Hubby and I decided it was take away pizza for dinner tonight as we were both too tired (OK, lazy!) to cook. While looking at the pizza place’s online menu I suddenly remembered an advert I used to see as a child that involved pizza but was actually for yellow pages.
A young couple stop to take a break from redecorating and the husband looks up a pizza place in the Yellow Pages. Before heading out, he calls out to his wife and asks if she’s sure about her order, to which she replies that she is. The husband then turns up at the pizza place and asks for “one ham and mushroom and one tuna fish and …banana!”
The man taking the order repeats in a tone of disbelief ‘banana?’ The husband sheepishly confirms this while the chef gets on with making the no doubt delicious concoction! It’s only when the dutiful husband returns home with the pizzas that viewers realise that his wife is pregnant – which might have been obvious to most viewers but not to an eight year old!
I remember this advert so well, partly because it was shown on television so often and partly because I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why the lady had ordered such a hideous sounding pizza!
I immediately tried searching for this ad but was so disappointed as I couldn’t find it anywhere. I’ve managed to find a few references to the advert – but not the actual advert which is such a shame because I would love to see it again.
I have, however, come across a few Yellow Pages adverts from the 1980s which I had totally forgotten about but upon viewing them again went “ooh, I remember that!” They were extremely emotive adverts that either had the ‘aah’ factor or made you laugh. And I loved the enchanting melody that featured in most of these adverts. Who would have thought that simple adverts could be so entertaining? Especially adverts about a phone directory!
So here’s a selection of Yellow Pages adverts to take you back down memory lane… but sadly no tuna fish and banana!
The lovely Kaye Savage has managed to find the ‘Tuna Fish and Banana’ Yellow pages ad. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it again after all the years. It’s part of a compilation of ads, including one for Crunchy Nut Cornflakes. To view it, just see the comments below. Thanks Kaye!