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Basketball is For Dicks

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We'd venture to say the University of Nevada, Las Vegas might want to consider some sort of re-branding as this image of USA Basketball versus Puerto Rico Indicates.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 4-06    
Topic: Strange



Chrysler Bites Back At Ad Age Over Ask Dr. Z Campaign

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Chrysler is mad as hell at Advertising Age and isn't going to take it any longer. Reacting to a story by Jean Halliday on Chrysler's Ask Dr. Z campaign in which she pretty much trashes the campaign saying it didn't do much for the automaker, Jason Vines wrote an article on the company's The Firehouse press blog entitled "Truth Takes A Halliday." In the article, Jason lays out data which contradicts Halliday's article and claims the campaign is doing just fine. Since, in the inimitable wisdom of Vines who publicly promoted the blog when it launched but limited it only to "known and established media organizations," we can't link to the story so we'll just reprint it in its entirety here until Jason asks us to remove it. You'd think he'd want more than just press to see this good stuff. And Jason, we're not anonymous. Just click the About link above.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 4-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Research



Wool Keeps Your Ass Warm

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Likely a spoof or a sick twisted joke by a local farmer, this billboard reverses the whole men and sheep thing, adds a pig and calls it good by all the tagline, "Keeping You Ass Warm Since 1856." Hilarious. And really dumb.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-06    
Topic: Outdoor, Strange



Agency.com Video Gets Brokeback Mountain-Style Fist Bump

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It just doesn't stop. No matter what we do, the Agency.com fist bump fest just will not leave the building. Not to mention those Brokeback Mountain Parodies Here's yet another spoof of the agency's Subway Pitch Video called Douchebag Mountain that mashes up Brokeback with the boys from Agency.com. We don't know what all this will accomplish for Agency.com or what harm will befall them but we do know this whole thing is officially a viral. We also know people in this insecure industry love to one up themselves by beating the shit out of their competition whenever the opportunity presents itself.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-06    
Topic: Agencies, Online, Spoofs, Strange, Video, Viral



Smirnoff Gets Preppy In Long Form Video

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Here's a long form music video ad of sorts for Smirnoff that, if you ever lived any part of the preppy life, you will find very funny. A crew of prepped out New England wigger rappers delivers the whole Cape Cod, Pearl necklace, south wing veranda, Top Siders, alligator pants, sweater over the shoulder, collar up thing in full Preppy Handbook style.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-06    
Topic: Good, Strange, Video



Ad Mashup Leaves Creative Brief, Client Behind

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Advertising for Peanuts has launched Ad Mashup, a site where Art Directors can throw the creative brief and the client out the window, mashup various ads into their own personal works of art and share the results with the rest of the ad community. This is a great site to play around with while listening to your traffic manager drone on about what's due when knowing full well nothing will ever be delivered on time.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-06    
Topic: Creative Commentary, Good, Spoofs, Weblogs



Pets Escape, People Escape...From High Cell Phone Bills

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Following the "Stupid Pet Tricks": thing, Element 79 partners has created a series of spots featuring animals escaping form their cages just as humans like to escape from high cell phone bills which is what mobile phone company Cricket promises in these ads. See three of the ads here, here and here.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials



Carmen Elektra Signs With Weight Loss Pill, Boobs Stay Big

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Carmen Elektra seems to be very busy these days. Perhaps she really can't find any work and has to turn to advertisers for her paycheck. Not too long after she signed with Ritz Camera to be its spokesmodel, the actress has also signed with NV, "the world's first beauty-enhancing weight loss pill." Whatever that is. This ought to be fun to watch. Carmen takes the pill. Carmen lose weight. Carmen gets skinny. Carmen's fake boobs stay huge.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Strange



Sub-Zero Wines, Altoids Dumps Leo?, Nokia Shares, Blog Shot

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- Fridge maker (and wine storage maker) Sub-Zero has launched a weblog which focuses on wine.

- A reader writes, "Just read on Candyaddict.com that Altoids is coming out with "chocolate dipped mints." Any truth to the rumor that they bagged Leo Burnett after that awful sour challenge campaign? That's the word..."

- Getty Images made licensing images easier (or so they say) with their new rights-ready licensing service.

- Nokia has a couple of new spots, created by Lowe Singapore, that do the whole individuality is cool, mind/body/spirit thing. (1, 2)

- In the "huh?" and "WTF" categories comes this weblog called Shoot My Blog which exists for no other reason that to solicit from people pipcture of the Shoot My Blog blog.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-06    
Topic: Agencies, Tools, Weblogs



Puma and Foot Locker Bring Back Russian American Space Race

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Somehow the creators of this site for the release of the Puma Superstructure in Foot Locker has made an analogy to the 60's space race complete with angry Russions and secret files. This is a European site so maybe there's some sort of obsession with the whole Russian American cold war/space race think but for this America, today, Russia's just a gigantic country that makes a lot of vodka.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-06    
Topic: Online, Strange



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