Look. It's been a rough week. Here at Mercury HQ, we got a paper out on the streets—but we'll admit, it was a challenge to do so. Creativity-wise, this week just wasn't a real high point for us.

What makes that fact even harder to admit, though, is this: Apparently, across town at Willamette Week HQ, they went above and beyond their usual routine and had a super creative week!

Long story short: It was a bad week for us, it was a good week for them, and before we knew what was even happening, OUR TWO PAPERS ENDED UP WITH EERILY SIMILAR PLACARDS. Both use the tired phrase "when animals attack" to tout our respective papers' movie reviews of Birdemic: Shock and Terror and Furry Vengeance. Behold:

This weeks placards: EERILY SIMILAR.
  • This week's placards: EERILY SIMILAR.

Now, before Ben Waterhouse starts accusing us of placard plagiarism, we'd like to get one thing on the record: We did not steal the idea for our placard from the Willamette Week. This is a matter of coincidence, and nothing more. And let's be honest: The idea for both placards? Pretty goddamn unoriginal. We could've done better and they could've done worse—but what's done is done, and now the streets of Portland are blighted with an unfortunate coincidence.

HOWEVER! Just because this is a coincidence doesn't mean it can't also be a contest! So, a question: Which "when animals attack" placard is less unoriginal? Here are closer looks at each—study them carefully, Blogtown denizens, then cast your vote. Voting ends at noon tomorrow!

Willamette Week placard: Features birds attacking a gas station.
  • Willamette Week placard: Features birds attacking a gas station.

Portland Mercury placard: Features birds attacking Brendan Fraser.
  • Portland Mercury placard: Features birds attacking Brendan Fraser.

WHICH "WHEN ANIMALS ATTACK" PLACARD IS LESS UNORIGINAL?