• Doctor First (unregistered)

    First!

    I don't get it.

  • pcooper (cs)

    I don't get it either...

  • Mark (unregistered)

    Duh there was a work at home ad on the same page.

  • pcooper (cs)

    Hmm... I skipped over reading that because it looked... like an ad.

  • Anonymous (unregistered)

    It took me a lot of re-reading to notice the ironic ad. Hooray for banner blindness!

  • Mark (unregistered)

    I think this only goes to show that a lot of us just completely filter out and ignore online banner ads.

  • Doctor First (unregistered) in reply to Mark
    Mark:
    I think this only goes to show that a lot of us just completely filter out and ignore online banner ads.

    People advertise online?

  • Galelasa (cs) in reply to Mark
    Mark:
    I think this only goes to show that a lot of us just completely filter out and ignore online banner ads.

    Let's hope none of the site's sponsors are lurking! ;-)

  • SomeCoder (unregistered)

    I had the exact same problem. My eyes automatically skip past any banner ads.

    That's neat and sad at the same time. Neat because that's cool that my brain adapted. Sad because it HAD to adapt.

  • deadbeef (unregistered)

    that was dumb.

    but what made it funny was the banner ad on the page for working at home!

    the irony!

  • Andrew (unregistered)

    Heh, I was think that this is useful information for people who arn't aware of these kinds of things. I had to read the comments to even realise that there was a banner there!

  • Squiggle (cs) in reply to Andrew
    Andrew:
    I had to read the comments to even realise that there was a banner there!

    You, I and the rest of the WTF readership :) I think this is the first time I've had to engage my brain all day.

    Perhaps I need a new job.

  • Phat Wednesday (unregistered)

    Hey! did you guys see that awesome job offer at the bottom? I've already signed up for my easy cash 'n' hot babes.

  • KattMan (cs) in reply to Phat Wednesday
    Phat Wednesday:
    Hey! did you guys see that awesome job offer at the bottom? I've already signed up for my easy cash 'n' hot babes.

    Wait a minute, you get cash and hot babes? I thought you had to be a hot babe to get the cash. Man did I ever read that ad wrong.

  • kevin (unregistered)

    even with adbock, my eyes still skip banners. I never did get it until reading the responses. Perhaps the banner blinders in more interesting the the blunder.

  • waffles (unregistered) in reply to kevin

    Wow, even with the comments it took me a while to find the ad. I spent a good 30 seconds staring at the image before I realized the colorful thing under it was what I was supposed to be looking at.

  • vt_mruhlin (cs) in reply to Mark

    Aha! I thought that was a WTF banner, not part of the screenshot.

  • fennec (cs) in reply to vt_mruhlin
    vt_mruhlin:
    Aha! I thought that was a WTF banner, not part of the screenshot.
    That's just because you haven't AdBlocked the banners yet.

    ^.^

  • KattMan (cs) in reply to fennec
    fennec:
    vt_mruhlin:
    Aha! I thought that was a WTF banner, not part of the screenshot.
    That's just because you haven't AdBlocked the banners yet.

    ^.^

    I think this post is proof that you need not ad block anything. We do that in an analog fashion automatically.

  • poochner (cs) in reply to KattMan
    KattMan:
    fennec:
    vt_mruhlin:
    Aha! I thought that was a WTF banner, not part of the screenshot.
    That's just because you haven't AdBlocked the banners yet.

    ^.^

    I think this post is proof that you need not ad block anything. We do that in an analog fashion automatically.

    <zombie>BRRRAAAAAAIIIIINNNSSSS!!!!</zombie>

  • SC (unregistered)

    Here is another (un)fortunate soul who had to read the comments in order to see what this was about. Heh.

    CAPTCHA: gotcha. I hate writing captcha's for the sake of writing them, but, this one is oddly appropriate. Again.

  • null reference (unregistered) in reply to KattMan
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  • Ronald Huereca (unregistered)

    That's hilarious. I didn't get it either until I read the comments. Banner blindness indeed.

  • el jaybird (unregistered)

    Yeah, Alex, maybe you should draw one of those yellow ellipsey-thingies around the banner in question.

    dubya would have done it.

  • Pap (cs)

    I didn't have to read the comments to get it, but the only reason I noticed the banner at all is because there's a chick in it.

    $7500/mo you say?

  • Will Perdikakis (unregistered) in reply to null reference
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  • moe (unregistered)

    HAAAAAAAAA THAT is hysterical!!! I totally didn't get it until I read the comments and went back and looked at the ad.

    captcha: bling - speakin of work at home ads ...

  • Joshua Starr (unregistered)

    I too suffer from banner ad blindness. Didn't get it at all until I read the comments. WTF!

  • themagni (cs) in reply to Pap
    Pap:
    I didn't have to read the comments to get it, but the only reason I noticed the banner at all is because there's a chick in it.

    $7500/mo you say?

    To get that, you have to look like the girl in the ad.

    (And it's not the kind of job you want people knowing where you live.)

  • Mr Ascii (cs) in reply to KattMan
    KattMan:
    Phat Wednesday:
    Hey! did you guys see that awesome job offer at the bottom? I've already signed up for my easy cash 'n' hot babes.
    Wait a minute, you get cash and hot babes? I thought you had to be a hot babe to get the cash. Man did I ever read that ad wrong.
    Or have the cash to get the hot babes.
  • Mr Ascii (cs) in reply to fennec
    fennec:
    vt_mruhlin:
    Aha! I thought that was a WTF banner, not part of the screenshot.
    That's just because you haven't AdBlocked the banners yet.

    ^.^

    I was pissed because it missed one.

  • Uncoolperson (cs)

    i just skipped over the ad thinking it was an ad on WTF, not the subject of the posting.

  • The Flaming Yak (unregistered)

    That USPS PDF has its own issues: The text on the license shows blue eyes, but the girl whose license this supposedly is has brown eyes. Maybe his picture is being removed from the license, and she's the identity thief. In that case, she's 6'2".

  • Rurouni (unregistered) in reply to Joshua Starr
    Joshua Starr:
    I too suffer from banner ad blindness. Didn't get it at all until I read the comments. WTF!
    I don't suffer from banner ad blindness, I enjoy it very much! ^_~

    And yes, even after reading the comments and checking a 2nd time, I still overlooked it.

  • its me (cs)

    I agree, this screen shot needs to point out the banner add is what you're supposed to be seeing; especially because the text "Avoid work at home scams" is circled. You're left wondering what the problem is with that text, but you don't actually look at the banner add....

    I didn't get it until I read the comments either....

    -Me

  • slashdot's anonymous coward (unregistered)

    I too was initially pissed that adblock missed a banner.

    captcha: digdug I feel the need to play mind-numbing games now.

  • rgz (unregistered)

    I did got it the first time but only because I realized it was an advertising WTF.

    But I did skip it before reading the article. The fact that I skipped it by reflex doesn't mean I wasn't annoyed by it, ad blindness doesn't mean you don't see ads, it only means that you see them as scrambled mosaic graphics devoid of meaning.

    By the way, it happens to me IRL too, I realized it when I was looking for a plumber in the yellow pages, I didn't find a suitable one until some one pointed me to the big, banner like ads in the page, I was oblivious to them.

    Now, seriously, captcha = "vern", what the fuck is that?

  • Alazius (cs) in reply to Pap

    That's Canadian money. So like $750 a month in US Dollars.

    And before anyone comments, yes I know it's only like a grand less with current conversions.

  • ML (unregistered)

    I had a similar experience. During the horrible mine accident in West Virginia last year, I was reading a news article on the Daily Mail's web page about it and the deaths of the miners. The news page had Google Ad Sense links at the bottom (which adds ads based on the text of the article).

    One of those Google links at the bottom read "Miners Needed! Earn up to $7500 a month!"

  • H3SO5 (cs)

    Have been using AdBlock for quite a while, since the dial-up days. I don't really miss banners...

  • Bobbo (unregistered) in reply to KattMan
    KattMan:
    fennec:
    vt_mruhlin:
    Aha! I thought that was a WTF banner, not part of the screenshot.
    That's just because you haven't AdBlocked the banners yet.

    ^.^

    I think this post is proof that you need not ad block anything. We do that in an analog fashion automatically.

    AdBlock also speeds up your browsing though, because it removes the request from the page completely. The one I use does, anyway.

  • OlderandWIser (unregistered) in reply to vt_mruhlin

    Don't laugh.

    I got this "job offer" after two "Private Caller" phone interviews for more than I was asking for the job.

    All I had to do was submit my application form and W-9 (includes social security number, signature, address, etc) and banking information (We cannot guarantee timely payment otherwise!)

    I had some friends check out the New Jersey address (I'm on the left coast) this was supposedly from. A vacant lot. The company in question is from Bangalore.

    When I asked to meet with the manager I was told the job offer was rescinded.

  • diaphanein (unregistered) in reply to Doctor First
    Doctor First:
    Mark:
    I think this only goes to show that a lot of us just completely filter out and ignore online banner ads.

    People advertise online?

    People do what in the where now? How perverse...

  • Obi Wan (unregistered)

    OMG, I must be the wierd one. I actually got it on the first read. Either I'm superior because I don't auto-block "communications" like banner ads, or I'm seriously in line to go extinct because I don't block the ads. Probably the latter.

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGH!!!!

    captcha: muhahaha - I knew it! I'm doomed!!

  • cconroy (cs) in reply to Obi Wan

    Also, why "23 People" and not just "People"? Is that supposed to make you think there are limited spots available and therefore entice you to apply faster? Who would possibly fall for that?

  • silverpie (cs) in reply to null reference

    California would be described as .ca.us, actually.

  • ricecake (unregistered) in reply to cconroy
    cconroy:
    Also, why "23 People" and not just "People"?

    Maybe they meant "Hot 23-year-old babe People".

  • Anon (unregistered) in reply to cconroy
    cconroy:
    Is that supposed to make you think there are limited spots available and therefore entice you to apply faster? Who would possibly fall for that?
    Captcha: Waffles.

    It's always neat when the captcha answers the question correctly. People with the brains of a waffle would fall for this.

    Where you've gone wrong is in assuming that these people don't exist. In reality, there's always another moron who will mortgage their house in order to help nigerians steal millions of dollars, and they'll fall for the "work from home" gags even more easily.

    People are stupid. I thought everyone here already knew that.

  • Tom (unregistered)

    I also didn't even notice the ad. We sure got punk'd!

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