By now, I’m sure most of you have seen this ad from Discover Card’s “We Treat You Like You’d Treat You” campaign, titled appropriately, “Twins”.
Now far be it for me to nitpick about a quirky spot featuring cute twins, but….
Sorry, but this would never happen. Why? Allow me to enumerate:
- I used to work in customer service (worst job I ever had, but I digress…) and when you work in customer service, the very first thing you’re supposed to do is get the caller’s name so you can bring up their account information, so there’s no way the twin working for Discover would be speaking to her sister for that long without knowing who she was.
- You know how when you call a company, the voice on the phone will often say, “Calls may be monitored for quality assurance”? Well, they usually are. Most companies don’t permit their employees to wait on their relatives, as they’re concerned that the employees will give them special treatment. And…
- They should have recognized each other’s voices right away. You don’t grow up alongside of someone for your entire life and not be able to instantly recognize their voice over the phone. I’m a twin and every time my twin has called me or vice-versa, we recognize each other’s voices in a nanosecond:
Me: Hello, Mr. Goldstar. My name is Ackbar Mackbar, and I have a wonderful opportunity for you. All I require is $50.
Goldstar: Silverstar, I know it’s you. I already told you, I’m not giving you $50 for that statuette of Big Barda!
So yeah, this ad’s totally busted, but I can still give it a marginal pass since Lisa and Julie are total cutie-pies.
Today’s 2 Funny is a classic (?) from Robot Chicken, “The Amazing Adventures of the Olsen Twins”. Given that this is The TWIN Factor, I’m surprised we haven’t shown this one already. It’s gloriously ridiculous. Call me kooky, but I’d kind of like to do a cartoon similar to this about a pair of twins. Plus, any skit that references the Wonder Twins is A-OK in my book. Enjoy.
-There’s a slight continuity error, though: originally, Mary-Kate is the one who transforms into a giant eagle a la Jayna, and Ashley transforms into the bucket of water a la Zan, but when they arrive in the city and change back, they’ve switched. Eh, it’s still more entertaining than New York Minute.
- They’re twins. By now the awesomeness of twins should be self-explanatory.
- They get to spend the summer with supernatural oddities, mysteries waiting to be solved, and a known con-man.
- Dipper is an academic genius. We like geniuses here almost as much as we like twins.
- Dipper has a birthmark in the shape of the Big Dipper, proof that he’s a genuine mutant. The Xavier Academy should be calling any minute.
- Mabel rocks those stylin’ braces and a seemingly endless supply of colorful sweaters with cute decals.
- Mabel’s an avid collector of stuffed animals, though she only actually loves half of them.
- Mabel’s kind of crazy. We like crazy.
- Dipper’s done a brief stint in county jail for assisting his great uncle in a counterfeit money making scam. Dude’s got prison cred.
- Dipper once brought a fighting video game character to life. I’m waiting for someone to teach me that trick with Chun-Li.
- Mabel has a pet pig.
- They’ve played Laser Tag in the future!
- Mabel’s best pals with a deep voiced Amazon and a girl who wears cutlery on her hands.
- They’ve gone trick-or-treating as jars of peanut butter and jelly.
- Dipper’s been called cute by Wendy Corduroy in the past.
- Dipper’s a fan of girly bubblegum pop music. Way to tear down the walls of gender stereotyping, bro.
- They boast the title of “Mystery Twins”! That’s just cool to say.
This is a picture of Hello Kitty, correct?
The twins’ ending from Pocket Fighter…
Yet another forgotten twin is Mary Test, the quieter of Johnny Test’s genius twin sisters.
…And he’s even gotten his own year. Nintendo declared 2013 the Year of Luigi. Now that’s an accolade.