While we don't doubt that many personal ads are effective, we're more interested in the ridiculous ones. Crazy people are bound to find other crazies, hopefully this collection will help bring them together.
"My intrests are Islam,reading,fiqh, Jihad and fighting i the cause of Allah" (found on this islamic forum) Pieter De Hond, a 41-year-old divorced father of two, planted this lovelorn message in a cow pasture in 50-foot letters made from corn stalks.
My attitude was ‘I’m going to print these ads because they’re the only ones I’ve got.’ They’re ridiculous and silly, but it was like, who blinks first? Instead of lying about their physical attributes, sparkling personalities, improbable sexual skills, wealth, and accomplishments in an effort to elicit hopeful responses from gullible readers, these people exaggerate their flaws with cutting haiku-like precision.
Are the readers going to say, ‘No I didn’t mean for you to print that ad? ’ They were consistently like that from there on in. The cynical, dark-humored, quirky, but literate descriptions are tinged with existential despair and CV’s full of failed relationships.
In this day and age, the personal ad can come in a variety of forms.
There's the classic newspaper classified, Craigslist, and of course, mowing a message into your lawn for potential lovers in the sky.
David Rose has compiled (named for the delightful ad “They call me Naughty Lola.
Being the only single on its office, Lance's co-workers made him a website and huge billboard. F Got-2 (love symbol) Farm'n." Read only lines 1, 3 and 5!
In his case the humble phrase “done rather well” is the equivalent of Gene Simmons’ creepy Polaroid collection of his sexual conquests.But if he were to describe himself for a LRB ad, he’d have to make himself sound like a circus freak or monstrous horror movie creature in order to get anyone’s attention.Originally designed to match intelligent people based on their literary interests, readers immediately ganged up on the personals section like Amazon reviewers and twisted it for their own purposes. Now people turn to the personals ads first, then read the book reviews.They were, as Rose told NPR, instead “instantly very, very silly.” In a I thought to myself, ‘This isn’t going to be good. What an idiot I am.’ But I work on the Bowie principal—do something once and it’s a mistake; do it three times and it’s an arrangement.’ We had to let it go for a couple of issues. The ads are the exact inverse of the clichéd, bragging, bitter, disturbing (in the case of The Village Voice), or inarticulate American equivalent.
They highlight skin diseases, ugliness, mental illness, flatulence, obesity, poor hygiene, personality disorders, revenge fantasies, perverted fetishes, and disappointing sexual skills.Here’s a good illustration of ingrained false modesty: a young English expat says he has “done rather well” with women from American dating websites, which may well mean that he has bedded every willing woman, from college freshmen to great-grannies, in his entire time zone.