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Bigger, Fuller, Bouncier ... Double-Breasted Burgers.

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Nobody ever tires of a transparent double entendre, right?

Bearing that wisdom in mind, Nando's released an ad where a blonde ditz flags down a waitress because her burger didn't come with chips. (That's British talk for "fries.")

"They're on your plate," the waitress points out.

"No they're not," the hungry hippo blasts back.

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by Angela Natividad    Oct- 6-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Commercials, Strange, Television, Video



'Sarah Palin's Glasses are a Maverick'

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The Swift Kids for Truth, a group of weebies that can't form complete sentences without lisping adorably, take the piss out of Sarah Palin in a video called "Maverick." The description's about as infantile as the content: "The kids are in awe of that lady who looks like their Mommy when she's mad."

Palin's status as "maverick," the munchkins argue with subtle irony, doesn't go much deeper than the frameless glasses on her nose.

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by Angela Natividad    Oct- 6-08    
Topic: Bad, Online, Political, Video



Miniature Women Apply Kiwi Shoe Polish

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In an odd approach to selling shoe polish that's not unlike methods used to sell cars by draping a woman across the hood of a vehicle, Kiwi, with help from Grey Hong Hong, has crafted a print campaign that's seemingly designed to elicit a collective "huh?" from anyone who flips a magazine's pages to the ad.

If Grey Hong Kong was going for that collective "huh?" and guaranteeing the page wouldn't be turned too quickly, they have, indeed, achieved that goal. After all, its not often you see miniature woman working diligently atop a pair of shoes to insure pristine shininess. In fact, it would be downright creepy to open the closet door in the morning to see these tiny polishers scampering about one's shoes. It's be enough to cause one to question one's mental faculties and run directly to the doctor's office.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 6-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Magazine, Racy



Wawa Brings Back Twin Peaks' Coffee Vibe

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With a vibe very much like Twin Peaks, Wawa coffee is out with a new website which makes it easy for people to create their own personalized cup of coffee and then have the creation analyzed in terms of what the creation says about the person's personality. The navigation is a bit clumsy and it appears the only way to get the analysis is through email thereby allowing for the possibly undesirable collection of email addresses. Wilmington Delaware interactive agency, The Archer Group, worked with Wawa and Dallas based Richards group on the online campaign.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 6-08    
Topic: Online, Promotions



It May Not Be as Fast as a Tsunami, But It's Still Coming

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To demonstrate how global warming will one day turn familiar surroundings into aquarium props, Offsetters suspended lifeboats off the side of buildings and lined Vancouver's streets with water safety gear: life vests under park benches, and a life guard, on duty, in the middle of a promenade.

Efforts included clear "offsetters.ca" labeling. See more of the work on the website.

Nice way to get attention, ignite imaginations and play with surroundings instead of cluttering them. By Rethink.

by Angela Natividad    Oct- 6-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Guerilla



Brandstalkers Proclaim Label Love on the Torsos of Young Bucks

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A guy called James Neate just created a crew, Brandstalkers, whose mission it is to "virally" promote brands it loves -- as opposed to advertising them in conventional ways. (Frankly, "viral" is getting pretty conventional, in use of name if not in outcome. Repeat after me: VIRAL IS AN OUTCOME.) In return, the group takes a small "grant" from the companies it represents.

Its debut effort was for Guzman y Gomez, a Mexican taqueria based in Sydney. It involves half-naked guys and a lot of Sharpies.

Gotta love brand gospel writ on flesh. You can probably gauge the success of the campaign by the number of Japanese tourists it attracted.

by Angela Natividad    Oct- 6-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Events, Guerilla, Human, Trends and Culture, Video



Kangoo Be Bop Draws Influence from a Lighter, Peppier Era

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Isobar just built a new site for Renault's Kangoo Be Bop -- "a quirky car, filled with space and light." Once you've chosen your country (France or UK), hit "BeFun" and watch the film for some '60s-style frivolity.

Light and loose, bright but easy on the eyes. Very Target, but period-specific. It's like everything the Ford Fiesta wanted (but failed!) to achieve with the love factory.

by Angela Natividad    Oct- 6-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Video



Come On, Collectibles only Ripen with Sponsorship!

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CollectiblesToday.com 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.

V-v-v-via.

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



Cancer Bottled, Born Digital, Gawker Retools, Lingerie Objectified

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- 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

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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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