Anyone else get tricked by those Orkin commercials with the bug going on the screen?

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  1. StephenA

    StephenA Screenwriter

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    I did the first time I saw them. I thought there was a beetle or something on my screen, so I went to kill it, then saw the Orkin Man come on the screen and realized it was a fake bug. I felt stupid.
     
  2. Leila Dougan

    Leila Dougan Screenwriter

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    Actually you're not the only one. When the ads first started appearing, I remember hearing about people who thought the bugs were real too hit their TV or knocked it over, etc. Some even broke their equipment and tried to sue Orkin over it. [​IMG]
     
  3. KeithH

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    The first time I saw the commercial on my 27" TV, it freaked me out. I just stared at the screen, but the Orkin guy came on before I got up to get a closer look.
    By the way, I imagine that those of us with large displays were not fooled. That would be some large bug! [​IMG]
     
  4. brentl

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    Just freaked right me out. Cockroaches are one of the most vile creatures

    Brent
     
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    I think the ads are humorous. What I can't stand are the Terminix spots, especially the stupid one with the people that have turned their house into a wind tunnel. Very annoying.
     
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    I love the Orkin commercials. I do get tricked some times, but the funniest part is how outrageous the beginning of the fake commercials usually are. The fake commercials in their own right are funny but then having this bug go scurrying across the screen....
     
  7. Jim_F

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    As soon as as saw that 3" sucker running across my RPTV I tried to smash it with an aluminum baseball bat.

    Boy, was my face red!:b


    (Maybe I should add "just kidding" here, knowing what I do about my sense of humor)
     
  8. Dave Poehlman

    Dave Poehlman Producer

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    I'm usually so brain-dead in front of the TV that by the time I realize it's a bug, the guy has already popped up and sprayed it.

    It takes years of practice to reach this state of zen.
     
  9. John Spencer

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    Fools my cats every time. Of corse, so do sports shows. They always want to catch the flying thingies.
     
  10. Peter Kline

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    Actually I think the "fake" commercial is right on. That's what makes the roaches entrance so startling.
     
  11. Will K

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    Yep, the first time I saw the one with the chick in the tub, I thought there was a monster cockroach checking out my Mitsubishi. F**ked with the cat, too.
     
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    Yep, got me fooled. I completely freaked out, and was very relieved when it turned out to be fake. [​IMG] Good commercial.
     
  13. StephenA

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    I was talking about these commercials with my sister, and she was fooled by them too. That's why I thought of thisa thread. There's some huge beetles/june bugs(by New Hampshire standards) here, so I thought one got in the house. If I lived in Florida, I'd probably think it was those bigass brown roaches. God I hated them things when I was down there, with them thinking they can crawl up walls and such.
     
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    It could be worse.... You know it's time to clean the apartment when the Orkin man sprays the bug, but there are still two on the screen.....
     
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    I've been fooled twice on my 60" RPTV. Once, there really was a cockroach inside the TV, crawling around on the screen.

    ~T
     
  16. Mike Voigt

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    You ain't lived until you've had one of those big-ass cockroaches run up your leg like it was the nearest tree stump. All I can say is - catch them fast. They can MOVE.

    Mike
     
  17. Thi Them

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    Since we are on the topic of cockroaches, I have to ask: Can cockroaches fly? There are a lot of cockroaches that get into my house, especially in the summer. A couple of years ago, there was one on the wall in my family room. I took a fly swatter to kill it, and when I was about to swat that ugly, black bugger, the thing flew from the wall, scaring the crap out of me.

    ~T
     
  18. Mike boettner

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    yes roaches can fly!! scary, isn't it?
    Mike
     
  19. Holadem

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    I realised a couple of months ago that what I have been calling roaches all my life were actually waterbugs. Or so I was told.
    these are the most vile creatures in this universe.
    Last summer in the Bronx, on some friday night I was watching Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon with the windows open (I lived on the sixth floor of a typical NYC building) when I saw one of those on the screen. I jumped up to the light and saw /heard several more running and flapping around the room. The horror that manifested itself in my crawling skin cannot be described. It took a tremendous amount of will power to avoid panic and walk fast out of the room without breaking anything on the way. I didn't sleep at home that night or the next.
    That is how much I hate these things.
    They flew in while I was watching the movie. Someone must have sprayed one of their hideouts (garbage chute?).
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    Holadem
     
  20. Ken Garrison

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    I think I recall almost getting up to shoo the bug outta the way. Then I saw the guy spray it. I'm like "Ah ok!"
     

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