Strangers Scarier Than Drugs in New PSAs

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OK so what would you do if you woke your kid up in the morning and they were a total stranger? You'd freak, right? Especially if they weren't a kid but were wearing your kids clothes. And especially if they were some of the, shall we say, ugliest people you'd ever seen.

Which is is exactly what happens in these two commercial PSAs from Energy BBDO for The Partnership at DrugFree.org. Of course the message here is that a teenager's mood, personality and appearance can drastically change when they take drugs. Which, of course, is what Energy BBDO is attempting to convey here.

So maybe it's a bit more relateable than a couple of eggs being dropped into a frying pan but we just can't get past the freaskishness of the actors in this PSA to even begin to absorb the don't do drugs message here. But, perhaps, that's just us. Ugly people frighten us.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 5-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Strange



Video Calls For End of Unboxing Videos

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You've seen them. Those videos that obsess over the unboxing of products as if they were the second coming of Jesus holding hands with Justin Bieber. In this video from Cool Gear Reviews, the packaging, not the product inside, is drooled over as hilariously soothing music plays.

If you've ever watched unboxing videos, we guarantee you will laugh at this one and, no doubt, agree with the video's conclusion that unboxing videos, as a category, are "exceedingly useless."

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 5-11    
Topic: Spoofs, Strange, Video



Bids Hit Half Million For 'Nothing' on eBay

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Quite possiblely (or not) a holdover from April Fool's day, a man has place nothing (literally) for sale on eBay and the current bid for scooping up that nothing is $500,600. At this time, there are 51 bids so far for this spectacular collection of nothing.

This is not the first time nothing has been placed for sale on eBay. There are plenty of examples. Of course, most these bids are pulled and it is likely this one will as well.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 4-11    
Topic: Strange



Like Boobs in a Supportive Sports Bra, These Earbuds Won't Fall Out

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OK. So you're sitting on a bench in the park. just enjoying your paper. Wait, what? Nobody reads the paper anymore. But we didn't create this video and that's not what we're interested in. Anyway. So you're reading your paper and some hot chick in workout clothing decides to give you the look and then do a few stretches right in front of you.

At that point, you're thankful to the Gods of Chance and figure your day has been made. But the fun isn't over yet. The hottie decides to switch the song that's she's listening to to one that's akin to a song you might hear in a night club - full of bass and deep enough to make things shake. And that's when you get the full on boobalicious pay off.

Give it a watch

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 1-11    
Topic: Racy, Strange



Chest Vibrator Increases Breast Size

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As far as we can tell, this is not an April Fool's joke. And why would it be? This craziness is nothing new and has been around forever. Besides, we found out about it yesterday. WHatare we talking about? Bosom Max. Yes, Bosom Max. What is Bosom Max? It's some stupid vibrating device a woman can strap to her chest that is supposed to make her boobs bigger.

Sound like a great gift to give to someone as a joke today. We'll have to do a follow up story in a week or so to see if Bosom Max saw an uptick in sales. Check out the ad on the website.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 1-11    
Topic: Strange



Jack & Jones Fitness Gives 'Oral' Mouth to Mouth

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Copyranter has unearthed a gem from Jack & Jones Fitness. The brand lives within the world of irony and has a very unique way of hyping its fitness club. In one video, the tables are turned and a guy is seen as a sex object complete with all the stereotypical complaints you here from women about sex.

In a second video, men are seen as a new line of Spring fashion. Or is it that the women are so hot they make the men pass out thereby needing resuscitation? Or is it that the men are so out of shape they can't have sex without a trip to Jack & Jones Fitness?

Either way, it's humorous to see a woman give mouth to mouth to a guy's dick. And come to the realization Jack & Jones is actually a fashion brand.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-31-11    
Topic: Racy, Strange



Quiznos is Trippin' With Chicken Bacon Dipper Campaign

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Living up to the product tagline, "If this were an ordinary sub, you'd eat it in an ordinary way'" Quiznos is out with a seriously whacked commercial in which people go about eating the chain's new Chicken Bacon Dipper sandwich in very, very strange ways.

Topping the scales of weird is the dude in this commercial called The Hair Raiser. Seriously. Someone's on drugs here. A lot of drugs.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-30-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Strange



Skittles Gives Girl Facial

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All we can say about this Skittles video featuring a cute girl with Skittles all over her face is it's a good thing those Skittles are Skittles and not zits. Because zits would be gross. And zits would be a reason to point at this girl and make fun of the way she looks.

Wait. What message is this commercial sending? We're confused. Are we supposed to think a girl is hot because she's covered with Skittles? Or ugly? Or we should only love her for her beauty...or Skittles-covered face? Or are we supposed to...eat her face?

Please help. Thanks for confusing us, BBDO Toronto.

by Steve Hall    Mar-30-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Grabbed Nuts and Anal Insertion Sell Power Equipment

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With some of the strangest ads for power equipment we've seen in a long time, you'll never look at airport security or a visit to the doctor the same again. Created by Cramer-Krasselt, these ads, out since January, for ECHO power equipment take a decidedly different approach to letting us know just ho important it is to buy professional grade equipment.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-30-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Condom Kissed, Move Sponsored, Pizza PayPal'd

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- In the never ending pantheon of "what will they think of next," graphic Armor and Condomania are releasing a line of condoms, Kiss Kondoms, which will prominently feature Gene Simmons' tongue. We don't know about you but we sure don't want another guy's tongue on our dick.

- Elephant Filmworks recently produced an eight episode teen-centric web series called "The Lines" for Allstate Insurance. The first season of "The Lines" will promote safe driving habits to teens and young adults.

- Remember when everyone thought it was so cool you could order pizza online. Never caught on did it? Well, that hasn't stopped Domino's Pizza which, through eBay Advertising, is touting the fact online orders can now be paid for using PayPal.

- Three Olives Vodka decided to animate for their latest campaign. California-based Hanger One Vodka decided to go country.

- Definitely not as hot as Melissa Molinaro in Old Navy's first music video outing but Tyne Stecklein, a dancer chosen for what would have been Michael Jackson's final tour, isn't so bad, herself.

- And why not? A family has launched a website to get its move from Texas to New York sponsored.

- Hashable has put together a report that will tell you everything you wanted to know about how people used its Twitter-based connection app at SXSW.

by Steve Hall    Mar-30-11    
Topic: Racy, Research, Strange, Video










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