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21st Jan '16 6:45:30 AM Omeganian
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* Newspaper advertisement: "Needed: a pair of twin sisters with a large difference in weight for the purpose of advertising a new diet".
15th Jan '16 5:04:59 AM Anddrix
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This sort of play is especially annoying to the scientifically-oriented-folks in the audience, because from a true comparison standpoint in science you would want the before and after pictures to be as close as possible - same lighting, same angle, same facial expression, same clothes. However the ad creators claim that this is CompletelyMissingThePoint because some people honestly ''do'' look at the pictures and think whatever it is being sold made this person happy and better. The scientifically-oriented folks are not really [[ViewersAreMorons their target market]] anyway.

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This sort of play is especially annoying to the scientifically-oriented-folks in the audience, because from a true comparison standpoint in science you would want the before and after pictures to be as close as possible - same lighting, same angle, same facial expression, same clothes. However the ad creators claim that this is CompletelyMissingThePoint because some people honestly ''do'' look at the pictures and think whatever it is being sold made this person happy and better. The scientifically-oriented folks are not really [[ViewersAreMorons their target market]] market anyway.
9th Jan '16 10:24:17 AM nombretomado
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* In an early episode of ''SpongeBobSquarePants,'' SpongeBob is watching a commercial for a product called Anchor Arms. (Rubber gloves that could be inflated to give the appearance of big muscles.) The shark in the commercial is pretty ripped, but he holds up a picture of a [[GeekPhysique skinny]] {{Nerd}}y shark, saying he used to look like that. (It's heavily implied that the nerdy shark in the picture is actually a different shark than the one hawking the product.)

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* In an early episode of ''SpongeBobSquarePants,'' SpongeBob ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants,'' [=SpongeBob=] is watching a commercial for a product called Anchor Arms. (Rubber gloves that could be inflated to give the appearance of big muscles.) The shark in the commercial is pretty ripped, but he holds up a picture of a [[GeekPhysique skinny]] {{Nerd}}y shark, saying he used to look like that. (It's heavily implied that the nerdy shark in the picture is actually a different shark than the one hawking the product.)
2nd Jan '16 6:06:39 PM nombretomado
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* In the {{pilot}} of ''UglyBetty'', Amanda's first words to Betty were "Hi, are you 'the before'?" When Betty looked confused, she added "'Before and after'? The photo shoot?"
* A variant in ''SonsOfAnarchy'', in which Jax, the BadassBiker AntiHero, finds a guy posing on Jax's bike while his girlfriend struggles with the camera. Jax volunteers to help and takes the picture. "That's the before." You can probably guess [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown what happens next]].

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* In the {{pilot}} of ''UglyBetty'', ''Series/UglyBetty'', Amanda's first words to Betty were "Hi, are you 'the before'?" When Betty looked confused, she added "'Before and after'? The photo shoot?"
* A variant in ''SonsOfAnarchy'', ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', in which Jax, the BadassBiker AntiHero, finds a guy posing on Jax's bike while his girlfriend struggles with the camera. Jax volunteers to help and takes the picture. "That's the before." You can probably guess [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown what happens next]].
15th Dec '15 10:56:03 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* An episode of ''TheFlintstones'' has Fred getting work as the "before" picture in one such ad.

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* An episode of ''TheFlintstones'' has Fred getting work as the "before" picture in one such ad. (When Wilma went to the company to complain about them embarrassing him, they saw a way to use it for their PR, and publically award him a thousand dollars [[DietEpisode if he could lose fifty pounds in a month]].)
5th Dec '15 12:08:13 PM pittsburghmuggle
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* In one of JayLeno's ''Headlines'' books, there's a picture where obviously the layout person lost a part of the clipart model's hand as the ad was being assembled (this was before computer layouts), leading Leno to remark "Of course the plan made her lose weight! ''They cut off her hand''!"

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* In one of JayLeno's Creator/JayLeno's ''Headlines'' books, there's a picture where obviously the layout person lost a part of the clipart model's hand as the ad was being assembled (this was before computer layouts), leading Leno to remark "Of course the plan made her lose weight! ''They cut off her hand''!"
9th Jul '15 5:09:45 PM tmantookie
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26th May '15 12:24:28 PM KidDynamite
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* On ''Series/GetALife'', Chris took up modeling. His first photo shoot was going to have him as the "before" picture for a diet supplement (they didn't tell him that), but Chris freaked out when they asked him to take his shirt off.


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* Subverted in the "Blow-Away Diet" sketch from ''Wrestling/SaturdayNightsMainEvent'', in which wrestler Playboy Buddy Rose supposedly lost weight with the product and got down to "a slim, trim 217 pounds" (note: Rose's gimmick was he was fat, but insisted he only weighted 217 pounds). His before and after shots are the same.
* In a 2001 episode of ''Wrestling/MondayNightRaw'', Wrsetling/ChrisJericho showed before and after pictures of Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon proving she had gotten breast implants, which she had denied.
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17th May '15 3:24:58 AM Mdumas43073
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* Creator/AlfredHitchcock was known for making a [[CreatorCameo cameo]] appearance in each of his films. His 1944 film ''Lifeboat'', however, posed a challenge: the entire story took place on a small lifeboat adrift in the middle of the Atlantic, so there was no logical or natural way for Hitch to pop up...until somebody hit on the brilliant idea of having him appear in a [[http://www.empireonline.com/images/features/hitchcock-cameos/Lifeboat.jpg fake newspaper ad]] for a fictional weight-loss drug called "Reduco".

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* Creator/AlfredHitchcock was known for making a [[CreatorCameo cameo]] appearance in each of his films. His 1944 film ''Lifeboat'', ''Film/{{Lifeboat}}'', however, posed a challenge: the entire story took place on a small lifeboat adrift in the middle of the Atlantic, so there was no logical or natural way for Hitch to pop up...until somebody hit on the brilliant idea of having him appear in a [[http://www.empireonline.com/images/features/hitchcock-cameos/Lifeboat.jpg fake newspaper ad]] for a fictional weight-loss drug called "Reduco".
15th May '15 12:45:31 AM BradyLady
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* Played for laughs in a local television commercial for a Louisville, Kentucky radio station. Before he began listening to that station, the protagonist was fat, sloppy, middle-aged, socially awkward, and stuck in a loser job. After, he became a wealthy, sexy young hunk, irresistible to women, all because of the radio station he listened to. They didn't even try to hide the fact that it was two entirely different men.[[/folder]]

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* In the very first chapter of Girls Saurus, a hulking monster confesses her love to the title character only to beat him to a pulp when he recoils from the horror. Guess who he meets 1 month later after her diet? [[http://www.mangareader.net/1194-41831-34/girls-saurus/chapter-1.html]]



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* In the very first chapter of Girls Saurus, a hulking monster confesses her love to the title character only to beat him to a pulp when he recoils from the horror. Guess who he meets 1 month later after her diet? [[http://www.mangareader.net/1194-41831-34/girls-saurus/chapter-1.html]]
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