Advertising is filling our daily lives, but most people have learned to ignore the commercials that are forced upon them. We zap when ads come on TV, overlook ads in newspapers and just ignore online ads. These days, we’ll only remember an ad is if it’s presented to us in a truly remarkable way, and the weird methods used below are perfect examples the extremes advertising has become prying on people’s greed.
10| The Chinese man leasing his head for advertisement
Li Xin, a Chinese Kungfu practicer, shows the back of his head for advertising in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu Province. The four red Chinese characters say “Advertisement,For Rent. ” Li Xi became famous for standing upside down with his head on the Yangtze River Bridge in Nanjing.
9| The Canadian man leasing his head for multiple ads
As if body parts advertising space is not enough, this canadian guy goes further. He is selling his bald head by inch as permanent advertising space.
8| The English guys selling their faces for ads
Ed Moyse and Ross Harper, both 22, paint company logos and slogans on their skin for a day, meaning anyone who passes them will the ad. Firms taking up the service on buymyface.co.uk so far have included Ernst and Young, Pipers Crisp and online fundraiser Mashbo. The pair, who went to Cambridge University, have been running their scheme for 155 days out of a total planned 366 — and they have raised just over £31,000.
7| The man who is selling advertising space on his chin
Down in the mouth Chang Du is offering to sell advertising space on his giant chin in a bid to raise cash for an op to remove it for good. Du, 47, from Lishuguo, central China, says the giant basketball-sized swelling started as a tiny pimple inside his mouth just five years ago. Now Du is trying to raise 5,000 GBP for an operation to restore his chin to normal size by offering it to advertisers for sponsorship.
6| The woman who sold advertising space on her 42GG cleavage
Online gambling outfit Golden Palace took temporary charge of the substantial assets which it recently secured for £422 on an eBay auction: the legally-displayable portion of 27-year-old Angel Brammer’s 42GG breasts. For fifteen days the Glaswegian lass proudly displayed a Golden Palace’s temporary tattoo applied by a local artist.
5| The dying man who sold ad space on his own urn
The late Aaron Jamison Oregon comedian’s last words will be written on his cremation urn - and the message will be sponsored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The animal rights group has paid $200 to place ads blasting KFC and dog breeders on the urns that will hold the remains of Aaron Jamison, who died of colon cancer. The Springfield man offered the ad so his wife wouldn’t be left with funeral costs.
4| The woman who sold permanent advertising space on her forehead to GoldenPalace.com
Karolyne Smith, a Utah woman, became another asset in online gambling outfit GoldenPalace.com’s eBay preposterous purchase portfolio after accepting $15,000 dollars to have the casino’s name permanently tattooed on her forehead. Smith now has a url plastered across her face. She claims that she did it to raise funds for her son’s private education.
3| The man who auctioned advertising space on his penis
A hard-up UK eBayer offered his penis as permanent advertising space – for a starting bid of £3,000. The “genuine auction” vendor explained: “I will have my penis permanently tattooed for advertising your internet company logo,” and adds: “If they wish, the winning company of the bid may film the Tattoo being created – this could be streamed live from their website as well as use the footage for later promotions.” The auction was prematurely pulled off eBay.
2| The guy who sold pixels at a webpage as advertising space
Back in 2005, a 21-year-old student in England named Alex Tew launched The Million Dollar Homepage, through which he sold the pixels of a 1000×1000 grid for $1 each. Although it was an extremely simple idea, the unique project attracted enormous amounts of press coverage, and eventually earned $1,037,100 in a matter of months – the final slot on the page went for $38,100. It also spawned countless copycat websites that virtually all failed, since the idea was no longer novel.
1| The groom who is selling ad spaces on his wedding tie
A groom from Sibiu, Romania, is trying to raise money by selling wedding tie advertising space. Tudor Ciora, is selling space on his groom’s tie through a website at www.cravatamea.com and hopes to raise enough money to be able to buy a car for his new wife. The website says “as we have nothing but each other, we decided to sell a small part of what is only ours: our wedding.” Wedding tie advertising is priced per square centimeter and prices vary depending which part of the tie they are on – ranging from €10 per sq cm for advertising on the lower part of the tie, up to €20 per sq cm for advertising on the top part of the wedding tie.