The American Dream – Grade School Edition

Life is full of ever increasing complexity. As soon as I finally figured out how to program my VCR I was rewarded for that daunting achievement by the advent of Tivo.

funny Dr. Seuss realty sign insults intelligence

Possibly the stupidest sign ever

That is why I prefer to receive financial advice in cartoon format. No technical terms, no fine print, just colorful illustrations and rhyming, rhythmic instructions that would make the late Dr. Seuss proud.

Or possibly begin litigation.

This whole approach reminds me of WWII era Warner Brothers cartoons, the ones where Buggs Bunny and Daffy Duck joke about war bonds, the draft board, and other patriotic fixtures of mid-twentieth century American life. It’s just the sort of propaganda that makes you wonder if the intended audience is highly wealthy children or really inbred adults.

The whole thing needs a companion poem to really complete the package. Something like:

How I love prime interest rates
I list them up among the greats
They fill me with a special glow
‘Specially when they drop real low
But watch out if they get too high
You might have to think before you buy.

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11 Responses to The American Dream – Grade School Edition

  1. First!

    Nothing beats Fred Flinstone selling Winstons on tv. hehe

  2. forgot to mention earlier that in your feed you don’t have a link for comments. This is a great way to transition people from the feed to the blog. :)

  3. I wonder if there’s property available on Mulberry Street?

  4. Jayne says:

    Heh… another hilarious post.

    I do anything the cartoons tell me to!

  5. Lord Likely says:

    I once took some financial advice from a cartoon character, which almost ruined me.

    Suffice to say, I was not impressed, and delivered a vigourous thrashing to the cartoon in question. But seconds later, he was fine again, with nary a scratch on him.

    Ridiculous.

  6. Debbie says:

    Oh the lending industry is full of such BS. This add makes me want to move to Thailand and become a bhikkhuni.

    I’m truly “shocked” and “amazed” that the Memphis Association of Realtors would create such an add. I’m truly afraid to go to the website.

    Funny stuff Brent.

  7. Keli says:

    I think the intended audience is inbred children of wealthy adults.
    I wonder if the realtors would treat me to a helping of green eggs and ham?

  8. Very cute, reminds me of my realtor!

  9. Brent says:

    Yes, I once read about a survey that found that when it comes to real estate, orange agents are more effective and much more adorable than those with more mundane pigments.

    Which explains how he sold an outhouse to a family of five.

    I wonder what his commission is?

  10. Debbie says:

    The MAAR add actually works quite well if your target audience lives in Whoville!

    Oh and Brent, at least the outhouse has a white picket fence.

  11. Jason Fox says:

    thats a great ploy to sucker them in… lol