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Subservient Santa Gets Souped-Up with Kid-Friendly, Pig Latin Variants

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Signature Marketing Solutions has brought back the Subservient Santa from last year. We asked him to kill his reindeer friend and we enjoyed his pretended adamance.

This year Santa comes in kid-friendly and naughty versions. Knowing what we know about kids, we hope they made the "naughty" one kid-friendly.

A slew of new languages also includes Pig Latin. Glad that version of Latin never went out of style.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-20-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Online



WooMe Blends 'Net Flirts in Speedy (Sponsored!) Fervor

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New take on the speed-dating thing. We give you speed introductions, courtesy of WooMe.

Hoping to drag the power of the first impression outside the domain of quick-fix courting, WooMe users join little clusters of users segmented by interest, sex and age -- not necessarily for romantic reasons. (There are "ladies' night" and sports fan groups, for example.)

When the music starts, you've got about a minute to video chat each group member, one at a time. After that, you decide which users you dug and click "I'm Woo'd." If you're woo'd by somebody who's been woo'd by you, the pair of you drop a dollar for contact info.

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by Angela Natividad    Nov-20-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Social, Sponsorship



Loose Identities on MySpace Compared to Handing Predators 'Loaded Guns'

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Here's another cautionary tale for the MySpace scandal scrapbook. Last year, a girl named Megan Meier met a boy on the social network, fell in love, then killed herself after he told her the world would be better without her.

A year later, Megan's parents have come forward to say a couple months after their daughter's death they discovered the boy was the invention of some neighbors they know -- not other kids, mind you, but other adults, trying to find out whether Megan herself spreads rumors about their own spawn.

The incident naturally sparked talk about whether MySpace and the 'net in general should endure more regulation.

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by Angela Natividad    Nov-20-07    
Topic: Bad, Online, Policy



Converse Dresses Down for High Impact User Campaign

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Tomorrow on VH1, MTV and Comedy Central, among others, Converse will be launching the first leg of "Disruption."

Guided by Anomaly, the campaign consists of nine :15 and :30 spots that marry "disruptive" -- or at least interesting -- messages to a passel of new artists.

We dig its simplicity, lack of major time investment on users' parts, and the jam-pack of little factoids. For a taste, see Three Chords. It's powerful, in its own little way. The featured little girl is from a band called Care Bears On Fire.

A contender for the Velvet Underground? Why not -- at least post-Nico.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-20-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Online, Video



Deflate That Bitch Says Czech Liquor

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Copyranter points us to a Czech commercial that illustrates something that, at certain points in in his life, every man wishes was possible. While commenters deride it for its possibly sexist nature, if the roles in the spot where reversed, as they often are in real life, would anyone be complaining? No, we'd be laughing just as we do at most ads which portray men as blithering, complaining idiots.

So no matter whether you are male or female, enjoy what this commercial has to offer. An instant off button for your annoying bf/gf/spouse.

by Steve Hall    Nov-20-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Notebook of Napkins Stretches Limits of Logic

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Euro RSCG has created spiral bound notebooks with pages made of actual napkins because, as we all know, great ideas usually come when we're not in the office and are away from our computers and scratch pads and having a pad made out of napkin pages would solve that problem, right?

Well, it might if you had the actual notebook with you which you wouldn't because you left it in the office with all your other stuff which is why all you have to write on is an unbound napkin laying on the bar.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-20-07    
Topic: Online, Specialty, Strange



Peppy Pepperoni, Overwrought Onion Resent Flavored Crust Pizza

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Pity the peppy pepperoni and the odoriferous onion who, in a backhanded celebration of Hungry Howie's flavored crust pizza, have to take a backseat to the chain's "completely unique," eight flavored delight which surrounds its pizza's, Yes, once again, pizza makers will do anything to get people to eat the lowly crust. But at least Howie's, in light of every other pizza chain tweaking its crusts, can do it in a "yea, whatever" way that you have to admit is at least a little bit funny, right? Tattoo Projects created.

by Steve Hall    Nov-20-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Charmin Squeezed No More, Mr. Whipple Dead At 91

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He actually scared us in our childhood and if a man like that wandered the aisles of a grocery store today asking us not to squeeze the Charmin, we'd probably call the men in white coats. But Mr. Whipple, played by Dick Wilson, was a lovable, humorous television advertising icon back in the day when brands didn't change campaigns and agencies at the whim of a here today gone tomorrow CMO. In fact, Mr. Whipple lasted 21 years. 21 years! That just doesn't happen anymore.

Over the course of the campaign's 21 year run, more than 500 commercials where made featuring Mr. Whipple. On Monday, November 19, 2007 Dick Wilson died of natural causes at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Los Angeles at the age of 91.

We never squeezed our Charmin but we always got a kick out of the weird dude on TV who did. RIP, Mr. Whipple.

by Steve Hall    Nov-20-07    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity



Ad for Tancredo Perpetuates Fear and Loathing of Alien-Kind

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Gotta love a politician who points a derisive finger at "aliens" that molest our hallowed borders and threaten the American dream (taking our jobs! Terrorizing innocent people worldwide!).

"Because someone needs to say it." You said it all right, Tom. You said it like the fucking Red Scare.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-19-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Social, Worst



Highlighter Helps You Save Water by Showering With Your Girlfriend

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German pen company Stabilo, much like a 16 year old boy sorting through the girls in gym class to choose the one who will fuel his masturbatory endeavors while trying to fall asleep that evening, has crafted an ad only a 16 year old boy would appreciate. Oh who are we kidding? Every guy from 8 to 108 will love this ad. After all, when it comes to certain thoughts, behaviors and desires, guys never really grow up.

by Steve Hall    Nov-19-07    
Topic: Good, Magazine



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