15 Epic Advertising Fails That Will Crack You Up



The US economy spends a staggering 200 billion dollars a year on advertising. To put that into perspective, that is almost the GDP of a small country, such as Ireland. It is amazing how much money companies put into advertising to get people to buy more and more.

In a way, advertising works. Many critics look down on advertising as a mere tool of capitalism to get consumers to buy things they don’t really need. Look at how giants such as Coca-Cola and Apple used advertising to their advantage. However, if advertisers don’t do proper research (and use some common sense), advertising could backfire and would cost companies millions of dollars.

Some ads are genius and unforgettable, yet some ads make us think, ‘What were they thinking?’ There are ads that are plain funny, while there are ads that will make you want to do a triple facepalm. Here’s our list of 15 hilarious advertising fails that will make your day.

Turkish Airlines

This ad by Turkish Airlines was supposedly set for a landscape orientation, and makes a very funny and wrong impression of the plane when it’s placed on a diagonal landscape in the elevator.

China’s Short Term Hospitality

In Guangdong, China, visitors are only welcome for a short period of time.

You Do What?

Where do you take a sheet? This woman bares it all.

Happy Father’s Day!

We don’t know whether to laugh or cry here…

Come A Little Closer…

What do you think of this ad for a funeral home… is it genius or is it taking a bit too far?

WTF?

Probably just generation gap, but they could’ve just rearranged this and it will still make sense…

Commas Are Vital

This magazine cover hilariously reminds us the importance of the proper use of commas or it could give the wrong impression.

This Can’t Be Accidental

Hmmm, we’re not quite sure if they really missed this out or not…

Sale… But Not Really

Dubai has a rather unusual way of holding sales, probably because they’re such a rich country and are looking for more ways to spend money.

Let’s Take The Stairs?

We understand, the cause is noble and the message is clear. But what an unfortunate time for the disabled to ride the elevator. The advertisers should have thought this out better.

Try Our Burgers!

Sometimes one missing letter can make all the difference.

Unfortunate Mud Splatter

We think this bus driver should clean his bus more often, he’s got to keep that advertisement fabulous doesn’t he?

Improper Ad Placement

We feel like layout artists were born to be trolls. This ad placement is just wrong on many different levels.

What’s Funny?

What an unfortunate way of placing these two ads together. They should’ve thought about this harder.

The Future is… What?

Call us dirty-minded, but aren’t they a little too young for that?