If ads had to be 100% honest, what product would nobody buy?

If ads had to be 100% honest, what product would nobody buy?

Every Wednesday we ask our Brain Game contestants one interesting, thought-provoking or just plain quirky question. Their answers will be published anonymously in Young Post. Then readers can vote for their FAVOURITE answer. We will eliminate the contestant with the LEAST votes every week until we have a winner.

The ultimate Brain Game winner will receive a pair of Beats Studio Over Ear Headphones worth HK$2,598.

The contestants


Contestant 1

Skin-whitening products - it's a no-brainer for this question. There is a reason why their ingredients list is like reading a foreign language. Also, studies have revealed that long-term use of cosmetics like skin whiteners can damage our skin because they contain a lot of chemicals.

In fact, the only reason we feel the need for skin-whitening products is the adverts. They rob us of our self-esteem, and if the ads were completely honest, we would learn to love our natural skin colour - blemishes and all.

Contestant 2

Toothpaste ads are fake. Fake fake fake. Apparently, that weird white paste cleans up your teeth and kills all bacteria. Like, come on. No way. And how is it possible that one day when you bite into an apple, you see blood, and the next, you don't? Honestly!

And why are there so many different types of toothpaste, one for cavity protection, one to combat dental plaque, and so on? Why not just ONE toothpaste that's good for everything? But NOOO! Why would they do that? They make more money, that's why! Money makes people do weird stuff.

Hey, got the bacon-flavoured one?

No, sir.

Know what? I thought so.

Contestant 3

Only shampoo commercials promise us that our hair can grow softer and stronger with their products. Definitely, in the quest for 100 per cent honesty, they would be the losers. I mean, even if they guarantee that their shampoo has the power to fight split-ends or dandruff, no one can deny that they are simply bluffing.

Contestant 4

Have you seen these ads on TV? "Use this fitness ball every single day for just 10 minutes and have a six-pack within weeks!" Well, what they really mean is: "You look ridiculous using it, and to get you to buy our product, we use muscular, lean, toned models - but they didn't get that body by using our 'Magic Fitness Ball' - they go to the gym and eat healthy every day." Common sense tells us that we can't gain strength by rolling around lazily once a week - we already do that in bed, every day, anyway. Still want more "Magic Fitness Balls"?

Contestant 5

This is an easy question. If ads had to be 100 per cent honest, no one would buy the Trappist Dairy milk. I mean, seriously! Who'd even pay a cent to drink a carton of contaminated milk? Tests conducted showed that one batch of Trappist Dairy milk contained more than 8,500 times the legal limit of bacteria! Come on, guys. You want to spend the day vomiting? Sure! Go drink Trappist milk.

*In case of dispute, Young Post reserves the right to decide the result

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If ads had to be 100% honest, what product would nobody buy?


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