Jeep Compass Promotes with Bobble Heads, Bad Singing

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Apparently a major incentive to owning a Compass is creative license to sing real badly. Make your own musical avatars and wreak havoc everywhere you go with such cult classics as "Borderline" and "Hey Mickey" while your moody-looking Compass bobble-head nods cheerfully to something people wouldn't even cry to.

Yeah. We know. You're dying for a Compass now. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 9-06    
Topic: Online, Promotions, Strange



Sex-Crazed Commercialism Doesn't Hold a Candle to Mother Nature's Perversions

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We want to say no, it's not weird to see genitals in nature, but photographing them and putting them all together does vibe slightly weird. And calling the whole thing Nature is Sexy? It completely warps the meaning of "tree-hugger."

We're a little worried somebody at the office is going to come up behind us and catch us looking at ...

... at what? Fruit? A gaping hole in the ground? What? - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 6-06    
Topic: Online, Racy, Strange



Yes. Blender Companies Can Make Virals, Too

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Coffee and Manipulation points us to some virals for Blendtec, a company that hawks ordinary-looking blenders that are apparently not so ordinary. We were mesmerized in a pathetic sort of way when the man in the white coat fed a rake to his blender on the :90 second soup cycle.

We suspect these virals strike a chord because they speak to a desire to put things that will create fatal shrapnel in contact with swirling kitchen blades. But hey. It's not like videos go viral because they're deeply profound. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 6-06    
Topic: Online, Strange, Viral



Snickers Puts Us In Contact with Creepy Inner Child

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The scenario: opening the front door, expecting to find a trick-or-treater, and finding yourself as a six-year-old staring back at you. TBWA/Chiat/Day writer Robert Kleman tells AdCritic that this ad "[taps] into the thought that if you were a kid this Halloween, you'd like to be given Snickers." We're happy he explained because we couldn't think further than "Dude. Fucking twisted."

The ad's a photographic collabo between Shawn Michienzi and Julian Wolkenstein. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 3-06    
Topic: Magazine, Strange



Babies Look After Best Interest in Condom Ads

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These ads remind us why it's important to wear a condom - indeed, even to press condoms into the hands of unwitting couples who may need them more than others. The print reads "Don't forget to use 'em. Please." Nice touch with the baby handing over the protection. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 3-06    
Topic: Magazine, Racy, Strange



Axe Turns Tunnels Into Erogenous Zones

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Continuing the road/tunnel advertising thing, this Axe ad in Sao Paulo ensured we will never see tunnels as mere means to ends ever, ever again. Tunnels are magical destinations in and of themselves. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 3-06    
Topic: Good, Outdoor, Racy, Strange



AAAA Summit Says 'Steal from the Best'

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In a warped twist on identity theft ads, Pat Fallon and Fred Senn lounge languidly on a set of massage beds and spout a gossipy promotion for the upcoming AAAA Summit in female Texan drawls. Gabriel deGrood Bendt helped. Check out the video here.

The Summit's intention is in part a desperate plea to help "Position the Minneapolis ad community as vital, vibrant and cool" but judging from the naked, pleasantly glowing executives we're disinclined to miss the event. No one should be allowed to have that much fun in the nuddies without us. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 3-06    
Topic: Industry Events, Promotions, Strange



Brand Identities Filled With Pedophilia, Faggots, Bodily Fluid

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It seems a lot of businesses in this world need a slap in the face when it comes to the double meanings their company names and logos connote. First, we have pediatric doctor's office signage that alludes to pedophilia. Next, we have get rich quick wackos who like to embed their sexual preference in their logos. Now, we have a store in Brookline Massachusetts that likes to create visions of a certain bodily fluid with its unfortunate name KumOn. Perhaps everyone really is as bad at proofreading as we are.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-06    
Topic: Brands, Online, Poster, Strange, Worst



Spanky's Co-Star Shows Up in Domino's Chocolate Cookie Commercial

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While the nervous laughter in this Perlorian Brothers-directed, JWT New York-created commercial for Domino's Pizza delivered-hot chocolate chip cookies goes on a bit long, the payoff works. And if you were wondering, the old lady in the ad is Beverly Polcyn who played a co-starring roles with Spanky and Alfalfa in the 1930's TV hit Our Gang. At least chocolate chip cookies aren't as freakishly gross as the Domino's Oreo Desert Pizza.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



'Bowling Balls' Urge Men to Bowl

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Latching onto yet another nickname for the human female breast and the human male's inability to function properly in its presence, upscale bowling establishment Bowlmor Lanes where President Nixon and the Rolling Stones have appeared has an ad that gets right to the heart (breast?) of the matter. yes, we're thinking of bowling now too.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-06    
Topic: Magazine, Strange










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