Hank Green, Vlog Brother, asks a penetrating question

Namely, when Geico promises to save you “up to 15% or more” could there possibly be a more non-specific promise in the English language?

  • Lisa

    That’s a great observation! I never noticed because the gecko is so cute.
    I can think of one even less specific promise: “Hope and change.” Only there’s no cute gecko to distract me.

  • Charlie

    I always assumed it meant that I could take them my current car insurance bill and they’d come up with comparable coverage for at least a 15% less than my current cost, but I admit I did pay more attention to the gecko.

  • Mark S (not for Shea)

    There are very few media characters who inspire actually rage-filled hatred in me. That caveman and that gecko are two of them. Every time that gecko comes on the TV, I change the channel. Every time I hear his voice, I could put a bullet through the radio.

    I don’t know why. There must be some raw nerve deep in my brain, and that caveman and that annoying little lizard somehow manage to poke it with a hot needle.

    • Andy, Bad Person

      I’m with you, except I think the caveman is just so much worse. It’s like the writers just have no clue when a joke has been beaten into the ground, dug up, and beaten into the ground again.

      That and the Etrade baby. I’ve never seen a baby that I wanted to punch before that.

      • Sean O

        Our society has little respect for unborn babies or Catholicism. Commercial forces, however, have no problem using babies and Catholic images especially nuns as objects of fun or amusement to sell products.

        • http://www.likelierthings.com Jon W

          I think you mean “Our society has little respect for unborn babies or Catholicism. Commercial forces, moreover, have no problem using babies and Catholic images….”

      • ds

        Yeah that Etrade baby is a total d0ucheb@g

  • Vague

    Knock and it shall be opened.

  • victor

    It is possible that there could be a promise out there up to or at least as vague as that. Call today to find out. Operators are standing by.

  • http://www.likelierthings.com Jon W
  • Geoff

    “Hope and change!!”

    Thats more vague isnt it?

  • Kirt Higdon

    It’s not a promise at all. The commercials say only the Geico “could” save you 15% or more on your car insurance.

  • Roberto

    Actually saying “up to” 15% or more is not saying anything. In fact, it could cost more!

  • Tim

    A lot about GEICO doesn’t make sense. For instance GEICO stands for “Government Employee Insurance Company”, but is not limited to government employees.

  • Marty Helgesen

    From iits founding in 1936 until1974 it was limited to government employees. I learned about it when I was in the Army, but since I didn’t own a car then, it was of no practice interest to me. Knowing that was the case, I just checked Google to get the dates.

  • Marty Helgesen

    It would be PRACTICAL to practice typing, and to prufreed before sending.

  • James Isabella

    “could there possibly be a more non-specific promise in the English language?”

    Well, I don’t know, but its definitely possible.

  • Laura B.

    Oh, there is a MUCH better line used by oh, so many in the commercial/advertising industry.

    As a math teacher, I take exceptional issue to “For only a fraction of the cost of…..”
    Well now, that all depends on whether you are charging a proper fraction of the original cost (or whatever) or an improper fraction of the cost. If you plan to be charging me 17/3 of the usual cost….
    This one is fully open to any meaning you care to choose. They don’t even promise 15% or greater….

  • Esther

    I love Hank Green, although I disagree with some of his views. He is kind-hearted and hilarious.


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