Job for the boys

"My family enjoys playing this board game which has been in our family since 1967," writes Thomas Mitchell. "It looks like battleships might have been popular, but the battle for gender equality ... not so much."

Bumblebee bummer

A reader from Rotorua writes: "In the 1980s there was a road safety ad featuring a squished bumblebee on a windscreen. The voiceover said 'This is what happens to a warm, furry bumblebee when it hits your windscreen at 70km/h ... Slow down'. Inevitably this led to the joke: Q. What is the last thing to go through the mind of a warm, furry bumblebee when it hits your windscreen at 70km/h? A. Its bum."

Who likes short shorts?

"My favourite jingle was for those teeny tiny shorts that bloke who wouldn't be seen dead at the Mardi Gras wore in the 70s," writes a reader from Oratia. "It goes like this: 'He's my man but he's one of the boys in his stubbies. Stubbies. He's wearing the name that's making all of the noise, it's those Stubbies. Stubbies. And what makes him kind of fit into any crowd, it's that name on his hips, and he's oh so proud. Some days he won't wear any other brand of gear but his Stubbies. Stubbies' ... "

Watchdog unwittingly promoted 'wrong' material

Barbara Harwood, of Kohimarama, writes: "Justine Munro wanted to know more about the anti-drinking ad about 'Stop making love to the bottle, Baby'. As I recall, changing the line to reference a cup of tea did not really help matters because the reference to tea made it even worse. It seems that the suggestion is an invitation to sex. The original words were still quite clear in the ad to those who were able to read lips. As far as Patricia Bartlett was concerned, whatever she considered wrong gained great popularity. A lot of people went to see The Life of Brian because she denounced it."

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Quintessential Auckland jingle

This ad was sung to the tune Oh My Darling, Clementine back in the 50s and 60s, says Robin. "And I've never forgotten it!"

Broke my denture, Broke my denture,

Woe is me, what shall I do?

Take it in to Mr Geddes

And he'll fix it just like new.

What's the address, what's the address?

Hurry please, and tell me do.

Top of Queen Street, on the corner,

And his number's 492.