Can You Spot It? 10 Subtle Ads Crave Your Attention

4. Mentitas

The Mints That Kill YouThe Mints That Kill You

This ad is just strange to me.  It implies that the mints are so strong that they a form of torture.  And while I applaud the craziness of the design, for some reason it makes me want to cover my nose... and another part of my body and run like heck.

5. Hubba Bubba Tape Gum


Yeah, yeah.  I get the picture.  It's supposed to be a giant bubble blown with the entire roll of gum.  But... I mean, c'mon guys.

6. Lynx Shower Gel

Ya gotta admit: this ad is eye-catching.  In this case the phallus is quite small, appearing as the actual product itself in the bottom right corner.

For some reason I want to buy some of this stuff...
Jul 6, 2009
by Anonymous

The Medium is the Message

Marshall McLewan would be proud! I worked in television for 30 years, and it's amazing what advertisers stick in advertisements to seduce the viewer...

Jul 6, 2009
by Anonymous

J. Barker is the one with a problem.

Most people would not see phallic symbols in these ads.

Jul 7, 2009
by J. Barker
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Now THAT was funny!

Jul 13, 2009
by Anonymous

you are seeing what you want

you are seeing what you want to see in most of these.

Jul 13, 2009
by J. Barker
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I wish...

...that was the case.  Some of these ads appear in books about subliminal messages.  I'm working on an article about that topic now and stumbled onto some of them...

Aug 18, 2009
by Anonymous

Where is the Mac's one?

As Above

Aug 21, 2009
by John P. Barker
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Mac's one...

On the right, towards the top.

Aug 25, 2009
by Anonymous


Where is the one in the lynx ad? I can't see anything abnormal of the product itself??

Sep 22, 2009
by Anonymous


I have to admit the body piercing add is just plain wierd but the rest of them are definitley open to interpretation. And if you are looking for phallic symbols you will find them every where

Sep 25, 2009
by Anonymous

McD's ad

I stared and stared at the McDonalds ad. I scrolled away and then scrolled back and it popped right out at to speak!

Wasn't there talk about something similar on the cover of The Little Mermaid VHS tapes?

Oct 4, 2009
by Anonymous


What do watches have to do with subliminal penises?