A group called Holiday Cover Up is encouraging us to celebrate every day of the year by revealing holidays we don't know about.
The logic: holidays were parsed out by greeting card companies in order to encourage productivity. "Calendars are propaganda!" snarls founder and author Kevin Goodson.
See video here. We think it's pretty good. Plus, you gotta love the idea behind Pi Approximation Day.
We also got a new word for the Ad-Jive dictionary: "holidology"!
Feeling festive? Get Holiday-a-Day widgets and other web 2.0 crap. If you're lazy like us, you can just celebrate your unbirthday, which takes place 364 days a year. Thank goodness the Mad Hatter and the March Hare weren't holiday perfectionists.
We smell something fishy behind the eBillme Confessions contest.
The $20,000 grand prize winner for eBillme Confessions was a girl who bought her boyfriend a Plasma TV so he'd give her an engagement ring.
Is it just us or does her boyfriend look suspiciously like this dude, who won $1,000 just weeks ago?
Adrants declares shenanigans!
More turkeys! This campaign is for a product review site called Reevoo and its goal is to show you what can happen when you don't research a product before buying it.
Its means of intimidation is ye old dad-gets-embarrassed-in-front-of-his-kid approach. Slick and merciless, baby.
Put together by Gas Agency.
To usher in the giggles and cheer (and, uh, promote its Fool Proof insurance product), Kwik-Fit gives us Turkey Target. It's a game involving turkeys and an outfoxed fox in a Santa hat.
Kwik-Fit also launched a holiday game called Pimp My Sleigh.
Fun fun fun.
Perhaps we missed Adventure Number One (oops, no we didn't) but Agency Provocateur, in its never ending quest to be as provocative as possible gives us Adventure Number Two, The Lady of the Manor, a full blown storybook-style glimpse inside the world of Manor living, the lady that runs the house and the maids who do her bidding. Of course, this isn't a story about your average manor living. It's a tricked out, male fantasy-focused version complete with lingerie-clad maids receiving spankings and morning frolics in bed.
We, of course, have absolutely no problem enjoying this creation to the fullest extent. However, we wonder what its appeal is to women. Apart from the few women who enjoy watching other women prance about in lingerie, we're curious how many women really want to witness the day in the life of an objectified, subservient maid. [Ed. Oh shut up you idiot. This is advertising. Can't you just leave a good T and A campaign alone?]
To help parents understand what their teenagers want for the holidays, Best Buy launched an online campaign called Wow the Un-Wowable featuring Nickelodeon's Drake Bell, a teen star who's really good at looking bummed.
In a series of videos, Drake "interprets" what teens want. Ideas include a laptop, a Lexus and a horse named iPod. (Yeah.)
In our expert view, the videos straddle parody and condescension. We haven't decided which halves of our emotional selves to give in to yet.
Whatever happened to the unfailing cash-and-card model? $20 may not buy a Lexus, but the recipient may score some fragrant pot.
Nothing says "I love you" like money with no strings!
For Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, DDB, LA ran a campaign where real-life warmongers become video game reviewers.
We've been putting off covering it because watching all the spots (:60 EACH!) seems so labor-intensive. After sitting through all five, we've concluded they are less funny versions of this Hitler Xbox spoof.
Here it comes... Here it comes... Here it comes... No, not Dove's Onslaught. The ad industry onslaught of holiday cards. We know there will be many more but for now we have a few to share.
First up is Damashek Consulting which went green with its wildlife and environmentally focused approach that actually involves selling holiday-themed art created by artist Diane Grappasonno. All proceeds from the 200 signed prints will be donated to the World WildLife Fund. Nice. After all, Christmas is all about giving, right?
Nothing says jackpot like a slew of copycats. So if (like us) you wondered about the success of the Elf Yourself campaign by OfficeMax, look no further than this moody spoof by Dunder Mifflin.
DM also built a website called Gnome Yourself, which features characters from The Office.
Here's the story of little Pipkin Puddyfoot, the boy who was allergic to electricity, brought to us by Hangman Studios.
For Christmas, Pipkin gets a visit from a special guest, who gives him a special gift, which enables him to fool with all the electronics he likes, which leads to a most maudlin little lesson.
Gee, thanks, Hangman. (We're not sure what we were expecting, considering the last time they contacted us they gave us this.)