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I never understood this
Posted by: Dale Franks on Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Even when I was a kid, these commercials left me stupefied.

OK. First of all, you walk into your manicurist's shop. She's got some noxious-looking green liquid sitting in a bowl on her table. Do you think to yourself, "What is that gooey-looking green stuff? Is it some sort of acid or acetate she uses to melt away the glue for false nails? Is it is some sort of fruit broth? That's odd. Well, whatever it is, why don't I just stick my hand in it for a while?" Why would you just stick your hand in it without knowing what it was? Was hand-soaking part of some odd 1970s-era manicure procedure?

Then there's Madge. What's up with her? Why in the world is she keeping a bottle of dishwashing detergent at her station? Why is she just filling a bowl with the stuff and sitting it out on the table? I mean, that's just bizarre. Then, when the ladies find out they've been soaking in it,and they recoil in horror, Madge forces their hand back into it. "Relax," she says. "just keep your hand in there."

And the customer never asks, "Uh, why? Why should I keep my hand in there? Even if it isn't actually harmful, exactly what good is that gonna do me? And while we're on the subject, what are you doing with dish soap in a little bowl, anyway?"

There's just something creepy going on in that nail salon, if you ask me.
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LOL! Well, it’s a bit of surreality designed to get one to notice. Of all the commercials from that era, I remember the hand in the dishsoap one (along with a number of others), but have forgotten most. The absurdity of it gets one to notice.
Written By: Scott Erb
It softens your hands as you do the dishes.

How hard is that to understand?
Written By: Harun
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Never question the wisdom of Madge and her dish soap...never. I did everything tastes like corn nuts.
Written By: Sithmonkey
Huh - I was more worried about Cora the Coffee Lady.

"Leaving so soooooooon? I wouldn’t dreeeeeeeam of it! Here, have a little Maxwell House first!"

I just knew there were flying monkies out in her kitchen, waiting for a distraction to come after you with their wicked looking knives.

Written By: looker
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I still can’t get the "And they’ll tell 2 friends. And so on. And so on..." out my head. Aaargh!
Written By: John
All I can say is that my great grandmother (who lived until I was 28) was a manicurist, and when she worked on the nails of family members when I was a kid, the hands were always soaking in some sort of viscous fluid prior to getting the treatment.

But yea, I too never really got those commercials and the connection to washing dishes — and particularly since most women in those days wore dishwashing gloves, as I recall.

Written By: Richard Nikoley
But it’s green, so it must be good.
Written By: timactual
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But it’s green, so it must be good.
Palmolive is people!
Written By: Steverino
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"Palmolive is people!"

LOL. That should make washing dishes a little more enjoyable. And I will rinse more thoroughly.
Written By: timactual
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If you do a lot of housework, you will get hardened nasty hands. The idea is that you can use Palmolive and soften your hands while you do the dishes.
Written By: Harun
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Jeez, Dale, it’s like you never had a manicure in your entire life!!

For anyone who had (probably 100% of the demographic it was aimed at), the commercial made sense: your fingers were soaked in warm water so that the cuticles could be pushed back, preventing hangnails.

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