March 27, 2017
We all know consciously to take advertising with a grain of salt. Those McDonald’s burgers can’t look as manicured in person the way they do in the ads. Examples like that are easy to catch. It’s harder to spot false advertising when companies are bending the truth so much, your bullshit detectors don’t know which way is up. Take Listerine mouthwash. It was originally sold as a surgical antiseptic until some ad men in the 1920s were like, “if we told everyone to wash their mouths out with this industrial cleaner every day, then we’d make so much money we could light our cigars with the cash, but how…”. The answer was in a book of medical terminology. They looked up the fanciest word for bad breath — halitosis — and made an ad campaign telling everyone it was a chronic disease with only one cure.
“Hey, sonny boy! Does your dame ever tell ya you have bad breath?”
“Why, yes mister!”
“That’s simply because you’re dying son. Say here, drink this poison, BUT SPIT IT OUT FIRST. And do it every day for the rest of your life.”
And 90 years later we still use Listerine and still think halitosis is is a disease and not just latin for brush your damn teeth.
Modern movies do this too. Sometimes if studios have a real clunker on their hands, they’ll cut a trailer that’s so unrepresentative of the movie, you would want to sue to get your money back. A lot of times this happens to children’s movies with disastrous results for the parents that think they’re about to spend 2 hours with a rapping kangaroo.
So on this week’s podcast, Jack O’Brien is joined by Cracked writers Carmen Angelica and JM McNab and producer Brett Rader for a discussion of horribly misleading movie trailers, straight-up advertising lies and the contemporary commercials that are messing with your perception of reality.
Article: Cracked: Movies That Were Waaaaay Darker & Crazier Than Advertised: https://goo.gl/w918NK
Article: Cracked: The 6 Most Hilariously Misleading Movie Trailers: https://goo.gl/9BLjqf
Article: Cracked: 5 Things Movie Trailers Need to Stop Doing: https://goo.gl/C8nfA5
Article: Cracked: 6 Dumbass Publicity Stunts That Fooled Everyone: https://goo.gl/ypXnqc
Article: Cracked: 6 Iconic Things You Won’t Believe Began as Publicity Stunts: https://goo.gl/0Rq4G
Video: Helpful Honda Ad: https://goo.gl/WfKsEn
Video: Chevrolet “Real People” Ad: https://goo.gl/PfPrvN
Article: The News Wheel: Are Chevrolet’s “Real People, Not Actors” Car Commercials Fake?: https://goo.gl/aX2sua
Video: If “Real People” Commercials Were Real Life: https://goo.gl/n7agpC
Video: Aaron Paul on The Price is Right: https://goo.gl/LoUkIW
Video: Josh Androsky on The Price is Right: https://goo.gl/3abpcs
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January 26, 2020
Freedom sucks…and that is why we have to defend it. Because our democracy involves doing a lot of stuff that takes energy, takes time, and lacks that Michael Bay Quality that only a surprise missile launch can provide. So on this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt and special guest Jason Pargin (who writes for Cracked as David Wong) are exploring the ways being afraid of everything (an easy action) can stop us from being free. Discover the decades-long tradition of some Americans wanting to give up everything in exchange for not needing to think, the centuries-long tradition of people inciting fake panics, and the reasonable ways you can help change things for the better.
January 19, 2020
How’s your local shopping mall doing? Have you checked on it lately? Swing by sometime, because its department store might’ve turned into a call center or a hospital or a go-kart track. On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by the one and only Kai Ryssdal (Marketplace, Make Me Smart) for a look at surprising, strange, and shocking stories from all over the U.S. economy. Discover an international pig flu, a 26-word statement that built the modern Internet, and more amazing ways cash is ruling everything around you. By the way, if you’re an American listener, you spent the past few years funding an astonishingly huge bailout. Surprise! Listen for details!
January 12, 2020
Movies, TV, gaming: three things that are theoretically a waste of time. Oh sure, they deliver value in the art sense, and comfort in the goofing-off sense. But what if they’re more valuable than that? What if consuming shows and playing video games (accidentally) turns people into real-life heroes? On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by comedians/writers Caitlin Gill and Alex Watt for a look at the surprising number of times that exact thing happened. They’ll explore stories of regular people who saved a life thanks to skills gained randomly from cartoons, sitcoms, ‘World Of Warcraft’, and more silly entertainment.