There’s good advertising that makes you convinced you can’t live without the product or service. Then, there's excellent advertising that proves it’s a form of art, just like these mind-bending and clever billboard ads.

And then, you've got hilariously bad advertising. When you see one, you know it. Whether it’s product placing that has gone wrong, a slogan that sounds way off, or an overall design that gives people second and third thoughts, these are the ad fails worthy of the prize.

So let’s buckle up for a fun ride which is basically a masterclass on how not to “create and produce an ad,” as compiled in this list by Bored Panda. Take notes, kids, it’s about to get heavy.

#1

This Ad For Graduation Photography

This Ad For Graduation Photography

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Jozie
Community Member
1 month ago

LMAO yyyyyyyy

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#2

I Pass This Billboard Everyday And Everyday I Think He’s A Vampire

I Pass This Billboard Everyday And Everyday I Think He’s A Vampire

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Oh, you mean that he's not?

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There are so many ways an advertising campaign, a billboard, a print ad, and a commercial can go wrong. But one of the greatest faux pas is “false advertising.” The term refers to ads that use misleading, dishonest, and plain “false” assumptions in their content in order to promote or market products and services.

One should remember to respect the consumers who, as a result of the ad, may feel lied to and fooled. Such negative ads rapidly create a very bad image of a brand, and it can lead to various biases about it.

As a result, sales immediately suffer and it takes ages to gain back consumers’ trust in the brand. Thus, false advertising is one of the most dangerous mistakes you can make while advertising your product and it never, ever pays off.

#3

This Ad Placement

This Ad Placement

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Luisa Vasconcelos
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1 month ago

This looks like my phone, everything I even think about something, out of nothing come all the advertising.

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#4

I Used To Be Able To See The Towel On Her Head

I Used To Be Able To See The Towel On Her Head

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Bacony Cakes
Community Member
1 month ago

Jimmy Neutron?

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Another form of unethical advertising is ads that employ misrepresentation of a product or a service in a way that use a subliminal message to fit the brand's hidden agenda. These kinds of ads often use deception and manipulation to make consumers want their product or service and believe they can't live without it.

For example, Reebok launched an infamous “Cheat On Your Girlfriend, Not Your Workout” ad campaign back to 2012 and received immediate backlash. Initially, the ad was intended to motivate consumers, but in turn, it spread the wrong message and encouraged infidelity.

#5

This Guy Must Be Feeling Pretty Great On This Ad

This Guy Must Be Feeling Pretty Great On This Ad

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Sheila McEnany Markowitz
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1 month ago

Happy to see you...

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#6

I Think She Should Go To The Hospital Instead Of Booking A Flight

I Think She Should Go To The Hospital Instead Of Booking A Flight

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Full Name
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1 month ago

This ad is a stroke of genius.

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The sportswear brand acknowledged the ad was offensive and pulled it, as many consumers were boycotting the brand. They wrote an open letter that stated: “This form of advertising shows a dishonest and disrespectful attitude towards women and your company should be ashamed to have even placed this ad in various places thinking it would be perceived in any other way.”

Moreover, the Federal Trade Commission deemed the campaign false advertising in its unsubstantiated claims about exercise benefits, and Reebok was made to pay a $25 million fine.

#7

Math Is Hard. Don't Let It Get You Down

Math Is Hard. Don't Let It Get You Down

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chi-wei shen
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1 month ago

And when you've managed to get rid of addition you can start with subtraction.

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#8

Well, Now That The Floors Are Clean

Well, Now That The Floors Are Clean

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b o o p
Community Member
1 month ago

W H A T

Harry Potter
Community Member
1 month ago

Pretty sure the ad meant to be her giving a piggyback ride to a baby, but it looks like she's banging.

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Desto
Community Member
1 month ago

Woah didn't see that (Cumming )wow never doing that again but Im am so sorry for my comment but I have too

CATMONSTER2018
Community Member
1 month ago

:O

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TESSA DAVENPORT
Community Member
1 month ago

KIDS COVER YOUR EYE, MOM’S VACUUMING AGAIN

Night Owl
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1 month ago (edited)

(va)cumming

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Iggy
Community Member
1 month ago

That is NOT where the nozzle goes!

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm always losing my attachments hahahaha

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N G
Community Member
1 month ago

Am I the ONLY one who saw a mum playing horsey with her toddler?!

Cactuar Jon
Community Member
1 month ago

whatever is going on, she's REAL happy about it!

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Jozie
Community Member
1 month ago

wait wut-

Sabrina Vess
Community Member
2 days ago (edited)

You must be either innocent, a child, or unobservant- in the top right corner, it looks like the woman is being f***ed in the butt rn-

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Coleonema
Community Member
1 month ago

Who oks these?

Alison
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh wow 😂 I need one of these, QUICK

Madison Feehan
Community Member
1 month ago

Vroom Vroom.

Daniel Marsh
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

She's feeling how gloriously soft her carpeting is. Shag carpet. Zheesh.

Daniel Marsh
Community Member
1 month ago

Clean floors.... dirty minds....

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Steve
Community Member
1 month ago

Makes more sense once you see the attachments

Paradox Skye
Community Member
1 month ago

She must really love the vacuum

Kusotare
Community Member
1 month ago

Introducing the Hoover MILF 1000!

MRS FLASHMAN
Community Member
1 month ago

Clean down to the CORE, ha ha

Purr·maid
Community Member
1 month ago

That's 'hard core'!

PANDAS
Community Member
1 month ago

um-

salty
Community Member
1 month ago

👁️👄👁️

DKS 001
Community Member
1 month ago

her face .... what exactly is she using that FOR???

boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 month ago

maybe its not what we think it is....

Tracy Wolfe
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh yea Hoover, oh yea, oh yea... clean my floors baby.

Slune
Community Member
1 month ago

Who, the core is humping!

salty
Community Member
1 month ago

😶

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
1 month ago

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Billy The Kid
Community Member
1 month ago

This is hardcore. A vacuum cleaner salesman knocked on my door Before I spoke he tipped a bucket of dog s**t over my carpet and said If this vacuum doesn't remove every trace of it I'll personally eat what's left I replied I hope you're hungry because they cut off my electric this morning

Orange
Community Member
1 month ago

oh my god

Cheryl Carter
Community Member
1 month ago

WOW!!! No one sees this image before going to print??

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
1 month ago

What every ..woman who vacuums... desires?Hoover Hoover this is a true blooper

Eric Forster
Community Member
1 month ago

The way you vacuum, turns me on.

Erica Nunes
Community Member
1 month ago

"core"

Wolfstar
Community Member
1 month ago

I-

Natalia
Community Member
1 month ago

She's just checking if there's any dust left on the floor 😜

Kanishka Patel
Community Member
1 month ago

Why are all the comments here getting downvoted?

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Rob Seymour
Community Member
1 month ago

Now you need a shampooer.

Dachshund32
Community Member
1 month ago

For dirty "occasions" 😆

Lojaz Lauren
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Maybe its a wet/dry vac

Naomi Cline
Community Member
3 weeks ago

😂

Anna Hargraves
Community Member
1 month ago

what is that supposed to be-

Maeve Valentine
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1 month ago

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just your average introvert
Community Member
1 month ago

E X U S E M E THERE ARE CHILDREN

Peter Ledoux
Community Member
1 month ago

She looks like she's in pain

The Super Bumblebee
Community Member
1 month ago

your right it is a baby

Parker Stanley
Community Member
1 month ago

OMGGGG THQT IS OOF.....

Cat
Community Member
1 month ago

"How did that get there?"

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
1 month ago

Most unfortunate!

Ashley Wright
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, Hoover®️ Fire your ad agency

Tina B
Community Member
1 month ago

The kids are cyclops?

Jian Lee
Community Member
1 month ago

Wtf

Stella Eunice Alcala
Community Member
1 month ago

WHAT-

Patricia Pitsel
Community Member
1 month ago

What does this have to do with Reebok?

Annamay
Community Member
1 month ago

Who approved this!

sjfhwgefwefyqjwhjbcsacvjhwgdej
Community Member
1 month ago

O H H E L L N A W

Steven Meyer
Community Member
1 month ago

Look like she’s about to get cored!

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 month ago

literally WTF

Mike Rodrick
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm not going there. I'd probably be banned from the site.

June Galloway
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh no they didn't. advertised only on XXX rated shows

CV
Community Member
1 month ago

Hard core 🤣

Bernadette white
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah baby. That's hard CORE

Ian Belknap
Community Member
1 month ago

HARDCORE!

Gavin Magnus
Community Member
1 month ago

There having sex WTF IS THE POINT

AlmightyOne
Community Member
1 month ago

Bleach please

Torin Fuqua37589
Community Member
1 month ago

dont look kids daddys cumming

Hiro Yamasaki
Community Member
1 month ago

not clean living

The Super Bumblebee
Community Member
1 month ago

uhm....

Chris
Community Member
1 month ago

Umm

Allison Baker
Community Member
1 month ago

That’s hard core!

Qw3stion
Community Member
1 month ago

WHY WOULD YOU PUT THAT ON THERE?!!!???

David Boulton
Community Member
1 month ago

"One Touch Emptying"!

Jian Lee
Community Member
1 month ago

Wtf

Bunerz
Community Member
1 month ago

im confused

Bisexuali-tea
Community Member
1 month ago

the joy of a clean floor....

Deceased Nemo
Community Member
1 month ago

Woah there calm down its just a vaccum

KLo
Community Member
1 month ago

Are they trying to say powerful sucking action!?!

KLo
Community Member
1 month ago

What da....

Hugh Crawford
Community Member
1 month ago

Show me your vacuum face.

Neal fy
Community Member
1 month ago

Seriously what was it intended to be? 😶

Colin Mochrie At Its Finest
Community Member
1 month ago

They wanted to steal Glade's slogan..plug it in, plug it in.

Colin Mochrie At Its Finest
Community Member
1 month ago

Not sure of my comment showed. Vacuum has 2 u's in it. Hoover wanted to change that.

Debra Robinson
Community Member
1 month ago

OOF

NWB
Community Member
1 month ago

um...what the!

Mathieu Morger
Community Member
1 month ago

W h y t h e f

The Cheese Puff in The Couch
Community Member
1 month ago

this is messed up...

Leona
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh...they knew what they were doing...

Jigs Gabest
Community Member
1 month ago

wtf haha

David Zhou
Community Member
1 month ago

W H A T

AlmightyOne
Community Member
1 month ago

NOPE. NOPENOPENOPE

𝖒𝖆𝖌𝖘
Community Member
1 month ago

i cant tell if that girl in the picture is making children or like pretending to be a vaccuum-

Aayse
Community Member
1 month ago

what is going on ?

TheLazyPoki
Community Member
1 month ago

oop-

Ember
Community Member
1 month ago

Ha ha ha!

Lorrie Rothstein
Community Member
1 month ago

Is this sexual?? Whats goingon?

N G
Community Member
1 month ago

she's enjoying her multi chamber cyclone

Grant Barke
Community Member
1 month ago

That feels so goooood, the carpet that is.

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 month ago

That is hilarious!

Kat Hoth
Community Member
1 month ago

LMAO!

Robert T
Community Member
1 month ago

Reminds me of the Shaggy song It Wasn't Me - "Banging on the bathroom floor". PMSL

Kanishka Patel
Community Member
1 month ago

they are so clean you can lick them

Steve Barnett
Community Member
1 month ago

Hard 'Core'

Skyheart V
Community Member
1 month ago

Vacuum Porn!

Johnny Døpe
Community Member
1 month ago

You can use this cleaner to clean Your pipes as well

Diddlybop
Community Member
1 month ago

' I love it when you talk dirty to me ' 'REBECCA I DIDNT CLEAN THIS FLOOR FOR IT TO BE MADE DIRTY AGAIN WHAT WORDS ARE MAIKING THE FLOOR DIRTY?!'

Ben Smith
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1 month ago

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Photoshop

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#9

A Bag Of Apples With A Character On It That Got Poisoned By An Apple

A Bag Of Apples With A Character On It That Got Poisoned By An Apple

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Jozie
Community Member
1 month ago

😂🤣😭

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Another controversial ad example that made a tremendous negative impact on brand image was the series of ads by Protein World released 5 years ago in London Underground. One of its posters asking "Are you beach body ready?" caused public outrage and even sparked vigilante acts of vandalism.

There were 378 official complaints regarding the body-shaming campaign filed to the UK's Advertising Standards Authority. Moreover, a petition to have the ads removed was launched, and demonstrations followed.

#10

How Did They Not See This?

How Did They Not See This?

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Er, yeah...that's all I saw.

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#11

Yeah, Very Flexible

Yeah, Very Flexible

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Jozie
Community Member
1 month ago

WHAT 😀

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#12

"Join Hands" To Make Hospitals "Infection Free"

"Join Hands" To Make Hospitals "Infection Free"

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a guy with a hat
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1 month ago

yes i love the sarcasm. wait is there supoosed to be sarcasm

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#13

I’m Certain They Could Have Used A Better Slogan

I’m Certain They Could Have Used A Better Slogan

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Luisa Vasconcelos
Community Member
1 month ago

How many people approved that ?

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#14

Wow! What A Bargain

Wow! What A Bargain

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

No, thanks. I can get mine for free.

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#15

If You’re Going To Use The Dumbbell As An “I” Then You Don’t Need Another “I”

If You’re Going To Use The Dumbbell As An “I” Then You Don’t Need Another “I”

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

You, dumbbell!

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In 2017, Dove released an ad clip on Facebook for Dove body wash where a black woman was pictured removing her top and morphing into a white woman after she used the product. Such portrayal was not only horrendously racist, it promoted “whitewashing” and sparked a well-deserved outrage.

Coming from a powerhouse like Dove, which, according to their slogan, champions "real beauty," the ad seriously damaged the brand's reputation.

#16

I Followed This Bus For 4 Blocks To Wait For It To Pull Over To Share This Beautiful Work Of Art

I Followed This Bus For 4 Blocks To Wait For It To Pull Over To Share This Beautiful Work Of Art

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Sue Hazlewood
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1 month ago

Never trust anyone whose eyes are too far apart

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#17

Finally, A Shower That Works With My Broken Neck

Finally, A Shower That Works With My Broken Neck

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Little Ms. Quirky
Community Member
1 month ago

i thought the shower was sucking her up for a moment-

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#18

Mother-Daughter Bonding At Its Finest

Mother-Daughter Bonding At Its Finest

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Full Name
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1 month ago

Apple juice. It's fine.

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#19

The Implication That This Tooth Has Genitals

The Implication That This Tooth Has Genitals

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Luisa Vasconcelos
Community Member
1 month ago

The implications that he is in love and most probably horny.

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#20

Sometimes The Answer Is In The Box Too

Sometimes The Answer Is In The Box Too

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Chris Hardtke
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1 month ago

Do you really need to cheat by going outside the grid AFTER you took 6 turns to your opponent’s 3?

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According to the Online Marketing Institute, “bad commercials often try for a quality that the good ones have, and fall short of the mark, or else lack it completely.” And one of the worst things you can do as a brand building an ad campaign is treating your customers like fools, which “means talking down to them and trivializing their values, beliefs, or experiences.”

#21

Bread So Emo It Slices Itself

Bread So Emo It Slices Itself

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Jozie
Community Member
1 month ago

lol

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#22

The Brazilian Vaccination Mascot Looks Like KKK

The Brazilian Vaccination Mascot Looks Like KKK

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Jozie
Community Member
1 month ago

no wonder his chest says '"sus."

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#23

I Only Saw The Left Window At First And Got Very Confused

I Only Saw The Left Window At First And Got Very Confused

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Jozie
Community Member
1 month ago

6 mins ago im earrlllyyyy

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#24

Let God Arse

Let God Arse

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Olivier Caissy
Community Member
1 month ago

That’s what you get when you half a**e it.

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#25

It Almost Seems Intentional

It Almost Seems Intentional

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b o o p
Community Member
1 month ago

i dont,,,,,,,, i dont get it,,,,,,,,

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In reality, consumers are humans and a good ad needs a human touch to it to be convincing, appealing, and interesting. Sometimes, though, brands decide to take a shortcut into consumers' hearts by manipulating their feelings, which in turn results in lazy, tone-deaf, and appalling advertising disasters.

#26

Fantastic Ad Placement

Fantastic Ad Placement

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Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
1 month ago

Wut?

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#27

We Cut Kids

We Cut Kids

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
1 month ago

Why girls instead of women? They also wrote men, not boys.

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#28

The Quotation Marks On This Sign Gives It A Malevolent Undertone

The Quotation Marks On This Sign Gives It A Malevolent Undertone

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a guy with a hat
Community Member
1 month ago

"safe"

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#29

This Guy's Frog Legs Featured In An Ad

This Guy's Frog Legs Featured In An Ad

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b o o p
Community Member
1 month ago

IIM SOBBING HJNSBDHFSDF PLEASE

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Creating a good ad is somewhat of a form of art, and although mistakes happen even to the best of us, some are forgivable, and others, not so much. In the end, the sales and brand perception tell it all.

#30

Saw This Ad For A Shirt That’s Supposed To Say Saturday

Saw This Ad For A Shirt That’s Supposed To Say Saturday

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
1 month ago

An advertisement has to be remembered and who would forget a turd?

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#31

"Hide The Pain Harold" Becomes Face Of French Coronavirus "Thank You, Heroes" Campaign

"Hide The Pain Harold" Becomes Face Of French Coronavirus "Thank You, Heroes" Campaign

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Code_002.2
Community Member
1 month ago

There not wearing masks.... oh it that the one dude from that meme?

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#32

This Woman Turning Into A Fish Roll

This Woman Turning Into A Fish Roll

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a guy with a hat
Community Member
1 month ago

they almost did turn me in to a fish roll

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#33

Finally A Realistic Mannequins In Women's Lingerie Store

Finally A Realistic Mannequins In Women's Lingerie Store

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Jozie
Community Member
1 month ago

oh HELL NOOOO

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#34

This Monstrosity

This Monstrosity

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Full Name
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1 month ago

Left - right, up - down, backwards, in no direction does this make sense.

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#35

Found This In An Ad Today

Found This In An Ad Today

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YouDid
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1 month ago

It's like the cows in the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy :D

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#36

Then Why Should I Buy One?

Then Why Should I Buy One?

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Bacony Cakes
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1 month ago

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Apple Windows???

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#37

Hard Hats Are For Safety

Hard Hats Are For Safety

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Chris Hardtke
Community Member
1 month ago

Nailed it!

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#38

This Colon Cleanse Ad Is So Bad It's Hilarious

This Colon Cleanse Ad Is So Bad It's Hilarious

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A Random Panda
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1 month ago

Huzza.

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#39

This Ebay Advertisement For A Sleep Mask Photo Shopped Out Her Nose And Left One Nostril

This Ebay Advertisement For A Sleep Mask Photo Shopped Out Her Nose And Left One Nostril

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Jozie
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1 month ago

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#40

This Really Odd Advertisement For Transit Around My City (Where Did The Bus Driver Come From?)

This Really Odd Advertisement For Transit Around My City (Where Did The Bus Driver Come From?)

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

The driver is there to teleport you away.

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#41

Seriously?

Seriously?

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Code_002.2
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1 month ago

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Your human looks like someone worth 25 pounds

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#42

Yes, The Earth

Yes, The Earth

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago (edited)

Nevermind the moon, what is that blob on the table?

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#43

That’s A Pokemon In The Bag

That’s A Pokemon In The Bag

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Jozie
Community Member
1 month ago

damn ash ketchum be looking thiccccc 😏👍

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#44

This Library Poster

This Library Poster

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Jozie
Community Member
1 month ago

this made me LAUGH haha

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#45

Ah Yes, China, My Favorite Food

Ah Yes, China, My Favorite Food