12 Controversial Ads from the Past

Ethics change, so do the societies, so do the ads. We are living in a “developed” society, or so we think. In 10-20 years what we take today as allowed and welcomed will be incorrect on so many levels.

Selling alcohol, cigarets and guns was once a honest way of living, but today it is not allowed. The opposite is also true. Talking about science was not allowed for many centuries, but now it is hard to avoid in everyday conversations. Who knows what legal or ethical restrictions will emerge in the future? Today anyone can change opinion of millions with few words or presses of the button.

However, today we are not going to talk about the future, rather about the past. We are going to look at some old ads, which could offend some viewers and start riots and demonstrations if shown in incorrect context, but I am doing it from a fun and educational level, so hopefully no one will sue me. Enjoy:

1. Tipalet – with cigaret seduction.

Controversial ad cigarets

2. Toothache drops – made of cocaine

Controversial ad cocaine

3. Rats – An Asian person is eating a mouse… yeh…

Controversial ad enthnicity

4. Decron – Carpets


5. Lysol – Concentrated germ killer for women

Controversial ad germs

6. Lucky Strike – Healthy cigarets for good looking people.

Controversial ad cigarets

7. Vitamin donuts – eat what you like and stay healthy

Controversial ad healthy donuts

8. Wheaties – Japanese trap for American soldiers

Controversial ad breakfast

9. Chase ans Sanborn coffee – drink it without telling others

Controversial ad coffee

10. Lane Bryant – Discounts on cloth

Controversial ad cloth

11. Humble – Energy provider

Controversial ad glacier

12. Perfect Christmas gift – Gun

Controversial ad guns

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Top 7 Youtube Channels

Every Marketing professional today will tell you that having a social media presence is important, and one of channels companies need to consider is of course Youtube. Designing a good youtube channel is difficult and certainly tricky. Perhaps the most important part is to have a good idea, but also having many videos can do a trick.

This is my top 7 youtube channel list, based on my interest, but what I can guaranty is that at least it is a good list. You probably should add these channels to your favorites, too. There are no music channels or game channels in this list, because I find music and games mostly a mater of test. There are, however, entertainment and educative channels. So, without no further adieu:

7 – NumberPhile – Number Phile is a channel about numbers, straight and simple. This may not sound very interesting for many people, but trust me I was a skeptic once too. I only wish I learn these things at school, in much more fun way, as in this channel.

This channel actually has different other channels (“subchannels”), so if you will like Number Phile check them out, too: SixtySymbols; NottingHamScience; BackStageScience; DeepSkyVideosPeriodicVideos.

6 – HISHE – How It Should Have Ended is a channel featuring videos about popular films that have already came out, but they are remade in cartoon like way and with alternative end to the film.

5 – EpicMealTime – This is a REAL MEN’s youtube channel. As a man I really enjoy it. It is a cooking channel where the main ingredients are beacon and alcohol. There was no “good” video to put as a demonstration, not to say that all videos are bad, but to make it more fun there is some adult language involved, so be warned before watching this new video.

4 – Professional Russian – This is another very popular (male?) youtube channel. It is ranked as 11th most subscribed youtube channel. It talks about guns and guns, from mother Russia.

(PS: I did not put any female channels, because I am very bad judge of quality, but one female channel, ranked as 24th most subscriptions on youtube, is Michelle Phan. Let me know if you like it).
3 – College Humor – With over 2000 video and ranking as a 10th most subscribed channel on Youtube, College Humor offer a huge variety of short videos for every test.

While being #10 on Youtube is great, it is not enough to be #1 on this list. Therefore #2 is:

2 – VSouce This is also a geeky website, but before I scare you any further, it talks about some very interesting things. I personally get blown away by the research these people make, because they do talk about anything, in a scientific and fun way.

In addition, there are 2 subchannels: VSouce 2 and VSouce 3. VSouce 2 talks more about interesting human made objects, while VSouce 3 talks about interesting games and apps, so unfortunately I did not keep my promise and put a gaming channel. Still #2 on this list is VSouce channel and the other 2 you can decide (not) to subscribe at you own choice!

1 – TedTalk – I have already talked about TedTalk in my previous post “Top 10 TedTalk’s on Marketing“, one of the top ranking posts on this blog. I believe a lot of people know what it is all about, but just for the sake of it, it is a talk where a person, expert in specific field, comes out and tells us about his area, with purpose of teaching something that really maters. Something that other people should know, such as in the following video:

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