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Topic: Best and Worst PSA's
Posted By: keyboardplayer
Subject: Best and Worst PSA's
Date Posted: 03 Jun 2009 at 10:44pm
What are your favorite or least favorite PSA's from any decade from TV or radio? Also, I'm trying to start an archive of old radio PSA's, so if anyone is able to post video or audio files, that would be awesome.

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Posted By: Irishman
Date Posted: 03 Jun 2009 at 11:58pm
PSAs I liked: The 'Woodsy Owl/Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute' campaign; the older Smokey the Bear ads(before the started getting really 'cute'); and the American Lung Association ads with the 'Peanuts' characters-'It's a matter of life and breath.; NBC's 'One to Grow On' ads in the '80s.
 
PSAs I don't like: Most of the 'Say No to drugs' ads are too stupidly done to be effective;
The recent 'Stop saying "That's gay"' campaign.
Any of those 'The Truth' anti-tobacco ads, which make the anti-smoking lobby as obnoxious as big tobacco.


Posted By: meinga
Date Posted: 04 Jun 2009 at 1:46am
I really don't recall any PSA's that I have liked, I hate most of them. I've wanted to rant about a current PSA with this drug dealer in a yellow shirt standing outside a 7-11 talking to a camera guy about how his customers are getting drugs out the the medicine cabinet and hurting his business.  Look, I get the message and he's the bad guy as well as teens having access to RX drugs to replace illegal ones. But, I just can't stand to look at this guy, his mannorisms or his voice.  This creep bugs me to no end and I change the channel instantly. 
 


Posted By: Grant
Date Posted: 04 Jun 2009 at 3:31am
I don't think I've ever mentioned it on these boards (as opposed to a Twilight Zone site), but there was one about L.S.D. narrated by Rod Serling. It showed these distorted pictures (seen through a user's eyes), and Serling said "You're looking at a bad trip."
With that one-of-a-kind voice of his. He could do so much with a little line like that. So no matter what you thought of that particular PSA, it really stayed with you.


Posted By: PaWolf
Date Posted: 04 Jun 2009 at 8:36am
A few I like:
 
 
Some are just so embarrassingly bad, they are humorous.
 
 


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Posted By: PaWolf
Date Posted: 04 Jun 2009 at 8:52am

A few classics.

 


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Posted By: Ad Endless Nauseum
Date Posted: 04 Jun 2009 at 11:07am
I dislike nearly anything done by "the ad council". I wish they would dry up and blow away. I am tired of smarmy, holier than thou, we know best, preachy annoying pablum free advice that I did not ask for.

PSAs are the ad industry's way to try to atone for what they shove down our throats the rest of the time. I ain't buyin' it.


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Posted By: specialkt
Date Posted: 04 Jun 2009 at 2:11pm
i agree with the "dont describe things as gay campaign" - i get it, but really??


Posted By: keyboardplayer
Date Posted: 05 Jun 2009 at 1:25am
Does anybody remember a PSA from 1998 that showed a girl on meth cleaning obsessively and then scratching like crazy with this perky little song playing in the background? I think it's hillarious now because it was so bad, but it scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. My favorites are the ones that startle you because you're not sure what they're advertising until the end.

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Posted By: Grant
Date Posted: 08 Jun 2009 at 1:32am
During the height of those cocaine ones (about 1987-88), with the former users talking to you very dramatically, I used to see an ad that started with a black and white close-up of a man who started talking to you in a very intense way. Then it turned into a very happy commercial for a Mexican restaurant! I'll never forget how much I enjoyed that, after expecting yet another cocaine PSA.


Posted By: IceFroggyFrog
Date Posted: 11 Jun 2009 at 7:44pm
One of the best and the worst and my favorite is an older one (early 90's) with former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, on hearing loss. Unfortunately I can't find a video, but it was very over the top with this sweaty actor saying he went deaf from listening to music too loud, and C. Ev. Koop sitting in a suit and sternly telling the kids, "Some teens like listening to music TOO LOUD. They think it's 'COOL'. Well, deafness is not only not 'cool', it's incurable!".

The Pee-Wee/crack one might be my least favorite ever, it just freaks me out.
And he was forced to do a PSA, right, but was he forced to do it in-character as Pee-Wee?


Posted By: Irishman
Date Posted: 12 Jun 2009 at 4:48pm
At that point, Paul Reubens had never done anything 'out of character', and it's possible that some of his younger fans might not have even known for sure that it was really him, if he wasn't dressed for the part.


Posted By: bluenowait
Date Posted: 13 Jun 2009 at 12:41am
I really don't like the commercials by Above the Influence, not just because they're ridiculously stupid, but because they attack one of the least harmful drugs out there, marijuana. I have this friend who has done marijuana plenty of times, and I he doesn't become violent when he's high; I'm he's just easy going. Pot works better for me him than any other prescription drug I he ever took. I think Above the Influence should focus more on harder drugs like crys- Hey, 'Up in Smoke' is on, cool!


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Posted By: PrinceJ
Date Posted: 15 Jun 2009 at 1:45pm
My least favorite PSA is the Hispanic Robot guy who can't swim anymore because he esmoked too many cigarettes.  All the anti smoking commercials have become so gross I can't watch them anymore.

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Posted By: sherrah012
Date Posted: 15 Jun 2009 at 9:48pm
Originally posted by keyboardplayer keyboardplayer wrote:

Does anybody remember a PSA from 1998 that showed a girl on meth cleaning obsessively and then scratching like crazy with this perky little song playing in the background? I think it's hillarious now because it was so bad, but it scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. My favorites are the ones that startle you because you're not sure what they're advertising until the end.
 
Yeah, I remember this one!  The song went, "I can't sleep, and I can't eat, but I got the cleanest house on the street!" or something.  I thought it was an ad for cleaning products as a kid, in all honesty.  Haha.
 
Anyway, I think the Darkness2Light child molestation ads are both creeptastic and effective.  There's the one where "Uncle Al" talks about how he's been to your wedding, had dinner at your house, used your remote, and that you know him well... but you don't know what he does to your kid when you're not around!  There's another with a coach who has had coffee with you, gives your kids rides home, and "plays fun games" when you're not around.
 
I feel bad for the dudes playing the child molesters... I wonder if any of them pick up their kids from school, and all the mommies are like "GET AWAY YOU DIRTY PEDOPHILE!"  I'd never want to play such a character.
 
I think they need to feature women and non-white guys in their ads, because sadly, anyone can be a pedophile.  But I digress.


Posted By: The Last Brain Left
Date Posted: 18 Jun 2009 at 3:34am
This Canadian one is not for the queasy:




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Posted By: regulus
Date Posted: 18 Jun 2009 at 2:37pm
They once had one for wearing Seat Belts (Before wearing them became mandatory), called "What's Your Excuse?" where they'd feature someone giving their excuse, and the aftermath.
 
For Example a guy would say "Why should I wear my Seatbelt, I'm only going to the Corner Store!", the next scene he's sitting in a Wheelchair, One leg in a Cast, one arm in a Cast and Sling, and his head all bandaged up!
 


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Posted By: PaWolf
Date Posted: 18 Jun 2009 at 4:33pm
Originally posted by regulus regulus wrote:

They once had one for wearing Seat Belts (Before wearing them became mandatory), called "What's Your Excuse?" where they'd feature someone giving their excuse, and the aftermath.
 
For Example a guy would say "Why should I wear my Seatbelt, I'm only going to the Corner Store!", the next scene he's sitting in a Wheelchair, One leg in a Cast, one arm in a Cast and Sling, and his head all bandaged up!
 
ConfusedYea, o.k...but did they make it to the corner store?

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Posted By: regulus
Date Posted: 18 Jun 2009 at 5:31pm
^^That's a good question, they NEVER mentioned if the accident occured on the way to or from the store!Confused
 
"The "This is your brain on Drugs" Commercial has been spoofed heaven knows how many times, usually at Sports or Political Rallys, where someone will hold up a sign with the Favored Team or Candidate as "Your Brain" and the Opponunt as "Your Brain on Drugs"!LOL


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Posted By: JasonTKD
Date Posted: 20 Jun 2009 at 2:24am
That "Cartoon Allstars to the Rescue" special about drugs. Worst PSA ever.
 
Best PSA was one the sneaked into an ep of Batman: The Animated Series, when Batman saves a kid who got his foot caught on a train (the kids were playing a game of "chicken")
 
Batman: "Play chicken too long...and you FRY."


Posted By: LOT Tu-134
Date Posted: 21 Jun 2009 at 2:45am
For the worst, I would have to say some of those "Get up and Play" commercials. The most annoying one though is the one that starts with those 4 female athletes, and one of them goes "I think a little to the left" and it ends up being them playing kickball with the kids. That's not the part that is annoying, it's that horrid song they play. "Get up Get up Get up Be a Playa get up get up get up." Ugh, one of the worst things I've ever heard, a 1000Hz sound Block would've been better.


Posted By: Cornholio
Date Posted: 21 Jun 2009 at 6:32am
I like the "that's gay" ads.   It's about time someone addresses the fact that people's lifestyle is being used as an insult or a negative adjective.    If you're going to call something you don;t like "gay", why not also call it black, white, Hispanic, Asian, etc?    The reason why we have such a big deal made over a non-issue like gay marriage is that gays are one of the last groups that one can be openly biased against and hate without the social reaction one would get for hating another group(such as Jews, blacks, etc.).


Posted By: HollyRock
Date Posted: 21 Jun 2009 at 6:38pm


I like this one for cheese


Posted By: MrCleveland
Date Posted: 21 Jun 2009 at 8:55pm
Best-Indian pollution one from the 70's. Though it's staged...it's STILL good!
 
Worst-Any new anti-smoking PSA, like the one where the roomates eat sh*tty food, but one guy lights a cigarette! That one pisses me off!

It's also the 40th Anniversary when our river, the Cuyahoga caught fire!


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Posted By: keyboardplayer
Date Posted: 22 Jun 2009 at 2:38am
This was before my time, but does anybody remember "VD is for everybody"? I wonder how many kids thought VD was something good, and wanted it.

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Posted By: The Last Brain Left
Date Posted: 22 Jun 2009 at 9:41pm
Originally posted by MrCleveland MrCleveland wrote:

Best-Indian pollution one from the 70's. Though it's staged...it's STILL good!





The actor is actually Italian:

http://www.snopes.com/movies/actors/ironeyes.asp - http://www.snopes.com/movies/actors/ironeyes.asp




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Posted By: ThatOneAdWhere...
Date Posted: 25 Jun 2009 at 5:28am
Originally posted by keyboardplayer keyboardplayer wrote:

Does anybody remember a PSA from 1998 that showed a girl on meth cleaning obsessively and then scratching like crazy with this perky little song playing in the background? I think it's hillarious now because it was so bad, but it scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. My favorites are the ones that startle you because you're not sure what they're advertising until the end.


Yeah, here it is.



Posted By: Static
Date Posted: 25 Jun 2009 at 8:00am
I enjoy the newest anti-drug PSA about "fitting in."  There are these scenes painted on huge canvases with a person-sized hole cut out where someone would be interacting with the scene.  This guy stands there and freezes in that position indicated by the hole and the canvas slides forward into him and he goes through it.  After three of these different scenes (typical teen activities like skateboarding are displayed) the last one is the cut out character accepting a joint, which this guy shoos away and walks off.

I thought this ad was really creative and I actually enjoy watching it each time it comes on.  Not sure how effective it is with its message, but it is cool.


Posted By: IceFroggyFrog
Date Posted: 26 Jun 2009 at 5:10am
Originally posted by The Last Brain Left The Last Brain Left wrote:

This Canadian one is not for the queasy:




Oh, my God... What in the flying f**k?


Posted By: PaWolf
Date Posted: 27 Jun 2009 at 1:42am
Big%20smile This is a 4-for 1; the first is my All-Time FAVORITE PSA; the second in #3 on the list)LOL
 
My #2 favorite of this bunch
 
...and, of course...


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Posted By: PaWolf
Date Posted: 27 Jun 2009 at 4:57pm
Here's a few great ones...and, as odd as they may seem, its getting easier and easier to recognize the sickening signs. Problem is, now victims appear more frequently.
 
Personally? I have '0' tolerance, when I see it with children - I'll jump in without any thought.   
                 MissyDWolf has a '0' tolerance with ANYONE, but approaches in a 'proper' manner, these days - she used to address these sorts of incidents with 'extreme prejudice' (very bad things were possible).
 
  
 
...but wait! There's MORE!
 
 
 
 


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Posted By: keyboardplayer
Date Posted: 27 Jun 2009 at 7:27pm
There are two PSA's that I've been looking for for several years that I can't find anywhere on the web. One was from the Ad Council reminding parents to keep their guns locked and unloaded and out of reach of kids. It had a little boy talking about finding his dad's gun and shooting his brother. Very disturbing.
The other was from the PDFA. Nobody remembers this one when I describe it, but it used to freak me out because the music was creepy. The radio ad went like this:
Creepy Voice Announcer: Ask a sixth grader what a pipe is, and they'll say,
Little kid with a happy little voice: It's where water goes through.
CVA: Ask a seventh grader what a pipe is, and they'll say,
Another kid with a dead-serious voice: It's where marijuana smoke goes through.
Creepy voice comes back on with statistics about the increase in drug use between sixth and seventh grades.
The TV version demonstrated it visually with no audio except the music and the creepy guy reading the statistics. If anyone knows where I can find these ads, I'd appreciate it.

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Posted By: macpic70
Date Posted: 01 Jul 2009 at 9:54pm

You didn't see this unless you lived in Tennessee, but this was part of my childhood.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF3oZqFOBXc - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF3oZqFOBXc



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Posted By: sherrah012
Date Posted: 07 Jul 2009 at 2:34pm
I love Tennessee trash!
One of my local channels still shows this sometimes... (I live in VA, but they're TN affiliated too, so I s'pose that's why.)
 
'Cause they ain't no lower class than Tennessee trash!


Posted By: Grant
Date Posted: 07 Jul 2009 at 10:16pm
That "V. D. Is For Everybody" tune is almost impossible to forget (besides, like some PSAs, it kept making comebacks until much later). Like some "lilting" Judy Collins type song!
I mentioned it on another thread, but there was one with the character actor Len Lesser (of Seinfeld and a hundred other things), about preventing burglaries by thinking like a burglar. But, it started with him saying "If you don't want a burglar breaking into your home, maybe you should see things from his point of view."
Right away, it sounded like some stereotyped "coddling the criminals" line (like something out of a Mallard Filmore comic strip!). So it got your attention, and then of course, it put across the actual message. At the end, it showed Lesser in a cell, because he was playing a burglar.


Posted By: keyboardplayer
Date Posted: 07 Jul 2009 at 11:05pm
Tennessee Trash is awesome. I didn't know until recently that it was Ed Bruce singing.

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Posted By: PrinceJ
Date Posted: 08 Jul 2009 at 12:55pm
There was another commercial that used to bug me.  In it a subway mugger was being interviewed and he is saying how glad he is that his victims make it so easy for him to steal by wearing expensive jewelery and carrying cash and so forth.  So I guess if you are mugged, it's all your falult and the poor mugger was reacting to overwhelming temptation.

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Posted By: The Last Brain Left
Date Posted: 08 Jul 2009 at 10:10pm
Originally posted by keyboardplayer keyboardplayer wrote:

This was before my time, but does anybody remember "VD is for everybody"? I wonder how many kids thought VD was something good, and wanted it.


How about "VD gets around"? Ahhh, the 70's, before herpes and AIDS. Too bad I was way too young to appreciate it. I used to sing this song as a little kid because I had no idea what it meant and they played it during Saturday morning cartoons!



I don't remember "VD is for everyone", but here it is:




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Posted By: macpic70
Date Posted: 09 Jul 2009 at 1:57pm
Originally posted by sherrah012 sherrah012 wrote:

I love Tennessee trash!
One of my local channels still shows this sometimes... (I live in VA, but they're TN affiliated too, so I s'pose that's why.)

 

'Cause they ain't no lower class than Tennessee trash!


Yep. A true classic. I wish they would start re-airing it around here.

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Posted By: ThatOneAdWhere...
Date Posted: 12 Jul 2009 at 3:43pm
Originally posted by The Last Brain Left The Last Brain Left wrote:

This Canadian one is not for the queasy:




Seesh.  Please tell me that actually wasn't on tv.


Posted By: jerkylips
Date Posted: 14 Jul 2009 at 6:54pm
I can't link to youtube from work but my favorite is a fake.  From "Scrubs", anyone remember the "don't strangle your kids" PSA with zach braff?  "that problem would be solved in NO TIME!"
 
edit--it was "don't SMOTHER your kids".  can't believe I got that wrong....


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Posted By: jerkylips
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2009 at 4:59am
home now, so here it is....




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Posted By: Teh Blinx
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2009 at 6:17am
I dunno if this really counts as a PSA, but I always liked the Louie the Lightning Bug sequences about electricity safety...
Especially the one with the singing power lines--"We got the blues 'cuz we're feelin' down!" Big%20smile



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Posted By: PaWolf
Date Posted: 24 Jul 2009 at 9:49pm

I've now a totally new (yet it may be old) PSA that I awoke to, this A.M.

Simply HORRIBLE - but only because it was fully able to reach in and grab those 'heartstrings'.
 
This was a 'Gun Violence/Accidents' PSA.
 
Various scenes in an average middle-class neighborhood...little kids playing nicely, or sitting nicely, or doing anything nicely. An attentive parent right next to each.
The parent will turn their head for a split second and the kid will disappear, only to appear behind the parent, slowly heading to the street to join the ever-growing funeral procession...and disappear, for good. The parent in each scene then completely and convincingly lost all control.
 
The end is an average kid, probably around 15, being shoveled into the back of a police cruiser.
Too many lives negatively affected for totally meaningless reasons.
Made me sick to my stomach...and I don't want to wake up to anything like that, again.
 
Been looking for the video without success.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Posted By: TheDude22
Date Posted: 25 Jul 2009 at 5:15am
Best: Don't drown your food. It was so bad it was funny!

Worst: Nutrition PSA's, learning about eating healthy is one thing, but reminding us of this 1st grade lesson gets annoying! Please, we learned this in school! We should know about this!

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Posted By: smittykins
Date Posted: 25 Jul 2009 at 8:03pm
Originally posted by regulus regulus wrote:

They once had one for wearing Seat Belts (Before wearing them became mandatory), called "What's Your Excuse?" where they'd feature someone giving their excuse, and the aftermath.
 
For Example a guy would say "Why should I wear my Seatbelt, I'm only going to the Corner Store!", the next scene he's sitting in a Wheelchair, One leg in a Cast, one arm in a Cast and Sling, and his head all bandaged up!
 
 
 
This one makes me wish I were Canadian:
 


Posted By: Craftychiq
Date Posted: 31 Jul 2009 at 3:58am
The PSAs I hated the most were the drug ones especially the one where the father confronts the kid about a couple of joints he found and where'd he learn how to do drugs and the kid shrieks back "From you dad, I learned it from watching you!".  I also hate the one where they try to be hip about the brain on drugs thing by having this skinny chick smashing the hell out of everything with a frying pan... ok maybe it should go from drugs to anger management?
 
This commercial though used to scare the hell out of me as a kid:
 
(Hope I did this right, still getting the hang of it:-P)


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Posted By: PaWolf
Date Posted: 31 Jul 2009 at 12:24pm
Originally posted by smittykins smittykins wrote:

This one makes me wish I were Canadian:
 
Big%20smile
Thanks, SmittyK - that one was really great - never saw it before!


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Posted By: clamshell
Date Posted: 31 Jul 2009 at 6:12pm
Hillary Duff just put this one out this week i think.



Posted By: Thor
Date Posted: 31 Jul 2009 at 9:03pm
Craftychiq and clamshell...
 
When you find the Youtube video you want, instead of copy/pasting the entire URL into your reply, just take the part of the URL following the first = sign and copy/paste that into your reply.
 
Then, put TUBE in front of that portion, and /TUBE after it, each in brackets, with the URL portion in between.  When you actually post your reply, the video will appear here.  This is the one clamshell posted:
 
 
If you "quote" this post, you'll see exactly what you should be typing in, and how it should look before you actually post it.
 


Posted By: Craftychiq
Date Posted: 31 Jul 2009 at 9:40pm
Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

Craftychiq and clamshell...
 
When you find the Youtube video you want, instead of copy/pasting the entire URL into your reply, just take the part of the URL following the first = sign and copy/paste that into your reply.
 
Then, put TUBE in front of that portion, and /TUBE after it, each in brackets, with the URL portion in between.  When you actually post your reply, the video will appear here.  This is the one clamshell posted:
 
If you "quote" this post, you'll see exactly what you should be typing in, and how it should look before you actually post it.
 
 
Like this?
 
Damn, maybe I'm a little slow.  This is the second time someone tried to explain it to me:-P


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Posted By: Thor
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2009 at 3:19am
It's somewhat hard to explain here, because if I was to type out exactly what you should be typing, all that would post would be the video itself.  You'd have to see what I had typed in order to know what I had typed.
 
You'll probably get it.  I had the occasional problem at first, too.
 
Or maybe there's another problem.
 
Anyway, I'll try taking that little bit of URL I see in your post (3ut4C_MOmsc), set it up with the TUBE codes, and see what I get.
 
 
It's Bugs!!!
 
Well, I see you're at least using the correct part of the URL. 
 


Posted By: meinga
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2009 at 3:31am

Don't feel bad Craftychiq, I can't seem to get the hang of it either.



Posted By: Jack
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2009 at 5:11am
[tube­]3ut4C_MOmsc[/tube­] is what you need.


Posted By: The Random Classic
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2009 at 7:19am
Originally posted by PaWolf PaWolf wrote:

A few classics.

 
I Find it ironic that Pee Wee Herman, Of all people, Is telling us not to do crack.

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Posted By: Thor
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2009 at 2:45pm
Originally posted by Jack Jack wrote:

[tube­]3ut4C_MOmsc[/tube­] is what you need.
 
How did you do that without actually posting the video?
 


Posted By: HollyRock
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2009 at 3:35pm
Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

Craftychiq and clamshell...
 
When you find the Youtube video you want, instead of copy/pasting the entire URL into your reply, just take the part of the URL following the first = sign and copy/paste that into your reply.
 
Then, put TUBE in front of that portion, and /TUBE after it, each in brackets, with the URL portion in between.  When you actually post your reply, the video will appear here.  This is the one clamshell posted:

If you "quote" this post, you'll see exactly what you should be typing in, and how it should look before you actually post it.
 


Sorry, all - I missed this thread until now.  I'm fixing posts, so if you "edit" your own, you'll see the tube tags, in place.


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Posted By: clamshell
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2009 at 9:48pm
I guess that i have created a "users i hate" thread out of this..Instead of a "psa's i hate"


Posted By: Thor
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2009 at 12:08am
How so?


Posted By: Jimbo
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2009 at 3:32am
Originally posted by The Random Classic The Random Classic wrote:

I Find it ironic that Pee Wee Herman, Of all people, Is telling us not to do crack.
 
Actually, it would be ironic if Pee Wee Herman were telling us not to masturbate in porno theaters.
 
 


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Posted By: Thor
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2009 at 3:24pm
Originally posted by Jimbo Jimbo wrote:

Originally posted by The Random Classic The Random Classic wrote:

I Find it ironic that Pee Wee Herman, Of all people, Is telling us not to do crack.
 
Actually, it would be ironic if Pee Wee Herman were telling us not to masturbate in porno theaters.
 
 
 
Or it would make perfect sense.  What person more perfect than Pee-Pee Pee Wee could personally perceive and publicly impart the problems with porn palace prick play?
 


Posted By: The Last Brain Left
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2009 at 7:13pm
Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

It's somewhat hard to explain here, because if I was to type out exactly what you should be typing, all that would post would be the video itself.  You'd have to see what I had typed in order to know what I had typed.
 
You'll probably get it.  I had the occasional problem at first, too.
 
Or maybe there's another problem.
 
Anyway, I'll try taking that little bit of URL I see in your post (3ut4C_MOmsc), set it up with the TUBE codes, and see what I get.
 
 
It's Bugs!!!
 
Well, I see you're at least using the correct part of the URL. 
 


Holy crap, I haven't seen that in about 25 years. I remember it well.


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Posted By: fusefan
Date Posted: 09 Aug 2009 at 11:30pm
Originally posted by keyboardplayer keyboardplayer wrote:

There are two PSA's that I've been looking for for several years that I can't find anywhere on the web. One was from the Ad Council reminding parents to keep their guns locked and unloaded and out of reach of kids. It had a little boy talking about finding his dad's gun and shooting his brother. Very disturbing. 


Holy crap! I thought I was the only who remembers this. I remember they would show some creepy drawings of how he shot his brother "Omar". The ad would begin with a happy family drawing with the kid narrating. "this is my brother Omar." Then the ad gets real ominous with the kid narrating on how he shot and killed his brother with these disturbing crayon drawings of the incident. And the ad would end with the kid crying out "I didn't mean to shoot daddy's gun...I didn't mean to shoot daddy's gun." I saw this ad once late at night back in 2001, and it still gives me the creeps when I think about it. probably one of the most disturbing ads I've ever saw.  


Posted By: Thor
Date Posted: 13 Aug 2009 at 3:31pm
I've been seeing this one PSA or PSA-like commercial lately.  I've never noted what exactly it's for (anyone know?), but in it, this funny-looking nerd kid in high school gets harassed by a group of other kids who knock his books to the ground and laugh at him.  One of the really cool high school jock guys witnesses this, and comes to the nerd's assistance.
 
Another similar one, has the new girl in school trying to sit down at a lunch table with a bunch of other girls.  The other girls make some snide comment about "the new girl", and then move to another table.  Another girl nearby witnesses this, and joins the new girl at the lunch table.
 
I don't know what "product" the commercials are selling (it seems like they might be commercials for the Mormon Church), but the message is a good one.
 


Posted By: Duplicate Username
Date Posted: 13 Aug 2009 at 4:54pm
Originally posted by fusefan fusefan wrote:

Holy crap! I thought I was the only who remembers this. I remember they would show some creepy drawings of how he shot his brother "Omar". The ad would begin with a happy family drawing with the kid narrating. "this is my brother Omar." Then the ad gets real ominous with the kid narrating on how he shot and killed his brother with these disturbing crayon drawings of the incident. And the ad would end with the kid crying out "I didn't mean to shoot daddy's gun...I didn't mean to shoot daddy's gun." I saw this ad once late at night back in 2001, and it still gives me the creeps when I think about it. probably one of the most disturbing ads I've ever saw.  
 
Oh my God, I remember that one too! I've been trying to find it on youtube with no luck.
 
Time to open the PSA vault:
 
The best PSA of all time.
 
We're not candy!
 
OH MY GOD! GET IT AWAY!
 
What people don't know, is that there was a SEQUEL to the 70's crying indian ad in 1998. However, Iron Eyes Cody died in 1998 some time after the commercial aired so they stopped playing it, it's very chilling:
 
Old anti-drug ads that used scare tactics were the best:
 
 
 
 
That's a lot of vids, and I have even more that I want to post. I'm a PSA freak. Dead
 


Posted By: Dreamstalker
Date Posted: 23 Aug 2009 at 6:33pm
My newest pet hate are the Ad Council spots done by "autismspeaks.org"...each ad seems to disagree with the others on exactly what the odds of autism are (I've seen so far 1/166, 1/150, and 1/144...so which is it?)

I just don't like the way they portray autism as something horrible.  I've been told that the organization behind that website takes a "telethon" pity approach to autism; it shouldn't exist (now I wonder if they're also behind the autism/vaccine "link") and autistics can't possibly be independent or contribute anything useful.


Posted By: ginlyn35
Date Posted: 27 Aug 2009 at 7:56pm
My faves:
 
*the "THis is your brain on Drugs" from the mid-late 80's.
 
*The one where the dad finds some dope in his son's bedroom and yells "Where did you learn this from" and the kids exclaims "I learned it from watching YOU!"
 
 
Hates:
 
*The More You Know spots on NBC
 
*the anti-smoking campaign
 
*one on radio aired in the Atlanta area called Boost Up.org
 
*another radio spot...one telling you to talk to your kid about S*x because if you don't their going to hear about it from "everyone else"
 
*there was one aired on Saturday mornings in the Mid-Late 80's. It featured a dog packing a suitcase and a little boy sitting in front of a TV, zoning out.
 
ginlyn


Posted By: PaWolf
Date Posted: 29 Aug 2009 at 9:52am

Stumbled across a few good ones...

 


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Posted By: Secret101
Date Posted: 30 Aug 2009 at 6:21am

Wow no one thought to put up these "Gems", they actually are good ones that are good to follow.
James Deans PSA (He died driving to fast over a hill in a race car)

Girls beware!
Blow up yourself with a model rocket!



Posted By: bluenowait
Date Posted: 14 Sep 2009 at 6:33pm
The Nostalgia Critic presents: The Top 11 greatest nostalgic Drug PSAs!

http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/473-top-11-drug-psas - http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/473-top-11-drug-psas


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Posted By: PaWolf
Date Posted: 15 Nov 2009 at 4:04pm
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Posted By: PaWolf
Date Posted: 15 Nov 2009 at 4:44pm


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Posted By: Craftychiq
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2009 at 6:41pm
LOL I LOVE the we're not candy psa! It reminds me of this play they did in school when I was in kindergarten where pinocchio comes across some "bad" kids, gets high sniffing glue and starts hallucinating. They had some freaky looking muppets as the hallucinations and it scared the hell out of me:-D Needless to say I never sniffed glue... not that it had ever occurred to me to do it beforehand and always seemed like a stupid thing to do anyway LOL

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Posted By: PaWolf
Date Posted: 09 Jan 2011 at 4:01pm

Just saw this PSA again...it isn't new; haven't seen it in quite some time...



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Posted By: PaWolf
Date Posted: 09 Jan 2011 at 8:20pm
Big%20smile...aaahhhh yes! Here are a few classic PSAs...


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Posted By: DesertX
Date Posted: 09 Jan 2011 at 11:35pm
Great timing to bring back this topic.

There have been some bad Ad Council radio PSA's as of late, including http://www.radioads.com/RadioAds.asp?ad=theshelterpetproject.org&CallLetters=WJOI-1230-WROX-96.1-WWDE-101.3&Market=norfolk&state=va&AdID=21765 - Shelter Pet Project's take-off on Lassie, "Sassy" . The other one is an anti-litter PSA featuring a pirate character talking about litter, who says "dot-arrrrgh"

If makes you wonder if the Ad Council has run out of ideas.


Posted By: MrCleveland
Date Posted: 12 Jan 2011 at 12:50am
Originally posted by JasonTKD JasonTKD wrote:

That "Cartoon Allstars to the Rescue" special about drugs. Worst PSA ever.
 
Best PSA was one the sneaked into an ep of Batman: The Animated Series, when Batman saves a kid who got his foot caught on a train (the kids were playing a game of "chicken")
 
Batman: "Play chicken too long...and you FRY."


I didn't want to go to YouTubeAngry, but since I HAVE TO make the exception, I saw a parody on "All Stars"....



And here are three PSA's that I saw (And yes, I HAD to go to YouTube to get it)!...





And then there's OG Readmore....




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Posted By: PaWolf
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2011 at 3:23pm
Big%20smileI know I started a separate thread just for this PSA...but I'm still 'not over it'.
This PSA came out in 2008 - I'd never seen it until I woke up this morning, and now I'm 'damaged goods', but still snickering...
 
 


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Posted By: smittykins
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2011 at 1:50am
I'm not sure if this technically counts because it was shown in theaters and not on TV, but I'm gonna post it anyway. Smile
 
 
I think we know just how well that "save free TV" thing worked out.
 
Oh, and while we're on the subject of TV...
 


Posted By: Grant
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2011 at 5:28pm
I'm getting into it kind of late, but there's something I don't get about the whole "Don't call something gay" campaign (which I've never actually seen). As far as I can tell (and I hear it right and left), that word has taken on a third meaning. It seems to mean "trite" and things like that, without having a thing to do with homosexuality, in a good way or a bad way. So even though I don't see the "P.C. Police" everywhere I look, this ad campaign sounds like a pretty big case of it. Or heck, maybe not the "P.C. Police" so much as people who just aren't up on their slang!


Posted By: JasonTKD
Date Posted: 28 Feb 2011 at 5:41am
As cheesy as Power Rangers was (or maybe it should be "is" since a new season has started), the show had some good PSAs, like how they used special effects:
 
and this one about not giving up:
 
and this one about not confusing actors with their characters  
 
 


Posted By: Thor
Date Posted: 02 Mar 2011 at 3:02pm
 
 


Posted By: hsolo1
Date Posted: 02 Mar 2011 at 6:56pm
When I was a kid, that long thin cigarette on horseback scared the crap outta me


Posted By: CheezNapkin
Date Posted: 03 Mar 2011 at 6:56pm
Best PSA: The Heroin one with the junkie shooting up and convulsing while a catchy upbeat jingle sings "Shoot up some heroin and reach for the sky! Everybody's doing it, doing it! Heroin, for the rest of your life!"

Worst PSA: The one where the kid shoots himself in the face while high.
 


Hilarious for all the wrong reasons.


Posted By: smittykins
Date Posted: 15 Mar 2011 at 10:49pm
Proof that Cookie Monster was promoting healthy eating long before "A Cookie Is A Sometimes Food":
 
 


Posted By: JasonTKD
Date Posted: 19 Mar 2011 at 5:43am
Originally posted by smittykins smittykins wrote:

Proof that Cookie Monster was promoting healthy eating long before "A Cookie Is A Sometimes Food":
 
 
 
That's no surprise...he eats ANYTHING --almost.
 
CM in a video clip of some radio show: "Okay, sardine ice-cream is where me draw the line. Maybe we can send this to Oscar" 
 
 LOL


Posted By: keyboardplayer
Date Posted: 19 Mar 2011 at 8:57pm
Originally posted by fusefan fusefan wrote:




Originally posted by keyboardplayer keyboardplayer wrote:

There are two PSA's that I've been looking for for several years that I can't find anywhere on the web. One was from the Ad Council reminding parents to keep their guns locked and unloaded and out of reach of kids. It had a little boy talking about finding his dad's gun and shooting his brother. Very disturbing. 


Holy crap! I thought I was the only who remembers this. I remember they would show some creepy drawings of how he shot his brother "Omar". The ad would begin with a happy family drawing with the kid narrating. "this is my brother Omar." Then the ad gets real ominous with the kid narrating on how he shot and killed his brother with these disturbing crayon drawings of the incident. And the ad would end with the kid crying out "I didn't mean to shoot daddy's gun...I didn't mean to shoot daddy's gun." I saw this ad once late at night back in 2001, and it still gives me the creeps when I think about it. probably one of the most disturbing ads I've ever saw.  


I'm so glad somebody else saw this creepfest of a PSA. I heard the radio version of it. I sleep with the radio playing, and they played it literally at every flippin' break. There was also another version with the same voice where he talks about finding a gun in the drawer and accidentally shooting his baby sister. At the end, he goes, "I made Katie go away. I hate me." I got treated to this thing all night from the local country station. The next night I was dumb enough to have it on the same station, and they played it again. I flipped the channel after that, but all night I kept waiting for it to play again. I had literally nightmares about it for years afterwards. If you could find the video or audio of these for me, I will be forever in your debt.

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Posted By: EMCEE
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2011 at 10:22pm
Quote Worst PSA: The one where the kid shoots himself in the face while high.
 


Hilarious for all the wrong reasons.


My God.  I had forgotten all about this one.  I don't understand why they can't just tell the truth about marijuana and what it can do to you.  I mean, the fact that it kills your brain cells and messes up your lungs would be enough for a lot of people to not wanna smoke it.  When they run this bullsh*t, it almost makes me wanna smoke some weed just out of pure oppositional-defiance to the blatant stupidity, even though a couple of hits makes me paranoid as hell.   


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Posted By: clamshell
Date Posted: 26 Mar 2011 at 5:10pm
Suggestion for Worst PSA Ever!
Time Warner Cables' Connectamillionminds.org  This one makes my skin crawl!  The kids from other countries are serious about learning and putting their knowledge to good use.  Our kid on the other hand is just laughing.  Laughing? Not serious about learning apparently.


Posted By: fusefan
Date Posted: 29 Mar 2011 at 7:53pm

Originally posted by keyboardplayer keyboardplayer wrote:

Originally posted by fusefan fusefan wrote:




Originally posted by keyboardplayer keyboardplayer wrote:

There are two PSA's that I've been looking for for several years that I can't find anywhere on the web. One was from the Ad Council reminding parents to keep their guns locked and unloaded and out of reach of kids. It had a little boy talking about finding his dad's gun and shooting his brother. Very disturbing. 


Holy crap! I thought I was the only who remembers this. I remember they would show some creepy drawings of how he shot his brother "Omar". The ad would begin with a happy family drawing with the kid narrating. "this is my brother Omar." Then the ad gets real ominous with the kid narrating on how he shot and killed his brother with these disturbing crayon drawings of the incident. And the ad would end with the kid crying out "I didn't mean to shoot daddy's gun...I didn't mean to shoot daddy's gun." I saw this ad once late at night back in 2001, and it still gives me the creeps when I think about it. probably one of the most disturbing ads I've ever saw.  


I'm so glad somebody else saw this creepfest of a PSA. I heard the radio version of it. I sleep with the radio playing, and they played it literally at every flippin' break. There was also another version with the same voice where he talks about finding a gun in the drawer and accidentally shooting his baby sister. At the end, he goes, "I made Katie go away. I hate me." I got treated to this thing all night from the local country station. The next night I was dumb enough to have it on the same station, and they played it again. I flipped the channel after that, but all night I kept waiting for it to play again. I had literally nightmares about it for years afterwards. If you could find the video or audio of these for me, I will be forever in your debt.


They apparently had a TV version of the one you described above also. Thank goodness I never saw that one! (Or heard the radio versions of these.)  And I don't ever intend on looking for video or audio of them either. Thinking about it still bugs me 10 years later.


Posted By: keyboardplayer
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2011 at 7:14pm
I don't know why, but for some reason I want to see it again to see if it would still creep me out now that I don't get scared by most PSA's anymore. Back then when that came out, I was completely scared to death of PSA's, even the stupid ones. I mean like I would be curlde up into a ball when they would come on, except I had a fascination with them. I couldn't flip the channel when an ad came on that I didn't know what it was and then hello, nightmares. Now I analyze them and have been doing this for about three years and I laugh at how they used to scare the crap out of me.

I do have to post that WSM has been playing my beloved Americans For The Arts PSA from 2002 again. It was this mom calling 911 and freaking out because her kid was flapping her arms and legs like she was having a seizure. You could hear music playing in the background and the little girl going "Doo doo doo" very off key. The guy on the phone asked the mom if that was music in the background and she said that she had turned on some music while she was cleaning the house and that was when it started. The guy on the phone said he thought she was trying to dance. Then a creepy PSA voice announcer comes on with the tag, "The less art kids get, the more it shows."

I wish they would put it in regular rotation, but I've only heard it a few times during the Grand Ole Opry (don't laugh). They mostly have their own ads, but around 9:30 or 10:00, there is a gap where they will stick a PSA and this is where they play it. I've only heard it two times since they brought it back, but I wanted to get the PSA director's autograph for bringing this classic back. I wish they'd get rid of some of the other crap the Ad Council is putting out today and play this instead.

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Posted By: fusefan
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2011 at 12:08am
Originally posted by keyboardplayer keyboardplayer wrote:


I do have to post that WSM has been playing my beloved Americans For The Arts PSA from 2002 again. It was this mom calling 911 and freaking out because her kid was flapping her arms and legs like she was having a seizure. You could hear music playing in the background and the little girl going "Doo doo doo" very off key. The guy on the phone asked the mom if that was music in the background and she said that she had turned on some music while she was cleaning the house and that was when it started. The guy on the phone said he thought she was trying to dance. Then a creepy PSA voice announcer comes on with the tag, "The less art kids get, the more it shows."


Lol. They used to play this one on XM radio talk stations a lot.  I remember the mom would say something like "I've seen dancing and that's not it! "


Posted By: keyboardplayer
Date Posted: 17 Apr 2011 at 8:53pm
Yup, that's the ad. I'd love to find the audio for this ad.

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Posted By: keyboardplayer
Date Posted: 17 Apr 2011 at 9:10pm
Oh, yeah, there was another one from the same time period that used to scare the crap out of me about preventing child abuse. It was pretty much a generic PSA with just a dude reading ad copy, but the opening line of this ad was enough to induce nightmares. The announcer said in a creepy voice, "A stove. For most people it is used to cook with, but for some, it is used to teach a child a lesson they'll never forget." *shudder* Hello, nightmares.

There was another one for high school dropout prevention that was hillarious.
We hear a phone ring.
Woman: Hello, unemployment agency.
(Here a guy starts rattling off about all the video games he has played. I can't remember what he said.)
Woman: Oh, so you're a game programmer?
Man, No, I just play 'em.
Woman: Did you finish high school?
Man: What system is that on?
Woman (sounding like Duh, stupid)" The education system.
Man: Oh, that must be 64 bit.
Woman: Hold on, I'm gonna transfer you to our gaming department. *Click and a dial tone and the announcer comes on with the stay in school speech.

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Posted By: Grant
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2011 at 4:18am
I'm sure I'm not the only one, but I've always had a problem with PSA's that use some pretty harmless piece of entertainment as a symbol of something awful, like a W. C. Fields movie clip in an anti-drinking one. Even though I've never been a HUGE Honeymooners fan (as opposed to a casual one), there was a domestic violence PSA that used the "One of these days, Alice!" line. Maybe they meant well, but jeez, that line was always meant to be an idle threat from a character who never hit anyone in the whole series! So did they have to mess with it so that it sounded like something else?


Posted By: smittykins
Date Posted: 14 May 2011 at 2:25pm

I had this jingle stuck in my head for YEARS(though I couldn't remember the first line).  I even googled "You mind very much if they smoke" before YouTube, and got nothing.  There were longer versions as well, but I haven't been able to find them.


Posted By: PaWolf
Date Posted: 19 May 2011 at 7:43am
Big smileThumbs UpFinally found 5 of the classic Canadian 'Prevent-It' PSAs slapped together!
Watch in a nice, quiet place where you are not going to be disturbed by noise - like the library, or, if you are am attending doctor, maybe in the operating room...
 
...and then, for fun...here's some newer ones...
 
 
 


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Posted By: PaWolf
Date Posted: 08 Jun 2011 at 11:44am
Confused 
Mom ~ the Jailbird
 
 


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Posted By: smittykins
Date Posted: 12 Jun 2011 at 6:51pm

 
Typical YouTube comment:
 
"Sex lasts for a moment?  Not if you do it right." Wacko


Posted By: crainbebo
Date Posted: 10 Nov 2013 at 6:27am
Been a long time and I had to dig it out! But I'd like to talk about my creepy PSAs... (they are newer than those 1970s/80s things...)

First around 2008 or so there was a really creepy radio PSA that aired very late at night on my soft rock station. It was for Childhelp (child abuse prevention) - answering machine with this man saying "I'm not answering because I'm abusing my children. I'll get back to you." Then there's that high-pitched "BEEEEEEP" of the answering machine and then a woman, who sounded kind of creepy as well, said "If only abuse was easy to recognize..." Nothing I really wanted to be woke up by at 2:30 in the morning! And a loud beep to boot!

Just last week I heard a creepy SAMSHA PSA on another soft rock station (said station has Delilah, and is NOT replacing the national, raw feed of PSAs with local ads...) with what sounded like bottles breaking and some weird music. SAMSHA is for substance abuse prevention.

Best PSAs in my opinion are the Smokey Bear ones, I also like the Feed the Pig ones as well.
And then there's this classic...it aired for years! Last time I saw this was probably around 2004. Because trees *are* terrific!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3bTVkoUIGw



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