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   Undertoad  Thursday Dec 4 01:48 PM

12/4/2003: Baby / cockroach ad



(Sorry to any UK readers who are already aware of this)

This is an advertisement. One assumes it's also a fake.

It's an advertisement from Barnardo's, a childrens charity group in the UK, who wanted to point out how 1 in 3 children in Britain are born into poverty. Thus the not-at-all-obvious pun, altering "born with a silver spoon in his mouth" with "silver cockroach". Yes, that's what they intend; the campaign, which is defended here by Barnardo's, is entitled "Silver Spoon".

In turn, this has led to the most complaints to the government's Advertising Standards Authority since a condom ad in 1995.

If it was intended to both offend and get publicity, I guess it did; stirred up media attention.



DNK  Thursday Dec 4 02:17 PM

I don't understand what the big deal is. The way I see it, that baby was born with food in it's mouth. Good protein. Sheesh.




GBA

DNK



FileNotFound  Thursday Dec 4 02:18 PM

Doesn't that baby's head look mishaped?



Kitsune  Thursday Dec 4 02:38 PM

Great timing on that image, too -- I was just sitting down to lunch with a fresh, crunchy salad.

Hurk.



Happy Monkey  Thursday Dec 4 02:43 PM

Newborns often have misshaped heads. They usually even out eventually.



Kitsune  Thursday Dec 4 02:45 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Happy Monkey
Newborns often have misshaped heads. They usually even out eventually.
And they have that cool soft spot thing, too. We call it "the reset button", because they stop crying when you press it.


jinx  Thursday Dec 4 02:48 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Happy Monkey
Newborns often have misshaped heads. They usually even out eventually.
They often have cone heads - that baby's head is freakin' square.


FileNotFound  Thursday Dec 4 02:51 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Kitsune


And they have that cool soft spot thing, too. We call it "the reset button", because they stop crying when you press it.


EEEEEEP!!!

Tell me more.


DNK  Thursday Dec 4 02:59 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Happy Monkey
Newborns often have misshaped heads. They usually even out eventually.


Not always:





Grew up to be:








Okay, not really.

But there was the ancient tribe (for lack of a better word) that found coneheads attractive. Here's a skull:




GBA

DNK


juju  Thursday Dec 4 03:09 PM

Thank god I no longer have roaches.



e unibus plurum  Thursday Dec 4 03:30 PM

just be careful of his little fontenelle!



FileNotFound  Thursday Dec 4 03:35 PM

Tribe? Coneheads?

How did they shape the skull? What about the brain cavity?



chrisinhouston  Thursday Dec 4 03:39 PM

Not the best photoshoping job I've ever seen.

Hey didn't the last issue of the Weekly World News have an article on some kind of bug that gets in your head and eats your brain?

Everybody be very careful



DNK  Thursday Dec 4 03:47 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by FileNotFound
Tribe? Coneheads?

How did they shape the skull? What about the brain cavity?

Well, if I recall, some were found in Africa, some in South America. It was considered a sign of beauty, the more elongated the skull was. I think they did tight head wraps, same as those long neck people, or the big hole ear people, just stepped up progressions until the desired look was acheived. But what is eerie, is what could have been the motivation to emulate elongated skull structure?
















Perhaps?



GBA

DNK


juju  Thursday Dec 4 03:49 PM

Source?



chrisinhouston  Thursday Dec 4 03:50 PM

Here is the Condom ad that got pulled in 1995. It was a health and safety ad from the British Safety Council that features Pope John Paul II in a hard hat under the motto ' The 11th commandment - always wear a condom'. This ad illustrates pretty well how tricky the job of vetting can be. The ASA's adjudication acknowledged the educational good intent in the advert but upheld that it was deeply offensive to Catholics, particularly in view of the unauthorised use of an image of his Holiness and that church's ethical stance on the prohibition of contraception.



DNK  Thursday Dec 4 03:57 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by juju
Source?
My freakin head.

Dude, I'm just throwin some shit out that I saw on TV, so you know it has to be true. I found a website that I suppose documents it but its in Spanish, a language that I can't read. Here's the link.


Not tryin to pass it off as fact, just food for thought.


GBA

DNK

edited for grammer


juju  Thursday Dec 4 04:06 PM

Interesting! Very interesting.

Here's a rough translation.

(edit: actually, this site is in english)



juju  Thursday Dec 4 04:17 PM

For them to try to say that these are a new species that came before Homo sapiens is total B.S. Human's didn't come to the new world until about 11,000 years ago!



bmgb  Thursday Dec 4 04:39 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by DNK
Dude, I'm just throwin some shit out that I saw on TV
I believe I also saw that TV show, and if it was the same one, they also talked about the "Starchild"


Ghost  Thursday Dec 4 05:52 PM

So, what are they saying? Poor people can't afford pacifiers?



BrianR  Thursday Dec 4 07:36 PM

do not follow link prior to eating!

Quote:
Originally posted by chrisinhouston
Not the best photoshoping job I've ever seen.

Hey didn't the last issue of the Weekly World News have an article on some kind of bug that gets in your head and eats your brain?

Everybody be very careful
You are thinking of screwworms.

You're welcome.

Brian


xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Dec 4 09:01 PM

Christ, I thought aids was bad, I wonder if you can feel them move?



wolf  Friday Dec 5 01:10 AM

Re: do not follow link prior to eating!

Quote:
Originally posted by BrianR


You are thinking of screwworms.

You're welcome.

Brian
Nah ... that's earwigs.

We've all seen that Night Gallery episode, right?


Hubris Boy  Friday Dec 5 07:31 AM

Hey! Isn't that April's kid?



OnyxCougar  Friday Dec 5 08:33 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Kitsune


And they have that cool soft spot thing, too. We call it "the reset button", because they stop crying when you press it.
OMG I snarked sweet tea out my nose reading that.... dammit...


Kitsune  Friday Dec 5 09:07 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by OnyxCougar
OMG I snarked sweet tea out my nose reading that.... dammit...
Heh. Just don't mention "the reset button" to people when there are mothers around. Once, in a quiet restaurant, there was an explosion of babyScream, to which a friend commented the obvious, "Children are much quieter under water."

Because of the looks, we didn't stick around too long.


ladysycamore  Friday Dec 5 09:49 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Hubris Boy
Hey! Isn't that April's kid?
Holy S**T! LMAO!!! I need that laugh (after being totally squicked out by the ad).


Elspode  Saturday Dec 6 02:18 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by e unibus plurum
just be careful of his little fontenelle!
You rarely hear "Raising Arizona" quotes these days...


Hubris Boy  Saturday Dec 6 08:14 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by Elspode

You rarely hear "Raising Arizona" quotes these days...
Well, in that case... here are two of my favorites:

"The doctor explained that her insides were a rocky place, where my seed could find no purchase."

-and-

"Now you take that diaper off your head and you put it back on your sister!"


wolf  Saturday Dec 6 11:19 AM

I love: "Turn to the right."

(every now and again I get the opportunity to say this, and do so with the proper inflection. Every now and then someone gets it.)

"Okay, then."

And "When we didn't have crawdads, we et sand."

Raising Arizona is one of my favorite movies. Great. Now I have to see it again. I hope I can unearth my video copy. Does anyone have the DVD and are there good extras on it?

(ooh ... in the course of checking IMDB I found this quote which has extreme relevance here: "Anyone found bipedal in five wears his ass for a hat!")



Undertoad  Saturday Dec 6 12:02 PM

[IMG]2003/youatesand.jpg[/IMG]

You ate sand?

The DVD I have has no good extras, though I bought it early in the DVD days and maybe there's a better edition out now.



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