History TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket / Advertising

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."]]
15th Feb '17 5:54:22 PM Kadorhal
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* [[CableSatelliteMudslinging Both Cable and Satellite TV]] sell their service by using utter incompetence to demonstrate the competitor's equipment. (Never mind that both satellite and cable have only one cable that runs to the back of the [=TV=] from the wall, digital cable often uses the same boxes as digital satellite, and that the remote controls are virtually identical. The complications arise in hooking up the ''rest'' of the peripherals, e.g., [=DVD=] players, game consoles, the sound system...)

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* [[CableSatelliteMudslinging Both Cable and Satellite TV]] sell their service by using utter incompetence to demonstrate the competitor's equipment. (Never mind that both satellite and cable have only one cable that runs to the back of the [=TV=] from the wall, digital cable often uses the same boxes as digital satellite, and that the remote controls are virtually identical. The complications arise in hooking up the ''rest'' of the peripherals, e.g., [=DVD=] DVD players, game consoles, the sound system...)



* The person in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KBXcpJfmj4 Big City Slider]] commercial trying to make normal burgers simply ''should not be allowed near a stove''. Note how he goes on and on about how you can actually put stuff on your slider after cooking them with the BCS Machine. Y'know, as if you couldn't already do that with a slider cooked the traditional way. For extra fun, when he says "Clean-up's a breeze!" the magic hands use a paper towel to dab delicately at a BCS Machine that has clearly never been used, ever. [[note]]Fun fact: that's Creator/BillyMays with his sleeves rolled down. His superhuman abilities were apparently dependent on whether his sleeves were rolled up or not.[[/note]]

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* The person in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KBXcpJfmj4 Big City Slider]] commercial trying to make normal burgers simply ''should not be allowed near a stove''. Note how he goes on and on about how you can actually put stuff on your slider after cooking them with the BCS Machine. Y'know, Machine, as if you couldn't already do that with a slider cooked the traditional way. For extra fun, when he says "Clean-up's a breeze!" the magic hands use a paper towel to dab delicately at a BCS Machine that has clearly never been used, ever. [[note]]Fun fact: that's Creator/BillyMays with his sleeves rolled down. His superhuman abilities were apparently dependent on whether his sleeves were rolled up or not.[[/note]]



** Even worse since the commercial acts as if your kids doing things like "yelling, backtalking, lying" are abnormal, a sign of them going down a horribly wrong path. While these certainly aren't desirable behaviors, they are also ''completely normal'' for a teenager--so normal, in fact, that their ''absence'' would be a greater sign of them having a problem.

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** Even worse since the commercial acts as if your kids doing things like "yelling, backtalking, and lying" are abnormal, a sign of them going down a horribly wrong path. While these certainly aren't desirable behaviors, they are also ''completely normal'' for a teenager--so normal, in fact, that their ''absence'' would be [[OoCIsSeriousBusiness a greater sign sign]] of them having a problem.



* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2ALMu7_1qw Covermate commercial]] shows a woman in an epic struggle with a roll of cling wrap. It then shows her pawing through a box full of lids for the "right" one - but watch carefully: the lid she eventually angrily rejects actually fits the container she's trying to cover. Plastic containers and their lids can warp after time. Doesn't make the commercial any less silly, but there's a grain of truth there. Also, cling wrap can be notoriously frustrating to unroll, but that's a whole different product idea.
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21lnTcOjbyM Shoe-dini]] commercials take this trope possibly as far as it can go; the ad shows people trying and failing spectacularly to ''put on slip-on shoes''; in other words, they're unsuccessfully trying to put on shoes that require absolutely no physical effort to put on, besides moving your feet. They seem to be trying to force the shoes onto their feet without stretching the hole whatsoever; sure enough, the Shoe-dini is designed to stretch the shoe's hole, and said people have absolutely no problem using it. While the Shoe-dini clearly has a specific target audience in mind, mainly elderly people who have limited mobility issues due to chronic back and arthritis pain, the commercial just comes off as insulting. Up until April 2010-ish the slogan for Shoe-dini was "It's not just a shoe horn, it's a shoe horn on a stick!" Apparently they only in hindsight realized just how clearly this shed light on their shoe-based incompetency presented in the ad (a great deal of shoe horns are on sticks already...). It has since been changed to "It's not just a shoe horn, it's Shoe-dini!"

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* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2ALMu7_1qw Covermate commercial]] shows a woman in an epic struggle with a roll of cling wrap. It then shows her pawing through a box full of lids for the "right" one - but watch carefully: the lid she eventually angrily rejects actually fits the container she's trying to cover. Plastic Granted, plastic containers and their lids can warp after time. Doesn't time, giving it a small grain of truth, but that doesn't make the commercial any less silly, but there's a grain of truth there.silly. Also, cling wrap can be notoriously frustrating to unroll, but that's a whole different product idea.
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21lnTcOjbyM Shoe-dini]] commercials take this trope possibly as far as it can go; the ad shows people trying and failing spectacularly to ''put on slip-on shoes''; in other words, they're unsuccessfully trying to put on shoes that require absolutely no physical effort to put on, besides moving your feet. They seem to be trying to force the shoes onto their feet without stretching the hole whatsoever; sure enough, the Shoe-dini is designed to stretch the shoe's hole, and said people have absolutely no problem using it. While the Shoe-dini clearly has a specific target audience in mind, mainly elderly people who have limited mobility issues due to chronic back and arthritis pain, the commercial just comes off as insulting. Up until April 2010-ish the slogan for Shoe-dini was "It's not just a shoe horn, it's a shoe horn on a stick!" Apparently they only in hindsight realized just how clearly this shed light on their shoe-based incompetency presented in the ad (a great deal of shoe horns are on sticks already...). already). It has since been changed to "It's not just a shoe horn, [[ShapedLikeItself it's Shoe-dini!"Shoe-dini!]]"



* Commercials for both Bing and text-message-based info service KGB show people who can't figure out ''Google''. "There's sooo many links!" Though at least KGB has the niche market of people without smartphones. The Bing example is especially silly, since Bing generally has as many links as Google. It even shows a picture of a Bing search ''with links'' at the end. The Bing people also don't seem to realize that the point of a search engine is to ''find information'', and not having as many links isn't exactly a selling point. Also note that if you put in the exact name of what you're looking up, what you're looking for will almost always be the first link that comes up, probably over 99% of the time. If it isn't, it'll either be on the first page somewhere (usually toward the top, like the second to fourth) or what you're looking for doesn't exist (or it's obscured by something that half-matches your search terms but is much more "relevant"). And it's become HilariousInHindsight now that Google is accusing Bing of stealing its links. ''Series/TheColbertReport'' even [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/373135/february-02-2011/bing-gets-served did a segment on how Google figured it out.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYVCk10AzS0 This video]] sums up the comparison very well.
* There exists a certain exercise device. It's a jump rope...but without the rope. According to the commercial, more people don't jump rope because it's too hard. It acts as if jumping rope takes a lot of skill and coordination. Apparently these people were so sheltered as children that they did not jump rope on the playground at recess. Later in the ad it claims that you only need to bend your knees. Repeat: This is a ''jump rope'', without the ''rope'', and you don't need to ''jump''. This abomination simply should not exist, period. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va2Ydlf2cqc The Jump Snap.]]

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* Commercials for both Bing and text-message-based info service KGB show people who can't figure out ''Google''. "There's sooo many links!" Though at least KGB has the niche market of people without smartphones. The Bing example is especially silly, since Bing generally has as many links as Google. It even shows a picture of a Bing search ''with links'' at the end. The Bing people also don't seem to realize that the point of a search engine is to ''find information'', and not having as many links isn't exactly a selling point. Also note that if you put in the exact name or a decent description of what you're looking up, what you're looking for will almost always be the first link that comes up, probably over 99% of the time. If it isn't, it'll either be time, or elsewhere on the first page somewhere (usually toward the top, like the second to fourth) or what you're looking for doesn't exist (or it's obscured by something that half-matches your search terms but is much more "relevant").fourth). And it's become HilariousInHindsight now that Google is accusing Bing of stealing its links. ''Series/TheColbertReport'' even [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/373135/february-02-2011/bing-gets-served did a segment on how Google figured it out.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYVCk10AzS0 This video]] sums up the comparison very well.
* There exists a certain exercise device. It's a jump rope... but without the rope. According to the commercial, more people don't jump rope because it's too hard. It acts as if jumping rope takes a lot of skill and coordination. Apparently these people were so sheltered as children that they did not jump rope on the playground at recess. Later in the ad it claims that you only need to bend your knees. Repeat: This is a ''jump rope'', without the ''rope'', and you don't need to ''jump''. This abomination simply should not exist, period. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va2Ydlf2cqc The Jump Snap.]]



** Coordination is ''part of the challenge'' of jumping rope. Not to mention, [[YouFailLogicForever can't you jump in place while flapping your arms for free??]]

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** Coordination is ''part of the challenge'' of jumping rope. Not to mention, [[YouFailLogicForever can't you jump in place while flapping your arms for free??]]free?]]
14th Feb '17 6:29:34 AM StarTropes
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* The ad for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jE1YOXJcn8 Handy Heater]] presents a woman fiddling with a blanket and sweater in a hopeless attempt to warm up. Too incompetent to operate a sweater?

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* The ad for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jE1YOXJcn8 Handy Heater]] presents a woman fiddling with a blanket and sweater in a hopeless attempt to warm up. Too incompetent to operate a sweater?sweater?
* 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.
4th Jan '17 2:10:24 PM Gimere
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* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' offers a few more examples in their article [[http://www.cracked.com/article_15768_as-seen-on-tv-10-most-laughably-misleading-ads.html "As Seen on TV: The 10 Most Laughably Misleading Ads."]] Who'd have thought that ''capping a normal pen'' could be so hard? The commercial cheats by using a cap that is so chewed up that it's unusable. The commercial in question is for the [=MagneScribe=] pen. It shows a girl flailing around under a piece of furniture for her fallen pen, displaying the eyesight of a mole and the arm span of a ''T. rex''. Of course, the [=MagneScribe=] pen can't fall out of your hand; if you drop it the pen will come flying back through the air and re-attach itself to the magical pendant. Now it sells for $30, which the article notes is enough money that you could easily buy '''''three hundred''''' regular pens with.
** And in the [=MagneScribe=] commercial, the lady writes down an order for her first [=MagneScribe=] pen ''[[MindScrew with a MagneScribe pen]]''. It seems that once you've bought it the MagnaScribe will even return to you ''[[StableTimeLoop through time and space.]]''

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* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' offers a few more examples in their article [[http://www.cracked.com/article_15768_as-seen-on-tv-10-most-laughably-misleading-ads.html "As Seen on TV: The 10 Most Laughably Misleading Ads."]] Who'd have thought that ''capping a normal pen'' could be so hard? The commercial cheats by using a cap that is so chewed up that it's unusable. The commercial in question is for the [=MagneScribe=] pen. It shows a girl flailing around under a piece of furniture for her fallen pen, displaying the eyesight of a mole and the arm span of a ''T. rex''. Of course, the [=MagneScribe=] pen can't fall out of your hand; if you drop it the pen will come flying back through the air and re-attach itself to the magical pendant. Now it sells for $30, which the article notes is enough money that you could easily buy '''''three hundred''''' ''three hundred'' regular pens with.
** And in the [=MagneScribe=] commercial, the lady writes down an order for her first [=MagneScribe=] pen ''[[MindScrew with a MagneScribe pen]]''. It seems that once you've bought it the MagnaScribe [=MagneScribe=] will even return to you ''[[StableTimeLoop through time and space.]]''
13th Dec '16 6:44:56 PM KD
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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 black 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 black 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.problems.
* The ad for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jE1YOXJcn8 Handy Heater]] presents a woman fiddling with a blanket and sweater in a hopeless attempt to warm up. Too incompetent to operate a sweater?
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