Small businesses love to use unlicensed cartoon characters in their logos and advertisements. Well-known faces lend companies a bit of ill-gotten recognition, and there's very little risk involved.
Open up your phone book and you're sure to see a few Road Runners or Yosemite Sams, most likely in ads run by companies with names that start in "AAA" or "ABC" to appeal to people that make decisions based upon alphabetical order.
Such ads are usually as straightforward as you'd expect, but sometimes the end result is far better than what was likely intended. I've scanned a few of my favorites from the local phone book and cropped out the addresses and phone numbers.
I know it's a strange hobby, but hopefully some of you enjoy this sort of stuff as much as I do.
Are you concerned that you may be a character trapped in a Tom Waits song? Be smart and learn the warning signs before it's too late. Also, it's too late. It has always been too late.
I'm haunted by a recurring vision of a skeleton flipping me off. To avoid seeing this terrifying image in bumper sticker form, I pay someone with a blank bumper to drive in front of me at all times.
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