Mono Says Happy New Year with Godlike Feature-Mix Game

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An odd new year greeting from Mono invited us to play a game of mix-and-match with facial features, a lot like getting to play with Mr. Potato Head without having to buy him.

The site includes a gallery where you can look at all the possibilities thrown together thus far. Apparently there are over 750,000.

Trouble with the site or our computers made it so we could only screw around with the lower part of the face and not the top. This got in the way of our fun-having, and we dislike anything that gets in the way of our fun-having. Oh, well. How much could a Mr. Potato Head possibly be?

Update: The darlings at Mono fixed the bug. We are happy.

by Angela Natividad    Jan- 4-07    
Topic: Games, Online, Strange



Saddam Gets Last Laugh: Contextual Advertising

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There were certainly things Saddam Hussein did many would say justified his recent hanging but it's Saddam who's left us with the last word. In that blather of pontification he shared with us prior to his neck being broken, some say he uttered the words "beware of the contextual advertising." As if to deliver on that warning from the afterlife, next to a video of Saddam's death appears an ad for another famed dictator, Idi Amin...or rather Forrest Whitaker playing Idi Amin in his new movie, The Last King of Scotland.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 2-07    
Topic: Strange



Colombia Says Cocaine is Addictive

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The Presidential Office of Colombia, known for its heavy-handedness in rumour if not in actuality, turns to humour to explain why people should avoid cocaine. The 15 second ad says "Cocaine is addictive. Very addictive." We suspect this may not be true as we've been snorting at least 7 years and can quit anytime. To drive the point home, a man on a bus leans forward and snorts the dandruff off the shoulder of the man in front of him.

The ad generated a grade school reaction. We all went "EWWWWW!" and jerked our knees up. Then we watched it again. And again. And again.

500,000 watches later, we are still going "EWWWW!" and showing all our friends, who don't seem deeply impressed, then we all snorted cocaine and laughed over the thought of psychos snorting dandruff. Doesn't the Presidential Office know anything? You need a credit card and a flat surface to snort cocaine. Coke capital of the world indeed.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-29-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange, Video



Gruesome, Twisted, Sick North Pole Site of 'Save Santa' Game

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There just aren't many words that come to mind when describing this animated promotional piece from ID Branding, Ride Studio and Omatic Design called Save the Fat Man. Sick, twisted and weird might be a few though. Puking polar bears, orgiastic elves and cannibalistic gingerbread cookies are just part of the fun.

by Steve Hall    Dec-22-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Strange



HSBC Puts Subcultures in a Tank for Local Critique

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In this collabo between Cunning and JWT, passers-by can text opinions about paparazzi and fitness fads in exchange for the chance to win a digicam or gym membership.

We've seen the live mannequin thing before and while it never ceases to be creepy we like the execution of the idea here. It has the potential to be comically obnoxious which off-sets the creepiness. And guess who this is for? Our opinion-courting friends at HSBC. Aww.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-21-06    
Topic: Brands, Good, Human, Outdoor, Strange



Baby Care Confused by Transit Ad Placements

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It's sad we even need an ad campaign to tell people how to take care of their babies but that's the mission of a current New York City transit campaign for the city's Administration for Children's Services and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (mental hygiene? that's a new one). Unfortunately, there are idiots in this world that do need to be told some very obvious things about caring for a baby. Trouble is, this campaign seems to confuse more than educate - well, at least to those mentally hygiene-challenged types.

Ironi Sans sent us this video clip of two of the campaign's subway cards placed next to each other. The first reads, "Don't Leave Him Alone." The second reads, "It's Safest For Him to Sleep Alone." That sort of "education" is sure to make a mentally hygiene-challenged person's logic loop explode which is quite the opposite, we're sure, of the campaign's intent.

by Steve Hall    Dec-21-06    
Topic: Bad, Campaigns, Outdoor, Strange



Forum Drives Tom Green to Depression, Neuroses, General Scariness

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For Snakes on a Plane we witnessed what a forum can do when they really like you. For Tom Green we might see what a forum can do when you're teetering over the edge of sanity.

Post Freddy Got Fingered (among other tribulations) it would be an understatement to say Tom is upset with his fans. Since the cancellation of his short-lived MTV show he has little hope that his months-old internet efforts will do much better.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec-20-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Online, Strange



Amalgamated Liberates True Color of Bodily Fluid ... in Space

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We've all seen sterile ads for feminine products in which piss or menstrual fluid comes out blue. We all know that piss and menstrual fluid are not actually blue. Those crazy cats at Amalgamated, the very guys who brought us Ben & Jerry claymation, decide to stomp on the polite institution of blue bodily fluid for their client Clearblue Easy and its new digital pregnancy test.

We would have respected them for that. But they took things one step further and put the pregnancy test in space, a la Dark Star, and then let fall a stream of disembodied space piss! And then our brains exploded.

Check it out here. But be careful. It's a little crazy.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-19-06    
Topic: Good, Strange, Television



Identity of the Burger King Revealed!

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For a long time, everyone's been wondering who's really behind that freakish looking Burger King mask. OK, so we're the only ones wondering but has anyone seen Jack Kevorkian lately? The euthanasia dude seems to have disappeared. Oh wait, is he in prison? Anyway, we think we've found him along with the true identity of the Burger King.

by Steve Hall    Dec-19-06    
Topic: Brands, Strange, Video



Hoover Vacuums Up 'Unsightly' Hip Hop

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Our friend Bucky Turco, wrigin over at Complex, points us to a recent Hoover radio commercial in which promises to rid the world of dirty, unannoying unsightly.....um...hip hop? Yes, the vacuum manufacturer thinks, as James Bond did of the Beatles in one of his early flicks, the world should clean itself up and it's promising to do it's part. Check the spot out here (ignore the video ad and just click "download")

by Steve Hall    Dec-18-06    
Topic: Commercials, Radio, Strange










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