If there's one thing that unites every country, it's how nuts their advertising companies are. You'll see what we mean when you look at these weird ads.
Advertising is both a science and an art, as the true stories of the real “Mad Men” show. Given the wealth of products to buy and causes to support, advertisers know that for an ad to really stick, it needs to pull out all the stops.
Sometimes that challenge takes advertisers to brilliant places; other times they end up being downright offensive. But sometimes, advertisers straddle the middle ground of flat-out weird ads:
When Denmark's Bornholm Brewery say "All Natural," they really do mean all. Source: Creative Ad Awards
It's "Gregor Samsa meets rainforest" in this ad for Kokopelli Hostel, Peru. Source: Creative Ad Awards
Thanks to this British Eurostar ad, we now know why the Buckingham Palace guards are so tetchy. Source: Ads of the World
Left: This divine Panasonic hair dryer will make even the bald buy it. Source: Blogger For Hire.
Right: India's Sankara Eye Institute goes about raising awareness for its cause in a slightly creepy way. Source: Creative Ad Awards
This French ad for Pictionary shows how your kids see the world. Source: Ads of the World
Left: U.S. company Energy Logics makes it clear that their employees are best suited for a garage, not a beach.
Source: Creative Ad Awards
Right: India's "Fruit Shop" has just made us feel really bad about eating pears.
Creative Ad Awards
Left: Indonesia's Kayaking Jumbo Peanuts' major selling point is that they're large enough to choke an elephant. Source: Ads of the World
Right: Luxembourg's Utopolis Cinemas would like you to remember that reality sucks. Source: Ads of the World
Left: Whoever designed this Jack Links Beef Jerky ad obviously listened to "Hungry Like The Wolf" on repeat. Source: Creative Ad Awards
Right: The Canadian Cancer Society just wants to let you know that cancer...can be sweet? Source: Creative Ad Awards
This Oldtimer Motorway Stop in Austria will make you wish you'd taken a plane. Source: Terrific Top 10
We're not sure that Brazil's Wise Up English School chose the best way to incentivize a non-English speaker to learn the language, but who are we to judge? Source: Creative Ad Awards
This ad for Weltifurrer Transports, Switzerland, finally solves the mystery of the Mona Lisa's smile: She just made a passive-aggressive comment to a stewardess. Source: Creative Ad Awards
Sorry, Poland's Otrivin, we don't want to have to clean that flute. Source: Webneel
This Aides (French Association Against Aids), ad's message it clear: Use protection, or spend your Friday night stringing beads instead. Source: Creative Ad Awards
Sorry, McDonalds of India, but nobody is "lovin'" this. Source: The Strange List
South Africa's 1st For Women Car Insurance: We insure women, because men are dumb. Source: WordStream
France's Findus Fraich’Frites are as yummy as the fries your grandma makes, but without the annoyance that comes with having to actually visit her. A win-win. Source: Webneel
Brazil's Mineirinho Zero is the pre-death by hanging drink of choice, apparently. Source: Creative Ad Awards
Germany's Queer-Travel cheekily shows the other side of America. Source: Naldz Graphics
The Diabetes Association of Sri Lanka want to scare your gumdrop buttons right off. Source: Creative Ad Awards
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