Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Ad of Laughter and Forgetting

1. "A noted publisher in Chicago" = we don't remember his name, ironically enough.

2. A "simple technique for acquiring memory...that works like magic" = expensive, convoluted and, just like stage magic, relies on optical illusion, deception and verbal trickiness.

3. "The publishers have printed full details" = uh oh, we forgot their names, too.

4. "Mailed free to anyone" = you'll pay later, somehow. We forget how, though.

5. And what in the world is Hugh Laurie doing in this ad?

6. Oh, I know, it's Just Some Guy who looks like Hugh Laurie. This ad ran in 1966, so it couldn't be. Don't know who it is, really. Nobody knows. If they did, they forgot.

12 comments:

Tori Lennox said...

The guy in the picture looks like he's forgotten why he's there.

Mrs4444 said...

I was going to comment, but then I forgot what I was going to say...

Da Old Man said...

How much does it cost?

As they say in the Sopranos

"Fagheddaboudit."

Lidian said...

Tori - Oh, he has. Or else he never knew, quite.

Mrs4444 - Oh, well, I...me too! :)

Da Old Man - No one knows how much it costs. Maybe they forgot to price it.

Bill said...

You're being cynical. You don't even have to pay full postage. A postcard will do. They just want to help.

nonamedufus said...

Hey, remember, the good thing about Alzhiemers is you get to hide your own easter eggs!

Amy said...

lol he DOES look a bit like Hugh Laurie doesnt he?

Shay said...

He looks as though he forgot his eyebrow tweezers.

Preston said...

I was going to write a comment but I forgot what it was...

Lidian said...

Bill - You're right! So it doesn't matter if I forgot to put a stamp on it...

nonamedufus - We'll be getting to Easter soon enough!

Amy - He does, but he is not as cute as HL. I am sure HL has a very good memory, too.

Shay - Probably.

Preston - LOL!

Relax Max said...

The first time I saw this ad in a magazine it was right under one for defeating your procrastination. Such indecision. Even now, as I write this comment a century later, it still occurs to me how futile (or perhaps optimistic) it would be to buy ad space for ads targeted at people who procrastinate, or who have poor memories. Or both, as was my own case. I probably cut out the ad but didn't send it off. I forget.

Lidian said...

Max - The advertisers had a charming optimism, don't you think?