Wait a Sec ... Open Your Mouth Again.

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Coke Zero's throwing weight behind tongue-piercing parlors in Brazil. Seriously.

Shops in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre and Salvador are giving free piercings to people that agree to take a picture with a fresh new Coke Zero stud. Coke's calling the concept advertasting. (Not to be confused with this.)

See TV spot with talking tongues that for some reason are bitching out a bewildered-looking eyeball with legs. It (hopefully) helps if you speak Portuguese. The shop responsible: Espalhe Marketing de Guerrilha.



Want Some Spider with that Sweet Corn?

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Arg! Get a load of this print ad for the Travel Channel.

And gross! Watch the spot with the cow heart vending machine.

The funny thing is, something about the slogan -- "One man's weird is another man's wonderful" -- makes us hungry.

The spots were composed by the very weird, slightly wonderful Moroch.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-27-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Magazine, Poster, Strange, Television



Yo, Homie. Don't Play That Incremental Scatter CPM Crap With Me

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What? The guys over at Ripe Digital are fast! No sooner do we share the 'fact' rap is one of the top ten ways to get your online video to go viral do we receive this raptastic expression of love for the almighty monetized content syndication. Entitled Ripe Revolution, this video turns the media negotiation process into what it truly is: a drug deal between buyer and seller.

It's a bit cheesy but if you've ever been to a trade show and heard the actual human beings that do this sort of thing, it's a pretty accurate representation. Don't miss the shout outs to the agencies at the end of the video.

by Steve Hall    Feb-27-08    
Topic: Strange, Video



If Anyone Can Compel You to Go Satellite, It's Annie Wilkes

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"Watching anything but DIRECTV? Now, that would be painful," croons the Misery antagonist with a trademark psychotic expression.

Brrr. Oddly though, we'd pick an Annie revival over a sad dancing Colonel or a necromanced Orville Redenbacher.

The ad was put together by Deutsch, LA.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-26-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Strange, Television



Renault Espace Ad Spawns More WTFness

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Oh. OK. Now we get it. The Renault Espace is soooooooooooooooo spacious it takes 70 years to to climb into it and enjoy all it has to offer before exiting. WTF? So, in 70 years we are to believe the car hasn't changed at all from exposure to the elements? The trees haven't grown at all? The condition of the road hasn't changed?

Please. Tell us we are completely misunderstanding this commercial and there's a joke we aren't getting because if we have it right, it's one of the lamest ads we've ever seen. Unless, of course, it's local Italian (where the ad cam from) humor escapes our admittedly lame, very unworldly American sensibilities.

by Steve Hall    Feb-26-08    
Topic: Bad, Commercials, Strange



No Nice!: Genuine Guerrilla.

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To a fault, even. More here and here.

We've got no idea what No Nice! is. But based on the occasional martini accompanying the brand, we figure -- hope, at least -- it can get you drunk.

The, uh, campaign went down in Rome, Milan and Turin, Italy. The brand: No Nice. The "branded" vehicles: dirty cars parked on the streets.

Weeeeak.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-25-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Guerilla, Strange



HSBC Never Sent Us Singing Kittens.

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To drive us into the arms of BankWest (Australia), some kittens sang us a song. It was weird and they were scary (like furry robot gremlins), but they spelled our names and everything.

The campaign was put together by Host and Glue Society. Its purpose is to associate banking with happiness. (Guess that depends on why you're at the bank, though.)

by Angela Natividad    Feb-25-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Strange



Vibrator Ads Vibrate. Witty. Not Really

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Oh for the love of vibrator ads! Apparently, all ideas have been used up when it comes to the category to the only thing that's left is to highlight a vibrator's product benefit by...oh...vibrating the ad. While certainly a different concept, the women in the ads look about as excited as your grandmother sitting on the toilet squeezing one out.

OK, at least one girl is grinning and...OMG...her bra strap is revealed! See the full on vibrating glory here, here and here.

by Steve Hall    Feb-22-08    
Topic: Magazine, Strange



Barney-Like Characters Shill Bottled Water for Kids

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Conjuring the oddity of Barney, this new campaign for kids fortified water, bot Beverages, might be the final nail in tap water's coffin. After all, tap water? That's just gross! No one drinks tap water anymore. Why would we when we have thousands of bottled water choices along with an equal amount of flavored chemicals in a bottle? Who needs the real thing when you can pay money for fake water?

more »

by Steve Hall    Feb-21-08    
Topic: Strange



Toronto's Fake Drug Campaign Revealed to Be College Advocacy Ad

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The Torontoist has been following a a local teaser campiagn which, for a couple of weeks, appeared to be a campaign from a pharmaceutical company for a fake drug called Obay. After much sleuthing, the campiagn turned out to be for Colleges Ontario, a pre-college group representing area colleges in Ontario.

A teaser campaign using a fake drug is a daring move but it appears no one got lawsuit happy. The campiagn itself is funny. It promotes a drug that makes kids think more like their parents, sort of like mind control in a bottle.

The ad copy is great. It reads, "My son used to have his own hopes and aspirations. Now he has mine. Thanks, Obay!"

by Steve Hall    Feb-21-08    
Topic: Good, Outdoor, Poster, Strange










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