Propaganda has been used for centuries to influence people’s beliefs and behaviors. In some cases, it has been so successful that people still believe it today even though it has been debunked. Here are some examples of propaganda that were so successful, people still believe them today.
KFC on Christmas
One person shared that KFC ran a Christmas-themed ad in Japan in the 80s, and to this day, the Japanese eat KFC on Christmas.
Diamonds are Forever
Another person shared that the marketing slogan “Diamonds are Forever” linking diamonds to love and marriage was just marketing by De Beers. Before that marketing campaign, most wedding rings were simple gold or silver bands.
Another said that the whole thing about men buying a ring and surprise proposing to women was also marketing by De Beers. They marketed the whole idea as romantic, and it caught on. They said, “De Beers found out that when a couple came to shop for a wedding ring, they ended up spending less and buying smaller diamonds than when a man went by himself.”
Sugar and Fat
Another person shared that sugar companies paid the media to say that fat made you fat, when in reality, sugar is the true villain.
Another person shared that the idea that knuckle cracking gives you arthritis is false.
“That big curvy line of toothpaste with a Dairy Queen curl we’ve seen in every toothpaste ad. You don’t need more than a pea-sized smear of paste on your brush.”
Columbus and the World Being Round
One man shared that Columbus was not the only person who believed the world was round. According to him, everyone who could read knew that the earth was round. “Nobody thought Columbus would ‘fall of the edge.’ They thought his crew would starve to death before reaching the east Indies…and he totally would have.”
Another person shared that the idea that Napoleon Bonaparte was short is false. He was around the average height (5’7″) for people back then, and the idea that he was short came from a British propaganda campaign to mock him. “He was closer to 5’2″ in French system. French inches being longer than British inches. Another reason why metric was useful.”
Another person shared that the idea that MSG will kill you and is horrible to ingest is false. “It is delicious and your body produces it naturally while breaking down regular salt. Some people do have sodium issues, and it may not be good for them. But that’s a tiny micro-percentage of people.”
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