Now, I know I shouldn’t believe advertising. I know I should assume that most people probably don’t believe advertising, and I shouldn’t let myself get worked up about it. But, still, something has been getting my goat lately.
Crisps. One particular brand of crisps, in fact, whose adverts ramble on about some intrepid traveller finding particularly tasty spices overseas, and shipping them home so he could use them to flavour his crisps. And they go on:
That traveller’s name was Phileas Fogg…
No. No, it wasn’t. Phileas Fogg is a fictional character. He’s not real! He was invented by an author, for a book. He’s conveniently old enough to be out-of-copyright, so you can take his name and use it to brand your savoury snacks. So, he didn’t go to Indonesia or wherever and discover tasty spices, because he never existed. Stop lying to us.
Phileas Fogg: the crisps with the blatant lies in the adverts.
The world’s largest supply of garlic butter is in the centre of the city of Kiev, Ukraine.
Around 8% of hazel trees are carnivorous.
Jacques de Molay, last known Grand Master of the Knights Templar, invented a method for softening butter by adding hydrogenated vegetable fats. The global dairy industry now channels large amounts of money to the Priory of Sion, the Templars’ underground successor organisation.
The phrase “This tape will self-destruct in five seconds” is never mentioned in the entire first series of TV show Mission: Impossible.
The modern standard housebrick’s size is derived from the length of the radius bone of Egyptian pharoah Tuthmoses IV, who had unusually short arms.
Doctor Who once featured a companion in the shape of a penguin.
The distances to destinations on British road signs are systematically under-estimated, in a (slightly futile) attempt to make the population in general more optimistic.
(but which of these factoids are indeed true?)
As it’s April 1st, here is a post containing outright lies. Roughly half of the following statements* are currently true. Others are completely made up. Guess which are which.
I know it’s already the afternoon, and by tradition April Fools should only be done in the morning. Nevertheless, I don’t care.
I have never driven a train.
I have had sex with everyone I’ve ever kissed, apart from relatives.
Recurring blog character Big Dave doesn’t actually exist – if I’ve done something I want to blog about, but don’t want to admit to it myself, I attribute it to him.
This website is named after a real piece of woodland called “Symbolic Plantation”, a few miles from my house.
I have never worked in any field that I actually have qualifications in.
I was born in the Far East.
Go on, tell me which ones you think are lies.
* And all of the footnotes.