Fake Ad Contest Highlights

Over the past few months our local weekly advertising newspaper decided to put on an amusing promotion/contest to encourage more thorough readership of the classified ad section. The idea was to have readers spot the fake ads before a given deadline  and submit them (by mail or in person) to its local office to be put into a weekly drawing. The first three correct entries drawn each week would win dining certificates to local eateries. Not a bad promotion and very low-key – Pretty good ‘PR’ also –

As you read these, do keep in mind these listings are FAKE and the website listings are FICTICIOUS. The samples listed below are some of the better ones that are actually kinda clever and funny.

Enjoy 😛

Winning ads from the SPOT THE FAKE AD CONTEST

  • Is The Time Change Causing Rooster Rucus?

Amazing new training tape for local birds – Just play our special tapes 5 nights in a row and your roosters will shift their crowing to the new time automatically! Works in all time zones – Order yours today at http://www.crow-on-cue.com

  • Reusable Firewood

Save $$$ with specialty firewood – After burnt down to ashes, simply add water and hand-form back into log shapes – No Chemicals – Completely Organic – 18’ lengths of Oak, Cedar, Fir & Madrone – Patent pending – Order Today and get a FREE custom-made measuring cup plus pair of latex gloves with your purchase – To order visit http://www.ashes2wood.com

  • Did Your Tree Trimmer Get A Little Carried Away?

Limb Re-attaching & Tree Reconstruction Services – We send our top-notch, hyperactive team to find, glue & tape missing branches, limbs & leaves – No Guarantees – No Charge – It’s Our Hobby! Check us out at http://www.TweekTrees.com

  • Facial Cleansing Mask

Guaranteed to unclog huge pores – rips away those unwanted zits – exfoliates three layers of skin while removing unwanted eyelashes – Put it on before going to bed on Friday night – Toss it down the commode when you wake up Monday morning – They’re Biodegradable too! Get ‘em before they harden at http://www.GooberFacials.com

  • Why Deprive Yourself During The Holidays?

Enjoy extra holiday helpings and treats without guilt this Thanksgiving – Just slip into this new revolutionary girdle that allows you to eat three times as much without anyone noticing! Special “manly” truss also available for males. Do not remove before Valentine’s Day! – Get 2 For 1 if ordered before Thanksgiving! http://www.Gobble-N-Go.com


Humorous Headlines In The News

In today’s world of fast-paced and very competitive news coverage, as well as pressure of being the first to get a story to press (either online or offline), a lot of misplaced, slip-ups or poorly worded articles, taglines, captions or story headings seem to happen quite frequently. If you know what to look for and have a keen eye for stuff of this nature, you’ll probably find articles like these more often than you think.

JayLeno-HeadlinesIf you haven’t already discovered the new Jay Leno Show on NBC (comes on each weeknight at 10 PM Pacific Time), check out his Headlines segment he does every Monday night — actually Jay had routinely done the Headlines segment on the old Tonight Show ever since he took over as host replacing the late Johnny Carson back on May 25, 1992 through May 29, 2009, when Conan O’Brien took over as the newest host.


Here’s how the segment played out…

Headlines(Monday): Humorous print items sent in by viewers. These real-life headlines are usually headlines with typographical errors, or unintentionally inappropriate items. The segment usually starts out with a fake, humorous Headline during the introduction for the segment, such as Arabs Wish Bush “A Happy Shoe Year!”. Reflecting Jay’s moving of this segment to a 10PM ET/PT time slot, the lead Headline on the final broadcasting of this segment was 4 Out Of 5 Scientists Say “Headlines” Funnier at 10PM Than 11:30PM.

Headlines – Jay Leno Show/Tonight Show With Jay Leno

NBC/The Jay Leno Show/Headlines


Here is a compilation of several examples of amusing, funny, ironic, mis-worded, unintentional or inappropriate newspaper clippings from around the country and around the web. Enjoy!


Over Ruled!



"I wouldn't do it again -- she's been a pain this week!"


Well done Captain Obvious!




Very Observant!


Imagine That!



Would this be considered frugal spending?


student excited dad got head job





Here are even more strange ads……….