Gummy Smile, Brace Face, Acid Wash Jeans Front Hardee's Ad

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What we really want to know about this newish Hardee's commercial called Cheese which pimps the chains new Cheddar Biscuit is what it's like to be the person cast because they have a gummy smile or a bad mustache or goofy eyes or love acid washed jeans. Yea. What is it like to be hired because you either are a strange looking person or your asked to at least try to look like one? We suppose it really doesn't matter as long as the advertiser's check clears.

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by Steve Hall    Nov- 4-11    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Google Does A Barrel Roll

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Oh how Google loves to have fun. On holidays we get witty logo redesigns. On other occassions, we get...well...we don't want to spoil the surprise. Go to Google and do a search for "do a barrel roll," "tilt" or "askew. We're happy to bring you this Thursday afternoon time waster.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 3-11    
Topic: Strange



Audi Night Vision Seemingly Negates Need For Headlights

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To illustrate the wonders of its new thermal imaging and night vision assist technology, Audi created a Halloween-themed video showing just how the technology works. In the video, we see trick or treaters walking across the street. As the camera pans back, we realize we are looking at these children from a screen located within the Audi A6.

We suppose a feature like this is cool and all but there's another really cool feature on cars that helps drivers see at night. They're called headlights and they're really, really cool. They light things up. They make it easy to see at night. And, one assumes, they're probably a hell of a lot cheaper to make, install and maintain than a dashboard-installed computer screen which actually requires the driver to take his eyes off the road to use.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-31-11    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Cadbury Goes Swimming With Rebecca Adlington

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Here's another slice of crazy from the brand that makes crazy normal. Cadbury Dairy Milk is out with Simply the Best, an underwater anthem of sorts. All to motivate British swimmer Rebecca Adlington who is training for next year's Olympics.

Created by HyperNaked, all sorts of people hang out at the bottom of Rebecca's training pool and sing Tina Turner's Simply the Best. Yea, it's pretty strange. That's a lot of underwater aquatics!

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by Steve Hall    Oct-31-11    
Topic: Brands, Strange, Video



Chupa Chupa Lollipop Quells Halloween Screams

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Here's a weird one for you. Taking full advantage of Hallowwen, BBH Asia Pacific created this Scream Stopper campaign for Chupa Chupa. Basically, it's a lollipop you stick in someone's mouth to put an end to their "embarrassing shrieks of terror." leading up to Halloween, thousands of Chupa Chupa lollipops were distributed to horror movie attendees throughout Singapore.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-31-11    
Topic: Promotions, Strange, Video



Someone Wants Us to Watch Them Unzip

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In this mysterious video, Unzip, some hot chick appears to be trying to escape from a cage made out of fabric. With pulsating sound effects and a whispered "unzip," we are teased to return on November 8 to see just who, exactly, is being unzipped. Do we care? Do you? Does anybody? Unlikely except for the marketer that sent this to us.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-27-11    
Topic: Strange



Pot Not Legal in Iowa But PWC Says Grow Your Own

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Here's some hilarity for the day. On October 19, The Daily Iowan published a front page story with the headline, "Despite poll, legal pot not near" along with the image of a bong. Innocent enough. Well, that is until the advertising department inadvertently got involved and slapped one of those sticker ads on the front page. According to Daily Iowan Editor, the newspaper only sells a couple of the stickers each year but this particular sticker from PWC read, "Grow your own way" lending a bit of unintentional hilarity to the front page story. Thanks for the tip @CampanaroCA.

by Steve Hall    Oct-26-11    
Topic: Newspaper, Strange



Bojangles Big Bo Box Versus Trophy Wife, Feet, Youth

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BooneOakley is out with a new campaign for Bojangles Restaurants promoting the chain's Big Bo Box, a case of beer-sized box of "chicken, biscuits, fixin's and iced tea." And the ice tea seems to be the most important feature of the box since it's pitted against such oddities as a trophy wife who's actually a trophy, a surgeon who performs a miraculous surgery on himself and a water cooler that's actuality a fountain of youth. But, in the end, it's the tea that's more important. Funny stuff.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-26-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Blake Griffin Does Extreme Dunk For Kia Optima

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David&Goliath is out with a new spot for Kia Optima featuring Blake Griffin, power forward for the Los Angeles Clippers. Following the Kia Motors' 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, the two are teaming up once again in the form of a new :30 commercial that features Blake as the official spokesman of the vehicle he dunked over, the Kia Optima.

Of the work, D&G copywriter Dan Kelly said, "The creative was inspired by two things: the highly-publicized Kia Optima Dunk and Blake Griffin's off-court personality. After researching Blake and meeting with him in person, we soon came to realize how funny he really is. He has a very dry sense of humor and is extremely comfortable in front of the camera. We got to work right away creating a campaign that utilized both his personality and Kia's."

The spot is impressively goofy and over-the-top absurd which is why it's so much fun.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-24-11    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Ants Help Predict Weather in Switzerland

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Damn. I wonder what kind of shower this guy took after shooting this commercial. To help promote tourism in Switzerland - though using ants to do so is questionable at best - Swiss "weather prophet" Martin Horat climbs atop an ant hill to have a conversation with them about what the weather will be like this winter. Apparently, these ants can help predict what the weather will be like. Personally, if there are ant hils like this in Switzerland, we are staying far, far away!

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by Steve Hall    Oct-21-11    
Topic: Strange










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