Monday Funday: terrible ’90s web design, rest-stop restrooms and vintage cringe

Monday Funday is our weekly post where we round up the funniest (and sometimes unfunniest) bits of brand humour and collect them all up in one place – so you don’t have to spend your entire workday scrolling through YouTube and BuzzFeed. Get ready to have your ribs tickled.

Before they were famous

Everyone was a little awkward when they were growing up. Fortunately for most of us the evidence of this is confined to our mums’ photo albums and a handful of grainy images uploaded on a long-forgotten MySpace page. Brands, however, have nowhere to hide. Check out these grisly examples of websites before they were famous (or well designed).

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Turns out the Matrix was a thing long before Keanu teamed up with the Wachowski brothers…
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In 1996 J.C. Penney’s website looked like an Ebay page. A really bad Ebay page.
Urgh.. *shudder*
Urgh.. *shudder*. JP Morgan following the ‘Geocities‘ school of web design.

Big thanks to Business Insider and web.archive.org for dredging up the all-important ‘before’ posts.

Comfort break

Regular readers of Monday Funday will know we’re big fans of toilet humour here. No honestly, big fans. That’s why we almost couldn’t believe our eyes (or luck) when we came across this Facebook page for the Best Forecourt Loo award, organised by industry magazine Forecourt Trader. Spar is one of the brands in the running and a Budgens site won last years coveted award. You can almost smell the urinal cakes from here…

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From the ha-ha-harchives

This week’s classic vid comes from Mates, perfectly encapsulating the age-old, angst-ridden trip to the chemists.

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Author: Tom Owen

A strategic storyteller and compelling content creator, awash with acuity and adept at alliteration. I work for Speak Media. www.speakmedia.co.uk

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