Dead Man Gets Buried With His Lawn Mower

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Here's a strange spot for Viking, a French company that makes lawn mowers. In the spot, an old man dies while mowing the lawn but just can't part with his beloved grass cutter. Apparently, it's supposed to highlight the longevity and reliability of the thing. Hmm. Who knows.

by Steve Hall    May-18-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Art Exhibit Created From Stolen Outdoor Ad Structures

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New York artist Jordan Seller has created a PublicAdCampaign gallery consisting of outdoor advertising frames he "removed" from various areas in the city to create a statement against the proliferation of outdoor advertising and to "reclaim public advertising space form commercial forces." In a statement, Seiler said, "New York City's public environment is a carnival of commercial influences and private concerns. Each step brings new desires and unwanted needs. By replacing public advertising with artwork, PublicAdCampaign temporarily alleviates a fraction of this burden while attempting to cultivate more personal interactions between public individuals." He's got a point. See his work here.

by Steve Hall    May-17-06    
Topic: Guerilla, Outdoor, Strange, Trends and Culture



Axe Says It Can Happen Anywhere

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Leave it to Axe, which, by the way recently became the number one deodorant, to leverage every possible sexual angle available in its advertising. This ad, along with its headline "It Can Happen Anywhere," clearly reminds us that, yes, it can, in fact, happen anywhere.

by Steve Hall    May-16-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Magazine, Strange



Creative Department Douchebag Raps

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Here's something we all want to see. It captures every stereotype that defines that pompous, hipster dickhead next to you that calls himself a creative. Wallow in the hilarity of the Creative Department Douchebag by Pete Johnson.

by Steve Hall    May-12-06    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Strange



Meatylicious March PETA's Worst Nightmare

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Those cheeky United Kingdom citizens love their meat and hate PETA so much they've gone out and created a site called Meatylicious to drum up support for what they hope to be the world's biggest ever virtual march to celebrate meat. The site's got all sorts of fun meat facts and a "Meatyfest" with includes such gems as "Eat with your mouth open so others can enjoy it," "A man with no meat is no man at all" and "A good steak is like a sunny day: bloody lovely." PETA will love this. The work was created by London agency Grand Union.

by Steve Hall    May-11-06    
Topic: Events, Good, Guerilla, Online, Strange, Viral



Howard Stern Is Not Returning to Terrestrial Radio

First Howard Stern did terrestrial radio. Then satellite. Then, apparently, he was offered a major deal to return to terrestrial. Over the past two days, the media has been abuzz about Stern, Opie & Anthony and a rumor Stern would return to terrestrial radio after being offered a deal. Radio trade publication FMBQ debunks and sets straight mainstream media's overwrought antics regarding the move. And, no, he's not moving back to terrestrial. He hates it and he's sticking with Sirius.

by Steve Hall    May-11-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Radio, Strange



Axe Wants Guys to Get A Girlfriend

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While it might be really cool to be some sort of world record holder for solving Rubik's Cube or making amazing quarters shots or creating little Jaws puppet movies, Axe thinks thinks otherwise and wants these guys to go out and get a girlfriend. Of course, Axe is there to help with its body deodorant. There's three spots in this South African campaign which you can view here, here and here.

by Steve Hall    May-10-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Online, Strange



Positive Attitude, Life in Advertising Promote 'American Dad'

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Here's a whacked little promotional clip for FOX's American Dad that features a guy with a great attitude on life. At the end of the clip, he tells us why he's such a positive guy.

by Steve Hall    May-10-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange, Television, Viral



Brooke Burke Dumps the King

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Sadly, an endearing relationship has come to an end. We cheered, we cried, we vicariously lived a deep and meaningful relationship but, alas, it has all come to an end. AdFreak tells us they've received an email announcing the breakup of Brook Burke and the King. A sad day this is, indeed. Following the announcement, marketers could be heard weeping the world over.

by Steve Hall    May- 8-06    
Topic: Guerilla, Online, Strange



Creative Side of Brain Saved In Art School Ads

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Somehow, these two twisted spoots promote the Art Center College of Design. Something about the creative side of the brain. Watch the spots here and here.

by Steve Hall    May- 4-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange










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