THE 32 FREAKIEST ADS OF 2008

In alphabetical order by advertiser.

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ALS Society of Canada | “Head & Shoulders”

This gut-wrenching PSA used a children’s song to depict the ravages of ALS. [Read more]


American Asthma Foundation | “Park”

This PSA conveyed the experience of an asthma attack on a shockingly visceral level. [Read more]


Amnesty International | “The Stuff of Life”

Another disturbing PSA: this one from Amnesty, depicting the waterboarding torture technique. [Read more]


Aware Helpline | “Just as Horrific”

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These anatomically jarring PSAs from Singapore made the case that verbal abuse can be just as horrific as physical abuse. [Read more]


Barbecues Galore | “Chicken”

What can you say to your chicken dinner when he asks you to hook him up with a girl just as you’re marinating him? [Read more]


Burger King | “Morning Tongue”

After dreaming of hash browns filled with cheese, the hero of this BK spot woke up with a nasty case of “morning tongue.” [Read more]


Canex | “Yorkie”

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This gross print campaign made you wonder if you’re actually feeding your dog—or the worms inside him. [Read more]


Colombian Association of Arterial Hypertension | “Home”

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The rotting undead, doomed by high cholesterol, livened up this Colombian health campaign. [Read more]


Converse | KissingWithRoss.com

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Ross taught many a lonely Web surfer how to kiss, with gusto, on his very own Converse-branded Web site. [Read more]


Danish Cancer Society | “Bear Trap”

A trip to the tanning booth did not end well for this young woman. [Read more]


Donate Life California | “Maggot”

When you die, said this non-profit, donate your organs to your fellow humans, not to insect larvae. [Read more]


Doritos | “Tongue”

A wayward spicy tongue ruined a young couple’s date in this Doritos commercial. [Read more]


Dunkelziffer | “Tentacle”

This ultra-creepy German ad depicted the lingering trauma of sexual abuse. [Read more]


Dutch Socialist Party | “Connie”

What’s that? You want to see a nude 86-year-old woman criticizing Holland’s homecare policy? OK, you got it. [Read more]


Easy Living magazine | “Amy”

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The troubled singer stripped down for this British magazine’s breast-cancer awareness campaign. [Read more]


Evil Dead the Musical | “Marquee”

This promo encouraged viewers to attend the musical, but maybe not linger beneath the marquee. [Read more]


Extended Stay Motels | “Lick”

A woman figured that licking everything in sight was the best way to check a room’s cleanliness in this spot for the motel chain. [Read more]


GotVMail | “Business Ideas by Gary Busey”

The very insane Gary Busey offered manic, nonsensical business tips in this collection of 40 spots. [Read more]


Jack in the Box | “Make a Jack Sandwich”

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This Web site urged you to upload photos of yourself and a special friend, so all three of you could sleaze out in the hot tub. [Read more]


Jokk | “The Trap”