Geico: Manatees In Novelty Tees Are Surprising

Friendly and curious manatees are a popular attraction at zoos. But seeing those manatees wearing novelty t-shirts would be quite surprising. The father and son interaction about the “come at me bro” shirt is priceless. Dad is played by Mike Holley, Mom is Joanne Verbos, and the son is Levi Oleesky. And the voiceover in all of Geico’s “It’s Not Surprising” spots is done by Andrew Anthony.

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Geico: Washington Crossing The Delaware Turnpike Is Surprising

This is post #1000 on Commercial Society. Initially, I wanted to write a more special post for this momentous occasion, but I ultimately decided to go for a tried-and-true entry: a Geico commercial. George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River was an iconic moment in American history. But if he was around in the present-day and crossed the Delaware Turnpike with his band of men, it would be decidedly less legendary and result in a lot more honking. Washington is played by Jim Meskimen.

 

Geico: Randy Jackson Judging A Dog Show Is Surprising, Dawg

Former American Idol judge Randy Jackson was famous for calling contestants “dawg.” But what happens when he judges an actual dog show? After watching Geico’s newest spot from the “It’s Not Surprising” campaign, I actually was surprised…surprised that they didn’t make this ad sooner.

 

Geico: Casual Fridays At Buckingham Palace Are Surprising

Buckingham Palace is one of the most formal and traditional locales in the world. It’s not the kind of place where you’d expect a casual Friday. But that’s just what happens in the newest spot from Geico’s “It’s Not Surprising” campaign, where we see the normal guard replaced by a guy wearing a robe, eating snacks and reading the paper. He does still have the fun hat though.

Geico: A Triangle Solo Is Surprising

Ahh…the triangle. It’s an oft-forgotten and maligned instrument. But this particular triangle player (played by Jonathan Brooks) takes a chance and goes for a surprising solo in his orchestra’s concert. The audience and his fellow musicians are understandably dumbfounded. Geico’s newest spot from their “It’s Not Surprising” campaign has racked up more than 3.7 million views in less than two days, proving that there are some triangle fanatics out there.

Geico: Running Of The Bulldogs Is Surprising

We all know about the Running of the Bulls, which is currently taking place in Pamplona, Spain. But a Running of the Bulldogs, like in this Geico ad? That would be both surprising and strangely adorable. So much licking.

Geico: Runway Models On An Airport Runway Are Surprising

Flight delays aren’t surprising at all…the last two times I’ve flown, there have been massive delays. But if you were delayed because of runway models on the runway, yeah, that would be surprising. The ground crew is getting really into the show. And contrary to what that one passenger thinks, I bet the lace looks nice on the model.

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