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7th Jul '16 8:02:39 PM JMQwilleran
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In fiction, when characters notice the FreePrizeAtTheBottom label on their box of cereal (or other package), they will attempt to cash in immediately. This means employing a method of getting past the actual product, such as sticking one's entire arm into the box and digging around while pieces of food fall out. More innovative characters will come up with a less messy method. In some cases, they find that the prize is missing and may have already been taken.

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In fiction, when characters notice the FreePrizeAtTheBottom free prize at the bottom label on their box of cereal (or other package), they will attempt to cash in immediately. This means employing a method of getting past the actual product, such as sticking one's entire arm into the box and digging around while pieces of food fall out. More innovative characters will come up with a less messy method. In some cases, they find that the prize is missing and may have already been taken.
13th Jun '16 7:22:34 AM TonyG
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** Another episode features a box of Krusty-O's brand cereal that comes with a free jagged metal O at the bottom. Bart accidentally eats it.

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** Another episode features a box of Krusty-O's brand cereal that comes with a free jagged metal O at the bottom. Bart accidentally eats it.it, and wins a court settlement from the company, which he then spends [[spoiler:on something for Lisa, [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe because she was the only one who believed he was sick]].]] He plans to get another settlement from the new Krusty-O's prize - flesh eating bacteria.
21st May '16 5:58:51 PM erforce
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* The first edition ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' RPG adventure module "Ghost Toasties" was about an ancient gem linking to the demon lord of sugar, Hagost, being given away as a prize at the bottom of the cereal box.

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* The first edition ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' RPG adventure module "Ghost Toasties" was about an ancient gem linking to the demon lord of sugar, Hagost, being given away as a prize at the bottom of the cereal box.
3rd Mar '16 1:44:43 AM rcmerod52
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* The ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' episode "Johnny-O's" is centered around this. Johnny is sick about all the lame laser guns that come with cereal boxes, so he decides to create his own cereal--with a working laser gun as a prize inside. It comes back to bite him when Porkbelly goes crazy with the guns.
30th Jan '16 10:18:34 PM BDNeon
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A standard marketing strategy for breakfast cereals and other products meant for children is to put some sort of "prize" at the bottom of the package--typically something plastic and useless, but still [[RuleOfCool pretty cool]] to the target audience. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cracker_Jack Cracker Jack]], having started this practice in 1912, was likely [[UrExample the first to do so]].

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A standard once-standard marketing strategy for breakfast cereals and other products meant for children is was to put some sort of "prize" at the bottom of the package--typically something plastic and useless, but still [[RuleOfCool pretty cool]] to the target audience. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cracker_Jack Cracker Jack]], having started this practice in 1912, was likely [[UrExample the first to do so]].
so]]. Unfortunately, repeated instances of children simply disregarding the notice of a prize contained inside and scarfing down the contents and choking on the toys led to the widespread abolition of this practice, in some cases by legislation, in others by the willing initiative of the companies manufacturing the product for the sake of avoiding lawsuits. Cracker Jack "Prizes" are now just little paper squares that have little puzzles and stickers on them that even little kids realize are lame, and just end up being thrown away.
10th Jan '16 5:23:41 PM nombretomado
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** Also, in the episode "Waiting", SpongeBob misreads a "Free Prize Inside" message by ignoring the small print advertising a "free prize offer inside". After sending in the offer, the titular wait is SpongeBob's wait at the mail box for the prize to arrive.

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** Also, in the episode "Waiting", SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] misreads a "Free Prize Inside" message by ignoring the small print advertising a "free prize offer inside". After sending in the offer, the titular wait is SpongeBob's [=SpongeBob=]'s wait at the mail box for the prize to arrive.
7th Dec '15 9:45:24 PM PaulA
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': [[spoiler: The [[TheMovie cinematic]] [[GrandFinale grand finale]] has Mr. Boynton find an engagement ring in the bottom of a box of Cracker Jack. [[WithThisRing However, before Mr. Boynton can place the ring on Miss Brooks' finger, it's stolen by a female chimpanzee named Chiquita]]. No matter, now engaged, Mr. Boynton and Miss Brooks walk out of the zoo arm in arm.]]

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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': [[spoiler: The [[TheMovie cinematic]] [[GrandFinale ''Film/OurMissBrooks'': In this film, the cinematic grand finale]] has finale to the series of the same name, Mr. Boynton find an finds [[spoiler:an engagement ring ring]] in the bottom of a box of Cracker Jack. [[WithThisRing [[spoiler:[[WithThisRing However, before Mr. Boynton he can place the ring on Miss Brooks' finger, it's stolen by a female chimpanzee named Chiquita]]. No matter, now engaged, Mr. Boynton and Miss Brooks walk out of the zoo arm in arm.]] ]]
3rd Dec '15 7:00:38 AM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:350:At least as much nutritional value as actual cereal!]]
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2nd Dec '15 12:43:09 PM gameboy2000
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* An ''Series/AllThat'' sketch had a family taking free prizes out of all the grocery items, even the mayonnaise.
2nd Dec '15 12:40:10 PM Morgenthaler
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