Here's a Chipotle ad that made us feel a little weird about taking that next mouthful of beef. Did that come out wrong? There's just something about its metallic appearance that makes it look... oh, never mind.
Sometimes a burrito is just a burrito. We do like how they added "big burritos" at bottom. It really pushes the innuendo over the edge. - Contributed by Angela Natividad
Northern California's BART system is running an ongoing "thank you" campaign, variations of which are plastered all over their 20-or-so stations. The ones we've seen include "Thank you, romance novel reading riders" and "Thank you, first time riders," among others including this one.
Having taken BART since our guileless preschool days, we think the campaign is rather sweet if not a little creepy. Really. We love that they know us so well but as we crochet or clutch our trashy novels we can't help but jerk our eyes around to see who's watching. - Contributed by Angela Natividad
Here's an interesting ad seen at the airport over the weekend. Chicago-based Grant Thornton wants to make it crystal clear that their accountants have the spice of life those other accountants so often lack.
A rose between the teeth is a clever way to make the point but the real question lies in whether they can also tango while calculating our tax return. Then we'll really be swept off our feet. - Contributed by Angela Natividad
If you ever find yourself watching some obscure local TV station late at night in your hotel room while on some lame business trip in some lame city with your lame co-workers to pitch some lame client some lame new work your agency's done for them and a commercial like this one comes on, you just might quit your job immediately and enroll at The Viral Learning Center. Yes, you too can become a viral video expert.
At the Learning Center, you'll learn important viral video tactics such as filming yourself sitting at your desk, the art of falling, hurting animals, using animals to hurt people, working with excrement and vomit and "many more." This hilarious DRTV spoof takes whacks at both the DRTV genre and viral video itself all to promote, yes, a website that's all about viral video called Ziddio. It's one of those "we pay you for your video" site. Kind of like Revver with wit. American Copywriter points.
- Cynopsis reports, "ABC has slid The Nine into hiatus status. The Wednesday night 10p time period this week will be home to a special edition of 20/20. Elsewhere, in another schedule change, NBC will replace Friday Night Lights on Tuesdays at 8p beginning December 26 with a third weekly installment of Dateline NBC. NBC has ordered up a full season of Friday Night Lights, but at this point has not announced its new time period."
- Swarovski Crystal is taking advantage of Rockefeller Center Christmas treee anticipation with a giant scaffold wrap.
- Apparently those Times Square Charmin toilets were a hit with people waiting up to 45 minutes to offer their leave behinds.
- Kate Moss may pull out of her Agent Provocateur marketing deal because she's miffed company owner Serena Rees is dating Clash bassist Paul Simonon, former husband to Moss' best friend Tricia.
Boing Boing points us to a recent MAKE: Weekend Project video in which Bre Pettis and Allison Kudla (we have no idea) demonstrate how vegetarians can prepare turkey: with paper.
Apparently the process is as elaborate as one would expect with all the actual turkey-buying, basting and baking, so if just having a turkey in the middle of the table and not eating or smelling one is your end goal, then pull out those scissors and prepare to be very confused.
Have a happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate it, and to those who don't, here's an ad from PETA to help you feel appropriately righteous about keeping turkeys squawking (if in fact they do squawk).
And whatever you do, don't make stuffing with raisins because we really hate it when people do that. - Contributed by Angela Natividad
Australia's Watch Around Water is placing images of a little drowned boy at the bottom of swimming pools.
At some point we figure people are going to catch onto this whole fake-dead-people-as-props trend, and when they do they'll come across some real dead people and scoff. Then what are we going to do? Say "I'm sorry"?
No. The boy who cried wolf did that. Nobody believed him. - Contributed by Angela Natividad
The teeny new iPod Shuffle stars in this ad where iPod Shuffle users actually shuffle as they unwrap, unzip, put on or yank off various articles of clothing. The ad is by Brand New School and features a song called "Who's Gonna Sing?" by the Prototypes, which we rather like.
In general we find the Shuffle ad unimpressive as HP already did similar work with digital cameras, then improved on the idea with their Pavillion campaign. However, we're fully confident that for consistency and whatnot the ad will hold its own just fine. - Contributed by Angela Natvidad
Here's a good Saatchi & Saatchi campaign in which Racism becomes a cosmetic in a little jar that turns its users into human ogres, as demonstrated by the images and the slogan: "The more you apply it, the uglier you become."
Racism is cosmetic when you think about it, so the comparison is apt. Check out the female variant and one of ambiguous gender. - Contributed by Angela Natividad
PETA recently launched PETA Kids in an attempt to make the volatile group more kid-friendly. The site is loaded with fun little ways to propagandize the usual message, like stencils to decorate the nearest public loo with images of animals begging "love me" - yes, like a psychotic ex.
PETA is also promoting Fast Food Nation and Happy Feet, which happens to be in bed with Tamiflu, which, by the way, is now linked to sometimes fatal but generally psychotic behavior among kids.
Clearly PETA has not done its homework about children the way it has with pigs, puppies and penguins. Want to cozy up to kids? Liaise with companies that aren't already liaising with companies that happen to be compelling your target demographic to fling themselves off condo balconies. Isn't that, like, common knowledge? - Contributed by Angela Natividad