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Topic: Death...In Advertising?
Mike frm Tallahassee
Azraelite


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Posted: May 06 2001,5:39 am

Not drinking, just intellectualizing, as usual. From the Nazi SS to bikers, metalheads, or self proclaimed badasses like WWF wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin (who has skulls on his merchandising T-shirts and big skeletal hands raising the middle finger for fans to wear at his matches), those identifying with the power and (to the masses) fearfulness of Death seek to make themselves more frightening...

Another interesting TV commercial: A coffin is ready for a viewing, and the undertaker is disturbed that the occupant is wearing a satisfied smile. He tries to put a more solemn expression on the corpse, but the smile keeps coming back. A slogan comes up: "Life is short. Be happy". The ad's for monster.com, a job-finding service...  


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RevDellamorte
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Posted: May 15 2001,4:57 am

This may be kind of silly. but I wanted to share it. I was at King Soopers (a very popular grocery store chain in Colorado) the other night. I saw a very large helium balloon (one of those fancy silver ones) with Azrael on it. In his right hand he was holding his scythe, and in his left hand he was holding a cupcake. It said "Relax, I only came for the cake". I wanted to buy it, but I realized that it was too big for my HP scanner (especially deflated)... so it was pointless to purchase it. It was quite amusing though... nice to know that even the huge chain grocery stores are selling His depiction.... :pimp:

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Mike frm Tallahassee
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Posted: May 16 2001,4:05 am

...Sounds like the image and slogan on a birthday card I bought a while back (not to give away, just 'cause it was cool). When I get the chance, I'll look for it.

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Choirgirl
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Posted: Feb. 10 2002,4:23 am

Does anyone remember that commercial for bug spray with the Reaper sitting in a kitchen, complaining about roaches then stepping on them? (It's not a new commercial.  Then again, I'm replying to not-a-new thread.  So a theme is developing.)

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Columbine
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Posted: Feb. 10 2002,9:32 am

The Grim Reaper birthday balloon is part of the "Over the Hill" birthday party theme.  At a party-supply store, you can get black coffin-shaped gift boxes, Rest in Peace balloons, gravestone birthday candles...  I guess the next thing will be the Grim Reaper leaping out of someone's cake!  Can't get much more naked than bones...

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Leilah
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Posted: Feb. 11 2002,6:46 pm

Hi Choirgirl! Yeah, they use to make some good Reaper ads, but alas, we're not even allowed to have any funny "death related" ads anymore due to the fact that they might "offend" someone's sensibilities after 9/11.

You'd think we were all wusses or something :doom:

I recall quite a few neat little ads and such. You can't even find them on the web anymore.

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"Death stands above me whispering low, I know not what into my ear; Of His strange language all I know is, there is not a word of fear."


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Choirgirl
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Posted: Feb. 11 2002,8:11 pm

[quote]Quote: from Leilah on 6:46 pm on Feb. 11, 2002
Hi Choirgirl! Yeah, they use to make some good Reaper ads, but alas, we're not even allowed to have any funny "death related" ads anymore due to the fact that they might "offend" someone's sensibilities after 9/11.

Well, personally I'm offended and horrified by minivan commercials,  the heralded "return to wholesome 1950's values", and anything having to do with Britney Spears, but I'm realistic enough to know that I'm going to run across them in the course of everday life.  I'm not going to demand they be removed from public view just because they make me squirm.
Okay, I had a point here.
Everything is likely to offend, piss off, alienate, or somehow disgust someone.  Reverting to saccharine feel-good pap in a time of crisis doesn't exactly help the coping mechanisms of the general public (though it probably helps the mainstream media sell product).  It helps their cuse to keep the general public wussy, I suppose.

Although, I actually did see the Reaper-skipping-through-the-fields car commercial the other night (granted, it was well after midnight...yes, I'm ashamed that I had the idiot box on, too).  Maybe it's making a comeback.  Keep all digits crossed.


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dnekm ailep
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Posted: Feb. 14 2002,2:37 am

You can find the Reaper-skipping-through-the-fields ad at www.adcritic.com

It's in Quicktime format, but it's still a cool commercial.

I remember the roach spray commercial, but I haven't been able to find it on the net, yet. Ad critic also has an "Energy Star" commercial with a Reaper, but it's not that good :smoke:

Unfortunately, after checking that my link above actually worked, I see that they are offline.... Sorry :cathat:

(Edited by dnekm ailep at 2:38 am on Feb. 14, 2002)

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"And one by one we died and were lost in the dust of accumulated time. We knew the years as a passing of shadows, and death itself as the yeilding of twilight unto night." - Clark Ashton Smith


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Azrael31
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Posted: April 13 2002,3:35 pm

As for the game the SIMS  Azrael as far as the game goes appears and you have to let these little "People" try to bargain with him to come back another day. You can however downloads some really beautiful skings for use as player characters.  I even downloaded a house that when the neighbors drop by and go into your yard they drop dead and a tombstone pops up in the graveyatd next to the house. Sorta Like Azrael's Burglar alarm :pyth:  

Eric the Fruitbat

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THE DARK ANGEL
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Posted: July 04 2002,6:54 pm

Well not too sure where to place this baby...but whoa!!!!  Life/death and its twists and turns regarding burial.  Here's a site selling "cardboard" coffins...called "ECOPODS"....sounds like something you'd find @ Soylent Green huh.  It's a coffin shaped like a pod which will house a corpse (ooooh) with a height of about 5-10...not sure what happens if you're taller...oh well you didn't need those feet now did ya???  Here's the addy:  

http://www.ecopod.co.uk/

Always looking for new ways to package the dead.  ;)  When are they gonna realize...ashes to ashes dust to dust.  Seems it always ends up being done to gain the almighty dollar $$$$$$$$.  Just slip 'em in their dirt-bed and let them pull up the covers.  Simple no.  Leave the rest to the conquerer worm.  ;)

Love,
 darky

A mortician slipped me this one.  
http://sites.gulf.net/EMC/index.html

It says:  "DON'T BE RIPPED OFF BY THE GRIM REAPER"....oh come on.  And Azrael is standing there with His scythe in hand.


(Edited by THE DARK ANGEL at 8:15 pm on July 4, 2002)

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