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Homeless Frank Gets a Grand to Sniff Out PCs

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Microsoft's objectively douchey "Laptop Hunters" was overripe for parody from moment of launch, hence this spoof featuring Homeless Frank, who's offered a grand to buy a PC.

He's surprisingly savvier than the ever-certain Giampaolo -- who, as you recall, gets all wiggy about computers with built-in cameras. In contrast, the discerning Homeless Frank is all, "Second-rate Korean components. Terrible anti-virus software." He also manages to give Apple its props without calling the laptops "sexy."

Sucks about that chronic cough though.

Just a wee bit o' magic, brought to you by Landline TV.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-16-09    
Topic: Online, Spoofs, Video



K-Y Swears It Can Intensify Female Pleasure.

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I just showed a Sexually Active Female Friend (SAFF) a spot from the latest campaign for K-Y Intense -- a product that claims it's scientifically proven to get girls off harder.

SAFF's response: "This makes me entirely uncomfortable."

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-15-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Trump Lends Moody Scowl to Lifelock Campaign

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Lifelock touts its identity theft protection capabilities with this online video about the biggest identity theft scandal in the world.

The premise: one person has won the chance to meet "the Donald." (I like how he's now so important, he's preceded by an article.) As a result, hundreds of thousands of people are claiming to be the person named.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-15-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Promotions



Cracked-Out Rabbits Spot-Check New Grand Scenic

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Renault's launched a microsite for the Nouveau Grand Scenic et Les Tests Cretins des Lapins Cretins, which translates to "The New Grand Scenic -- and Moronic Tests by Moronic Rabbits."

Resulting spots -- in which hyperactive buck-toothed rabbits quality-test Grand Scenics en masse and sans inhibition -- don't need any translating. The effort reminds us of Scion's Little Deviants, except more frenetic and somehow scarier.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-15-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Strange, Trends and Culture, Video



Volvo's In-Ad Twitter Feed, Linds Spoofs Self, BK Upsets the Mex

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- Volvo embeds Twitter feed into YouTube ad. (Via.)

- The Domino's YouTube brand bust.

- Lindsay Lohan spoofs self -- and eHarmony -- for Funny or Die. Hey, that's almost (but not quite) as funny as...

- Manifesto on how Gaia made users love branded stuff that's not real. (Via.)

- Burger King pisses Mexico off. *condescending sigh.* What else is new.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-15-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Online, Political, Social, Spoofs



Samsung Omnia HD Disappears, Reappears

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We need your help. Rather, Samsung needs your help. They want you to watch this unedited Samsung Omnia HD video in which the phone mysteriously disappears and then reappears. The creators promise everything was done in one take and that there were no special effects added. Can you figure out how they did it? If you can, let us know.

by Steve Hall    Apr-15-09    
Topic: Video



James Boag Beer Transformed Into Guinness

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So James Boag did a commercial touting the amazingly transformative powers of Tasmanian water. What goes in just comes out better. There's now a Guinness spoof floating about poking fun at the James Boag commercial. Put a James Boag beer in and out comes, surprise, a Guinness.

by Steve Hall    Apr-15-09    
Topic: Good, Spoofs



Crawl Sydney's Pubs Without Getting Drunk

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If you've ever been on a pub crawl, you realize after a while you're unlikely to actually remember which pubs you (literally) crawled to. Lovells Lager can help with that. Working with Tequila, Lovells Lager has launched the Hangover Free Pub Crawl.

Mashing together Google Street maps, geo-targeting and informatively witty commentary, the Hangover Free Pub Crawl lets you - soberly and from the comfort of the internet - check out the finest pubs in Sydney.

A pub crawl isn't just about getting drunk. It's learning interesting facts about where you get drunk. OK, so yea, it really is about getting drunk but after taking the Hangover Free Pub Crawl, at least some of you will be able to drop a bit of trivia the next time you're in Sydney.

by Steve Hall    Apr-15-09    
Topic: Brands, Good, Online



Jaffe Juicier, Rubicon Richer, Commercials Stupider

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- OK, it's time to stop with the overly predictable, oh-so-tired theme of...well, watch this video and we guarantee you'll be able to guess what happens before the commercial ends.

- Growing ad network aggregator Rubicon Project has secured an additional $13 million funding. $8 million from Silicon Valley Bank and $5 million from Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund and IDG Ventures Asia.

- If you can't get enough of Joe Jaffe, now there's EVEN MORE! In addition to a blog, books and a podcast, now he's got Jaffe Juice TV. Check it out.

by Steve Hall    Apr-15-09    
Topic: Video



FInal 50 Killed Ideas Selected (But You Have to Wait to See Them)

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If you haven't been asleep for the last month you know there's been a project around here called Killed Ideas. It's purpose is to pick the top 50 ads that never saw the light of day. In other words, all those great ads your creative director, account manager or client killed.

The final 50 have been chosen and will appear in Killed Ideas Volume I which will publish in May. For now, we're keeping the selected fifty under wraps. After all, revealing them now would kind of defeat the point of the book, right?

But we can share some of the ideas that almost, but not quite, made it into the top 50. Here's one:

When someone commits suicide, it's not always clear why they did so. In a memoir written by Joan Wickersham, the author attempts to make sense of her father's suicide by putting together the pieces which led up to his death.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-15-09    
Topic: Industry Events



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