10 Ads That Will Make You Totally Queasy

I find something intrinsically disturbing about advertising with or for human body parts.  I'm primarily talking those parts that you don't usually see when you're walking down the street-you know: the inside parts.

And while advertising companies have (thankfully) shied away from the gory aspects of what's inside a human, a few of these ads managed to weird me out a little-primarily due to the quality of the copy.  Many of these are really good advertisements and get the message through in a crystal clear manner.


1. Internal Organs by the Red Cross

We are on this planet for only so long.  And there's such an ephemeral quality to this ad.  The message is simple: "Donate an organ so another can live."

I'm an organ donor.  It's images like this that make the whole idea of removing a body part from one person, then putting it into another almost a pleasant proposition.

And up until a moment ago made me forget that urban legend where the guy wakes up in a tub of ice and his kidneys are gone...

2.Internal Organs by Ontario College of Art & Design: Nancy Vonk

 Oh, I get it!  Interior Design!Oh, I get it! Interior Design!

Aren't there a few teen horror flicks where this happens to the teacher?

In this case the pour little pin-up woman is Nancy Vonk, the Chief Creativity Officer of the college.  At least she's smiling through the pain...

This could also double as an ad for the new Dissection Barbie (If you want more bizarre Barbies, click here).

3. Internal Organs by Sibby's Cupcakery

Call me a jerk, but I don't want any critter, including an adorable child, in my stomach eating all of my food.  A human tapeworm is not my idea of a healthy body.  And don't even email me about being pregnant.  I understand that concept, and this is not it.

If you can't tell, I'm something of a cynic.  And despite what I wrote in the previous paragraph, this little ad broke through to the "Awwwwwwww, that's so cute!" part of me.  How can it not?  Just look at the bear!

It made me want to go eat the nearest cupcake.


4. Internal Organs by Craftsman Tools

The year is 2199; mankind is now ruled by power tools...The year is 2199; mankind is now ruled by power tools...

At first I thought I was looking at a beer bottle.  Then I began to wonder if it was a still from The Body exhibit.  You know, the controversial one with all of the cross-sectioned human bodies (I saw it-very cool).

And that has to be what Craftsman wants you to see here.  I find this advertisement to be brilliant and sort'a creepy at the same time.  The idea of a human body completely constructed out of Craftsman Tools is disturbing in the Terminator/Matrix "machines take over the world" kind of way-but still visually eye-catching.


5. Internal Organs by World Wildlife Fund

This is an innovative way for an ad to champion two causes at once: "Save the Rain-forest" and "Smoking Leads to Cancer."

It's also a great cross-reference to how rain-forests are the major producers of the chemicals used to treat (and to hopefully cure) cancer-and they're being wiped out at a horrific rate on a daily basis.


6. Internal Organs by Brazilian Red Cross


I'm okay with a burger as the heart.  I figure that's where a burger generally goes anyway.

The eggplant and what appears to be an avocado just seem out of place.  Perhaps I'm missing some sort of nutritional context.

But roasted chickens for kidneys?  What?

I don't get it.

7. Internal Organs by Central de Transplantes

Don't look in the can.Don't look in the can.


Really.  Trust me.  DON'T look in the can.Really. Trust me. DON'T look in the can.

The idea of human organs and other body parts being dumped into a trashcan is just repulsive to me.  This campaign is the antithesis of the Red Cross ad above (Number 1).  Whereas the previous example was almost spiritual converting in it's approach, this stuff has the subtlety of a Saw movie.

Having said that, I also have to praise this approach.  What a great ad campaign!  Particularly the image with the little girl.  Chilling, thought-provoking, and effective.


8.Internal Organs by Esthetic Clinics

Could you pass the mashed potatos?Could you pass the mashed potatos?

 Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!  Holy crap!  That is just nasty.  It looks like a meatloaf that has been left in the sun for two weeks, gnawed on by a toothless hound, used as a softball, then finally cooked and dipped in gravy.

The tagline reads "What is it they say about inner beauty?"

Here's what they DON'T say about inner beauty: They don't say it's going to be horrific, gross, or have ANYTHING to do with gooey internal organs.  If they did, I missed that day in Physical Anatomy.

I know that we all (well most of us) have these things in our heads-and that mine is probably smaller than most.  But I don't want to SEE it on a plate!


9. Internal Organs by Lounge FM 102


I'm totally okay with this ad (surprise-yeah, like that was a surprise).  It's sexy, well photographed and eye-catching.  And the tongue is one organ that I don't find gross-unless it's sitting in one of the trashcans in those ads above (nestled delicately on top of the old man's liver).


10. Internal Organs by JBS Men's Underwear

I couldn't help myself...I couldn't help myself...

Hey!  She's a nurse.  And she's in an operating room!  It all fits in with the theme... a little.  I'm holding myself back from saying what I really want to say...  It's up to you to guess, dear readers.

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May 1, 2009
by Anonymous


Where's the cheerleaders?

May 8, 2009
by J. Barker
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I often ask that question...