Susan Bennett, the voice of Siri, also was the voice of many other things such as the voice of the public address system at Delta Airlines, or for television advertisements for many major companies like Ford, McDonald's, and the Home Depot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sus…
In late 2005, Sony hired graffiti artists to spray-paint advertisements on buildings for their latest gaming console, the PSP, in seven major U.S. cities, including New York City, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Today I learned of a 1993 proposal to build a giant advertising billboard in outer space that would appear roughly the same size and brightness as the moon. The project didnt meet funding and inspired a bill to ban all advertisement in outer space. wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_…
Cadbury's Flake chocolate bar gained some notoriety for its highly sensual advertising. In the UK, the advertisements showed people – almost always women – enjoying a Flake whilst relaxing. The Flake Girl became famous as a symbol of indulgence and secret pleasure en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas holds the record for most advertisements by one person in history, appearing in over 800 commercials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The smallest McDonald's in the world is in Sweden and it functions as a haven for bees. The tiny eatery is a fully functioning beehive. The restaurant is complete with a McDonald's sign, a "drive-thru," a patio with seating, and advertisements on the windows. insider.com/mcdonalds-ope…
The world's first television commercial aired on July 1, 1941was only 10 seconds long, and was an advertisement for Bulova watches. It cost the company a total of $9. businessinsider.com/first…
The famous "Florence Y'all" water tower in Florence, KY, originally read "Florence Mall." However, since the Florence Mall hadn't been built yet, the Highway Bureau declared the advertisement unlawful. Instead of repainting the entire tower, they simply repainted one letter on the cheap en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
Kim Kardashian was paid to post a selfie on Instagram and Twitter advertising a pharmaceutical product. Sent to 42 million followers on Instagram and 32 million on Twitter, this illegal advertisement did not contain any risk information or language specifying that it was a paid endorsement. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
In 2015, Martin Scorsese directed a 16-minute short film called β€œThe Audition” that served as an advertisement for a Chinese casino. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, with a cameo appearance from Brad Pitt. The budget was $70 million. bestentertainmentreviews.…
The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 was passed after art dealer was caught lying about the source of hjs artwork, effectively classifying unverifiable claims of Indian heritage as false advertisement. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
During the 2018 World Cup, Burger King released an advertisement promising to give a cash prize of $47,000 and a lifetime supply of whoppers to any Russian woman that got pregnant by a World Cup player to ensure Russia's success. usatoday.com/story/sports…
KMart used to have their own dial up internet service called BlueLight Internet. The service was cheaper than the major competitor at the time, AOL, and offered customers unlimited service and no banner advertisements. transformco.com/press-rel…
The Italian liqueur manufacturer Amaretto ran an advertisement campaign where almond scented aerosol was spread in London Underground stations, which smells just like cyanide gas. edition.cnn.com/2002/WORL…
Paul and Linda McCartney used to take full-page advertisements showing John Lennon and Yoko Ono wearing clown costumes and wrapped up in a bag in order to mock them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
The phrase, "It does exactly what it says on the tin" is a registered trademark of the Sherwin-Williams Company, and has been in their advertisements since 1994. In 2004, Colgate used a copycat advertising campaign in Ireland stating that its product "does exactly what it says on the tube". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doe…
The Russian Standard Bank was founded by entrepreneur Roustam Tariko in the 90s to circumvent the advertisement ban of alcohol in Russia and promote his Vodka, the Russian Standard. Today, it is the largest consumer bank in Russia and Tariko is one of the most successful bankers in Europe. wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia…
Actors who have used drugs, visited prostitutes, or broken the law are not allowed to appear on television, movies, or other forms of broadcast (radio and advertisement) in China bbc.com/news/world-asia-c…
The first known appearance of the phrase "Taco Tuesday" is in the October 16, 1933, edition of the El Paso Herald-Post, in an advertisement for the White Star Cafeteria at the St. Regis Hotel. aei.org/technology-and-in…
Some countries require its citizens to pay a "TV license" if they intend to watch select television broadcasts. This allows broadcasters to raise fund for their services without having to show advertisements. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel…
During the production of Schindler's List (1993), to gather costumes for the more than 20,000 extras, the costume designer took out advertisements seeking clothes from the 1930s and 40's. Economic conditions were so poor in Poland, many people were eager to sell their clothing. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The first advertisement for coffee was in 1652. It did not contain pictures, but a lengthy description including the source of the beans, how they were brewed, and the benefits of caffeine for business men. businessinsider.com/this-…
A bizarre incident involving a fictitious write-in candidacy occurred in the small town of PicoazΓ‘, Ecuador in 1967. A company ran a series of campaign-themed advertisements for a foot powder called Pulvapies. Pulvapies ended up receiving the most votes in the election en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wri…
UHaul rarely runs advertisements. The founder viewed having trucks all over the road with his logo on it as the only advertising he needed. myuhaulstory.com/2017/07/…
Today I learned about Painless Parker, a flamboyant street dentist who, among a list of other hijinks, legally changed his name to that after being accused of breaking false advertisement law by claiming that his dentistry was truly painless en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pai…
In 1963 The Rolling Stones recorded a song just for the use in a Rice Krispies advertisement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Today I learned about Osborne Bulls, iconic bull-shaped billboards found on highways throughout Spain that once served as advertisements for Vetenaro brandy. First erected during the 1950s, The billboards have become something of a national symbol in Spain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osb…
In 2007, Louis Vuitton stopped the tradition of featuring actors and models and the first person included in a Louis Vuitton advertisement that year was the former leader of USSR, Mikhail Gorbachew nytimes.com/2007/11/05/bu…
Helen Sharman, the first British astronaut came from Mars. The Mars company that is. She replied to a radio advertisement in 1989 to get the space fairing job. britannica.com/biography/…
The CIA funded modern art, including works by Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, as an advertisement of American culture during the Cold War against the Soviets. bbc.com/culture/story/201…
Today I learned of the "DDT is good for me-e-e!" advertisement from 1947, recommending the use of DDT on people, pets, produce, and animals. DDT was later banned in 1972 after Rachel Carlson exposed the chemical companies and DDT's health affects with the book "Silent Spring". digital.sciencehistory.or…
The Iroquois Theater in Chicago was billed as "Absolutely Fireproof" in advertisements when it opened. It lasted 37 days before being destroyed in what is still the deadliest single-building fire in U.S. history, leaving 602 dead and 250 injured. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iro…
The music used in the "You wouldn't steal a car" anti-piracy advertisement was pirated abc.net.au/science/articl…
Johnny Cash's family refused to allow "Ring of Fire" to be used in an advertisement for hemorrhoid-relief cbsnews.com/news/cold-wat…
Kim Kardashian was paid to post a selfie on Instagram and Twitter advertising a pharmaceutical product. Sent to 42 million followers on Instagram and 32 million on Twitter, this illegal advertisement did not contain any risk information or language specifying that it was a paid endorsement. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
Some companies outsource the creation of advertisements to groups made specifically to make those companies look like they care about an issue (gender equality, environmentalism, etc.) It's called "cause marketing." causemarketing.com/
A Mitsubishi executive saw the music video for "Days Go By" in a hotel room, and personally tracked the group down to procure rights to feature the song in an advertisement. American brand awareness for Mitsubishi went from 44% to 60% following the use of the song in the 2002 commercial. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day…
Today I learned of a 1993 proposal to build a giant advertising billboard in outer space that would appear roughly the same size and brightness as the moon. The project didnt meet funding and inspired a bill to ban all advertisement in outer space. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Companies aren’t allowed to use the words β€œSuper Bowl” in their advertisements due to copyrights, so it is called β€œThe Big Game” in all commercials finance.yahoo.com/news/wh…
After the false rumors that mixing Pop Rocks with soda could cause death, General Foods sent letters to school principals, created open letters to parents, took out advertisements in major publications, and sent the inventor on the road to explain Pop Rocks are not dangerous. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
The city of Sao Paolo passed a "Clean City Law" a decade ago banning outdoor advertisements. Over 300,000 ostentatious business signs, billboards, posters, bus and taxi ads were taken down. Removing ads revealed civic issues, including hidden slums previously masked by adverts. 99percentinvisible.org/ar…
Producers Sid and Marty Krofft sued McDonalds in 1977 claiming H.R. Pufnstuf had been infringed by a series of "McDonaldland" advertisements including character Mayor McCheese who, like H.R. Pufnstuf, was a mayor with an disproportionately large round head. The Kroffts won over $1M in damages. wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid_%2…
Honda revealed the shape of the B2 Bomber weeks before the government declassified it, in a car advertisement. jalopnik.com/how-honda-re…
Ameican women didn't start shaving their armpits until 1915... this sudden change was due to an advertisement in Harper's Bazaar fashion magazine. It was so effective that now 90% of US women shave their pits. history.barnard.edu/sites…
Most watch advertisements have the time set at 10:10, because the watch hands mimic a happy face making consumers more likely to buy dmkthinks.org/blog/advert…
The phrase "23, skidoo" (meaning "getting out while the getting's good) was one of the first ubiquitous catchphrases in the United States. It began to spread rapidly in 1906, appearing in advertisements and plays across the country. There was even a door #23 on the Titanic referred to as such! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/23_…
Pepsi was one of the first to advertise directly to African-Americans, with advertisements in the 1940s portraying them as "self-confident middle-class citizens", as well as the hiring of an all-black sales team to promote Pepsi around the country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pep…
Luigi Denza composed FuniculΓ¬, FuniculΓ  in 1880 as an advertisement for a cable car ride. Other composers, such as Richard Strauss, incorporated the melody into their own works, mistakenly assuming the song was a traditional Italian folk song. Denza successfully sued Strauss for royalties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fun…
The world’s largest advertisement was Citroen’s 1925-1934 advert using the Eiffel tower; for almost a decade, the word β€œCitroen” was emblazoned vertically on the tower. 250,000 lightbulbs and 600 kilometres of electric cable were used to make the 30-metre-high letters. solosophie.com/largest-ad…
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints purchased advertisements in many playbills for the musical "The Book of Mormon", with phrases like "The book is always better" and "you've seen the play, now read the book." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

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