Millard Fillmore says, “Drink Pepsi!”

November 7, 2008

I’ve written before about the occasional pictures we issue with warnings that they can’t be used for advertising campaigns. We’ve just put out some presidential portraits with the same warning, so I guess it’s a very real problem.

SHAME on you advertisers – you know who you are – who want to exploit such iconic faces as Rutherford B. Hayes and Franklin Pierce!

SHAME on the popular cold medicine planning to use the great name of William Henry Harrison, who caught a cold and died 30 days after his inauguration.

SHAME on the weight loss supplement planning to use William Howard Taft, just because he weighed in at 335 pounds.

And, SHAME on you people who want to sell products by using Richard M. Nixon to… Oh, you know what, that one’s just too easy. Do whatever you want with him!

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Left: President William Henry Harrison, who served in 1841.  REUTERS/Library of Congress/ Handout.

Right: President William Howard Taft, who served from 1909-1913. REUTERS/  Library of Congress/ Handout.

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Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

What is this supposed to be? A news article ? I’m cornfused.

Posted by Jesse | Report as abusive

You’re still not funny.

Posted by bill | Report as abusive

Obese people, such as President Taft, cannot be refered to, anymore, as being Fat, Heavy, Stout, Hefty, or any other such disrespectful terms!!! ~ They are, now, GRAVITY CHALLENGED!!! (Political Correctness, you know!!)

Posted by Arbuckle Doc | Report as abusive

“…I have a confession to make. When Robert was a baby, I dropped him on his head…. I mean, for a whole day!”

Posted by pequin | Report as abusive

Well, gosh darned it, I’m coRNfused too jesse!

Posted by pequin | Report as abusive

What’s with these Reuters tidbits of innane, vacuous prattle? Not Oddly Enough, my interest is sorely waning. They’re like TV ads for medications to treat an unnamed condition. What are we supposed to be surmising here? Shall we be asking our doctors if Robert Basler is right for us?

Posted by Chefpaulo | Report as abusive

Chef Paulo,

Side effects may include amnesia, memory loss and and I can’t remember the rest.

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

I myself seem to be experiencing occasional fits of laughter and frequent eye-rolling, neither of which are really too difficult to live with.

Posted by Mary K | Report as abusive

I’m sorry, Mary K. The fits and eye-rolling won’t last long. They generally turn into nausea….

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

Aw come on what happened to my good old google “oddly enough NEWS” widget? I mean I can understand that you’d post, because it’s how you make money, but sometimes I look at the picture and the caption and I KNOW what you’re going to write. A comedian should never be this predictable…

Posted by anonym | Report as abusive

I definitely believe plenty of readers are still beign coRNfused with this blog… it seems we shall have to de-fuse those corn cobs somehow…

Posted by M | Report as abusive