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31st Dec '17 11:16:50 AM DrFraud
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* There's a book of short stories - "Clarence, the TV Dog" - where in one of them there's a prize for the best entry on why they like the sponsor's product, which is cod liver oil. Well, the dog likes it, and the kid who wants to win pretends to be the dog by claiming that's his name. A rep from the manufacturer comes to see them because his was the only entry that claimed the actual person entering liked it (all the others said someone else, other than that person, did) and has brought some cod liver oil with him to see the contest winner actually drink the product. Calling out the kid's "name" - which is actually the dog's name - keeps making the dog come over, and the kid can't pretend that the awful tasting liquid is delicious. So he doesn't win the first prize, but does win the second. A six months' supply of cod liver oil.
* In Robert [=McCloskey=]'s ''Centerburg Tales'' the town's children proudly show off the jacks sets and tops they received from sending in Whoopsy-Doodle Breakfast Food boxtops to Grampa Hercules, who reminisces about the time when he saved up chewing tobacco plugs to receive a music box. Uncle Ulysses, however, complains about how his lunchroom is now the "proud" owner of six dozen topless boxes of Whoopsy-Doodles, which Grampa Hercules offers to feed to his chickens.
-->"It's a deal," said Uncle Ulysses. "Last year I had to throw out seventy-two boxes of Wheatsy-Beatsies."\\
"I remember," growled the sheriff. "And all of you young uns were shootin' up the town with yer Wheatsy-Beatsy Ray Guns! Every time I turned around, an Eatsy-Wheatsy Gay Run anged off in my beer--I mean ear!"

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* There's a book of short stories - "Clarence, the TV Dog" - where in one of them there's a prize for the best entry on why they like the sponsor's product, which is cod liver oil. Well, the dog likes it, and the kid who wants to win pretends to be the dog by claiming that's his name. A rep from the manufacturer comes to see them because his was the only entry that claimed the actual person entering liked it (all the others said someone else, other than that person, did) and has brought some cod liver oil with him to see the contest winner actually drink the product. Calling out the kid's "name" - which is actually the dog's name - keeps making the dog come over, and the kid can't pretend that the awful tasting liquid is delicious. So he doesn't win the first prize, but does win the second. A six months' supply of cod liver oil.
* In Robert [=McCloskey=]'s ''Centerburg Tales'' the town's local children proudly show off the jacks sets and tops they received from sending in Whoopsy-Doodle Breakfast Food boxtops box tops to Grampa Hercules, who reminisces about the time when he saved up saving chewing tobacco plugs to receive a music box. Uncle Ulysses, however, complains about how his lunchroom is now the "proud" owner of six dozen topless boxes of Whoopsy-Doodles, which Grampa Hercules offers to feed to his chickens.
-->"It's a deal," said Uncle Ulysses. "Last year I had to throw out seventy-two boxes of Wheatsy-Beatsies."\\
"I remember," growled the sheriff. "And all of you young uns were shootin' up the town with yer Wheatsy-Beatsy Ray Guns! Every time I turned around, an Eatsy-Wheatsy Gay Run anged off in my beer--I mean ear!"
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* Music/TomLehrer's "It Makes a Fellow Proud to Be a Soldier", on the album ''Music/AnEveningWastedWithTomLehrer'', parodies this, or rather parodies the military's staffing standards of the time through the medium of this trope. An up-and-coming young Lieutenant is said to be destined for a promotion to Captain... once he collects enough boxtops.

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* Music/TomLehrer's "It Makes a Fellow Proud to Be a Soldier", on the album ''Music/AnEveningWastedWithTomLehrer'', parodies this, or rather parodies the military's staffing standards of the time through the medium of this trope. An up-and-coming young Lieutenant is said to be destined for a promotion to Captain... once he collects enough boxtops.box tops.
19th Dec '17 3:27:36 PM Alvin
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* There's a book of short stories - if some other editor remembers, please insert its name - where in one of them there's a prize for the best entry on why they like the sponsor's product, which is cod liver oil. Well, the dog likes it, and the kid who wants to win pretends to be the dog by claiming that's his name. A rep from the manufacturer comes to see them because his was the only entry that claimed the actual person entering liked it (all the others said someone else, other than that person, did) and has brought some cod liver oil with him to see the contest winner actually drink the product. Calling out the kid's "name" - which is actually the dog's name - keeps making the dog come over, and the kid can't pretend that the awful tasting liquid is delicious. So he doesn't win the first prize, but does win the second. A six months' supply of cod liver oil.

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* There's a book of short stories - if some other editor remembers, please insert its name "Clarence, the TV Dog" - where in one of them there's a prize for the best entry on why they like the sponsor's product, which is cod liver oil. Well, the dog likes it, and the kid who wants to win pretends to be the dog by claiming that's his name. A rep from the manufacturer comes to see them because his was the only entry that claimed the actual person entering liked it (all the others said someone else, other than that person, did) and has brought some cod liver oil with him to see the contest winner actually drink the product. Calling out the kid's "name" - which is actually the dog's name - keeps making the dog come over, and the kid can't pretend that the awful tasting liquid is delicious. So he doesn't win the first prize, but does win the second. A six months' supply of cod liver oil.
17th Sep '17 9:37:45 PM PaulA
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-->--'''Music/TomLehrer''', "It Makes a Fellow Proud to Be a Soldier"

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-->--'''Music/TomLehrer''', "It Makes a Fellow Proud to Be a Soldier"
Soldier", ''Music/AnEveningWastedWithTomLehrer''



* Music/TomLehrer's "It Makes a Fellow Proud to Be a Soldier" parodies this, or rather parodies the military's staffing standards of the time through the medium of this trope. An up-and-coming young Lieutenant is said to be destined for a promotion to Captain... once he collects enough boxtops.

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* Music/TomLehrer's "It Makes a Fellow Proud to Be a Soldier" Soldier", on the album ''Music/AnEveningWastedWithTomLehrer'', parodies this, or rather parodies the military's staffing standards of the time through the medium of this trope. An up-and-coming young Lieutenant is said to be destined for a promotion to Captain... once he collects enough boxtops.
23rd Feb '17 6:37:44 AM DrFraud
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* Music/TomLehrer's "It Makes a Fellow Proud to Be a Soldier" parodies this, or rather parodies the military's staffing standards of the time through the medium of this trope. An up-and-coming young Lieutenant is said to be destined for a promotion to Captain... Once he collects enough boxtops.

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* Music/TomLehrer's "It Makes a Fellow Proud to Be a Soldier" parodies this, or rather parodies the military's staffing standards of the time through the medium of this trope. An up-and-coming young Lieutenant is said to be destined for a promotion to Captain... Once once he collects enough boxtops.
23rd Feb '17 6:34:59 AM DrFraud
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* In Robert [=McCloskey=]'s ''Centerburg Tales'' the town's children proudly show off the jacks sets and tops they received from sending in Whoopsy-Doodle Breakfast Food boxtops to Grandpa Hercules, who reminisces about the time when he saved up chewing tobacco plugs to receive a music box. Uncle Ulysses, however, complains about how his lunchroom is now the "proud" owner of six dozen topless boxes of Whoopsy-Doodles, which Grandpa Hercules offers to feed to his chickens.

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* In Robert [=McCloskey=]'s ''Centerburg Tales'' the town's children proudly show off the jacks sets and tops they received from sending in Whoopsy-Doodle Breakfast Food boxtops to Grandpa Grampa Hercules, who reminisces about the time when he saved up chewing tobacco plugs to receive a music box. Uncle Ulysses, however, complains about how his lunchroom is now the "proud" owner of six dozen topless boxes of Whoopsy-Doodles, which Grandpa Grampa Hercules offers to feed to his chickens.
23rd Feb '17 6:30:31 AM DrFraud
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* In Robert [=McCloskey=]'s ''Centerburg Tales'' the town's children proudly show off the jacks sets and tops they received from sending in Whoopsy-Doodle Breakfast Food boxtops to Grandpa Hercules, who reminisces about the time when he saved up chewing tobacco plugs to receive a music box. Uncle Ulysses, however, complains about how his lunchroom is now the "proud" owner of six dozen topless boxes of Whoopsy-Doodles, which Grandpa Hercules offers to feed to his chickens.
-->"It's a deal," said Uncle Ulysses. "Last year I had to throw out seventy-two boxes of Wheatsy-Beatsies."\\
"I remember," growled the sheriff. "And all of you young uns were shootin' up the town with yer Wheatsy-Beatsy Ray Guns! Every time I turned around, an Eatsy-Wheatsy Gay Run anged off in my beer--I mean ear!"
11th Jan '17 6:10:16 PM nombretomado
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* In the Dorothy Sayers novel ''[[LordPeterWimsey Murder Must Advertise]]'', Lord Peter Wimsey comes up with a marketing campaign based on this scheme while working undercover in an advertising agency.

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* In the Dorothy Sayers novel ''[[LordPeterWimsey ''[[Literature/LordPeterWimsey Murder Must Advertise]]'', Lord Peter Wimsey comes up with a marketing campaign based on this scheme while working undercover in an advertising agency.
5th Jul '16 6:28:24 AM Nepeta
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* In ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'', Colias Palaeno, the Ambassador of Babahl, keeps handing out coupons in order to drum up tourism -- they can only be redeemed in Babahl.

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* In ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'', Colias Palaeno, the Ambassador of Babahl, keeps handing out coupons in order to drum up tourism -- [[ButThouMust they can only be redeemed in Babahl.Babahl]].
20th Mar '16 5:33:58 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''AngryBeavers'' episode "Box Top Beavers", Dag picks brands of cereal that have cheap toys in the box, while Norb picks brands of cereal that give you cool toys for sending in the box tops. When Dag decides to go for the cool prize (a ''[[RefugeInAudacity street sweeper]]''), and finally finishes eating 10,000 boxes of cereal, he finds out that the sponsors have discontinued the promotion, and the brothers infiltrate the factory to get the prize.

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* In the ''AngryBeavers'' ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'' episode "Box Top Beavers", Dag picks brands of cereal that have cheap toys in the box, while Norb picks brands of cereal that give you cool toys for sending in the box tops. When Dag decides to go for the cool prize (a ''[[RefugeInAudacity street sweeper]]''), and finally finishes eating 10,000 boxes of cereal, he finds out that the sponsors have discontinued the promotion, and the brothers infiltrate the factory to get the prize.



* In ''HeyArnold'', Arnold and Gerald need to collect 50 cereal box coupons to earn a children's telescope so they can see an upcoming passing comet. Since they collected half of the coupons, they invite their friends and neighbors for the remaining cereal.

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* In ''HeyArnold'', ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', Arnold and Gerald need to collect 50 cereal box coupons to earn a children's telescope so they can see an upcoming passing comet. Since they collected half of the coupons, they invite their friends and neighbors for the remaining cereal.
22nd Sep '15 7:29:58 PM oknazevad
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* In the ''ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS'' comic book story "Dennis vs. Television", which was also translated into Spanish, Dennis collected cereal box tops without actually buying the cereal, hoping to win a big prize.
* Calvin from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' once saved up weeks of cereal box tops to get a propeller beanie that he incorrectly thought would make him fly.



*In the ''ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS'' comic book story "Dennis vs. Television", which was also translated into Spanish, Dennis collected cereal box tops without actually buying the cereal, hoping to win a big prize.



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