The First Ronald McDonald Ad Is Terrifying

When I say Ronald McDonald, you’ve probably got a pretty standard image in your mind: A redheaded clown in a jumpsuit. Oh, but it wasn’t always that way. My friend Clark sent me this video of Ronald’s first commercial and let’s just say it’s kind of disturbing. Between his happy meal hat, straw hair and proto-John Wayne Gacy make-up, this Ronald is more likely to try to invite you to check out the puppies in his van rather than entice you in to buying a hamburger. I’ve watched this clip a few times now and every time I find myself asking new questions: Why is Ronald wearing a cup on his nose? Why do the burgers make a ping sound? Whose hand comes creeping in to frame about twenty seconds in to the clip?

Damndest thing though, right after I finished watching that, I got a phone call saying I’d die in seven days. Eh, it’s probably nothing to worry about.


About Michael Darling
Collector of the interesting and absurd.

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