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23rd Apr '17 2:10:09 PM billybobfred
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* Spotted in the wild: a restaurant sign extolling passersby to "try our new gluten-free fries!" Potatoes, as you might have guessed at this point, are ''yet another'' item that normally doesn't have any gluten in the first place.
16th Apr '17 7:34:05 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* One Sanderson Farms commercial has a marketing whiz throwing out various buzzwords "no antibiotics!" and "gluten-free!" to which the two poultry farmers in the ad point out that none of the chicken you can buy has antibiotics in it by federal law, and chicken has no gluten by default.

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* One Sanderson Farms commercial has a marketing whiz throwing out various buzzwords like "no antibiotics!" and "gluten-free!" to which the two poultry farmers in the ad point out that none of the chicken you can buy has antibiotics in it by federal law, and chicken has no gluten by default.
31st Mar '17 11:14:17 PM Trueman001
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* One brand of folding bicycle was advertised as having 'extra large 20" wheels' (as compared with other folding bikes, which had ordinary 20" wheels). One problem with this is that there is no such bike wheel size as "extra large" -- there is only "small" (up to 24") and "standard" (26" or 27").
31st Mar '17 11:31:28 AM Trueman001
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** In an inversion of this type of claim, free UK newspaper Metro once published a letter from a reader complaining that processed foods "have no energy" (presumably using "energy" in some unspecified mystical-nonsense way, rather than in the scientific sense of "that which enables work to be done"). The following day, it printed another letter, replying that the real problem is that processed foods have far too much energy, and that's why there's an obesity crisis.
31st Mar '17 6:41:04 AM Trueman001
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* A Scandinavian cookie brand boasts that their cookies, which are light brown like most cookies, are "free of artificial coloring." A scientist interviewed in the newspaper noted that this is nothing special, since for the most part, cookies aren't blue.

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* A Scandinavian cookie brand boasts that their cookies, which are light brown like most cookies, are "free of artificial coloring." A scientist interviewed in the newspaper noted that this is nothing special, since for the most part, cookies aren't blue.[[note]]Brown could, however, be due to use of caramel or of Brown FK, both amongst the more dubious of artificial colours; but most brown bakery products are brown due to natural caremization.[[/note]]
31st Mar '17 6:37:34 AM Trueman001
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* Another joiner on this particular bandwagon is Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter, which is 100% made from peanuts and has the label highlighting that it is "gluten free". Even brands of peanut butter that aren't 100% peanuts generally don't use gluten-containing products. While there is certainly an opportunistic advertising element to all of these examples, it's also a bit Truth In Television. To legally declare a product "gluten free" you have to do gluten testing, maintain separate production facilities, etc. Gluten contamination can occur before the product even exists -- i.e., oats growing in a field where wheat was once planted.

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* Another joiner on this particular bandwagon is Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter, which is 100% made from peanuts and has the label highlighting that it is "gluten free". Even brands of peanut butter that aren't 100% peanuts generally don't use gluten-containing products. While there is certainly an opportunistic advertising element to all of these examples, it's also a bit Truth In Television. To legally declare a product "gluten free" you have to do gluten testing, maintain separate production facilities, etc. Gluten contamination can occur before the product even exists -- i.e., for instance, oats growing in a field where wheat was once planted.
31st Mar '17 6:25:06 AM Trueman001
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* In Britain in the late 1990s, several start-up [=ISPs=] (most notably Freeserve) offered "free" internet access -- no contract, just dial their number. What they carefully omitted to mention is that it was free of subscription charges and contract obligations, not free of all charges; fees for online time were levied via the cost of the call (the pay-as-you-go model), and like most [=PAYG=] services, it was the most expensive way of doing it. One of their rivals advertised their (conventional) [=ISP =] services as "cheaper than free".
27th Mar '17 11:05:36 AM cricri3007
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* [=YouTube=] channel Outside Xbox: the only review show guaranteed not to harvest your organs and sell them on the black market! (Claim at start of [[http://youtu.be/LKbP1NeneZA this video]]).

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* [=YouTube=] channel Outside Xbox: WebVideo/OutsideXbox: the only review show guaranteed not to harvest your organs and sell them on the black market! (Claim at start of [[http://youtu.be/LKbP1NeneZA this video]]).
10th Mar '17 4:11:22 PM MrChips2301
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* It's very common to see cheap projectors sold online with impressively high resolution mentioned in the product title, only for the detailed specs to reveal that this is the ''input'' resolution rather than the resolution it displays. So yes, the projector will happily accept a 1080p Full HD image... but it only has the hardware to project that 1080p image ''scaled down'' to 480p.
6th Mar '17 10:56:07 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Maxwell House did this same "100% hand-picked Arabica" schtick long before [=McDonald's=] thought of it, and quite a few brands in the US quickly followed suit. Folger's, significantly, does ''not'' make any such claims, mostly because their product does in fact contain a large percentage of Robusta beans. This stems from a price war in the 60s and 70s that, among other things, had companies moving to using only cheaper, harsher tasting Robusta beans. The practice had nearly killed the coffee market by the early 1980s.

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* Maxwell House did this same "100% hand-picked Arabica" schtick long before [=McDonald's=] thought of it, and quite a few brands in the US quickly followed suit. Folger's, significantly, does ''not'' make any such claims, mostly because their product does in fact contain a large percentage of Robusta beans. This stems from a price war in the 60s and 70s that, among other things, had companies moving to using only cheaper, harsher tasting Robusta beans. The practice had [[BadToTheLastDrop nearly killed killed]] the coffee market by the early 1980s.
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