Apple Unhappy With iPod As Sex Toy Enabler

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It seems the iPod is becoming a very popular sex toy enabler. First, it was Soft Paris which released its Oh My God-inducing OhMiBod iPod plug in that, well, plugs in to a woman to deliver that special Oh My God feeling. Now we have sex toy retailer Ann Summers marketing a similar device, called the iGasm, with posters that look identical to the famed Apple silhouette campaign.

Apparently Apple doesn't want to be associated with female pleasure and have gone all legal on Ann Summers' ass with cease and desist orders. In an effort to lighten things up over at Apple, Ann Summers' Jacqueline Gold said, "Perhaps I can send them an iGasm to put a smile back on their faces!" Indeed.

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by Steve Hall    May-24-07    
Topic: Brands, Human, Policy, Racy, Strange



Svedka Operates Beyond Realm of Human Understanding

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We don't claim to understand Svedka's ad campaigns. To be honest, we don't even really want to, because it would force us to think too hard, and that would probably be playing right into the hands of the more efficient stainless-steel race.

What we know: there are fembots. The fembots are political. They might even take over. And for some reason beyond us, there's a gay theme.

That's all we need to know, really. But Copyranter finds all these (potentially vodka-induced) loose ends really frustrating.

by Angela Natividad    May-24-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Ray Ban Will Do Anything to Keep You Watching

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Here we have another Ray Ban video for the Never Hide campaign. Continuing down the path of arbitrary-but-watchable, a couple makes out all over town.

Yeah, that's the whole ad. And before you go, "WTF, dude, why is that watchable?" we have to ask, would you turn away or keep staring if you saw this in real life?

by Angela Natividad    May-24-07    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Strange, Video



Slow Site Load Accompanied With Perfect Music

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The musical track played during load time, alone, make this site worth the visit. So apropos. Apparently, a dude is waiting for your phone call and will pick up the phone at the exact time you call. Why? We have no idea but we do know it's the work of Dutch agency Brandbase. It seems Giles is stuck in the office until enough people forward the thing to their friends and the counter hits zero.

by Steve Hall    May-23-07    
Topic: Online, Strange



Losers Generate, Thoughts Advertise, Cannes Bingoed, Reebok Pukes

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- We all know about consumer-generated content. Well, now we have loser-generated content.

- First there was Voicevertising. Now there's ThoughtVertising. On eBay, no less!

- Bored? Want to go to Cannes but can't? No worries. Forget that ego-fest, stay home and play Cannes Contenders Bingo and you decide who should win. Screw the judges.

- If Reebok really did make running easy, why would they feature a guy puking in an ad about running easy?

- Lowe is blogging about its "everything you ever wanted to know about the digital world" gathering

by Steve Hall    May-23-07    
Topic: Consumer Created, Games, Industry Events, Strange



Women Wearing Jeans, Heels Sticks Head in Ground. Causes WTF Moment

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Every once in a while you pass by an ad, do a double take and let out a WTF!?!? This is one such ad. Of course, we didn't physically pass by it. Rather, it flashed before our eyes during our daily trolling of Flickr for advertising-related goodness. And this is some goodness. Or weirdness. Of the aforementioned WTFness.

Anyway, we've got jeans. We've got high heels, We've got a green shirt. And we've got a woman with her head stuck in the ground or inside some recessed box of some sort. If we could actually read what language in which the board was written, would could share more but, alas, we'll have to depend on our worldwide readership to help us out here.

by Steve Hall    May-23-07    
Topic: Outdoor, Strange



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










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