Can You Spot It? 10 Subtle Ads Crave Your Attention

7. Coke

Be careful.  The ice is naughty today.Be careful. The ice is naughty today.

This is an example of how tricky these marketing people can get.  In this case artwork was used to create a subliminal image in an ice cube.  And that image is somewhat unsavory in nature...

This is quite a sneaky tactic that allows the use of phallic symbols in some countries that would normally shout "pornography!"

8. East Street Full Body Piercing

In this case there is something of a phallic symbol-made up of the two streams of urine shooting out of the real phallus, which remains thankfully out-of-frame.

This is an ad for a body piercing company; think about it...


Did someone say, "Pass the butter?"Did someone say, "Pass the butter?"

Okay, not so subtle.  But it is made of bread.

That's one thick loaf.

10. McDonald's

I saved my favorite for last.  And while I applaud McDonald's attempts to curb littering, I can't help but wonder why they chose to put a phallus in the ad.

Can you Spot the Weenie?

SOURCE: Ads of the World

John Barker
Clever Ads, Promotions and Marketing

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?