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Flatulina Breaks Wind to Christmas Classics

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Another gem for your novelty holiday CD collection. Riding the wave of a supposed lifelong struggle with uncontrollable flatulence, Flatulina puts on a Horatio Algier-style gameface and decides to lace Christmas classics with the distinct sound of farts.

There are plenty of people who make a living off the philosophy of cheap and easy. Bathroom humour epitomizes cheap and easy because somebody somewhere is always willing to laugh at a fart joke, so we have to give props to a chick willing to turn this into her contribution to the world at large. Yet another indication there's a divine calling out there for everybody. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov-29-06    
Topic: Strange



Second Life Makes its First Virtual Millionaire

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A real estate tycoon no less, and a hot one if you're into avatars. Anshe Chung spent her precious time developing islands and creating private communities restricted to certain types of architecture, francophones, the gay community or even "furries," a diaspora of fuzzy avatars.

Now Chung's Linden money is convertable to $1 million US dollars. Makes you wonder why you wasted all the time on the Sims, doesn't it? - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov-29-06    
Topic: Online



Manix Condoms Cause End of World

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Not that you've ever had the premonition this guy did before buying condoms but this particular premonition, in the form of a 90 second ad for Manix condoms, clearly illustrates the "dangers" successful usage of condoms can cause. In Bulworth, Warren Beatty said, "If we all fucked each other, we'd eventually end up the same color." If Warren were in this Manix ad, he might say, "If we all fucked each other with condoms, we might end the world as we know it."

by Steve Hall    Nov-29-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Racy, Strange



Shovels Invade Kansas City For Outreach International

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While the explanatory video sucks and is five minutes longer than its 6:05 length presents, we like this Kansas City shovel installation St. Louis-based Rogers Townsend did for its pro-bono client Outreach International. Under cover of darkness, a team planted hundreds of steel and wooden shovels in and around one of the city's parks to call attention to the organization's work it's done around the world. It was, seemingly, a fitting analogy for Outreach International and by several accounts, garnered a good deal of notice and media coverage. We're sure the local Home Depot and Loews were quite happy to sell out all their shovel stock for the cause.

by Steve Hall    Nov-29-06    
Topic: Good, Guerilla



Art Directors Club Delivers Armageddon

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The Art Directors Club, in heir promotional piece for the organization's 86th Annual Call for Entries, has acknowledged the state of our world and the tumultuous and precarious position in which today's ad industry finds itself. Created by TBWA\Chiat\Day New York (why do they have to use that forward slash instead of the other one everyone else uses making the typing od thier name a pain in the ass?) the poster portrays hurricanes, tsunamis, energy shortages, bird flu, pedophilia, rogue nations with nukes, political and religious tensions, big box retailers, and numerous other worrisome plagues that afflict the world and out industry.

In the creation of the poster, the agency got all voodoo-like and researched the history of Armageddon, medieval times and other apocalyptic events for inspiration. It shows. We like. In a most blunt and concise fashion, it truly sums up the insanity of our current commercial culture.

by Steve Hall    Nov-29-06    
Topic: Good, Industry Events, Poster



Dwarfs, Pigs, Dancing Indian Sell Awesome Canned Ham Phone

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If the general public ever thought those of us in the advertising business were just a bunch of wanna-be-cool hipsters who drink too much Starbucks, play too much foosball and have strange tastes in music, these two new commercials created by Mother NY and directed by The Perlorian Brothers would confirm that line of thinking. In this spot for the Virgin Mobile Slice, a phone packaged to look like a can of sliced ham, nothing is normal. Nothing at all. And, perhaps, that's a very good thing.

by Steve Hall    Nov-29-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Strange



Scientists Brand Bugs, Brave New Frontier for Advertisers

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Nothing is safe from becoming adspace, not even bugs, though to be fair we could consider it a return to our roots since we branded animals way before we started branding other stuff. Scientists have just placed a small logo onto a genetically engineered butterfly.

Isn't that exciting? We're embarking slowly over the threshold of Vuitton-stamped lepidoptera. If that doesn't turn you on just ever so slightly, we will call you a liar and challenge you to a duel. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov-29-06    
Topic: Strange



Copywriters Offer Portfolio Building Advice

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Mediabistro has a three part series on how copywriters can build a great portfolio. Apart from witticisms like this in part III, "The sad truth is that having a great book means that sooner or later you will need to collaborate with another human being. This will probably involve talking, possibly being in the same room together, often listening to ideas and disturbing personal issues not entirely your own and maybe even liking some of them," we had a hard time getting past part II which had that strangely sexy photo of Jennifer Solow in her "Famous Author" tank top, bikini bottoms and leather jacket. Yes, yes, we know. We are easily distracted but at least we took the time to find this advice for you. Read it here, here and here.

by Steve Hall    Nov-29-06    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Opinion



Canadians Want Guys to be Nice to Girls

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The Government of Ontario cares about manners and thinks guys should be nice to girls. That's the gist of the messaging in this commercial which points to a site called Equality Rules. In the commercial, almost directly opposite from a scene in last night's Friday Night Lights in which one of the characters working the register at the local fast food restaurant tries to pick up a girl by telling her what she really wants when she places her order, a mean spirited guy, for no apparent reason, berates a girl who's just trying to order a burger.

The Equality Rules site is filled with cheesy cartoon advice vignettes that seem almost purposefully to mirror high-minded finger-wagging you'd get from your grandmother after she caught you getting drunk with your friend on his Dad's boat. SInce all other angle seem to be taken on convincing people to be nice, maybe this one will actually work. The commercial was created by Toronto's Bensimon Byrne and produced by UNTITLED (yes, that's the name of the company).

by Steve Hall    Nov-29-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Online, Strange, Video



More On Japanese Nut-Crushing Doritos

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Adverb keeps us up-to-date on their provocative exploration of Doritos Japan Nut-Crushing Package Design by elaborating on the campaign and interpreting the text. And oh, it was more nut-crushingly delightful than we ourselves could have conceived.

The line of black corn, chili-taco flavoured chips belong to a promotion called "Tights-kun Doritos" or "Buddy-boy in tights Doritos." The aforementioned is a prolific animated porn character and aficionados are collecting variations on the packaging.

more »

by Angela Natividad    Nov-29-06    
Topic: Good, Packaging



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