Thursday, February 14, 2013

"Cereal Shot From Guns"? Oh, My!


Anyone else out there old enough to remember when Quaker cereal was advertised as cereal "shot from guns"? Guns!! Guns, I'm telling you!!! This morning, for some reason, the words from an old commercial (newer than this one) to the tune of the 1812 Overture, "This is the cereal that's shot from guns!" came to my mind, and I thought, in a age where students are suspended for drawing guns, making gun noises and generally thinking abut guns, if little Johnny or Mary came to school today, singing the jingle of their favorite cereal, would they be escorted from the school in handcuffs by the local authorities? Sing it with me now...

"This is the cereal that's shot from guns...boom!"

Even the commercial above, if made today, would need a legal disclaimer for when the kid climbs in the cannon or the Quaker sticks his head in: "Warning! Kids: do not try this at home!"

We've come a long way since then, as a society, and not all of it was good.

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