Washington Monument Sports A Condom. Just Wait. It'll Happen

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Just when you think every last bit of space has been commandeered by ads, another pops up. We know someday someone's going to offer to paint our house for free in exchange for placing a giant logo on the front of our house. And Kevin Dugan, in an article on his blog posits we may soon see the Washington Monument sheathed in a Durex condom, ads embedded in one's bodies so they appear on x-rays, ads painted in the bowl of a toilet (this one's a no brainer), ads on baby scales and ads on headstones in graveyards.

Think it won't happen? Did you ever think you'd see ads on the paper that covers the exam table in a doctor's office or on the front of snow plows?

by Steve Hall    Dec- 4-07    
Topic: Guerilla, Strange, Trends and Culture



Serial Killer Threats Win Best Viral at BIMA

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Remember that one time we thought a serial killer was out to get us, but the threat turned out to be a customizable online promotion for Showtime's Dexter?

That promotion just won Best use of Viral Marketing at the BIMAs this year. Put together by Ralph & Co., London, it generated 300,000 unique Dexter emails and over 750,000 pageviews.

See the UK campaign, Ice Truck, or the US campaign, Slice of Life TV.

Gotta love a viral campaign that makes your friends feel like they're the targets of an unhinged, virtually un-catchable sociopath. We know it gave us a happy rise.

by Angela Natividad    Dec- 3-07    
Topic: Industry Events, Online, Promotions, Strange, Viral



Is It Really That Hard to Take A Shit?

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Apparently, the world is awash with people who can't pinch a good loaf. It seems there's a cork stuck in the asses of a lot of people out there which has made laxatives almost as commonplace as aspirin on drug store shelves.

We even have studies on the matter which claim, "Many people underestimated how often they strained. Overall, 32% of defecations in women and 22% of defecations in men were associated with straining to start and 15% and 9%, respectively, with straining to finish."

And analysis such as this: "Straining was to some extent related to stool type: the lumpier a stool, the more often it elicited straining. However, it seems likely that straining in some people is just a habit."

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 3-07    
Topic: Good, Outdoor, Strange



Bank of America Goofs, Looks For New Media Shop

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Bank of America promises it will show local commitment to Chicago...by bringing back the Sun-Times building.

- Trade magazine Restaurants & Institutions has created a list of the top ten best recalled restaurant ads.

- If you want ad banners, AdFresh has them. I thought we already had BannerBlog?

- Bank of America is on the hunt for a new media shop. Ad consultant Select Resources International will handle the review.

- Scotland actually paid money for it's new tourism tagline: Welcome to Scotland.

by Steve Hall    Nov-30-07    
Topic: Strange



Severed Bloody Limbs Promote Quentin Tarantino Flick

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Here's yet another entry in the long list of methods used to promote movies. To call attention to the DVD release of Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof, Amsterdam agency New Message has placed a bunch of bloody, severed arms in front of movie theaters throughout the Netherlands. We're thinking those arms aren't going to be on the ground very long as people pick them up and take them home to freak their friends out with later.

by Steve Hall    Nov-29-07    
Topic: Good, Guerilla, Outdoor, Strange



Media Kills. So Why Not Light Up Instead?

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Tell Reynolds they don't need to pull their print ads after all. A team at the University of Michigan waded through 50 years of research and concluded media violence is as hazardous as smoking.

Violent video games and television shows were targeted, with children more heavily influenced by what they see than adults, although women and men are equally likely to engage in violence they've seen in the media.

Well, hey. After our WoW sessions we've just got to grab a scimitar and kick some burly guy's ass. And don't even get us started on Heroes.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-29-07    
Topic: Bad, Research, Strange, Trends and Culture



Couple Gets Blow Job Courtesy of Sprite Zero

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We're not sure this ad actually ran but nonetheless it's good in the way that frat boy pranks are good. Unless, of course, someone gets hurt which we hope no one did in the filming of this Sprite Zero commercial (spoof?) So, what do you get when you mix a peaceful couple sleeping in the back of a car with a few guys who get their hands on a giant snow making machine? A big ass snow storm, lots of screaming and a car that looses its footing.

Sounds like fun. In fact, I wish that's what we did back in the day instead of my friend opening up an air valve on a snow making pipe at Sugarloaf while my ear was next to it making me deaf in that ear until the next day.

by Steve Hall    Nov-29-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



UbiSoft Bunny Burps, and ... Yeah, that's About It

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This ad is for UbiSoft's RayMan. For reasons we don't understand, a burping bunny invades the real world and gets lazy couch-welded human beings to get off their asses and pour shaken carbonated drinks into their mouths.

It was on the front page of YouTube and we've watched it at least eight times already. This does not bode well for the future of the world.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-28-07    
Topic: Brands, Online, Strange, Video



All Together Now: 'A Very Big Yes to Industry Growth!'

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Only in Singapore might you find a senior management video this square. Meet the heavy-hitters of Singapore's Media Development Authority.

With opening scratches that would make DJ Hi-Tek blush like a prude, the personal embarrassment generated by watching it is probably experienced tenfold by its participants -- in particular, the one dressed like Superman.

Steve's terrifically bewildered response: "Is it funny? Is it sad? Is this the new way to promote a country? Is it just the accents? Is it that Asians look just as out of place as white guys that rap?"

Speaking of Smirnoff's Tea Partay, where my WASPs at?

by Angela Natividad    Nov-27-07    
Topic: Strange, Video



Bra Maker Enlists Holocaust Survivor Look-A-Likes For Campaign

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Japanese bra maker Maruko is getting witty in a new Asatsu-DK-created campaign that fixates on the bronski, the act of getting one's face smooshed between a pair of breasts. While certainly a pleasurable experience, the two guys in these two ads look more like they've endured a Holocaust camp than the pleasures of a big pair of soft, fleshy breasts.

This is certainly a new addition to the long list of quirky approached bra makers have taken to get their product noticed. Wonderbra has proven its ability to confine breasts in motion with a spoof of the Cadbury Gorilla commercial and the fact their push up bras make women's breasts so big they cause problems. Playtex has asked women to submit funny stories about their experiences with their bras. Vanity Fair has playfully used lighting tricks to cover the female nipple. Chantelle Push-Up bras push up more than just beasts.

Sloggi just bares as much ass as it can. Bravissimo gets people past the over D cup stigma with properly fitted F, G and GG bras. Hanes signed Ghost Whisperer star Jennifer Love Hewit, the only woman who is as equally obsessed about breasts as men are. Victoria's Secret has gone the route of glamorizing the bra to the point it deserves its own television spectacle. And U.K. bra company Shock Absorber created a website where people can go watch breasts bounce.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-27-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Opinion, Racy, Strange








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