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14th Sep '17 11:57:56 AM mr3urious
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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verr%C3%BCckt_(water_slide) Verrückt]] water slide at the Schlitterbahn Kansas City water park in Missouri was billed as the tallest water slide in the world when it first opened in 2014, with its name being German for "crazy". After a ten-year-old boy was [[http://time.com/4444447/caleb-schwab-verruckt-water-slide-death/ decapitated going down the slide]] in August 2016, it's crazy for a whole different reason. It has been closed down indefinitely since then.
23rd Aug '17 8:44:32 PM JadeEyes1
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfOQ3O4kD3I The commercials]] for the Ayds appetite-suppressant candy (which, yes, died slowly during the 1980s because of the rise of AIDS combined with its unfortunately similar name. Back then the disease was called "GRID", short for Gay Related Immune Deficiency before it was renamed in the 80s).

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* [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfOQ3O4kD3I com/watch?v=MxJDobrrOYA The commercials]] for the Ayds appetite-suppressant candy (which, yes, died slowly during the 1980s because of the rise of AIDS combined with its unfortunately similar name. Back then the disease was called "GRID", short for Gay Related Immune Deficiency before it was renamed in the 80s).
11th Jul '17 7:44:40 AM Doug86
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* A 1980s lamb [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt1YV9Bj72c commercial]] has a woman turning down the opportunity to have dinner with TomCruise because her mum was cooking a lamb roast that night. Nowadays, it seems like a perfectly rational decision.

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* A 1980s lamb [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt1YV9Bj72c commercial]] has a woman turning down the opportunity to have dinner with TomCruise Creator/TomCruise because her mum was cooking a lamb roast that night. Nowadays, it seems like a perfectly rational decision.
29th Jun '17 4:46:41 PM Green_lantern40
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* [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Me-BvCb5gYk/TQY-KoLuyzI/AAAAAAAACCc/MmQcL_dONaM/s1600/image001.jpg A 1979 ad]] for Pakistani International Airlines has the shadow of a jetliner over two towers. After 9/11/2001, it gets another whole new and way darker meaning.
** [[http://www.snopes.com/rumors/photos/pia.asp]].

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* [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Me-BvCb5gYk/TQY-KoLuyzI/AAAAAAAACCc/MmQcL_dONaM/s1600/image001.jpg A 1979 ad]] for Pakistani International Airlines has the shadow of a jetliner over two towers. After 9/11/2001, it gets another whole new and way darker meaning.
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[[http://www.snopes.com/rumors/photos/pia.asp]].asp for Pakistani International Airlines]] has the shadow of a jetliner over the Twin Towers. After 9/11/2001, it gets another whole new and way darker meaning.
28th Jun '17 4:06:13 PM FromtheWordsofBR
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** It gets even worse when you hear about the mad scramble the company made to save the brand -- they tried renaming it "Aydslim", only to find that in those early days, AIDS was known as "the slim disease" in some parts of Africa due to weight loss being one of its side effects. They've also tried renaming it "Diet Ayds" to no avail.

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** It gets even worse when you hear about the mad scramble the company made to save the brand -- they tried renaming it "Aydslim", only to find that in those early days, AIDS was known as "the slim disease" in some parts of Africa due to weight loss being one of its side effects. They've They also tried renaming it "Diet Ayds" to no avail.



* On September 11, 2001, NBC showed a [=McDonald=]'s commercial with the slogan "We love to see you smile." ''Right after that,'' The Today Show began their coverage of the 9/11 attacks.

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* On September 11, 2001, NBC showed a [=McDonald=]'s commercial with the slogan "We love to see you smile." ''Right after that,'' The Today Show that, Series/{{Today}}'' began their coverage of the 9/11 attacks.



* There used to be a chain called Chapter 11 Bookstores with the motto "Prices so low, [[TemptingFate you'd think we'd go bankrupt!]]".

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* There used to be a chain called Chapter 11 Bookstores with the motto "Prices so low, [[TemptingFate you'd think we'd go bankrupt!]]". Which, yes, they later did.



* The Verizon commercials, where a guy is asking "Can you hear me now?" is made a little unnerving when the Obama Administration confirmed that they are indeed tracking phone calls.



* This [[http://youtu.be/JDor3S-0KGs?t=8m34s Wendy's snippet from 2002]] was Dave Thomas's last appearance before his passing. [[AnyLastWords His last words? "See you later."]]

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* This [[http://youtu.be/JDor3S-0KGs?t=8m34s Wendy's snippet from 2002]] (taken from a ''WebAnimation/NextGPoop'' special) was Dave Thomas's last appearance before his passing. [[AnyLastWords His last words? "See you later."]]
28th Jun '17 3:59:52 PM FromtheWordsofBR
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfOQ3O4kD3I The commercials]] for the Ayds appetite-suppressant candy (which, yes, died slowly during the 1980s because of the rise of AIDS combined with its unfortunately similar name. Back then the disease was called "GRID", short for Gay Related Immune Deficiency before it was renamed in the 80s).
--> "Thank goodness for Ayds!"
--> "Why take diet pills when you can enjoy Ayds?"
--> "[[WesternAnimation/SouthPark I lost weight because I have aides, and I think every obese person should have aides.]]"
** It gets even worse when you hear about the mad scramble the company made to save the brand -- they tried renaming it "Aydslim", only to find that in those early days, AIDS was known as "the slim disease" in some parts of Africa due to weight loss being one of its side effects. They've also tried renaming it "Diet Ayds" to no avail.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7d85T4OfqA Commercials]] for ''health insurance'', of all things, hosted by the late Billy Mays.
* In 1997, Sarah Ferguson appeared in a commercial for Weight Watchers where she was being hounded by reporters, and she says, "Losing weight can be harder than outrunning the paparazzi!" A few weeks later, her sister-in-law Diana (former Princess of Wales) had a run-in with the paparazzi that ended poorly.
* On September 11, 2001, NBC showed a [=McDonald=]'s commercial with the slogan "We love to see you smile." ''Right after that,'' The Today Show began their coverage of the 9/11 attacks.
** And also before that ad, Ross' Emergency Wardrobe 911 ad.
* [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Me-BvCb5gYk/TQY-KoLuyzI/AAAAAAAACCc/MmQcL_dONaM/s1600/image001.jpg A 1979 ad]] for Pakistani International Airlines has the shadow of a jetliner over two towers. After 9/11/2001, it gets another whole new and way darker meaning.
** [[http://www.snopes.com/rumors/photos/pia.asp]].
* BP's advertisements for the Gulf Coast.
* Toyota's slogan "Moving Forward" has become a lot more uncomfortable ever since the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20092010_Toyota_vehicle_recalls 2010 recalls]], since people have reported that their Toyota vehicles accelerate suddenly and uncontrollably, and don't respond to the driver pressing the brake pedal.
* In 1968, London Weekend Television was due to start broadcasting. During the final weekend of their predecessor ATV London's broadcast, they ran a [[http://www.transdiffusion.org/tools/playmedia.php?file=/smallscreen-audio/233.mp3 short trailer]] with a letter giving a positive review of the programming for the upcoming first weekend. The announcer noted that the letter "seem(ed) a bit premature", and indeed it was the first weekend (and several more afterwards) ended up being wiped out by [[TVStrikes strike action]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5zbEsQYMb0 A 2000 Super Bowl ad]] has a presenter who mentions how "in 2004, the tide was turned against AIDS", in 2006 ("two years later", according to the ad), there were "great strides against cancer, and most notably, a "remarkable breakthrough against spinal cord injuries", which featured the CG-enhanced Creator/ChristopherReeve [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming walking]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome onstage]]. Sadly, Reeve would die in 2004, as would his wife Dana from lung cancer (despite being a non-smoker) in 2006, and we haven't seen so much progress in all those areas.
* An ad for bendable eyeglass frames that aired until fall of 2001 showed a metal skyscraper ducking out of the way of an oncoming airplane.
* A 2009 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OC8XG9QR0AE commercial]] for the MTV Video Music Awards features Music/TaylorSwift singing about the 2009 VMAs and how good it will be, including the line "There'll be no teardrops on my guitar." At the actual show, Music/KanyeWest [[JerkAss happened]] ...
* There used to be a chain called Chapter 11 Bookstores with the motto "Prices so low, [[TemptingFate you'd think we'd go bankrupt!]]".
* There was a funny [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrkUMjoXWdY&feature=share commercial]] in 2008 where [[TeensAreMonsters Chavs]] are destroying Britain and a family takes shelter to watch TV without any worries. Fast forward to 6 August 2011, and the London tragedy, and this isn't a laughing matter anymore.
* In late 2011, one of the ads in the long-running Ashton Kutcher Nikon Coolpix campaign featured the man using his camera to seduce a bunch of women and lead them up to his hotel room. Around that same time, his marriage to Demi Moore was dissolving thanks to a very public affair.
* Mattel Electronics' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rnRRph4bcE commercial]] for ''VideoGame/BurgerTime'', which ends with Mr. Hot Dog saying "We are ''closed'' now!" as he slams the window shut on the drive-thru, came out months before Mattel Electronics closed down.
* A 1980s lamb [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt1YV9Bj72c commercial]] has a woman turning down the opportunity to have dinner with TomCruise because her mum was cooking a lamb roast that night. Nowadays, it seems like a perfectly rational decision.
* Target has a couple of instances.
** [[http://www.behance.net/gallery/Target-Pharmacy-dir-Mike-Mills/1268579 These pharmacy ads]] would be a little more convincing if they didn't look so much like ''Series/{{Dexter}}''[='s=] [[http://www.google.com/search?um=1&hl=en&biw=1280&bih=827&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=dexter+ads&aq=f&aqi=g1&aql=&oq= ads]] minus the blood.
** In 1997, Target tried to push a snowman by the name of Snowden as their official mascot for Christmas. Snowden had two holiday specials, one [[RecycledInSpace on ice]] in live action and another in stop-motion, before being retired after the 1999 holiday season. The name Snowden is more commonly associated with a wanted ex-CIA agent who exposed top secret NSA information to Americans.
* During the '00s, Washington Mutual ran a series of ad campaigns focused on how great it was for its bold new business practices that were so great for consumers, like loans for borrowers that other banks considered risky. The campaigns featured [=WaMu=]'s hip spokesman contrasted against a bunch of old and stodgy executives from their competitors, all of whom would declare that [=WaMu=]'s new innovation [[ItWillNeverCatchOn would never catch on]]. Then [=WaMu=] went bankrupt...because of loans to risky borrowers.
* Apple's '1984' advert, depicting IBM as a 1984-esque Big Brother figure, while these days, Apple are HUGE champions of Digital Restrictions Management and locking down devices so users can't use devices they own to their full capability. In addition, Apple banned Website/TheBestPageInTheUniverse from being viewable from Apple Stores and on Apple offices' networks, which Maddox speculates was due to his [[http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=iphone anti-iPhone page]].
--> [[{{Irony}} "Yes, the company that once alluded to an Orwellian future with controlled media, is now controlling media."]]
* Commercials for Breyers ice cream used to feature kids having trouble [[UnfortunateIngredients reading the ingredient labels of competitors]], struggling to pronounce things like "polysorbate 80" and "mono and diglycerides", but can easily read the much simpler list of Breyers' ingredients containing things like milk and natural vanilla. However, Unilever has been cutting costs in the brand, so it features those same ingredients nowadays and is even marketed as [[LiteCreme "frozen dairy dessert"]] due to the use of the cheaper skim milk and whey (a byproduct of cheese) instead of whole milk and cream.


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** On the same vein, Subway's slogan of "Eat Fresh" gets a whole other meaning following Jared's scandal.
-->''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9JVOiD4o0w Eat Fresh, just umm.... Not Too Fresh]]''.
* In 2008, Greyhound pulled a series of bus ads, one of whose slogans was "There's a reason you've never heard of bus rage." The ads were pulled after Vince Li, in the midst of a psychotic break, attacked and decapitated fellow passenger Tim [=McLean=].
* ''Every'' commercial featuring a product endorsed by Bill Cosby (especially Jell-O and Coca-Cola) has become this due to his numerous rape allegations. Any commercial where he appears with children is especially cringe-worthy.
** Here's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afN4ib6JAy4 one]] with Creator/LindsayLohan.


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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnhBxOQOMAI This]] commercial for Snickers, featuring a man dressed as a cartoon dog getting cranky at people at the amusement park, becomes this after a 2013 incident where a similar situation happened with a man dressed as Cookie Monster in Times Square.
* The Verizon commercials, where a guy is asking "Can you hear me now?" is made a little unnerving when the Obama Administration confirmed that they are indeed tracking phone calls.
* The Marlboro Man. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlboro_Man#Controversy There are, so far, at least four reasons why Marlboro cigarettes are occasionally called "cowboy killers."]]
* This [[http://youtu.be/JDor3S-0KGs?t=8m34s Wendy's snippet from 2002]] was Dave Thomas's last appearance before his passing. [[AnyLastWords His last words? "See you later."]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6E9s-KZlOo This Iran Air spot from 1978]] (third spot in compilation) fits taking into account [[UsefulNotes/{{Iran}} considering the Iranian Revolution the following year]] and especially the Iran Hostage Crisis that began in November 1979.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVVFiuksLc4 Verizon FiOS]] began airing a series of ads in which a fictional network had to choose whether to send former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and real life {{FOX}} sportscaster Terry Bradshaw and a little girl. The girl gets the information in real time (using FiOS, of course) and gets the call; forcing Terry to watch at home. The spot took a swerve into this trope when Bradshaw was unable to go to SuperBowl XLVIII because his father had died.
* This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU5N2SrEaZI]] eerily ironic Driving PSA with James Dean from the 50s.
* [[http://youtu.be/WPkByAkAdZs This 2013]] Audi commercial featuring Creator/LeonardNimoy and his [[Franchise/StarTrek Spock]] successor Creator/ZacharyQuinto racing to a golf club in different cars. At one point, Nimoy feigns weakness by coughing uncontrollably, repeating Spock's last words from ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Star Trek II]]''. The following year, Nimoy got diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) due to years of smoking, which ultimately killed him in 2015.
* Rolf Harris starred in a series of ads in 2000 for milk, starring as an animated version of himself. What was the tagline? ''The White Stuff.'' And some ads featured some unintentional innuendos as well. Needless to say, they become beyond painful to watch after his allegations of child molestation.
25th Jun '17 12:41:46 AM Piterpicher
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* [[http://javidluffy.deviantart.com/art/FOP-The-Movie-156416135 This fan-made poster]] for a live-action ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' movie is pretty hard to find funny now that the movie [[AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner finally got made]] after being on the [[DevelopmentHell planning board]] for a long time. Wiki/ThatOtherWiki claims that ''Wishology'' may have actually been originally planned as a cinema movie.

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* [[http://javidluffy.deviantart.com/art/FOP-The-Movie-156416135 This fan-made poster]] for a live-action ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' movie is pretty hard to find funny now that the movie [[AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner [[Film/AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner finally got made]] after being on the [[DevelopmentHell planning board]] for a long time. Wiki/ThatOtherWiki claims that ''Wishology'' may have actually been originally planned as a cinema movie.
19th Jun '17 1:46:20 PM mr3urious
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* Nike ads featuring double amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius with the tagline "I am the bullet in the chamber" became unfortunate after Pistorious was charged with shooting his girlfriend.

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* Nike ads featuring double amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius with the tagline "I am the bullet in the chamber" became unfortunate after Pistorious Pistorius was charged with shooting his girlfriend.girlfriend.
* Actor James Garner did a commercial for the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPT4tJFgRTA National Beef Council]] back in 1987, extolling the virtues of beef while simultaneously rejecting the vegetables on his steak kebabs. One year later, he underwent quintuple bypass heart surgery, and eventually died of a heart attack in 2014 at age 86. One risk factor for clogged arteries and heart disease is a high diet of red meat.
18th Jun '17 3:00:22 PM nombretomado
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* [[http://javidluffy.deviantart.com/art/FOP-The-Movie-156416135 This fan-made poster]] for a live-action ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' movie is pretty hard to find funny now that the movie [[AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner finally got made]] after being on the [[DevelopmentHell planning board]] for a long time. ThatOtherWiki claims that ''Wishology'' may have actually been originally planned as a cinema movie.

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* [[http://javidluffy.deviantart.com/art/FOP-The-Movie-156416135 This fan-made poster]] for a live-action ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' movie is pretty hard to find funny now that the movie [[AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner finally got made]] after being on the [[DevelopmentHell planning board]] for a long time. ThatOtherWiki Wiki/ThatOtherWiki claims that ''Wishology'' may have actually been originally planned as a cinema movie.
3rd Jun '17 11:15:15 AM nombretomado
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* The core rulebook for WhiteWolf's ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' includes, in a passage about storytellers embellishing the "dark and gritty" elements of the [[TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]], a description of the differences between the {{real world}} version of New Orleans and the World of Darkness version; this was an example for the book. The last paragraph detailed how the street level was just below the water level of the Mississippi River and that the water was held back by levies that were ill-kept. ''Vampire: The Requiem'' was first published in 2004, one year before Hurricane Katrina caused the canal levies in New Orleans to break and flood the entire city. That has been described as the worst natural disaster in American history... The street level of New Orleans was, and still is, several feet below the water level of the Mississippi. And the canal levees were not especially well kept at the time of Katrina; they were made to withstand a category 3 hurricane's flood, but unfortunately not a category 5's.

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* The core rulebook for WhiteWolf's Creator/WhiteWolf's ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' includes, in a passage about storytellers embellishing the "dark and gritty" elements of the [[TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]], a description of the differences between the {{real world}} version of New Orleans and the World of Darkness version; this was an example for the book. The last paragraph detailed how the street level was just below the water level of the Mississippi River and that the water was held back by levies that were ill-kept. ''Vampire: The Requiem'' was first published in 2004, one year before Hurricane Katrina caused the canal levies in New Orleans to break and flood the entire city. That has been described as the worst natural disaster in American history... The street level of New Orleans was, and still is, several feet below the water level of the Mississippi. And the canal levees were not especially well kept at the time of Katrina; they were made to withstand a category 3 hurricane's flood, but unfortunately not a category 5's.
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