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20 hours ago, TattleTeeny said:

Not sunshine and rainbows, but neither are a whole bunch of other things that end up on a counter. Again, the easy solution: just clean it before using it (and do people wipe down their chairs every day? Probably not).

My  SIL does. I don't know why she's like that, but my mom was fairly casual and un-tidy. My brother, now 76, rebelled against this as soon as he got his own place. NOTHING is not put away. Their home looks like it's ready for an Open House at any moment. I'm about half-way between Mom and Joe.  They even take their placemats off the table and dangle them over the backs of the chairs. I don't get that at all.  Cats were NEVER allowed on the counters, but they seem to have gotten over that, so there's disinfectant spray used frequently in the kitchen.

Yet she has no compunctions about putting her purse on the floor. And then on the counter.  Go figure.

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I hate the Tide commercial with the father that says "Around here, no one ever does it" and the sons are throwing french fries with Ketchup at each other, while denying they did anything.     

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50 minutes ago, CrazyInAlabama said:

I hate the Tide commercial with the father that says "Around here, no one ever does it" and the sons are throwing french fries with Ketchup at each other, while denying they did anything.     

I hate it too.

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Cats were NEVER allowed on the counters, but they seem to have gotten over that

I got over it too. While I still shoo them if I catch them, I don't really care all that much (because, like I said, I always clean the counter before I use it anyway--it's a reflex at this point). In my last apartment, my cat loved the sunny spot on the counter. She was the best-behaved cat I ever had, so I felt like, "if it means that much to you..." (plus, that counter always got dusty when the window was open; it was above the parking lot. So again, I was always wiping it down). Here, my two boys like to sit on top of the refrigerator, but they need the counter to get up and down. And of course, I have no idea where they go when I'm asleep or when I'm not here.

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2 hours ago, TattleTeeny said:

I got over it too. While I still shoo them if I catch them, I don't really care all that much (because, like I said, I always clean the counter before I use it anyway--it's a reflex at this point). In my last apartment, my cat loved the sunny spot on the counter. She was the best-behaved cat I ever had, so I felt like, "if it means that much to you..." (plus, that counter always got dusty when the window was open; it was above the parking lot. So again, I was always wiping it down). Here, my two boys like to sit on top of the refrigerator, but they need the counter to get up and down. And of course, I have no idea where they go when I'm asleep or when I'm not here.

I've had many cats. I've literally never had them get on the counter.

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I've only had the three I mentioned care about the counters, for their own specific reasons (that was a pretty good sun spot, in her defense, haha! She would "follow" the sun throughout the day). These two goons mainly use it as the stepping-stone to the refrigerator (to peer down on us in superiority, I guess). I have, on occasion, plopped them up there in a "OMG, what do you have in your mouth?!" moment. (Lint--the answer is usually lint. WHY?!)

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OK, what kind of question is “should I use a toothpaste that whitens my teeth or one that is good for my teeth?” Why would that even be a question!? If you’re so vain that you’d rather whiten than protect (assuming that the whitening one isn’t also “good for”), than you’re probably in for a rude awakening later. And if it’s a big concern, just use both.

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Anyone else want to smack the dude in his podcast studios wearing his Princess Leia headphones and barking at is about the market?   I hate that podcast cadence to begin with, but to magnify his annoying-ness he Bob's around like he's got an electric current running through him.  Like dude, take a Ritalin or something.  

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8 hours ago, Maverick said:

Anyone else want to smack the dude in his podcast studios wearing his Princess Leia headphones and barking at is about the market?   I hate that podcast cadence to begin with, but to magnify his annoying-ness he Bob's around like he's got an electric current running through him.  Like dude, take a Ritalin or something.  

I can't stand him. He reminds me of AM radio blowhards.

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On 6/25/2020 at 4:08 PM, CrystalBlue said:

That's basically Advertising 101.  Repeat, repeat, repeat so people remember.  Haven't you ever wished the phone number to call was given 15 more times in the commercial so you too could write that number down and Call Today! or call Now!?  😄

The other Ad Agency Handbook basics are:

Make it humorous (when appropriate) and

Sex sells.

The repeat phraseof a commercial cuts no ice for me.  I find if they repeat it too much, I usually cannot remember what product  they were trying to sell me!   

First rule of failure of an ad!!!!!!

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On 6/27/2020 at 6:24 PM, Kiki777 said:

This commercial bugs me.  Firstly, the music is a weird fit and I still associate it with those beer commercials.  Secondly, some of these dresses look like Grandma’s housecoat.

If they look this bad on tall,  thin girls, I don't want to think about how they look on me

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On 7/2/2020 at 5:33 PM, meep.meep said:

I have stopped watching Animal Planet at lunch time because they insist on running this ad for the Humane Society that is at least 5 minutes long and consists of some woman in a plaintive voice telling over and over how terrible the lives of animals are and begging us to donate.  It makes me want to do the opposite, although I suppose that would be actually opening my own puppy mill, so probably not.  What's wrong with puppies and kittens are cute and fun - send us some money so we can keep them alive?

Oh, good idea about happy and safe animals shown.  It would encourage me to donate more if there was a discrete message about all animals should be treated as pets and be healthy, not in puppy mills. etc.    Make that suggestion to the proper people please (the advertiser).  Brilliant!!!!!   As soon as I hear the music for those ads, I go wash the dishes in my sink or fold laundry.  So heartbreaking if you love animals as I do.    Side note.   Who is the narrator (woman) on one of them they repeat constantly.  I have a few thoughts, but cannot pin it down.  Drives me nuts.   Anyone????

15 hours ago, TattleTeeny said:

I've only had the three I mentioned care about the counters, for their own specific reasons (that was a pretty good sun spot, in her defense, haha! She would "follow" the sun throughout the day). These two goons mainly use it as the stepping-stone to the refrigerator (to peer down on us in superiority, I guess). I have, on occasion, plopped them up there in a "OMG, what do you have in your mouth?!" moment. (Lint--the answer is usually lint. WHY?!)

Spoken like a true cat (or dog or human) parent

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On 7/2/2020 at 6:57 PM, icemiser69 said:

Similar commercials are on a whole bunch of channels from a variety of organizations.  I find them all horribly depressing. 

I have to dive for the remote when CNN repeatedly plays the ASPCA commercials. I can't handle it. 

19 hours ago, CrazyInAlabama said:

I hate the Tide commercial with the father that says "Around here, no one ever does it" and the sons are throwing french fries with Ketchup at each other, while denying they did anything.     

I don't see any humor in giving a pass to kids who say "I didn't do it," when they are being watched. Even if not being watched, encouraging lying is just not cool. Stupid parents. It reminds me of cases on Judge Judy in which two or three different neighbors with no ax to grind say, "I saw Jimmy scratch Mabel's car," and Jimmy's mother says, "My son said he didn't do it and I believe him." Gah. 

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Oh my goodness, I saw a diaper commercial touting the elastic leg holes and it was so creepy! It showed a finger, like...moving beneath the length of the leg hole (with a leg in it) to emphasize the amazing stretchiness, I guess. But it was in slow motion and just looked somehow inappropriate as hell! Ick. It was as bad as as some old toothpaste commercial that showed a lady running her tongue across the front of her top teeth, which just looked incredibly dumb. 

I like all of the dresses in the H&M video, except both pink ones. I like the color pink; I just don't like the cuts and/or fabrics of those two.

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Speaking of diaper commercials that damn Huggies one with the lady in full labor screaming is back. 😫

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19 hours ago, oceanview said:

 Who is the narrator (woman) on one of them they repeat constantly. 

Laurie Metcalf.

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On 7/3/2020 at 12:40 PM, Prevailing Wind said:

Yet she has no compunctions about putting her purse on the floor. And then on the counter.  Go figure.

When I started carrying a purse my mom taught me the golden rule: If you wouldn't set your shoes there, you shouldn't set your purse there.

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On 7/3/2020 at 5:50 PM, CrazyInAlabama said:

I hate the Tide commercial with the father that says "Around here, no one ever does it" and the sons are throwing french fries with Ketchup at each other, while denying they did anything.     

There seems to be a glut of commercials where children run their households, and the parents have no control over what their children do.  In many cases, the parents have to bribe their children to get them to do what their parents want them to do.  That sends a horrible message.

IIRC, there is a commercial where children are fake fighting in the backseat of the car just so their mom will toss them a couple of bags of Frito-Lay type items.

So, now they are selling Shamwow masks all by themselves.   I don't think I would be able to where one of those with the logo on the front of it.

On 7/5/2020 at 4:58 PM, chessiegal said:

Call me quirky, but clean my kitchen counters before I use them, and afterwards,

I would love to get one of those lights that would show exactly how clean I am getting the table after wiping it down.  Sponges can get pretty gross.

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32 minutes ago, icemiser69 said:

I would love to get one of those lights that would show exactly how clean I am getting the table after wiping it down.  Sponges can get pretty gross.

I'm not so sure I would want to know. If I am doing my best and it isn't enough...what does one do? I periodically nuke my sponge in the microwave to sanitize it.

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On 6/27/2020 at 4:54 PM, CrystalBlue said:

If the Pillsbury Dough Boy was standing on the kitchen floor, he'd get squashed when someone walked in! 

Somehow the Geico gecko has avoided this fate...

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2 minutes ago, SnarkySheep said:

Somehow the Geico gecko has avoided this fate...

He quite often stands on desks.

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16 hours ago, icemiser69 said:

I would love to get one of those lights that would show exactly how clean I am getting the table after wiping it down.  Sponges can get pretty gross.

One of my coworkers is such a germaphobe, she actually went online and bought this black light thingy, which would allow her to check her hotel rooms when traveling.

Most of us agreed this would make a story worthy of a Stephen King novel.

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On 6/27/2020 at 7:00 PM, Bastet said:

OMG, yes - most of those dresses are hideous, especially that enormous pink frock.

But they could also be used as small pup tents, so there is some value in that.

Don't know if the commercial for Comfort Inn has been mentioned lately.  It features a woman singing "On the Road Again" in an off-tune way that drives me nuts.  Shoot, I can't sing and I would sound better.

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1 hour ago, Ilovecomputers said:

Don't know if the commercial for Comfort Inn has been mentioned lately.  It features a woman singing "On the Road Again" in an off-tune way that drives me nuts.  Shoot, I can't sing and I would sound better.

I've never been a fan of the song.  No matter who sings it, it is like nails on a chalkboard.

I haven't listened to that much of Willie Nelson, I don't know if he has any music that would make me want to sing along or not.  That is probably a good thing, since I have a horrible singing voice.   I am sure my cats are thankful for me not singing.

There seems to be quite a few ads for over the counter anxiety medication of various types, as well as pills to improve memory.  I have seen at least three different product commercials on memory pills alone.

I am getting more and more annoyed at the tiny print at the bottom of the television screen which I can't read.

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On ‎07‎/‎03‎/‎2020 at 1:40 PM, Prevailing Wind said:

Cats were NEVER allowed on the counters, but they seem to have gotten over that, so there's disinfectant spray used frequently in the kitchen.

Perhaps they realized the futility of keeping the cats off the counter.  Because you know they get up there when no one is home to chase them off.

On ‎07‎/‎03‎/‎2020 at 9:12 PM, peacheslatour said:

I've had many cats. I've literally never had them get on the counter.

That you know of.  Who knows what they've done when you weren't home?

On ‎07‎/‎04‎/‎2020 at 12:45 PM, oceanview said:

If they look this bad on tall,  thin girls, I don't want to think about how they look on me

The words "potato sack" come to mind, although about them on me, not you.

 

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That you know of.  Who knows what they've done when you weren't home?

Seriously they were never interested. On every other surface in the house? Hell, yes. Even the bed in the unused guest room.

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I saw a commercial last night featuring a woman who asked whether her insurance shouldn't ensure that her car "gets fixed as good as it was before." There was even text on the screen using that exact gnarly-ass wording.

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My SIL had one of those blacklight things for hotel rooms & got SO grossed out, she stopped using it, because she didn't want to stop travelling.

Same. My strategy for hotels is to first clean all the "finger touch" surfaces (don't forget the drape-puller thing and AC control!) and then later get just drunk enough to make "need to get in the bed" seem like a higher priority than "need to avoid the bed."  

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5 hours ago, SnarkySheep said:

One of my coworkers is such a germaphobe, she actually went online and bought this black light thingy, which would allow her to check her hotel rooms when traveling.

Most of us agreed this would make a story worthy of a Stephen King novel.

Or an NC-17 adaptation of Monk or Murder She Wrote, at least.

At hotels I just throw the bedspread in the corner (which it hopefully won't be able to crawl out of by check-out time) and rely on my frequent handwashing to take care of germs from remotes, AC controls, and such. Except at my favorite B&B, where I know the owners and trust their cleanliness enough to regard it like staying with friends.

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Why so many commercials lately featuring women who haven’t shaved their underarms or legs since the Ice Age?  The ads for “Billy” are the worst; they demonstrate the razor in action, removing a thick clump of gnarly underarm hair. Blech!  No one needs to see THAT to understand what razors are for. 

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I need to know the thing itself is clean or I’d be washing my hands each and every time I changed the channel.

For no reason, I don’t like Daily Harvest Emily one bit. I don’t like the way she eats with a spoon, I don’t like how she starts to open the lid even before the person handing the cup to her even lets go of it, and I especially don’t like they way she sips from a straw! OK, I guess that’s not for NO reason—it’s just no GOOD reason.

Also, I just saw a commercial that started off by asking, “Are you over 50?” It was for a book called Annuity Dos & Dont’s for Baby Boomers. While it’s true that Baby Boomers ARE over 50, it seems like they should update this, considering that the Baby Boomers are the parents of now middle-aged (at least!) Gen X.

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I don't want to fat shame anyone, but the commercial with a big girl dancing around in her panties and bra. And then eating some ice cream. Seriously?  That's just unhealthy, IMO. She's already overweight, and then eating ice cream isn't going to help. Just an odd ad..

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18 hours ago, SnarkySheep said:

Somehow the Geico gecko has avoided this fate...

He probably came closest (to getting squashed) when he took to the dance floor amongst the couples at the country bar in that ad awhile back!

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8 hours ago, QuinnInND said:

I don't want to fat shame anyone, but the commercial with a big girl dancing around in her panties and bra. And then eating some ice cream. Seriously?  That's just unhealthy, IMO. She's already overweight, and then eating ice cream isn't going to help. Just an odd ad..

I have no problem with her dancing or her size.  It is none of my business  

People who maybe overweight, can be overweight for any number of reasons.

Metabolism issues, stress issues, genetics, medications, just to name a few.

I do have a problem with the bowl of ice cream, because that just feeds (no pun intended) into the stereotype that overweight people are gluttons that just sit around continuously shoving bowls of ice cream into their pie holes.  There is nothing wrong with her eating ice cream, but it does give people who fat shame more ammunition to spout off at people who maybe overweight.

That could have been the first bowl of ice cream she has had in over a month.   Given her size, those who fat shame won't look at it that way.  And even if it weren't her first bowl, why is it the business of anyone else?

If it were so easy to lose weight, diet companies wouldn't still be in business.  I think more often than not, being overweight is a symptom of something else going on most often stress.

Get rid of peoples inability to deal with stress and many potential health problems would go away.   Assuming that whatever they are doing to deal with stress hasn't become an addition.

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I’ve seen the commercial to which QuinnInND is referring. The woman is obese—there’s no other way to say it. Yes, she’s dancing around and eating ice cream. I don’t need to review her medical records to know that her excess weight is causing a strain on her joints, heart and other organs.  This makes me think of all the arguments that people use for smoking cigarettes. We can make unhealthy lifestyle choices, but let’s not pretend that those choices don’t come with a price—heart disease, diabetes, shorter lives, etc. 

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9 hours ago, QuinnInND said:

I don't want to fat shame anyone, but the commercial with a big girl dancing around in her panties and bra. And then eating some ice cream. Seriously?  That's just unhealthy, IMO. She's already overweight, and then eating ice cream isn't going to help. Just an odd ad..

What's it a commercial for?  

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1 hour ago, Katy M said:

What's it a commercial for?  

Halo ice cream, a low calorie (but quite expensive) frozen treat.

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11 minutes ago, Mrs. P. said:

Halo ice cream, a low calorie (but quite expensive) frozen treat.

And tastes like crap. Certainly not dance worthy. 

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11 hours ago, Ilovecomputers said:

Why so many commercials lately featuring women who haven’t shaved their underarms or legs since the Ice Age?

Things are different since we've all be in quarantine the past four months...

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Awwww, shave-shmave, I don't care. Of course I say that as someone who is (1) a very lazy shaver, (2) an annoyingly sensitive-skinned person, and (3) relatively hairless but for my head. So carry on--who cares what I think?! 

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15 hours ago, Ilovecomputers said:

Why so many commercials lately featuring women who haven’t shaved their underarms or legs since the Ice Age?  The ads for “Billy” are the worst; they demonstrate the razor in action, removing a thick clump of gnarly underarm hair. Blech!  No one needs to see THAT to understand what razors are for. 

Why are women supposed to be hairless? Except for the thick, shiny, long, bouncy locks on their heads... bah.

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1 hour ago, Ashforth said:

Why are women supposed to be hairless? Except for the thick, shiny, long, bouncy locks on their heads... bah.

Because women are supposed to be hairless, just like women are supposed to have large breasts yet have bodies like 10 year olds.  🤢

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I love those Billie commercials - they're an explicit response to decades worth of commercials in which razors are advertised by women "shaving" already hairless legs.  (Somehow, this is not a problem in razor commercials featuring men - they shave faces with, gasp, stubble on them.  Ya know, showing the product doing what it's being sold to do.)  The fact women have hair on their bodies is not gross, something to be hidden from delicate eyes; body hair is as natural and normal on women as it is on men, and everyone is free to do what they please with theirs. 

 

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Has anyone else noticed in those ads for Shriner's Hospital that that bear is in almost every shot whether it be a blanket (oh so adorable) or the actual teddy bear?

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4 hours ago, Bastet said:

I love those Billie commercials - they're an explicit response to decades worth of commercials in which razors are advertised by women "shaving" already hairless legs.  (Somehow, this is not a problem in razor commercials featuring men - they shave faces with, gasp, stubble on them.  Ya know, showing the product doing what it's being sold to do.)  The fact women have hair on their bodies is not gross, something to be hidden from delicate eyes; body hair is as natural and normal on women as it is on men, and everyone is free to do what they please with theirs. 

 

This is true.  (I haven't seen any Billie commercials yet.)

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2 hours ago, Darlabutterfly said:

Has anyone else noticed in those ads for Shriner's Hospital that that bear is in almost every shot whether it be a blanket (oh so adorable) or the actual teddy bear?

No, but that's interesting.  Apparently the Shriners Hospitals for Children have teddy bears for sale from Build-A-Bear and Vermont Teddy Bear, and more.

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