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  • It is illegal to flash commercial subliminal messages on television.
  • Back in the ’50s, there was a fuss over a brainwashing technique known as subliminal communication. A movie theater found that if its films included tiny blips of commercials for popcorn and soda —moving past so quickly that the viewer did not consciously realize he was seeing them—popcorn and soda sales went up. These results were highly uncertain, though, and the technique was abandoned. Since 1957 it has been against FCC policy to permit subliminal techniques on television.
    Time, Inc., 1978  --,9171,919705,00.html#ixzz0wJUJtWQO(retrieved 08/11/10)
  • According to, subliminal advertising is completely ineffective. (see related link)
  • I should never have let John write the first chapter because he always has to twist things subliminally.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman

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  • Go said we must be mutually subliminally forgetting to mail those checks, that what we really wanted to forget was our dad.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Years passed and I became a part of the Randel family and subliminally tried to become a substitute for the lost Randy.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • They won’t buy a television, like everyone else, because my father says it turns you into a cretin and emits harmful radiation and subliminal messages as well.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Bollywood pop—turned down to a low, almost subliminal whine—spiraled and sparkled hypnotically, just at the threshold of my hearing.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • In moments of great stress, every life form that exists gives out a tiny subliminal signal.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Some of it was slipping through, flooding his brain with sinister subliminal images.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining

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  • Drew was glaring at Diana Leven, subliminally begging to be dragged off the witness stand, Alex assumed.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • It’s not that smiles and nods are subliminal messages.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • It was like a lecture strip in a subliminal training projector at the Bene Gesserit school …. but faster …. blindingly faster.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • We are dogs, she and I, sniffing for clues, our throats quivering with subliminal growls.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • I lay there, having drowned in West, my body having drifted down to lie there in the comforting, subliminal ooze on the sea floor of History.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • An eerie static, insistent but near subliminal, that made me think of wintering souls, some form of dormant life approaching the threshold of perception.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Mathematical solutions are selected by the subliminal self on the basis of "mathematical beauty," of the harmony of numbers and forms, of geometric elegance.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • He had descended consciously (awake) into the kingdom of the unconscious (deep sleep) and had incorporated the values of the subliminal experience into his waking personality.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Man’s subliminal urge to destroy what he could neither subdue nor deify.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Maybe the letter was a subliminal open line to my brothers.
    Dave Peizer  --  A Man Named Dave
  • It’s nearly subliminal, dig?
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • It was like a dream, like something in some subliminal fantasy, or a scene that had come straight from the imagination.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • Acting with almost subliminal caution, he drove past the house without slowing and parked around the comer on a side street about a quarter of a mile away.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • Eckels stood smelling of the air, and there was a thing to the air, a chemical taint so subtle, so slight, that only a faint cry of his subliminal senses warned him it was there.
    Ray Bradbury  --  A Sound of Thunder
  • "No surprises" is the motto of the franchise ghetto, its Good Housekeeping seal, subliminally blazoned on every sign and logo that make up the curves and grids of light that outline the Basin.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • It had been seeping in, in its subliminal, unidentifiable way since they’d entered the place, all strings, reeds, muted brass.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • "If, as you suggest," I began, "they constantly express and interpret themselves and their universe by a kind of subliminal dreamsong, it would seem to follow that, as in all things, some are better at it than others.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • Now that he mentioned it, I was aware of muffled music emanating from the rear of the apartment, a deep, subliminal thump.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • The skin is off the hand—we see it immediately, something very wrong—but by reversing the thumb he makes it look even more wrong, it registers subliminally even if we can’t put our finger on it, something really out of order, not right.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I mean, she thinks she can get away with her subliminal twists by calling them omens, but she doesn’t fool me.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • And I picked up on Patsy’s subliminal message of brushing off whatever problems came her way.
    Dave Peizer  --  A Man Named Dave
  • Exhausted sleep, spine to spine, in dirty sheets that smelled of cigarette ash and dog, Popchik belly-up and snoring, subliminal whispers in the air blowing from the wall vents if you listened hard enough.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He put the gun down,’ the psychiatrist said, ’because even on a subliminal level, he understood that otherwise, he was going to be shot.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Then, by accident (Dr. Hilarius, if asked, would accuse her of using subliminal cues in the environment to guide her to a particular person) or howsoever, she came on one Stanley Koteks, who wore wire-rim bifocals, sandals, argyle socks, and at first glance seemed too young to be working here.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • It was indeed the only one of the many structures that betrayed any sign of activity about it, though this was more a subliminal impression than anything one could put one’s finger on.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The subliminal self, Poincaré said, looks at a large number of solutions to a problem, but only the interesting ones break into the domain of consciousness.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • As Poincaré pointed out, there must be a subliminal choice of what facts we observe.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Poincaré then hypothesized that this selection is made by what he called the "subliminal self," an entity that corresponds exactly with what Phaedrus called preintellectual awareness.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Associated with your questions will be a subliminal Quality discrimination identical to the Quality discrimination that led Poincaré to the Fuchsian equations.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • It wasn’t simply the baleful sound, like the cries of an unearthly hunter and the unearthly beasts that it pursued; it was also the subliminal alkaline scent of the desert and a queer electrical charge, different from those that other—less dry—winds imparted to the air.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
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