May 29th, 2006
|02:14 pm - BOF FRI FLEU|
There's an explanation behind all this, but really, d'you reckon it'd help things?
I saw that on the T yesterday!
I have been trying for weeks now to figure out what BOF FRI FLEU is neurologically-injured-mumbling-ish for. I spent a while assuming it must be some obvious phrase, but garbled, and I just wasn't getting it. I have progressed to assuming that it doesn't mean anything, and then to assuming that there must be a deep inside joke. Also, it looks so French. What's up with that?
(Same posters are on the PVTA buses.)
That's exactly what's been bothering me. I've been trying for a few weeks now to decipher what that stroke lady is trying to say, and coming up with nothing.
The fact that this SERIOUS STROKE AWARENESS poster is A. filled with goofy cartoon faces and B. written in Comic Sans doesn't help, either.
I am reminded of a Weekly World News article on how to recognize the aliens among us. Does granny speak a strange language? SHE MIGHT BE FROM MARS.
|Date:||May 30th, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)|| |
Well, shit, I work a few cubes down from the folks doing that campaign; want me to ask them?
That looks like a "how to diagnose a stroke" poster or something like that.
|Date:||May 29th, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC)|| |
I understood that perfectly. I don't know what's wrong with everyone else. Uhin al ter?
|Date:||May 29th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)|| |
I really want to rip one of these posters off for the asymmetric-face guy. I just need that face taped to my cubicle. Or perhaps taped to a popsicle stick so I can hold it in front of my face.
Does their speech sound strange
Like there are letters re-arranged
A little bit jumbled and jivey -
Try "bof fri fleu"
And "dof fri fleu"
And "oodel oodel oodel oodel woot gi livy"
I dunno, the subject matter doesn't seem like it ought to be treated with such flippancy. I like to think I have a pretty healthy sense of humor, but... dude.
Yeah, that's the thing of it. It's strangely goofy up til the end. The first three panels in the ad are cute cartoony people with stroke symptoms (uneven face, arm problems, "bof fri fleu") and then the last panel says EVERY SECOND, BRAIN CELLS DIE!!
Which is correct, yes, but wow, what a sucker punch.
This is quite possibly the strangest public service announcement campaign I've ever heard of.
Also: why the "their" and "them"? In what situation will someone ever be trying to determine whether two or more people have had a stroke at the same time? Bizarre.
|Date:||May 30th, 2006 01:53 am (UTC)|| |
ARRH "THEM" IS A PERFECTLY FINE NON-GENDERED SINGULAR PRONOUN! DAMMIT
Chaucer did it!! Probably Shakespeare and Moses and Buddha too! I bet.
Heh, I'm a journalist. We don't care about Chaucer.
|Date:||May 30th, 2006 02:35 am (UTC)|| |
APA guidelines state that pronouns should be gender-neutral, unless refering to a specific person.
That's great, but it has nothing to do with journalism. Unless you meant AP.
|Date:||May 30th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)|| |
I did mean APA guidelines, which is what the medical/social services field uses. It would be relevant in this case, because of who put it out (Pensylvania's DPH, I think did it originally. It's in another comment on here).
|Date:||May 30th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)|| |
Don't speak stroke?
She (he?) is obviously saying "Call my son."
Re: Don't speak stroke?
"Call my son? Yeah, you're gonna have to call my son, cause God forbid he take five minutes out of his incredibly busy day to call his own mother, such a bigshot lawyer now, feh, I used to change his dirty diapers, maybe he should think about that... oh, by the way, I think I'm having a stroke."
|Date:||May 30th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)|| |
I think I have a crush on the doctor.
That seems way too long to be a TV commercial. Or is that a whole bunch of spots, strung together?
OK so I commented on the other post before I saw this one 'cos I'm reading backwards. ANd I still don't get it.
|Date:||June 3rd, 2006 06:30 am (UTC)|| |
Let me try that again this time with the URL. It looks like the extended video is at this URL which is the same one as posted above, but they've also got other materials that you can print out as well.http://www.maclearinghouse.com/CatalogHDSP.htm
When she thinks that there's a stroke incoming
Mother Mary comes to you
Speaking words of wisdom:
Bof Fri Fleu
Edited at 2008-05-29 04:07 am (UTC)
too lazy to read through all the threads, but if you watch the ads on youtube the lady is trying to say, "the sky is blue." lmfao