ABC's 'Lost' Launches Yet Another Alternate Reality Game

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There is just way too much complexity to ABC's Lost and everything that goes with it to actually attempt to describe and explain everything. However, while trolling Flickr, we found some images of billboards for Oceanic Airlines, the name of the airline that is featured in the series. A new alternate reality game, Find815, has been launched which features videos of a person, Sam Thomas, who is supposed to work for Oceanic and whose girlfriend Sonya was one of the flight attendants.

You have to be really obsessive about the show to like this sort of thing but we spent some time with it and found it to be quite interesting and comprehensive. So that you can all start where we did, here's the link to one of the billboard photos on Flickr. They are actual billboards which appear in seven American cities, Seoul, South Korea and Sydney Australia. Here's a link to a very minimal press release. And here's a link to a blog that appears to be tracking or is part of the campaign itself. Have fun.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 4-08    
Topic: Good, Online, Strange, Video



Returning Soldiers Urged to Buy Breast Implants

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Before Flickr, we'd actually have to get off our asses and travel the globe in search of interesting advertising. No longer. Now we can just sit on our ass and scroll through hundreds of ad-related images provided by budding photographers who love advertising. Here we have an ad for breast implants which Flickr user poecile05 thought was oddly placed.

He writes, "A billboard seen in the middle of nowhere between Morongo Valley and 29 Palms. I stopped the car, scratched my head, and snapped a photo. We finally decided the target demographic must be soldiers on their way to and from the many military installations in the desert?"

Yes, indeed. After defending your country, don't expect a parade but do be ready to open up your wallet and get your lady a nice set of 34DDD's. Whacked.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 4-08    
Topic: Outdoor, Strange



Advertisers Beware: The Decapitator is After Your Little Pretties

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On the streets of East London, plastic heads are rolling. Blame the Decapitator, who is mutating ads for his/her own statement-making ends.

That image at left? It once was a cavity-sweet spot for High School Musical 2. And we can't even talk about what happened to that little bee from Bee Movie.

Headless bloody variants of smiling ad protagonists are applied to public posters with wheat paste, wethinks. Wired compares the work to that of New York's Splasher, who was eventually suspected of working under contract for American Apparel.

There's something romantic about street appropriations of ad messages. But marketer-on-marketer violence? That's just bitchy.

by Angela Natividad    Jan- 4-08    
Topic: Guerilla, Outdoor, Poster, Social, Strange, Trends and Culture



Butternuts Beer & Ale Billboard Comes Alive, Attacks Pedestrians

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Earlier this month, we wrote about Butternuts Beer & Ale farm-themed campaign that's gracing the CBS SuperScreen in Times Square through New Year's Eve. As a follow on to the campaign, the brewer's agency Woods Witt Dealy & Sns have cobbled together a Drink Responsibly video about getting smashed. And this kind of smashed involves an angry billboard and a bunch of beer cans.

by Steve Hall    Dec-21-07    
Topic: Good, Strange, Video



Man in Testicle Suit is Deployed onto Ice Rink. Hijinks Ensue

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Ever consider funding the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation?

If you haven't, watching a man dressed like balls get slammed into a window might convince you to. And even if it doesn't, you might wander into a bathroom to check your 'nads, which is almost as good.

(Sidenote on the video: Giant pubes on the ice! Giant pubes ON THE ICE!)

See more videos by agency Struck at Carpe Testes (aww, cute URL).

by Angela Natividad    Dec-20-07    
Topic: Cause, Good, Online, Spoofs, Strange, Video



The Wonderbralla, Christvertising, And Check Your Balls

- Yes, it's another Wonderba ad. This one illustrates the amazing ability of well formed cleavage to function as a third hand.

- Well just how long with we have to wait for this "vertising" thingny? Courtesy of Aberdeen, Christvertising joins the list.

- Um, yup, please check your balls before stepping onto the ice rink.

by Steve Hall    Dec-20-07    
Topic: Strange



Ever Wonder Why People Top Their Trees with Angels?

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If you're on the hunt for creepy new fables, find out how the Christmas tree fairy came to be. It's twisted.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-20-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Spoofs, Strange, Video



Toastvertising Rears its Crunchy and Delightful Head

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Unless the Virgin Mary toast phenomenon counts, we don't see much of a future in toastvertising.

(A moment of emotional wrestling: We once had a Hello Kitty toaster that burned a Hello Kitty-shaped head onto our bread. That was actually pretty awesome.)

Anywho, Martijn at Fresh Creation's got the meat on toastvertising, as well as the making-of video for the Book of Spam/toast ad linked above.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-18-07    
Topic: Packaging, Strange, Video



Publicis Macedonia, Vision Firm Show Love For Same Stock Photo

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We've had fun over the years enjoying the pitfalls of stock photography and the seeming inability of those using it to, when warranted, sign for exclusive use. So it is with great pleasure we bring you yet another stock photography goof courtesy of Publicis Macedonia...or BlueStepStudio which had a hand in developing the Publicis site...or Ultralase, the laser eye treatment company that used the same photo.

Yesterday, we were tipped to the striking resemblance (um, identical match) of a model used in an Ultralase ad found on an AOL UK page and another used as the background image of the Publicis Macedonia homepage. Yup, there she is. Looming large, peering out from behind a frame created by her fingers akin to a film director framing a shot.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-18-07    
Topic: Agencies, Bad, Online, Opinion, Strange



iRobot Provides Mom Time For Mid-Afternoon Bestiality Quickie

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This iRobot vacuum commercial is about a month old but upon viewing, courtesy of Texan in Hippieland, we felt the need to ponder iRobot's apparent fixation with bestiality. Oh sure, the pigs in this ad are supposed to represent the dirty kids running throughout the house and the donkey is supposed to be the woman's ass of a husband. But, as TIH points out, showing the pigs run up the stairs where the iRobot vacuum clearly can't follow is not exactly the best illustration of product benefit.

And, the donkey in the bed at the end of the commercial who the site refers to as her "best friend?" What exactly is the message here? A clean house makes time for an afternoon bestiality quickie? Oh yes, it's all a big metaphor for family life and the put upon mom who has to deal with a house full of dirty animals but that ending is just really weird.

Are we over analyzing?

by Steve Hall    Dec-18-07    
Topic: Bad, Commercials, Strange










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