Has the ideas run dry?

August 12th, 2009

Hello everyone and welcome to another TRINITROPHENYLMETHYLNITRAMINE episode of The Thursday Blog.
Now this is the part of the blog where I write something about the magnificence of the blog and get my opening joke in as well (that is always hilarious), but I have been informed by one of my close friends that he has a habit of skipping the opening paragraph and going straight to the title! Ok it is confession time, who has done the same. Come on, forgiveness is held for those who admit their transgressions. I know it is sometimes hard to admit to a transgression when you don’t exactly know what the word transgression means. You could look it up but then you would know, and couldn’t plead permanent ignorance in a court of law.
For those who are new I will let you know that it is true the first paragraph is always warmly familiar (yet not too repetitive) and wonderfully entertaining and you could skip it and still get the concept of the blog… but why skip entree and go straight to mains when all courses are free??
The paragraph below is the one before the title and it is very important because that sets up the episode and sometime even explains the whole thing. If you read only from the title last week you would of got a face full of poetry and hence been confused (and deeply moved yet still confused). Skipping this paragraph is like skipping the menu and you have no idea what you are eating.  Well that is enough ranting, but it needed to be said. If you want to blame someone his name is Steve and his email is ………. Well I couldn’t be that mean to a good friend of mine steve to put a dot on mr gore‘s record, so he would receive @ his inbox some angry, fiery hotmail                                  .com
To this weeks episode.  Advertising is everywhere and it has been around in one form or another for probably thousands of years. That raises the question:
Has the ideas run dry?
4000 years ago, a peasant peddler by the name of Advert made a small statue of the then ruler of the land. He constructed a sign as was the custom but he tried something new. On the bottom he wrote “lakim, selak, qurten, sinto” which in that lands’ language translated as “it looks so life-like that you will pay taxes to it”. Thus advertising was born.  (If you believed the last paragraph let me know. There are people that can help).
These days advertising is a multibillion dollar industry but seeing that there is so much of it and it has been going on for so long, you could be concerned that the ideas have run dry and there is nothing left original. In fact to try and be original and use something that no one has done before just makes you look silly.
I was in a shopping centre and I heard an audio ad over the speaker about a pie shop. They were describing all of the types of food they had to offer, then they finished with “isn’t it about time your hunger started paying you back!”
I stopped what I was doing, which was unfortunate because I was in the toilet. Did they just say what I thought they did?  What do you mean paying you back. So you get hungry, and that is a blessing because now you are drawn to a pie shop??? You are sitting at work and then your hunger starts, and you jump up and yell “yipppppeeeee”. Your boss runs out “what’s up? Did you make a big sale? Did your wife give birth?” Did you win the lottery” and you yell back “NO. I AM HUNGRY!!!!! I CAN EAT A PIE!!!!”
The line in the ad is original but the only reason someone hasn’t used it before is because it is stupid.
generic mexican viagra style=”color: #000000;”>So with the aim of being original, others turn to concepts that have been used before, but alter them to make it their own. I was driving by a video store (I don’t know why they are still called video stores, there isn’t a single video in them) and there was a poster for a new scary movie and it had down the bottom as its advertising catch phrase “fear moves in!”
I don’t think they finished the sentence. The whole sentence should read “fear moves in but unfortunately the room is already being rented out by lame”.  Come on that is such a bad line. Plus fear is an emotion so if it was a person it would be some scrawny looking dude that is really jumpy.
The quest to be original is a hard battle and not many products achieve it. In fact I could go as far as saying that there is only one source of originality on this planet and that is you. It is an interesting lesson that we can learn from these companies that to try and be original and clever hardly works, but in our lives to be yourself is the one idea that will never run dry.
You are truly amazing.
As a special treat I leave you with my first picture posted on The Thursday Blog, of a restaurant I found years back who honestly have lost the plot. I have no idea what they are trying to do but it definitely isn’t original.
Have Fun
FMD

Hello everyone and welcome to another trinitrophenylmethylnitramine episode of The Thursday Blog.

Now this is the part of the blog where I write something about the magnificence of the blog and get my opening joke in as well (that is always hilarious), but I have been informed by one of my close friends that he has a habit of skipping the opening paragraph and going straight to the title! Ok it is confession time, who has done the same. Come on, forgiveness is held for those who admit their transgressions. I know it is sometimes hard to admit to a transgression when you don’t exactly know what the word transgression means. You could look it up but then you would know, and couldn’t plead permanent ignorance in a court of law.

For those who are new I will let you know that it is true the first paragraph is always warmly familiar (yet not too repetitive) and wonderfully entertaining and you could skip it and still get the concept of the blog… but why skip entree and go straight to mains when all courses are free??

The paragraph below is the one before the title and it is very important because that sets up the episode and sometime even explains the whole thing. If you read only from the title last week you would of got a face full of poetry and hence been confused (and deeply moved yet still confused). Skipping this paragraph is like skipping the menu and you have no idea what you are eating.  Well that is enough ranting, but it needed to be said. If you want to blame someone his name is Steve and his email is ………. Well I couldn’t be that mean to a good friend of mine steve to put a dot on mr gore‘s record, so he would receive @ his inbox some angry, fiery hotmail aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa .com

To this weeks episode.  Advertising is everywhere and it has been around in one form or another for probably thousands of years. That raises the question:

“Has the ideas run dry?”

4000 years ago, a peasant peddler by the name of Advert made a small statue of the then ruler of the land. He constructed a sign as was the custom but he tried something new. On the bottom he wrote “lakim, selak, qurten, sinto” which in that lands’ language translated as “it looks so life-like that you will pay taxes to it”. Thus advertising was born.  (If you believed the last paragraph let me know. There are people that can help).

These days advertising is a multibillion dollar industry but seeing that there is so much of it and it has been going on for so long, you could be concerned that the ideas have run dry and there is nothing left original. In fact to try and be original and use something that no one has done before just makes you look silly.

I was in a shopping centre and I heard an audio ad over the speaker about a pie shop. They were describing all of the types of food they had to offer, then they finished with “isn’t it about time your hunger started paying you back!”

I stopped what I was doing, which was unfortunate because I was in the toilet. Did they just say what I thought they did?  What do you mean paying you back. So you get hungry, and that is a blessing because now you are drawn to a pie shop??? You are sitting at work and then your hunger starts, and you jump up and yell “yipppppeeeee”. Your boss runs out “what’s up? Did you make a big sale? Did your wife give birth?” Did you win the lottery” and you yell back “NO. I AM HUNGRY!!!!! I CAN EAT A PIE!!!!”

The line in the ad is original but the only reason someone hasn’t used it before is because it is stupid.

So with the aim of being original, others turn to concepts that have been used before, but alter them to make it their own. I was driving by a video store (I don’t know why they are still called video stores, there isn’t a single video in them) and there was a poster for a new scary movie and it had down the bottom as its advertising catch phrase “fear moves in!”

I don’t think they finished the sentence. The whole sentence should read “fear moves in but unfortunately the room is already being rented out by lame”.  Come on that is such a bad line. Plus fear is an emotion so if it was a person it would be some scrawny looking dude that is really jumpy.

The quest to be original is a hard battle and not many products achieve it. In fact I could go as far as saying that there is only one source of originality on this planet and that is you. It is an interesting lesson that we can learn from these companies that to try and be original and clever hardly works, but in our lives to be yourself is the one idea that will never run dry.

You are truly amazing.

As a special treat I leave you with my first picture posted on The Thursday Blog, of a restaurant I found years back who honestly have lost the plot. I have no idea what they are trying to do but it definitely isn’t original.

Have Fun

FMD

We didn't eat there, just laughed at the sign!!!

You got the be joking!!!

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4 Responses to “Has the ideas run dry?”

  1. Dan lee-Archer Says:

    Just for the record steve.gore@hotmail.com is not Steve’s email address. He is a very close friend and I do not wish hate mail on him. He will form now on be more careful when making fun of this world famous blog.

    Have fun (cause i am)

    Dan.

  2. Steve Gore Says:

    That is HILARIOUS. No, that’s not my email address for those who are interested. So did someone actually try to spam me?

    Good blog man. Funny stuff. I even read the entire opening bit this time.

  3. Meenal Says:

    Awesome blog Dan! Great way to end my weekend! Thanks for making me laugh and think and Smile!!
    (And yes, theres a difference between making a person laugh and smile!) :)
    So true about advertising & us being created soo uniquely!!

  4. Dustin Aagaard Says:

    That’s so funny! It looks so similar to a fast food chain we have here in the US called “McDonald’s”. What are the odds?

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