My computer was loading a bit slow this morning when I started it up, so when it began to bring up "Yahoo!" as my home page, it took several seconds
to "fill in". As you know, Yahoo! runs small "feature stories" on this page, and this time, before the image loaded, I saw the blank box where it
would appear and in that box was a line of text:
Mercedes Benz E Class (Forbes.com)
So I was waiting to see what the feature story would be and assumed it had something to do with either luxury cars or Forbes.com or both. But no --
the image that appeared was of a young woman looking at an alarm clock. Very odd. Curious, I right-clicked that image and up came the "properties"
box, and in it there was the image link and title ("sleep"), but down in the alternate text info it said Mercedes Benz E Class (Forbes.com)
So what gives? That image was given that alternate title for a reason, and I am suspicious of what that reason may be. Like I said, my computer was
loading slowly. Normally, the page loads so fast that I'd have trouble consciously picking up on what text might appear in any image box before the
image itself loads up.
Is this an example of subliminal advertising? Has anyone else noticed stuff like this,either lately or in the past? I don't mean just third-party
anectdotal evidence (though I'd welcome any that's credible), but especially where you
have seen things like this yourself and perhaps even
captured screen shots.
Oh, here's the cropped screen shot of that page, taken at 7:59 a.m. Central European Time today, Oct 23. (0:59 a.m. US Eastern, 6:59 a.m. UK):
If you want the full-page screen shot then you can find it on my photobucket site
I'd appreciate any thoughts or comments.
Edited to clean up the text a little.
[edit on 23/10/08 by JustMike]
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[edit on 23-10-2008 by Gemwolf]