88 Of The Funniest Advertising Fails

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.

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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 Woman Turning Into A Fish Roll

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#2 The Implication That This Tooth Has Genitals

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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 Guy Must Be Feeling Pretty Great On This Ad

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#4 Enjoy A Nice Massage In A Moving Car With Your Eyes Closed

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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 Why Would Red Block When He Could Win?

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#6 We Cut Kids

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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 It Almost Seems Intentional

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

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#9 Mother-Daughter Bonding At Its Finest

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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 Kix Cereal Box Has A Masked Out Spoon To Give The Illusion There’s Cereal On Top

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#11 The Quotation Marks On This Sign Gives It A Malevolent Undertone

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#12 Hard Hats Are For Safety

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#13 Finally, A Shower That Works With My Broken Neck

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#14 I’m Certain They Could Have Used A Better Slogan

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#15 Somehow Spiderman Is Able To Keep A Hot Drink In His Cup While Upside Down

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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 This Colon Cleanse Ad Is So Bad It’s Hilarious

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#17 Let God Arse

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#18 This Ad Placement

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#19 This Ad For Graduation Photography

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#20 “Join Hands” To Make Hospitals “Infection Free”

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

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#23 Wow! What A Bargain

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#24 Me And My Clones On The Job

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#25 Yes, The Earth

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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 The Brazilian Vaccination Mascot Looks Like KKK

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

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#28 This Monstrosity

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#29 Sometimes The Answer Is In The Box Too

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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 Actually, On Second Thought, I’m Not So Hungry

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#31 Ben Ten Didn’t Deserve This

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

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#33 Bread So Emo It Slices Itself

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#34 Found The World’s Smallest Hands While Looking For A WiFi Adapter

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

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#36 Well, Now That The Floors Are Clean

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#37 This Laptop Stand That Is Very Poorly Photoshopped In And Not Even Being Used

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

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#39 Probably It’s More Convenient This Way

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#40 Do Not Look Away At The Road

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#41 Not Enough Clean Air In My Convertible

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#42 My Movie Theater Tried Ok?

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

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#44 Isn’t This Considered Murder?

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#45 This Guy’s Frog Legs Featured In An Ad

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#46 Seriously?

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#47 A “Save Water” Ad Which Makes You Spit On The Poor Kid’s Face While Brushing

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#48 Fantastic Ad Placement

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#49 This Cancer Center’s Ad

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

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

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#52 Someone Didn’t Quite Think That One All The Way Through

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#53 Yeah, Very Flexible

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#54 Did You Pay For Yours? I Got Mine For Free

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#55 Disney Font Puts The Fun In Funeral

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#56 Why Is The Phone Inside The Photo

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#57 Math Is Hard. Don’t Let It Get You Down

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#58 This Library Poster

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#59 “Hide The Pain Harold” Becomes Face Of French Coronavirus “Thank You, Heroes” Campaign

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#60 Yes I Am Human With Human Wife And I Do Sleep Like Humans Do

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#61 Someone Paid Money For This To Be Their Sign And Logo/Mascot. I’m Convinced This Is Drug Lord’s Money Laundering Business

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#62 From Real Lawn To Virtual Golf Course From 1992 In Just 6-8 Days

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#63 Either The Smallest Golden In History Or The Feeder Is For Storing A Lifetime Supply Of Food

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#64 “Well I Gotta Use My Free Trial Of Photoshop For Something” Said The Intern

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#65 Yes, That’s How A Scale Works

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#66 Finally A Realistic Mannequins In Women’s Lingerie Store

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#67 Only One Of These Will Save Your Life

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#68 Taste The Feeling

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#69 “Make The Athlete Look Like She’s In Motion”

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#70 That’s A Pokemon In The Bag

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#71 Ah Yes, China, My Favorite Food

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#72 Art On Netflix For “Seventh Son.” I Laughed Way Harder Than I Should’ve

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#73 Then Why Should I Buy One?

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#74 That Elbow Is The Stuff Of Nightmares

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#75 An Image Of A Kitchen Pot Rack That I Came Across On Ebay

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#76 How Did They Not See This?

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#77 This Whole Ad Is A Trainwreck

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#78 Someone Doesn’t Know How Hangman Works

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#79 Should’ve Said It Out Loud

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#80 10/10 Cable Management

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#81 I Can’t Even Figure Out What They’re Trying To Say

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#82 All Ye Shall Come To Me For The Healing Of Burgers

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#83 This Chinese Ad For A Pepper Mill

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#84 Found This In An Ad Today

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#85 Superb Ad Placement At Stuttgart International Airport

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#86 “How Should We Advertise These Apple Sticks?” “Stick Em In Some Corn Or Something”

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#87 This Child On An Advertisement In Germany

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#88 This Instagram Ad Celebrating Your Crippling Debt

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Source: boredpanda.com

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