Condom Pushers Seek Niche of Unporky Pokers on MySpace, Facebook

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We're a little confused about Trojan's position in the social networking space. While encouraging sexually active users to "Evolve" from pig to man via MySpace, the Facebook flyer for Trojan's Magnum series appears to be encouraging us to poke each other to a frenzy.

Maybe they thought dudes with bigger schlongs just don't read Orwell.

To be fair though, the innuendo behind Facebook's "pokes" is a little hard to resist. We can't even count how many users have made us feel uncomfortable with their incessant poking.

If we reciprocate, will they think we're whores?

UPDATE, 10-5-07: A contact at Edelman says the ad isn't Trojan's but (possibly) an online condom vendor's. Well, baby, free promotion never does hurt. Unless you happen to be running a campaign specifically aimed at discouraging porky poking practices.

by Angela Natividad    Oct- 2-07    
Topic: Brands, Online, Strange



Oregon Tourism And Horizon Air Like Maps

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It seems those in the Pacific Northwest think alike when it comes to travel and tourism advertising. In early September, we took a look at a campaign for Horizon Air which highlighted the 200 mile stretch of Interstate 5 between Seattle and Portland. It's referred to The Slog for all the oddities and annoyances along the way that make taking a Horizon Air (of course) flight to traverse the distance instead.

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Stand Advertising Tethers Boss to Buffalo Billboard

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This just goes to show that holding executive status in the same universe as Virgin's Richard Branson is an increasingly ridiculous job. Janet Stanek of Stand Advertising has committed to spending 30 hours perched on a billboard overlooking a highway in Buffalo, NY.

She was set up there yesterday morning and will remain there until noon today.

The stunt accomplishes (?) three goals: to celebrate Stand's 6th anniversary, raise $30K for Make-a-Wish, and "get out of those interminable Monday morning status meetings." We feel you on that one, Janet.

Janet will be tethered onto the billboard with little more than a sleeping mat and a tent (which, we hope, includes a loo). Watch her brave the elements (for the children, no less) at Boss on a Billboard.

Any way we can get a soccer ball up there with her?

by Angela Natividad    Oct- 2-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Good, Guerilla, Outdoor, Strange



Kellogg's Froot Loops Cereal Straws the New Coke Snorting Device

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Isn't it simply amazing how many different ways cereal maker can configure their product to get kids to eat it? Now, that bastion of children's cereal, Froot Loops, has introduced Cereal Straws which make eating cereal fun to "dip, sip and munch" not to mention its potential use as a coke snorting device.

by Steve Hall    Sep-26-07    
Topic: Online, Strange



Forget Dating Sites, the Mail Order Bride is Back in Vogue

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The college-bound doll at left is going for a steal at $19,995 on Marry Our Daughter, where families can safely sell stone-footed girls for a price soothing enough to eradicate in-law strife.

Harking back to arranged marriage in the Biblical sense, the site's a publicity stunt orchestrated by women who actually were sold into marriage. They hope to shed light on the mail order bride industry at large, and on loopholes across the nation that enable minors to marry, says Newsweek.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-26-07    
Topic: Cause, Online, Spoofs, Strange, Viral



Rayban Sunglass Toss, Axe Girlfriend Ported to Nissan Rogue Vids

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Before we even comment on these video supplements to the Nissan Rogue campaign which broke on Heroes last night, we truly hope its real. Not in the sense that it was passed off as something that came from the brand but didn't because it did. Nissan is all good with transparency here. Rather, we hope the stunts filmed in the videos are genuinely real and not altered with post production foolery.

Borrowing a bit from the Rayban Never Hide videos and the Axe Girlfriend comes this video campaign for Nissan's Rogue from TBWA\Tequila in LA. In the videos, the "Maze Master" shows us his skills with a marble maze game. In the first video, Maze Master and friend perform stunts with a marble just the Axe video did with quarters and the Never Hide videos did with sunglasses.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-25-07    
Topic: Brands, Good, Strange, Video



If Microsoft Bites, Zuckerberg May Join Billionaire Boys' Club

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Think Facebook is worth $10 billion? It will prove worth that and more if Microsoft decides to take a 5 percent stake in the company for $300 million to $500 million.

Word of Microsoft's intentions has also got Google sniffing back up the ass of everybody's favourite social network. Not bad pickin's considering Facebook is expected to suck in $150 in revenue this year, of which $30 million will be profit.

Talk about fiat value. Here's to Facebook, which isn't so much "connecting" people as it is printing its own scrilla-scratch-dough.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-25-07    
Topic: Brands, Online, Strange



MySpace-Savvy 'Digital Panhandlers' Come Collecting for Cash to Burn

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For a dollar, you could get a Digital Panhandler to shit-talk somebody in an audio email. (As a courtesy to patrons, your identity will remain anonymous.)

Ain't technology great?

For other sackcloth-sporting brethren the premier Panhandler lends these words of encouragement: "Remember Digital Panhandlers you are not alone. Where ever you may roam in the matrix you will find a fellow Digital Panhandler."

In the end, that's all these ad-supported new-media-buzzing VC-hustling widget-builders are doing anyway, right? And why not? At least one guy's freshly-plush off the hype.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-24-07    
Topic: Consumer Created, Online, Strange, Trends and Culture



AdSense Buys Coffee For Sexy Flickr Girl

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Who says Google doesn't help the poor?. Or do they? AdPulp's David Burn, calling it The Sexy Side of AdSense, found a photo on Flickr of a short shorts-wearing, girl-next-door cute woman holding a coffee cup and wearing a t-shirt which reads, "AdSense Buys My Daily Coffee (And Keeps the Change). Sweet.

by Steve Hall    Sep-24-07    
Topic: Online, Racy, Strange



Jesus Gives Flat Chested Plain Janes Makeovers and Breast Implants

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AdFreak calls our attention to this freakishly weird video for England's Plug TV which features a Jesus fatty taking a trip down from the heavens to visit the dirty, raw wold of human beings. It doesn't take long before he's drinking and magically turning flat chested librarian types into large-breasted, bikini-clad hotties whom he takes with him for a ride in his mega-stretch limo. That is until Dad gets angry.

Predictably, the Catholic church is a bit miffed.

by Steve Hall    Sep-24-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Policy, Racy, Strange, Video










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