On a boring drive, we once snapped some shots of billboards in the middle of nowhere and called the series Advertising in the Middle of Nowhere. You can see some of what we caught here, here and here.
Today, we have a new submission from somewhere in the middle of nowhere in New Hampshire. If you can spot some outdoor oddity in the middle of nowhere, feel free to send it in and we'll feature it here.
TruckAds, a company that, well, puts ads on the side of trucks recently received a letter from th City of Austin making the company aware of its prohibition of mobile billboards and the fact that, after June 16, it'll be a crime to place one on a vehicle and drive it around.
The prohibition has been in place since June 16, 2008 but June 16 of this year is the final date a mobile billboard can exist in the city. Needless to say, TruckAds isn't happy and is labeling the city's move a limitation of free speech.
We can see both points of view. Advertising, in most cases, should be afforded the same principles of free speech as described in the Constitution. Yes, we've mostly banned cigarette advertising and heavily regulated other forms. But outright bans are limited.
Yet, who really wants a landscape littered with advertising? Already New York and Las Vegas, among others, have become one giant advertisement. Do we want that everywhere?
And besides, Austin's weird. And they like to keep it weird. So this ban...well, it just seems normal for the city.
Uh. Oh. Get ready for the onslaught of brands on Chatroulette. We just noted Travelocity's appearance on the random chat service which was followed by French Connection earlier in the month. Now we have Dr. Pepper getting into the game for April Fool's day. All we can say is...at least they got a hot cheerleader. Just don't watch all the way to the end. "She" gets much less hot.
In a nod to what's really happening on Chatroulette, one commenter wrote, "I wonder how many penises Dr. Pepper had to wade through to get this done."
If you think President Obama is "an illegal alien from Kenya who is hellbent on replacing every church in America with a mosque, ending capitalism, destroying freedom, and generally, pushing for the collapse of the country'" then you'll love Billboards Against Obama, an organization that allows you to create a custom message that can be submitted to appear on a billboard.
Want to see the world's worst parody? Actually, really, you don't. It will totally ruin your fond memories brought on by the wittyliciousness of Old Spice's I'm on a Horse. So please. Don't watch this horrific homage in which Dalla Maverisks' Caron Butler fails miserable at impersonating Isaiah Mustafa in the stupidest knock off you will ever see in your advertising life.
Oy. Sometimes it's just really hard to start work in the morning. Oh wait. It's the afternoon now. See what I mean? Anyway, no one cares about our work habits so let's talk about a new Old Spice commercial from Wieden + Kennedy for Odor Blocker Body Wash.
The commercial features another retired football player, Terry Crews who, most recently, played the Julius character in Everybody Hates Chris. There's three commercial in all. One, called Flex, has Crews in the shower doing a Mr. T routine to illustrate the odor blocking qualities of the product.