Stock images are a great tool for journalists and advertising executives because they provide a cheap alternative to having to hire a bunch of actors and models yourself. But relying too heavily on stock photos (and assuming that they all come from some magical photograph tree) can frequently produce hilariously inappropriate results.
#4. People Thinks All Asian People Look the Same
When word broke that Google's co-founder, Sergey Brin, dumped his wife and began dating one of his employees, Amanda Rosenberg, People magazine nearly tripped over the corpse of the latest Kardashian marriage in its excitement to break the story. They ran a feature showing Brin and his wife along with an insert of someone who was supposed to be Amanda Rosenberg.
Guess that makes even one less person who'll be using Google+.
At this point, technology is advancing at such a staggering pace that if you saw a headline on a respected news site screaming "Scientists Invent Flying Blow Job Car," a lot of us would muse, "Yeah, that sounds plausible." We know this because every day the media feed you tech stories that are about as real as dick-sucking sky sedans. Take, for example ...
#4. The United States Isn't Building Iron Man Armor, Sorry
What with their trillions in walking-around money, it was only a matter of time before some general popped in The Avengers and thought, "Fuck it -- let's get one of those."
"Suck it, Steve." -Tony Stark
In the marketing world, standing out isn't just a goal -- it's a religious obligation. But sometimes absent-minded admen turn this rite into advertising blasphemy, earning them a toasty spot in publicity hell. Here are four recent ad blunders that mysteriously made it out to us, the schadenfreude-y public.
#4. Fashion Label Loves Ugandan Warlord
Kate Spade New York recently rolled out a line of tote bags with catchy slogans like "Tequila Is Not My Friend" and "I Don't Care What Is Written About Me So Long as It Isn't True" (so you'll look like a raging alcoholic if you carry both bags at the same time). Anyway, the campaign went comically downhill when Kate Spade tried to remix a classic Big Apple design:
Kate Spade New York
"Oooo, the Kony 2014's are in!"
Minutes after ancient man learned that fire could cast spooky shadows on the cave wall (and was burned alive for being a sorcerer), humans started using their technological ingenuity to scare the poop out of each other. So it's no surprise that a few geeks out there are using cutting-edge doodads to elicit high-pitched screams of horror this Halloween.
#4. NASA Employee Quits to Pursue High-Tech Costume Dreams
Back in 2011, Mark Rober noticed a complete lack of tech-savvy Halloween costumes on the market. At the time, he was working for a lowly, humdrum company called NASA as a mechanical engineer on projects like the Curiosity Rover.
*Yawn* Just another boring day at the office.