Starbucks might not be everyone’s first choice when it comes to picking out their morning brew, but you would at least expect the advertisers of the brand to come up with a better place for the logo.
A Real Quack
The irrational fear of being watched by a duck may not be a common one, but it is very real to those who have it. This does not mean the people who suffer from anatidaephobia believe they are going to be attacked by a duck, but rather that they believe that no matter what they are doing or where they are, somewhere, a duck is watching them. For this reason, it probably would have been better to not have an ad featuring a duck on this same page.
Cemeteries sound like a fun place to hang around during Halloween, especially if there is a scary film projecting on a huge screen right smack in the middle – but out of the many other options available of where to spend our free time, trust that we would definitely rather “join the fun” somewhere that is not where the deceased rest. Whatever is being sold on the sign below is irrelevant – they could be offering us free Disneyland tickets, but we are not interested.
Commit To Defeat
Those who dedicate their lives to working out and see athleticism as a way of life are usually ones to chant motivational quotes and come up with inspiring messages to keep their flow going. The message printed on this cardboard, “commit to be fit,” is an excellent example of coming up with a phrase that will push you forward on the psychological struggle of maintaining your diet and physical fight of power through the pain. Too bad the positioning of the sign against the mini donuts send a different message.
They say there is a higher chance of being in a car accident than being involved in a plane crash, but some things are simply too horrifying to think of, no matter what the statistic is. As if the concept of a huge, 300-ton plane cruising through the sky and carrying about 300 people in it is not alarming enough, now we have to live with the image of the crashing Turkish Airlines plane positioned on the wrong side of this escalator.
This anti-smoking ad was supposed to make kids question their unhealthy ways of putting nicotine into their bodies and thus harming themselves irreversibly, but instead, the school bus sign changed the meaning altogether. Although clearly not the ad’s intent, kids are known to be of a rebellious nature and do not need an ad gone bad to turn them away from the one stable environment they have in their lives. Stay in (marketing) school kids, and avoid this bus if possible.
The Dollar Menu on McDonald’s is great in the sense that it offers a quick, inexpensive solution for those looking to satisfy their hunger momentarily without breaking the bank or spoiling whatever big meal they could be ahead of. Although its price is considerate towards those with lesser means, it does mean that certain quality of goods needs to be compromised. The sign right above the fast food chain ad, however, is a reminder that some things are more important than short-lived satisfaction.
Can You Hear Me Now?
Deaf.com describes itself as “Your Gateway to the Deaf Community,” and the website takes pride in offering many services to its audience. Even a Deafstore is offered to the general public, where aids of different sorts are put up for sale at prices that are highly affordable. To be able to maintain such a site, profit needs to be made somehow, which is why designated areas on the site are sold as space for ads – surely, a different investor could have been chosen for this particular site.
Heart Will Go On
Ever since Titanic, sinking ships have been romanticized in our minds, but the truth of the matter is that these are usually events of devastating proportions. Although times have changed and experience has taught us well based on mistakes from the past, occasionally errors do happen, as can be seen in the snapshot of the YouTube video below. We are not saying you should avoid cruising on a ship for all eternity, but placing an ad for a cruise vacation here is pushing it a little, isn’t it?
Someone was feeling particularly inspired by the ad reading “if it ain’t broke, break it,” and took the piece of advice a little bit too literally, as they smashed the protective glass at this bus stop. It is too bad people now have to wait for the bus in the pouring rain, but at least it goes to show that the ad was successful in motivating those who came across it, which is ultimately every advertiser’s biggest fantasy.
Recycling Role Model
The horrible story of the 17-year-old Saskatoon woman who put her lifeless child in a dumpster was almost too difficult to bear, and as such, it would be expected that an ad sold on the CBC News page telling this horrid tale would be one picked put carefully, as though not to offend anyone. However, the contrary occurred – an ad reading “remember, not everything can be recycled in your blue cart” was found, which is highly insensitive and inappropriate.
Dreams Come True
When Molly landed that modeling gig her best friend pulled some strings to get her, she was over the moon with the fact that, finally, her face would be printed in magazines all over the country and thousands of copies would be distributed all around. Excitedly, she quickly turned one page after another, scanning the page for one that would feature her – but when she finally came across her own face – she could not stop laughing about the post across from it.
Better Safe Than Sorry
Winter is, without doubt, the most romantic season. The holidays set a magical atmosphere that anything can happen, temperatures drop and welcome in the long-awaited, frosty snow, mistletoe is hung – in short, ’tis the season to cuddle. And while the act of love and whispering sweet nothings into each other’s ears sounds appealing to every lonely soul out there, the mood can be easily ruined with a sniffling significant other that repetitively complains of a sore throat. So why not merge the two into one ultimate aisle?
No, this is not an ad for a highly stylized iPhone about to hit stores soon – nor is it the newest cellular solution for hipsters that like to keep things old-fashioned. This poorly positioned ad for a phone that was trying to sell itself as a product with functions that are both easy to work and age-appropriate but sent out a completely wrong message once being placed next to a page requesting donations for kids with clefts.
Savior For Sale
Evidently, there isn’t a lot of money in doing the work of the Lord, since whoever paid for this sign in the past can no longer afford it. We wonder why the owner of this sign decided to hang the “for lease” sign strategically on top one of the third word – perhaps he is an atheist that had enough of the religious quote on his property and this was his way of acting out. Either way, the end result is quite funny.
Plain And Simple Truth
A lot can be said about this tire company, but one thing that cannot be argued is that its employees promise to get jobs done and then fail to follow through on their word. Personally, we believe it is better to state in advance that some things cannot be fulfilled instead of building false hopes only to let others down. All jokes aside, although this sign is clearly split in the middle – this one is so great, we kind of wish it was the original one.
Abuse Of Power
Whoever hung these two posters by each other in this New York subway station wanted to let their political opinion be heard – that is the only way we can explain its placings. While we would like to leave all politics aside, it is interesting to see how no matter what field of work you are in, you can still express yourself freely. Some may see this as an abuse of power, but we doubt the posters stayed untouched for long.
Angry Mom Mob Coming
“Where’s daddy?” reads the sign featuring a teary little girl that strongly clenching onto her mother. You do not need to be a parent to let this poster with single short question tear you up inside. The sign after it, however, is quite infuriating for those who have walked down the aisle and brought a child into the world. We wouldn’t be surprised to hear of an angry mob of mothers showing up at this gentlemen’s club very soon…
Medal Of Inappropriate
Medal of Honor is a series of action-oriented video games, that consist of first-person shooting. The first game was published in 1999 for the PlayStation game console and was developed by DreamWorks Interactive. Whoever used this computer was probably online searching for the game, which explains why the ad popped up – only it did so on the least appropriate page and in the most terrifying manner. We don’t care that it isn’t real, someone get that gun away from the baby!
Worried Of Westwood
Going into surgery, you want to make sure that you have the best, most qualified and experienced surgical staff team, as you are quite literally placing your life in their hands. They say stress is a crucial factor that could affect how your body responds to the surgery as well, which is why it is so important to try and take it easy before going under the knife. This movie ad in the picture below, however, does the exact opposite.
Racy Ad For Racers
This could have been an unintentional billboard ad for the Dallasburg Baptist Church, but the truth is that it actually works. If one finds themselves staring at the Racers ad above, then comes across the question, “what are your eyes fixed upon?” they can soon realize this is not the path they chose to lead in life and head straight towards the Dallasburg Baptist Church for a much-needed confession, consultation, and assistance in the readjustment of their priorities.
Sporting A New Trend
What are the odds of an ad reading “does sport run in your family” featuring a cutout drawing of a man and his son about to throw rocks to be positioned on the same page of an article telling the bashing story of two women from Sudan who were stoned for allegedly cheating on their spouses? Apparently, very high. Reuters needs to double check its ad placement and fast, as this is a lawsuit waiting to happen.
Don’t Whine, Have Some Wine
Although highly contradictory, putting a sign of a local winery right behind one meant for those addicted to drinking alcohol could also be perceived in a different light. Perhaps reading the sign of Beans Creek and feeling that familiar craving to drown their sorrows was exactly what they needed to push themselves to get help – and that’s when they would turn to Bradford. Putting their sobriety to the test is also a possible reason for these two signs, also it was most likely a mistake.
Means To An End
From a tragic end of a fishing holiday to a burdening ending of marriage, the placing of the couples’ therapist advertisement on the bottom of the same page of a man leaping off a building is a real money maker. This seems particularly well paired when noticing the highly dramatic “aaahhh” scream spelled out. Marriage is tough and can cause a lot of frustration at times, but there is no need to plunge out of a building. Just contact the number in the ad below.
That man’s lawyer must have done something pretty horrible to cause the defendant to smear feces on his face and toss it toward the jury. As though the mental image of the incident is not disgusting and shocking enough, the ad on the bottom right corner of the chocolate beauty mask being sold gives a pretty accurate representation of what went on in that courtroom. But to be fair, anything resembling excrement would have been an inappropriate ad considering the content of this page.
Brighten Up Your Sundae
McDonald’s is pretty great at making people feel good, even if it is only for a short moment. Whether you are binging on your favorite guilty pleasure of a nut-topped and chocolate sauce drizzled sundae or the saltiest, steamiest fries you could get your hands on, it’s fun to indulge in something you normally would stay away from. Through this sign, the fast food franchise proves once again that even in unexpected situations, good ‘ol Ronald McDonald will be there to brighten your day.
Don’t Be Chicken
In middle school being called a chicken meant you were too afraid to try something sketchy out, but in the case of the Pandemic Flu, it is best to be a chicken rather than eat one. McDonald’s, being the multi-billion dollar making franchise that it is, has enough funds to afford some of the best marketing experts out there. As a matter of fact, their resources are nearly unlimited, which is why one would expect them to be smarter about picking out billboards meant for publicity.
It is a good thing the guys in the picture seem pleased with their knitwear because if they knew what photo was going to be positioned right under them, they probably would have chimed in to have a say about the ad. The man with the grey hair looks particularly fascinated with his newly discounted pantyhose, which got us to thinking that perhaps this could have been a subtle ad for crossdressers. Hey, as long as there’s an equal discount for both males and female…
Talk about insensitive advertising! The page on the left is meant to raise awareness about skin cancer and ways to prevent it. In order to do so, a real case of a young girl who had her whole life ahead of her was presented on the page, to stress the importance of being safe when exposed to the sun. The page on the right, however, seems to mock the previous one, despite only having the intention to sell a line of hair colors that fix dye mistakes.
Experts Of What?
Pool Care Experts should have thought of a better place to put their slogan, as the catchphrase gains a very different meaning after being turned into a car-accident caused dent. It sends out the wrong message, reading “clearly the work of Pool Care Experts,” and makes it sound as though they are a group of irresponsible and unprofessional amateurs that will undoubtedly destroy your home. If we were them, we would work on scraping those letters off as soon as possible.