The process of deliberately making something known publicly. Can also refer to any of the methods used in this process, or directly to the business of advertising products or services for profit.

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What are the relative clickthrough and conversion rates for users who normally use adblockers? [closed]

There have been a number of reports and studies of one sort or another that have been published regarding the growing use of adblockers (e.g. here) and many of these claim that adblocking costs sites ...
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Geico “Call us 75 years from now” radio commercial

I was recently listening to radio commercials, when I heard a Geico commercial on how consistent of a company they are: At Geico, we're all about consistency. To show that, we're going to play a ...
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Can commercial super glue hold several tons of weight?

I understand that cyanocrylates (super glues) have come a long way. I understand that they are used in cars and airplanes today and can create an incredibly strong bond. That said, I have a hard time ...
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Did Chipotle give away free burritos on Feb 8, 2016?

From Chipotle's web-site, I can see they were giving away free burritos. This was apparently due to them being closed for staff meetings on February 8th. Is it a real offer?
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Was this “Buy a wife from Vietnam” advert genuine?

This photo, which is supposedly of an advertisement for brides, has been making the rounds on social media. Does it show an advertisement for a bride-buying service?
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Do LED light bulbs last as long as claimed by the manufacturers?

Manufacturers routinely claim that their LED light bulb can last from 20,000 hours to 50,000 hours: Anecdotes, such as this one suggest otherwise. Daily mail wrote: More than a quarter did ...
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Are a large percentage of Dutch people bothered by cursing?

The Dutch Bond Tegen Vloeken (Association Against Profanity) regularly advertises against the use of cursing, swearing, and profanity. Their current campaign features 5 posters, each stating a claim, ...
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Did Target send pregnancy-related flyers to people taking folic acid? [closed]

I was listening to On The Media, a weekly NPR show/podcast, and heard a retelling by Sam Thielman of the Guardian of what I always thought was an apocryphal tale regarding data mining by Target ...
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Is this ad with a German coast guard mistaking “sinking” with “thinking” by Berlitz?

In the following ad, a trainee German coastguard is shown the equipment, and then left to his own devices. He receives a message from a ship which is sinking, saying "Mayday, mayday, we are sinking", ...
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Is there an epidemic of sexual harassment on the NYC subway? [closed]

Recently, the MTA has been doing a public awareness campaign regarding sexual harassment on the subway. As a New Yorker, I've seen all kinds of crazy things on the train, but I've never witnessed this ...
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Are any commercials “banned” for public display?

Youtube contains numerous videos claiming they contain "banned" commercials. Other websites claim to post "banned" print commercials, such as the famous You know you're not the first ad from BMW. Is ...
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Can you buy a gun from a vending machine in Georgia or South Africa?

I read this article from a Facebook post: Daily Current: Georgia Legalizes Handgun Vending Machines I was skeptical, but then I found this article which says the vending machine is in South Africa: ...
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Did Esurance put up a billboard saying “Cover your home in a dick”?

This tweet has been making the rounds about the dangers of bad kerning: I call shenanigans. Surely someone noticed the problem while the sign was going up? Has the image of the sign been modified ...
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Does China have the death penalty for spammers?

Does China have the death penalty for spammers? Example claim: Welcome to the United States of Canada. Chinese law, for example, permits executions for sending spam, and harvesting of the ...
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Do mechanical keyboards improve accuracy?

A famous mechanical keyboard site claims that: Many mechanical keyboard fans rave at the loud, clicky sound they produce when using one of these keyboards. As mentioned above, the mechanical ...
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Did Chuck Norris participate in Czech T-Mobile adverts?

There is a series of TV adverts on Czech mobile service provider T-Mobile. The adverts featured Czech jokes on Chuck Norris and he himself played there. But wasn't it a twin, which would allow the ads ...
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Did Americans leave behind over $1bn in tax refunds in 2012?

In this television advertisement H&R Block claims that: Last year, thinking they could do their own taxes, Americans left behind more than a billion dollars. Did American tax payers leave ...
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Is Sensodyne recommended by “nine out of ten dentists”?

Sensodyne is famously known for saying "Recommended by nine out of ten dentists". Since being introduced in 1961, Sensodyne has become the favorite sensitive toothpaste of dentists around the ...
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Is Beckham's Pepsi beach commercial real?

There is this commercial which David Beckham did for Pepsi where he kicks three soccer balls into three different cans at a considerable distance on the beach. The video went viral and we can see ...
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Are fairness creams effective?

In south east Asia there is a craze for getting fair complexion in women, hence cosmetics companies - like Unilever, which sells Fair & Lovely creams throughout the Middle East and Indian ...
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Did Jean-Claude Van Damme do a suspended split between two trucks?

This Volvo Trucks ad shows actor and martial artist, Jean-Claude Van Damme, performing a suspended split between two moving trucks, driving in reverse. I tend to think that what we see in the video ...
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Do ad blockers in browsers save significant energy?

There is a claim that adverts sometimes include animations, which requires more energy to display, and that, hence, ad blockers save significant energy? Source: Blocking Online Ads May Save Energy ...
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Is having a “sign waver” an effective marketing strategy?

It started a few years ago. The first one I remember seeing was Little Caeser's $5 Hot-And-Ready pizzas. I don't know if this was the source, but it was the first symptom... ... And then the ...
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Are bleaching powders effective cleaning agents?

The claim from the manufacturer: Have you seen a stain on your clothes that you can't seem to remove? Don't fear! Vanish Oxi Action Powder contains Oxi Powerlift which removes all types of stains, ...
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Has Verizon filed a patent for a device to watch you while you watch TV?

According to Slate Magazine: Verizon Files Patent for Creepy Device To Watch You While You Watch TV [...] The company has filed a patent, published last week, for a system designed to be ...
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Are 1 million people a year date raped?

This article claims: Every year, an estimated 1 million people are date raped, and many of them are victims of date-rape drugs, potent mixtures that disrupt the central nervous system. I ...
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Can a Renault Megane drive 1700 km with 1 tank?

source See the above advert which claims that Renault Megane can cover 1700km with one tank. According to this link the Megane model has a fuel tank capacity of 60 Liters. Can the Megane cover 28.3 ...
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Were G.I. Joe action figure ads not allowed during the telecast of the series?

I have heard that during the telecast of the G.I. Joe TV series, advertisements pertaining to the G.I. Joe action figures were disallowed because it was assumed that viewers were too stupid to ...
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Do razors with more blades work better?

A known disposable razor company is claiming on their web site that their current product is superior to their old one because it has 5 blades instead of three. You can see the claim on the "science" ...
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Does objectifying women in advertisement cause violence against their gender?

While watching a trailer to a video on advertisement's image of women the following statement is made: It creates a climate where there is wide spread violence against women. I am not at all ...
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Do scare tactics in advertising succeed in reducing the number of people who smoke or take illegal drugs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are anti-smoking advertisements actually promoting smoking through use of reverse psychology? Most people agree that tobacco is harmful to health, but many people still ...
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Are some laundry detergents better than others?

As we were looking for laundry detergent yesterday, I noted that my wife was quite swayed by brand reputation/impressions than price. She stated that she didn't think one type of detergent really ...
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Do expensive electronic toothbrushes outperform cheaper models?

There are a variety of different electronic toothbrushes on the market. If you ignore features like a timer that tells you when you have brushed the planned time, is there a measurable difference in ...
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Windex > Vinegar + Water

Are Windex and other commercial window cleaners better at cleaning windows than vinegar and water (and other household chemicals)? For example care2.com suggests the following is the best window ...
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Is Tuesday a better day for Press Releases and similar information?

I remember reading an article about Tuesday being the best day to get maximum reach for your message. I think this study came from Harvard. The content of the message could be PR or some other ...
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If I buy “flushable” wipes, can I flush them without problems?

I know they say "Flushable" right on the package, but are they? Do they break down fast enough to not cause problems in septic/sewer systems?
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Is sun protection clothing a real alternative to sunscreen?

I was reluctantly dragged along to do clothes shopping in Singapore today and all over the place they advertised clothing that has supposedly been coated with some form of UV protection. As far as I'm ...
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Ronaldinho crossbar commercial

In this commercial soccer player Ronaldinho pulls on a new pair of boots, juggles the ball and then manages to bounce the ball off the crossbar of the goal at a reasonable distance and the ball ...
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Is “Your Baby Can Read” effective and helpful?

I have seen these videos advertised online and on TV, and they make some pretty fantastic claims, showing kids as young as 2 reading complicated words. From what I can find online, it uses a ...