Meet 'The Finnisher': Neighborhood Hero and Kick Ass Car Dealer

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You've got to love car dealer commercials. Why? Because they are the epitome of so-bad-it's-good. There's a certain quality - perhaps born out of years of being hit over the head with it - that we have all come to expect from car dealer ads. A quality that, in any other kind of advertising, would be immediately trounced.

Here's another entry into the pantheon of car dealer advertising silliness. This one, from John Keating Chevrolet in Crosby Texas, is called I Am The Finnisher. And, no, Finnisher isn't spelled incorrectly. At least by us (We know. It's hard to believe). It's spelled that way because the man in the ad, Rik Melartin, owner of John Keating Chevrolet, is from Finland.

But not so silly is the fact Melartin, who is a resident of Bellaire, Texas has, over the past 15 years, caught three robbers at gunpoint.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-13-12    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Russian Bank Ad Portrays Woman As Idiots

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As if to imply hot Russian women are idiots, this Kotco Urala bank GreenCard commercial has one dog loving lady looking for a loan to buy a carrier for her dog. Yea. A loan for a dog carrier. Funny how she ends up going to the wrong place to ask for the loan. Her and what appears to be a collection of equally tupid women looking for loans.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-12-12    
Topic: Strange



Jessica Biel Visits Denny's, Orangina Still Wacky As Ever

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- Denny's is back with the second season of its Always Open with David Koechner. The first episode features Jessica Biel...and a cleavage cam.

- Farmers Insurance just launched a video with Marvel's The Avengers to promote its partnership with the summer movie set to premiere in May.

- B-Reel and B-Reel Films recently teamed up with Google to create a film showcasing Google Maps' new features.

- Casey Neistat's Nike video. Ingenious brand promotion or selfish self promotion?

- Orangina is out with more wacky work here and here.

- In case you missed it, here's Martin Sorrell talking about Male Menopause.

by Steve Hall    Apr-11-12    
Topic: Strange



Agency Has Fun With Timeline, Gratuitous Ass Shot of the Day

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- As agencies get their Facebook Timeline in order, we're bound to see interesting iterations such as this one from Brunner Works.

- Gratuitous ass shot of the day. This one ends with a twist.

- Very strange. Clorox now makes bacon flavored cat litter and cleaning products. Hmm.

- Mazda is out with a new commercial for its 2013 CX-5 crossover SUV. Lee Majors would love it!

- Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Rich Silverstein, founder of Hacking Autism, is out with a trailer for his I Want to Say short. The film takes a look at touch screen technology and how it has help kids with autism.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-30-12    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Commercials, Racy, Strange



AXE Repels Women. OK, Not Really

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Here's an interesting twist on the whole notion that AXE actually has something to do with whether or not a woman finds a man attractive. This South African :60 at first pleasantly leads us to believe that in fact, no, Axe does not attract women. It actually repels them. That is until we realize what's actually repelling the hundreds of bikini-clad women running away from the guy showering on this beach. Hilarious, actually.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-30-12    
Topic: Commercials, Racy, Strange



How to Kill Hunger And Thirst All at Once

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Some ads are weird. And then there's this one from Australia's The Monkeys for Oak, a drink that apparently is so fulfilling it's like drinking and eating at the same time. With the tagline Kill HungryThirsty Dead, a carnival worker rambles on semi-logically about hunger, thirst, his broither and his son.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-27-12    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Tiger Woods, Shaquille O'Neal Battle Kung Fu-Style

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How quickly we forget. Remember Tiger Woods? Yea, the golfer dude that cheated on his wife life 13 times. Everyone disowned him right? Well, he's back and can be seen in this funny Heat-created ad for EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13. Called Duel of the Masters, Tiger and Shaquille O'Neal duel each othee King Fu style complete with badly-dubbed dialog.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-26-12    
Topic: Strange



The Real Reason Kelly Brook's Boobs Are So Big? Socks.

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"You could have a pair like Kelly's" if you just pick up a pair of official Sports Relief Socks at your local (if you're in England) Sainsbury today. Yes. Breasts truly can sell anything we ask them to.

So wait, Kelly's been stuffing all these years?

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by Steve Hall    Mar-26-12    
Topic: Commercials, Racy, Strange



Hitler Sells Shampoo on Turkish TV

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An actual shampoo brand, Biomen, is using imagery of Hitler in a Turkish TV ad. It's not a spoof. It's not a joke. It's an actual ad currently airing in Turkey. The ad's translation reads, "If you're not wearing women's clothes, you shouldn't be using women's shampoo either. Here it is. A real man's shampoo. Biomen. Real men use Biomen."

If there's one constant in this twisted business we call advertising it's that every once in a while we are witness to some of the strangest, most inconceivable happenings. Though the use of Hitler in an ad will unlikely be topped.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-26-12    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Disco Boy and Turkey Girl Promote Russian Nightclub

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And in the WTF category today come this new Red Pepper-created work for Russian brand Club Republic. Actually it's not a brand. It's club. A club where apparently people dance with disco balls and turkeys on their heads. Hey, Russia's just getting into this whole capitalism thing. They need some time to work out the kinks.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-26-12    
Topic: Strange










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