Continuing its tradition of April Fool's Day joke, Google has launched Google Romance, a humorous take on dating sites. Google SVP Jonathon Rosenberg explains the service saying, "Our mission, as you might have heard, is to organize the world's information. And let's face it: in what area of life is the world's information more disorganized than romance? We thought we could use our search technology to help you find that special someone, then send you on a date and use contextual ads to help you, ya know - close the deal."
Just in time to combat worries Chinese built Lenovo computers sold to the U.S. government may contain software to spy on government agencies comes this must-be hoax called The Lenovo Tapes, a site with three video showing laptops doing amazing things like sending out holographic images, automatically cleaning up coffee split on the keyboard and even mini rockets that prevent it from hitting the floor too hard if dropped. The guy who apparently wrote the site claims he was leaked the tapes from an acquaintance. The thing that really tells us this is a joke is the cheesy Geocities-like site design. I mean come on. Who would hand code when they could place this all on a blog? Why didn't the guy upload these to a YouTube account? Why is this, while the site's been around for a while, just appearing now, soon after Lenovo gets bad press? Whatever.
Art Director Seth Gunderson, who works at Kansas-based agency SHS - home of the must-listen, Tug McTighe, John January-fueled American Copywriter podcast, got sick of all those "___ delivered" billboards AT&T has been running for a while that make no sense because AT&T doesn't provide any of the services mentioned. Of course, that's not the point. AT&T is simply a conduit through which these services are delivered. So, following that line of thinking, Seth wondered why all the other things AT&T delivers, such as porn, viruses, pizza, Sudoku and bomb diagrams, weren't highlighted in the campaign and created some new boards you can see here. We think someone's done the porn one before though.
With all the ridiculous, over reaction the Australia's "Where the bloody hell are you?" tourism commercial, it was only a matter of time before someone created a spoof and here we have it courtesy of Adland. It's not really all that funny but, then again, the complaint was pretty lame too. Anyway, give it a watch here.
Our old friend, Reverse Cowgirl points to a pornified version of an Apple commercial. Somewhere in the back of our minds, we think we've seen this before but, then again, that could have been a dream. Of course, Apple's iPod ads have received all manner of spoofing so a porn version was to be expected. It was posted on YouTube March qo but no source for the vidieo was provided.
Having fun with a popular Skyy Vodka ad and demonstrating the unique qualities of the company's premium vodka, Skyy 90, is this spoof from the folks over at Triple Witching Friday. It's good for a Friday afternoon laugh.
In a perfect example of how a movie trailer can completely twist the subject of the actual movies, this trailer for the classic, Jaws, created by Ari Eisner and Mike Dow, turns the horro show into a love story called Must Love Jaws. Must Love YouTube for proliferating this stuff.
iPod Observer reports Microsoft was behind the creation of the iPod packaging spoof we had here earlier that slammed Microsoft for its overuse of design elements, snips and other call outs on it's packagaing. The video spoof demonstrated what an iPod package would look like if it came from Microsoft. Microsoft spokesman Tom Pilla told iPod Observer, "It was an internal-only video clip commissioned by our packaging [team] to humorously highlight the challenges we have faced RE: packaging and to educate marketers here about the pitfalls of packaging/branding,"
Nothing this funny, whether created internally or externally, is able to be contained. While the video has been removed from YouTube, you can view it at Google Video.
Just as they did with Survivor and The Apprentice, anti-product placement group Product Vision has created another spoof called Top Model For Sale which pokes fun at UPN's America's Top Model product placements. As usual, product placements are blatantly made fun of. Give it a look if only to see a bunch of scantily-clad women prance about.
While we are so not into world politics, those are will probably find humor in this ad that spoofs the United Arab Emirates tourism campaign following the North London football team Arsenal signing on the Emirates as a sponsor.