History TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket / Advertising

25th Jun '17 6:46:20 PM kablammin45
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* Ads for Dyson vacuum cleaners generally avert this, by having the user of the regular vacuum cleaner actually use it correctly (although the people using the Dyson do a lot of turning to try and hide that Dysons don't work as well in straight lines), but they do like to advertise how easy it is to put away their product as it lacks a cord, by showing a woman pulling a vacuum cleaner's long cord towards her like she's trying to pull a tree stump behind her... completely ignoring the fact that most vacuum cleaners with cords have a convenient big button on them that automatically pulls the cord back in within seconds.

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* Ads for Dyson vacuum cleaners generally avert this, by having the user of the regular vacuum cleaner actually use it correctly (although the people using the Dyson do a lot of turning to try and hide that Dysons don't work as well in straight lines), but they do like to advertise how easy it is to put away their product as it lacks a cord, by showing a woman pulling a vacuum cleaner's long cord towards her like she's trying to pull a tree stump behind her... completely ignoring the fact that most vacuum cleaners with cords have a convenient big button on them that automatically pulls the cord back in within seconds.seconds.
* Ads for the Atomic Lantern , a heavily-built lantern that is very resistant to the elements, feature a man trying to eat his dinner during a power outage while holding a flashlight underneath his chin, with it inevitably falling onto his food beneath him. Apparently , no one thinks to simply put their flashlight/lantern in the middle of the table to eat during a power outage.
22nd May '17 4:32:41 AM Kadorhal
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* If you can't get a grip on your pickle jar, open a bottle of champagne, or pull a weedwhacker cord, you need a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fd1hqcbEuMM Handjob]]. And apart from the fact that it shows grown men being incapable of removing the radiator cap from their car, IT'S REAL IT'S AN ACTUAL REAL COMMERCIAL FOR A REAL THING.

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* If you can't get a grip on your pickle jar, open a bottle of champagne, or pull a weedwhacker cord, you need a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fd1hqcbEuMM Handjob]]. And apart from the fact that it shows grown men being incapable of removing the radiator cap from their car, IT'S REAL IT'S AN ACTUAL REAL COMMERCIAL FOR A REAL THING.car... it's real. It's an ''actual commercial for a real thing''.
22nd May '17 2:22:45 AM Kadorhal
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* The My Li'l Reminder features an establishing clip of someone's senile grandma lost in a parking lot, trying to find her car. Not only does she seem to lack the memory, but also basic problem-solving skills to figure out where her car might be. But have no fear, thanks to this wonder-product, this little old lady too senile to have the faintest idea where she is or what she's doing is now free to drive a... OhCrap.

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* The My Li'l Reminder features an establishing clip of someone's senile grandma lost in a parking lot, trying to find her car. Not only does she seem to lack the memory, but also basic problem-solving skills to figure out where her car might be. But have no fear, thanks to this wonder-product, this little old lady too senile to have the faintest idea where she is or what she's doing is now free to drive a... OhCrap.OhCrap



** ''Series/WorldsDumbest'' showcases ''another'' driving bib called the '''Drib''', in which the guy is simply too incompetent to eat, period: first, without the Drib, he tries to jam the hot dog into his mouth and fails, pretty much looking like an idiot. With the Drib, he's even worse, flipping it vertical and hitting his Drib-covered chest with the hotdog. Being TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket is one thing; lacking the basic hand-eye coordination of a newborn child is another. (And just like with the slop stopper, the guy who's incapable of feeding himself is driving. [[OhCrap Uh-oh.]])
* The Creator/BillyMays ad for the Jupiter Jack shows a lady struggling to talk on the phone while driving. She struggles to hold it up to her ear with the shoulder, and drops it so hard that it slides all the way across the car. Apart from looking like an idiot, making phone calls while driving (or doing anything other thing driving while driving) is heavily frowned upon and even illegal in some countries.

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** ''Series/WorldsDumbest'' showcases ''another'' driving bib called the '''Drib''', in which the guy is simply too incompetent to eat, period: first, without the Drib, he tries to jam the hot dog into his mouth and fails, pretty much looking like an idiot. With the Drib, he's even worse, flipping it vertical and hitting his Drib-covered chest with the hotdog. Being TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket is one thing; lacking the basic hand-eye coordination of a newborn child is another. (And And just like with the slop stopper, the guy who's incapable of feeding himself is driving. [[OhCrap Uh-oh.]])
is driving a car.]]
* The Creator/BillyMays ad for the Jupiter Jack shows a lady struggling to talk on the phone while driving. She struggles to hold it up to her ear with the shoulder, and drops it so hard that it slides all the way across the car. Apart from looking like an idiot, making phone calls while driving (or doing anything ''anything'' other thing driving while driving) is heavily frowned upon and even illegal in some countries.countries - granted, this is exactly what the Jupiter Jack is supposed to help with, being a hands-free device to talk to people over the phone without ever having to take your eyes off the road.



* A particularly egregious example is the Kickstarter video for the "Air Selfie," a camera drone that allows users to take pictures of themselves at any distance they want. At one point a man trying to take a picture of himself and his large group of friends at a party is having trouble using a selfie stick (a stick with a button on it), but he's somehow able to control the "Air Selfie" without any problems.

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* A particularly egregious example is the Kickstarter video for the "Air Selfie," a camera drone that allows users to take pictures of themselves at any distance they want. At one point a man trying to take a picture of himself and his large group of friends at a party is having trouble using a selfie stick (a stick with a button on it), but he's somehow able to control the "Air Selfie" a tiny quadrotor drone without any problems.



* An ad for shelves shows a woman trying to grab a jar of peanut butter out of her cupboard, only to flail around like a wacky wavy inflatable tube man as it falls to the floor before giving the camera a "what the hell" look like the viewer made her drop it.

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* An ad for shelves shows a woman trying to grab a jar of peanut butter out of her cupboard, only to flail around like a wacky wavy waving inflatable arm-flailing tube man as it falls to the floor before giving the camera a "what the hell" look like the viewer made her drop it.it.
* Ads for Dyson vacuum cleaners generally avert this, by having the user of the regular vacuum cleaner actually use it correctly (although the people using the Dyson do a lot of turning to try and hide that Dysons don't work as well in straight lines), but they do like to advertise how easy it is to put away their product as it lacks a cord, by showing a woman pulling a vacuum cleaner's long cord towards her like she's trying to pull a tree stump behind her... completely ignoring the fact that most vacuum cleaners with cords have a convenient big button on them that automatically pulls the cord back in within seconds.
16th May '17 9:21:25 PM TheSinful
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* In an inversion of DatingServiceDisaster, online dating services like [=eHarmony=] and Match.com portray people who don't use the advertised service as Too Incompetent to Find Love on Their Own and show them dating one loser after another.

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* In an inversion of DatingServiceDisaster, online dating services like [=eHarmony=] and Match.com portray people who don't use the advertised service as Too Incompetent to Find Love on Their Own and show them dating one loser after another.another.
* An ad for shelves shows a woman trying to grab a jar of peanut butter out of her cupboard, only to flail around like a wacky wavy inflatable tube man as it falls to the floor before giving the camera a "what the hell" look like the viewer made her drop it.
23rd Mar '17 5:27:08 AM Tightwire
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* If you can't get a grip on your pickle jar, open a bottle of champagne, or pull a weedwhacker cord, you need a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fd1hqcbEuMM Handjob]].

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* If you can't get a grip on your pickle jar, open a bottle of champagne, or pull a weedwhacker cord, you need a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fd1hqcbEuMM Handjob]]. And apart from the fact that it shows grown men being incapable of removing the radiator cap from their car, IT'S REAL IT'S AN ACTUAL REAL COMMERCIAL FOR A REAL THING.
23rd Mar '17 5:15:41 AM Tightwire
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* The My Li'l Reminder features an establishing clip of someone's senile grandma lost in a parking lot, trying to find her car. Not only does she seem to lack the memory, but also basic problem-solving skills to figure out where her car might be. But have no fear, thanks to this wonder-product, this little old lady too senile to have the faintest idea where she is or what she's doing is now free to drive a...OhCrap.

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* The My Li'l Reminder features an establishing clip of someone's senile grandma lost in a parking lot, trying to find her car. Not only does she seem to lack the memory, but also basic problem-solving skills to figure out where her car might be. But have no fear, thanks to this wonder-product, this little old lady too senile to have the faintest idea where she is or what she's doing is now free to drive a... OhCrap.



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1VE5qhHfPk An ad]] for the ''Wonder File'' insists that it's impossible to organize your papers, demonstrated by a woman randomly shifting papers about on a desk.
* Dyson vacuum cleaner commercials actually avert this. When demonstrating the vacuuming pattern with a regular upright, then with the Dyson Ball (the one with the huge yellow ball wheel that rounds corners easier), the user of the regular vacuum actually does a good job of using the regular upright. Which actually makes the visual improvement more believable. What it fails to show you is that the Dyson vacuum doesn't work very well in a straight line, hence all the turning in the ad.
** When Dyson shows the comparison of how easy it is to put away their product as it lacks a cord, it also shows a woman pulling a vacuum cleaner's long cord towards her like she's trying to pull a tree stump behind her... completely ignoring the fact that most vacuum cleaners with cords have a convenient big button on them to push (either with your hand or foot) that automatically pulls the cord back in within seconds.
* Pillsbury Toaster Strudel Bagel version had a voice over showing how unbelievably hard it was to prepare a real bagel... by showing a woman trying to cram one into a single slot of an upright toaster. The narrator then tells us how adding cream cheese and strawberry jam made things even worse, especially if you put it on the bagel beforehand and again try to put it in one slot.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1VE5qhHfPk An ad]] for the ''Wonder File'' insists that it's impossible to organize organise your papers, demonstrated by a woman randomly shifting papers about on a desk.
* Dyson vacuum cleaner commercials actually avert this. When demonstrating the vacuuming pattern with a regular upright, then with the Dyson Ball (the one with the huge yellow ball wheel that rounds corners easier), the user of the regular vacuum actually does a good job of using the regular upright. Which actually makes the visual improvement more believable. What it fails to show you is that the Dyson vacuum
desk. It doesn't work very well in a straight line, hence all the turning in the ad.
** When Dyson shows the comparison of how easy it is to put away their product as it lacks a cord, it also shows a woman pulling a vacuum cleaner's long cord towards her like she's trying to pull a tree stump behind her... completely ignoring the fact
mention that most vacuum cleaners with cords have organisational skills will not be improved by a convenient big button on them to push (either with change in method, but a change in attitude - and of course if you changed your hand or foot) that automatically pulls attitude to organising you probably wouldn't ''need'' the cord back in within seconds.
Wonder File.
* Pillsbury Toaster Strudel Bagel version had a voice over showing how unbelievably hard it was to prepare a real bagel... by showing a woman trying to cram one into a single slot of an upright toaster. The narrator then tells us how adding cream cheese and strawberry jam made things even worse, especially if you put it on the bagel beforehand and again try to put it in one slot.



* The Creator/BillyMays ad for the Jupiter Jack shows a lady struggling to talk on the phone while driving. She struggles to hold it up to her ear with the shoulder, and drops it so hard that it slides all the way across the car.
** Yet another example of someone who shouldn't be allowed to drive, period. Especially since in many places, talking on a hand-held phone while driving is flatly illegal - granted, that's exactly what the product is trying to help with. And with the advent of Bluetooth technology, where you can connect your phones to your car to get rid of the physical problems of holding a phone while driving, calls while driving are slowly but surely becoming much safer.

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* The Creator/BillyMays ad for the Jupiter Jack shows a lady struggling to talk on the phone while driving. She struggles to hold it up to her ear with the shoulder, and drops it so hard that it slides all the way across the car.
** Yet another example of someone who shouldn't be allowed to drive, period. Especially since in many places, talking on a hand-held
car. Apart from looking like an idiot, making phone while driving is flatly illegal - granted, that's exactly what the product is trying to help with. And with the advent of Bluetooth technology, where you can connect your phones to your car to get rid of the physical problems of holding a phone while driving, calls while driving are slowly but surely becoming much safer.(or doing anything other thing driving while driving) is heavily frowned upon and even illegal in some countries.



* One commercial for Bounty paper towels shows a father and daughter drinking a milkshake and spilling it out of the cup and a woman putting spaghetti on a plate...by tipping the pot over onto the plate.
** That's probably an intentional joke, since the ad is supposed to be about the cleaning product, not the cup or pot.



* There's this commercial for a computer-fixing company that shows this guy clicking his mouse hard for a few seconds before screaming "[[PrecisionFStrike SON OF A-]]" and smashing his laptop to bits. Apparently, people are so dumb that they'll give up after clicking for a few seconds.
** Admittedly, this may be what some people would ''like'' to do to slow computers, but still...
** Anyone who works computer tech support will confirm this to be TruthInTelevision.
** In the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' TieInNovel ''Mr. Monk Goes to Germany'', Natalie Teeger's monologue narration describes something along the lines of the example above. Note, though, that she's using it as an analogy to explain what goes through her mind right before she punches Dr. Kroger:
-->''"I read a story once about a man who couldn't get his desktop computer to work properly. After spending three fruitless hours on the phone with customer support, he threw his computer out the window of his tenth-floor apartment. Unfortunately, the computer, the monitor, and the keyboard all landed on the roof of a police car. When the police officers asked him why he did it, he shrugged and said, "I just snapped." He threw away thousands of dollars. He could have killed someone on the street. Didn't he consider for one second what he was about to do?"''
** "Yes, but it was sooooo worth it!"

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* There's this commercial for a computer-fixing company that shows this a guy clicking his mouse hard for a few seconds before screaming "[[PrecisionFStrike SON OF A-]]" and smashing his laptop to bits. Apparently, people are so dumb that they'll give up after clicking for a few seconds.
**
Admittedly, this may be what some people would ''like'' to do to slow computers, but still...
** Anyone
anyone who works computer tech support will confirm this to be TruthInTelevision.
** In the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' TieInNovel ''Mr. Monk Goes to Germany'', Natalie Teeger's monologue narration describes something along the lines of the example above. Note, though, that she's using it as an analogy to explain what goes through her mind right before she punches Dr. Kroger:
-->''"I read a story once about a man who couldn't get his desktop computer to work properly. After spending three fruitless hours on the phone with customer support, he threw his computer out the window of his tenth-floor apartment. Unfortunately, the computer, the monitor, and the keyboard all landed on the roof of a police car. When the police officers asked him why he did it, he shrugged and said, "I just snapped." He threw away thousands of dollars. He could have killed someone on the street. Didn't he consider for one second what he was about to do?"''
** "Yes, but it was sooooo worth it!"
TruthInTelevision.



* There's a product out there called the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=us-M0CtMyW4 Broccoli Wad]] ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh0UvrR8UM4 complete with a]] StupidStatementDanceMix!). [[IThoughtItMeant Despite its name]], it's really a band that you put on your dollars. Why someone would want to use it instead of a wallet or a purse is never quite explained - the only reason given is that it's "easier than a wallet" and that "wise guys don't carry their money in a wallet". Nevermind that you can't carry much other than money with it and that when you wear it, you are just ASKING to get mugged.
** Money can become slightly torn or shuffled in a wallet if it's stuffed with other things such as receipts or coins, so the product isn't completely without merit. But you'd still carry the money with the Broccoli Wad in a wallet and an ordinary thick rubber band would be just as effective.

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* There's a product out there called the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=us-M0CtMyW4 Broccoli Wad]] ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh0UvrR8UM4 complete with a]] StupidStatementDanceMix!). [[IThoughtItMeant Despite its name]], it's really a band that you put on your dollars. Why someone would want to use it instead of a wallet or a purse is never quite explained - the only reason given is that it's "easier than a wallet" and that "wise guys don't carry their money in a wallet". Nevermind that If you can't carry much other than money with it and that when handle something as simple as a wallet, you wear it, you are just ASKING to get mugged.
** Money can become slightly torn or shuffled in a wallet if it's stuffed with other things such as receipts or coins, so the product isn't completely without merit. But you'd still carry the money with the Broccoli Wad in a wallet and an ordinary thick rubber band would
probably shouldn't be just as effective.handling money.
6th Mar '17 2:13:31 PM FranksGirl
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** Though any tech support person can tell you this is sadly TruthInTelevision. There's a reason many troubleshooting guides start with "Is your computer plugged in?"

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** Though any tech support person can tell you this is sadly TruthInTelevision.TruthInTelevision, no matter what system is used. There's a reason many troubleshooting guides start with "Is your computer plugged in?"
6th Mar '17 2:11:07 PM FranksGirl
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** Though any tech support person can tell you this is sadly TruthInTelevision. There's a reason many troubleshooting guides start with "Is your computer plugged in?"
22nd Feb '17 4:02:15 AM Tightwire
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* There have been numerous ads for new ways to peel potatoes that begin by showing someone nearly slit their wrists while they hurl inch-thick slices of potato around the room. These commercials, of course, were made by people who had clearly never heard of potato peelers.

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* There have been numerous ads for new ways to peel potatoes that begin by showing someone nearly slit their wrists while they hurl inch-thick slices of potato around the room. These commercials, of course, were made by people who had room, since they have clearly never heard of learned to use a standard potato peelers.peeler. Such a person shouldn't be allowed to interact with sharp edges of any kind.



** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR1YD1uq3Eo These ads]] begin with a woman who drops something supposedly because she's using one of those old-fashioned oven mitts, but anyone who's ever used an oven will recognize that she "dropped" the thing because she only used one hand. The commercial is trying to imply that she could have held the item securely with one hand if she'd only been wearing the Ove-Glove, but two normal mitts cost less than a single Ove-Glove. Meanwhile, the fakery extends in the other direction as a woman effortlessly moves hot cookies using her new Ove-Glove, and then one of her children picks up one of the "hot" cookies bare-handed and takes a bite (say goodbye to your taste buds, kid). The Ove-Glove is apparently so amazing it protects people that aren't even wearing it.

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** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR1YD1uq3Eo These ads]] begin with a woman who drops something supposedly because she's using one of those old-fashioned oven mitts, but anyone who's ever used an oven will recognize can see that she "dropped" the thing because she only used one hand. The commercial is trying to imply that she could have held the item securely with one hand if she'd only been wearing the Ove-Glove, but two normal mitts cost less than a single Ove-Glove. Meanwhile, the fakery extends in the other direction as a woman effortlessly moves hot cookies using her new Ove-Glove, and then one of her children picks up one of the "hot" cookies bare-handed and takes a bite (say goodbye to your taste buds, kid). The Ove-Glove is apparently so amazing it protects people that aren't even wearing it.



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6e3z2H1O5zE An ad for an egg-separator]] begins by showing the ridiculous difficulty of cracking open an egg without sending the contents everywhere, a skill most folks master by their second egg. The ad also has a woman biting down on a large piece of eggshell in her muffin, something easily picked out of any badly-cracked egg. A piece of eggshell too small to see during the mixing process will usually dissolve during baking, especially in acidic muffin batter. The product was meant for people with arthritis. For the rest of us, the act of shoving an egg into a receptacle is much more time consuming than just cracking it.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6e3z2H1O5zE An ad for an egg-separator]] begins by showing the ridiculous difficulty of cracking open an egg without sending the contents everywhere, a skill most folks master by their second third egg. The ad also has a woman biting down on a large piece of eggshell in her muffin, something easily picked out of any badly-cracked egg. A piece of eggshell too small to see during the mixing process will usually dissolve during baking, especially in acidic muffin batter. The product was meant for people with arthritis. For the rest of us, the act of shoving an egg into a receptacle is much more time consuming than just cracking it.
22nd Feb '17 3:58:05 AM Tightwire
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** The commercials advertising [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huo7h53G0IM "Snuggie Wearable Blankets,"]] which begin by showing a woman who simply could not make a standard blanket work. As stated on the main page, originally the blankets were created for wheelchair users who quite literally couldn't use a regular blanket, at least not safely. Fair enough. However, when able-bodied individuals find their blankets triumphing over them, it becomes logically painful. The best part of the commercial is that the "blanket" she's too incompetent to use is actually a decorative throw - in other words, it's about ''three feet long''. No wonder she can't get warm! This was satirized in WebVideo/JacksFilms' GagDub video for the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h05ZQ7WHw8Y "WTF Blanket."]]

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** The commercials advertising [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huo7h53G0IM "Snuggie Wearable Blankets,"]] which begin by showing a woman who simply could not make a standard blanket work. As stated on the main page, originally the blankets were created for wheelchair users or even the mentally disabled who quite literally couldn't use a regular blanket, at least not safely.blanket comfortably. Fair enough. However, when able-bodied individuals find their blankets triumphing over them, it becomes logically painful. The best part of the commercial is that the "blanket" she's too incompetent to use is actually a decorative throw - in other words, it's about ''three feet long''. No wonder she can't get warm! This was satirized in WebVideo/JacksFilms' GagDub video for the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h05ZQ7WHw8Y "WTF Blanket."]]
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