Back in Texas this month to visit family, as I travel down Interstate Highway 290 east of Austin I spy a blank sign high above the roadside. Some years ago at this location appeared what must have been one of the most ill-starred advertisements in all of history. The image was of a huge all-terrain vehicle, and the caption read:

Steroids for your SUV!

The ad was for a brand of radial tire that turned out to be associated with blowouts and fatal rollover accidents. Anabolic steroid abuse by athletes was only beginning. Gasoline prices had yet to skyrocket. That billboard managed to hit three for three! Was it cursed? Is that why it's empty of any image today?

TopicHumor - TopicPersonalHistory - 2006-07-11

(correlates: IncessantBarking, PowerDistortion, LetTrucksBeTrucks, ...)