Unpimp Your Auto

Adolf Hitler had a keen interest in cars even though he did not drive. In 1933, shortly after taking over as leader of Germany, he asked Ferdinand Porsche to make changes to his original 1931 design to make it more suited for the working man. Hans Ledwinka discussed his ideas with Ferdinand Porsche, who used many Tatra design features in the 1938 “KdF-Wagen”, later known as the VW Käfer – or Volkswagen Beetle.

The initial American ad campaign for the GTI featured the “fast”, which Volkswagen says is the feeling and force inside you that likes driving and encourages your driving passion, with the tagline “Make friends with your fast”. However, recently those ads were replaced with a series of ads starring Peter Stormare as a “German engineer” hired to “un-pimp ze auto” by taking tuner cars and smashing them, giving their owners a GTI instead.

Peter Stormare (born August 27, 1953) is a Swedish-American film, stage, voice and television actor as well as a theatrical director and playwright.

MC Hammer has Feelings for Pepsi

Pepsi and other similar products contain large amounts of sugar. Excessive sugar intake is thought to be a contributing factor in the development of certain types of diabetes.

[MC] Hammer also began the trend of rap artists being accepted as mainstream pitchmen. Prior to Hammer, it was virtually unheard of for a hip-hop artist to be seen in a major commercial spot. Hammer appeared in major marketing campaigns for companies such as Pepsi and Taco Bell to the point that he was criticized as a “sell-out”.

“Feelings” is a song by Morris Albert, first recorded by him as the title track of his 1975 debut album. The song’s lyrics, recognizable by their “woah woah woah” chorus, concern the singer’s inability to “forget my feelings of love.” Albert’s original recording of the song was very successful, reaching the Top 10 in both the pop and Adult Contemporary charts in America and performing well internationally.

In a world where Don LaFontaine does a commercial for GEICO

Donald LaFontaine (born August 26, 1940 in Duluth, Minnesota), is a legendary voice actor famous for recording over 5,000 movie trailers, television commercials, network promotions, and video game trailers. Due to the sheer volume of trailer voiceovers LaFontaine has recorded, he has become identified with the phrase “In a world…”, which has been used in movie trailers so frequently that it has become a cliché. He has also parodied this cliché several times, more recently in a commercial for GEICO insurance.

Trailers or previews are film advertisements for films that will be exhibited in the future at a cinema, on whose screen they are shown. The term “trailer” comes from their having originally been shown at the end of a film programme.

[GEICO] commercials use a variety of fictional characters such as Speed Racer and Bill Dutchess as well as real people such as Tony Little and Don LaFontaine spoofing themselves.

I Am Man

In May 2006, in promotion of the Texas Double Whopper, Burger King released a campaign called the “Manthem” which parodies Helen Reddy’s I Am Woman. It depicts a man and his girlfriend at a fancy restaurant. Disappointed by the meager portions he is served, the man bursts into song, expressing his desire for a Texas Double Whopper, in place of what he deems “chick food.”

“I Am Woman” is a song cowritten by Helen Reddy and singer/songwriter/guitarist Ray Burton and performed by Reddy. Released in its most well-known version in 1972, the song became an enduring anthem for the women’s liberation movement.

MC Hammer can’t touch Lay’s Potato Chips

Lay’s is the brand name for a number of potato chip varieties as well as the name of the company that founded the chip brand in 1938. Lay’s chips are marketed as a division of Frito-Lay, a company owned by PepsiCo Inc. since 1965.

[MC] Hammer recently performed a self-parody role in a television ad for Lay’s potato chips. Some kids lose their baseball over the fence of a neighbor apparently infamous for not returning lost toys, so they throw him a bag of chips to appease him. He throws back their ball, their dog, a car belonging to one kid’s dad, and MC Hammer, still dressed in golden sparkle shirt and parachute pants. MC Hammer instantly breaks into the chorus of “U Can’t Touch This.” The kids then toss Hammer back over the fence.

McRoyale without Cheese

McShawarma (shawarma served in flatbread) and McKebab (kebab served on flatbread). This was made famous in an advertisement based on the McRoyale scene in Pulp Fiction.

Shawarma (Arabic: شاورما) (Hebrew: שווארמה‎), also spelled Chawarma, Shwarma, Shawerma, Shoarma or Shaorma) is a Middle Eastern-style sandwich usually composed of shaved lamb, goat, or chicken. Less often, it may contain turkey, beef, or a mixture of meats. Shawarma is a popular dish and fast-food staple across the Middle East, and is consumed across the rest of the world as well.

In most markets unfamiliar with English measurements, the Quarter Pounder is known as the Hamburger Royale or McRoyal, or variants thereof, including “Royale with Cheese”, as famously explained in the film Pulp Fiction (although one should note that in France the official name of the Quarter Pounder with Cheese is Royal Cheese).

[According to kosher dietary laws] meat and milk (and anything made with dairy and meat products) cannot be served in the same meal, or cooked using the same dishes or utensils, or stored in a way that could cause them to intermingle.