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Jim Beam Offers Spirit With Holiday-Themed Website

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Now Jim Beam is in on the holiday fun with a new, holiday themed website created by Chicago's Wirestone. It's first holiday site, all manner of facial uploading, holiday card design and FAQ nonsense provide those of us just watching the clock tick b y until it's, say, noon tomorrow and we all head out for the holidays. Hmm, after playing with this site, you'll have a subliminal urge to pick up a bottle of Jim beam on the way home.

by Steve Hall    Dec-20-07    
Topic: Brands, Good



Santa Delivers Presents While Decapitating Elves

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We told you the latter half of this pre-Christmas week would soon devolve into nothing buy silly games and an endless supply of agency Christmas cards. And that seems to be exactly what's happening. Try as we might to scour the industry for "real" news, all we seem to come up with is fun little Christmas-themed timewasters like this Red Christmas game from UK agency Thought.

It's simple and we like simple. All you have to do is make sure Santa gets down each of the chimney's to deliver his presents. As a sick little bonus, while delivering presents, you can have Santa wield his chain saw (yup, Santa has a chain saw in this game) to bloody the elves who, according to this game, are making slave labor allegations against Sr. Nick. Good, sick fun.

by Steve Hall    Dec-20-07    
Topic: Agencies, Good



Get Your Vote In For AdFreak's Freakiest Ad Moment of 2007

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Today is the last day to vote in AdFreak Freakiest Ad Moment of 2007. They've been hosting the bracket-style competition the past couple of weeks and have highlighted some of the best ad freakiness created in the last year.

From DirecTV's naked Burt Reynold's to Italy's anorexia ads to Orville Deadenbacher to Stanley Steemer's dog-butt scuttle to Dexter's viral campaign to Dolce and Gabana's rape ad to VW's bird poop-eating ad to Oragina's animal orgy, the contest has been narrowed to the final vote. Up against each other for the Freakiest Advertising Moment of 2007 are Dexter's viral campaign which made the recipient feel like they were being targeted by a serial killer and Pioneer ads with eyes shaped like mouths.

Check out the entire bracket here and cast your vote. Our money is on Dexter. That shit was freaky!

by Steve Hall    Dec-20-07    




Denver Agency Says Fruitcakes Should be Addressed to CP + B

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Having some fun with their new neighbor, Denver Colorado agency Thomas Taber & Drazen created this holiday card which ask those sending "lavish holiday gifts" to address them to the company's new address in Denver. It also directs those sending fruitcakes to address them to Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Boulder Colorado. Friendly joke or just jealous the Miami shop is now in their backyard?

by Steve Hall    Dec-19-07    
Topic: Agencies, Good



Anti-Fruitcake Not As Funny As 'Orgasmum'

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Yup, what would Christmas be without some really bad Fruitcake-related promotion. This one comes from Anti-Fruitcake courtesy of Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden. I guess we're supposed to laugh at the fact she can't seem to say "antifruitcake.com" sort of like we were supposed to laugh at that guy who couldn't pronounce orgasm. Trouble is, we did laugh at the guy because all he could say was "orgasmum" over and over again. It was funny. Jann isn't. And does anyone in this entire world eat fruitcake any more? Can we still joke about a myth?

by Steve Hall    Dec-19-07    
Topic: Bad



Trace Adkins aka 'The Love Doctor' (WTF?) Hypes Album With Overlay Ad

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Don't you just love online ads that appear out of nowhere, blocking the content you are trying to read and distracting you with sound? Of course you do which is why you'll love this Innovate Ads overlay ad appearing on 25 radio station websites featuring Trace Adkins hyping his new album and single, Love Doctor. Could the dude droll on the country shtick any thicker? I guess you just might also have to love country to love this ad.

by Steve Hall    Dec-19-07    
Topic: Bad, Online



Thanks to 'Net, 'Don't Tase me, Bro!' Becomes the Stuff of Pop Culture

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Remember that YouTube video of the college kid getting repeatedly Tased for hassling John Kerry? His repeated cry, "Don't Tase me, bro!" has become the most memorable quote of '07.

Editor Fred Shapiro of the Yale Book of Quotations calls it a "symbol of pop culture success," beating out Imus' "nappy-headed hos" comment.

Can you guess what the second-most-memorable quote on the list was? We'll give you a hint: "I personally believe..."

by Angela Natividad    Dec-19-07    
Topic: Online, Publishing, Trends and Culture



Nothing Says Naughty Like a Sackful of Coal

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EarthJustice is conducting a poll for the biggest eco-Grinch of '07. Contenders for a lump of (virtual) coal include Bush's climate change negotiators, Earl Watkins of Sunflower Electric, Shell, and a couple of governors who hate wolves. (Well, they weren't our favorite fairy tale character either.)

Once you've voted, you can send virtual lumps of coal to anybody you happen to dislike.

Or you can do like we do, and just leave a burning paper bag of shit on their porch.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-19-07    
Topic: Cause, Online



Vlad Putin Makes Time's 'Person of the Year'

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Why does Vladimir Putin deserve to be named Person of the Year? Probably because of his insightful commentary on Call of Duty 4.

Quoting from Time Magazine, the Quintura blog provides a more intuitive reason, if "imposing stability on a nation [...] at significant cost to the principles and ideas that free nations prize" can be considered more intuitive. (We'd call it "catty.")

Some might call it an improvement on last year's choice, though.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-19-07    
Topic: Publishing, Trends and Culture



If the Holiday Message Deluge Weren't Enough...

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...we give you a menagerie of holiday games, courtesy of Miniclip -- the same people who brought us presidential paintball.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-19-07    
Topic: Games, Online



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