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1 hour ago, mojoween said:

Why are pizza places constantly telling me they are not touching my pizza after it leaves the oven?  Were they touching my pizza before?

I mean, I thought the timer dinged, they got that big paddle, pulled the pizza out of the oven, slid the pizza into the box, used the slicer, shut the box.  At no point during this would you need to touch the pizza.

The big chain pizza places have a rolling oven. I worked at Pizza Hut 30 years ago and we never touched it. Someone made it (using gloves and/or utensils), placed it on one end, it rolled through, when it came out the other end, you grabbed the pan with pliers, slid it onto a cutting board, sliced it with a big blade that looked like a half-circle machete, slid it into the box and closed it. No touching.

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3 minutes ago, Red Bridey said:

So now Progressive is using a half-human half-motorcycle called a MO TOR, have I missed something in pop culture? Is a Mo Tor some kind of thing from,a video game now? Totally confused by this. 

It's  Motaur - take off on a Centaur.

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My friend finds those motaur commercials creepy, but I just think they're dumb.  I'm also annoyed that in the one where he's drinking gasoline, his front wheel moves every time he moves his upper body, but in others his wheel stays in place.

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18 minutes ago, Red Bridey said:

So now Progressive is using a half-human half-motorcycle called a MO TOR, have I missed something in pop culture? Is a Mo Tor some kind of thing from,a video game now? Totally confused by this. 

Not that I know of and it kind of freaks me out.

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I do like in the one ad where the guy asks if he minds being a Motaur, and he says “do you mind, not being a Motaur?” and the guy in the front seat sadly says “I do.”  That morose “I do” cracks me up every time.

But no matter how I try to picture it I can’t fathom the regular legs with the Motaur on top.

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1 hour ago, janie jones said:
7 hours ago, shapeshifter said:

I watch over-the-air TV with low-rent commercials (in my literally low-rent apartment). Lately on Bounce (airs L&O weekday mornings) they have these commercials for CB1 Weight Gainer. There's an actress claiming she gained 53 lbs. It's all so weird. Who are they marketing to? I've never been overweight, but does anyone need that crap? I mean, if you are underweight, shouldn't you see a doctor? The last time I was losing weight it turned out I had stage 4 cancer.

Is it to gain muscle mass?

Hmmm.… Now that you mention it, maybe gaining muscle mass was their original marketing strategy but they aren’t allowed to make that claim since that’s impossible? 
If I hear it enough times to catch the product name, I might look it up and compare its ingredients with the protein drinks I had when I was on chemo —if I can remember what they were LOL. 

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Me again. They don't say MO taur. They say MO TOR. I might have gotten the reference if they pronounced it CORRECTLY. Gah. (Thanks for the explanation)

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2 hours ago, Red Bridey said:

Me again. They don't say MO taur. They say MO TOR. I might have gotten the reference if they pronounced it CORRECTLY. Gah. (Thanks for the explanation)

I’ve heard people pronounce it CEN TOR. 

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When I heard the commercial tonight, I heard motaur, not motor. Doesn't matter - they were going for a centaur comparison.

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How do you say centaur? Cen-tower?

I've always said cen-tor and I don't think I've heard it any other way.

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I say it more like cen-tar than cen-tor, so the ad confused me a little at first, too.  I also say "Taurus" like "tar-us".

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There is a commercial for Belvida (I think) breakfast biscuits which they claim are "gently baked". Most baking temperatures are around 325 to 375 degrees F. Tell ya what, let's bake YOU in an oven at those temps and you tell me how "gentle" it is.

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I say Cen tar. So I would have said Mo tar and I say this is a dumb commercial!  And with that, I bid you wonderful watchers good night!

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7 hours ago, peacheslatour said:

There is a commercial for Belvida (I think) breakfast biscuits which they claim are "gently baked". Most baking temperatures are around 325 to 375 degrees F. Tell ya what, let's bake YOU in an oven at those temps and you tell me how "gentle" it is.

I always do a mental double take when I hear “Belvida” and think: Not Velveeta? 
And then I wonder if that’s what they’re wanting me to think. 

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Silly though the Motaur commercials may be, I will dip my toes into the shallow end of the pool, and say that I think the actor playing the Motaur is hot af. So they can show it on my TV as much as they like. 

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I agree that Motaur is kinda cute.  Also: dude from Allstate commercials, Jake from State Farm, and the Maytag man.  The quarantine is doing odd things to me huh?

There’s a Pepto commercial where this woman is feeling icky on a plane and the flight attendants sing the infamous Pepto jingle.   But when they get to ‘diarrhea’ this one dude sings it solo and like REALLY croons it with everything he’s got.  And I’m like: poor guy! He thinks ‘diarrhea’ is gonna be his big break.  Some record exec’s gonna be like Hey somebody find me Diarrhea Guy, he’s gonna be the next big thing!

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On 5/1/2020 at 1:00 AM, Silver Raven said:

Macula.  As in, macular degeneration.  It's a series of really, really, annoying glasses ads.  He supposedly represents a competing glasses manufacturing company whose glasses don't compare to the ones for sale at Staunton Optical.

Staunton Optical has a long history of really annoying ads.

 

Was it they who did a short-lived Glasses Illuminati campaign? I briefly thought it could be related to that but it didn't make sense, either.

 

On 5/1/2020 at 5:49 PM, janie jones said:

Is it to gain muscle mass?

Beefcake! BEEFCAAAAAAAAAAAKE!!!!!!

On 5/1/2020 at 6:47 PM, Bastet said:

My friend finds those motaur commercials creepy, but I just think they're dumb.  I'm also annoyed that in the one where he's drinking gasoline, his front wheel moves every time he moves his upper body, but in others his wheel stays in place.

I find myself wondering what a Motaur with a motorcycle top would look like.

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On ‎05‎/‎01‎/‎2020 at 5:19 PM, mojoween said:

Why are pizza places constantly telling me they are not touching my pizza after it leaves the oven?  Were they touching my pizza before?

I mean, I thought the timer dinged, they got that big paddle, pulled the pizza out of the oven, slid the pizza into the box, used the slicer, shut the box.  At no point during this would you need to touch the pizza.

That is indeed how the places from which I get pizza work.  I think they're just emphasizing it given our current situation.

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45 minutes ago, proserpina65 said:

That is indeed how the places from which I get pizza work.  I think they're just emphasizing it given our current situation.

Ha! I totally get that, but it had the unintended effect of making me think that BEFORE, their grubby mitts were all up in my pizza.

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Just now, mojoween said:

Ha! I totally get that, but it had the unintended effect of making me think that BEFORE, their grubby mitts were all up in my pizza.

Me, too.

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Am I the only one who doesn't understand why Progressive Flo is out in somebody's backyard, batting away the newspaper that the delivery kid is trying to throw? I can sort of buy the 'protective' image of holding an umbrella over the open moonroof of the car, having an extinguisher ready for the guy grilling etc., but the newspaper thing?? What actual harm is throwing the paper going to do- muss up the hedge or something? Stupid.

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3 minutes ago, sempervivum said:

Am I the only one who doesn't understand why Progressive Flo is out in somebody's backyard, batting away the newspaper that the delivery kid is trying to throw? I can sort of buy the 'protective' image of holding an umbrella over the open moonroof of the car, having an extinguisher ready for the guy grilling etc., but the newspaper thing?? What actual harm is throwing the paper going to do- muss up the hedge or something? Stupid.

You should watch "Better Off Dead" -- the paper boy in that movie breaks a window with every paper he throws.

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4 minutes ago, Browncoat said:

You should watch "Better Off Dead" -- the paper boy in that movie breaks a window with every paper he throws.

"I want my two dollars!"

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Never mind

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Was I smoking crack, or was there a commercial by the My Pillow guy hawking his autobiography ‘From crack addict to CEO’ - and the book comes with a discount coupon for a My Pillow!  ....Yay?

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Just now, Kiki777 said:

Was I smoking crack, or was there a commercial by the My Pillow guy hawking his autobiography ‘From crack addict to CEO’ - and the book comes with a discount coupon for a My Pillow!  ....Yay?

I was about to comment on that commercial myself. Just...why? 

And he says something at one point about using math to prove the existence of God or something, too, which...okay. 

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15 hours ago, Annber03 said:

I was about to comment on that commercial myself. Just...why? 

And he says something at one point about using math to prove the existence of God or something, too, which...okay. 

Yes, I see. So, a crackhead pillow salesman used math (or was it meth?) to prove something all the professional mathematicians, astronomers and philosophers have not been able to do? Sounds legit.

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On 5/4/2020 at 3:27 PM, Browncoat said:

You should watch "Better Off Dead" -- the paper boy in that movie breaks a window with every paper he throws.

The kid who played the paperboy really did break that window with a newspaper. 

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On 5/3/2020 at 1:53 PM, Kiki777 said:

There’s a Pepto commercial where this woman is feeling icky on a plane and the flight attendants sing the infamous Pepto jingle.   But when they get to ‘diarrhea’ this one dude sings it solo and like REALLY croons it with everything he’s got.  And I’m like: poor guy! He thinks ‘diarrhea’ is gonna be his big break.  Some record exec’s gonna be like Hey somebody find me Diarrhea Guy, he’s gonna be the next big thing!

I love the Diarrhea Guy, I crack up every time. He looks nothing like my friend who is a flight attendant, but I think of my friend every time I see the ad.

Now, what does a purple cow have to do with Experion/Experian? I know where "purple cow" came from but what does it have to do with a cell phone company? Isn't that what Experion/Experian/however it's spelled, is?

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47 minutes ago, friendperidot said:

Now, what does a purple cow have to do with Experion/Experian? I know where "purple cow" came from but what does it have to do with a cell phone company? Isn't that what Experion/Experian/however it's spelled, is?

No, Experian is  website that can help you boost your credit rating. I don't know what a purple cow is, and I have no idea what it has to do with boosting credit ratings, so I am also perplexed.

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21 minutes ago, chessiegal said:

No, Experian is  website that can help you boost your credit rating. I don't know what a purple cow is, and I have no idea what it has to do with boosting credit ratings, so I am also perplexed.

Sorry, can't help myself:

Purple Cow

by Gelett Burgess
Published in The Lark, 1895

I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one.
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I'd rather see than be one.

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On 5/4/2020 at 7:05 PM, Annber03 said:

I was about to comment on that commercial myself. Just...why? 

And he says something at one point about using math to prove the existence of God or something, too, which...okay. 

I was thinking about posting my annoyances with the former crackhead My Pillow guy in the annoyance thread until I him mentioned here. That commercial comes on more than once while watching a favorite game show 25 Words or Less daily which only lasts 30 minutes. I only had it in me to watch with the sound up the first time I saw it. He sounds like a crazy person in the commercial so I don't want to fathom how much worse things were when he was an active crack addict. 

Maybe he was a nut even before he got caught up in the drug world too. He creeps me out so bad and also visually reminds me of a thinner version of the character Paul Bearer from the WWF (now WWE). I want to take the damn cross he wears on that chain which is always placed over the collar in the front on his shirts and make him eat it. I'm 99.9% sure he started using the thing as a ploy to get more sales while doing pillow infomercials before he made it to the shopping channels too. Like how some people try and use the fact that they are a Christian to show they are trustworthy......

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All right, well, that picture's gonna give me nightmares, thanks.

I didn't even know he was a drug addict until people started talking about that part of things here, but that's an interesting detail.

23 minutes ago, Jaded said:

I want to take the damn cross he wears on that chain which is always placed over the collar in the front on his shirts and make him eat it. I'm 99.9% sure he started using the thing as a ploy to get more sales while doing pillow infomercials before he made it to the shopping channels too. Like how some people try and use the fact that they are a Christian to show they are trustworthy.......

Mmhm. Similar to the people you often hear about on "Dateline", the "church-going folks" who turn out to have committed some horrible crime. 

There's more I could say about him, but that would get into politics, so I'll just stop there. 

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13 hours ago, chessiegal said:

No, Experian is  website that can help you boost your credit rating. I don't know what a purple cow is, and I have no idea what it has to do with boosting credit ratings, so I am also perplexed.

Experian is one of the three major consumer credit bureaus.  When various companies pull reports on consumers before approving loans, credit cards, etc., Experian is one of the ones they pull.

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Paul Bearer! @Jaded, that made my day! He was at the first live WWF (as was) event I went to.

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I really don't get this US Cellular commercial where one guy in the parking garage is talking to this other guy at the US Cellular office, except there's no sound.  There's background music, and they're both moving their mouths like they're talking, but no voices.  I thought it was my TV at first, but there's background music!  I have no idea what they're trying to tell me with that.  

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3 hours ago, Browncoat said:

I really don't get this US Cellular commercial where one guy in the parking garage is talking to this other guy at the US Cellular office, except there's no sound.  There's background music, and they're both moving their mouths like they're talking, but no voices.  I thought it was my TV at first, but there's background music!  I have no idea what they're trying to tell me with that.  

Reminds me of the hospital I was just in - the NBC affiliate doesn't have any sound. Except for a continual 24/7 Hispanic radio station that has NO relation whatsoever to what channel 11 is showing.  And that was after I was off the morphine.

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Coderlady, thank you, I know that's where the "purple" cow came from from, but I still do not see the connection between a cow - purple or otherwise - and a credit company. And Poserpina65, it's not a very effective ad for the product if people don't know what they are advertising for, whether it's a credit reporting service or a cell phone. And if I ever did give 2 flying figs for what they were advertising, I now really don't. It's still a really stupid ad.

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I’m in that weird limbo area between scratching my head and getting stabby. The commercial? Trolli gummy worms crawling on a discount version of Groot. Why, just why? It’s not whimsical; it’s creepy.

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Okay, I’ll be watching a show on Hulu, and there’s an ad at beginning. That’s not the head-scratching part. But the ad is for the actual show I’m about to watch. Why spend your ad budget on that?  You’ve already got me!  Wouldn’t it make more sense to show me an ad for a “you may also like” show?

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1 hour ago, SoMuchTV said:

Okay, I’ll be watching a show on Hulu, and there’s an ad at beginning. That’s not the head-scratching part. But the ad is for the actual show I’m about to watch. Why spend your ad budget on that?  You’ve already got me!  Wouldn’t it make more sense to show me an ad for a “you may also like” show?

I cannot get used to advertising a show that comes on another network. I know that a company and own a lot of different " channels " but it just seems odd to say " Don't stay here watching this go to another channel ".  Of course I am old and had only 3 channels to choose from growing up.

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20 hours ago, crazycatlady58 said:

Of course I am old and had only 3 channels to choose from growing up.

“You know how many channels we had when we were kids?  Three!  And if the President was on, your night was shot!”[/Foxworthy]

Sometimes, when I’m watching the daily noon-4 pm mini-marathon of The Incredible Dr. Pol on Nat Geo Wild, there’ll be a promo for...the daily mini-marathon of The Incredible Dr. Pol.

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I've heard this one for a couple of weeks now, (I don't watch tv, I mostly listen), for Healthy Wager where people bet on their weight loss. I'm not sure exactly how it works and I really don't care enough to waste time going to their website and reading the small print, but from the ads, I gather that you pay into the pot and place a bet on how much you will lose. I don't know if that's a one time bet or a weekly bet. I'm sure the lure is the possibility of winning some pretty good money, $2,000 - $5,000. But it seems like those who've won that big money have lost a lot of weight, around 50 lbs. That's not an easy weight loss and it doesn't happen overnight. What I'm puzzled about is how is this all achieved. I'm guessing there has to be a lot of people who don't make it, pay their money and then find they can't do it, so they drop out. And it sort of smells like some kind of Ponzi scheme to me. Somebody, somewhere has to be making a lot of money. And I don't think it's necessarily the people who have 50 lbs to lose. 

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On 5/8/2020 at 1:21 PM, friendperidot said:

Coderlady, thank you, I know that's where the "purple" cow came from from, but I still do not see the connection between a cow - purple or otherwise - and a credit company. And Poserpina65, it's not a very effective ad for the product if people don't know what they are advertising for, whether it's a credit reporting service or a cell phone. And if I ever did give 2 flying figs for what they were advertising, I now really don't. It's still a really stupid ad.

I didn't say it was an  effective commercial.  I don't much like it myself.

 

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On 5/6/2020 at 4:59 AM, Jaded said:

I want to take the damn cross he wears on that chain which is always placed over the collar in the front on his shirts and make him eat it.

I'm inclined to grab that part of the chain that is so awkwardly and obviously showing and give it a GOOD twist, and yank. Just till he howls. Freaking Pharisee. 

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On 5/5/2020 at 2:52 PM, Cobalt Stargazer said:

I'm just not sure what to think.
 

 

I don't get it. What's the problem?

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1 hour ago, peacheslatour said:

I don't get it. What's the problem?

I was confused because it starts in what looks like an office setting, then moves to a public cafeteria. Maybe more women do that in public than I thought? I don't know.

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