Virgin Atlantic Airways Does Barf Bags in a Big Way

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We were shamefully unaware of Virgin's preoccupation with barf bags until this entry by AdFreak, though one can probably argue it goes hand-in-hand with the drugs > food lifestyle of their other obsession.

Anywho, the barf ... bag ... theme is something they're clearly committed to. With Crispin Porter + Bogusky holding the staple gun, Virgin's proceeded to affix three-foot-tall barf bags onto temporary walls around construction sites and scaffoldings in major cities like New York, San Francisco, Boston, DC and Chicago, the airline's biggest hub cities.

Each bag has a long tome across the front about the retch-worthy penny-pinching going down in the airline business today.

"What better expression of the current state of air travel than an air sickness bag?" a Virgin spokesperson dryly notes.

Under the tsk-tsky tagline "How did air travel become so bloody awful?", expect to see the campaign through mid-July.

by Angela Natividad    May-22-07    
Topic: Brands, Guerilla, Strange



Jack in the Box Celebrates McDonald's, Burger King 'Anus' Burgers

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Keeping with its 'tude, feisty Jack in the Box is out slinging bathroom humor at the expense of McDonald's and Burger King referring to their Angus burgers as Anus burgers. Jack in the Box agency Secret Weapon Marketing CCO Dick Sittig, smitten with his work, says the spots don't go too far adding, "we talked about but stopped short of doing a spot on McDonald's Angus Pounder." Witty. Witter still: a man named Dick makes anus jokes.

You can view the two spots here and here.

by Steve Hall    May-22-07    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Blueballs, on a Truck, Get Castrated, with Shears. KMLE Country Radio!

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We're having trouble not wincing to the image of a woman slicing off a set of blueballs with garden shears, even if they are attached to a truck, and we're not sure what that has to do with KMLE doubling your paycheque, but oh, the sacrifice seems significant.

Thank Knoodleshop for future instances of truck castration, coming to a pick-up near you.

by Angela Natividad    May-22-07    
Topic: Commercials, Strange, Television



English Humor, We Think, Fills Pimm's Commercial

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They always say the English have a different sense of humor and that is clearly on display in this new Mother/Feel Films-created commercial for Pimm's. The spot features comedian Alexander Armstrong on a summer tour of the UK acting, well, English. Anyway, you tell us if it's funny.

by Steve Hall    May-21-07    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Schweppes Fruit Carbs Sophisticates Texas Cowboy

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Now this is just weird. But leave it to an American to change things up while at a formal equestrian event. Created by one of our favorite agencies, Duval Guillaume Antwerp, this Schweppes Fruit Carbs commercial praises the "slightly more sophisticated cowboy."

by Steve Hall    May-21-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Belgian Senate Candidate Offers 40,000 Blowjobs

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Belgian NEE party senate candidate, Tania Derveaux, in an effort to thwart the efforts of candidates who were making what she claims to be ridiculous job opportunity promises, launched a campaign in which she posed nude and promised she'd create 400,000 new jobs. Men, being who men are, immediately responded to the campaign by emailing Tania to ask her for a blowjob. (Hey, it's got the word "job" in it after all.)

Ever the one to capitalize on the chance at more publicity for her cause, Tania plans to oblige her supporter's wishes and has promised to offer 40,000 actual blowjobs to those who sign up. Humorously, she's offering the shy and married ones a virtual blowjob in Second Life. All one has to do is sign up and agree to the terms of service.

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by Steve Hall    May-20-07    
Topic: Cause, Good, Racy, Strange



Why Date When You Can Engineer? Introducing the Manquarium

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We totally dig how girl power in marketing is manifested in self-imposed inaugurations and, now, opportunities to actually build men.

This is for the Venus Manquarium campaign. Fembot future, here we come.

by Angela Natividad    May-19-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Strange



Baby Names the New Second Life

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People have accepted money to place ads on their foreheads. People have accepted money to place ads on the back of their heads. People have accepted money to place ads on their fingernails. People have accepted money to place ads on their breasts. People have accepted money to place ads on their asses. People have accepted money to place ads on their pregnant stomachs. People have accepted money to place ads on their very unpregnant, very hot looking stomachs. People have accepted money to place ads on their babies.

Is it so hard to believe people may soon name their babies after brands?

by Steve Hall    May-18-07    
Topic: Human, Strange, Trends and Culture



Chris Angel is a Mind Freak and Knows Who You Are!

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Every marketer's got one of those personalized, send to a friend video thingamabobbers that's all the rage these days and that "miraculously" arrives in your friends inbox "miraculously" personalized with information no one but you could possibly know. Yawn.

Now, if you really want to have fun with your friends, check out this Chris Angel Mind Freak promotion. It's not that this promotion uses any new technology or amazing wizardry but it does present itself in a way that manages freak you out a bit. At least it did us. Anyway, take a look at it. We can't even show you an example because the created video can only be used once. Probably a good thing since it contains identifying information. Send one to yourself as an example.

by Steve Hall    May-17-07    
Topic: Online, Strange, Video, Viral



Cows Have Emotions. Feeling Like a Palio Yet?

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Oh, awesome. Again for its Palio model, Fiat succeeds in confusing us more than it did yesterday.

Got two minutes? Watch an old man throw knives at a cow. Then hit the campaign website, where you can watch all sorts of other bizarre Brazilian fare.

by Angela Natividad    May-17-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Strange








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