I scratched my head the first time I saw this Quizno’s commercial for the Toasty Torpedo sandwich. I wasn’t confused by the homoerotica. Hey, sex can sell anything! What was perplexing was that it seemed as though the Quizno’s employee had had sex with the talking oven. As it turns out, I was a little behind the times. People having sex with objects (and I’m not talking sex toys) is nothing new. Last year, we told you about Edward Smith, a 57-year-old man who has had sex with more than 999 cars. Yes, cars! He “dated” a Volkswagen Beetle named “Vanilla” in 2008. But he says his most intense sexual experience ever was with a helicopter. Then there’s Chris Donaldson, a mechanic who also enjoys sex with automobiles. “Some men like boobs and bums, but I much prefer curvy bodywork,” said Donaldson, 38, who has a recognized psychological disorder that makes him attracted to motors. Like Smith, Donaldson has had sex with other kinds of vehicles, including two motorboats and a friend’s jet ski.
Now, nonsexual brands are jumping on the “sex-with-objects” fetish in marketing. Check out this ad for Soft Scrubs Scrubby Pads, and tell us what you think in the comments. Which commercial is creepier?