor just brings me to tears and their holiday one of the Salt & Pepper shakers that come to life on the Thanksgiving table is just precious. Some of you may know what I'm talking about.

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                                                            PDeveaux Jan 2, 2008 05:43 PM

                                                            Oh, I love those Publix commercials, too.

                                                            And the Chick-Fil-A one where the little boy in the back seat keeps yelling "Cow" and the mom says "yes, honey, cows". And then she turns around and says, Honey where are the burgers?

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                                                            serious Oct 6, 2006 11:17 AM

                                                            Does anyone know how to cook a gecko?

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                                                              lemon Oct 6, 2006 02:48 PM

                                                              I'd say forget all the newer recipes and stick with Little Richard's.

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                                                              PrincessBakesALot Oct 6, 2006 10:12 PM

                                                              The REAL geniuses are the ones that write those Real Men of Genius ads. I've almost driven off the road laughing at a few of those!

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                                                                Glencora Dec 16, 2006 01:59 AM

                                                                Yes, I love those.

                                                              2. Scrapironchef Oct 6, 2006 11:56 PM

                                                                Messin with Sasquatch from some beef jerky company gets my current vote. Putting Bigfoot's hand in a bowl of warm water while he's sleeping is just sophomoric enough to be weirdly funny.

                                                                Any of the Got Milk? commercials are noteworthy as well as most of the Cal Cheese cows. I also slow down the Tivo to watch any of the Jack in the Box commercials.

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                                                                  The Ranger Dec 17, 2006 03:13 PM

                                                                  Ditto any of the Got Milk? or JitB ads; I'll usually stop flipping channels to watch them. That Sasquatch ad just appeals to my baser humor.

                                                                  My current favorite is the cows in Califonia getting massaged. They're disappointed when the earthquake stops.

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                                                                  slacker Oct 7, 2006 12:13 AM

                                                                  Oreos: the one where the grandmother and granddaughter compete to see who can lick and eat their oreo the fastest. Grandma wins! :)

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                                                                    Aloo0628 Jan 6, 2008 09:49 PM

                                                                    Oooh I loved the follow up ad to that, little boy and grampa sitting at the table, dunking and dunking their oreos...when at last they are soft enough to eat, both of them grin equally toothless grins. Precious!

                                                                  2. free sample addict aka Tracy L Oct 7, 2006 01:46 AM

                                                                    Clover Milk in SF Bay Area has charmingly goofy ads on their billboards and trucks that depict cows of course and are accompanied by silly puns.

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                                                                      HillJ Oct 7, 2006 02:15 AM

                                                                      Dannon yogurt commercials, remember the spokespeople were 100 plus years old BECAUSE of yogurt!!

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                                                                        kimmer1850 Oct 7, 2006 09:07 AM

                                                                        The old Alka-Seltzer commercial.

                                                                        "I can't believe I ate the whole thing."

                                                                        Not exactly about food but it is the cure for too much food!

                                                                        1. kitchensalli Oct 7, 2006 10:35 PM

                                                                          A favorite print ad of mine from at least 20 years ago in some magazine. Could have been a food mag - not sure.

                                                                          It was a full page ad featuring a large Idaho baking potato in the center of the page and the caption read - “What do we have to do for you to think of us as a vegetable?”

                                                                          1. Sam Fujisaka Dec 16, 2006 03:25 PM

                                                                            I'm not sure about favorite, but, "Ho, ho, ho...Green Giant!" certainly comes to mind.

                                                                            1. phofiend Dec 16, 2006 07:32 PM

                                                                              This ad was for a mortgage company, but it involved food. A man enters the empty apartment of his ladylove with a bag of groceries and flowers, and proceeds to cook dinner. He has made a pot of tomato sauce and is chopping vegetables when his girlfriend's white persian cat jumps up on the counter and spills the sauce on itself and all over the kitchen. The man, still holding the knife, grabs the red-drenched cat and is holding both as the woman enters the apartment. The tag line: We won't judge you until we know all the facts.

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                                                                                cooknKate Dec 19, 2006 02:37 AM

                                                                                OMG....I think I would barf from laughing if I saw that commercial!

                                                                              2. Chinon00 Dec 17, 2006 06:11 AM

                                                                                There was a Halloween commercial for Juicey Fruit gum that still resonates with me. The bright oranges of the jack o lanterns, the girl in the witch costume, the yellow gum wrapper. Something about it has always stuck with me. I haven't seen them since my childhood in the seventies.

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                                                                                  thejulia Dec 17, 2006 09:12 AM

                                                                                  +1 for those incredibly odd quizno rodent commercials. at the end the rodent popped in and squeakily eeked out: "they got a pepper bar." that one line in a strangled shout was a personal joke among my friends for like a year after the commercial went off the air. it didn't help me purchase any of their sandwiches though.

                                                                                  1. kare_raisu Dec 17, 2006 02:46 PM

                                                                                    Kind of weird:
                                                                                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7B3nI...

                                                                                    1. Sam Fujisaka Dec 17, 2006 04:03 PM

                                                                                      For the best European ad clips, many or most having to do with food, see the Euromaxx show on Deutsche-Welle. Very clever and funny selections.

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                                                                                        alliebear Dec 17, 2006 06:06 PM

                                                                                        I really like the KFC commercial where the parents call the kids to dinner and the kids run out to the car, thinking they're going out to eat.
                                                                                        The parents laugh, talk about how it'll take a while for the kids to get used to eating in and there's a shot of bucket of KFC chicken.
                                                                                        I just find the irony humorous.

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                                                                                          Kater Dec 18, 2006 02:04 PM

                                                                                          I agree that it's one of the funniest ads on TV, but not for the reasons KFC thinks it is!

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                                                                                          piccola Dec 17, 2006 07:54 PM

                                                                                          Not exactly a food commercial, but I'm digging the new ad for Dunkin', the one where they make fun of coffee menus in "Fritalian."

                                                                                          Of course, the fact that it's an ad for lattes (a made-up Italian term) is kind of ironic...

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                                                                                            RiJaAr Dec 17, 2006 08:21 PM

                                                                                            my favorite is the one for coca cola.. the little boy goes to the pepsi machine and gets 2 cans of pepsi.. then he walks over to the coke machine.. uses the 2 pepsi cans for stilts, so he can reach the coke button.. then walks away drinking his coke,leaving the pepsi behind. lol.

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                                                                                              Katie Nell Dec 18, 2006 01:05 PM

                                                                                              I can't remember if it's pepsi or coke, but the Jimi Hendrix commercial is the best!

                                                                                            2. Davwud Dec 18, 2006 12:51 PM

                                                                                              There was a commercial in the late 90's I think for a fish company. They did a take off on the "Wazzup??" thing with different rabbi's calling each other "Shaloooom!!!" and so forth. It was hilarious.

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                                                                                              1. thegolferbitch Dec 18, 2006 01:24 PM

                                                                                                I have two, both beverages:

                                                                                                One--the Coke holiday commercial that's running that features the polar bear family and the penguin party. First, because it features the music of the Beach Boys, and secondly, it's adorable...the little polar bear sliding on his bum. I get the warm-and-fuzzies from what in real life would be predator and prey. Magic!!!

                                                                                                Second--the two animated Guinness guys crack me up. BRILLIANT!

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                                                                                                  MarkhamDee Dec 18, 2006 02:27 PM

                                                                                                  Really this is more a beverage than food ad, but I have found that I can't watch the Tim Horton's "Proud Fathers" ad without getting misty-eyed. It has a man watching his son playing hockey, and discovering that his own father secretly had done the same thing years ago.

                                                                                                  If you're not familiary with it, I could try to explain the flashback shots and gruff but proud grandfather; but it's probably better to look at it on the web, at:
                                                                                                  http://www.timhortons.com/en/about/ma...

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                                                                                                    Katie Nell Dec 18, 2006 03:06 PM

                                                                                                    That makes me think of the Jif commercial where the little boy makes his mom a peanut butter sandwich while she's working... that *really* makes me tear up everytime!

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                                                                                                      RiJaAr Dec 18, 2006 09:27 PM

                                                                                                      oh my i just watched the tim hortons one..all teary now!

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                                                                                                      bklynite Dec 18, 2006 07:12 PM

                                                                                                      "What's this stuff?"
                                                                                                      "Some cereal."
                                                                                                      "I'm not gonna eat it, you try it."
                                                                                                      "I'm not gonna eat it."
                                                                                                      "Let's get Mikey!"
                                                                                                      "Yeah, he won't eat it. He hates everything."
                                                                                                      "He likes it, hey Mikey!"

                                                                                                      I always loved that one, especially 'cause my little brother looked just like Mikey when he was a kid.

                                                                                                      And no mentioned Rodney Allen Rippy? Jeez, I must be the oldest person on this thread!!!

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                                                                                                        SarahEats Dec 18, 2006 07:49 PM

                                                                                                        I love the "Got Milk?" commercial they ran a few years ago where you see this guy with all this stuff from the duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton and he's making a peanut butter sandwich (or eating something involving peanut butter) and listening to the radio. They're doing some contest and the question is "Who shot Alexander Hamilton in that famous duel?" and he calls in to answer the question but the peanut butter in his mouth makes him unable to pronouce the name Aaron Burr and he loses the contest.

                                                                                                        1. ajs228 Dec 18, 2006 08:00 PM

                                                                                                          I'm really enjoying the Man Laws ads from Miller Lite. The addition of Burt Reynolds adds instant credibility, and my friends and I always stop what we're doing to watch.

                                                                                                          My favorite "Real Men of Genius" ad was the taco salad one. "10,000 calories of beef and beans. Is it healthy? Of course it is. It's a salad."

                                                                                                          1. chef chicklet Dec 18, 2006 08:04 PM

                                                                                                            If you're from CA then it has to be the Foster Chicken commercials of the two less than perfect chickens that are always trying to pass themselve of as CA chickens.

                                                                                                            Then the California Cheese commercial of the cows playing Marco Polo, and the pig that has a dream to be a cow. We crack up everytime.

                                                                                                            And our fave is Bob the baby for Quizno's - have not seen that one lately????

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                                                                                                              macrogal Dec 19, 2006 07:15 PM

                                                                                                              "My people call it...........maize". Mazola commercial from before my time but my parents would re-enact it every time they brought margarine to the table. Hi-larious.

                                                                                                              1. Justpaula Dec 20, 2006 12:56 AM

                                                                                                                Every time I buy Fig Newtons, I CANNOT help myself before saying, "It's NOT a cookie, it's a Newton". Even when I am alone I say it to myself.

                                                                                                                By the way, I use this "not a cookie" rationale when I eat them for breakfast.

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                                                                                                                  cooknKate Dec 24, 2006 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                  That old Fig Newton commercial of the guy dressed up as a giant fig singing the jingle:

                                                                                                                  oooey gooey rich and chewy inside
                                                                                                                  golden flaky tender cakey outside
                                                                                                                  wrap the inside in the outside, it is good?
                                                                                                                  darn tootin'!
                                                                                                                  doin' the big, fig newton!!

                                                                                                                  I would always sing that song to my son when I bought Fig Newtons, and one time as I was picking them up off the shelf he got this horrified look on his face and cried out "NO! Mom!! Don't start singing that STUPID song!"

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                                                                                                                  personalcheffie Dec 24, 2006 11:12 PM

                                                                                                                  The old 1960's commercials for original Tupperware. They used to have the lock mechanisms on all the different foods, like oranges with a purse clasp, and a watermelon with a slide lock. Those were ingenious. The tag line was 'lock in freshness with Tupperware'.

                                                                                                                  1. im_nomad Jan 1, 2008 10:17 PM

                                                                                                                    commercials for stuff like chicken burgers with singing or dancing or even chickens in them give me the willies.

                                                                                                                    and not really food related, but what is up with the recent Pepto Bismol ads featuring people who have obvious language difficulties?

                                                                                                                    On another note, cat food ads, particularly during dinner hour, should be outlawed, ick.

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                                                                                                                      piccola Jan 2, 2008 05:19 PM

                                                                                                                      I love the Emerald nuts ads with the late Robert Goulet: http://youtube.com/watch?v=kPtpo1OuYcs

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                                                                                                                        Blush Jan 3, 2008 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                        I still love the "HP Makes Beef Sing" commercial from the 80's. People in my family still break out into this song at random moments (and then everyone else chimes in with the "moo moo moo moo" part.
                                                                                                                        http://www.brownsauce.org/2006/10/27/...

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                                                                                                                          bnemes3343 Jan 3, 2008 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                          IMO top honors has to go to the commercial with the little girl going to bed the night before Christmas. The next morning the family comes down and the room is overflowing with wonderful and expensive toys. More than you can believe... So, the father says "Those must have been some really great cookies you left Santa"... and the (pretty cute) little girl looks into the camera and says "I didn't leave him cookies... I left him CHEESE". They ran this ad every year in December for a number of years. I was disappointed not to see it this year.

                                                                                                                          1. Cookiefiend Jan 3, 2008 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                            2 Favorites:

                                                                                                                            1) The Lipton Chicken Noodle Soup commercial with the little girl singing the song - all I can remember is "It's the only chicken noodle that will do" and then the little girl would say "Bawk Bawk".
                                                                                                                            2) The M&M magazine ad from Christmas where red M&M is holding a cookie sheet of burnt cookies and says " Baking Tip. If directions say 20 minutes at 250 degrees, don't try 10 minutes at 500 degrees. The yellow M&M is burnt and his shell is cracked - he says "And CERTAINLY don't try 5 minutes at 1000 degrees"

                                                                                                                            of course I also like the "He does exist" M&M commercial. It cracks me up that the red M&M faints.

                                                                                                                            :-)

                                                                                                                            1. hipquest Jan 4, 2008 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                              My new favorite is for Reynolds Heavy Duty Aluminum foil. Tag line "Chocolate Lab Proof" showing mashed potatoes covered in foil. The dog takes the bowl to his bed and uses it as a pillow since he can't get to the potatoes. Why is this so funny to me? I have a Chocolate Lab and trust me, Kevlar could not keep my dog away from those potatoes.

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                                                                                                                                Prax1134 Jan 4, 2008 08:00 PM

                                                                                                                                Haven't gotten a chance to read all of the posts (will save that for a lazy work day) but here is one vote for Hillshire Farms "Go Meat" ads. So cheezy yet so catchy.

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                                                                                                                                  NE_Elaine Jan 5, 2008 02:59 AM

                                                                                                                                  I love the Budweiser clydesdales playing football with the zebra ref watching the instant replay. Actually I think Bud has some of the best commercials on TV - didn't they do the magic refridgerator?

                                                                                                                                  I hate the Quiznos baby that talks and the Burger King King. They both creep me out.

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                                                                                                                                    KevinB Jan 6, 2008 09:24 PM

                                                                                                                                    I remember an add for Heinz dill pickles from the 60's; four pickles are standing up on the table, next to a tongue sandwich. The pickles are singing "You can tell a Heinz pickle by its crunch". Then a fork comes down, stabs one pickle, and it disappears. The sandwich says "Pickles, get back in the jar before you get eaten up". Pickles continue to sing, disappear one by one, and the sandwich keeps repeating "Pickles, get back in the jar before you get eaten up." Last pickle disappears, the sandwich turns to the camera and says "You can't tell a Heinz pickle nuthin'". Cracked up the whole family every time it came on.

                                                                                                                                    Honourable mention to "Time to make the doughnuts", and "You ate it, Ralph".

                                                                                                                                    1. hannaone Jan 7, 2008 12:48 AM

                                                                                                                                      All of the old Hamm's beer commercials with the Hamm's Bear and other animated forest animals.
                                                                                                                                      "From the land of sky blue water.."

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                                                                                                                                        rednyellow Jan 8, 2008 02:08 PM

                                                                                                                                        Hamm's the beer refreshing...

                                                                                                                                      2. marmite Jan 7, 2008 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                        I quite like the commercial (it might be for Visa or something) with the couple who goes out to fancy dinner and when the food comes, it's so tiny they have to stop at the store on the way home.

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                                                                                                                                          alysonlaurel Jan 7, 2008 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                          I love those really dry commercials for Sonic.

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                                                                                                                                            marmite Jan 7, 2008 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                                            Me too! I saw a great new one yesterday where the couple has the new Berry Smoothie, or something like that (we don't have Sonic so I don't know/ remember). The husband says he wants to get down to his fighting weight in case he has to fight to protect the wife, and she just lauuuuughs.

                                                                                                                                          2. breadbox Jan 8, 2008 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                                            I used to like those Hardee's commercials in the 60s with Gilbert Giddyup and Speedy McGreedy.

                                                                                                                                            1. breadbox Jan 8, 2008 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                              Forgot to mention the Taco Bell chihuahua. He was waay beyond cute, lol.

                                                                                                                                              1. Chew on That Jan 9, 2008 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                I think Burger King's Whopper Freakout is pretty genius.

                                                                                                                                                They pretend to take the Whopper off the menu for one day to see how people would react; it's a mockumentary that's well done!

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                                                                                                                                                  RGC1982 Jan 9, 2008 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                  It is effective indeed, but I find the King himself somewhat creepy. Especially the one where he wakes up in bed with the couple!

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