8 Bizarre PSAs Of The ’80s And ’90s

Why educate when it’s so much better to frighten and bewilder?

1. Anti-Sniffing PSA

The thing about anti-drug PSAs is that because they aired following cartoons and amidst distracting toy commercials, the ad’s message typically fell on the deaf ears of their intended audience. That said, to a small child, this was basically a frightening commercial of a girl drowning in her room for no apparent reason.

2. Exercise Your Teeth PSA

We understand the virtues of exercise and a well-balanced diet, but doesn’t exercising one’s teeth come off as slightly pedantic?

3. Love Won’t Add Weight PSA

A lot of the desserts the kid’s mom is giving him aren’t really commensurate with the wound. To be fair, that pie for something in his eye should’ve come with two scoops of vanilla ice cream. Just saying.

4. Beware the Future Blob PSA

Remember that thing we said in the first entry about a PSA’s message being lost on its intended juvenile audience? Running with that, this PSA seems to be more about being wary of amorphous flying slime monsters from the future than career options.

5. Canadian Anti-Drug PSA

Just one of the many reasons why you don’t want to be out on Sesame Street after midnight. Crazy shit goes down in front of Hooper’s Store…

6. Mr. Yuck PSA

The only possible way one could come up with a PSA like this is if they ingested or inhaled the very items Mr. Yuk says to avoid.

7. We’re Not Candy PSA

If your pills are singing and preaching about drug safety, then it’s most likely you’ve already taken too many.

8. Pee-Wee Herman’s Anti-Cocaine PSA

Mekka lekka hi, mekka don’t do blow.

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