One of my favorite "I've been Wondering" questions this week was about all the disclaimers in drug ads, which I extended to wonder "why are those ads effective, which they must be if they're running so often?" I have some thoughts, but let's start with some videos. First up, a real drug ad:
Here are a couple of parodies of drug ads:
Jeff Foxworthy talks about side effects:
This isn't about side-effects...it's just funny!
Some other listener questions include:
- Why are there different number layouts between telephones and calculators/computers? (On phones the low numbers are at the top of the keypad; on calculators and computers they're at the bottom)
- What's up with stock buybacks? Are they a scam?
- Why is there no "d" in refrigerator but there is a "d" in fridge?
- Why in the age of digital photography do you hear lots of clicks during press conferences?
- Why do you have to pee more when you get near a bathroom or when you get home?
- How does Google maps know traffic conditions?