AFLAC this, insurance duck!

April 19, 2009

Blog Guy, I know you follow the advertising business. I was wondering if successful ad campaigns in the States work well overseas, as well?

Not always. You know those insurance commercials where that obnoxious duck keeps saying “AFLAC!” until you want to wring its neck?

Duck? I thought that was a goose.

Really?  I’ll take a gander at Google…

A gander?  So anyway, what happened?

They tried shooting that commercial in Hungary, and the duck did his AFLAC! thing near a line of riot police.

And?

Turns out the cops weren’t discussing insurance. They were talking about dinner, and Hungarian cuisine relies heavily on ducks and geese. You do the math. 

Is any of this true?

No, but it’s like that saying, ”If:it looks like a duck and walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…then let’s roast it in sauerkraut and caraway seeds and eat it!”

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A goose is seen in front of a police line after being released by anti-government protesters during a rally in front of Budapest’s parliament building April 14, 2009. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

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PETA is outraged after rioters in Budapest put away their Molotov cocktails and instead resorted to throwing angry geese at police….

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I think all the police should be goosed.

Posted by Karryn Barmby | Report as abusive

Wasn’t it that THE symbol of peace was a white DOVE? Or is it perhaps that riot police have been instructed to use geese to make the symbol more visible? You know, in all the confusion of a riot it’s easy not to spot a dove…

Posted by M | Report as abusive

the US should also invest in the militarization of geese and ducks. imagine weaponized birds AND dinner at the same time! it would be like killing two birds with one stone… per se.

Posted by minnow | Report as abusive

I hate those ads. Just been shopping for insurance myself.
Found this cool site that detects where you are. I used it to find some
Insurance agents in my local area.

Posted by Barb | Report as abusive