It’s cheesy, over-the-top, colourful, and weird… really, really weird. One minute you have overly excited kids talking to their overly enthusiastic mum about a sports drink, Liquid Slam. After a few sips, the kids are energised and ready for action. Then they morph into a big silver blob and go whizzing through the air, headed for the park.
Kids are cute. But they can also be creepy. And you’re about to see just how creepy in this collection of vintage ads, posted by users of the Livejournal Vintage Ads group. All in the name of a good old-fashioned competition, these vintage ad connoisseurs went above and beyond in their quest to find the most creepiest ad featuring kids.
Apple’s kind of cool at the moment, but there was a time when it was a gawky teenage brand sporting some rather awkward and horrendously cheesy ads. Bet you didn’t know it even had a Nyan Cat moment in history. Here’s the evidence.
We’ve all seen them. Two unrelated advertisements placed side-by-side that have some unintentionally hilarious implications when viewed together. These unfortunate ads are too funny to go unnoticed, and thankfully the best of the best are compiled online for your viewing pleasure. We dare you to look at these without laughing.
Sometimes the genius of creative advertisements goes unnoticed. Well, not this time. This selection of clever and powerful ads is just too good to ignore. When an advertisement is both visually, emotionally, and intellectually stimulating, it becomes much more effective. But when it’s funny too, well, then it’s just perfect.
Have we stumbled upon a gem of a time capsule here? It’s coming to the end of 2012, so Business Insider chose the worst 1960s and 1970s ads from men’s magazines from combing classic advertising book The Male Mystique — just so it’s obvious to see how far the ads of today have come.
Ok, we’ve found our new favourite Pinterest page, not that we condone any of the messaging that appears on it. No, no. That would be politically incorrect, and we all know that to survive in industry these days, it pays to remain correct to every social norm imaginable. So we simply point you in this direction and chuckle quietly into our hankerchiefs.
Our friends over at How To Be A Retronaut recently published a killer selection of print ads from two issues of Playboy Magazine in 1962. It shows that while much has changed in the way of messaging, not enough has changed by way of the medium.
Bullies get a bad wrap: truth is, they keep the rest of us on our toes and that ain’t a bad thing (just ask Natalie Portman). Which is why this series of ads by College Humor is way more appealing that the dull, sanitised rubbish more agencies throw in our faces.
‘This is a man’s world’, or better said, ‘it used to be a man’s world’. At least, that’s the impression you get when you look at this mind-boggling collection of vintage sexist ads. Not that modern advertisements are free from negative connotations, but these slogans are exceptionally hair-raising (hopefully not just to us girls) and hence morbidly funny. Somehow.
Slinky, Slinky, everyone loves Slinky. How could you not? The damn things near had a mind of their own, walking down stairs like they owned the place. Next they’ll be selling leashes for Slinky’s. Ah, now there’s an idea!