The premise of this movie - someone waking up several hundred years in the future and finding that people have gotten much stupider due to an expanding population and a lack of evolutionary pressure - was previously used in "The Marching Morons", a short story written in 1951 by Cyril M. Kornbluth.
Unsure of how to market the film after disastrous test screenings, Fox sat on the near-completed film for over a year, before finally giving it an unusually small release in only 6 markets (skipping over major markets such as New York City). The release was done with little to no marketing.
In addition to the Fuddrucker's gag, early drafts of the script had another scene showing the devolution of sports - with a stadium's marquee sign changing from "Championship Baseball" to "Extreme Baseball" (essentially just a bat fight), to finally just "Fire".
Although the marketing campaign for this film went unnoticed, 20th Century Fox decided to actually license out the "Brawndo" drink for sale. The drink itself has gained a cult following, though it is no longer available for purchase at www.brawndo.com.
The main character's name is "Joe Bauers", who is made the Secretary of the Interior, charged with trying to solve the issue of crops not growing in the future. "Bauer" is the German word for "farmer".
The aluminum can (beer can ?) that falls out of the trash truck, thereby causing the garbage avalanche, is labeled MAC 50, also the name of a French hand gun, standard issue to the French Army between 1950 and 1970.
When president Camacho (T, Crews) says I don't see no crops. Product placement's next shot is Mr. Bauer's (L.Wilson) shoes;aka crocs. Crops Crocs misspelling and or coincidence you be the judge. As long as you aren't Mike, who is also the jury executioner and king of the hill.