Top 10 Biggest Lies Ever Told By Major Advertisers
7. That Hoover would fly people to the U.S. for free if they bought a vacuum.
In 1992, Hoover promised Brits two free round-trip flights to the U.S. if they spent just £100 on any Hoover item.
Sounds too good to be true? That's because it was.
When Hoover found out that it was unprepared to provide consumers with the free flights, it extended, rather than call off the campaign.
Consumers wanting their prize then had to contact the company and send form after form after form to claim their tickets.
Hoover hoped that they'd tire people out before they'd realize that the plane tickets didn't exist. It lead to a parliamentary inquiry and cost Hoover £48 million.
6. That One A Day vitamins prevent prostate cancer.
Bayer had to pay hefty fines for claiming that one of its vitamin ingredients, Selenium, prevented prostate cancer.
In fact, studies have shown that Selenium not only fails to prevent the cancer in healthy men but can increase the risk of diabetes.
Bayer had to pay $3.3 million in Oregon, California, and Illinois for corrective advertising.
5. That Nutella is good for you.
For those who subscribed to President Reagan's "ketchup is a vegetable" belief system, Nutella created ads that claimed that its delicious, hazelnut spread is actually a nutritious part of a kid's breakfast.
Still, a mother of a 4-year-old sued, and Nutella settled for $3 million. People who bought Nutella between January 1, 2008, and February 3, 2012, could get reimbursed up to $20.
4. Another big advertising lie is that fast food looks as good in real life as it does in ads.
Here's an advertised versus actual Whopper:
The same goes for Taco Bell ...
... and McDonald's.