Not Just Peanuts

A slide show of the strangest presidential campaign advertisements.

The unveiling of Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign Monday was met with widespread ridicule after several commentators noticed that the red-white-and-blue ‘R’ in his logo looks almost identical to the Aquafresh logo. The forces of investigative journalism quickly turned up the technical term for this distinctive swirl of toothpaste. It’s called a nurdle.

Modern campaign themes tend to default to platitudes about patriotism and optimism, even if they sometimes resemble corporate logos. (Recall that Obama’s logo resembled that of Pepsi,  which subsequently changed its logo to look even more like Obama’s.) But over the years, a few truly weird ones have slipped past quality control.

Click here for a slide show of some of the most eccentric presidential campaign advertisements in history.