Charmin Celebrates Number Two With Manhattan Toilet Promotion

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Oh how we couldn't pass on highlighting this headline from AdPulp: Charmin Lets You Squeeze One Out in Times Square. Yes, it's all part of Charmin's cutesy bear campaign that promotes a 20-stall Charmin-branded public restroom to be placed at 1540 Broadway in New York between November 20 and December 31. To promote the toilet, there will be Charmin representatives dressed as toilets (yes, you read that right) who will hand out fliers promoting the restroom's locations.

by Steve Hall    Nov-16-06    
Topic: Good, Outdoor, Promotions, Strange



Sand Flys in the Second Life Sandbox

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Oh for fuck's sake. It's like a bunch of kids throwing sand at each other in a sandbox. Apparently, some Second Life dude stole some virtual possessions of others (using this replicator thingy called Copybot) and those others (sounds like Lost here) retaliated by shutting down their businesses all across Second Life and hanging "Sorry, We're closed. Thanks to Copybot!" signs in front of their businesses. And marketers really want to get into this muck.

UPDATE: Linden Labs, creator of Second Life has banned the use of Copybot. OK, boys.You can put all the sand back in the box now.

by Steve Hall    Nov-15-06    
Topic: Bad, Online, Social, Strange



Converse And Black Sabbath Hook Up

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While we don't know whether to be loathe or hipster-feeling to admit we've actually seen Black Sabbath in concert, we also can't decide whether wearing these new Black Sabbath-style Chuck Taylors from Converse would cause friends to loathe us or place us on the pedestal of hipsterati-hood. You're gonna have to tell us whether or not these Dr. Romanelli-designed kicks are worthy of the foot. Apparently, Black Sabbath is having a resurrection.

by Steve Hall    Nov-15-06    
Topic: Brands, Strange



OJ Gets Bored with Obsolescence, Reminds Us All Why He's Creepy

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This November 27 and 29 Fox airs the OJ-sponsored special, OJ Simpson: If I Did It, Here's How It Happened. We'll tune in for the same reason you'd stop in traffic to watch a grotesque accident or drug bust - how can you not?

In two hours OJ gets to let his imagination run wild with Judith Regan (who's in charge of his book deal) over how he would have done Nicole and Ron in if - that is, if - he actually committed the murders we all know and believe our smiling football hero didn't commit.

"This is [...] the definitive last chapter in the Trial of the Century," says Mike Darnell, who's Fox's executive VP of alternative programming. Alternative. Yeah, that's a handy label.

Steve puts it most aptly: "Nothing like admitting guilt without admitting while admitting you're not admitting what you already did!" And if you can follow that sentence, maybe you should have been in court trying to piece Cochran out. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov-15-06    
Topic: Strange, Television, Worst



New Dye Makes You a Blonde Where It Really Matters

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Forget about getting your eyebrows to match - there are more important bushes to beat. Betty Beauty is a spankin' new do-it-yourself dye set for your betty. (Can we say for the record we think that term is lame?)

The use of "betty" was altered by Betty Beauty to signify, not a hot chick, but a hot chick's holy grail. And apparently men can be betties too because surveys reflect an unusually high number of men (and women between 60 and 85, for that matter) are tearing their products off the shelves.

So your new boyfriend - or for that matter, your grandma - might have a secret for you, and yes - it could be pink. Your world just got a little more fucked-up, didn't it? - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov-15-06    
Topic: Packaging, Strange



Match Sites Say Love is Political

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Because the House and the Senate weren't enough, Democrats want their own dating venue too. Democratic Match is for all the singles that have lost one too many potential mates by letting the dam break about their politics.

The site features a young couple giggling over their organic produce and it led us to wonder what a republican match site would look like. Oh wait, it looks like this.

Why do the republican couples look so bummed-out? Is the food, which seems to be a running prop, also organic? And what do they mean by "Sweethearts Not Bleeding Hearts"?! We're confused by these political love dynamics. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov-15-06    
Topic: Online, Social, Strange



Xbox 360 Delivers Bowel Clenching Realism And A Box

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While we're not going to make any connections between video game violence and real world violence, one does have to wonder what effects spending hours blowing up, shooting and mutilating video game opponents to a bloody pulp have on the human brain. Moral debates aside, two dudes and a Paris Hilton Mannequin mug for the camera in episodic videos that capture the life of the hardcore gamer strapped with inferior gaming equipment.

Be sure to not miss the obvious alternative pronunciation of "she makes me calm" in the second video or the obvious nod to another type of box in the series' name, "Two Men & A Box" Witty.

by Steve Hall    Nov-15-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Strange, Video



Nice'n Easy Demonstrates Hair Model Dangers

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Ever wonder what happens to all those hair models who do nothing but flail their hair around in commercials to show how lush and shiny the shampoo makes the hair? Well look no further than this self-deprecating Australian commercial for nice'n easy.

by Steve Hall    Nov-15-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Ambient Ads Everywhere, No One Sees Them

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We do enjoy all the inventive ambient campaigns that spring up in Europe all the time but one thing concerns us. Does anyone ever see these things? Every time we are sent a photo of the latest creation or we see it on another site, 100 percent of the time there's never more than one or two people in the vicinity of the thing. Perhaps all the photos are early morning/late day staged photos. Perhaps they're just wishful thinking with help from Photoshop. Either way, one would think the agencies behind these things would at least go to the trouble of creating the illusion or capturing the actual reality that more than one person sees these things. Someone please enlighten us.

UPDATE: Anthony from Saatchi & Saaatchi, the agency that created the campaign, gives us out answer, writing, "I work at Saatchi & Saatchi Simko in Switzerland and I worked on the project... so here is my answer: Yes this was really produced and placed in several places in Geneva. Yes people did see those and the impact and feedback from the public is great . The reason why there is not a lot of persons on the pictures is that we shot those early morning right after when it was placed."

by Steve Hall    Nov-13-06    
Topic: Outdoor, Strange



Wonderjock Revolutionizes Ball Size a la Wonderbra

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Here's proof we'll arrive at gender equality with increased commodification of one sex, not decreased commodification of the other. For those of you with ball anxiety, check out Aussibum's Wonderjock, which boasts "ball/extension support technology" and has a wicked little logo that's got us itching for some kind of South Park reference.

The text ad that appears over our e-mail reads, New cup pouch to lift and extend. Warning - it will appear larger. Awesome. And we dig that little star-studded PATRIOT motif they've got going on.

Guess this means the sock stash will last a couple weeks longer than usual. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov-13-06    
Topic: Online, Strange










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