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Hideous Food Adverts For Regrettable Meals (1968)

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Nothing makes me want a can of meat paste more than seeing it ground into a fleshy paste.

While some of these ads are fine, I’ll think you’ll quickly see that the art of food presentation wasn’t quite up to snuff in 1968. Let’s have a look.


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I’m sure the fricassee tasted just fine; but the grey glistening drumstick could’ve been presented better.


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So glad the dairy folks decided to use the pic with her underwear sticking out.


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Your mother always said “The way to a man’s heart is through a gristly pot of rice pudding”?
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Wasn’t your breakfast table right next to the horse stables? Oh, the sweet perfume of morning bacon, fresh brewed coffee, and poop.


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I’m still waiting for the Domino’s vegetable shortening pizza with anchovy fillets.


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Nothing makes me sadder than to see an otherwise tasty slab of meat ruined by a dollop of mayonnaise and raisins.


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I’m cool with any of these sandwiches being in my lunchbox… except maybe the cheese & carrots sandwich and the cheese & peanut butter sandwich.

Take note that a lot of these ads come from an Australian magazine – hence the vegemite.


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Granted, I wouldn’t turn my nose up at this. But I still say they had real issues with meat presentation back then. No concern whatsoever with concealing the fat.


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It’s funny how mom has a completely different reaction to what’s on the television than the rest of the family. She laughs at other’s misfortune, while dad and the kids have empathy.


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Gross. Some foods are fine to eat, but should never be viewed up close.


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If I could be a superhero and could pick any special ability… I think I’d pick Meat Power.


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I think the cat just threw up on our bowl of sweet and sour duck.


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Testicular cancer. Get checked at least once a year by your doctor. It could save your life.


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Is it wrong that an orange squeezer came to mind when I saw her boob pointed at that sliced orange?
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Other than a few drops, this appears to be milk-free… but overcompensates with the peach halves.


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I’m sorry, but that meat looks hideous…. and it isn’t helped by the “Ah So” remark.


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I love how they’re making sugar into a health food. Bravo.


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Just no.

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Okay, the next two aren’t specifically food ads (napkins and cutlery) …. but get a load of the meat!


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Getting a little carried away with the Miracle Whip, maybe?


Salad utensil delivering a pineapple slice.. or radioactive tongs delivering a wedge plutonium? You decide.

  • Onyx Joanne Henneke

    Lileks gallery of regrettable food will always be funnier.