Billboard Bungles

Most of the time advertising is so ubiquitous that we just look right past it. Internet ads have resorted to every tactic in the book to get our attention. Like carnival barkers they shout out at us promising wealth, sex, salvation; anything that might make us hesitate for even the briefest moment and take notice. Some ads have even gotten so desperate that they literally beg us to pay attention.

Of all the advertising we encounter on a daily basis billboards are likely the weirdest (and that’s saying something). Although most of the time they’re every bit as banal as┬áTV commercials and magazine inserts, every once in a while their placement can come off as inappropriate, counterintuitive, or just downright bizarre. Often it’s no one’s fault, things just happen to line up in a way nobody predicted. Take for example these billboards that really shouldn’t be neighbors:

You have to admit that the numbers do add up.
Rarely do you see cause and effect so eloquently demonstrated.
The hitman will take any job.
Get it? Because speed is a street name for meth. Okay, maybe this one’s a little sad.
Move along, nothing to see here.
That is awfully convenient.

At least those billboard mess-ups were outside of the advertising departments hands. These have no excuse.

They couldn’t find one woman? Not one?
I’ve never been happier I attended public school.
Too much information.
Hardy har har.
That’s pretty old school.
Yeah, good luck with that.
I… I can’t believe that actually worked.

The list could go on and on. What do you think? What’s your favorite kind of advertising mess up? Tell me in the comments below!


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