I went to the TV Guide website this morning, just curious about what might be coming on tonight. (Wasting time, of course. Isn't that why the Internet was invented?) An ad caught my eye:
First, I thought, "Ah, trying to cash in on all the overeating people do this time of year."
But for whatever reason, I couldn't look away, even though I actually haven't been overeating (or at least no more than usual) and didn't happen to be in dire need of the bubblegum-pink elixir. No, I was transfixed for another reason-- namely, that the longer I looked at the ad, the more I felt that I could be queasy, if I just stared long enough.
Is it just me, or does that Pepto-Bismol ad possess a mysterious nausea-inducing power?
I don't know if it's the shape of the. . Pepto ooze, or its color. . . The sheen, perhaps. The ease with which the mind likens it to the tumultuously quivering contents of an uneasy stomach. . .
Or maybe it's just that I've taken Pepto often enough that the mere thought of it is enough to make me feel sick.
Anyway, I wonder if the Pepto ad designer purposely tried to make anyone who sees it feel ill. Anything to boost sales, right? ;o)