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Have you ever been waiting for the subway and noticed an advertisement defaced in a comical manner? Well, does Gothamist have a site for you! May we present, the printable cold sore. Why would anyone want a printable cold sore? From the site:

As we wait for transportation, we are unwillingly assaulted by larger-than-life representations of supposedly beautiful salespeople. The large scale of these ads and their extremely close proximity to the viewer offer up more than perceived intimacy, however... they give us the chance to see the mechanical flaws designed to correct their physical flaws.

Nothing says sexy like a cold sore! Besides, the printable cold sore is 10 times prettier than some illegible scrawl done with a ball-point pen. It's also 100 times more subtle.

The site is careful to point out that this might be considered illegal, "You can make your point simply by documenting your work, removing your stickers, and submitting an image. I am in no way responsible for your actions, I am merely presenting a theoretical solution to a real-world problem."

The cold sores come in four different forms that anyone can print at home. Just think, fun for the whole family! "Daddy, how does one get cold sores." Educational, too!

We couldn't help but think that these are somewhat similar to the advertising thought bubbles, except in a much more STD type of way. If you manage to do this and document your actions, be sure to send those photos to us (photos@gothamist.com) or tag those sores "gothamist" on flickr.