The 'Nice Agency' Isn't Nice Again

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You may recall an Adrants article earlier this year in which we shared the not so nice behavior Toronto-based agency henderson bas, which bills itself "the nice agency," displayed during one of their monthly Round Ups - an office cleaning sort of event. It all started with a leaked agency-wide email from the agency's president which chastised the staff, grade school lecture-style, for failing to properly organize the agency's monthly cleaning fest. Now, according to a recent comment in the 105-strong comment thread that article generated, henderson bas, is, it seems, being anti-nice again.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 1-06    
Topic: Agencies, Strange



Juicy Couture Saves Money on Young Models, Gets Bargain On Old

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Juicy Couture released a weird print ad featuring old women with cotton candy hair standing beside a more conventional model. Hmm. Well, we knew Sophia was going soon, but couldn't they have done a better job of replacing her? - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Sep-29-06    
Topic: Bad, Magazine, Strange



Raelian Kook Helps Women Get Clitoris Back

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In case you're an African woman whose missing her clitoris or had it brutally removed because of some freakish backwater African belief, equally odd Rael, founder of the Raelian Movement, has launched Clitoraid, a cause that hopes to use medical advances to restore sexual pleasure to these abused women.Yes, it's freakishly weird but it's freakishly true also.

by Steve Hall    Sep-28-06    
Topic: Strange



Pregnant Teen Drinks Turpentine, Turpentine Ad Offers Help

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Add to the ever growing list of contextual fuckery this Pure Gum Spirits Turpentine ad which appeared directly next to a CNN story about a teen who drank turpentine to terminate her pregnancy. The kicker is the ads tagline, "Nature's Solvent." Yup, turpentine sure does make it easier to dissolve that fetus and make it really easy to slide right out into that trash can. Aside from the intellectually-challenged human idiocy that surrounds the use of these freakish remedies, the placement of this ad has to be the most freakish contextual placement fuck up to date. Can we possibly put an end to our own industry idiocy that causes these idiotic mistakes?

by Steve Hall    Sep-28-06    
Topic: Online, Opinion, Strange, Worst



Malcolm Gladwell's Big Hair Stars In Canadian Charity Ad

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As Gawker posits after viewing this Harry Rosen ad featuring Malcolm Gladwell, apparently Canada has a very different perception of what celebrity is not to mention hairstyle. But it's all OK because it's for charity: the Toronto General Hospital Multi-Organ Transplant Program. Maybe there's a hair transplant joke here somewhere but we can't seem to find it.

by Steve Hall    Sep-28-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Magazine, Strange



Giant Carrot Thirsty for Billboard Booty

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We love this stuff. Every time we see it. Either the billboard crew handling the erection of these two billboards was overly distracted by the large breasted female walking by in that tight, short, schoolgirl miniskirt or they couldn't pass up the chance to quench their thirst for hilariously sick humor. The headline on the carrot billboard hits the home run. Click the image for fully engorged viewing pleasure.

by Steve Hall    Sep-27-06    
Topic: Outdoor, Strange



Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah Launch Dueling Political Ads

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If Al Qaeda and Hezbollah were up against each other in an election, these two spots from "here again, gone tomorrow only to return the next day and then leave once more only to return one last time" magazine Radar, would likely be what we might expect to see.

by Steve Hall    Sep-27-06    
Topic: Commercials, Spoofs, Strange



Giant Marionette Wearing Levis Visits Iceland

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In yet another "is it real or is it fake" collection of YouTube videos, a giant marionette wearing, it seems, a pair of Levis was hoisted by three helicopters over the streets of Reykjavik Iceland. The giant creature towered over buildings, peered into people's windows and wore the world's biggest pair of jeans as it "walked" down the street. Real? Fake? Who cares. It's cool.

by Steve Hall    Sep-27-06    
Topic: Strange, Video



eBay Tattoo Auctions Get High Fashion Treatment

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We just love the wittiness of fashion designers and their ad agencies who come up with eBay tattoo auction knock-offs like this ad for Francesco Biasa who, apparently, is trying sell handbags by placing tattoos (likely fake) on the naked bodies of models. Isn't high fashion a beautiful thing?

by Steve Hall    Sep-27-06    
Topic: Magazine, Strange



Benetton Website Does Weird Little Segment on Potatoes

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The introductory caption to the current potato-talk segment of BenettonTalk tells us "Potatoes: you probably eat them quite often, but what do you really know about them?" and wins prominence on the homepage over other important topics like the Tripoli Six, deforestation and a little rant about airport security.

The illustrations are cute in a creepy sort of way. We also learn that one does not in fact grow more potatoes by putting a potato into the ground. Potatoes come from seeds. There's an impressive networking fact. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Sep-27-06    
Topic: Online, Strange










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