Beer Promotion Strangely Linked to Whale Killings

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Apparently, the Japanese have a substantial interest in several Australian beer brands and that's tightened the underwear of the conservation group Sea Shepard Society and Australia's Bluetongue Brewery who want the public to know which Australian beers are "whale safe." Apparently, the Japanese kill a lot of whales under the pretext of research. In a video found on YouTube and on the Whales Safe Beer website, a fat Japanese business man, in response to ordering the "full whale experience" at a restaurant, is served just that but we're sure it's not at all what he was expecting.

Listed on the Whales Safe Beer site are the beers Bluetoungue and the Sea Shepard Society say are not whale safe. These include Castlemaine, Emu, Hahn, James Squire, Southwark, Swan, Tooheys, West End and XXXX.

by Steve Hall    Dec-11-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Strange, Video



Illuminated Reindeer Draws Energy from Enslaved Pedalers

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In what's got to be among the suckiest jobs ever, BC Hydro commissioned Vancouver-based DDB Canada to create an illuminated billboard that ran 24/7 on the pedaling power of over 120 volunteers.

The campaign in toto featured 1500 LED lights, an enviro-savvy choice at least, and for every hour the reindeer was lit Hydro made a donation to the Canadian Association of Food Banks. Well, that's sweet. We hope the donation makes for some serious holiday dinner considering a lot of literal blood, sweat and (possibly) tears went into keeping that magical deer afire. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Dec- 9-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Outdoor, Strange



Infomercial Madness Promotes MSN Search

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This has Wexley School for Girls written all over it. Oh wait, of course it does...because they did it. They created it for MSN Search. Using the kooky infomercial format and several of its stars, Anthony Sullivan, Matthew Lesko and Tony Little, Infomercial Madness pumps up MSN Search informercial-style and offers visitors the chance to make their own promotional informercial. It's all a bit cheesy but, then again, we're talking about the cheesiest form of advertising here.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 8-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Promotions, Strange



Santa Gets Chopped For...Well...We Have No Idea

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It's logical we're not too sure what this Dentsu Canada-created spot for madamedgar is all about because we were equally perplexed when we visited their website. Either we're not hip enough to know, don't want to take the time to find out or we're just plain stupid. You tell us.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 8-06    
Topic: Strange, Video



Passport Forgotten, Bogusky Elfed, Apple Spoofed, Portals Die

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- Kid runs away from home, forgets passport, TV show promoted.

- Alex Bogusky gets his elf on over at Office Max.

- If you're going to spoof a Mac/PC ad for your holiday card, the least you could do what make it good. TM Advertising didn't.

- Joe Jaffe examines the long, slow death of the portal.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 8-06    
Topic: Agencies, Online, Opinion, Spoofs, Strange, Video



New York is Banning Everything

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Copyranter wonders whether or not the recent new York City Health Board law to ban trans fats in all foods found in New York will lead to the banning of street food carts, deli salad carst or even farting. One cause group, Consumer Freedom thinks the law goes too far and asks in a USA Today ad if pizza, hot dogs, corned beef and coffee should be banned as well since, ya know, they're kinda bad for you too. Next: miniskirts and halter tops because, ya know, they're distracting.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 7-06    
Topic: Bad, Newspaper, Strange



Ogilvy Makes Draft/FCB Lion Ad Into TV Commercial

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In a twisted nod to that Draft/FCB Lion ad everyone took pleasure in shitting on, this Ogilvy Amsterdam-created ad for MTV takes the whole lion fucking thing even further incorporating other species and, in an excruciatingly long 60 seconds, tells people to wear condoms because "every six seconds somebody is infected with HIV." Catchy tune though. Unfortunately, it's gonna be stuck in our head the next time we decide to go all animal on someone.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 6-06    
Topic: Commercials, Racy, Strange



Viagra Keeps Gymnast Up

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Viagra works. It really does. Even for gymnasts who need to stay rock hard during their routines. Huh? WTF? Just click here if you want to see the full version of this NSFW ad Jason Kottke received as a spam email. Damn, that looks painful!

by Steve Hall    Dec- 6-06    
Topic: Online, Racy, Strange



Save Face This Party Season With Fake Business Cards

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You know you're going to do something stupid at some holiday party this year so why not protect yourself from the morning after guilt by pretending to be someone else during your evening of frivolity? Now, you can with Alternate Identity Business Cards, an interesting service from, yes, an ad agency. DDB to be specific. Now this is way better (and more useful) than some Christmas card or video.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 6-06    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Strange



Doritos Litters Beach, Calls it An Accident

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While we really, really want to believe all those bags of Doritos strewn across a North Carolina beach found themselves there accidentally after a container fell off a ship but we're having a hard time dismissing the notion this is a publicity stunt. Yes, we're all about conspiracy theories here but we agree with Coolzor who writes, "I think it's news items like this one that call for a 'yeah we knew, it was all planned' claim from the Doritos management."

by Steve Hall    Dec- 5-06    
Topic: Strange










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