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Staying safe with PSAs - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 30th 2007 9:01AM

puppet psaIf it weren't for public service announcements, kids everywhere would be drinking Liquid Plumber and throwing themselves in front of trains.

You know what I mean: those PSAs you watched as a kid told you how to be safe, avoid abduction, deal with bullies, eat the right foods, and seventeen ways to kill a man with a paper clip. I'd say, in most respects, TV raised you better than your parents ever could.

Anyway, here's a few old PSAs. Two come from Concerned Children's Advertisers in Canada, the last one from the American Lung Association.

This first PSA was sent to me by my pal Wild Bill. Two nightmarish puppets tell us not to put something in your mouth if you don't know what it is.

I would argue that sometimes it's the only way to know what something is. The other day I found something sticking out of my wall that might have been electrical wiring, or possible licorice. I lapsed into a coma after biting into it, so I'm hoping to go back and chew on it some more to find out what it is.

This next PSA pretends to be about safety, but it also teaches rats not to eat cheese off rat traps. Anyone who saw the movie Willard knows it's a bad idea to give rats this kind of information.

Finally, an anti-smoking message from a bunch of weird adults dressed as cats. The message, as I understand it, is to not smoke tobacco, but instead smoke pot, which should put you in the right frame of mind to listen to adults mincing about in cat costumes and speaking in rhyme.

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"Don't You Put it in Your Mouth" is one of those songs that if you grew up in the 80s/90s in Canada, you'll forever remember.

Also included in that list are "The Raccoons" theme, Maestro Fresh Wes' "Let Your Backbone Slide", the "Degrassi" themes, the Hockey Night in Canada theme, and of course every Rush song ever recorded. Eh.

July 03 2007 at 9:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I haven't seen any of those (maybe it's because I'm too young), but I remember an anti-drug one that used to play on the WB a lot when I was a kid. Anyone remember the Meth Song? "I don't sleep, and I don't eat, but I've got the cleanest house on the street! Oh, meth! Mmmm, Meth!" That is a childhood memory right there.

July 02 2007 at 2:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The "don't you put it in your mouth" and the rat one were played in Canada nearly every half hour during children's programming in the 90's. Seriously. Go up to Canada, find some teenagers or people in their early twenties, and start signing "Dontcha put it in your mouth." Eveeryone will join in. It's an epidemic.

June 30 2007 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Blair M

Oh my God, I haven't seen those in years but I still loved every second. I've been singing that "don't you put it in your mouth" song to myself for years. And that basso lion is awesome. You really *really* shouldn't put it in your mouth.

June 30 2007 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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