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Corporate Tattoos    (April Fool's Day - 1994)

National Public Radio's All Things Considered program reported that companies such as Pepsi were sponsoring teenagers to tattoo themselves with corporate logos. In return, the teenagers would receive a lifetime 10% discount on that company's products. Teenagers were said to be responding enthusiastically to the deal.

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There's a wrestler with a Pepsi tatoo on his arm. (CM Punk) I think he believed the hoax.
Posted by Dudester  on  Sat Mar 19, 2005  at  02:10 PM
I'd do it if it was a 15% discount.
Though it might start some Pepsi vs Coke gang wars 😊
Posted by Redstar  on  Sat Apr 02, 2005  at  05:30 PM
I sure hope nobody believed this.

Pepsi can already get people to buy clothing with their brand on it and parade around with it. Why would they offer people discounts?
Posted by J. Lam  on  Wed Jun 01, 2005  at  10:47 PM
Just think in 94' it was a hoax, now people are selling their bald heads on e-bay as ad space.
Posted by Now True  on  Fri Mar 31, 2006  at  09:49 PM
Bald heads? They're selling heads, clevage and any other visible parts of the body! Generally more to casinos than Pepsi and co.

Ahhhh, the money-grabbing stupidity of some people...
Posted by IBBoard  on  Sat Apr 01, 2006  at  01:12 AM
In 1999 a small San Francisco Mexican restaurant offered free lunch to all who would tattoo their rather neat logo of 'Jimmy the Corn Guy' on their body. They expected about 20, maybe 25 but when that number was quickly passed they set the limit at 50. I have #51 since I'd already put down a deposit on the $80 tattoo.
Then they sat down and computed the cost of everyone getting a free lunch very day for the rest of their lives: $5,800,000!
Posted by Stannous Flouride  on  Wed Sep 05, 2007  at  11:35 PM
Tattoo's for currency. Sounds a little like the mark of the beast. I am sure that was the point of the joke.
Posted by Meia  on  Tue Apr 01, 2008  at  10:42 AM