The 20 Most Unfortunately Placed Ads Ever Seen While Traveling

Advertising is a tricky business. But once you’ve managed to get past all the hurdles of crafting the perfect graphic, that appeals in just the right way to just the right demographic, the least you can do is make sure it ends up in the right place. Alas, the masterminds behind these ads clearly didn’t think things through far enough. We bet you’ve probably seen one or two of these while traveling…

Good advice, bus. Well, we guess it was intended to be good advice on quitting smoking, until theory turned into reality and the most unfortunate placement of all time occurred. We have a feeling the school bus might have been empty for a while after the kids saw this.

You’d think that marketers would take into account where the final ad was going to end up when designing it. In fact, it seems they definitely don’t: how else can you explain this terrifying error? Unless, of course, it’s actually an advert for a Rugrats/Terminator crossover.

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It might take you a few seconds to spot what’s wrong with this advert. But when you do, you’ll never unsee it. And, somehow, we suspect the poor woman who posed for this unfortunately-placed wrap will never forget it, either. The ad-makers definitely made a big boob with this design!

Turkish Airlines: flying you straight into the ground, apparently. Indeed, this doesn’t look at all like another happy landing. Indeed, perhaps they should have thought a little bit harder about where they were going to display this ad.

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To be fair, the placement of this ad probably seemed perfectly innocent at the time. Unfortunately, whoever put it up lacked the foresight to predict that there might be some mud splatter close to the wheels. After seeing this, we’re sure they won’t make the same mistake again.

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Would you be comfortable grabbing that door handle, if this was the graphic that surrounded it? It doesn’t help that the colors match perfectly, either. We think this design could turn out to be a bit of an own goal for the advertiser…

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Placing an ad over the entire car is a great idea, until you get too warm and roll down the window, that is. Then, your otherwise totally normal-looking subject turns into an homage to Sloth from the The Goonies. Sorry, passengers, you’ll just have to sweat this one out.

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As our previous example proved, when designing an advert, there’s more to take into account than just how it’s going to look while stationary. Particularly if it’s placed somewhere that has moving parts, like on a van with doors. Indeed, if this was our vehicle, we’d basically never open the doors.

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Even the mighty Starbucks isn’t immune to poor advert placement, it seems. More than just an inadvertently rude message, however, this ad backfires spectacularly by literally saying the coffee brand sucks. Gee, we sure hope somebody got fired for that blunder.

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Fancy being taught by a parade of wannabe Hitlers? Then get yourself down to Grimsby Institute. At least, that’s what it’s like if this ad is anything to go by. And even without the unintentional mustaches, there’s something oddly suspicious about this marching group of students.

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You’ve got to hand it to these guys: they know their limits and clearly aren’t afraid to put their hands up and tell you when something just can’t be done. Well, at least if this picture is to be believed, anyway. Somehow, we don’t think it was intentional.

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Once again, an advertising team fails to account for the fact that the doors and windows of a vehicle aren’t permanently locked into place. Unless there really is a scene in The Hobbit where Bilbo’s face gets crushed, anyway. It’s probably in the extended edition…

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We don’t know precisely when this cataclysmically phallic blunder occurred, but considering there’s a Blockbuster in the background, we bet it was quite a while ago. And yet, whoever was responsible probably still hasn’t lived it down.

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Nothing about this image makes us feel in any way comfortable. In fact, just how anybody could conceivably fill up this vehicle without feeling any kind of deep shame or embarrassment is absolutely beyond us. We’d rather just buy a new car…

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You’d have thought that whoever was actually applying this advert to the back of the bus would have said something to the people paying for it. But then, we suppose that’s not really their job. Not to mention that they probably found it just as hilarious as the rest of us.

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At some point, you start to wonder whether these marketers are actually doing this on purpose. And when you think about it, they probably do draw more attention to their ads this way. After all, no publicity is bad publicity.

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Poor Mitchell. All he’s trying to do is provide a service to his local community. Instead, he’s inadvertently turned himself into a pimp. Well, that’s a different kind of service, we suppose. Just not the one he was going for.

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This was originally the Sussex Bacon Company, but this version sounds a lot more enticing. In fact, if they left their lorry doors open permanently, they could suddenly find themselves with a lot more business. For reasons we can only speculate on, of course.

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You heard the van, folks. Well, read it, anyway. And to think, all it would have taken to avoid this absolute disaster is a little foresight and moving the text onto a single panel of the van, either the door, or the rear. But across the whole thing? It’s just never a good idea.

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See? Never, ever, a good idea. Not least for the Jersey City Parking Authority, who have surely since wasted many, many tax dollars on replacing all their vehicles to stop this from happening again. Then again, we can’t say we’d blame them too much.

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