Jolly Ranchers: For People Who Talk to Turtles

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Hmm. Not quite sure whether or not this Jolly Rancher commercial featuring a talking turtle who flies and has ray gun eyes is a veiled reference to the fact Jolly Ranchers are like hallucinatory drugs but Olivier Agnostini who created the spot just may have been on drugs when he dreamt up the concept.

Part of a PopTent crowdsourcing effort, Agnostini commented on the choice of turtle saying, "This could not just be any turtle. I had to give the turtle some sort of power. And since the turtle was limited in terms of mobility (turtles aren't very good at karate) I figured lasers would be an easy and funny defense mechanism. And who doesn't love lasers?"

OK then.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-17-12    
Topic: Strange



Does Flying Sushi Make You Want to Eat?

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OK this is just weird. A Richmond-based restaurant chain called Sticky Rice with help from RVA TV and Bark Marketing launched a plate of sushi into space. Well, more accurately, not space just really high up in the air. When you watch the video illustrating how this was done, it's one of the most unappetizing things you're likely to see. It appears all manner of nails and glue were used to make sure the sushi stayed on the plate while in flight. Hey, it's fun to send food into space but we prefer our food without nails and glue on it.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-16-12    
Topic: Strange



Warning: Sexy Santa Video Not What It Appears

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Good God, this is disturbing! If you haven't already seen it, we won't give away the ending but be warned, it isn't pretty. Social media company Denizen created this Santa-themed holiday video for gaming company Destructoid. The video has already been viewed 1.75 millions times across several platforms and has been shared on Facebook 83,000 times.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-21-11    
Topic: Agencies, Strange, Video, Viral



Weird Ways to Get Fired, Mortar Chalks Boards Holiday Card

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- Another agency holiday card stop motion chalk board-style.

- KLM, you know, the airline that now lets you socially hookup with a seatmate, is out with Passport, an app which "turns people's journeys into inspiring movies."

- Time Magazine has named Jim Beam's Bold Choices one of its top ten TV commercial of 2011.

- Blammo Worldwide unleashes the truth behind the myth of Santa Claus. And it isn't pretty.

- 9 Really Weird Reasons For Getting Fired

- Modea's Wisdom Tree of Wishful Wonders app ties with Facebook, where you can select the friend for whom you need a gift suggestion. Then, after answering a series of (not-so-serious) questions, the app will serve up a gift suggestion for that friend, which can be shared via Facebook.

- Wow. That wasn't very exciting.

by Steve Hall    Dec-20-11    
Topic: Agencies, Mobile/Wireless, Strange



'Sex Is No Accident' Campaign Extended to Video

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Earlier this year, MTV Germany, with help from Grey, launched a cartoon-style safe sex campaign that illustrated some pretty ridiculous situation in which a "sex accident" could occur. The campaign has now taken on video form. In three new ads a guy water skis into the backside of a woman, a flying woman falls onto a sitting man and a Vespa crash turns into pool sex. Ridiculously funny.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-19-11    
Topic: Racy, Strange, Video



How to Be Disgusting While Promoting Your Company

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This is just gross. But it's also whacked and funny. And, we suppose, the point is made. If a company can make cow shit sound good, they can probably make just about anything sound good. And that's a very special quality if you're a production studio. Give this KOKO Productions holiday message a look.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-13-11    
Topic: Strange



Three Ways to Get New Sneakers For Christmas

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Looks like Footlocker is up to their old tricks again. After having explored the sneaker spanking fetish and the orgasmic qualities of footwear, the brand is now exploring drug use, teen pregnancy and masturbation. Yea. We're not making this up. Check out the three new commercials below. Never before have sneakers been sold with such...hmm...such blunt abandon.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-12-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Walmart's Yodeling Cat Horrifies

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Good God! This is horrifying! OK, so it's not horrifying but it's definitely strange to see a cat yodel Jingle Bells with a human mouth digitally affixed to it face. Just. So. Wrong. Anyway, it's the second digital product from The Martin Agency since it began working on the Walmart account. We are told the video will ultimately make its way to TV in the form of a commercial in a week or so.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 8-11    
Topic: Strange



Fashion Brand Bjorg Uses Heresy Motif to Sell Jewelry

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If you're a brand that's linked to the fashion industry you can do pretty much anything you want to promote your products without anyone blinking an eye. After all, what's really left to say about a fashion brand? You either like it and will buy it or you don't and you won't. It's a purely subjective purchase decision.

Knowing that, fashion brands have long abandoned any rational approach to marketing and have, instead, decided to...well...do whatever they hell they want. and never before has that "whatev" approach been better illustrated than in this Bjorg Jewelery ad. The company feels they can sling necklaces and pendants with this over-the-top content.

Or, argued another way, fashion brands dispense with the mundane and, instead, latch onto political, social or, in this case, religious notions to pimp product. Either way, it's a parade of strange. But we like it. After all, how many lame-ass, conventionally derivative ads can you watch in one day?

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by Steve Hall    Nov-28-11    
Topic: Strange



Kohl's Enlists Rebecca Black For Black Friday Commercial

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In what will be dubbed either a coup or the dumbest thing a brand has ever done, Kohl's just launched a Black Friday commercial that features...wait for it...Rebecca Black's much maligned song, Friday. You can argue Kohl's is doing irreparable damaged to it's brand by associating itself with Black's Friday. You can be concerned several YouTube commenters who claim to be Kohl's employees are ashamed to work at the retailer and, in some cases, have decided to quit.

Or you can laud the brand for latching on to something that's guaranteed to garner a significant amount of conversation, discussion and publicity. Which is it for you?

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by Steve Hall    Nov-20-11    
Topic: Brands, Strange










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