Wednesday, February 26, 2014

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a female age 25-35 must be in want of an emergency contraceptive

A few months ago I was bored of all the kids shows on Netflix so I made a YouTube playlist for CJ and Noni comprised of the best alphabet videos the internet had to offer, plus some funny cat videos for good meadure. The bambino love it and I turn it on almost every day so I can have a little mid-morning break to read some blogs and catch up on Facebook. What's not to like?

I'll tell you what. About 50% of the time, the obligatory commercial at the beginning was for THE MORNING AFTER PILL.

Of course the kids are too young to understand at this point, but it was really, really starting to bug me. Regardless of where you stand on the topic, it's a little weird and awkward to see two kids under three watching bespectacled  hipsters talk about the results of their sex lives.

I was considering writing an angry letter to YouTube. I mean, aren't you part of Google now? Aren't Google employees wicked smart? Can't you adjust your algorithm so that playlists clearly compiled for the sole purpose of entertaining toddlers will feature ads that will result in them demanding new addictive iPad apps instead of asking me what "unprotected sex" means?

While that would probably be cathartic it wouldn't change anything, So I thought I would try to find a way to prevent that particular commercial from showing up on the playlist.

Google proved useless.

So I went to check out my YouTube settings to see if there was a way to change the types of ads shown.

Maybe fiddling with the Google Ads Settings would help?

I liked the words "Opt-Out" at the bottom. However that link didn't work, even after several days of trying. You might want to get on that, Google.

I was stumped for a bit...then inspiration struck. If Google thought I was in a much older age bracket, surely they wouldn't be advertising Plan B, right?

So I clicked where it says "Visit Your Google Profile", changed my birth year to 1900, and crossed my fingers that it would work. 
This morning's commercial? Old dudes sitting around discussing oil prices.


So, in conclusion, if you want to avoid Plan B commercials, lie about your age and/or gender.

I predict that we have about 2 days before the first Viagra commercial shows up to welcome me to the 65+ bracket.

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  1. Genius. Absolute genius. I've been bemoaning the same thing.

    1. I'm so glad you found it useful:) I felt kinda silly posting a how-to because I thought I was the only one!