“It Happens to All of Us” Laxative Commercial…

The world of commercials for toilet paper and, ahem, laxatives is a strange one indeed.  Frankly, it is a place that I prefer not to go for fear of encountering toilet paper-obsessed bears, or perhaps the Phillips woman jumping up on a bus and shouting, “Who suffers from gas?  Bloating?  Constipation?”  In approaching such a personal and delicate topic, however, advertisers have been driven into the realm of the memorably absurd.  Today’s exhibit centers on a Colace commercial entitled, It Happens To All Of Us.

Wisely, the advertisers have chosen the world of animation to deal with this topic.  In bright and cheery pastel tones, we are shown such things as a plump bird straining fruitlessly to poop on a passing car.  A dog being walked by his owner whines in his defecation crouch due to constipation.  And most memorably, an alien waits impatiently outside of the door of some kind of sanitary facility, frowning.  Constipation…It happens to all of us, you see…dum dum DUMM!

Now we are not told why the alien appears to be holding a rolled-up newspaper underneath his arm; I would have thought that an advanced race would have long since transcended such retro technology.  But perhaps this image gives insight into why aliens are reputed to conduct anal probes on abductees…they are researching the constipation problem. Perhaps we will also someday learn the truth behind all of the cattle mutilations, so watch the skies for constipated aliens this Halloween!

(…tip o’ the pen to carycomic!)


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4 Comments on ““It Happens to All of Us” Laxative Commercial…”

  1. carycomic Says:

    Thanks, V! One of the reasons for the alien sight gag might be due to the fact that tomorrow (10/30/2018) is the 80th anniversary of the notorious Mercury Theater adaptation of HGW’s WAR OF THE WORLDS.

    Orson Welles (no relation to H.G.) was the star of a Depression-era radio anthology show called “The Mercury Theater On The Air.” And, as a Halloween treat for 1938, he decided to dramatize that pioneering sci-fi novel as a two-act play. With Act I simulating an actual newscast of the time. Unfortunately, a lot of people tuned in half an hour late because they had been listening to a rival network’s hilarious resident ventriloquist, Edgar Bergen, and his sarcastic sidekick, Charlie McCarthy.

    Consequently? They–the tardy listeners–wound up thinking they were listening to actual news coverage of a real invasion from Mars!

    Not until 09/11/2001 did America ever again experience such widespread panic.

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  2. carycomic Says:

    On a lighter note: I remember what Dave Letterman once said (during his stand-up comic days) regarding the reputed laxative properties of Alpo Dogfood.

    “If your dog is constipated…why screw up a good thing?”

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