The Strangest Ads of 2010

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In celebration of the wondrous oddities that find their way into advertising's creativity, we'd like to highlight some of the year's strangest ads. We've got guys cleaning their faces with their balls, a sneaker firmly planting itself in a giant, fake ass, wrist cutting that's dubbed sexy, a para-sailing donkey, Canadians barfing pink paint, a spanking fetish fueled by a love for sneakers, roller coaster facials, a wandering bladder, a golfer with his head up his ass and school girls who love to smell each others fingers

1. Guys, Would You Wipe Your Face With Your Balls?
2. Muscular Man Boobs Scare Up Planet Fitness Membership
3. Family Sells Itself to Advertisers
4. Diesel Sticks Giant Sneaker Up Giant Ass
5. Summer's Eve Says Douche Before You Ask For A Raise

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by Steve Hall    Dec-20-10    
Topic: Strange



Choir Sings 'Please ReTweet Me'

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This one falls squarely into the "so bad it's good" category. Having some fun with people' social media obsessions, the UK's Drybrook & District Male Voice Choir and Renegade Media have created Please Retweet to the tune of Englebert Humperdinck's Please Release Me. It's to raise money for The Meningitis Trust and all your favorites are there from Facebook to Twitter to MySpace and more.

So do like the choir asks and retweet this post!

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by Steve Hall    Dec-17-10    
Topic: Strange



Footlocker Gets Twisted For Christmas

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Here's a couple of twisted holiday spots SapientNitro created for Footlocker. In one, a son, who looks way too old to still be living at home, is holding one of Santa's reindeers for ransom unless he gets his favorite pair of kicks from Footlocker. In another, Sanata is chastised for lusting after a pair of sneakers under the tree. He's asked to leave without getting his milk and cookies.

Both spots are a welcome distraction from the cutely overloaded annual pantheon of sicky sweet advertising we see each year.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-15-10    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Strange



Male Copywriter Celebrates Christmas All Year Long

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You've got to hand it to Lawson Clarke. The dude has absolutely no fear of putting himself out for ridicule. Who the hell is Lawson Clarke? He's the dude who, last year, paid homage to the famed Burt Reynolds spread as part of his job search. If you thought that was creepy enough, wait until you see him in this Funny or Die video in which he celebrates Christmas every day for an entire year. The ending is not pretty.

We've also got to hand it to his wife who co-stars in the film. Any woman who can allow herself to be associated with a man like Lawson is an amazing woman in our book!

Happy holidays, Clarkes.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-14-10    
Topic: Strange, Video



Two Examples of Gifts That Save Lives

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Like cats? Hate war? Then you'll love this quirky new work from john st. for War Child Gifts, an organization that allows people to purchase gifts for children of war-torn families. It's not the most direct sell approach we've seen but it is one of the oddest. And we like odd. Because odd is different. Odd is good. And saying the word odd over and over and over again makes a paragraph long enough to wrap around the image that accompanies this story because, well, there isn't much else to say about this campiagn other than, well, it's odd. And we like odd. And...OK...we'll stop now.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-14-10    
Topic: Strange, Video



Orangina Spoofs, Vegas Survives, Cameltoe Accentuated

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- Oragina spoofs commercial after commercial after commercial.

- Las Vegas ad campaign targets recession survivors.

- If you follow fashion advertising you'll be interested to know Anna Dello Russo is out with a new campaign for her fragrance. If you're not, then just move right along.

- Interested in what online video can do for your marketing? Check out this webinar by video blogging expert Steve Garfield.

- And don't forget to submit your hotness to Advertising Hotties.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-29-10    
Topic: Commercials, Racy, Spoofs, Strange



Rokk Vodka Gives us Luxury, Status, And a Viking

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OK, this is hilarious, Poking fun at very over done ad concept you've ever seen, Rokk Vodka brings us back to reality. Delivered in seductive Euro accent, a beautiful woman intones, "Luxury, Status. Desire. And...a Viking." Oh, and, of course, a vodka. From that point on, it gets silly. Oh and there's Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer too.

We love it. Booze is just booze.

by Steve Hall    Nov-24-10    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Strange



Rudolph is A Brown (Red) Noser

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So if you're a flying, talking, human-headed reindeer and you don't know what to get Santa for Christmas just ask Rudolph. He's got a red nose but he's also got a brown one. Take a look at this new commercial from Cactus and Fueld Films for the Colorado Lottery's Holiday Scratch game.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-22-10    
Topic: Strange



Guys, Would You Wipe Your Face With Your Balls?

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No matter how close you are to someone, you don't want to pick up a towel and wipe your face with the same part of the towel with which another has wiped their ass. That's the premise behind True Clean towel and this highlighting the disgusting alternative.

The :90 video is :60 longer than the :30 it should be but it's humorous enough. And pretty disgusting if you think about it the next time you pick up a bathroom towel. Even more disgusting is the fact the shower curtain in this video is the exact same one we have in our bathroom.

Gross. Don't get us started on shower curtains. Particularly hotel shower curtains!

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by Steve Hall    Nov-18-10    
Topic: Strange, Video



Polish Politician Pimps Political Prowess in Bikini

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Hey, if you're hot, why not use that hotness to get you elected to political office? Shoving aside the notion people might not take her seriously, Polish pop singer Sara May, also known as Katarzyna Szczolek, posed in her bikini for a series of ads.

She hopes the ads garner her the attention she needs to get elected for local office. In one ad, she appears laying on a beach wearing a bikini along with the copy, "Beautiful. Independent. Competent." Another, obviously going after animal lovers, shows her holding a puppy with the copy, "Honest. Sincere. Uncompromising."

We suggest an additional concept. Picture May, shot from behind, her ass clad in a thong as she peers back over her shoulder atop the copy, "Dedicated. Delicious. Open for Business."

by Steve Hall    Nov-15-10    
Topic: Political, Racy, Strange










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