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  1. kenju

    I love the old Brylcreem commercial. So hokey.

  2. vodkamom

    I’m off to the Trojan store….

  3. blackbird

    You’ve got that tousled hair that gals go for – and I didn’t notice you wearing 501’s so you should be okay.

    (I specifically said “that gals go for” in a nod to the retro.)

  4. Crys

    i want to comment expansively and intelligently, but i cannot get over the Trojan commercial. not that i’m on their website right this very second or anything

  5. Heather

    “Disturbingly healthy”. I’m gonna use that phrase in conversation today.

  6. manager mom

    They did that last commercial in both gay AND straight versions, which I think is kind of cool.

  7. Fancy

    Thanks for pointing that out, Manager Mom. I didn’t think I had seen the gay version before! I definitely haven’t seen the Trojan commercial. I love that it says get one for yourself or as a gift. I know what my sister is getting for her birthday this year!

  8. Danny

    Only you have the power to make a liberal leftie like me feel like a right-wing Republican. I remembered (!) both of those old commercials which filled me with nostalgia and warmth but I sat in open-mouthed shock watching the new ones. Where did those two commercials air, on CNN Gomorrah? Oh well, at least that guy conjured up the stud by pulling his pants UP, not down. Oy!

  9. Neil

    Danny, my father used Brycream on his hair — or something like that. I think the old barbershop near my house in Queens still puts that crap in your hair after a haircut. Maybe not. It depends on if the old Italian barber still runs the shop, or if his gay “salon-educated” son now does. His father never even heard of a hair blower.

  10. wendy

    Finally, Neil. You have clarified what a womans fingers are run through a mans sticky greasy hair….They could not Possible be for pleasuring ones self..without the aid of a toothbrush vibrating thingy…..

    That would be anarchy!

  11. wendy

    just couldn’t help myself..come on over and look…you inspired me……

  12. AnnieH

    Well, I guess a little dab really will do ya. Yabba-dabba-doo.
    I’m right with Heather–“disturbingly healthy” goes into the lexicon today. Could be disturbingly funny.

  13. margalit

    Neil, you look debonaire without all that greasy Brylcreem in your hair. But I loved hearing that commercial jingle from my childhood. Sadly, I still remembered all the words. I’m off to surf the Trojan site now….

  14. Anissa@Hope4Peyton

    sooooo, where do you get those Trojan things again? Just in case I wanted to tell a friend, of course.

  15. Jennifer H

    This whole post made me feel disturbingly healthy.

    (No, I don’t have any idea what I’m saying.)

  16. Jeannette

    What are you trying to say?

  17. apathy lounge

    Can I just say that the commercial where the old woman tells the younger two about her vibrator makes me want to spew chunks? I mean…I definitely don’t want to have that picture in my head for the rest of the day. And now? I must go slaughter a hog to get the ugliness wiped from my mind.

  18. teahouseblossom

    Those Trojan vibrator things are so small and discreet, you could hold one in each hand…now there’s an idea!

  19. Pamela Detlor

    Thank all the Gods I was not a woman of the 50’s! As for the modern gals: we’re not that polite when we talk about what devices get us off! I think I need to make a commercial! At the very least – a spoof. It’s on my to-do list!

    Thanks for the laugh! The Levis commercial was the BEST!

  20. sam {temptingmama}

    But, if you took your shoes off then you wouldn’t have to be concerned about black scuff marks…. then you would have more time for Trojan! Just sayin’.

  21. Dagny

    How have I missed that Trojan ad? No wonder my life feels empty…

  22. Miguelina

    “Disturbingly healthy”…is that an oxymoron?

  23. Monica

    Tagging duty 😉 Pardon me.

  24. melanie

    Trojan is so going to bank on the personal massager. Happy Secretaries everywhere!!!!! *giggles*

    I am not quite sure where the “two guys” are wandering off to together… metro sexual or just plain gay?

  25. Astrogirl

    Brilliant marketing move, Trojan – corner the market on the men and women who are “gettin some” with your condoms, and now the market of women who aren’t gettin any (at the moment) with this.

    When I watched the Brylcream commercial, all I could think of was “where is she gonna wipe her hand off after running it through his greasy hair?” Yuck.

    I will say, too, that that little Trojan device looks like it could be a lot of fun. Might be worth checking out… for purely research purposes, of course. Ahem.

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