April 24, 2008

my question is, why the fuck did this cost £14K?

Posted in wtf? at 12:45 pm by squishy

EDIT: PHALLUS IT IS NOT! Perhaps this WAS worth £14K (Thanks, LK).

Meh, I don’t think it looks particularly phallic, but people seem to see penises everywhere.


It cost £14,000 to create, but clearly no-one at the smart London design outfit that came up with the new logo for HM Treasury thought to turn it on its side.

The logo, for the Office of Government Commerce, was intended to signify a bold commitment to the body’s aim of “improving value for money by driving up standards and capability in procurement.”

horizontal jerk

vertical jerk

Instead, it has generated howls of mirth and what is likely to be a barrage of teasing emails from mandarins in other departments.

According to insiders, the graphic was already proudly etched on mousemats [BS note: mousemats. Heh.] and pens before it was unveiled for employees, who spotted the clanger within seconds.

Staff have apparently now stripped their office of souvenirs bearing the logo, which could appear on eBay within days.

A spokesman for OGC said: “It is true that it caused a few titters among some staff when viewed on its side, but on consideration we concluded that the effect was generic to the particular combination of the letters OGC – and it is not inappropriate to an organisation that’s looking to have a firm grip on Government spend.”

Emphasis mine.

Source: The Telegraph (UK)



  1. Kelly said,

    Um, seriously? That doesn’t look like a penis to me. Last time I checked, penises weren’t made of three stretched orbs. But maybe I’ve been looking at the wrong ones.

  2. LK said,

    wow. I din’t see it at first but um… its not one big penis. Its a dude. jacking off.

    see? head. torso. legs. The hook of the G is where it at.

    I cant not see it now.

  3. squishy said,

    I’d be lost without you, Lauren.

  4. Tina said,

    I saw this on the Daily Show last night (or the night before?) and I was barely paying attention when I looked up and was like, woah! where’d that come from? Now I know. It’s like the old Little Mermaid video boxes that had huge dildos all over the cover. Those were some good times animators. Let’s have more of that in our Disney movies, shall we?

  5. Kelly said,

    Whoops. Now I feel like an idiot. Clearly I’m just as perceptive as the people who printed this on all manner of mousepads and pens.

  6. aegis79 said,

    “and it is not inappropriate to an organisation that’s looking to have a firm grip on Government spend”

    Dear lord. These guys just keep stepping in it.

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