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Old 08-04-2011, 08:29 AM
 
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Do any of you remember "Funny Farm" bread? It was a regular sliced white bread, like "Wonder" bread, and was on the market briefly, around the same time that "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-haaa!" was current, and was taken off the market for the same reason that "TCTTMAH-H" was pulled from air play. I'm not sure if it was a local, regional, or national product, but have a feeling that it was strictly local.

The commercials for it showed a bunch of goofy-looking animals cavorting about a barnyard while the jingle played. The jingle was to the tune of "Turkey In The Straw", and had these lyrics:

You can eat it every morning,
You can eat it every noon,
You can eat it every evening,
Underneath the moon,
You can eat it with some jelly,
You can eat it with some jam,
Peanut butter from the jar,
Or honey from the can,
Da, da, da-da, da, FUNNY FARM!
Da, da, da-da, da, FUNNY FARM!
It's the [something],
It's the [something],
And the kids all know,
If you eat it every day,
It will help you grow,
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:21 AM
 
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yep, early sixties, was advertised on TV all the time. at the time kids thought it was made at a psychiatric hospital; sort of like license plates being made at a prison!
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Old 08-05-2011, 06:43 AM
 
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yep, early sixties, was advertised on TV all the time. at the time kids thought it was made at a psychiatric hospital; sort of like license plates being made at a prison!

I've posted that question on several forums and you're the first person to respond.

Any idea about if it was local/regional/national?

Is my memory of it only being on the market for a very brief time correct, and was it at about the same time that "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" was receiving airplay?

Got anything on those missing lyrics?

Was the bread itself any better or worse than the average sliced white bread? My mom never bought it, so I have no idea how it was. I don't even remember seeing it in stores, but I sure remember those commercials.
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Old 11-19-2011, 07:37 AM
 
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I think remember this ad. I think it may have been franchised to Wittich's Bread Co. in Ayton, Ontario Canada, whose advertisements for FUNNY FARM bread I saw on the Wingham, Ontario TV station CKNX-8. Obviously, it was not a local brand, as I had thought at the time. Do I remember correctly that the farmer's body was a modern-day plastic bread tie and he wore a big straw hat? LMy mother may have bought it once, but it was just white bread, with a fancy package and a lot of hype. Anyway, this been driving me batty, as none of my family remember this. At least not as vividly as I do
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Old 11-23-2011, 08:26 AM
 
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Thanks for the further info.

I don't remember anything about the farmer. Certainly unfamiliar with his body being "a modern-day plastic bread tie". Sounds like a cool image.
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Old 04-30-2015, 05:36 PM
 
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We were talking around the kitchen table tonight, and I said to my wife, (I'm in my 50's) Hey, do you remember Funny Farm Bread? She didn't remember, and didn't believe me, so I came and googled and it brought me here.

Interesting, I also grew up in Bruce County, and watched the funny farm bread commercial on CKNX TV (Channel 8). I also thought it was local bread, but then, I also thought all the people on TV where from my town too.

Great memories. Keep 'em coming.
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Old 05-23-2017, 12:30 PM
 
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You remember it being for sale in Canada?

Interesting. I wonder if it remained available longer in Canada than it did here (Baltimore).

I hope that the commercial that I'm thinking of pops up on YouTube someday.
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Old 05-23-2017, 02:56 PM
 
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I've posted that question on several forums and you're the first person to respond.

Any idea about if it was local/regional/national?

Is my memory of it only being on the market for a very brief time correct, and was it at about the same time that "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" was receiving airplay?

Got anything on those missing lyrics?

Was the bread itself any better or worse than the average sliced white bread? My mom never bought it, so I have no idea how it was. I don't even remember seeing it in stores, but I sure remember those commercials.
I know nothing about the bread, but that song came out in 1966.
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Old 05-23-2017, 03:19 PM
 
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I know nothing about the bread, but that song came out in 1966.

Do you know what the flip side was?
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Old 05-23-2017, 03:46 PM
 
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Do you know what the flip side was?
No, but Wikipedia does.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They%2..._Away,_Ha-Haaa!
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