Questionable Advertising

I love bad advertising. Like the Chinese restaurant near us that boasts, We promise you β€œgood food.” Or our favorite pizza place with the motto: The pizza you can eat! (as opposed to what, exactly?). On the other hand, some adverts are questionable on purpose. Like the shop I visited in Canterbury, England, that featured my favorite all-time window ad: Sex aids for ferrets! In small print underneath, forcing me to draw near to what actually turned out to be a music store, it said, Not really, but we have some lovely deals on musical instruments. Here are some classic examples of questionable advertising, a few intentional, most just wonderfully clueless.

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Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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67 Responses to Questionable Advertising

  1. Wonderful πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

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  2. Paula Light says:

    Love the barber shop menu!

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  3. A. L. Kaplan says:

    Thank you for my daily laughs!

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  4. There is a gas station up north with a sign on the pumps awning: “GAS for your Life!” Great, who’s gonna drive now? Norm

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  5. LOL! Some, not all, have come a long way, baby. 🀦 (I should be tunashamed for that.) What a riot, Mitch!

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  6. Reaseaorg says:

    I enjoyed these, especially knife fight with Mark for free …

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  7. Sometimes, you wonder…

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  8. C.A. Post says:

    Somewhere I have a picture of the Shun Fat Supermarket in Edmonton, Alberta, CA.
    https://shunfatsupermarket.com/ and if that site doesn’t work, try
    https://www.yelp.com/biz/shun-fat-supermarket-garden-grove-2 😁

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  9. beth says:

    Wow! I love bad ads too

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  10. Some of these are funny, and some make me glad I didn’t grow up in the 1950s! Maggie

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  11. Todd R says:

    The martial arts one reminds me of when a local MMA fighter came to teach self defense to my (then-about 8yo) sons Scout troop self defense. My son accidentally kicked him where he should have been wearing protection. He can always tell people he almost knocked out a real MMA guy.

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  12. leendadll says:

    Okaaaay, Sabrina! Jeeez!!

    “It’s A Grind” was my FAVE coffee chain. I think they’re all gone now.

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  13. I think my favorite was Soon Fatt
    πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

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  14. Sue Cass says:

    When I lived in Wy. there was a cafe’ called “Road Kill Cafe.'” gee I wonder why it was boarded up. πŸ™‚

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  15. Years ago a friend and I awaited a new Chinese restaurant. Their OPEN SOON sign had been in the window for months. Eventually we had several delightful lunches in what we came to call “Open Soon.”

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  16. Wow, we have stupid, funny, clueless, AND offensive!!

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  17. LOL- One of my favorites!
    Fun fact – Alcoa is a city near where I grew up, the name of which is an acronym for ALuminum Company Of America. We often took a shortcut through Alcoa to the “quiet side of the Smokies.” πŸ™‚

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  18. As always, I love your stuff!

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  19. Nancy Ruegg says:

    Gotta love those clever barbers. I wonder if they give clever hair-cuts? Then again, that might be too much clever. I’ve lived long enough to see some outrageous hairstyles. (Remember bee hives and jellyrolls?)

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  20. These are hilarious. And now, since it’s almost 1:00 A.M., I MUST go to bed. But I’ll fall asleep with a grin on my face. Thanks, Mitch.

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  21. Thotaramani says:

    How will be Orange Haircut Mitch😊

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  22. Thotaramani says:

    I have heard about only Mushroom HaircutπŸ˜ƒ

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  23. pkadams says:

    Bleach cereal 😳🀣

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  24. Pam Webb says:

    Some of these examples are ad-vertently hilarious (Spiderman especially)

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  25. I loved the barber’s price board (and his haircuts are gluten free, apparently even the “free” one. As a former Electrolux saleman, I wondered what was funny about their advertising. Obviously classic Electrolux cleaners had enough suction to sway the Tower of Pisa!

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  26. Hetty Eliot says:

    Some of these are a bit off color, I’d expect better from you Mitch

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  27. Emma says:

    They’re absolutely hilarious! Think the Barber shop and the homicide mug are my favourites.

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  28. Ann Coleman says:

    I don’t know where you find these things, but I’m sure glad you do! And even happier that you share them.

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  29. My favorites are the ferrets, the ash tray, and Soon Fatt. πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

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  30. GP says:

    These are hysterical!! Thanks for the morning laugh, Mitch!

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  31. snarebox says:

    I’m a big fan of signs that put quotations around words that make no sense

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  32. I’m going to have to go to Seventh Avenue Barbers now. My current barber actually charges EXTRA for knife fights and has never confirmed whether his haircuts are gluten-free or not.

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  33. Mitch, this post made me chuckle! ❀ Thank you for posting these ridiculous ads.

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  34. kagould17 says:

    Some good ones there Mitch. I recall seeing a factory sign in Hong Kong – Wan-Hung-Loh brassiere company.

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  35. The signs are hilarious! πŸ˜‚

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