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A World Without Frogs Would be Creepy

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American Shelf Life's Amanda Mooney sent in this ad seen on Ads of the World which she described as "creepy." And creepy it is. Often, nature's delicate balance isn't top of mind; particularly when it has to do with frogs and their affect on the world.

The ad, from Vancouver's TAXI, is for the Vancouver Aquarium and illustrates quite graphically what a world would look like if frogs suddenly disappeared. You see, frogs eat insects. Lot's of them and without frogs, that relaxing evening bath might not be so pleasant.

by Steve Hall    May- 5-08    
Topic: Good, Magazine



Chuck's Richer than Sin, But He Won't Treat You Like a Dog

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I spent most of the weekend catching up on Desperate Housewives and Lost on ABC.com. As a result, I got really chummy with Charles Schwab's "Talk to Chuck" campaign.

"Talk to Chuck" brings interpolated rotoscoping -- the process of animating over live action -- to a fresh audience. (Think Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly. All the effects without the substance abuse!)

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by Angela Natividad    May- 5-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Online



Darfur Cause Aims for Paris Hilton-Like Publicity

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Forrester Senior Analyst Jeremiah Owyang has written a concise summary with insightful commentary on the Louis Vuitton brand-jacked Darfur t-shirt situation. Briefly, an artist, Nadia Plesner, created a t-shirt showing a Darfur child holding an LV bag and a little dog.

Imagery sound familiar? It should and that's Plesner's point who explains, "My illustration Simple Living is an idea inspired by the media's constant cover of completely meaningless things [ie. Paris Hilton]. My thought was: Since doing nothing but wearing designer bags and small ugly dogs apparently is enough to get you on a magazine cover, maybe it is worth a try for people who actually deserves and needs attention."

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by Steve Hall    May- 5-08    
Topic: Brands, Cause, Celebrity, Consumer Created, Opinion, Social



College of Notre Dame Straps Students to Space Ships!

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The College of Notre Dame takes lessons from the surrealists to draw students to its desks -- or, well, "rockets."

Some things are better left to the imagination. Can you imagine how crappy it would have been if Magritte had elaborated on his "not a pipe" concept? "This is not a pipe. It's a funnel! A schoolbus! A sneak-peek into your soul!"

by Angela Natividad    May- 5-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Online



Say, How About You Bring the Fleshy One a Little Closer.

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The Calgary Zoo is running a warped print campaign that depicts how animals must see people -- and their drool-worthy spawn -- from within the steel cages.

Might make you think twice about parading your kid around all the lions, tigers and bears. Ads of the World has more.

by Angela Natividad    May- 5-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Magazine, Strange



Because Isn't It Time that Gorilla Was Knocked Off Its High Horse?

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You may feel finished with 2007, but that doesn't mean you've seen the last of its advertising. (Far from it, actually.)

Visit OneShow.TV to vote for one of the top 100 TV spots of 2007. We've seen most of them (remember Skittles Touch and Levi's Dangerous Liaisons?), and probably trashed a lot of them, but hey, it isn't ultimately us that ends up doling out the One Show People's Choice Award.

The Cadbury gorilla ad by Fallon -- the one with that catchy Phil Collins song -- is currently leading the audience sentiment race.

The People's Choice Award winner will be announced this Wednesday on May 7 at One Show.

by Angela Natividad    May- 5-08    
Topic: Commercials, Industry Events, Online, Television



And Microsoft is Like, 'You Know What? Forget It'

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Talk about an emotional roller coaster. Discussions between heads of Microsoft and Yahoo on Saturday concluded with the two companies deciding they don't mesh well after all.

After company insiders divulged Microsoft and Yahoo were in decidedly harmonious merger talks, Steve Ballmer has formally withdrawn his bid. There will be no board ousting and no bid to meet Yahoo's lofty expectations of $37 per share.

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by Angela Natividad    May- 4-08    
Topic: Online



Kinkos Uses Brilliant Blatant Subliminal Strategy to Drive Unnecessary Banner Sales

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So this week when I joined the millions of college students around the country camping out at Kinkos to print final class projects the night before---or, is as often the case, the morning that---it is due, I noticed a large white banner hanging behind where the nice Kinkos employee was struggling to print my paper (shout-out to Scott). It read, "Thank you for staring at our banner! You are subliminally causing other customers to want to buy a banner."

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by Amy Yen    May- 4-08    
Topic: Point of Purchase



Microsoft Gets the Girl After All

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And by "the girl" I mean that sassy vixen Yahoo, which has been towing it mercilessly by the nose for the last three months.

All it cost was a few more dollars of dignity. Was that so hard, Big Spender?

My guess is, the indiscriminate flirting drove Steve Ballmer mad with lust.

by Angela Natividad    May- 2-08    
Topic: Brands, Online



Miley Cyrus Has Nothing on This Nubile Young Thing

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Yikes! Not that the whole Miley Cyrus thing should have been a thing in the first place but this Disney licensee ad in China, based on American laws and standards, would most certainly have been a BIG THING had it appeared anywhere in this country. A ten year old (?) in her underwear on a big billboard? Nuh-uh. Not gonna happen.

As AdFreak reports, once Disney caught wind of the nubile young thing, the thing quickly became an un-thing and the board was taken down.

by Steve Hall    May- 2-08    
Topic: Outdoor, Racy, Trends and Culture



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