You asked us, "Do subliminal messages really work?"
We're pretty sure the answer is no, but just in case, we may throw in a subliminal surprise or two to see if you're paying attention.
Subliminal messaging is the idea that someone can flash an image or sound just for an instant that sneaks past your conscious mind into your subconscious and ultimately affects your behavior.
The thought is a scary one because no one wants to be someone else's pawn, but the question is, does it work?
Well, I'm not exaggerating when I say that a lot of people have spent a lot of time looking into the effectiveness of subliminal messaging, and the long and short of it is there isn't a heck of a lot of convincing evidence to show that it can influence our behavior.
So, go watch TV, listen to music and make decisions of your own free will, and then come back and watch more stories like this every day at Smithsonian.com