18 Again Makes Women Feel Like A Virgin


A campaign from Mumbai-based pharmaceutical company Ultratech for 18 Again cream, which promises to tighten a woman's vagina making here "feel like a virgin again," is causing a bit of controversy. On the one hand, it's said to empower women making them feel youthful. On the other hand, its said the product reinforces the fact premarital sex is still seen as taboo and the patriarchal viewpoint that all men want a virgin on their wedding night.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-28-12    
Topic: Racy, Strange

Exploding Gas Station Not an Obstacle for Toyota Corolla


Monica is cute. Monica has decided to make a quick pitstop for gas. Monica is cute. Monica will have to find another gas station because the one she just stopped at blew up. Monica is cute. Good thing her Corolla has legendary MPG to getting there won't be a problem. Monica is cute.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-27-12    
Topic: Commercials, Strange

Miranda Kerr Causes Santa to Crash in Japanese Lipton Ad


Miranda Kerr, and just about every other American celebrity, is loved by the Japanese public. They just can't get enough which is why we keep seeing American celebrities pop up in Japanese ads. Not to mention in a pre-internet world it was a nifty way for celebrities to make silly ads without embarrassing themselves back home.

Miranda Kerr, who has done ads for the Lipton before, can be seen sporting a yellow mini-dress and hat in a scenario that causes us to wonder just what she was doing to Santa that caused him to crash land. It's all to promote the very yellow-looking Lemon Tea.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-21-12    
Topic: Commercials, Strange

It's Raining Skullcandy!


Well this is kind of cool and stupid all at the same time. As the sky darkens and ominous sounds are heard, four members of the Skullcandy Skate Team, Eric Koston, Sean Malto, Theotis Beasley and Steve Berra, experience fear as a Magnolia-inspired storm brews. And what's falling from the sky? Skullcandy headphones, of course. But one really must wonder. If headphones fell from the sky, Wouldn't they dent/break on impact? Hey, this is just advertising, not science, so why worry about mundane details such as this?

by Steve Hall    Aug-20-12    
Topic: Strange, Video

Little Mermaid Gets Boob Job in Plastic Surgery Ad


Falling squarely in the semi-blasphemous category is this ad for Venezuelan plastic surgery center Clinica Dempere which shows what happens to our favorite Disney characters undergo the knife.

In the ads, Evil Witch, the Frog Prince and Little Mermaid (Ariel) become transformed. Evil Witch gets major facial reconstruction and becomes a hottie, Frog Prince has a total body transformation and becomes a debonair hunk. And Little Mermaid has her tail removed, her boobs enlarged and her face transformed into, well, a train wreck as compared to Ariel's original beautilicious innocence.

We're all for bigger boobs in certain circumstances (especially in the case of this dancer whose boobs kept spilling out of both the top and the bottom of her much too small top) but not when it comes to the overblown efforts of some who feel turning a human into a freak is worth getting paid for.

The least they could have done was make Ariel look pretty.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-17-12    
Topic: Strange

Most Awesome Used Car Ad Ever Created


Thanks to George Parker who, by the way, should be handed the keys to a BDA (look it up) so he can shove his hand up its ass and give it an enema to rid it of decades of pent up shite, has pointed us to one of the greatest used car ads ever written. Yes, the ad is four months old. Don't shoot us. It's still funny.

Found by Mashable on Craigslist, the headline "Jesus Tap-Dancing Christ" leads to some of the wittiest copywriting we have seen in a long time. Touting the fact the car, a 1995 teal Pontiac Grand Am, has tires!, doors!, seats! and a steering wheel!, the car is billed as the vehicle that gave Pontiac a collective aneurysm because of its visually masterful design.

Complete with OMG!-worthy images, the ad is said to be one of three things (tall, dark and drives a fucking teal Grand Am") every woman wants in a guy. It's true, right ladies?

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by Steve Hall    Aug-16-12    
Topic: Strange

Axe Gets Creepy With UpSkirt Cam


If the internet is to be believed, the Japanese have a well-known predilection for certain kinds fetishistic thinking and behavior. Whether it's a penchant for knee socks or face farting (seriously), the Japanese take the definition of fetish to new levels.

So it is without surprise that a brand marketing to the Japanese would leverage a fetish or two. With its Axe Dry Hot Angle, which allows one to visit a site and get a low angle view of a few hot Japanese women, the brand has its bases covered.

During a press event, low angle cameras captured plenty of upskirt (and knee high stocking) action. A companion website allows visitors to use their webcam to do the same. We couldn't get our camera to do anything at all. Which is all well and good. We're perverted enough on our own. We don't need any help.

But AdVerve got it to work.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 9-12    
Topic: Strange

TBWA Creates Ethereal Epic For Nissan Patrol


We're not usually a fan of epic grandeur in commercials but we have to admit, we really like this TBWA\G1 and TBWA\Moscow-created work for the Nissan Patrol. The slow moving, quietly moody spot opens on a Nissan Patrol winding its way through the woods as seemingly forest-dwelling onlookers watch the vehicle's movements. As it, and the groom within, finally make their arrival at what appears to be a wedding held on the edge of a cliff, the ethereal spot becomes grounded in reality.

Directed by multimedia artist Bruno Aveillan, the spot is scored to the music of Bonobo

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 8-12    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Commercials, Strange

Ray-Ban Aims For Viral Success With Found Footage And Giant Bug


Found footage? Yawn. Paranormal Activity-like surprises? Yawn. Fear Factor-like scares? Yawn. Blair Witch Project-like adventure? Yawn.

Yes! It's another "viral" video. And we know it's viral because the production company told us so. Yup. it comes to us from Raconteur for Luxottica Group, otherwise known as Ray-Ban. Directed by William Campbell and Wil Johnson of Gentleman Scholar, the video tells the story of a couple who enters and old, rundown home (naturally) and stumbles upon a giant cocoon.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 8-12    
Topic: Strange, Video, Viral

Just Saw Your Parents Having Sex? Eat Some Rugu


This one is funny. Brilliant funny, actually. And so simple. And so relatable. While all of us may not have entered our parents bedroom while they were having sex, we've all had our encounters with various forms of embarrassment from time to time.

This new commercial for Ragu captures that awkward embarrassment a quirky way and runs with it. All to sell some pasta sauce.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 8-12    
Topic: Commercials, Strange

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