Pigskins and Promos: The Super Bowl Commercials Quiz

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Some of the most famous commercials of all time have appeared during the Super Bowl. How much do you know about these pricey marketing ploys? Take this quiz to find out.

A 1992 Nike ad showed Michael Jordan playing hoops with what cartoon character?

Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny played their informal game on Mars against Marvin the Martian.

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The Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny commercial was so popular that it inspired what?

The 1996 movie "Space Jam" was a box-office success, but it received mixed reviews.

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How much did an ad spot during the very first Super Bowl cost?

$37,500 was a good chunk of money in 1967.

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How much did companies pay for a 30-second ad during the Super Bowl in 2015?

Advertisers paid $4.5 million for an ad in 2015, but the commercials reach so many people that the price is actually worth it.

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What year did Apple's famous Macintosh ad appear?

The commercial was eerily reminiscent of George Orwell's "1984" and only aired once.

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How many frogs appear in the memorable Budweiser lily pad ads?

Each of the three frogs sounds out one syllable of the beer's name.

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The Bud Bowl commercials showed beer bottles facing off on a gridiron. How many Bud Bowls were there?

Bud Light won two years; Budweiser won the other six.

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What was the first year that a Super Bowl ad cost more than $1 million?

Prices have skyrocketed since 1995.

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What's the most likely reason that SodaStream's commercials were rejected in 2013?

Attacking Coke and Pepsi by name would have infuriated the major advertisers.

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The most-shared ad from the 2015 Super Bowl featured a puppy and what else?

The two nuzzled each other in an effort to promote Budweiser beers.

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Apple's 1985 commercial compared average PC users to what?

The commercial is based on the misconception that lemmings commit mass suicide. The clip was dark, gritty and not very popular.

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What percentage of the U.S. population watches the Super Bowl?

Nearly a third of the country watches it.

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Which year was the Super Bowl first saturated with ads from online companies?

The dot-com bubble burst shortly afterward, and all of that advertising money went to waste.

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What was the first big-budget movie to start its marketing during the Super Bowl?

The gamble paid off, and the movie was the highest grossing of 1996.

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The NFL does not allow companies to advertise which product during the game?

In addition to fireworks, companies can't advertise distilled spirits or tobacco.

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A McDonald's ad from 1993 featured which two basketball players topping each other's incredible shots?

Michael Jordan and Larry Bird even shoot from the tops of tall buildings.

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About how much time is dedicated to commercials during the Super Bowl?

Nearly an hour of the broadcast is filled with ads.

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Which car company reimagined "The Matrix" in a 2014 commercial?

At $8 million, the Kia spot was incredibly expensive.

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One of the first and most notable ads showed a bullet hitting what product?

It was a Master Lock on a red-and-white bull's-eye.

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How long was the most expensive Super Bowl clip in history?

The two-minute ad featured Eminem driving around Detroit in a Chrysler. It cost $12.4 million.

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What is the first small business to have a commercial air during the Super Bowl?

A commercial for toy company GoldieBlox ran during the 2014 Super Bowl. The company had about 15 employees at the time.

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Which ultra-famous supermodel sexily drank from a Pepsi can in a 1992 spot?

The ad featuring Cindy Crawford introduced the Pepsi can's new look.

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What company created the most-shared Super Bowl ad of all time?

In 2011 Volkswagen made the controversial decision to release its commercial, "The Force," online days before the Super Bowl. The risk paid off — the commercial has been shared about 5.3 million times.

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Which product invited consumers to shoot their own commercials in hopes of airing the ads during the game?

The concept scored Doritos some of the highest marks for ads in 2006.

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Burger King promised a cash prize to anyone who could spot a commercial character named what?

The plan flopped because no one knew what Herb looked like.

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Which company used IndyCar driver Danica Patrick for many of its ads?

GoDaddy famously directed viewers to its website to see "uncensored" versions.

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Which famous world leader appeared in a Pizza Hut commercial in 1997?

Gorbachev was in the ad, which was filmed in Moscow.

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In 1992 a McDonald's clip about youth football inspired which director to produce a movie?

Spielberg hired James Ferguson to write the screenplay for the flick "Little Giants."

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In 2004 Bob Dylan (and his song) appeared in an ad for which company?

In the Victoria's Secret clip, Dylan strolls around while a woman prances in angel's wings.

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On average, the price of Super Bowl ads has increased by what percentage every year?

It has increased by 10 percent every year. The value of these ad spots is critical, so companies are willing to pay the price.

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