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I've noticed Liberty Mutual has a couple new commercials that go for humor.  One is a biker with enormous calves and the other is someone in the witness protection program.  I guess LM got the message that the whiners in their commercials were ridiculous (and thoroughly ridiculed) so their ad people decided to embrace the ridiculous.  They aren't really funny so it's still a fail.

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6 hours ago, tinkerbell said:

Kelly Ripa telling me 10 times a day that she found out from Ancestry that she comes from the "toe of that sexy Italian boot"  annoys the hell out of me.  

How did she not know this before?  It's not like her Italian ancestors came over on the Mayflower or crossed the ice bridge at the Bering Strait.  I don't get how any of these people are so unaware of their ethnic background.  How do they think they're German when they're actually Scottish?  Maybe they should spend more time talking to their grandparents and other relatives rather than on DNA tests.

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13 minutes ago, Tom Holmberg said:

How did she not know this before?  It's not like her Italian ancestors came over on the Mayflower or crossed the ice bridge at the Bering Strait.  I don't get how any of these people are so unaware of their ethnic background.  How do they think they're German when they're actually Scottish?  Maybe they should spend more time talking to their grandparents and other relatives rather than on DNA tests.

  Or even doing a search engine deal on name origins which would take not even ten seconds and cost nothing. But then one must consider the source with Miss Ripa- IMO she's an annoying person in general and I somehow don't think she volunteered to do that commercial. 

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Yes, I’m being a nitpicky bluestocking, but I hate the Barnes & Noble commercial that talks about having books for everyone on your list. For the “Victorian,” they show someone reading “Pride and Prejudice.” By the time Queen Victoria was born, Jane Austen had been dead for two years!

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On 12/7/2018 at 12:13 PM, funky-rat said:

What does it for me is that it's Sia, and her voice has an odd timbre, and she doesn't annunciate, so all I hear is "Raow raow raow".  I know she has tons of fans, but I don't care for her.  Same reason I couldn't stand Meghan Trainor.  "Beacau you no I all abou dat bas bow dat bas, no tweble". Ugh.
 

I totally agree with you guys about the raow raow raow song but I love that one song Sia did, Chandelier. And I know you're gonna hate me for it, but I kinda like that Dior commercial with Natalie Portman that uses Chandelier in it. Except the part where he yells "I LOVE YOU" like he's mad at her and she yells back at him "PROVE IT." That's kinda goofy. And I like how it's kinda telling a story. It's like a Zac Snyder movie, it's got pretty shots that look kinda cool and pretends to tell a story but it really doesn't.

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19 minutes ago, Aryanna said:

I totally agree with you guys about the raow raow raow song but I love that one song Sia did, Chandelier. And I know you're gonna hate me for it, but I kinda like that Dior commercial with Natalie Portman that uses Chandelier in it. Except the part where he yells "I LOVE YOU" like he's mad at her and she yells back at him "PROVE IT." That's kinda goofy. And I like how it's kinda telling a story. It's like a Zac Snyder movie, it's got pretty shots that look kinda cool and pretends to tell a story but it really doesn't.

Feel free to like it.  I'm sure I love stuff you'd hate.  It's all good.  ;)

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13 minutes ago, funky-rat said:

Feel free to like it.  I'm sure I love stuff you'd hate.  It's all good.  ;)

For a chuckle, watch the ad at 1.5 times speed. It makes the lyrics from the song and the lines spoken in the ad sound like there's no feeling in them and they're just trying to make it through the ad as quickly and painlessly as possible.

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18 hours ago, cpcathy said:

The chick in the Lindt chocolate commercial will not go away.

Sure, I take off my pants, put on an oversized sweater and huge socks, get in front of a roaring fire, then eat ONE chocolate and appear to be orgasming. Sure, Lindt.

That camera angle showing her big fish lips over the ball-like piece of chocolate is, um, odd.

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4 hours ago, Tom Holmberg said:

How did she not know this before?  It's not like her Italian ancestors came over on the Mayflower or crossed the ice bridge at the Bering Strait.  I don't get how any of these people are so unaware of their ethnic background.  How do they think they're German when they're actually Scottish?  Maybe they should spend more time talking to their grandparents and other relatives rather than on DNA tests.

My mother was adopted as an infant almost 90 years ago and we know very little about her family.  My grandmother died of spinal meningitis two weeks after giving birth to my mom, and my grandfather put all the children up for adoption.  Her adoption records were sealed, but her older sister found her (somehow) when they were middle-aged.  (They never found their brother.)  Her sister always said we were Irish.  My mom and I did the Ancestry.com test and have very little Irish; we're actually Norwegian and Spanish.  The Spanish part really amazed us.

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12 minutes ago, Ilovecomputers said:

That camera angle showing her big fish lips over the ball-like piece of chocolate is, um, odd.

Is that  a subliminal message to get men to buy their girlfriends and wives Lindt chocolate?  

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4 hours ago, Tom Holmberg said:

Maybe they should spend more time talking to their grandparents and other relatives rather than on DNA tests.

A recent news story has highlighted that you can't always believe your relatives on this.

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5 hours ago, Tom Holmberg said:

How did she not know this before?  It's not like her Italian ancestors came over on the Mayflower or crossed the ice bridge at the Bering Strait.  I don't get how any of these people are so unaware of their ethnic background.  How do they think they're German when they're actually Scottish?  Maybe they should spend more time talking to their grandparents and other relatives rather than on DNA tests.

 

31 minutes ago, LoneHaranguer said:

A recent news story has highlighted that you can't always believe your relatives on this.

Very true. My last name was originally spelled with lots of extra silent consonants and we were told by my grandfather it was altered at Ellis Island when the ancestors emigrated. Only to find out after he died that he himself had it changed, which was rich, considering he threw a big fit when my dad wanted to change his last name to something plain and ordinary.

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1 hour ago, Ilovecomputers said:

My mother was adopted as an infant almost 90 years ago

Adoption is a different issue.  I don't think Ripa was adopted.

 

53 minutes ago, LoneHaranguer said:

A recent news story has highlighted that you can't always believe your relatives on this.

As for accuracy of relatives, here's a story on DNA tests.

https://www.insideedition.com/investigative/21784-how-reliable-are-home-dna-ancestry-tests-investigation-uses-triplets-to-find-out

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I'm a Food Network addict this time of year.  But they are killing me with the endless commercials with 

Marcela Valladolid screeching about a holiday surprise.  Ugh.  And Lorraine's "yes yes yes" seems to play on a continuous loop.

Advertise something I don't know about already, but stop beating me over the head with commercials for shows I'm already watching!!

This commercial airs several times an hour on all the channels I watch! No, Duff, it's not "super cool!" It's super annoying!

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On 12/10/2018 at 5:27 PM, jcbrown said:

I totally agree about the "yes yes yes" from Lorraine. The way it is shot makes her look like she could be in some sort of horror film. So... many...teeth.

She has even more teeth than Giada.

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8 hours ago, Ilovecomputers said:

That camera angle showing her big fish lips over the ball-like piece of chocolate is, um, odd.

I think it's a way to make her look like she's taken a bite of it, without ACTUALLY having to. It all looks so very contrived. 

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On 12/10/2018 at 3:26 PM, Silver Raven said:

Dear Ferraro Rocher,

I'm pretty sure you use "milk" chocolate, not "melk" chocolate.

Sincerely, me

"melk" drives me crazy. Ekspecially" drives me crazy too.

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Something making me increasingly stabby is the woman in the ProNamel ads. "It's pro enamel, it's good for your enamel, it's a positive thing." Really? Are you sure? Oh, and could you be more condescending?

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34 minutes ago, peacheslatour said:

Something making me increasingly stabby is the woman in the ProNamel ads. "It's pro enamel, it's good for your enamel, it's a positive thing." Really? Are you sure? Oh, and could you be more condescending?

I can't stand her vocal fry, either. "Your enamel is verrrrrrry prrrrrecious."

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OK, has anyone seen the new one for some children's book which features a cartoon dog rolling around saying "I wrote a book! I wrote a book!" over and over in the most annoying voice possible?

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16 hours ago, jcbrown said:

I can't stand her vocal fry, either. "Your enamel is verrrrrrry prrrrrecious."

Those commercials about teeth enamel usually start out by saying we destroy our enamel by eating acidic fruits and drinking coffee, and "once gone, it can't be replaced."  Then they tell us about this special toothpaste that helps restore and protect enamel.  I thought it couldn't be replaced; I'm so confused.

On ‎12‎/‎10‎/‎2018 at 8:20 PM, trudysmom said:

Marcela Valladolid screeching about a holiday surprise. 

Every time I hear that screechy voice I wonder what Paul Hollywood saw in her.

 

20 hours ago, peacheslatour said:

Exspresso.

Yous.

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13 minutes ago, Ilovecomputers said:

Yous.

When my (late) mother moved to western North Carolina, we learned another one: "Yuns". (Slurring of You Ones.) I thought we had "Y'all" to cover that. It can be confusing with "you" being both singular and plural, but "Yuns"?

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16 minutes ago, Browncoat said:

Yuns seems to be very particular to a small area of western NC and east TN.  I've never heard it anywhere else.

Yuns (and yens) are also spoken in southwestern PA.   I used to say it. ; )   

I haven't been on this thread in a while so I don't know if it's been mentioned before, but Andy Roddick and his ditsy wife Brooklyn Decker annoy me to no end in those Dietz and Watson commercials.  They are not "cute."  Just stupid.

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20 hours ago, jcbrown said:

I can't stand her vocal fry, either. "Your enamel is verrrrrrry prrrrrecious."

I hate hate hate vocal fry. And it seems to be everywhere.

I was listening to someone do powerpoint presentation a few weeks back and she would start each sentence normally but by the end of the sentence she was in serious vocal fry. Every sentence.

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I'm seeing commercials for something called the Huggle. It's like a full body version of the Snuggie, for those of you who remember those. 

I could sort of see the attraction with the Snuggie, since it was something you basically slipped into but this Huggle thing is something you have to pull over your head like a full body poncho. Why not just wear a bathrobe?

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Here in our area of Southwestern Pa, it’s called Yinze.  People like to call us Yinzers, even though I never use that word. 

I despise the commercial for one of those emergency call button companies.  It’s the one where they post the warning that the commercial could be offensive?  Then you hear moaning in pain and see a poor woman lying at the bottom of the stairs.  The reason I HATE this commercial is because this is what happened to my mom right before she passed away, right before the Holidays.  The actress even sounded like my mom as she was crying in pain.  While mom didn’t fall down stairs, she fell in her closet and broke her neck, it’s just too realistic and brings me to tears when I see it.  

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K, I'm so sorry about your mom. My mom died in early Jan 2009, but from around Thanksgiving to the day before she died she was in the hospital. Then she was moved to a hospice home. But it's so hard to lose any family around the holidays. I still miss her, but I was thankful that Mom was helped with her pain and she didn't suffer long. 

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2 hours ago, friendperidot said:

K, I'm so sorry about your mom. My mom died in early Jan 2009, but from around Thanksgiving to the day before she died she was in the hospital. Then she was moved to a hospice home. But it's so hard to lose any family around the holidays. I still miss her, but I was thankful that Mom was helped with her pain and she didn't suffer long. 

I'm so sorry about your mom, too. Mine was in intensive care for 12 days before she died in late 2008.  

I know that these alert companies have a right to advertise, but they really don't have to make them so realistic to the point that they have to run a warning before showing the ad. 

The ad that I think is strange is the one for Michael's, the craft store.  The music is really bad and I swear that the guy is singing "Spread Yourself".  I finally realized he might be singing "Express Yourself". 

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8 hours ago, KLovestoShop said:

The ad that I think is strange is the one for Michael's, the craft store.  The music is really bad and I swear that the guy is singing "Spread Yourself".  I finally realized he might be singing "Express Yourself". 

It's really an odd choice for a craft store.

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On ‎12‎/‎07‎/‎2018 at 2:00 AM, zillabreeze said:

I HATE Walmart with the heat of a thousand suns.  Won't darken the door for any reason.  Will always be a Target girl .

But Target is killin' me.  I don't know where the " round round" crap started.  Don't care. Just STOP.  please stop!  

The Target commercials have usually been fun.  But damn this year, the "round, round" is brutal!  Did they EVEN ask a focus group???   

I've detested Target holiday commercials for years - I've never seen one which isn't annoying.

 

On ‎12‎/‎08‎/‎2018 at 3:00 PM, Silver Raven said:

Maybe if Sia would stop being twee, and turned around to face the audience, we might be able to understand her.

In her defense, apparently she has issues with stage fright and other anxiety issues, and the whole wig thing is what allows her to perform in front of people.  But that song is annoying as hell.

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On ‎12‎/‎11‎/‎2018 at 8:34 AM, Tom Holmberg said:

How did she not know this before?  It's not like her Italian ancestors came over on the Mayflower or crossed the ice bridge at the Bering Strait.  I don't get how any of these people are so unaware of their ethnic background.  How do they think they're German when they're actually Scottish?  Maybe they should spend more time talking to their grandparents and other relatives rather than on DNA tests.

Not every family documents their history all that well, and family history can get pretty mangled.  Some people are adopted. 

Of course, some of the results are not what they expected because their ancestors at some point lived somewhere and then moved to somewhere else.  People whose families come from areas with a lot of immigration (like the British Isles) or where the area was constantly invaded (pretty much anywhere in Eastern Europe) can get dna results they did not expect.

As for the Scottish guy who thought he was German, some Scottish ancestors may have moved to Germany at some point, so the family may have a German name, German traditions and have actually come here from Germany, but the dna from the Scottish ancestor is still showing up.  That commercial is still stupid, though, because there's nothing to keep him from participating in German cultural activities if he enjoys them.  After all, lots of people with no German ancestry go to Oktoberfest.

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3 minutes ago, proserpina65 said:

As for the Scottish guy who thought he was German, some Scottish ancestors may have moved to Germany at some point, so the family may have a German name, German traditions and have actually come here from Germany, but the dna from the Scottish ancestor is still showing up. 

Now you mention this, it has me wondering if that'd the case with my family to some degree. From what I've been told, we're pretty heavily German, especially on my mom's side (can't say we've gotten into any German traditions, though), but if some of my ancestors moved around and whatnot, it wouldn't surprise me to learn there's more to our history beyond that. Might be interesting to look into that further someday, when I've got the money to do so. 

@KLovestoShop, also sending my condolences to you on your loss. That commercial is very unsettling. 

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I know this is about TV commercials and I'm broadening the topic a little with this post so I don't know if it fits here or it should have its own thread.

I know YouTube is free because of the ads but when the ad is longer than the video you're trying to watch, that's just excessive and annoying. And I hate when I go to imdb and an ad expands to take up anywhere from a quarter to half the screen. And every time I go to a new page on there it does it again. Having to click out of your ad a thousand times doesn't make me want to see your movie or watch your show. It makes me want to avoid it at all costs.

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These Best Buy commercials creep me right the eff out. Why is everything in black and white except for the salesman's shirt? It's like it takes place in some weird "Black Mirror" universe. 

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The Roomba commercial with the kids intentionally making a mess to demonstrate how well a Roomba cleans would have angered my Depression-era grandparents so much, I feel their rage come through me whenever I see it. Why not just throw dirt on the floor? It's literally dirt cheap!

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6 hours ago, Haleth said:

It's really an odd choice for a craft store.

That's the hip hop version of the song, which I'd never heard before.  The version in the commercial is the one I'm familiar with, the original done by Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band (yeah, what a title). 

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32 minutes ago, mmecorday said:

The Roomba commercial with the kids intentionally making a mess to demonstrate how well a Roomba cleans would have angered my Depression-era grandparents so much, I feel their rage come through me whenever I see it. Why not just throw dirt on the floor? It's literally dirt cheap!

I don't own a roomba but I can't see that they would be able to pick up or hold very much since they are so small.

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On 12/13/2018 at 8:58 AM, Browncoat said:

Yuns seems to be very particular to a small area of western NC and east TN.  I've never heard it anywhere else.

I had a roommate from Youngstown, Ohio who said yuns.

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I have lurked and laughed for a bit, but I made an account to post about a commercial that I’ve not seen mentioned yet: the Christmas market commercial from Verizon. The little girl is cute and all, but I cringe in spite of myself when she says the very forced “how dare you” after the guy takes a piece of popcorn 

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49 minutes ago, hammerhead said:

I have lurked and laughed for a bit, but I made an account to post about a commercial that I’ve not seen mentioned yet: the Christmas market commercial from Verizon. The little girl is cute and all, but I cringe in spite of myself when she says the very forced “how dare you” after the guy takes a piece of popcorn 

The guy (Michael?) in the Verizon ads has started to wear on me big time so that might be why the little girl snarling at him doesn't bother me so much :)

And by the way, welcome @hammerhead !

Edited by SoSueMe · Reason: welcome aboard!
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