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2 hours ago, BigBingerBro said:

I hate the auto insurance (I think Farmer's?) commercial where the two guys have a "fender bender" with the helium truck and everyone on the scene talks with over-exaggerated helium voices.  Meanwhile the insurance agent is all cool and relaxed like she's dealt with this situation a million times.  It's just so juvenile and hyperbolic.  I can see a bunch of 10 year olds watching this and getting a huge kick out of it, but are there adults that actually find this crap funny?

Present and accounted for.

In fact, I have been known to randomly say "fender bender" aloud in a mock helium voice since that commercial came out.  I refrain from including the hand gesture, but that's as mature as I get.

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I like the helium commercial too but I also worry that they’ll all asphyxiate from the oxygen displacement. 

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9 minutes ago, kariyaki said:

I like the helium commercial too but I also worry that they’ll all asphyxiate from the oxygen displacement. 

Nah, not going to happen. Still plenty of oxygen in the air for them to breathe.

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7 minutes ago, chessiegal said:

Nah, not going to happen. Still plenty of oxygen in the air for them to breathe.

It looked like they were in a tunnel, so I’m still doubtful. 

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12 hours ago, BigBingerBro said:

I hate the auto insurance (I think Farmer's?) commercial where the two guys have a "fender bender" with the helium truck and everyone on the scene talks with over-exaggerated helium voices.  Meanwhile the insurance agent is all cool and relaxed like she's dealt with this situation a million times.  It's just so juvenile and hyperbolic.  I can see a bunch of 10 year olds watching this and getting a huge kick out of it, but are there adults that actually find this crap funny?

I do.  I giggle every time I see it.  

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9 hours ago, kariyaki said:

It looked like they were in a tunnel, so I’m still doubtful. 

As a chemist, I stand by my assertion they had plenty of oxygen to breathe.

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16 hours ago, chessiegal said:

Well of course there isn't a physical accident museum. It's a visual depiction of claims they've covered. 

With enough creativity in symbolizing what happened and the right locations, physical museums could probably work. Ripley's has over 100 "odditoriums" spread across 11 countries.

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Mathew McConaughey never bothered me before. But since these Lincoln commercials I just can't stand him. This new commercial that is out he is at his "house" entertaining some guests. Then he decides he would rather be out driving so he just skates out on his company and goes for a drive. So rude!!

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52 minutes ago, margol29 said:

This new commercial that is out he is at his "house" entertaining some guests. Then he decides he would rather be out driving so he just skates out on his company and goes for a drive. So rude!!

Is that the one where he plays pool overnight and leaves the following evening? Earlier speculation was that he was a guest at somebody else's house (which would still make him rude for ignoring the others in the next room while he practiced his trick shots).

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45 minutes ago, LoneHaranguer said:

Is that the one where he plays pool overnight and leaves the following evening? Earlier speculation was that he was a guest at somebody else's house (which would still make him rude for ignoring the others in the next room while he practiced his trick shots).

Yes, I believe that is the same one. 

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9 minutes ago, Lillybee said:

what's with all the ads using an owl as sokesperson?

Because owls are associated with being wise.

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The South Beach diet commercial. The one woman. Jessie James Decker. "Singer, songwriter, wife and mom." First of all, spare me.. Singer, songwriter? Suuuuure. Sure she is. Second of all, I can't stand women who use their maiden and married name like that. Pick one please. YMMV of course. 

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24 minutes ago, QuinnInND said:

The South Beach diet commercial. The one woman. Jessie James Decker. "Singer, songwriter, wife and mom." First of all, spare me.. Singer, songwriter? Suuuuure. Sure she is. Second of all, I can't stand women who use their maiden and married name like that. Pick one please. YMMV of course. 

She is a singer songwriter.  She has three albums and four EPs out.

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20 minutes ago, Silver Raven said:

She is a singer songwriter.  She has three albums and four EPs out.

Wow. Alrighty then. I stand corrected. 

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On 2/12/2019 at 8:06 PM, chessiegal said:

Well of course there isn't a physical accident museum. It's a visual depiction of claims they've covered. 

Actually, Farmer's web site says it's a virtual museum of actual claims they have covered.

Farmer's virtual hall of claims

Huh. I assumed they were all made up by a committee somewhere.

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9 hours ago, QuinnInND said:

I can't stand women who use their maiden and married name like that. Pick one please.

It's a common custom, especially in the South. Both my stepdaughters have done it.

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The South Beach diet commercial. The one woman. Jessie James Decker. "Singer, songwriter, wife and mom."

Bobby Brady is her biggest fan!

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Pediasure mom? Your kid isn't falling behind in height and weight when the other kid on the see-saw is leaning back. Take a physics class!

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11 hours ago, QuinnInND said:

The South Beach diet commercial. The one woman. Jessie James Decker. "Singer, songwriter, wife and mom." First of all, spare me.. Singer, songwriter? Suuuuure. Sure she is. Second of all, I can't stand women who use their maiden and married name like that. Pick one please. YMMV of course. 

Or even worse, hyphenate the two last names,  I hate it with a passion.  It looks hicksville or hipsterville, neither one attractive. Why on earth would you want to write that out every time you sign something?

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8 minutes ago, Brattinella said:

Why on earth would you want to write that out every time you sign something?

You don't have to, as long as you're consistent.  Forms that want your full legal name are a different matter, and you're not always given much space to write it.

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13 hours ago, QuinnInND said:

Second of all, I can't stand women who use their maiden and married name like that.

See also Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Connor.  Both of whom are awesome.

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6 hours ago, Browncoat said:

See also Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Connor.  Both of whom are awesome.

And Tammy Faye Bakker and Rae Dawn Chong

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3 minutes ago, Tom Holmberg said:

And Tammy Faye Bakker and Rae Dawn Chong

Those are their middle names.

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2 minutes ago, Tom Holmberg said:

And Tammy Faye Bakker and Rae Dawn Chong

They are significantly less awesome, and also, those are their middle names, not their maiden names.

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41 minutes ago, Browncoat said:

They are significantly less awesome, and also, those are their middle names, not their maiden names.

It was a joke!

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7 hours ago, Browncoat said:

See also Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Connor.  Both of whom are awesome.

They're also both lawyers.  I don't know the rules in their states (NY and Ariz, respectively) but in Calif, lawyers have to register with the Bar Assoc. under their full names.  For women, that means first name, maiden name, and current married name. 

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The Colgate close talker is grating on my last nerve. If that were real life, he would have been punched by now. 

I’m slightly amused by the King’s Hawaiian commercial, mostly because my family of four can go through a package of Hawaiian rolls in a day or two. Of course, we don’t see the part of the commercial where the mother is most likely stuck cleaning up the mess her family left behind. 

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The commercial for chrome books with everyone saying “I’m dying” has a 20-something whiny girl on a bus making an announcement to the ENTIRE bus “does anyone have a charger we’re  dyyyyingg” complete with vocal fry and a sense of entitlement. Great you have the self esteem to just make an unsolicited announcement to the ENTIRE bus but I get the sense no one ever told her she wasn’t the center of the universe. 

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1 hour ago, OpalNightstream said:

The commercial for chrome books with everyone saying “I’m dying” has a 20-something whiny girl on a bus making an announcement to the ENTIRE bus “does anyone have a charger we’re  dyyyyingg” complete with vocal fry and a sense of entitlement. Great you have the self esteem to just make an unsolicited announcement to the ENTIRE bus but I get the sense no one ever told her she wasn’t the center of the universe. 

I hate that ad, I had no idea who it was for but I've never heard any one say "I'm dying" when they have low battery on their cell phone or computer.  

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13 hours ago, fairffaxx said:

They're also both lawyers.  I don't know the rules in their states (NY and Ariz, respectively) but in Calif, lawyers have to register with the Bar Assoc. under their full names.  For women, that means first name, maiden name, and current married name. 

I presume registration is actually with their full legal name, which by convention follows that pattern, but doesn't have to. It does seem like lawyers lean towards using longer names (e.g. "F. Lee Bailey", rather than "Lee Bailey").

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I should have said that, when a woman registered with the Calif Bar Assoc. approx. 40 years ago, she was required to use her "full legal name", which consisted of her "Christian" (i.e., first or given) name, maiden name, and current married name (if any) -- she also had to state any "aliases" that she had used, which included any former married names or pseudonyms (e.g., stage names) or nicknames (e.g., Betty instead of Elizabeth).  The Bar Assoc. was concerned with accurately identifying the registrant, which makes sense for a governmental agency that issues licenses to perform professional services subject to state law.  I don't know what the current requirements are -- probably not more streamlined, since they now must address issues raised by registrants who are transsexual and/or parties to same-sex marriages.  

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Someone please make the Elite Singles commercials STOP. From the creepy song to the whole idea of "highly educated" singles needing a dating service, it creeps me out every time I hear/see it. 

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On 2/15/2019 at 10:13 AM, partofme said:

I hate that ad, I had no idea who it was for but I've never heard any one say "I'm dying" when they have low battery on their cell phone or computer.  

IMO, this is because some folks now ARE their phones.  Or vice versa.  Their phones have taken over their lives so completely that they have merged.  So, they are dying, in their own minds.

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On 2/15/2019 at 8:36 AM, OpalNightstream said:

The commercial for chrome books with everyone saying “I’m dying” has a 20-something whiny girl on a bus making an announcement to the ENTIRE bus “does anyone have a charger we’re  dyyyyingg” complete with vocal fry and a sense of entitlement. Great you have the self esteem to just make an unsolicited announcement to the ENTIRE bus but I get the sense no one ever told her she wasn’t the center of the universe. 

 It's probable that at least one person in her life DID try to tell her but she refused to believe it! I've known folks like that in Real Life. 

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7 minutes ago, configdotsys said:

I just cannot deal with that fucking Progressive box singing in the lounge. I can't. 

You could cut it off at "that fucking Progressive box" and it would be equally true.

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There is a commercial for the website Chewy where someone with a new puppy is asking for advice on various things like food, puppy pads, crates.  Who wouldn't have all these things ready before you brought home the puppy?  Who would sell/adopt out a puppy without confirming that the new owners where prepared to take the puppy?

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4 hours ago, configdotsys said:

I just cannot deal with that fucking Progressive box singing in the lounge. I can't. 

“I thrive” is now officially as annoying as the progressive box. 

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On 2/16/2019 at 5:19 PM, Jamoche said:

You could cut it off at "that fucking Progressive box" and it would be equally true.

I think it's time to put that box in the recycling bin.

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I thought that Matthew was a guest at the house, saw the pool table and shot the eight ball which went in a slow, smooth, curvy manner around the other balls, the other guests were commenting on never seeing a ball do that before and he thinks to himself while walking towards the Lincoln, "I have" and then he is shown driving slow and smooth around the curves in the Lincoln. 

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For those annoyed by the alligators in the Chevy commercial, after watching it several times I think that the alligators are CGI. No way they would go to the expense and hassle of using real animals. I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

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15 minutes ago, chessiegal said:

For those annoyed by the alligators in the Chevy commercial, after watching it several times I think that the alligators are CGI. No way they would go to the expense and hassle of using real animals. I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

But that would mean the "real people, not actors" would have to act afraid of alligators that aren't there.

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9 minutes ago, janie jones said:

But that would mean the "real people, not actors" would have to act afraid of alligators that aren't there.

I'll have to watch again, but I don't remember the real people not actors line in this commercial.

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On 2/16/2019 at 9:45 PM, OpalNightstream said:

I just cannot deal with that fucking Progressive box singing in the lounge. I can't. 

It cracked me up the first couple of times for the  part, "Does this heart belong to you? Would you like it anyway?" But, yeah, it's gotten old now.

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On ‎2‎/‎15‎/‎2019 at 9:36 AM, OpalNightstream said:

The commercial for chrome books with everyone saying “I’m dying” has a 20-something whiny girl on a bus making an announcement to the ENTIRE bus “does anyone have a charger we’re  dyyyyingg” complete with vocal fry and a sense of entitlement. Great you have the self esteem to just make an unsolicited announcement to the ENTIRE bus but I get the sense no one ever told her she wasn’t the center of the universe. 

Yeah, I meant to mention this one. I have never heard anyone say that, either, and it seemed like a lame setup for the old people telling their son or daughter that "Honey, we're dying!". Nyuck nyuck nyuck. What a side-splitter.

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There's a subcategory of commercials that we comment on at our house:

Commercials where the ad agency includes teenagers, and it is obvious that they do not have teenagers at home.

Hyundai has come out with BlueLink technology, where you can track your teens while they drive. In 2019!  And it was such breakthrough technology that they advertised it during the Super Bowl. . .

In 2019!

Didn't anybody think to tell them,  "Excuse me, Harvey.  But we have been able to track them by their phones for years now.  And they don't need to be driving a Hyundai to do it."

This was a superbowl ad.  I just can't believe nobody stopped them.

What next?  Hyundai will invent a way to play music from your phone through your car speakers? 

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36 minutes ago, chessiegal said:

If the kids turn their cell phones off can you still track them? Asking because I don't know.

That's a good question, and I don't really know.  I'm sure they have a way to turn the location off if they want to.

With our kids, we don't check their location unless they are late for something.  At their school, they are allowed off school property to go to lunch, and they are in after school activities.  So there is no reason to turn off their location because we allow them to go where they need to go, within reason.

The commercial just made us laugh because its another commercial that makes us say,  "This commercial is about teenagers.  But I don't think the writers have teenagers at home or they wouldn't be saying that."

It reminds me of commercials where people say,  "Dude" and "Awesome" years after real kids quit saying that.

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