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_…
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…
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.…
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…
Rolex advertisements always photograph their watches at 10:10:31, and if the clock has a calendar, the date is always Monday 28th. ethoswatches.com/the-watc…
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 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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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 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-…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Honda revealed the shape of the B2 Bomber weeks before the government declassified it, in a car advertisement. jalopnik.com/how-honda-re…
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_…
The time on analog watches in advertisements are set to 10:10, which represents a smiley face to induce positive feelings. nytimes.com/2008/11/28/bu…
George Clooney used to spend the money he earned from Nespresso advertisement on a satellite that would spy on the Sudan dictator Omar al-Bashir parade.com/59699/viannguy…
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…
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…
The German Empire during World War I bought advertisements in American newspapers warning not to board ships that were heading to British waters. The RMS Lusitania was sunk in British waters months later while secretly carrying explosives, plunging America into the war. todayinhistory.blog/2018/…
In 1999 Pizza Hutt Inc. bought space for its logo on the Russian rocket carrying the living quarters section of the International Space Station. The 30-foot advertisement was placed on the 200-foot proton rocket which would put the essential piece of infrastructure into orbit. whitelabelspace.com/2008/…
That the Seven Wonders of the World were written about by Philo of Byzantium as an advertisement to sightseers ancient.eu/The_Seven_Wond…
1830's advertisements to entice people to move to Houston Texas, show the town as a bustling port city nestled next to a range of mountains, despite the port not built yet and the closest mountain over 500 miles away. houstonchronicle.com/loca…
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…
Almost every advertisement photograph for wrist watches has the time set to 10:10 so the hands "perfectly frame" the brands logo independent.co.uk/news/me…
When Coca-Cola created the modern image of Santa Claus in their advertisements, Santa was depicted without a wedding ring, causing fans to write to Coca-Cola asking whether he was still married to Mrs. Claus. coca-colacompany.com/stor…
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…
Matt Groening hated the Simpson's/The Critic crossover episode "A Star is Burns", believing that it "violates the Simpson's universe", and was an advertisement for The Critic. He even tried to get the episode pulled from the air, and removed his name from the credits when he failed to do so. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_S…
The city of Sao Paolo implemented a "Clean City Law" in 2006, which banned all outdoor advertisements. No billboards, no ads on buses, no posters. This 'uncovered' problems such as illegal workers living in bad conditions but also lead to more street art and more visible city architecture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cid…
In the 1980's, a one letter typo cost the Yellow Pages $10 million when they misprinted a travel agency's advertisement for 'exotic vacations" as "erotic vacations" grammarly.com/blog/extrem…
Pepsi ran an advertisement promising a Harrier jet to anyone who collected 7,000,000 Pepsi Points, a gag that backfired when a participant attempted to take advantage of the ability to buy additional points for 10 cents each to claim a jet for $700,000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McD…
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has advertised in the playbill for the β€œThe Book of Mormon” musical. One advertisement says β€œYou’ve seen the play…now read the book.” Another reads β€œThe book is always better.” universe.byu.edu/2012/09/…
Dictator Robert Mugabe tried to stop a critic of Zimbabwe's hyperinflation by levying ridiculous taxes on his newspaper; the writer retaliated with advertisements printed on trillion-dollar-bills, which was cheaper than actual paper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 2008, Doritos beamed a 30-second advertisement into a planetary system 42 light years away, in collaboration with EISCAT Space Center in Norway. wikiwand.com/en/Doritos
That, following the introduction of the double-blade razor, the first-ever episode of "Saturday Night Live" featured a fake advertisement for a triple-blade razor, with the slogan: "Because you'll believe anything." snltranscripts.jt.org/75/…
Mel Brooks produced The Elephant Man & The Fly, he purposely left his name off out the advertisements so people didn't think they were comedies. moviefone.com/2011/10/19/…
US Flag Code prohibits the use of the flag on any form of apparel, or in any advertisement. gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-…
TBS speeds up reruns of Seinfeld (and other shows) for more room to show advertisements nydailynews.com/entertain…
In the 1970s, President Nixon helped arrange a deal where Pepsi Co. attained exclusive rights in the Soviet Union for 20 years, which infuriated Coca-Cola, who had refused to participate in an exhibition in Moscow in 1959. Nikita Khrushchev held a Pepsi in his hands and became an advertisement. youtu.be/2fluoWku6Vw
In 2008, a 30 second Doritos television advertisement was beamed by radar to a solar system 42 lightyears away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EIS…
The first use of the phrase "May the Fourth be with you" was by a Danish political party which placed a congratulatory advertisement in The London Evening News when Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister on May 4th 1979, "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Mythbusters were not allowed to make an episode about how trackable and hackable RFID chips are due to credit card companies threatening to pull advertisement from Discovery. youtube.com/watch?NR=1&am…
The BBC is required by law not to run advertisements bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc/ins…
Four years after his death from prostate cancer, British comedian Bob Monkhouse was digitally re-animated to appear in a public service advertisement about prostate cancer. He walks past his own real tombstone and jokes that prostate cancer β€œkills more men than my wife’s cooking.” theguardian.com/media/200…
There has been a movement in Australia since 1979, called BUGA, which utilizes graffiti artists to combat unhealthy billboard advertisements. bugaup.org/index.html
A famous photo of a man dying of AIDS was popularized after being used in an advertisement for a clothing company time.com/3503000/behind-t…
Matthew McConaughey's Lincoln commercials were only minimally scripted, and was influenced by McConaughey not wanting them to "sound like an advertisement." pursuitist.com/behind-the…
Watches have been traditionally set to 10:10 in advertisements since the 20s swisswatchwire.com/2013/0…
The pictures of ice cream in advertisements are really mashed potatoes because they don't melt prdaily.com/Main/Articles…
Advertisements used to be played after the movie - hence the name "trailer" joblo.com/movie-news/cmon…
Today I learned of Vin Mariani an alcoholic wine mixed with coca leaves served as a medicine in France to give energy to the drinker. Advertisements for Vin Mariani claimed that it would restore health, strength, energy, and vitality. atlasobscura.com/foods/vi…
Breakfast is not the most important meal of your day, and that this saying was promoted by advertisements within the early 20th century. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Ice cream in advertisements is actually mash potatoes and that white glue is often substituted for milk as well. mentalfloss.com/article.p…
Coca-Cola first polar bear print advertisement appeared in France in 1922. coca-colacompany.com/stor…
Today I learned of GWEI, a plan to make Google eat itself. It generates money by serving Google text advertisements on a network of hidden websites, then uses this money to buy Google shares. Google buys itself with its own advertisement, and--the kicker--GWEI is "owned" by the public. gwei.org/index.php
Watches in advertisements are nearly always set to 10:10, because it makes the watch look "happy." petapixel.com/2013/06/27/…
A restaurant once coupled an advertisement for a new dessert range with an apology for killing a customer with a nut allergy itv.com/news/tyne-tees/20…
NestlΓ© has a sordid history including price fixing, deliberately misleading advertisements, melamine and e coli poisoning, child slave labor use, and causing the death of countless third world children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nes…
Coca-Cola's 'Dasani' water was widely ridiculed in the UK for its advertisements referring to it as "bottled spunk", which, for those who are unaware, is the UK equivalent to the term "cum". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
The City of SΓ£o Paulo bans any public forms of advertisements. The law called "Clean City Law" or "antibillboard" which aims for a cleaner, more serene environment. worldculturepictorial.com…
According the the Flag Code, the American Flag should never be used for advertisement purposes in any manner whatsoever. usa-flag-site.org/forum/p…
A contestant on The Price Is Right dropped three chips into the Plinko board which all landed in the $10,000 slot, because fishing lines used to rig the game were accidentally left in after an advertisement was taped. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
In the 1939 film "The Women", no men or even male animals or portraits appear on-screen. The only visibly male creatures are a drawing of a bull and an advertisement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
(almost) all watches in advertisements are set to 10:10 because, among other things, the manufacturers logo is usually in the top-centre and so it's nicely framed by the hands mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Syndicated television is slightly sped up to allow more time for advertisements cbsnews.com/news/cable-ne…
TBS increased the speed of Seinfeld reruns by 7.5% to get an extra two minutes of advertisement snopes.com/radiotv/tv/sei…
LifeLock CEO Todd Davis, whose number is displayed in the company's ubiquitous advertisements, has been a victim of identity theft at least 13 times since airing that commercial. wired.com/2010/05/lifeloc…
It is legal to stamp political messages on American dollar bills but not commercial advertisements stampstampede.org/faq/yes…
In 1986, Silo ran an advertisement for a stereo system that cost "299 bananas". Costumers took this literally, costing the store $10,465. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
The wildly popular chicken shooting game Moorhuhn (e. Crazy Chicken) was originally designed as an advertisement for Johnny Walker whisky en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moo…
Doritos beamed a 30 second advertisement to the constellation Ursa Major (42 light years away) in the year 2008 le.ac.uk/ebulletin-archiv…
The Ernest P Worrell character was created by a Nashville ad agency for various local advertisements that promoted things like milk and car dealerships. youtu.be/LQsIFKKHn34
Some old folks home have fake bus stops to trick senile patients, and some even go as far as to have advertisements from 30 years ago in the bus stops! dw.de/bus-stops-at-old-pe…
It is illegal in Ohio for alcohol advertisements to represent, portray, or make any reference to Santa Claus. codes.ohio.gov/oac/4301:1…
The United States and New Zealand are the only countries that allow direct-to-consumer advertisement of pharmaceuticals fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesFo…
The Stand by Your Ad provision is a federal act requiring candidates to state "I approved this message" in all political advertisements, to discourage them from making controversial claims or attack ads. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
In 2008 Doritos beamed a 30-second advertisement into a planetary system 42 light years away, towards a distant star within the Ursa Major constellation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…

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