Have you ever been oblivious to something, and then all of a sudden someone points something out, then that’s all you see??
For me, I have never noticed the arrow in the Federal Express (FedEx) logo, until someone pointed out what a smooth, almost subliminal advertising technique that is…
Has this happened to you? If so, what can’t you stop noticing now?
If you watch reruns of The Golden Girls, pay attention to when they’re in the kitchen. Under the ice dispenser on the refrigerator, there’s a mug. Sometimes it’s yellow. Sometimes it’s white. Sometimes it’s not there at all. I wish I had never noticed it. Why is it there? Is it an inside joke? Did Sophia forget it? Stupid mug.
This happens to me with people’s nervous tics and speech mannerisms. I’ll be completely oblivious about them till someone says “isn’t it annoying how Bob always licks his lips/stutters/plays with his pencil”. Then I’ll see ONLY that, and it’ll drive me nuts.
Also, after going to movie-mistakes.com, I always see all the mistakes in the movies I watch. They just JUMP out at me now, but I never saw them before that website told me about them!
If the FedEx arrow (which it took me some time to spot) was intended to be subliminal, then surely it’d go left-to-right? Seems more like a smart-arsed designer to me. Nonetheless, it’ll bug me …
On Friends - listen to the laugh track. Ignore the script, and listen to how obviously cut-and-pasted the laughter is. Once you notice it, it’s really fucking irritating. (And I’m not making it up - I’ve seen a ‘behind the scenes’ programme, where they show the guy with his stock of laughter files sorted by length and loudness.)
Ailanthus. One day I started noticing the ugly weedy tree all over the place, and I finally searched the internet until I found its name. Now, I’m completely obsessed with it. I have nightmares about it sprouting under my bed. I wish the damn tree-of-hell would leave me alone!
Not one of mine but John Byrne wrote when he was retconning Superman a couple decades ago he said that he never saw the “S” in Superman’s chest logo but instead always saw it as two fish swimming past each other.