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21 outrageous ads you need to see to believe

21 outrageous ads you need to see to believe David Zaleski

This one

Brought to you by The Sofa King. This ad was banned in 2004 after numerous complaints. The neighborhood thought it was just Sofa King inappropriate.

No, you didn't see this. Move on.

Silk Soft is really passionate about letting you know it's 100 percent recycled.

This one, too

This Burger King ad has been met with huge criticism especially from feminists and parents. Personally, I don't know what they're talking about.

Yep, this happened

Durex Condoms has a reputation for making shocking ads and ruining the way you look at typeface.


Bergmann & Sohn Funeral services decided to have a little fun with its marketing. Did I say fun? I meant lawsuit.


The Original Wonderbra hired Publicis Frankfurt to make this beauty. I just hope this ad and the Bergmann & Sohn ad are never displayed together.

Yes, City of Chicago, this was

What started out as a simple public service announcement by the City of Chicago has turned into an image that will prevent me from sleeping tonight.

I really hope this is fake

I'll never wear a sweater the same way again.

I wish I could un-see this

Caribú Bitter chocolate created this. It's based off the dark chasm of your nightmares.

Can't forget this one

Believe it or not, this Altec ad is supposed to be an innocent way to promote language study. So why am I getting a creepy anti-teen pregnancy vibe from this?

Alright, we get it. We're selfish Americans.

UNICEF made this ad and placed it in the middle of New York City. They are the world's No. 1 exporter of guilty feelings.

We don't endorse this

The only thing I learned from this 1937 ad for Sal Hepatica is that laxatives apparently kill colds. Oh, and racism totally existed in 1937.

Or this

Chase & Sanborn Coffee created this 1952 ad so that the company would have somewhere to hang its head in shame more than 20 years later.

This ad. Right here.

Je*s Jeans hired Bruketa&Žinic OM to create this gem. Everyone approves.

Here you go

This Tampax print ad is sure to make you laugh until you burst.

Speaking of bursting...

Here's an Eisenbahn Strong Golden Ale urinal ad. I feel bad for the guy who had to set this up.

This one, featuring Rosemary's baby

What was supposed to be cute in this vintage Diamond Dye's ad is obviously ruined by...the painting in the background. It's off center. It's really distracting.

As well as this one?

I'm not sure if this Sanitol ad is racist, but the kid is creepy enough to merit a raised eyebrow.

Let's not forget this one

Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand created this to promote "Kill Bill" for TV2. Not sure if those car owners knew.

Or this one

PETA made this to help you cry.

And the winner for creepiest ad goes to...

This 1928 ad from Ivory Soap explains a situation where a boy is taking too long to bathe, so the dad comes in to spank him (stop me when you stop relating). The boy tries to get out of it by explaining that he dropped the soap and can't find it. If the family bought ivory soap, it would help prevent this because it floats.

Basically, Dad's going to spank his naked wet child in the middle of his dinner party for dropping the soap. Future daddy issues anyone?

David Zaleski is the associate media producer for iMedia.

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David Zaleski is the Media Production Supervisor for iMedia Communications, Inc. and Comexposium USA. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a BA in Film & Television Production, specializing in editing, animation, and...

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Commenter: Mats Rönne

2013, August 29

This is where cultural references differ between countries. I can see many places in Europe where the Durex ad would work well. Risque yes, but clever and humourus too. Remember these ads some years ago? http://vimeo.com/46824308

Commenter: Ken Thewes

2013, August 27

Very entertaining. Thankfully I never had to explain any of these to my boss.