18 Memorable Ad Questions

Ad slogans and taglines generally come to us in the form of a declaration. Like, It takes a licking and keeps on ticking; or With a name like Smuckers....it has to be good; or Good to the last drop. But my favorites have always been the ones that beg you to answer a question. Here are 18 of the most memorable ad questions. If we left one of your favorites off the list, drop a comment and let us know!

1. Got milk?

Brand: California Milk Processor Board
Ad Campaign Launched: 1993
That $10,000 trivia question: Serious _flossers should remember that very first ad that ran on TV, featuring the history buff who had to answer the question: "Who shot Alexander Hamilton in that famous duel?" (A. Sitting Vice President Aaron Burr, of course, in 1804.)

2. Have you driven a Ford lately?

FordBrand: Ford
Ad Campaign Launched: 1982
Can you say Sigma?: The original name of the Ford Taurus was Sigma. But the brass at Ford didn't like the name. So it was changed to Taurus because the top two men running the Sigma rollout had wives who were born under the astrological sign Taurus.

3. Can you hear me now?

veruzinBrand: Verizon Wireless
Ad Campaign Launched: 2002
Who is that guy? Paul Marcarelli, an actor and a writer. He has a twin brother named Matthew, a highly decorated lieutenant at the New Haven Fire Department.

4. Where do you want to go today?

MSNew2_8Brand: Microsoft
Ad Campaign Launched: 1994
Madison Ave? Not quite. The tagline was the work of a Portland, Oregon-based firm called Wieden+Kennedy. Dan Wieden and David Kennedy were the guys who cooked up the famous Nike tagline: Just do it.

5. Do you"¦ Yahoo!?

do_you_yahooBrand: Yahoo!
Ad Campaign Launched: 1996
Yah-ching!: There are more Yahoo! e-mail accounts around the world than twice the population of Mexico. Yahoo stands for: Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.

6. Does she or doesn't she?

ad-miss-clairol-does-she-or-doesnt-sheBrand: Clairol
Ad Campaign Launched:1964
What's in a name? Started in 1931, the name Clairol comes from a hair-coloring preparation found in France while the company's founders were traveling there.

7. Where's the beef?

Brand: Wendy's
Ad Campaign Launched:1984
Watch it now:

8. How do you spell relief?

rolaidsBrand: Rolaids
Ad Campaign Launched:1970s
What's in a name? It's reportedly derived from the old-school packaging: a foil roll (like Lifesavers, etc.)

9. Is it live, or is it Memorex?

Brand: Memorex
Ad Campaign Launched:1971
Did you know? Ella Fitzgerald appeared in an early ad:

10. This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?

eggBrand: Partnership for a Drug Free America
Ad Campaign Launched: 1987
Did you know? While most remember the tag line I've printed above, the one that actually aired on television was, "This is your brain. This is drugs. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?"

11. Aren't you glad you use Dial? Don't you wish everyone did?

Brand: Dial
Ad Campaign Launched:1953
Blast from the past:The 1950s were a great period for TV spots. Check this one out:

12. Did somebody say McDonalds?

mcdonalds1Brand: McDonalds
Ad Campaign Launched: 1997
Did somebody say hit the slopes? Forget Drive-thrus. Did you know that in Sälen, Sweden, one of the McY D'z sports ski-thru service?

13. What would you do for a Klondike bar?

klondikeBrand: Good Humor-Breyers
Ad Campaign Launched:Early 1982
Did you know? The original Klondike hit the market in 1929 and was only sold in PA and Ohio until the 1970s. The polar bear has been on the wrapper since the beginning.

14. How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie-Roll center of a Tootsie-Pop?

Brand: Tootsie-Roll
Ad Campaign Launched: 1969
Takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin': Unless you grew up in the '70s, you probably never saw the longer version, where the cartoon boy asks many different animals the classic question. It's the shortened version with the turtle and the owl most of us know, and it's still running today, making it one of the longest running commercials in history. Here's the original (more or less ;-):

15. Doesn't your dog deserve ALPO?

alpo-comengetitBrand: Purina
Ad Campaign Launched: 1970s
What's in a name? ALPO is short for Allen Products, founded in 1936 by Robert F. Hunsicker in Allentown, PA.
Will the real spokesperson please stand up? ALPO has been blessed with not one, but three famous ad faces: Lorne Greene, Ed McMahon and Garfield.

16. Fun anyone?

Picture 2Brand: Sony PlayStation
Ad Campaign Launched: 2003
PlayStation Fun Fact: It was originally intended as a CD add-on to the Super Nintendo. But then licensing problems and other issues popped up, so Sony decided to develop the PlayStation by itself.

17. Wassup?!

Picture 3Brand: Anheuser-Busch Budweiser
Ad Campaign Launched: 1999
Wassup must come-a-down: Everyone knows about all the parodies, but did you know the slogan made its way into pop songs? According to Wiki: "Whazzup" by True Party reached #13 on the UK Singles Chart in 2000, and "Wassup" by Da Muttz (a nom de plume of producers Alex Rizzo and Elliot Ireland) hit #11 in the UK, and #12 on the Australian ARIAnet singles chart, also in 2000.

18. Pardon me. Do you have any Grey Poupon?

Brand: Grey Poupon
Ad Campaign Launched: 1980
Have you seen the original?

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Two of the Last Blockbuster Stores Are Closing
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The fact that Blockbuster still has three stores in the U.S. may come as a surprise, but the video rental chain's days are numbered. The brand's two branches in Alaska will be closing up shop next week, leaving only one last holdout in Bend, Oregon, according to Engadget.

"If you'd asked me 14 years ago, there's no way I'd thought we'd be the last one," Sandi Harding, General Manager of the Oregon store, tells Engadget. "It just seems a little crazy.”

Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy in 2010 but continued to license its logo to franchisees. In 2013, there were 13 remaining Blockbuster stores, and by 2016 there were nine. Many of these branches were located in Alaska, where internet is costly and many areas lack a broadband connection, making streaming difficult.

This alone wasn't enough to keep Blockbuster's Fairbanks and DeBarr Road locations in business, though. The stores will close July 16, but they'll reopen the following day for an inventory sale that will last until the end of August.

John Oliver, host of Last Week Tonight, became an unlikely champion of the DeBarr Road outlet last April when he bought the jockstrap worn by Russell Crowe in Cinderella Man for $7000 and donated it to the store in hopes of generating interest and foot traffic. It worked for a little while, but the effect was temporary and business dropped off once again. Indeed, the age of Netflix marks the end of an era.

[h/t Engadget]

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11 Facts About 7-Eleven on 7/11
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Happy 7-Eleven day! Don't forget to pick up a free Slurpee—and while you're enjoying the iconic slushie, read up on little-known tidbits about the popular company.

1. 7-ELEVEN STARTED IN 1927.

That was when Joe Thompson, an employee of the Southland Ice Company in Dallas, Texas, began selling eggs, milk, and bread from a makeshift storefront in one of the company’s icehouses. These bare necessities were kept cold thanks to the ice Southland produced, and local residents liked the convenience of avoiding the crowds and aisles of a regular grocery store if they only had to pick up a few items.

Thompson eventually bought out the ice company and started opening convenient little stores all over Texas. Shortly after, a company executive brought a souvenir totem pole back from a trip to Alaska, and set it in front of one of the busiest locations. Soon, the spot had earned the nickname the “Tote’m Store,” not only because of the totem pole, but because customers toted away their purchases. The company officially adopted the name and decorated their locations with an Inuit-inspired theme to match. The name changed to 7-Eleven in 1946 to reflect their new store hours—7:00am to 11:00pm—in order to capitalize on the post-World War II economic boom.

2. 7-ELEVEN'S NEW SCHEDULE WAS UNHEARD OF AT A TIME WHEN GROCERY STORES CLOSED MUCH EARLIER IN THE EVENING.

No one thought there would be demand for a store that was open 24/7—until one night in Austin in 1962. The local 7-Eleven had seen such a rush of students following a University of Texas football game that they were forced to stay open until dawn the next day. Sensing a trend, the store continued to stay open all night on the weekends, and soon more and more locations adopted the new schedule as well.

3. 7-ELEVEN IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST FRANCHISE COMPANIES. WITH MORE THAN 55,000 LOCATIONS.


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They beat out McDonald’s in 2007 and have since outgrown them by about 20,000 stores. Japan is the largest market with more than 20,000 stores under the name “Seven & I Holdings,” the parent company of 7-Eleven since 2005 [PDF]. America ranks among the top with 7896 locations, along with by Thailand and South Korea with more than 11000 and 7000 stores, respectively. And the company keeps growing, with a brand new store opening somewhere in the world every two hours of every day.

4. 7-ELEVEN RAN THE FIRST TELEVISION ADVERTISEMENT FOR A CONVENIENCE STORE IN 1949.

The ad touted their curbside grocery delivery service, and an animated rooster and owl reminded customers that the store was open early and closed late.

5. THE SLURPEE WAS INVENTED AT A DAIRY QUEEN.

In the late-1950s, Omar Knedlik of Kansas City owned a rundown Dairy Queen. When his soda fountain went on the fritz, he improvised by putting some bottles in the freezer to stay cool. However, when he popped the top, they were a little frozen and slushy. Folks loved them and started requesting "those pops that were in a little bit longer." Realizing he had a surprise hit on his hands, Knedlik built a specialized machine using the air conditioning unit from a car, and cranked out slushy soda by freezing a mixture of flavored syrup, water, and carbon dioxide to make it fizz. He called it an ICEE, but when the drink concept was licensed to 7-Eleven in 1965, the company’s marketing department renamed it the Slurpee after the sound made while sipping it through a straw.

6. EVERY YEAR SINCE 2002, 7-ELEVEN HAS GIVEN AWAY FREE SMALL SLURPEES TO CELEBRATE THE COMPANY'S BIRTHDAY ON JULY 11(7/11).

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On this one day, 7-Eleven gives away about 500,000 gallons of Slurpees ... in North America anyway. In Australia, where the ice cold drink is also very popular, Slurpees are given away on November 7 (written Down Under as 7/11) to the tune of about 270,000 gallons.

7. ALMOST ALL SLURPEE FLAVORS ARE CONSIDERED KOSHER PAREVE (FOOD THAT IS NEITHER MEAT NOR DAIRY).

There are a few, such as Diet Pepsi and the Jolly Rancher mixes, that are considered kosher dairy (due to the chemical tagatose in the artificial sweetener), while others, like the popular Piña Colada drink, are not certified at all. Some 7-Eleven stores get the machines themselves certified kosher as a selling point for their Jewish customers.

8. FOR 14 YEARS RUNNING, THE RULING SLURPEE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD HAS BEEN MANITOBA, CANADA.

The province has an average of over 188,000 Slurpees sold in five regional stores every month. According to 7-Eleven, Calgary—and America’s #1 Slurpee market, Detroit—are closing in on the champs, though. Maybe next year, guys.

As for the biggest-selling single Slurpee location in the world, that title goes to the 7-Eleven in Kennewick, Washington, which locals have dubbed “The Slurpee Factory.” But 7-Eleven crowns more than just a Slurpee king. According to 7-Eleven, Maryland is the leader in hot dog sales, Long Islanders drink the most coffee, and Utah residents can’t go anywhere without a Big Gulp in their cupholders.

9. SINCE THE 2000 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, 7-ELEVEN HAS RUN A PROMOTION CALLED "7-ELECTION."

Customers vote by purchasing special red or blue coffee cups printed with each candidate's name. The cups are scanned at check-out and automatically entered in this unscientific, but surprisingly accurate poll—in 2000 and 2004, the number of coffee cup votes and the number of actual popular votes for both candidates was only off by 1 or 2 percentage points. While 2008's 7-Elections results were still correct, they gave the election to Obama by a landslide—60 percent to 40 percent—when the margin was really only about 7 percent. The trend continued in 2012, as caffeine addicts went blue to the tune of 59 percent for Obama to 41 percent for Romney, while the actual vote wound up being 51 percent to 47 percent.

10. TO PROMOTE THE RELEASE OF THE SIMPSONS MOVIEIN 2007, 12 SELECT 7-ELEVENS IN NORTH AMERICA WERE CONVERTED INTO KWIK-E-MARTS.

That's the convenience store in Springfield owned by Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. At a cost of about $10 million, the 7-Eleven stores had their exterior signs replaced to reflect the fictitious store name and many of the products inside were modeled after those seen on the show. For example, customers could buy Krusty-O’s cereal, a limited edition Radioactive Man comic book, six packs of Buzz Cola, and even Squishees, the Simpsons version of the Slurpee. Sadly, Homer’s favorite swill, Duff Beer, was not available as the film being promoted was rated PG-13. Instead, they had a Duff Energy Drink with a label very similar to the animated brew. While not all locations were transformed into Kwik-E-Marts, special Simpsons merchandise was available at all 7-Eleven locations, including Homer’s own Woo-Hoo Blue Vanilla Slurpees with collectible straws.

11. 7-ELEVENS ARE DIFFERENT ALL AROUND THE WORLD.

In America, we see 7-Eleven as little more than a convenient place to grab a quick cup of coffee before work or a Big Gulp while we’re out running errands. But in other parts of the world, the shops are a lot more important to the local population. In Indonesia, for example, 7-Elevens are more like a hip, upscale coffeehouse where 65 percent of customers are under the age of 30. The stores offer free Wi-Fi, plenty of tables and chairs inside and out on the sidewalk, and often feature live musical performances. Young people gather there late into the night to socialize, work online, and eat local favorites like fried rice, tiny sandwiches filled with cheese or chocolate called pillow bread, and chicken katsu, a Japanese-style fried cutlet.

In Taiwan, 7-Elevens are more common than Starbucks in Seattle. In the capital city of Taipei, there are more than 4000 locations in a city of 23 million, with many city blocks capable of sustaining more than one location. Aside from purchasing local food and Slurpees, customers can pay credit card and utility bills, book travel arrangements, and buy small electronics like iPods. It’s also not unusual for people to have packages delivered to their closest 7-Eleven instead of their home, because it’s more convenient to pick it up late at night instead of trying to coordinate with a deliveryman. The government has even given into the popularity of the shops by allowing people to pay traffic tickets and property taxes there, and using them as a hub for special programs like health screenings.

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