Formula 1 has always been a thrilling sport for the drivers, but back in the day of Niki Lauda and James Hunt the stakes were high. Lauda found out firsthand how dangerous the cars were when his vehicle exploded into flames, seriously burning his face. In the 2013 film Rush, which depicts his rivalry with James Hunt, we learn a few things about the iconic Austrian racer.
He Would Not Quit
There was no way to make Lauda quit anything. He was determined to win at all costs and in the film we see he’s willing to risk his life for championship glory. Lauda and Hunt pushed each other to their limits, but were hugely different characters.
The Austrian was determined to succeed and was very professional in his approach, while Hunt was carefree and loved having a good time. Even after he suffered his terrible injury, the only thing that drove Lauda was his will to succeed. Against all the doctor’s orders, Lauda returned to racing just 40 days after suffering severe burns to his head and face.
Winning Was Everything
For Lauda, there was nothing he cared about more than winning Formula 1 races. Lauda was the world champion when he had the terrible crash, and the days he spent in the hospital saw him fall behind his rival James Hunt.
The thought of not being champion was eating away at him, so he returned to racing sooner than he was medically cleared to do. Lauda only narrowly lost the title to Hunt that year but was the world champion in the following two seasons.
Lauda sadly passed away in his sleep in 2019 at the age of 70. His funeral was attended by many racing drivers all wishing to pay their respects to the great racer.
These Evil Geniuses Took False Advertising To The Next Level
Prom Gone Wrong
For many people, prom is the ultimate event signaling the first true step into adulthood. It is on this unforgettable night that graduates want to make everything perfect – most notably, their prom attire. When this young lady saw a stunning dress online, she clicked “buy” without hesitation. However, after receiving the dress, she tried it on, looked at herself in the mirror, and soon realized that not everything that glitters is actually gold.
‘Tis What Season?
When religious and cultural festivals are on the horizon, many adherents choose to buy the appropriate food and decorations to immerse themselves in the festivities. For example, when Christmas comes around, you might consider decking the halls with boughs of holly and putting up a Christmas tree. Then, when it gets to Easter, you can expect to see baskets full of eggs and Easter bunnies dotted around the neighborhood. Apparently, though, some chocolate Santas are actually closet bunnies…
On Halloween, most people either like to dress up as something scary or as one of their favorite film/TV characters. So when this young lady went with the latter option, she looked for inspiration from a galaxy far, far away and bought a Princess Leia costume. She even planned on using her Jedi Mind Tricks while trick-or-treating. However, the Leia wannabe was a little disappointed as the dress paled in comparison to the one on the costume’s packaging. Also, what happened to the buns?
Game Of Tiny Thrones
What is a home without some comfortable pieces of furniture? Sure, a bed is pretty important, but you could really do with a sofa and maybe even an armchair. For a second there, we were going to say “like this one,” but then we looked at the image on the right. Ladies and gentlemen, if you are shopping for furniture online, make sure to check the measurements of the item you are interested in purchasing. To be fair, “Boys Arm Chair” is a huge hint…
Not This One!!!
Some kids just won’t accept false advertising, and rightfully so! When a mom and dad sat their child in front of their laptop and asked the tot which TY Beanie Boo they wanted, they pointed at the sheep with the blue eyes. Despite ordering that exact one, the family ended up receiving a plush toy with green eyes instead. Furious, the little angel strangled the darn thing and screamed, “I didn’t want this one!” However, later that night, the parents saw their kid asleep with arms wrapped around the sheep.
Drenched In Lies
If a package shows something you want, you want it to perform exactly the way it appears to be advertised. When one family decided to buy this Aqua Blast Hopscotch set, they were expecting water to shoot out from the machine, soaking the kids in the summer sun. However, the Aqua Blast set they ended up getting provided lackluster results, to say the very least. Honestly, these kids would probably have more fun playing hopscotch in the rain.
Exactly What I Wanted
It appears that this guy bought the purple carpet with the intention of lying on it (for some strange reason). Impressed by its sheer size, he wasted no time putting the down-payment on that bad boy. However, Mr. “I-Think-I’m-Cosmopolitan-Burt-Reynolds” was completely heartbroken by the delivery. Not only was it much smaller, but it was also a different material. Even the color is a slightly brighter shade of purple. Personally, we wouldn’t have gone with the color to begin with, but hey, to each their own.
This summer, why not spend a week or two at the Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort in the Dominican Republic? With warm, sandy beaches just a stone’s throw away and luxury en-suite bedrooms, you’d be crazy to miss out. A holiday brochure even showed the resort’s awesome all-you-can-eat buffet. So when one couple took up this offer and checked in to the resort, they were in for a bit of a surprise. If a buffet is all-you-can-eat, there’s a good chance that the kitchen might run out of food.
Wrong Berries, My Friend
We never thought that it was that easy to mistake blueberries for strawberries. The former is a dark blue, while the latter is obviously red. Our only logical theory is that this photo was taken in a foreign supermarket, where the entire staff doesn’t know what the word “Strawberries” means. If that’s the case, then can this really be classed as “false advertising?” One thing’s for sure: if they knew what they were doing, then it’s definitely false advertising.
When you buy any frozen pizza from a supermarket, you expect the toppings to cover the entire surface. On the front of this package, it doesn’t say that only half the pizza has pepperoni on it. Look, we had no idea only the part of the pizza that was exposed in the packaging would have toppings on it. Come on guys, it’s not our job to guess what is inside your boxes – it’s our job to eat what you’re advertising!
Spot The Difference
Upon first glance, we weren’t totally sure what the difference was between these two Campbell’s tomato soup cans. That’s probably because there actually is no difference. As you can see, both of these cans are exactly the same size. Put it this way, Andy Warhol would, for the most part, be very happy with this photo. However, the real issue we have is on the yellow banners at the top of the cans. One is apparently 30% bigger, while the other claims to be 40%. Who’s telling the truth?
When it comes to advertising, it’s funny how words can be so open to interpretation. This company claims that their chair “fits in your pocket.” So based on this photo, the purchaser is led to believe that this means the entire chair. However, it appears that the chair company didn’t take into consideration that not every pocket is exactly the same size. It still fits, just not as well as she would’ve hoped. At any rate, she has a new chair.
Orange Is The New Black, Purple, Green, Pink…
We can only imagine this set of crayons being useful for some crazy kid who is orange-obsessed. Every day, when they come home from school, all they want to do is draw carrots, basketballs, and Garfield over, and over, and over again. Look, do whatever makes you happy, but we’d recommend branching out to at least a handful of other colors. Red is generally a good one – you can do a lot with that one. Blue as well; we hear good things.
I’m A Child, I Want A Toy!
It’s funny how children enjoy imitating their parents from such an early age. So many kids love having their very own toy kitchen, including everything from plastic toasters and stoves to fake food and utensils. The same thing applies when it comes to everyday items such as cars and phones. So when one parent thought that the time had come for their six-year-old daughter to have her first cell phone, she was extremely disappointed. All she wanted was a toy to prolong her childhood.
We Have No Words
Eventually, it gets to a point when it can no longer qualify as false advertising. This is when a company is deliberately marketing a product as something else. We refuse to believe that this supermarket consciously decided to market their forks as spoons. It’s just impossible. Unless it was April Fools Day and the staff thought it would be funny to rearrange all of the kitchen items into different boxes, then we are never getting over this one.
Sometimes, a product is simply bigger or smaller than it looks on its packaging. On this metallic ball packaging, it appears that the ball is double the size of the kids who are playing with it. When he saw this, the boy in the photo couldn’t wait to play with such a large ball. Then, he blew up the ball to full capacity and just like that, he had taken his first giant step into the cynical world of false advertising.
There is no denying that panda lovers around the world will be split by this particular image. While some would have bought the lollipop specifically because of the adorable panda face, others would have been relieved when they realized that the “lolly” doesn’t actually have the bear’s face printed onto it. But what about that first group of people? They were sold a panda lollipop. Take the wrapper off, and all we’ve got is a white disc of candy.
I Guess I’ll Play By Myself
Another classic example of a child whose summer was ruined by one maddeningly frustrating case of false advertising. Struggling to muster up even the faintest of smiles, this poor girl was heartbroken when she realized that the paddling pool was much smaller than advertised. It appeared that she would be able to share the pool with her friends. However, it looks like she will have to take turns with them, which is no fun at all.
A Bag Full of Cato-Sauruses
While ancient cats such as the sabertooth tiger did exist a long time ago, we think the following toy pack is way off the mark, by millions of years, in fact. If we want to purchase a bag of toys with the words “World Dinosaur” printed on the label, we expect to have some T-Rexes, some velociraptors and some stegosauruses to play with – not a bag full of house cats! Paleontologists around the world must be tearing their hair out right now.
If we are purchasing a ready-made sandwich, we would at least hope that whatever is promised to be inside the bread will be there when we open the box. This person was lost for words when they opened the box, hoping to find some wholesome turkey and broccoli that he could heat up without too much trouble. However, when he pulled out the sandwiches, he was shocked to see that there was absolutely nothing inside. It would be cheaper to buy all the ingredients and make it yourself.
The Fruity Truth
Opening a can and not finding anything inside is one thing. But it’s another thing to open up a can, thinking you’ll find one food item but you end up finding something else entirely. This is what happened when this person was ready to make a tomato sauce. The first step was to open up a can of diced tomatoes. However, she was lost for words when she found pieces of pineapple inside the can instead! While this can prove to be a tasty treat, she wanted pasta and meatballs, not fruit!
So Couch Yet Sofa
If you are selling a second-hand piece of furniture online, it is always courteous to mention if you have had pets that have jumped all over it in advance. What happens though when you specify one thing in your online ad and completely contradict yourself in the photo attached? This is what this person did – putting their sofa up for sale online. For $250, this second-hand sofa looks quite the steal. But if you are allergic to cats, you might want to rethink this one.
Pepperoni? More Like Pepper-Wrong
Everyone seems to have their own unique preferences when it comes to pizza. Some like a classic margherita, while others love their pizzas covered in pepperoni slices. It really just depends on the person. But if you do like a pepperoni pizza, you expect multiple slices, right? How could this supermarket have the nerve to market this pizza as a pepperoni pizza and only put one slice of sausage on the darn thing? It’s probably cheaper to go to the local pizzeria and get a couple of slices.
A Marvelous Fail
This one doesn’t technically qualify as false advertising. After all, the manufacturer produced a Superman costume for kids and labeled the costume as “Superman.” Therefore, it seems out of place on this list, right? Well, that would be the case, if it wasn’t for the person who advertised it online for $3. Rightfully so, the person got called out in the comments section for referring to the costume as “Spider-Man.” At the end of the day, you need to know what you’re selling.
A Shady Advert
Millions of people turn to Facebook and other forms of social media to sell items they either no longer have use for or claim to have never used before. Take this guy, for example, who swore that these sunglasses had never been worn previously. Selling stuff on Facebook rule #1: make sure not to lie about what you’re selling in your profile picture. You’ll probably get called out for it and in turn, you won’t be able to sell the item in question.
Faking Around the Christmas Tree
For many families, a Christmas tree is an important symbol of time together during the festive period. It is a place to give presents and be jolly together. In reality, this tree might fulfill the criteria of being six feet. However, it certainly doesn’t live up to the shape presented in the packaging. When you think of a Christmas tree, you think of a strong, sturdy tree with a wide base that gets slightly thinner the further you go up. However, this tree is skinny from the very bottom.
You’ve Been Framed!
This goes without saying, but pets are just as much a part of the family as the humans are. We don’t just like to have photos displayed around the house of family members. Therefore, it is perfectly acceptable to have photos of your beloved pets on the mantlepiece too. When this person went to find a photo frame for their dog, they couldn’t help but laugh when they found the following frame with a picture of a cat in the middle.
Very Berry Wrong
While we personally like our bread nice and plain, there are plenty of people out there who like all sorts of fruit in their weekly loaves. Whether you like raisins, cranberries, blueberries or raspberries, it can add a new dimension to your bread days. However, when a loaf of bread is specifically advertised as being a “berry loaf,” you should expect the entire loaf to be full of berries! One single berry in the entire loaf just isn’t going to cut it.
The Truth Is Not Here
When you are planning for Halloween, it makes perfect sense to decorate your house with pumpkins and spooky stuff. We will also accept balloons designed like aliens if you can’t find anything else. Apparently, though, this particular pack of extraterrestrial balloons put on a couple of pounds over the summer, and when it inflated, you can just about see the alien’s face. Word of advice to all the alien-balloon-making people out there: test your balloons before you advertise them.
In case you haven’t already, why not treat yourself to a coffee cup that changes its image when it is full of boiling water? As you can see, one excited purchaser saw the online ad, showing what this co0ol coffee cup was capable of. When there’s nothing in it, the cup shows a starry Christmas night. Then, when it is filled, is transforms into Santa and his red nose horse (that’s another story altogether). Little did they know, the image of the transformation was simply printed onto the cup.
Small Print Alert!
When you are warning potential buyers not to use the rope you’re selling to climb up mountains, you might want to rethink your marketing technique. Specifically, it’s probably best not to print a silhouette of someone ascending a rocky cliff! There are three types of people who will buy this rope: the ones who read the small print and use the rope accordingly, the ones who don’t even notice the small print, and the ones who read it and go up the mountain anyway!
Arrested For Battery
How are we living in a world where the manufacturers of a bedside table lamp can’t agree with the marketers as to which batteries the lamp actually needs? What is the world coming to? Does that mean that we have to buy both AAA 1.5V batteries and AAs? What if the batteries are being falsely advertised as well? Before we know it, we’ll tumble down the rabbit hole of false advertising and buy a ton of stuff that we never wanted in the first place.
So Which One Is It?
Why would we buy a bottle of juice that claims to be 100% pure, only to find out that the bottle actually consists of 27% juice? Which part should we believe? This opens up a ton of questions such as, “Should we believe anything that this juice company is selling us right now?” Sure, we could be lazy and just buy it, drink it, and see what happens, but then our conscience came into play. We ain’t buying it and we’re just as confused as you are.
Brands like Calavo really need to get it together. As a company, they pride themselves on sustainability and environmentally sound practices, but it’s as if they didn’t realize that avocados already came in their own natural and compostable packaging because when we think about it, peeled avocado halves are the convenience food we never needed. This avocado has been precut, then wrapped in plastic and cardboard. Adding packaging to avocado is strange, and consumers were left dumbfounded by this post as it went viral on Instagram.