21 Times Advertisers Were Diabolical Geniuses

The spirit of Don Draper lives on.

1. When they wanted to show that when you’re texting, your eyes aren’t on the road.

TBWA Buenos Aires / Nissan

2. When they put augmented reality technology in a bus shelter.


3. When they advertised allergy cures.

lg2 Montreal

4. When they wanted to advertise the Van Gogh Museum’s cafe.

Van Gogh Musem / Via sortrature.com

5. When British Airways created an advert that pointed out air traffic.

6. When they used park benches.

7. When German advertisers pointed out life is too short for the wrong job.

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Scholz & Friends

Scholz & Friends


8. When they wanted you to stop smoking.



9. When they wanted to show off New Zealand’s weather.

10. When these showers appeared on a beach.

Sprite / Ogilvy & Mather Brasil / Via youtube.com

12. When they wanted to show off a gym.

Savannah College of Art & Design / Via sortrature.com

13. When they showed how difficult life can be for disabled people.

American Disability Association

14. When they played wheelchair basketball.

15. When they wanted to show how comfy a car was.


16. When a South African charity put this in shopping baskets.

Feed SA / Via blogs.ubc.ca

17. When BMW wanted to show why they don’t have front wheel drive cars.


18. When they wanted to show how coffee wakes you up.

Nescafe / Via sortrature.com

19. When they did this.

20. When they came up with this to advertise Pornhub.

21. And when a cobbler did this.

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Alan White is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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