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The internet, coupled with a war that's making everyone crazy, makes politicians out of the most unexpected people.
And no, we're not talking about Stephen Colbert.
In this case we're talking about Pittsburgh Paints, which allegedly sponsored the ad at left to take a poke at homeland security while advertising its soothing and well-named series of colors.
Honey Pot would look nice on the ammo den we just built under our living room tables. Thanks to our chum Brian A. for pointing it out.
Lufthansa has launched RumorTravels, a campaign which highlights the prevailing stereotypes about countries around the world and why "You'll never know if you don't go." In several videos, countries such as Sweden, Germany and France are imagined by would be travelers.
There's also a contest which encourages people to submit rumors about a foreign country in the form of a video or a story for chance to win two round trip tickets from the U.S. to anywhere in Europe. We'll take Sweden.
Here's a series of commercials for Vancouver's Vancity Savings Credit Union which promotes environmentally friendly financial products with goofy scenarios such as a married couple using aerosol spray while discussing the wife's use of the credit union's credit card that donates to environmental causes, and an Eskimo couple debating whether or not global warming is a myth.
See the enviro VISA, the climate change mortgage and -- our favorite -- the mixer mortgage.
Created by TBWA\Vancouver, the commercials are shot by OPC director Brian Lee Hughes using his usually quirky style and mood. They're not the best we've seen from him but their brand of humor seems to click with us.
Today, the European Union has launched an anti-smoking campaign consisting of several videos that highlight the nastiness of smoking such as brown teeth, gray skin, raspy voice and smoky stench. Several videos mock these side effect of smoking by making them the price of entry and acceptance by creating products that actually create these side effect.
A man who tries to enter a saloon is turned away until he used a product that browns his teeth. A singer's producer doesn't like what he hears until she sprays her through that makes her sound like an old lady who'd been smoking for 40 years. A woman who looks too healthy uses skin cream to mask her skin with a seemingly more attractive gray color.
The stodgy, staid medium known as outdoor continues to impress with its inventiveness and its creativity. That inventiveness and creativity is on full display from a billboard company itself. Stroer Out of Home Media launched a live billboard performance in Warsaw which placed a Marilyn Monroe look-a-like atop a billboard cat walk and creative underneath with rotating imagery of a man looking upward as the models skirt blew up as it did in the famed movie scene from The Seven Year Itch.
Here's a series of hilarious, fake recruitment ads from Saatchi, McCann, Berlin Cameron United and TBWA\Chiat\Day. Modeled after actual recruitment ads, these ads quickly show their true colors. McCann wants blind people. Saatchi wants Black and Latinos. TBWA\Chiat\Day wants midgets. And Berlin Cameron United wants women..especially exotic minorities.
See? Even diversity in advertising efforts can be funny.
Like a cross between tag and musical chairs, DDB Barcelona and Agosto Productions have created a new commercial for the Audi A3 which pits drivers against would be drivers in the city of Buenos Aires. The goal of the game is to remain the driver of the A3. To do that, the driver must keep moving and away from those who are chasing the vehicle. If the chaser catches the driver, they become the driver and the game continues. During the commercial, chasers use increasingly inventive ways to get the driver to stop including corralling a bunch of kids to cross the street in front of the car. Surely and sadly, in America, some humorless cause group would take issue with that tactic.
No matter, it's a good spot. It shows the car. It has fun. There are no curvy, winding mountain roads. That alone gets it points.
Lest we forget that showers are also battlefields for drawing brand allegiances, Lowe, Athens and Kings & Queens -- makers of shower gel, body oil and 21st Century royalty -- come leaping out of left field to reignite our senses.
This campaign never makes you feel the same sensation twice. See the everyday technocrat turned King Caspar. Watch a retro Nefertiti claim a honey-slathered victim. Catch the demure Chinese Princess experimenting in her lab.
And finally -- the crowning glory -- observe a trailer-made brand of Sheba and Solomon. (The paper crown at rest beside the rollerblades: priceless.)
The logic follows: "It's all about being part of an urban culture that makes you feel like an everyday royalty." Ahh.
Incredibly, this ad for Highmark by Mullen serves to remind us of two childhood nightmares: the one where we're alone, friendless and talked-about; and the one about the sinister carnival where clowns eat you. (It's the punching bag thing that does it.)
The spot talks about the impact bullying can have on a child's life. The bottom line is to keep communication open with kids so they have somewhere to run when they're hurting.
That new monster "cyber bullying" is also highlighted. Good to know the child safety gurus are keeping up. It only took them 10 years and the advent of Web 2.0 to realize that rumors fly via text message, too.
For its "safest accidents" effort by Team One and a52, Lexus illustrates a series of hypothetical accidents with a life-sized pop-up book and quirky music.
Collisions and street scruples take on a quaint sort of charm when a paper tab slides that slick RX350 to its unfortunate fate. The company's last set of ads for this same message shared this soothing effect, clearing away the result of an accident as if it were only a matter of rearranging the props on a set.
Naturally, the moral of this story is, "The safest accidents are the ones that never happen."