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Claim: Illustration from withdrawn Yellow Pages ad reveals risqué image when a portion of it is viewed upside-down.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2005]
Such is the nature of the putative Yellow Pages ad for a flooring company displayed above, which is accompanied by an illustration of a woman holding a champagne glass that, when flipped upside-down and cropped in half horizontally, resembles an image of a woman with no lower undergarments touching herself in a strategically sensitive area.
Several clues might suggest that this image was something put together as a joke rather than a genuine Yellow Pages ad:
These types of images have a history of being circulated as copylore/faxlore as well, as demonstrated by this similar example from The Ultimate Book of Rude and Politically Incorrect Jokes:
The same image incorporated into the Yellow Pages ad displayed at the head of this page has also been used in other contexts, as exemplified by this reader-supplied scan of a matchbook obtained in a Geneva, Switzerland, bar circa 1990:
Another reader passed along an example of a genuine Yellow Pages ad (from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) for a bar that makes use of this illustration:
Last updated: 7 January 2006
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