I believe every normal human has at least one superpower, and perhaps more. I have identified in myself at least two:
- Free liquor
- The ability to identify what (famous) voices are used to narrate commercials.
More on #1 in some other entry.
Re: #2, please note that I’m not claiming to know the name of every voice-over actor. There are lots of them out there, and I don’t know those voices by name. No, I mean when a well-known actor, narrates something, usually a commercial, I can identify them from the sound of their voice. This is a useless talent, but like most normal human superpowers, it makes for good cocktail conversation.
For example, do you know that Kevin Spacey is the voice on Honda ads? Or how about those Michigan tourism ads? That’s Tim Allen.
Usually, this power kicks in on the first or second hearing of a given commercial. But recently, there was a campaign that stumped me for quite awhile. Then, one day, on the umpteenth hearing, it struck me. Take a watch – recognize the voice?
It’s Peter Krause! Now that I’ve figured it out, I hear these ads all the time, and I mean ALL THE TIME. However, I got an email from Free the Internet this morning that indicates that this merger may not come to pass.
I have to say I’m kinda glad that T-Mobile and AT&T might not merge, although I’m sorry that Pete will lose the incredible $ he must be making from this campaign.