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Everyone has asked themselves, “Who are the marketing geniuses who thought this one up?” Well, we present here some of the more unusual and alarming moments in advertising history.

Phone

Posted September 15, 2010, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Legacy

Gee Whillickers! Too Much Too Soon In 1964, the Bell System introduced the Picturephone, asserting that it was “a logical …

Radio

Posted December 15, 2009, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Legacy

Jingle Tags If a tag line can define a product and make the product memorable, how much more effective would …

Game Over

Posted March 15, 2007, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Inspired Ideas, Legacy

Button thumb, gamer’s wrist, hand blisters, stare burn, numb butt – all afflictions that the seasoned video game player knows all too well.

Teeth

Posted September 15, 2005, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Gosh, That's Handy!, Inspired Ideas, Legacy

Gosh, That’s Handy! Advanced Whitening Formula Sometimes a smile lights up a room. And sometimes an improperly lit room makes …

Fat

Posted June 15, 2005, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Inspired Ideas, Legacy, Spokescritters

Spokescritters! Twinkie the Kid Conceived in 1971, Twinkie the Kid, spokes-sidekick for the golden-yellow snack cake. Well, we all know …

Guitar

Posted December 15, 2004, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Legacy

Gee Whillickers! Focus Rock Group The band Bon Jovi once created 30 test songs with professional songwriter Desmond Child. The …

Gasmask

Posted November 15, 2004, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Gosh, That's Handy!, Legacy

Gee Whillickers! To Smell or Not to Smell? In the early 1900s, ad men were really aiming their guns at …

Vote

Posted August 15, 2004, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Legacy, Spokescritters

Spokescritters! Uncle Sam It is thought that Uncle Sam originated in 1812 out of Troy, New York. Little is known …

Forbidden Fruit

Posted June 15, 2004, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Gosh, That's Handy!, Legacy

Gee Whillickers! Lifting the Fig Leaf of the Starbucks Logo Some people have had heavily caffeinated thoughts about just what …

Hood Ornament

Posted April 15, 2004, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Gosh, That's Handy!, Legacy, Spokescritters

Gee Whillickers! A Play, a Monkey and a Backseat Driver David Merrick was arguably the greatest and most prolific American …

1s and 0s

Posted February 15, 2004, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Legacy

Gee Whillickers! Apple Logo In 1976, the original little-known and short-lived Apple logo was far from modern and wasn’t suited …

Airplane Food

Posted January 15, 2004, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Legacy, Spokescritters

Gee Whillickers! Logo Augmentation Ryanair, a European airline which handles 24 million passengers a year, has given its flying angel …

Soap with Style

Posted December 15, 2003, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Legacy, Spokescritters

Gee Whillickers! Experimental Pizza These listed items are actual products Ducio Cresci, an Italian television presenter, turned to the cosmetics …

Psychic 8 Ball

Posted November 5, 2003, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Gosh, That's Handy!, Legacy, Spokescritters

Spokescritters! Smokey Bear From the editors: Talk about paranormal! We selected Smokey for our Spokescritters feature well over a month …

The Stain

Posted October 15, 2003, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Legacy, Spokescritters

Gee Whillickers! Targeted Marketing The famed florist Max Schling once ran a brilliant ad in The New York Times: The …

Health Shake

Posted September 15, 2003, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Legacy, Spokescritters

Gee Whillickers! Politically Correct Plums One Senator who put her shoulder to the wheel of the renaming crusade explained that …

Orb of Goodness

Posted May 15, 2003, under Ad Absurdum, Gee Whillickers!, Legacy

Gee Whillickers! THE REAL CRIME OF ALL-CAPS SINCE THE ADVENT OF THE INTERNET, MANY ESSAYS HAVE BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT GOOD …

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