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33 minutes ago, Merzbow said:

Happy Meals still have toys, there was a huge thing last year or so when they added Nintendo figures and gaming nerds were going wild for them.

Fixed that for you there :)

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1 hour ago, Kaz Hayashi said:

I’m possibly having a Mandela Effect moment (didn’t want to bump that thread from 4 years ago).

I’m almost certain I remember a law, or British a Broadcasting policy passing in late 90’s/early 00’s that prevented kids toy & food adverts playing before the watershed. It was deemed unethical to play such adverts during kids TV broadcast (channels such as Nickelodeon & CN). Obviously that’s completely out of the window now.

So I can’t find any info about the ban, and the friends I have who might know, can’t remember it. So TIL it possibly didn’t happen. 
Can anyone remember the Bam and help me to prove that my TIL is a lie? I’m trying to find out more specifically when the law changed again, allowing such adverts to broadcast.
Cheers

I used to work in advertising ops for a kids-TV channel 2010-2012, and we had restrictions in place based on HSFS (high salt, fat, sugar as per the link in Lanky's post above) pre watershed, and there were big fines for breaching it, so we would have to have ads approved by an independent body before we scheduled them. As for the toy thing, I think there were restrictions on having them at the beginning or end of an ad break, but I can't quite remember the specifics.  

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The only thing about toy advertising I could think of, was from the US. At one point the toy companies had really strict regulations on when/where they could advertise, but is was relaxed in(I want to say) the early 80's? That's when we started to get the Transformers, He-Man and other cartoons of that ilk that were only made to sell the toys(before becoming a big thing in their own rights).

Over here, there was a big cracking down on advertising shit food to kids that's already been mentioned, but that's all I remember. McDonald's were talking about scrapping the toys in Happy Meals around the time they had that huge "health" push when they started with the salads that had more fat in them than the burgers, when their business was reportedly very close to going under. I remember something about the toy component of the meal being worth 49p(or something around there), and you either having the option to not have the toy at all, or being able to buy the toy without the meal for ten bob(this may be something I mis-remembered though). 

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TIL that Sophie B. Hawking's 1992 hit song "Damn! I wish I was your lover" bases its lyrics on a real life situation where she had a lesbian crush on a female friend whom according to Sophie was caught up in a loveless relationship. It starts to make sense once you read the lyrics, but it isn't so blatent that it couldn't also describe a hetero relationship. Cracking tune.

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TIL (via my 2 year old asking Alexa to play a song called Three Little Kittens) that Lisa Loeb of "Stay" fame is now a very successful children's singer, with multiple mega successful kids albums.  

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TIL that the horses on the Lloyds Bank adverts are painted black as horses aren’t naturally that uniform in colour . I'm sure they'll be added to the heap along with Little Britain and League of Gentlemen in no time.

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1 minute ago, wordsfromlee said:

TIL that the horses on the Lloyds Bank adverts are painted black as horses aren’t naturally that uniform in colour . I'm sure they'll be added to the heap along with Little Britain and League of Gentlemen in no time.

 

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To make that horse on Stadium Stampede, they just tied Ernest Miller and Stacey Carter together.

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TIL Jamie Lee Curtis' parents are Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. How the fuck have I made it this far in life not knowing this??

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5 minutes ago, PunkStep said:

TIL Jamie Lee Curtis' parents are Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. How the fuck have I made it this far in life not knowing this??

She looks like Tony Curtis with boobs.

(Edit: Decent boobs, not Some Like it Hot fruit in a bra)

Edited by johnnyboy

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55 minutes ago, PunkStep said:

TIL Jamie Lee Curtis' parents are Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. How the fuck have I made it this far in life not knowing this??

She and her mother turn up together in The Fog and also Halloween H20, with a couple of little Psycho easter eggs. It's pretty impressive that she's set out her own stall so separately from her parents generally though.

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I was born in early November 73 and have many early memories; one of them being a terrible plane crash which turns out to have been the Tenerife Disaster.

Today I learned, thanks to a Easyjet pilot who I chatted to the answer of a question that I always wondered; one that when visiting online plane enthusiasts forum seemed to cause arguments.

If Van Zanten had missed the Pan Am; even by the proverbial baw hair, then he could even with the 200m tail strike have flown around and landed without the need for any fuel dump.

With a full 747 and a completely full petrol load he could have landed; albeit there was a good chance of over shooting the runway due to being so heavy.

He explained all aitliners can do this and training is essential in the scenario of a fire on board after take off where the most important factor is to land and await help.

This has always intrigued me. As I said when asking the question on specialist forums the ensuing answers seem to cause arguing so it was great to speak to a pilot.

Unsurprisingly the disaster and the actions of Van Zanten are still an integral part of pilot training.

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