Come On, Collectibles only Ripen with Sponsorship!

heavenly-handfuls.jpg is promoting these M&M-sponsored Ashton-Drake dolls as its top Christmas gift this year. Each six-inch "Heavenly Handful" (cringe) sports an M&M's onesie with a matching cap, complete with darling one-liners like "Never let 'em see you melt" and "Sweet on the inside." My favorite, though, has to be "There's a little nut."

Lest anyone try replacing a nearby child's Bratz doll too hastily, this ad takes pains to remind you the collection is to be "enjoyed by adult collectors" only. So keep your grubby paws off, kid; those non-blinking M&M's evangelists are staying behind the glass case, preferably in the living room.


by Angela Natividad    Oct- 5-08    
Topic: Brands, Packaging, Promotions, Sponsorship, Strange

Cancer Bottled, Born Digital, Gawker Retools, Lingerie Objectified


- There are many ways to call attention to breast cancer awareness. This is yet another one which makes an interesting association between the affected body part and the company behind the awareness campaign.

- Wonder what the "born digital" crowd does all day long? Here's your answer.

- Gawker Media's Nick Denton has announced cutbacks at his company and predicts a challenging year ahead in 2009.

- Perhaps due to genuine interest or perhaps to hear how many times Palin would utter yet another soccer mom-ism, 69.9 million viewers tuned in to the Biden/Palin debate, more than the 52.4 million who watched Obama debate McCain.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 5-08    
Topic: Outdoor, Publishing, Racy, Video, Weblogs

Solo Strong Beer Says Little People Are Half As Good As Regular People


So...does strapping a midget...oh, damn, that's not the right word...a little person to the front of a man who then, with the help of the little person, hurls a shot which beats a 1973 record make the man one and and a half times the man he already is? According to Solo Strong beer, the answer is yes.

All of this raises a very important question; Does Solo Strong beer thing midgets, sorry, little people are half as good as "regular" people? Apparently so since advertising is, as we all know, the bastion of truth and enlightened thought, right?

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 5-08    
Topic: Bad, Commercials, Strange

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