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Those WWJD Bracelets? Way Past Their Prime. It's iPope Time

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If you've ever wondered what's on the Pope's iPod or how best to share your love of Christ with swag, now you can find out.

There is a blog dedicated entirely to the Pope. And it is called -- wait for it! -- Benedictions. And it's slathered with Roman Catholic must-haves and lots and lots of ads for Pope-related books and speaking engagements.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Online, Promotions, Strange



Bruni in the Buff Goes for $91,000 at Auction

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A naked photo of Carla Bruni, the current First Lady of France, just sold at a Christie's auction for about $91,000 after expectations it would raise $4K at most.

The picture was taken in '93, when Bruni was a model. Not to say she's shed those winning ways. This month she appears nude in GQ, following accusations that she used a diplomatic visit with the Queen to plug her latest CD.

Gotta love a quasi-political figure who knows how to play her PR cards. Malkin and Coulter, are you paying attention?

See the $91,000 image.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-11-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Political, Promotions, Strange



Behold ... in the Prairies, as Sinatra Croons, a Dick is Born

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Never trash a dude until you know a little something about where he comes from. With that said, watch a great American's life unfold in storybook form and to the tune of "Young at Heart."

The video is for Young Dick Cheney, which Mel Brooks called "A funny book!" and Arianna Huffington said "Delivers a double-barreled blast of satiric buckshot." That's a lot of five-dollar words, thar.

This isn't the first time a Cheney's been thrashed in child-friendly format. In '04, his gay daughter Mary was targeted in a la Dick and Jane.

Nothing is sacred to the political machine. If somebody warps the Curious George omnibus to serve their sick machinations, I'm moving to Roald Dahl country.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-11-08    
Topic: Political, Promotions, Publishing, Spoofs, Video



Loose Neo-Con Ladies: All Yours for $7 S&H

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Make the Logo Bigger says wouldn't it be funny if neo-con blog divas came in cereal boxes? They don't, but you can get one for $7 shipping and handling. Choose between dimply Michelle Malkin and icy blonde Ann Coulter. (Something for the whole family!)

Cock-or-two jokes aside, if I were a spokeswoman, having "Luce ladies" over my head would piss me off to the nth. But hey. Others have died for their politics.

The Luce Lady posters, which promote the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, are currently heavily advertised on Malkin and Coulter's websites. Act now before they're gone forever.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-11-08    
Topic: Political, Poster, Strange



Geeks Banged, Phones Found, Foucan Leaps, Meth Murders

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- Here's a trailer for The Big Bang Theory, a comedy of geek/glam stereotypes that will probably last all of two seasons. And the saddest part is, I'll probably watch it at some point. It returns April 14 on CBS.

- This stunt by agency New Message for The Phone, a Dutch show where a randomly-placed phone surprises whomever picks it up with a chance to win 25,000 Euros, was called "HILARISCH!" by one a YouTube fan. I didn't find it that funny, but I like that there are people somewhere in the world shouting "HILARISCH!", possibly even as I write this out.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Guerilla, Television, Video



Justice 'The Optimizer' Mitchell Harnesses Power of Interwebs

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Any video that ends with "We'll cram our YouTube right into your Facebook," has to at least get shared a little bit. Agency Luckie & Company create a video and an accompanying site, Demand Justice, to celebrate the hiring of a new head of interactive and to poke fun at others (hey, that's what agencies do) who just don't get online marketing.

Created to resemble any one of the millions of cheesy lawyer ads you see on TV during fringe, late night and overnight, the ad features Justice "The Optimizer" Mitchell who confidently promises to "improve whatever crap you're doing online by...some sort of metric." Now that's the sort of honesty we love in an ad agency!

by Steve Hall    Apr-10-08    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Spoofs, Strange, Video



No One's Watching That YouTube Video You Paid For

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MultiVu, a service of PRNewswire, will help you create and distribute a multimedia news release to "more than 100 million consumers and investors who get their news and information on the Web."

If you have a company video or ad embedded into your release, MultiVu will share it on popular sites like YouTube and Veoh as part of its distribution service. Pretty cool, right? It's not all good though.

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by Amanda Mooney    Apr-10-08    
Topic: Online, Opinion, Video



So, How Intensely Talented is Your Mouth?

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Because Colgate wants to know. o_O Catch the cattle call for "intensely talented mouths" all over MySpace today.

And speaking of mouths with intense talent, get a load of the nipple-tasting action on the lower right-hand side of the page.

All that dirty context doesn't really leave us with that fresh clean feeling. Exactly what kind of submissions do you want, Colgate?

by Angela Natividad    Apr-10-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Online



Teens Speak, Coke Fashions, McDonald's Mobilizes

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- Scarborough Research is expanding its consumer and media research services to include custom studies for youth and teen markets via a new Internet panel.

- If this catches on, you might be wearing that plastic Coke bottle you tossed in the trash a few months back.

- Seems like a lot of work but McDonald's has hooked up with Cellfire to offer mobile coupons.

- The is good news. BMW signed on as the exclusive premier sponsor of AMC's Mad Men when season two debuts this summer.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-10-08    
Topic: Brands, Mobile/Wireless, Research



News Corp. and AOL Pick Sides in MicroHoo Drama

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Big day for Yahoo yesterday. In addition to tentatively agreeing to serve Google ads on its search pages, Yahoo's apparently in talks with Time Warner to fold AOL into itself, in exchange for 20 percent ownership. Time Warner will pay in cash.

Microsoft, always one to take a crappy bluff, is now in talks with News Corp. to lob a joint bid at the company anyway.

Good life lesson here: if you can't pick just one, take the whole plate.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-10-08    
Topic: Brands, Online, Strange, Trends and Culture



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