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* In ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'', missing bears are shown [[http://kevinandkell.com/2001/kk0402.html on a carton of honey]].
** Also played straight when [[http://kevinandkell.com/2002/kk1211.html Coney is missing]], but they also add a scratch'n'sniff patch as well.
* ''{{Earthward-Ho}}!'' [[http://www.dummcomics.com/index?sid=157 spends an entire page making this joke]].

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* In ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'', missing bears are shown [[http://kevinandkell.com/2001/kk0402.html on a carton of honey]].
honey.]]
** Also played straight when [[http://kevinandkell.com/2002/kk1211.html Coney is missing]], missing,]] but they also add a scratch'n'sniff patch as well.
* ''{{Earthward-Ho}}!'' [[http://www.dummcomics.com/index?sid=157 spends an entire page making this joke]].joke.]]


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In the United States, starting during the mid-1980s and continuing until about the turn of the millenium, there was a practice of putting the faces of children who had gone missing (and were presumably kidnapped or abducted) on a milk carton, in an attempt to get neighbors of the person who had abducted the child to notice and report him or her.

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In the United States, starting during the mid-1980s and continuing until about the turn of the millenium, millennium, there was a practice of putting the faces of children who had gone missing (and were presumably kidnapped or abducted) on a milk carton, in an attempt to get neighbors of the person who had abducted the child to notice and report him or her.

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* Creator/JeffFoxworthy has a bit where when he was young, his mother sent him to the store for some milk, but he spent a long time dilly-dallying at a friend's house.
--> "By the time I got to the store and picked up the carton of milk, it had my picture on the side."
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The United States has since developed the ''Amber Alert'' system, so within a few hours of an abduction a report of a missing child can be broadcast on TV or radio, sent via text message or in some cases posted on Expressway notice signs. This means that in some cases the announcement can be passed on to the public in mere minutes, which makes the several weeks notice it would take to get a photograph on a milk carton superfluous. They are supplemented by ADVO cards, which have an ad on the front and a picture of a missing child on the back, and are mailed regularly to homes. Many large stores also have a collection of "missing" posters displayed near the doors, where customers entering and exiting can see them, and some trucks and vans will have them on their back windows.

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The United States has since developed the ''Amber Alert'' system, so within a few hours of an abduction a report of a missing child can be broadcast on TV or radio, sent via text message or in some cases posted on Expressway notice signs. This means that in some cases the announcement can be passed on to the public in mere minutes, which makes the several weeks notice it would take to get a photograph on a milk carton superfluous. They are supplemented by ADVO cards, which have an ad on the front and a picture of a missing child on the back, and are mailed regularly to homes. Many large stores also have a collection of "missing" posters displayed near the doors, where customers entering and exiting can see them, and some trucks and vans will have them on their back windows.
windows. In the Internet age, in addition to the Amber alerts, the family of the missing child may post something on the Internet. This ''can'' backfire, however: even if the child ''is'' found and the alert post is no longer relevant, it will still be circulated through email inboxes, blogs, and social media. And sometimes, well-meaning people pass them on, even if it turns out that they are misunderstandings, missing information, outdated, or outright hoaxes.


* In Uncle Bonsai's "Where's the Milk?", a woman's husband walks out on her under the pretense of going out to buy milk, prompting her to a series of milk-related philosophical quandaries:

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* In Uncle Bonsai's Music/UncleBonsai's "Where's the Milk?", a woman's husband walks out on her under the pretense of going out to buy milk, prompting her to a series of milk-related philosophical quandaries:

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* ''Webcomic/{{Precocious}}'': [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/copperroad/2013/12/01 This]] is how Quincy realizes he's been spending too much time at Kaitlyn's house.


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* In ''ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder'' a.k.a. ''ASBAR'', Superman sees the face of Dick Grayson on a milk carton. Particularly jarring, as Dick had been [[strike:kidnapped]] taken in by Batman ''that very day''. From one review of [[http://www.i-mockery.com/comics/longbox7/default.php the comic]]

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* In ''ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder'' a.k.a. ''ASBAR'', Superman sees the face of Dick Grayson on a milk carton. Particularly jarring, as Dick had been [[strike:kidnapped]] taken in by Batman ''that very day''. From one review of [[http://www.i-mockery.com/comics/longbox7/default.php the comic]]



** Of course, with the comic's [[ScheduleSlip release schedule]], it makes a twisted kind of sense.



* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' (circa 2000) once joked that RealLife {{Animal Wrongs Group}}s care more about the cow used to produce a carton of milk than the missing child on the side.

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(circa 2000) once joked that RealLife {{Animal Wrongs Group}}s care more about the cow used to produce a carton of milk than the missing child on the side.



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* PlayedWith in ''Fanfic/DisneyHighSchool.'' The milk carton has an advertisement for the Memorial Light Festival, held every year to commemorate a girl who was kidnapped as a baby. Gothel seems annoyed by this, [[IllegalGuardian for some reason]].

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* PlayedWith in ''Fanfic/DisneyHighSchool.'' The Several ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' cartoons have parodied this:
** One featured a couple of urban giraffes having breakfast, with a photo on an extremely tall
milk carton has an advertisement (to fit in the long neck).
** Another had pictures of locomotives (and the writing "Have you seen me?") on milk cartons; the comic caption was... "Runaway trains".
** Another strip featured a milk carton with a picture of a many-eyed alien, again with "Have you seen me?" written on it.
* ''The Rejection Collection'', a collection of cartoons that were too offensive
for ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'', contains one cartoon with an unusual take on this. A scruffy-looking sort is shown looking over all the Memorial Light Festival, held every year pictures on the various cartons in a grocery store, and saying to commemorate a girl who was kidnapped as a baby. Gothel seems annoyed by this, [[IllegalGuardian for some reason]].himself, "Need . . . Got . . . Need . . . Need . . . Got . . ." (And no, he [[{{Squick}} probably wasn't collecting the cartons]].)
* ''ComicStrip/MotherGooseAndGrimm'' featured one with Amelia Earhart.



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* In ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie'', Robin's aunt has Robin's face printed on milk cartons when she runs away, which is how she finds her.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie'', Robin's aunt has Robin's face printed on milk cartons when she runs away, which is how she finds her.



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* Several ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' cartoons have parodied this:
** One featured a couple of urban giraffes having breakfast, with a photo on an extremely tall milk carton (to fit in the long neck).
** Another had pictures of locomotives (and the writing "Have you seen me?") on milk cartons; the comic caption was... "Runaway trains".
** Another strip featured a milk carton with a picture of a many-eyed alien, again with "Have you seen me?" written on it.
* ''The Rejection Collection'', a collection of cartoons that were too offensive for ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'', contains one cartoon with an unusual take on this. A scruffy-looking sort is shown looking over all the pictures on the various cartons in a grocery store, and saying to himself, "Need . . . Got . . . Need . . . Need . . . Got . . ." (And no, he [[{{Squick}} probably wasn't collecting the cartons]].)
* ''ComicStrip/MotherGooseAndGrimm'' featured one with Amelia Earhart.
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* PlayedWith in ''Webcomic/DisneyHighSchool.'' The milk carton has an advertisement for the Memorial Light Festival, held every year to commemorate a girl who was kidnapped as a baby. Gothel seems annoyed by this, [[IllegalGuardian for some reason]].

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* In Uncle Bonsai's "Where's the Milk?", a woman's husband walks out on her under the pretense of going out to buy milk, prompting her to a series of milk-related philosophical quandaries:
-->Every day I climbed into the car to drive to work and had to\\
Pass by all those groc'ry stores and markets on the way\\
Limping through the produce toward the dairy case and wondering\\
If I would see your face upon the milk cartons some day.

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SubTrope to MissingChild.

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* In the ''ComicBook/SinCity'' yarn ''Hell and Back'', The Colonel, head of an assassins guild, threatens the police commissioner's son and is swiftly executed. The commissioner orders the department "make a missing person out of the fucker" and his photo is seen on a milk carton.


* The music video to Music/{{Eminem}}'s song "The Real Slim Shady" shows Eminem's {{Mentor|s}} Dr. Dre on a milk carton (with a very beleaguered expression) just as the lyrics go ''And Dr. Dre said[[{{Beat}} ...]]/Nothing you idiots! Dr. Dre's dead/He's locked in my basement!''

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* The music video to Music/{{Eminem}}'s song "The Real Slim Shady" shows Eminem's {{Mentor|s}} Dr. Dre Music/DrDre on a milk carton (with a very beleaguered expression) just as the lyrics go ''And Dr. Dre said[[{{Beat}} ...]]/Nothing you idiots! Dr. Dre's dead/He's locked in my basement!''


* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''. An [[EasyAmnesia amnesiac]] Scrooge [=McDuck=] goes to a milk carton factory, hoping to see his picture on a carton. He gets kicked out for being a "wise guy".

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* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''.''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987''. An [[EasyAmnesia amnesiac]] Scrooge [=McDuck=] goes to a milk carton factory, hoping to see his picture on a carton. He gets kicked out for being a "wise guy".


* Supposedly the first face on a milk carton was that of Etan Patz, a six-year-old boy who disappeared in New York City 1979 while walking two blocks to catch his school bus. Patz was never found. A man confessed to Patz's murder in 2012, but the trial ended in a hung jury.

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* Supposedly the first face on a milk carton was that of Etan Patz, a six-year-old boy who disappeared in New York City 1979 while walking two blocks to catch his school bus. Patz was never found. A man confessed to Patz's murder in 2012, but 2012; while the first trial ended in a hung jury.jury, the man was found guilty in the second trial held in 2017 and sentenced to 25 years to life in jail.


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