Belgian Senate Candidate Offers 40,000 Blowjobs


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


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


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!


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?


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

Legal Seafoods Gets Raw with Crack-Worthy Crustaceans


One thing that's awesome about viral video is it gives brands a platform to loosen their politically-correct, manifesto-rich ties and shake out saltier inclinations.

Raw Talk from the Raw Bar, a video for Legal Seafoods restaurant, takes full advantage, running amock with sailor-caliber curses and sub-par seafood punning.

Whether the mouthy food or the mouthy company comprises the referenced "typical shellfish bastards" is your call.

by Angela Natividad    May-16-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Strange, Video

Back? Knee? Head? Butt? Stomach? Gigantic Breast? Vaseline Doesn't Care


It's a back. It's a knee. It's a head. It's a butt. It's a distended stomach. It's a gigantic breasts. It's a...wait...should we have to work that hard to figure out what a visual is in an ad? Of course not but in this case it really doesn't matter because this is an ad for a skin care product. And back, knees, heads, butt's, stomach and gigantic breasts all have skin. In this ad for Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Butter, the marketer keeps us guessing which, when you think about it, is one great way to get people to pay attention to your ad.

by Steve Hall    May-15-07    
Topic: Creative Commentary, Good, Magazine, Strange

OMG! Company Makes Media Buy! Becomes News Story!


A company makes a 12-month media buy and it passes as news worthy of publishing. We passed on the press release yesterday figuring, oh, who the hell wants to read about a company that just made a media buy? That's like sending out a press release when an agency holds a traffic meeting. MediaPost didn't pass on it and features it as it's first story in its Online Media Daily newsletter. We're not even going to mention the details because you can read all about it over at MediaPost..

Even funnier is the byline on the story. It took two entire human beings to make this story happen. OK, OK, they did make a phone call to one of the company's CEOs. Apparently, one person had to dial the number while the other asked the questions. OK, OK, 12 month online media commitments aren't common. OK, OK, supposedly it's a lot of money. Whatever. We have a traffic meeting to attend. Oh wait. We have to send out a release first. OK, now we can go. Later.

by Steve Hall    May-15-07    
Topic: Online, Strange

Mom Wants Real Connection, Not a Best Buy Gift Card


The aptly named agency Mother, New York gives us Maternacord, the ultimate Mother's Day surprise.

Our favourite scene from the promo video:

Daughter: "It's tingling."

Mom: "That means it's working."

Why get Mom an iPod when you can umbilically reconnect? It's so deliciously creepy.

by Angela Natividad    May-15-07    
Topic: Agencies, Online, Promotions, Strange

Flashback: French Chortles at Notion of Gmail


We just thought this was funny. And it wasn't that long ago, either.

In April 2004 Garrett French of Web Pro News wrote a post about Google's announcement of GMail - which, in Google's "loose, freewheeling" style, fell just before April Fool's Day.

"How long," French scoffed, "would it take before that ocean of email burst from the Google server farm and sank Washington?"

*Observes moment of silence for nostalgic wave*

Funny how standards can change.

by Angela Natividad    May-15-07    
Topic: Brands, Online, Opinion, Strange, Trends and Culture

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