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Failed Ad Campaigns

The memorable ad campaign is the Holy Grail for advertisers, all of whom hope to come up with their own “Got Milk?” or “Where’s the Beef?”

However, some ad campaigns become unforgettable not for their effectiveness, but for the utter lack of common sense involved in making them. These campaigns didn’t just fail to attract business; they offended viewers, generated congressional investigations and occasionally inspired criminal activity.

Click ahead to see the advertising campaigns that misfired on the companies that created them.

By Daniel Bukszpan, Special to CNBC.com
Posted 17 Feb 2011

Photo: PhotoAlto | Getty Images & iStock