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Sarah Silverman Needs A Date!

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Shmuel Tennenhaus writes to tells us Comedy Central has placed a profile for Sarah Silverman on JDate. Yea, this is nothing new. Dating sites have been fooling around with "fake" listings for a long time but we like Sarah Silverman so give her a click.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 1-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Social



China Bans Sexy Ads, MDC and CP+B Dance, Mariah Smells, Paris Stinks

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- China, perhaps after witness the degradation of Western society, has decided to ban advertising for push up bras, sex toys and other clothing that is figure-enhancing.

- Will they sell out to MDC? Will they seek capital and go it alone? Tune in to Advertising Age for the continuing drama on MDC's possible move to majority ownership of Crispin Porter + Bogusky.

- Soon you will be able to splash yourself with a different celebrity fragrance each day of the month.

- Damn! What we just said above.

- You just know social media has made it when it becomes an eBay auction. Yes, the I Am Hungry Facebook application was sold on eBay for $20,100.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 1-07    
Topic: Agencies, Celebrity



Indulging Creative Strain Yields Expectedly Unfun Reading Material

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In September, Corbis ran a contest called I Am Buried, which encouraged ad creatives to bitch about how hard life is in the most enviable job any college burnout ever dreamed of. Winners got shopping sprees, personal assistants and other stuff you fantasize about when you're depressed and not buying razors.

We held off on covering this because we thought it would be more interesting to wait after the campaign, so as to air out the dirty laundry of the winners. It turns out -- surprise of all surprises -- the winning stories were not really all that compelling.

One refers to something called "WORKIARRHEA" and somebody else made a chart of her dirty dishes, coupled with a somewhat depressing description of how her work piles up with no end in sight.

This must by far have been the suckiest contest ever, providing us with data only slightly more interesting than a discussion about corns, and somebody's attempt to be witty by referencing hufu during Advertising Week.

by Angela Natividad    Oct- 1-07    
Topic: Agencies, Bad, Online, Promotions



More WeeWorld Stuff, and Will that ( Red ) Campaign Just GTFO Already?!

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Because they heard we're in love with them - at least while intoxicated - some really enthusiastic PR chick won't stop sending us images and factoids about WeeWorld.

See how WeeMees can help add colour to Skittles or relentlessly rock that tired (Red) campaign we hate so much.

Off-topic, at the WeeWorld Cocktail Party a lady from Europe was telling us Americans often confuse the word "wee" with some kind of baby-talk that actually denotes "pee-pee" or a little boy's private parts instead of the adjective "small" - which is more common in Scotland than it is here.

Hm. Okay, then.

by Angela Natividad    Oct- 1-07    
Topic: Online, Promotions



Dove Pummels Young Girl With Sexual Imagery in 'Onslaught'

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After watching Dove's new Ogilvy-created commercial Onslaught, a follow up to Evolution, you might become a bit sickened you work in an industry that forces impossible ideals down the throats of innocent children. Now if you think that's overstating things a bit, just watch the new commercial. You know it's true. You know there are far too may "bigger, better, more beautiful, clearer, slimmer, fuller, trimmer" ads out there incessantly bombarding people with messages that basically say you're too fat, ugly, flat, dowdy, slobby for your own good and you simply must rush out and buy product after product after product that promise to turn you into a super model but will do nothing but drain your purse.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 1-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good



By Car or By Plane, Billboards Will Pursue the Eyesore Traveler

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Think billboards are intrusive now? Wait until they blemish your picturesque descent of the SF peninsula or the eastern coastline. Our homie Chad just told us about Ad-Air, whose purpose in life is to give us "bird's-eye billboards" along the flight paths of the world's busiest airports.

And because you'll be way above ground when you happen to be scanning it for something pretty to look at, the ads will be about five acres each - about four football fields across.

The billboards will be hoisted onto temporary framing and are virtually "invisible" from the ground. Expect to see the first few this October in Dubai - of course. Any country that can afford to bring snow to the desert will probably leap at the chance to swallow all the advertising it can get.

Bird's-eye billboards. God damn. Do you imagine this is what crop circles are for?

by Angela Natividad    Oct- 1-07    
Topic: Inflight, Outdoor



Renault Puts VW Crash Ads to Shame With Crashtastic Ballet

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Why crash just one or two cars when you can turn multiple fender benders and head ons into a slo mo spectacle of ballet-like proportion? French car manufacturer Renault wen with the latter in a recent commercial for its line of vehicles. Shot on what appears to be salt flats, multiple Renaults spin, pirouette, promenade, cabriole and generally move with grace while at the same time collide dramatically on ground and in mid-air in one of the best car commercial we've ever seen.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 1-07    
Topic: Best, Commercials



Wendy's Hot Juicy Burgers Go Social

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It might be because we're a sucker for anything with Jerry Bruckheimer-like theme music but we do think this new Saatchi & Saatchi created online promotion for Wendy's is pretty cool. It's a call to arms of sorts but not the military kind. Wendy's believes everyone should be entitled to a fresh, hot, juicy burger and not some frozen crap. And it's crafted a site to spread the gospel.

Those who join the cause can spread the word social networking-style by emailing friends and posting the character they create on the Wendy's site to one of their social networking sites. Points can be earned by spreading the word and by using the site continuously. It's pretty simple and a nice use of viral and social networking tactics.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 1-07    
Topic: Good, Promotions, Social



Advertising Week: Getting Behind Big Ads with the Editors

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Mainly for personal conceits, Advertising Week's Why Editors Matter panel was by far our favourite.

The panel consisted of Chris Franklin, Big Sky Editorial, NY; Paul Gowan, Rogue Editorial, Toronto; and Neil Gust, Outside Editorial, NY. Check out the link to the panel information to see the work they've done; notably, Paul Gowan is known for having edited that Dove Evolution piece that people keep subjecting us to.

Each of adland's Geoff Emerick's had an opportunity to speak, which we'll go ahead and synopsize here:

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by Angela Natividad    Oct- 1-07    
Topic: Industry Events



YPulse: Why Whyville Ain't Just Fun; It's Useful

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After YPulse on Friday, we're a little crazy about the idea of Whyville.

Whyville's yet another post-Second Life virtual world, except it's for tweens. Its citizens are mainly female, with girls comprising over 60 percent of the populace.

To explain why Whyville is so cool, we'll use the Scion example. Whyville erected the first virtual dealership for the boxy vehicle, which ended up yielding more test-drives for it than any physical place in the world.

Now, Kids can buy Whyville Scions for 15,000 clams - and if they're a little short, they can hit the Toyota lending agency to finance it.

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by Angela Natividad    Oct- 1-07    
Topic: Good, Online



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