Triqqa Pli'c: a Pizza Hut advert for Klingons

Triqqa Pli'c: a Pizza Hut advert for Klingons

Pizza Hut pulled out all the stops in the 90s with their unorthodox commercials. But this was features a language from another planet!

Pizza Hut’s Klingon advert was the first full non-English advert on British television when it aired in 1994. While I don’t remember the advert from childhood, I do remember the promotional Star Trek cups that came with them because I had two (which, in hindsight, I wish I’d kept)!

If you plan on emulating this commercial and want to order a pizza in Klingon, here are some suggested phrases:

  • nuvpu’ Qong (Deep pan, please)
  • pagh latlh vIlegh’a’? (Can I have extra cheese?)
  • ghorgh lutu’lu”a’? (Is the base gluten free?)
  • ‘uQ’a’ (Meat feast)
  • tlhIngan taHqeq chuS’a’Daq yIjaH?! (What do you mean the ice cream machine is broken?!)

jochqu’ ‘e’ yIHar or stream it below.

Star Trek - Pizza-Hut Klingons (Funny Commercial)

That time BBC2 appeared in a Pizza Hut advert

BBC2 in a Pizza Hut advert

When I want to feel warm and cosy, I watch YouTube videos of old 90s TV adverts. They give me a kick of nostalgia and remind me of simpler times when you could hug people without fear of dying. Last night, I watched a video with adverts from 1994 and I spotted something strange. The adverts were from ITV but the intro was one of BBC2’s old idents (the one with the green paint). I thought the video had changed. You never saw BBC on ITV unless it was on the news.

And then it turned into a Pizza Hut advert.

Pizza Hut - BBC Two - Advert (1994)

So how did this all come about? Peter York picked up on the story for The Independent back in 1994:

Advertising is in the ‘borrowed interest’ business: famous or beautiful people and spectacular locations are regularly borrowed to add interest to somewhat basic product offers.

Now Pizza Hut has gone one better: it’s borrowed a television channel. More precisely, it has ‘appropriated’ – as a certain type of intellectual likes to say – the BBC2 logo, in its large, plain, anodised-aluminium form. If you’ve had the feeling that you’re in the wrong place recently when watching ITV or C4, it’s because the BBC2 logo has appeared. It sits in its wind tunnel and is swept with green paint, as usual – but then a yob appears and splashes the camera lens with paint, too. It’s a very disconcerting, memorable media-age joke.

But it turns out “spoof” idents have been around for decades and there’s even a website archiving them. I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who felt a little off by the giant metallic 2 on the “wrong” channel.

Trump Has Always Been Trash, But Here's A Pizza-Related Example From 1995

1995 Donald Trump Pizza Hut Commercial

Stuffed crust aside, NO ONE should be eating pizza crust first, let alone being a white supremacist president like Trump. The storyboards from this Pizza Hut commercial featuring Donald and Ivanka Trump were on sale for $15,000, if you’re weird and love that sort of crap.

I also want to point out I’m not ignoring all the evil, disgusting things he’s done in contrast to his pizza eating habits. All I’m saying is this is a sign of an evil man and we were warned at least 24 years ago. Make of that what you will.