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Fried Egg Attracts Swimming Bean Sperm

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We don't know anyone who would dine on the combination of fried eggs and beans nor do we know what, exactly, this eurostar ad is trying to sell but any ad that turns beans into swimming sperm rightly deserves mention of Adrants.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 2-06    
Topic: Strange



Cuban: Anyone Who Buys YouTube is a Moron

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- Agency vet Scott G shares his views on agency diversity including his overhearing an agency exec tell a recruiter "No blacks or Hispanincs."

- Geico's back with another one of those caveman commercials.

- Bill Green from Make the Logo Bigger goes much further than our usually brief, pat hand slap offered marketers for their over reliance on consumer generated media and tells clients to take the handcuffs off their own agency's creative and watch what happens.

- Mark Cuban says anyone who buys YouTube is a moron.

- Advertising Age reviews Advertising Week and determines it's the booze that made it a success.

- Al Ries, weighing in a year later, thinks the name change from J. Walter Thompson to JWT is dumb.

- We liked Yahoo's Bully commercial. Predictably, Bob Garfield didn't.

- Clear Channel offers ad units that are shorter and shorter and shorter and shorter and shorter and...well...shorter.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 2-06    
Topic: Agencies, Trends and Culture, Video



Young Boy Plays with Barbie Dolls For A Reason

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This is a long commercial but stick with it. It pays off. Especially if you like that funky little Barbie song and bisexual preferences. It's for Tulipan condoms

by Steve Hall    Oct- 2-06    




Paris Promotes Aids Awareness by Catering to French Obsession With Sex

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Gorgeous moon tonight. Makes you want to curl up with someone you love and ... wait, is that a condom? An ad campaign sponsored by the city of Paris encourages its inhabitants to think about AIDs by sticking condoms where they don't belong hoping that you, in turn, will stick them where they do. Interesting work. Check out another ad from the same campaign here. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Oct- 2-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Outdoor, Strange



Levitra Sponsors Elevator Up Buttons

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While most people may not associate an elevator's up button with an erection, someone in charge of Levitra's advertising in Sao Paulo do. Adrants reader Marcel Cabral tells us the "side effects may include a four hour erection" company has placed little ads on all the up buttons in various office building in the city. Witty

by Steve Hall    Oct- 2-06    
Topic: Good, Outdoor



Wrigley's Offers Dooney & Bourke Handbags

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Want a new Dooney & Bourke handbag? Head over Candystand where candy maker Wrigley's has partnered with Dooney & Bourke to host a contest to give away handbags. It's all to introduce the company's new packaging for its line of Cream Savers. In a separate promotion for Juicy Fruit, Wrigley's is offering a sweet looking, tricked out gaming laptop.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 2-06    
Topic: Online, Promotions



Minority-Owned Media Flooded With Insertion Orders

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In a hilarious bit of satire, George Simpson tells the ad industry we should be very careful what we wish for when it comes to supporting minority-owned media as we knee jerk react to having our asses plucked like a chicken. George goes on to tell us minority groups have staged protests in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Detroit in reaction to ad agencies over reaction and subsequent purchase of every last bit of minority-owned media's inventory. Reportedly, commercial minutes on minority-owned television stations has risen to 49 minutes leaving only 2 minutes for actual programming.

Protesters are reacting angrily as the same over reaction seems to be occuring in monority-owned print as well. One protester is said to have said, "The News is like reading one of those fat fall preview issues of fashion magazines where you have to flip through a hundred pages of ads before you even find the table of contents. It took me over an hour to find the editorial page yesterday."

As agencies hurriedly ran to prevent their asses being plucked like a chicken in response to the New York City Council knocking on their door, media departments got very busy. One agency exec said. "We ran, alright, straight to our media departments--and bought up every pod, flight, column inch and pixel of minority-oriented inventory"

by Steve Hall    Oct- 2-06    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Policy, Spoofs, Strange



Italian Restaurants + New York Chefs + Whois = Unilever Viral

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While all is said to be revealed Monday, a site called Chef's Rights Now is home to a movement that gathers together New York city Italian chefs who are experiencing some sort of empty restaurant syndrome and, while it's not a fist bump, are pulling together to fight the problem. Who knows. It's probably another Axe promotion whereby all the chefs will suddenly start using Axe deodorant thus attracting the ladies who will thusly attract the men which, together, will thusly fill the restaurants which will thusly end the problem. Oh but that's way too simple. It's probably for one of a million of their food brands.

Ogilvy Public Relations Interactive Marketing VP tells us there will be a pseudo protest in Times Square October 5. One of the categories he's filed his story under is Travel & Tourism. We have no idea what that indicates but it' certainly not deodorant. Whatever. We'll know Monday.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 1-06    
Topic: Online, Promotions



That's Not Pubic Hair! It's A hair Salon Ad!

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Here we have one of the more inventive methods of promoting a hairdressing solon. Not much else need be said about this ad.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 1-06    
Topic: Strange



OfficeMax TUL Pens Pull Mind Out of Gutter

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Rarely do we ever have the time or the inclination to sit through an entire segment of one of those online analyze whatever things marketers like to create to sell product. But, we did this time. Perhaps it was because our date last night was uneventful so we didn't have our usual hangover or have to make polite morning conversation with our less-pretty-than-she-was-last-night date. Perhaps it was because we didn't have to spend time with our new Remington Body Hair Trimmer in preparation for tonight's date who unceremoniously canceled after we asked her to arrive dressed up like a pleated plaid skirt-wearing private school girl. Or, perhaps it was because our favorite porn site was down preventing us from wasting hours slobbering over women we will never have.

Anyway, we found the time to spend with this DDB Chicago-created site for OfficeMax for its new line of TUL pens that offered up a handwriting analysis by graphologist Dr. Gerard Ackerman.So after we randomly selected answers to a six question survey about our writing style, we were presented with a step by step video analysis of our handwriting and an insight into our personality. While it may not have been the most stunningly entertaining thing we've ever seen, it did prove there are certainly other things in life than the aforementioned, less than respectable activities.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 1-06    
Topic: Games, Good, Online



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