In the wise words of rapper OT Genesis, "The price is way too high they need to cut it." From high taxes to dependence on technology, these are just two of the many problems our society is facing today. An illustrator named John Holcroft took these problems and made satirical 1950s style ads with them. By looking at issues head-on, we can overcome them and learn something about ourselves. Keep reading to check them out.
1. Start Your Day With A Bowl Full Of Likes
There is always a rush when posting a new profile picture on Facebook and more than ten people like it. Likes make us feel good and feed the ego.
The more likes someone gets, the better they feel about the picture that they posted. Typically when someone posts an image, they are hoping their crush sees it and likes it.
2. The Plastic Sea Monster Strikes Again
In this case, saying, "just keep swimming," is not going to help that turtle. The garbage monster is coming to ravage the sea, but he can be stopped.
We can defeat the garbage monster together by recycling and cleaning up our local beaches. You can also cut back on your use of plastic by bringing your own bags to the grocery store and using reusable cups whenever possible. Everyone can make a difference.
3. Make America Polluted Again
Doesn't that hairstyle look oddly familiar? We do not recommend smoking industrial chimneys because that pollutes the earth.
Pollution is a real problem, and there are ways to do your part to help reduce some pollution, but it takes many people to make a real difference. Write to your lawmakers to make a difference and change the world for future generations.
4. Can Someone Give Me Directions To Justice?
Remember those mazes that were on the children's placemats in restaurants? This is similar, but instead of helping the chicken back to its coop, you have to help the woman find justice.
We think you need to pass the time, two lawyers, a police officer, and a massive stack of papers. That seems like a lot of work to get justice, don't you think.
5. Insert Coin Here
It will probably take more than one coin to get this doctor to work, but no one works for free. Although there is a slot to get your money back, it definitely does not work.
Medical professionals work hard to help save lives and should be thanked for everything they do in a time of need.
6. The Modern Totem Pole
When you are the lowest man on the totem pole at work, so the blame falls on you. Some days are easier than others, and one day you will be able to move up that totem pole.
As they say, everything flows downhill, but the hierarchy is starting to even out in many companies, so things can flow sideways.
7. "Which Face Matches My Outfit?"
Which face will you pick to wear today? Will it be a smile, a frown, or a resting b***h face. There are many options to go with how you are feeling each day.
Some people prefer to stick with one face all day and that's a resting mean face. While people may be good at putting on a happy face, you never know what they might be going through.
8. A Nail In The Literature Coffin
With all the different forms of social media, literature has been put on the back burner. There are many different ways to consume media that people are buying fewer books.
Also, people are always on social media and cannot focus on a book for long enough. Once people start reading, they get distracted by their phones, and the book is forgotten.
9. Might As Well Smoke A Dollar Bill
Smoking costs a lot of money, and it damages the lungs. Also, cigarette companies make most of their money by selling quitting methods.
Also, the government gets money from the taxes on tobacco; every time people smoke, they might as well be burning money.
10. "Would You Like Fries With That Degree?"
Out with college and in with the drive-through window. Most entry-level jobs these days require at least three years of job experience.
How is anyone supposed to have job experience coming out of college if no one will give them an opportunity? Then people have to turn to fast food jobs so they can make money while looking for jobs that won't provide them with a chance.
11. Cash Crop
When they say cash crops, we didn't think they meant trees. Deforestation is a significant issue for this planet. Forests help clean the air by providing the environment with fresh oxygen.
By chopping trees down to build developments, the planet is dying and it needs to stop.
12. Be Careful What You See Online
When you are online it is important to be aware that not everyone is who they seem to be. There are many dangerous people on the internet just like our parents warned us about when we were younger.
Have you ever heard of the show Catfish? It proves that you never know who you might be talking to, but you can always call Nev to figure it out.
13. "Now Let's Say Grace For This Strong WiFi"
When was the last time people sat down to eat dinner without their phones? It seems like people don't know how to detach from technology to focus on family time.
Instead of sitting down for dinner, people are going to start sitting around the WiFi hotspot to get the only kind of connection they understand.
14. Taking Couch Potato To The Next Level
People used to be called couch potatoes, but now it is being taken to the next level and becoming rooted to the couch.
This is what happens when you discover a new show, and it has three seasons with more than 20 episodes per season.
15. Painting The Perfect Picture For Followers
Have you ever been crying in real life but posted a happy selfie on social media? We put on this facade to show the world how happy we are, even though we might be going through something.
If you are going through something, it is ok to not put on a happy face all the time. No one needs to explain for feeling emotions, that is part of being human.
16. Well That's Rude
When you get your monthly electric bill, and it basically says, "screw you." It might actually cause people to be more environmentally conscious.
Maybe rising energy bills will be the fix to save the environment and help the climate change crisis.
17. "Why Are We Being Tied Down"
"Souring, flying, there's not a star in heaven that we can't reach," said all the men in the corporate world. There is a well-known inequality in the workplace that might change soon.
With more women's rights movements, the wage gap is closer to closing, and women are being treated equally again. We are on the right path and have to continue to fight.
18. My Brain Needs A Vacation
After a whole semester of school, studying, and finals, it exhausts the brain. Some might even say that your brain needs a well-deserved vacation after just one semester of studying.
That must be why they give a month-long break in between school semesters. Sometimes a month doesn't seem long enough.
19. A Bowl Full Of Sugar To Keep The Body Strong
Who wouldn't want to start their day with a bowl full of candy and licorice? It must be good for the growing body, right?
Some cereals are loaded with sugar and are ok once in a while, but not every day. It might be healthier to eat the box that it comes in.
20. Lady Liberty Is Under A Lot Of Stress
Lady Liberty was not feeling well, so she went to the doctor. She told her doctor that she has been under a lot of stress lately, and there are many issues she is facing.
The doctor told her that she needs to work to solve her problems more calmly. Lady Liberty needs to reduce the stress in her life, or else the pressure will become too much for her health to handle.
21. You Are What You Eat
What people eat is what they become, so everyone should be more mindful of what they put in their bodies.
Being a burger isn't that bad. Burgers are tasty and full of flavor, but a salad is good to balance it out.
22. Take One Like Per Day To Keep Happiness Levels Controlled
Did you hear, likes are the newest anti-depressant on the market? They are prescribed by Dr. Phil Good, who works at Facebook Pharmaceuticals.
They are prescribed for people to take daily because social media controls our lives and ruins them at the same time.
23. Actual Happiness Sold Separately
The happiness kit is an amazing deal, that comes with many features. The kit includes video games, luggage to travel, music, credit cards, and access to the internet to name a few.
From health to employment and love, it has everything you need, but a smile and true happiness are sold separately.
24. Traffic Is Moving Slow
Have you ever been stuck in traffic and it feels like the cars are moving so slow it seems like a turtle could go faster?
At times it might feel like you want to pick the cars up and move them out of your way, which would be possible if they were little turtles.
25. Helicopter Parents Got Upgraded To First Class
Have you ever heard of parents having their child's whole life planned out for them? It is a lot to expect from a child who should be able to explore all their options.
The helicopter parents got upgraded to pulling all the strings from first-class backpack seats. Children should keep their options open because there is a world of possibilities out there.
26. The Subway Was Packed Like Sardines
What's worse than taking the subway? Having to take the subway when it is packed to capacity. It is like being wrapped in a sardine tin.
It is especially bad in the summer when everyone is hot and sweaty; it smells terrible, and it is uncomfortable.
27. Use Them Until They Burnout
You light one up, it burns out, and then you light another one and repeat the process. There is always another one waiting to be lit.
These particular matches are impossible not to burn out. They are highly flammable, and the burn time is very short.
28. Women Are Not Pieces Of Meat
Women are friends, not food. Women are also not objects to drool over like a prime cut of meat. Women are humans, just like everyone else.
Women want to be treated with respect and kindness. Females are just as strong and powerful as men and deserve to be treated as equals.
29. Starting Them Early
Those guns are an interesting choice for nursery decorations. Look, one of them is even smiling! If you put a smile and a face on a weapon, does that make it a children's toy?
The baby looks content playing with his toys, but are they safe? Do his parents have to make sure all his toys have their safety on before he plays with them?
30. Signed, Sealed, And Stuck
When signing a contract, make sure to read all the terms and conditions to know what rights you do and don't have as an employee.
With any contract, you should make sure you understand every part of it. Unless it is the terms and conditions that everyone says they read on the App store because no one has actually looked at those.
31. The Smartphone Does It All
From a map to a compass to a calculator and a camera, the smartphone does it all. You have everything you need in the palm of your hands.
Other devices are becoming obsolete because the smartphone has so many features. There are also new features being added all the time.
32. Those Beer Goggles Are Getting Powerful
When you go to the bar, and people start to look more attractive after a few drinks, those are called beer goggles. Those beer goggles are getting even more prominent now that there is a beer mirror.
If you drink enough, everyone starts to look attractive. The problem is when the goggles wear-off and you realize the person you were talking to is not who you thought they were.
33. Piggy Bank Life Source
Most things in life cost money, and it can seem like the piggy bank is our life source, much like this picture.
We have to feed off of the bank because the bank holds our money and money pays for the essential things in life.
34. Love Hurts
"Love is like a flame, it burns you when it's hot, Love hurts." Love is a tough game because there are times when you never know if the person is the one or they will break your heart.
In a bad relationship, it can feel like taking the next step is a trap because opening your heart to love makes you vulnerable.
35. Maybe It's A WiFi Hotspot
Have you ever walked down the street and noticed that everyone around you is on their phones or sitting in front of their laptops? It is hard to find someone that is looking away from their phone.
Unless they are driving or riding their bike, they are pre-occupied with technology. And sometimes people on their bikes or in their cars are distracted by phones.
36. Me, Myself, And I
Being single has its perks. You never have to worry about what another person is doing or what someone else wants to eat. You can decide what you do in your free time because it is only for you.
You have constant peace and quiet, there is no one to argue with, and you learn to enjoy your own company. Being single can be very empowering.
37. Planted Himself There
He should really get that checked out. It must be hard to find pants that fit his roots. When you sit in one place for too long, it can feel like you have been planted into that spot.
Although playing video games is good for hand-eye coordination, it is essential to get up and move around to keep the blood flowing.
38. Everyone's Replaceable
As Abby Lee Miller says to her dancers, "Everyone's replaceable." At any moment, someone can come along who can do the same thing but better and quicker.
It can feel like there is a trap door under the desk because there are always people learning new skills, and it can be hard to keep up with everyone else.
39. Get Your Daily Fix
Although Tumblr is no longer active, this works for every other social media platform because we have to get our daily fill.
Even after we have finished scrolling and close the app, we get bored and re-open the app. It is a never-ending cycle sometimes.
40. It's A Fixer Upper
Have you ever watched one of those fixer-upper shows, and it seems like the house is eating up their money because they didn't realize how many problems it had?
Once one problem is fixed, another problem finds its way to the surface. Some people would even say that the house is a bottomless money pit.
41. That's A Heavy Bar Of Chocolate
When stepping on the scale, it is important to remember that the number does not correlate to your self-worth. Although, it is important to keep a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
It would also help to not hold a chocolate bar while standing on the scale, which adds extra weight.
42. The Recipe For A Skillful Employee
The skillful employee will have two cups of professional skills, one cup of problem-solving, half a cup of self-management and IT skills, a pinch of creativity, and a dash of teamwork.
Once you have added all the ingredients, you can top it with some extras and then bake it at 350 degrees for a minimum of 16 years of schooling.
43. Something Has Changed
As our TV screens get thinner, our waistlines get wider. The TV thickness had to go somewhere, right?
Although the TV has changed and the size of the stomachs has gotten bigger, the guy has not changed his clothes for 18 years.
44. When Getting An Email Was Exciting
Remember being young and getting excited that someone sent you an email. It was new and exciting, while letters were old news.
Today your inbox is flooded with spam and unexciting work emails, but getting a hand-written letter is unique. People rarely write letters anymore, so receiving one is such a great feeling.
45. Surfing The Web
"If everybody had an ocean, Across the internet, then everybody be surfin', surfin' the internet." We are always on our phones, browsing the internet or social media.
From doing work to having leisure time, we use our phones to keep us afloat and ride the internet wave.
46. The Unbreakable Phone
The Nokia 3310 is notoriously made fun of for being indestructible. It can be run over with a car and still work.
On the other hand, the iPhone falls one inch, and it shatters, or it just stops working after a year for no reason. Phones are no longer made to last because companies want you to continue to replace them.
47. Changing Times
Remember when you would have to ask someone to get off the phone so that you could have faster internet. The monitor was so massive that it could crush a person.
Today laptops are so light and portable; it makes it simple for people to do their work anywhere. Although the screens have gotten smaller and thinner, we have gotten bigger. It's called compensation.