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It May Look Like Advertising, But Look Closer And You'll See What It Really Is

For the past two years, artists across the United Kingdom have been doing something bold ... and illegal. They perform these "takeovers" where they remove existing advertisements from bus stops and replace them with messages that are non-sponsored and speak directly to the people who use the streets. It's not for promotion — the point is to take away just a couple lanes of corporate-driven communication and remind people to think about other, more important topics (and to think for themselves). Here are some of their messages. Enjoy.

It May Look Like Advertising, But Look Closer And You'll See What It Really Is

A reminder to read your terms and conditions, by Ankles:


Some commentary on our hypocritical financial world, by Shift/Delete:

Don't forget that hashtags are just digital pixels, not real change, by Paul Insect:

Question how the products you consume are tested, by Hannah Adamaszek:

Drawing attention to the fracking in Spain, by Vinz Feel Free:

Letting folks know about the positive things you can do every day, by Know Hope:

And here's a video of the artists in action:

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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