Why did they build the Great Wall of China?

June 15, 2007 at 4:24 pm | Posted in All, Australia, Melbourne, Something Funny, Travel, TV | 7 Comments

The Great Wall of China

The placard must have been inspired by the Telstra Bigpond’s ad shown in Australian televisions. The video below shows the ad. It’s a crackup. I’ve seen it over and over again but it still doesn’t fail to make me laugh.

What makes the ad funny is the father’s answers to his son’s questions.

  • Nasi Goreng is not a person let alone an emperor of China. It is Indonesian and/or Malaysian(?) for Fried Rice.
  • The Great Wall of China was built during Zhou Dynasty when vassal states each built their own walls. Under the Qin Dynasty the walls were united, a symbol of the now united China. The wall was renovated during the Ming Dynasty.
  • And the rabbits? Calcivirus was first noticed by scientists in China in 1984. The virus has since wiped out 95 % of feral rabbits in parts of China.

Talk about creative marketing.

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  1. Too many rabbits…in China! We love that Telstra commercial too! Now whenever we have to mention China, Gj and I now adopt the father’s tone in that ad and say “in China”!

    Funny and memorable, unlike some of the more annoying ads some companies dream up (like that cringe-worthy Mentos nipple guy commercial. That was just ewww).

  2. Haha. Re: TV ad, eh how about if your kid asks you how he was made? Birds and bees, flowers and trees? LOL.

  3. @Raquel: Hehehe..it’s funny, isnt it? I also like Optus’ ads because of the music used.

    @Shari:Good question. I’ll cross the bridge when I get there. 🙂

  4. […] Alma – Spilling My Own Thunder. Alma is sure the Great Wall of China was built to keep rabbits out. […]

  5. That cracked me up! Hilarious.

  6. that is a totally AWESOME photo.
    i commend you for posting it!
    *high five*

  7. thats my cousins and uncle in that photo… they rock!


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