Carrier Access Codes
are a largely dated*, though still functional service to select your long-distance telephone carrier per phone call. In the United States
, these "dial-around codes
" reached a (commercial) peak in the late 1990s, as seen with ads featuring such semi-notables as Marla Gibbs, Christine Taylor and Reginald VelJohnson
, Harry Anderson
, John Lithgow
, Tony Danza
, Doug Flutie
, and even Alf and some well-known friends
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Mar 29, 2014 -
Some of you will be watching football, some of you will be watching the commercials (I suppose some of you will be watching both, and, let me acknowledge that some of you will not watch a damn thing and get that out of the way..)..
For you commercial fans...here's a preview of many of the 2014 Superbowl Commercials
And, going back, here's HuffPo's list of the 50 best all time Superbowl Commercials
posted by HuronBob
on Feb 1, 2014 -
The Cinco Family/Corporation is a fictional corporation which spans the television and internet works of comedian Bob Odenkirk
. From 2007 to 2010, the comedy television program Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
, served as an outlet for Cinco Products skits. The commercials and infomercials use green screen and special effects with the intent of mimicking the standard format of infomercials from the late 1980s and early 1990s, often lampooning technology from the same era (such as the Cinco MIDI Organizer). Generally, the goods and services sold by Cinco companies are a bizarre assortment of useless, pointless and/or physically harmful products, at least three of which require the removal of all of the user's teeth. [NSFW] [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A
on Dec 7, 2013 -
The greatest car commercial ever !!
Old Spock (Nimoy) and New Spock (Quinto) come together (and battle it out) in what is likely the best car commercial that you ever saw (or will see). Chock full of Star Trek references there's even a scene with Nimoy humming along to "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" . Awesomeness follows ...
posted by Podkayne of Pasadena
on May 7, 2013 -
Digging up long forgotten memories for a generation who spent their formative years glued to the boob tube, Memorex
is a veritable nostalgia nuke for children of the 80s. Endless beach parties, Saturday morning cartoons, claymation everything, sleek cars, sexy babes, toys you forgot existed, station idents, primitive computer animation, all your favorite sugary cereal mascots, and so much more. An ode to the hyper consumerism and sleek veneer of a simpler time. (previously
posted by eric1halfb
on Jan 24, 2013 -
Dear Jay Leno ...
"First off, my intention is not to fight you on this. You have more cars than I have dollars, and so I know I don’t stand a chance legally ..." - "An Open Letter to Jay Leno About Stealing My Video and Then Getting It Removed From YouTube" [more inside]
posted by mrgrimm
on May 24, 2012 -
Don't like those commercials that run before the movies in the theaters? Well, this weekend, Kraft Foods is introducing something new to screens across the U.S., "two- to three-minute branded-entertainment vignettes"
that promise NOT to "knock you over the head with a bat as a brand commercial", but instead they... well... here's an example: Lunchables kids' meals present: Alien Field Trip
* (Warning: more artificially cheesy than Cheez Whiz). Kraft and other big advertisers are betting that long-form ads will be "the Wave of the Future"
, and the perfect audience for them will be the folks who have already paid to see "Iron Man 2", "Sex and the City 2" or "Toy Story 3". What could possibly go wrong? [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop
on May 5, 2010 -
Bad credit or no credit? No Problem! Are you on welfare? Social Security? No Problem! You have to see the Special Man!
posted by grapefoot
on Apr 19, 2010 -
Ever made fun of a commercial, a TV show, or a romantic comedy? Of course you have. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel. But even shooting fish in a barrel can be done with style. Check out Info Mania’s Sarah Haskins’ Target Women spots in which Haskins dissects how the media types depicts we women types, especially when it comes to those matters so dear to the lady brain, like Botox
, birth control
, chick flicks
, female political candidates
, number two
, skin care
, the Oscars
, Disney Princesses
, The View
, Michelle Obama’s arms
, Lifetime programming
, lady parts
, and of course that official food of women, yogurt
. You can find a complete listing of Target Women spots here
posted by orange swan
on Jan 20, 2010 -
It's time to get ready for the Super Bowl... Ads!
Adland has freely available archives of 37 years of commercials from the big game, over 2,800 ads - from 1969, when Winston
, Pall Mall
, and Silva Thins
smoked up the Bowl *cough-cough
*, all the way to 2008, when the best-liked ad was Bud's dalmation inspiration
(how do we know it was best liked? SCIENCE
!). Some highlights of the collection include: [more inside]
posted by taz
on Jan 29, 2009 -