CONSUMER ALERT! -Truth in Advertising Edition-

It has recently come to my attention that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has been billing itself as "The Greatest Show On Earth" for some time now.

Now perhaps, by Victorian entertainment standards, when Ringling & Co. would schlep from farm town to brier patch in brightly colored boxcars and make animals in sequined hats pirouette for home-sewn corn babies, you might be able to argue that it was "The Greatest."

But this is 2009, pals. We've got Beanie Babies and Pogs and Four-Slice Toasters. We've got Gloria Gaynor and Power Rangers, OK? We've got Snuggies.

There is a lot more competition to be "The Greatest" today than there ever was in the 1926 rear parking lot of the Kenosha Woolworth's.

And simply putting the phrase on your advertisements will not fool us. We've been burned before:

If I want to see clowns and animals dance around for two hours, I'll just turn on C-SPAN.


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Nick said...

MacGyver wouldn't misspell "Greatest" in an advertisement.

Grammar Burn!

Matt Silverman said...

God damn it!

Marissa said...

Nicely done, you two.

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