Great Moments In Commercial History: Domino's Pasta Dude

Great Moments In Commercial History: Domino's Pasta Dude

Back in early ’08, to promote their new line of pasta primavera items, Domino’s rolled out a screechy-voiced CGI rigatoni that raps about the joys of oven-baked pasta, reports SoGood. “Pasta Dude” some rhymes, then he busts out some dance moves that look like he’s bending over an imaginary dance partner and slapping them across the rear. This, apparently, was cause for controversy.

Great Moments In Commercial History: Frank Myers Auto

Great Moments In Commercial History: Frank Myers Auto

Reader Kate nominates Frank Myers Auto for this week’s award.

Great Moments In Commercial History: FarmersOnly.com

Great Moments In Commercial History: FarmersOnly.com

Reader Laurie nominates these two commercials for a rural dating service. Farming is so lonely.

Great Moments In Commercial History: Nestle White Chocolate

Great Moments In Commercial History: Nestle White Chocolate

Yep, that’s right, we’re bringing back Great Moments in Commercial History, and Reader Paul is kicking things off with this delightfully awful ’80s confection.

Cheers To You! Motivational CD Offers Eight Creepy, Life-Affirming Tracks

Cheers To You! Motivational CD Offers Eight Creepy, Life-Affirming Tracks

If you’re down in the dumps and have nowhere else to turn, consider this collection of congratulatory remarks dubbed over applause. Only $24.95! But wait, if you order right now, you’ll also get some, uh, pewter puzzle pieces?

Please Nominate Your Favorite Awful Commercials For "Great Moments In Commercial History"

Please Nominate Your Favorite Awful Commercials For "Great Moments In Commercial History"

Know what needs to come back? Great Moments in Commercial History. If you’d like to nominate a commercial for this prestigious weekly award, please send a link to the commercial along with a paragraph explaining what the commercial means to you. Please, please check our archive to make sure that we have not already featured your favorite. Send your email to tips@consumerist.com and put “Great Moments” in the subject.

Snuggies And ShamWows Beseige Nation's Cheap Airwaves

Snuggies And ShamWows Beseige Nation's Cheap Airwaves

The economy is ‘sploding so that means it’s infomercial mating season. Prices for airtime are dropping as bigger advertisers pull their spots, so the Billy Mays of the world are now getting slots during 30 Rock commercial breaks. At the same time, more people are watching TV because they don’t have money to go out and it helps anesthetize them to the pain of reality. Thus, the rise of the ShamWow and the Snuggie, a super slurping sponge cloth, and a blanket with arms, respectively. Let’s take a closer look.

Behold The Wunder Boner

Behold The Wunder Boner


Jones Bigass Truck Rental & Storage

Jones Bigass Truck Rental & Storage

Jone’s Bigass Truck Rental & Storage will let you store anything you please. He’s got a weed-riddled cement lot he bought at auction for $1.00 and some trucks you can toss some shit in.

PedEgg Ads Scam, Suit Alleges

PedEgg Ads Scam, Suit Alleges

Who would have ever thought that a low-budget infomercial touting an egg-shaped device home pedicure device with “100 precision microfiles” might be deceptive in some way? Not, apparently, its actors, two of whom are suing the makers of “PedEgg.” The thespians say they PedEgg told them the commercial would be internets-only. Instead, it’s on the national airways. We don’t care about that part. Rather, we chuckle over the suit’s revelation that PedEgg hired a horror-makeup guy to apply “artificial bumps and discoloration” to their feet to increase the contrast between the “before” and “after” shots. Quelle horreru! Besides their dishonest advertising tactics, someone should also sue PedEgg for the gross-out shot when they dump all the foot shavings in the trash. See the full commercial inside.

Great Moments In Commercial History: Fred And Sharon's Movies

Here’s a commercial that demonstrates that even local public access TV has standards that must be met. Fortunately for us, when public access says no, YouTube says “yes.”

Great Moments In Commercial History: "Al'z Place"

Great Moments In Commercial History: "Al'z Place"

The Stay Free! daily blog was watching the telly and nearly spit out its wheatgrass juice when it noticed an ad for a senior care facility in Brooklyn that has blessed its Alzeimer’s ward with a delightful moniker. They call it, “Al’z place.” That marketing decisions strikes us as, shall we say, unfortunate. What’s the message here? “He forgot his name and so did we so we just call him Al.”

Great Moments In Commercial History: Prime Cut Meat Market Restaurant

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Great Moments In Commercial History: Kinoki Foot Pads

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  • "Hand Shredder" #4 On List of Unfortunately Named Products

    "Hand Shredder" #4 On List of Unfortunately Named Products

    Say No to Crack has posted a list of five of the worst-named products to ever reach the market. Runner up for best worst name is that classic of early 80s television, AYDS diet chews (which we’ve covered in depth here). Our personal favorite, though, is the Hand Shredder.

    Great Moments In Commercial History: Hai Karate Aftershave

    The ads for Axe body sprays have a cultural debt to be paid to the makers of Hai Karate aftershave, sold from the 60’s to the 80’s. Their whole marketing strategy hinged on the notion that the budget aftershave would turn women into wild maniacs who couldn’t wait to put their hands on you.

    Great Moments In Commercial History: Johnson Automotive

    This badger is our new favorite thing.

    Great Moments In Commercial History: The Game Store

    Won’t someone please donate to the “Clothe The Wrestlers Of Pennsylvania” Fund?