Sneaky Subliminal Messages

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Subliminal Messages are a means of communicating with others by sending messages that pass below the threshold of our conscious mind. It isn't debatable that we have basically two levels of awareness - conscious and unconscious. Subliminal messages are designed to persuade you to act in some way that benefits another without them really asking your permission. Subliminal messages are planted in the mind without your consent or knowledge. They are invented to make you have favor for something or to persuade you to dislike something.

Subliminal messages have been used in advertising and experimental research (mental training). It has been said that there are only two types of subliminal messages. Auditory and visual. Our sense of smell can also have an impact on how we feel. One researcher experimented with scents of lemon, sweat and a neutral scent while he flashed photographs of different faces. Turns out people don't like stinky people. You will win more friends if you smell like a fruit.

What Do You Think?

The idea of subliminal messages is rooted in Greek history. In Greek Mythology, Athena gives Nausicaa a message in a dream. She tells her to wash her clothing in a stream and this leads to a meeting with Odysseus and her eventual marriage.

In the early the 1900s therapists used a form of whisper therapy. They recorded audio messages that were picked up by the subconscious mind while flying under the radar of the conscious mind. The therapy was thought to improve distressful behavior. There are subliminal weight loss programs and I checked into the reviews and while there were several 5 star reviews (?) there were a dozen reviews that thought this product was a rip off. One person said she slept better but gained weight.

In the 1920s people were panic stricken when the BBC began to broadcast on the radio for the first time. The mainstream public was certain the devils voice was coming out of that box. People were very suspicious of the intention of the BBC and they feared they were being manipulated.

In 1957, James Vicary gained notoriety and fame when he announced to the world that he had found a way to prompt the patrons of the movie theater he owned to buy popcorn and soda. He insisted his sales increased by 58% when he flashed the message "Drink Coca-Cola and Eat Popcorn" for just 1/2000 - 1/3000 of a second. He admitted later that it was a hoax and he had lied about the entire contention.

Subliminal Messages In Music

Subliminal Messages in Music

Subliminal messages have been embedded in music. It is called 'backmasking' or 'reverse speech'. December 23, 1985 would be the day that would begin the historical trial of James Vance and the family of Raymond Belcamp vs. Judas Priest and CBS. The two boys spent the day drinking beer and smoking pot. They vandalized their own homes and property and then went to a local church playground. They each used the same 12 gauge shotgun to shoot themselves under the chin. Vance survived for three years and slipped into a coma and died.

Prior to his death, Vance gave interviews claiming they had been listening to Judas Priest music which caused them to create a suicide pact. Vance insisted that the song Better By You, Better By Me has a subliminal message that is hidden in the song repeats "do it, do it." when played backward. Vance contends messages in these songs programmed him and his friend to pull the trigger. In 1990, the case was dismissed by Judge Judy Whitehead who ruled there was no conclusive evidence of subliminal messages.

Rats!

"I saw a subliminal advertising executive, but only for a second." ~Steven Wright

Subliminal Messages In Advertising

While the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) prohibit the use of subliminal messages it is very difficult to prove in a court of law. The evidence is too circumstantial. Advertisers will agree that the power of suggestion will create imaginary visions if you stare at anything for too long.

In 1978, KAKE T.V. in Wichita, Kansas got special permission to air a subliminal message aimed at the BTK Killer to try to persuade him to turn himself in. The hidden message was, "Now Call the Chief". BTK must not have been watching television because it did not work.

In 2000 during the Bush/Gore campaign an advertisement hit the air and while Al Gore was speaking the word bureaucrats was supposed to flash across the screen. The word RATS was buried in there instead. The problem was, whoever embedded that into the film allowed it to run much too long. The ad was noticed, and to date, no one has claimed responsibility.

Subliminal Messages Are Everywhere

Whether subliminal messages are legal or not, they are everywhere. We may not fully understand how the impressions work but the information appears to work by flashing images for fractions of seconds. While it escapes our obvious observation it leaves an imprint in the subconscious mind. This stamp is left there waiting for the moment that it can be employed to control you. No matter how you look at it there is no conscious choice involved.

Still think it isn't real? Consider this - Subliminal Advertising is a multi-million dollar industry each year. Your decision to accept or deny information could be manipulated in a matter of increased shutter speeds, scents or sounds. Your brain absorbs messages and information even when you aren't paying attention. Proof that you are smarter than you think you are!

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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Well, I had heard about the movie theater popcorn/soda thing; hoax or not--it's been around in several versions, some claim just a flash of an image of the popcorn--no need to flash soda, because popcorn will then make the patrons thirsty... True or not? Possible, but who knows?

As far as the "playing music backwards" thing goes...how would you even DO that? IF you have professional level equipment, it is possible to play AUDIO TAPES backwards...I had to do it in broadcast class, to cue up a particular song segment. But I'm here to tell you, it was very, very difficult to "understand" anything at all being said, so finding the correct cue spot was hard, let alone finding "hidden" messages.

However, it is NOT possible to play vinyl or CD's backwards, so I think that one is a lot of malarkey.

A lot of the other stuff, though, does happen. This is an interesting field of study. And, just because the government bans something--does NOT mean they are not fiddling with it themselves--probably the reverse is true.

Voted up and interesting.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi DzyMsLizzy - Thank you so much for the votes:)

Very interesting about the Vicary thing. He owned a marketing company btw! And I have heard that theaters use a buttery popcorn scented spray that they spray into the theater because it makes people want popcorn.

I don't understand how they embed it into music either. There are several you tube video's that expain it - but much of it involves lewd language or visuals - didn't want to place that here:)

I didn't think the music was very impressive...there were some good examples but I think it was more for publicity. I think that it's malarky too! lol

The government - yep - they are all involved in this type of advertising. I saw a video where you could hear a bell rining in the back ground each time Bush used the word "trust" in his speech. The thought was that each time we would hear a phone ringing or a bell we would associate the word trust with Bush! ha! I did read that millions are made in research in that industry so someone is awfully interested in it besides us:) lol

There are literally dozens of you tube vidoes that show examples in cartoons, music and t.v.!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

RealHousewife,

Thanks for publishing this very interesting article. It got me thinking...how many times have I been the *victim* of a subliminal message in advertising? There were occasions when I just "had to" buy a particular item while out on a shopping trip, and I couldn't figure out why.


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epigramman 4 years ago

.....I really do love this hub subject and how you put it all together in such a world class package which will most definitely receive marquee billing on my Facebook page with a direct link back here - you are not only beautiful my dear Miss K - (my heart tells me that everyday) but you are brainy and inspired and full of depth and soul - did I just mention the perfect woman - lol lol - well I guess I just did - and if Martie is reading this - I feel the same way about her too - oh god there's a lot of hot and talented women at the HUB - lucky guy I am for recognizing that fact.

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this hub subject may inspire me to write up something of my own - so thanks for that


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The Frog Princess 4 years ago from Florence area of the Great Pee Dee of South Carolina

Excellent article. Thanks for your great work.


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

I seem to have seen little lights and things flashing behind a TV program. I wonder if TV film makers and program producers are "selling their souls to the devil" and allowing this to go on.

I believe it is illegal (Ha). The god, money, always finds a way. Interesting article...Bob


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Hmmm, so if I spray myself with an orange I will make more friends?! Alright! Seriously, this idea of subliminal messages is creepy to me. I read a book once where a mom became a superhero to fight against subliminal messages that were played to children during commercials for a sugar cereal. Turns out the messages were put there by the company that also made the only children's insulin injections. So ...make the kids want sugar cereal, then the parents by it, the kids eat it and get diabetes, the parents pay for the insulin! I know it's far-fetched and it was actually a very funny story - but it gets you thinking. Great hub RHW :)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Daisy! Thank you! I am sure you have been an unwitting victim many times:) lol. There was a huge to do most recently because Iron Chef flashed a McDonals ad for a fraction of a second during the show - some kid slowed his FPS down and caught them. It was all over the news and you'll be SO glad to know that the spokes person for McD's says "they do not use subliminal advertising!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Epi! You are so awesome! Thank you so much:). I do think this is iteresting info to keep in your mind and watch out! Lol. I think it's a bit creepy and saw some crazy video where people insist we are being manipulated all day long:). I bet we are and how clever is that? So heads UP buddy - and eyes open! Lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Frog Princess - thank you very much:). I hope all is well with you!!

Best wishes to you for health, happiness and prosperity in 2012 sweet princess:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Bob - your probably onto something:) lol. It is outlawed in the UK and here is illegal for advertising...but it seems since many of these *messages* fly under of conscious radar it goes on all the time. I mentioned earlier most recently McDonalds got busted flashing a brief advertisement during Iron Chef....of course they claim it was an accident:). Uh huh - right!! Lol. Thank you so much and be careful watching that blasted box! Lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Ardie! YO! Secuuurity up in the house! Lol.

I do not remember that book? Sounds interesting - and if you read it to the end I am guessing you liked it? I imagine it is a clever writer who imagined this stuff could be pretty realistic. it is a great story line.

You WOULD make more friends if you smell like oranges or lemons - maybe evn a grapefruit? Lol. But if you are stinky? No ones gonna like you!! Lol. They said when they flashed a photo of a face and the scent of sweat - people didn't have a good mental association with the face they saw and it registered in their minds as a sort of dislike for the face....which makes sense:) lol. I do not like to be near people that smell like sweat! Lol Ew! So if you want to make friends and influence people - OJ might be where it's at!


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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America

Very nicely written RealHousewife. It's ironic that they tell you that it's illegal, but if the subconscious is receive the message then the conscious mind isn't likely to see it or understand it. Therefore, even if it was considered illegal, how would people even know it was happening, considering the message escapes the conscious mind and goes directly to the subconsciousness. LOL! I'm pretty sure it still goes on, but people would only say that's a conspiracy theory considering it's difficult to prove it's happening. ;) Thank you for a great article. :)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Cagsil - yes it goes on all the time. For many reason and it does have an influence! It flys right under our conscious radar and embeds itself right in our little brains for later. I loved the kid who busted the McDonals ad on Iron Chef ( McD's says it was an accident! I just bet!)

And yes only when mistakes are made do we really notice it and become aware of it. I find it very interesting that millions of dollars are spent researching this topic each year. If it's illegal and we aren't supposed to encourage this ???? Hmmmmm....! Thank you so much!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Mathew McConaughey would tend to disagree with you here. He stated once that he liked the "natural" smell of honest sweat and even though he is now pimping for some cologne or other, I agree with him. Mostly because most perfumes, even fruity ones make me gag.

There is a particular perfume/cologne that I am so allergic to that with just one tiny whiff, my throat starts closing up, I start gagging and nearly pass out. It has patchouli in it and I cannot understand why anyone would want to wear this stuff. It smells like rotten garbage to me.

Please people, do not wear this perfume/cologne. You have no idea how bad it smells to me. I am not the only one either. Oh lord, I should write a hub just on this particular subject, but I couldn't do the research to find out the exact name of the stuff.

Anyway, nice hub RHW :-)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Lela - I wonder which scent it is?? You REALLY could do a great hub about that! Also please tell people if they work in a medical setting especially - they should NOT wear any perfume at all while working. People that work with the public in mass - also shouldn't wear it. It can be very offensive - I used to hate the scent of "Red" perfume - stunk so bad! Lol

I have heard Matthew is a stinker! Lol. But I don't have to smell him - I'll just eat him up with my eyeballs and imagine he smells good! Lol.


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

Subliminal Messages!!!! Hahahahaha!!! I always loved this topic :-) Although it is creepy... still it is said that many advertisers add subliminal messages in between all the flashing pictures so that you want to buy their product. Anyway... I totally forgot what I was saying because I received a phone call and some bad news between my comment so today will be a pathetic comment in comparison to most of mine. So another great hub. Keep up the good work and I look forward to the next one :-)


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Spirit Whisperer 4 years ago from Isle of Man

We are indeed all influenced by the messages that bombard us each day to such an extent that we make them subliminal! LOL! The advertisers no longer need to hide their messages for us to buy all they have to do is keep sticking their ads into our faces until we push them below the level of our conscious awareness where they then infiltrate the subconscious. Brilliant isn't it? A great hub excellently researched and presented. Thank you.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Myth - I am so sorry! I hope everything is ok....and keep in mind when you have a bad day - remember that we all have to have them occasionally or we wouldn't know how much we should value our good days or eve that there is a difference:). Keep your chin up and tomorrow is a new day!!

I would have guessed you liked subliminal messages and this topic:). You have a curious mind! Lol.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I love the idea behind sublmiinal messages. I just think it is amazing how powerful our unconscious mind really is. After all, isn't that really what hypnosis is all about. It is about giving yourself a message and letting your mind take control. However, if your not in agreeance than it wouldn't work. So, if you would never eat popcorn or drink soda, chances are good that a subliminal message won't change that! :) Great hub!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

BBG - oh I totally agree with you! For sure:) I think it is a perfect example of hypnosis in masses of people! We don't even know it....right now for some odd reason I want McDonalds and I hate McDonalds I never eat there - but I've watched that Iron Chef video a whole bunch! Lol. No I have to get deprogrammed:)

And the fact your not in agreeance is what makes it an invasion of your privacy! Thanks a lot - I had a fun time researching the topic:)


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

I don't know why, but after reading this hub I think RHW is the freaking BOMB, the hubber of all hubbers! She be pimpin' hubs and kickin' ass! She has my vote for President.

Tell me.....Who do you want killed? :)


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Winsome 4 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Hey RH, good research on an interesting topic. I'm sure no one we knowreadwinsome is doing this. With the advent of thereadwinsome internet, there is so much more controlreadwinsome by the user that minimizes hanky panky.

Still, I willreadwinsome be on the lookout for any instances and get back to you. =:)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

OMG - it is so funny that you mentioned McDonald's - after working out I was watching some TV and suddenly had a craving for a Big Mac. Then I was also wondering.... has my psychotic obsession with my workouts due to subliminal messages in P90X... I guess there are worse subliminal messages other than keep going and workout though... lol... so if there is I wouldn't mind!


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neeleshkulkarni 4 years ago from new delhi

in complete agreement with all you say. this is all part of the worldwide current rend in which solid reliability, solid content et all are no longer kings. what matters is how well and how strongly you can manipulate. whether you manipulate voters, governments or consumers is not important what is important is that you get what you want- by hook or by crook- even if it clearly harming everyone but you.

a sad commentary on our times but nevertheless true.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Fascinating subject you have chosen, Kelly, amd interesting information. If it were not for the power of suggestion and subliminal messages, all those of us who use hypnotism in our work would be looking for other means of support.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

RHW - Somewhere in all of that is the subliminal message you tucked into this Hub. Where's it at Toots?

The Frog


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey SW - yep you are right. Messages are everywhere! I am guessing it is why the industry is booming! It really is brilliant though. It is mind control and there isn't really any other way of putting it is there? Thank you so much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Daffy - it worked! It worked! lol I wish I could go planting subliminal messages like that - heck I wouldn't have to work anymore! Thank you so much!

I do have a pesky cat in my neighborhood!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Winsome - lol that is what I was thinking! haha If it were so easy right:)

For some reason I need to go - I have to read something you wrote right this minute! lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Stacy - now you said that and I want McDonalds again! I really must be messed up! lol I wish I had the P90X wish instead of a Big Mac! I swear I have hated McDonalds for years - never ever eat there and suddenly I want that junk? Ew! I need to power up that old message - "I hate McDonalds!" lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi neeleshkulkarni - I agree it is a sad reality. And people wonder why some people become paranoid! Sort of reminds me of the Conspiracy Theory - I am sure it is used in more ways than just buying persuasion too. Some of the videos I watched were suggesting and down right scary! Thanks so much for your commentary:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Drbj - Yes I guess I am trying to separate the hypnotism part in the good sense from the advertising and manipulation. Like that weight loss program? I am not going to knock it because I think it might work! lol The power of suggestion is stronger than we are sometimes. I don't want to tell anyone to buy it - but I don't know...I have used self hypnosis tapes and I swear by them! Thank you so much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Frog! How did you know? Did I let it slip? lol Ok...I will tell you only because you probably won't notice it here...it is embedded in the URL:) I tweeted it and also if I copy and paste the URL it shows up like this:

http://hubpages.com/education/follow-realhousewife...

haha!


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

RWH - It's good that you blabbed. Ve haff veys to make you talk you know?

The Frog


Lesleysherwood 4 years ago

This subject has always fascinated me. How much are we being affected from subliminal messaging, we'll probably never know the full extent. When I was little I remember first learning about it from an episode of Columbo. The murderer was caught from his own advertising campaign of subliminal messaging. The brain is an amazing organ:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Frog! LOL Thank you kind Froggy friend for the first laugh of the day! haha!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Lesley - I used to love watching Columbo! Wow - you have a great memory! Maybe Columbo planted that message so you would think of him often:) lol

I agree - if we think about it - we don't even know all the things that are stuck up in our heads! That to me is fascinating. I have been watching so many video's I am now probably now programmed to eat McDonalds, soda, popcorn and be a GOOD housewife! ugh! lol


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Mary Merriment 4 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

Subliminal affects can go beyond words. Sight tends to trigger auto thoughts such as things like the colors used in fast food signs and ads that trigger hunger, to the lighting and arrangements in stores that trigger spontaneous purchases. I do often find myself wondering if my thoughts are just my own. It can become kind of scary and present a feeling of schizophrenia if thought about too much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Merry - I know! I was thinking about that - I mean we could be under so many controls we don't realize how many of our choices were pre-determined by someone else:) haha! I have actually been trying to ask myself before each purchase - "why do I think I need this?" lol.

Thanks so much!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Great - now I got over my ... place I will not say... craving and I come back to read your response... and now I have a craving for... place I will not say... all over again... (sigh)

did you put accidental subliminal messages in here? LOL


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

A cat huh? Well I do use dog shampoo and lick myself. Ha Ha! :)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

BBG - It doesn't even matter - now I am thinking about ....lol...I am stronger than it! lol I can control my mind!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Daffy - I know. lol And you look so ferocious! I love that new avatar - the dog looks like it is flipping it's head around so he can look right at you.

You know, my friends dog kept licking itself and making sores - the vet put it on puppy prozak! lol Be careful that could be a dangerous business:)


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

Moxie is a girl actually. Everyone thinks she's a male though. She was doing just that.........turning to look at me. I said her name so she would turn. I've gotten her to lick the side of her nose for a picture too.

Don't let her looks fool you. She can be ferocious. Especially when you try to take her treat away. The little turd nipped at me. I don't do that anymore.

Kinda makes you wonder just who's getting trained around here. :) I respond to her more than she does to me. Ha Ha.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Daffy - I have teo little yappers - the 10 lb Daschund will growl at me if I wake him up! Haha he's never bitten me and I am not afraid of him - it's just funny! The Gizmo - 6lb multi poo will growl if I refuse to pet him! It cracks me up! I guess they only have a few ways to communicate their feelings so I forgive them! Lol.

I love the name Moxie and it sounds like she's got lots of it!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Hey Kelly as far as the coke and popcorn thing go when i worked at a movie theater we tried that with a frame of film that said 'Drink Coca-Cola' and if i recall right nothing out of the ordinary happened. Maybe shoulda been two frames. Backmasking: how can anyone deny that on songs like Stairway to Heaven- plain as day if one listens carefully, especially with Pages involvement in black magic and such. And last but not least: The SpongeBob show was in the news recently concerning a little subliminal messaging problem to the young folk; imagine that! PS- appreciate you taking advantage of your free movie pass Kelly; hope to have the theater looking spiffy before long.:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Alastar - cool! You worked in the theater? I always wanted to when I was a kid...but I made more money with tips, I'd figured out the whole hourly rate thing...lol.

Cool! I heard it didn't work at all and Vicary was a hoax. Also on the subliminal message to BTK "now call the chief" didn't work and it didn't cause the phones to be ringing off the hook for anyone else who saw it but didn't know they saw it:) lol.

I know - Srairway to Heaven is obviously a great example of backmasking. Some of them do not sound legit but a few do and that's one! Dang - I bet we would have had a blast trying experiments like this at your theater:) haha!


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

That's why I named her Moxie. She's not afraid to growl at the very large rotweiler in the neighborhood when he comes close to her. His name is O.J.

She will also start to growl at me if I haven't given her any attention for a while. Either that or she'll jump on the back of the couch and stick her nose in my ear. LOL


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Daffy - I kinda have to laugh about the dog named O.J.:) haha! And a rottweiler at that! lol

My cat was just doing that! I was trying to type and she keeps nudging me with her cold wet nose! You crazy animals:)


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A fascinating subject. So many comments that I read through I've forgotten what I was going to say now. Lol

I am sure subliminal messaging does happen all the time. But far worse than us shoppers being manipulated into purchasing a particular product or brand is the possibility of subliminal messages being hidden in the computer games that so many children play. Now that thought is scary. Maybe a message that will be triggered enmasse at a later date, doesn't bear thinking about.

I guess we can say a thank you to Hubpages though for dragging us away from the TV. Lol

Great hub


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

YOu know I try to stay away from the forums but this one I just had to participate in... when it comes to paying it forward... I couldn't think of any one better that I would have like to say is my favorite hubber :)

http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/90916#post1941552


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Ok - so now is the evil part... you are going to have to search for it because I don't know where it disappeared to... one of the reasons I stay away from the forums! LOL


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Rosemay 50 - oh gosh that would be scary! And you never know - it sounds like a great John Grisham novel:) lol I am sure it is used in more devious ways too - curiously the Illuminatie kept coming up in my searches. That alone was kind of creepy!

Thanks so much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Stacy - my subliminal message worked on you! lol just kidding:) You are a trip! I adore you and I really am so glad we hooked up here in hub land! Wow - and almost a year ago!!


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tlpoague 4 years ago from USA

I find the idea interesting. I used a lot of reverse psychology on my kids, does that count?...LOL! I don't know if it is true or not, but I noticed that if I am reading a book where the character is eating a lot, I have the urge to dig around in my fridge till I find some munchies. Flashy pictures just give me a headache, so I try to avoid them. As for smells, I once was using an organic hand lotion that smelled like roses. It was so strong, it set my hubby's allergies off. Hmm, I wonder if they would call that a subliminal message?...Great hub!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Tip - hmmmm flashing pix give you a head ache? That nags me because some lights as in like video games can trigger seizures. Maybe you had better not be watching anything flashy! Lol. I'm not sure why that happens but it's strange.

Yeas using psychology on the kids totally counts! And smart mom you are! Haha! And you just made me realize whenever I watch a cooking show I get hungry! Lol. Maybe we should X out the food channel!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Very interesting hub!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi AudreyHowitt - thank you so much! I had a lot of fun doing the research and writing this one:) lol


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

Interesting hub, voted up. I've studied subliminal suggestions in school - well actually it was one talk, and it was very interesting. I think though that things don't have to be subliminal to work. If you actually post a popcorn and soda ad, I'm sure there will be people who will want them. I know I get hungry when I watch TV because of all their food commercials.

Lately I've been hearing more chimes and ringing and honking in commercials - probably to get us to pay attention, since we do listen for those in real life.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Millionaire Tips - Interesting! I saw this one youtube video where Bush was giving a speech and each time he said the word "trust" you could hear a bell ringing in the background. The rumour was it was intended for us to associate the word trust with Bush every time we heard a phone ringing or similar bell! So hmmm now you will be paying attention to bells all the time:) lol

Thanks so much for the great comment!


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Excellent and interesting hub. Lots of information that makes me feel like certain groups of advertisers think we are like a flock of sheep. Liked the videos you included. Voted up and very interesting.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Cogerson! Yep I think you're right! McDonalds is a big one I think - of course they deny it:). And I love how everyone says "oh that's crazy - nothing to it" when the government invests millions of dollars to continue to research these areas! Lol. And people that do animation films - I heard a guy say they ALWAYS leave a signature somewhere in the film. Its like film graffiti:) lol. Lots of it in the Little Mermaid:) lol. Thanks so much!


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

I find this a fascinating topic from a science perspective. It's amazing what we can pick up subconsciously at times.

I appreciate the history you brought to this topic - very nicely done!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Kris - Thanks! I have always been so interested in this topic! I mean how many things do we pay attention to that we don't even realize we are paying attention to!

"I don't want a big mac! I don't want a big mac!" lol


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Bill Hicks, the late comedian, is a personal hero of mine - if you haven't seen it, then he's got a skit about the Judas Priest thing, and I totally concur with the Late Mr. Hicks about how ridiculous that whole deal was.

....musicians telling the persons that purchase their music to kill themselves - is completely ridiculous.

...but please do not think that I mean subliminal messages don't exists - I think they are everywhere, and I've discovered them in some very strange places.

"Circumstantial" - big problem, but I'm certain that in advertising people are paid directly for the inclusion of subliminals in adverts...specifically, the old "skulls in the ice cubes" thing....on Coke or Soda adverts in magazines - you can clearly see those things, and there is no doubt in my mind that the majority of them are there deliberately.

I could go on forever here in this comment - but that might be a bit annoying!!!!!!!!!

Let me just add here that sex and death are extreme emotional points for the majority of humanity, and those two themes are used in a huge way in all advertising....each and every single time someone can get away with it.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Wesman Todd Shaw - yeah I think that is baloney! I mean - those kids had lotsa issues before they were listening to Judas Priest.

I do think Subliminal Messages are everywhere - but I am not certain of how much they really influence us. I think if we want to buy a Big Mac - we will and if we see a little nudge advertisement it might be the thing that makes us aware we are hungry but not sure if it would make a person run out and buy 100 big macs:) lol

Sex sells - that is a true story! I was just reading about that somewhere last night. And how they are using it with younger and younger audiences! That raised my eyebrows quite a bit.

Thanks so much for the comment - I really appreciate that!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Here is the deal - it is different for everyone, and at some times some are more able to be influenced than at other times.

Literally - I am a drug addict, and I know from my experiences that when I am lite up like Christmas - I am WAY MORE SENSITIVE to subliminal stuff.

(....backs away slowly - hopes he didn't alarm you)

Seriously - intoxication will do it for some persons - but other persons are just "wired differently" - so while you and I sober ...the stuff is a joke - if either of us were in a more emotionally sensitive state - things change, and we could be more influenced by such.

Okay - I ...well, this is what I do, I'm the guy who makes monster comments.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

LOL - No I am not alarmed at all WTS:) True - I think you said it pretty well - a lot depends on how we are wired, what we pay attention to normally. Experience counts too - some things my ring bells because of things we have seen or done before where it might go over someone else's head. It is an interesting part of the whole Subliminal Message thing I guess too!

Monster comments are welcome - I really only write about things that interest me so I love hearing what other people thing too. I had a blast watching and listening to all the videos on you tube for this one - I wish I could have posted them all...animated film makers have a good sense of fun - they plant them in films with purpose - I think it is just an ego thing and it is for them to show off to other film makers:) lol Obviously - they aren't advertising to the general public...or they don't have a product to sell. It seems like a stamp - "Kilroy was here" ...lol.

Thank you so much!


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BRIAN SLATER 4 years ago from Nottingham Uk

What an excellent hub RHW :) Ok I have to admit it I'm pretty thick headed when it comes to this stuff. I only get it when it jumps out from the tv and bites me in the butt. So if you want a date, send text with " I want date", don't show me a vt with an old man and a curvacious beautiful woman holding hands on the beach smelling of fruit cake lol, with the words underneath saying, 'it's never to late to find your perfect match' voted up awesome:) wink wink did you get that!!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

haha! Hi Brian - this was a fun one! I almost forgot I had written it. Yeah Dave is like that - you have to tell him in exact words what it is you want. I think that is a real guy thing. The only subliminal messages that work on guys are the curvacious beautiful women! That gets Dave's attention better than anything! haha!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

.....the point about men...I agree!

I mean....I very often think women are forever hinting at things rather than just out and saying it...but of course I've usually got something in mind that I'd like them to up and say!!!!!!!! So...um...I might have a bit much in the imagination.

"Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?" - King Henry, following the English Civil war between Maude and King Stephen....a bunch of male political favor chasers thought Henry had said, "which one of you is going to kill Thomas Becket for me?

....

What is really neat is if you know someone really really well, and that person's brain is wired somewhat similar to your own...in such cases you can have entire and lengthy conversations that were the feds recording...they'd never figure out what was said or meant. ...as close friends and similar minds can transcend the dull rules of language with free associations conversations!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Wesman - that is true! I mean about friends who can have code conversations - I have had the same hometown best friend since I was 10 and we can still do that. It is an amazing thing - I can say one word and she will know exactly which moment in time I am referring to and everything! lol Several months back I bought a new pair of tennis shoes - which happens like every 10 years since I don't wear them much. I bought Black Keds. I met my fried for lunch a few days later - what do you think was on her feet? Yes! A brand new pair of Black Keds - the exact pair I bought. Neither of us even mentioned shopping for this prior. Stuff like that happens to us all the time. No wonder we are still good friends, eh?

Oh and yeah I think lots of communication problems could be solved if women said exactly what they think or tell guys exactly what they want. Ladies are taught to be maniputlative to a certain degree I think - they hint around a lot. I was raised by two old men when I was very young and I often feel as if I behave similarly in nature when it comes to these things. I understand that men are bare bones - if you want a purple dress - say "Hey I want this purple dress and show them a picture" but no ladies like to do stuff like "well Dan's wife is so lucky - he is the most thoughtful guy, do you know what he did? He went and bought his wife a purple dress!" and the guy is thinking..."that dude is a whimp!" They don't know that is the cue to go do what Dan did? Ya know? lol lol You have to be real direct! LOL LOL Now I even go a step further Wes - if I want flowers? I go out - pick out the prettiest ones I can find and put them on my husbands credit card. Then I call him and thank him! He never does that. Rather than expecting him to change - I just get my own damn flowers:) hahahaha


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I need a wife with a big credit card that I can use for ...eh, life is so full of games.

I just want to be me.

I also think you are smarter than I am...probably everyone is. I was mind warped into thinking I was "Mr. Genius +" from an early age.


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

Kelly,

it's not surpring that we can see messages flashed only for 1000th of a second as we can process something like 10,000 impressions a second. Notice when you are driving, for instance when you are scanning the road in front on a highway when cars are overtaking you. Instinctively you know at aglance what the letters of the licence plates on some cars are. You wonder why but it is because you glanced at the car for a split second and it registered in your sub conscious and you recalled the digits even before you remember even looking at the plate.....awesome computer is the human brain.

Wow excellent work.

You get all the votes .


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Poshco - thank you! Right - I know we do pay attention to way more than we think we do! I think those imprints are there, almost like a photograph but we can only recall what ever we attually tuned in. I think that is why sometimes hypnotism works. Thank you very much for the great comment!

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