Mini-Skirt, Bikini, Rubber Duck, Giant Pencil Sell...Something


Thank God for Flickr because without it, we wouldn't have these WTF-inducing advertising images catching our eye as we scroll hundreds of ad images every day. This one, apparently for some king of orange juice (?), features a kid with a giant pencil, a bikinied woman straddling a rubber duck (read what you will into that) and an impossibly leggy woman with an impossibly short (OK, we've seen shorter) mini-skirt and an impossibly long knife...nest to an orange. Whatever.

And yes, we're sure it all would make perfect sense if we could read the language the ads were written. But, then, what fun would that be?

by Steve Hall    Jan-10-08   Click to Comment   
Topic: Strange   

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Of the 3, the little kid image is the most inappropriate.

Posted by: pat smith on January 10, 2008 6:56 PM

I always wonder what non-english-speakers think about some of our commercials, even for mundane products like insurance. What's the duck doing in the office? What's the lizard got to do with it?

Posted by: sonya on January 10, 2008 8:13 PM

It is Italian, and it's advertising some supermarket chain.
The one with the giant orange says "we cut prices, not quality", the other ones are lamely playing with the word "grand" that both means "great" and "big" giant pencil "School, great/big offers" and the last one "Great/big summer, small prices".
And, believe me, the WTF effect is still there even if you understand the language:)

Posted by: A on January 11, 2008 3:16 AM