Applebee's Inflatable Dolls Hide Lunch Breaks From Bosses

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Following it's ironic effort to make it hip to eat at Applebee's, the brand is out with a less ironic but questionably practical approach to encouraging more people to lunch at their restaurants. Believing that every cube-caged worker in America deserves to get out of the office for lunch, the brand has launched a line of Lunch Decoy inflatable dolls workers can place in their cube to trick their bosses into thinking they are working through lunch.

The dolls are available for $6.99 and come in both genders and a variety of ethnicities. The effort aims to call attention to the chain's Pick 'N Pair lunch menu. We're not sure the Crispin Porter + Bogusky-created tactic will be as foolproof as the brand would like it to be but it's sure to get a few laughs from the bosses who still possess a sense of humor.

by Steve Hall    Jul-26-12    
Topic: Guerilla, Specialty, Strange



Cute Girl Gets Explosive Silk Milk Facial

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Out since March of 2011, this Silk Soy ad is enjoying a bit of a rebirth. The moody, softly shot spot features a cute, smiling girl as questions appear on screen. She (and viewers) are asked "Are you worried?", "About your health?", "About the earth?"and "Do you need change?" She is then given...

A giant facial.

That's right. A giant facial.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-23-12    
Topic: Strange



Puke In My Mouth Hotties Apologize For Party Rocking

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The Puke in My Mouth hotties are back with a spoof of LMFAO's Sorry for Party Rocking. This time they're promoting jewelry site boticca.com. The video stars the pair posing as two fashionistas sporting Boticca's international accessories, poking fun at "fashion clones" and shopping through a number of fashion and style blogs.

Yup. We could watch these ladies do anything.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-20-12    
Topic: Celebrity, Racy, Spoofs, Strange



Buying Geico Insurance More Fun Than Smashing Watermelons

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Just when you think every last insurance ad concept has been done, The Martin Agency comes up with Happier Than, a humorous campaign that compares the happiness factor of buying insurance from Geico to, well, comedian Gallagher whacking watermelons at a farm stand.

This first spot will begin airing tonight during Letterman. Additional apost will feature Christopher Columbus driving speedboats and Slinky having his way with an escalator

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by Steve Hall    Jul-16-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



How to Have Sex While Ironing Your Clothes

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International porn legend, Nacho Vidal, has unleashed his secret to stellar performance in bedroom. In a comical mostly-NSFW video, we see the effects of the aphrodisiac/performance enhancement supplement Fortiplus on Vidal as he pleasures woman after woman after woman...all while he seemingly goes about his daily business.

Guess it makes sense that sex simply becomes boring for a porn star after a while and all that matters is whether or not one can maintain an erection. Personally, we enjoy the aphrodisiac-like spontaneity of random sexual encounters.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-10-12    
Topic: Commercials, Racy, Strange, Video



Friskies Plus Takes Cat on Drug Trip

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There's usually two camps when it comes to describing the classic, Alice in Wonderland. Some describe it as a wildly imaginative fairy tale. Others, akin to Jefferson Airplane's take, describe it as the ultimate representation of a full on drug trip.

Of course, this being advertising, most takes veer towards the fairy tale side of things as in this new Friskies Plus commercial from Psyop and Avrett Free Ginsberg.

In the ad, a curious cat passes through a "mysterious doorway" and enters an Alice in Wonderland-like world that's every bit as strange as the world portrayed by Lewis Carroll.

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by Steve Hall    Jul- 6-12    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Dr. Schnoz Takes on LMFAO's Party Rock

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It was funny the first time. It was mildly amusing the second time. It began to grate the third time. The fourth, well, it's like being forced to watch Rebecca Black's Friday over and over again with toothpicks holding your eyelids open.

Yea. It's plastic surgeon extraordinaire Dr. Michael Salzhauer again. This time, as "Booty Doc," he's having fun with LMFAO's Party Rock. This work follows his ribbing of Old Spice, Shades of Grey and Justin Bieber.

As tired as this has become, secretly, we can't wait to see what he'll parody next.

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by Steve Hall    Jul- 3-12    
Topic: Spoofs, Strange, Video



How to Speak Australian, Worst Feminine Protection Ad

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- How to speak Australian.

- Former AKQA GM Nick Constantinou has joined Collective London as CEO.

- New Old Spice Danger Zone work from Wieden + Kennedy doesn't pack the witty punch of the original but it's still humorous none-the-less.

- Possibly the strangest "feminine Protection" ad you will ever see.

- Feeling the need to re-charge his batteries, after a busy year shooting commercial films, Cole Webley began this project as a personal creative outlet. He had been shooting a lot of footage and was in the process of editing it together, and trying to figure out a way to tie it all together, when he showed the footage to AKQA Art Director Chateau Bezerra who was inspired to write the poem that accompanies this footage..

by Steve Hall    Jul- 3-12    
Topic: Agencies, Commercials, Racy, Strange



Erect Nipples in Wet T-Shirt Redeem (OK, Not Really) Bad Ad

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Ad Age Creativity loves it. Buzzfeed (Copyblogger) hates it. We're in the middle somewhere. The premise weakly conveys the product benefit. The lead up is interminably long. The choice of music is questionable. The pay-off is unfunny.

But the spot does contain boobs with full-on erect nipples in a wet t-shirt. So it can't be all that bad, right?

But will it last given our hatred of the nipple?

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by Steve Hall    Jul- 3-12    
Topic: Racy, Strange



Girls Bicker Over Walrus-Like Boyfriend in New Skittles Ad

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This new Skittles work from DDB Chicago further convinces us that if aliens ever do make a pit stop on earth during their interstellar escapades, they'll quickly toss the human race off as a mentally-challenged tribe of misfits in need of a few more millennia of cognitive development to be worthy of our own interstellar wings.

After all, who in their right mind wouldn't think that after watching this commercial in which a couple dumbed-down, Zooey Deschanel-like girls squabble over the identity of their walrus-like boyfriends and whether or not one's looks determine one's inner being. Deep stuff.

Of course, this being advertising - whether or not aliens can recognize the difference - we all get pass to just laugh and appreciate the true oddity of the creative mind behind this work.

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by Steve Hall    Jul- 3-12    
Topic: Commercials, Strange










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