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'Sausages' to Receive Super Bowl Water Cooler Action?

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It's unclear whether or not this Bud Light Ability to Talk to Animals spot will make an appearance during the Super Bowl but if it does, there could be a lot of sausage talk at the office the next day. Along with graceful shots of the product, this DDB Chicago-created Bud Light commercial starts off innocuously enough touting the beer's taste. It then suddenly shifts to a man and his dog in the kitchen. Sadly, it seems, Bud Light's ability to give one the power to talk to animals is no more. Sadly, the dog doesn't know this and continues to beg for sausages over and over and over...and over again.

It's stupid humor like this that gives this spot a chance at Wassup notoriety.

by Steve Hall    Jan-22-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Super Bowl 2008



Dude ... is the Statue of Liberty Sloshed?

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Last week at Heathrow Airport we saw this thirst-inciting ad that read, "Fly with everything you buy from the departure lounge."

(And you really should buy alcohol.)

by Angela Natividad    Jan-22-08    
Topic: Poster, Strange



Lesbian Site Gets Goofy With MySpace Avatar in Flickr Promotion

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To help increase its membership, someone presumably behind the lesbian site BestforLESBIANS (NSFW) has created several humorous images (some NSFW) made up of random racy shots coupled with a MySpace avatar who comments on the imagery. What? You say this isn't relevant news? Of course it is. The porn industry practically invented every known form of online advertising 6 months before anyone else knew about it. Though, we're not sure campaign festooned with goofy avatars will be the next greatest online advertising technique.

by Steve Hall    Jan-22-08    
Topic: Online



Times Square Gets Visit From Music-Toting Inflatable Monster

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Flickr user brandongerena captured a few pictures of the Pepsi Monster which made its debut in Times Square yesterday to promote the brand's music giveaway on Amazon MP3 which will offer 3.25 million DRM-free songs for download. The monster's now traveling to Phoenix where it will say hello to those in and around the University of Phoenix stadium. See images here, here and here.

by Steve Hall    Jan-22-08    
Topic: Good, Outdoor, Specialty



Berlitz Enlarges More Than Just Language Skills

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Oh ha, ha, ha. We get it. How could we not? Why don't you just get a toilet plunger and shove your witty little double entendre down our throat to make sure we really, really understood the oh-so-witty joke you were trying to make. Come on. Our mouth is wide open and ready to receive your sorry ass creativity.

Oh, sorry, you want to know what we're talking about? But, come on, we always have so much fun when we switch into trash mode. Can't we go on just a little bit longer? OK, OK, we'll tell you. The creator of this commercial for language learner Berlitz thought some sledge hammer-style visual paronomasia (look it up) would be the best way to show people how Berlitz can make a huge (did we say huge?) change in your foreign language speaking skills. We humbly submit that we get your point, Berlitz.

by Steve Hall    Jan-22-08    
Topic: Bad, Commercials, Racy



Drug Marketers Continue to Hide, Stretch Truth

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It's one thing for a marketer to claim, say, its product will mow your lawn better than any other lawn mower but it's clearly another when a drug maker claims its product will cure certain ills and then cause a heart attack. That's an extreme case but the makers of the cholesterol drug Vytorin are now red faced after a study (which it held for over a year while taking in billions in sales of the drug) found it's drug did not do what it claimed to do.

Vytorin is the combination of two existing cholesterol drugs, Zetia and Zocor, which is supposed to reduce the amount of fatty plaque on artery walls. The study found it didn't which compelled U.S Representatives John Dingell and Bart Stupack to issue a complaint to the drug makers and to the FTC.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-22-08    
Topic: Brands, Trends and Culture, Worst



Man Boobs Obscure Various Body Parts

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For a woman, not being able to see her feet without leaning over her protruding breasts could, by some, be considered a good thing. For a man with man boobs, not so much. Norwegian fitness center Oxygo Gym is in touch with that sentiment and has illustrated it nicely in this new newspaper campaign which broke January 19.

Created by Oslo agency 2008scandinavia, places the viewer in the eye of the beholder...a highly motivational position from which said beholder can relish in the disgust of their man boobs. Others have commented on another body part that's being concealed by this dude's belly but, for once, we're just not going to go there. Besides, we know you're smart and can figure it out. And, we really, really don't want to go there.

by Steve Hall    Jan-22-08    
Topic: Good, Newspaper



Just an MLK, Jr. Day Time-Waster with Unusually Broad Scope

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If you have strong positive feelings about any of the following:

- Beer
- World of Warcraft
- Georges Bizet's Carmen

then you will probably still not love this.

Brought to you by Weird Al Yankovic and The Cult of Ethan, respectively.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-21-08    
Topic: Online, Spoofs, Video



Cheetos Ditches Chester, Goes Underground

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When we think Cheetos, we think Chester Cheetah, who vibes like an old guy in shades that hangs out at high schools, says hip phrases and eats cheesy snacks.

Chester is fucking creepy. Plus, he was always trying to get his (presumably Cheetos-stained) fingers on other people's food.

Probably because Frito Lay has finally caught on to the creepiness that is Chester, it gives us Orange Underground (not to be confused with Weather Underground, the radical leftist terrorist org), courtesy of Goodby Silverstein.

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by Angela Natividad    Jan-21-08    
Topic: Brands, Good, Online



The Super Bowl Onslaught Nears

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There's beer, cars, soda, computers, tires, beer, more cars, more beer, food, drink, candy, more food, more cars, movies, soap, more soda, more movies, phones, shoes, lingerie, drugs and, of course, big breasted models selling domain names.

Advertising Age has the whole quarter by quarter breakdown here because, ya know, they have a lot more people working there than we do so they can make these nice big lists.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-21-08    
Topic: Super Bowl 2008



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