Japanese Ad Says Wrist Cutting is Sexy

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Who new wrist cutting could be so sexy? A Japanese commercial for what appears to be a box cutting tool uses a wrist cutting motif - complete with pleated plaid skirt-clad school girls, of course. With copy like, "Let's go stylish with wrist-cutting. It's cute. When you cut, it doesn't hurt that much. The blood becomes tastier," the commercial fits squarely in the "this would never happen in America" category. But, thankfully, there are still people in this world with a gleefully twisted sense of absolutely politically incorrect humor. And we could all use a dose of that from time to time.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-19-10    
Topic: Strange



Quiznos Has More Fat Rolls Than Subway

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After watching this spec spot for Quiznos which compares the chain's subs to Subway's, we never want to eat at either establishment ever again. The thought that we'd be eating cbubbies for lunch just, well disgusts us. We get the analogy though. That much is clear. Quiznos does, indeed, have more meat which, um, will make you more fat which, um, makes using fat people to depict sandwiches a perfect sound creative strategy.

Jeffrey McCarthy directed and Holly Levin wrote the copy.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-10-10    
Topic: Spoofs, Strange



Bathroom Cleaner Lures Gumby From Hiding

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There are a few things we take away from this strange Vixol bathroom cleaner commercial. First, people should never let their bathrooms become this dirty in the first place. Second, after a long career in television, Gumby now lives in the grout between bathroom tiles. Third, scrubbing bubble aren't really scrubbing bubbles at all - they're body builders with wigs. Fourth, hot women still solve all the world's problems and can make even a dirty Gumby hiding between the tiles obey her wishes.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-10-10    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Jarlsberg Cheese Ad Dubbed Sexist

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Jarlsberg cheese says "the taste is in the holes." Apart from the fact, that's just stupid and illogical since, well, holes in cheese are just air, a woman on Norrköping is offended by the headline and thinks it's sexist.

Of the tagline, the woman complained, "I felt provoked. It felt like it was alluding to something sexual. Then I got angry. One wonders what sort of society we live in with this kind of attitude toward women."

Seriously? Seriously? A tagline talking about holes in cheese is somehow sexist? Poor creative, yes, but sexist? Seriously?

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by Steve Hall    Aug-10-10    
Topic: Strange



Parasailing Donkey Gets Month-Long Spa Treatment

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Remember that donkey that was hoisted high above a beach near the coastal village of Golubitskaya in a para-sailing stunt? Remember how everyone was up in arms over the mistreatment of the animal? Well, thanks to some kind souls, the donkey is now experiencing a different sort of high. It's living the high life at the Kremlin School of Riding for a month of "Tsar" treatment. Yea, it's like a spa for donkeys.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 5-10    
Topic: Guerilla, Strange



Spaceman Stu Admires McDonald's Server's Legs

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So...what's going on in this new McDonald's commercial from leo Burnett? Well, Spaceman Stu, a little kid, lands in front of a McDonald's, is handed a Happy Meal filed with all his favorite things. He's a very happy traveler. Especially at the end of the commercial when he catches a glimpse of the McDonald's employees killer legs. Weird.

Anyway, the ad's a month old but it's a slow news day and we caught this on AgencySpy so we thought we'd share.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 4-10    
Topic: Strange



Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables Gets Broadway Treatment

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The fact Hollywood is even humoring Sylvester Stallone by making his The Expendables is shocking in and of itself. Of course, as these things go, it could be the biggest blockbuster of all time.

But the fact the film warranted the creation of Rambo: The Musical by the creators of Conan the Barbarian: The Musical is pretty impressive. Who knows how stupid or how brilliant the movie will be but this rendition of Rambo is a good one.

You have to hand it to Stallone though. Who thought a dude like him could create an Oscar winning film about a block-headed boxer. Or pull in 70 million 30 years later with the final chapter of his Rocky saga. To see what he can do with every big name action hero of the last thirty years, all together in one film, including Governor Schwarzenegger, will be intriguing to say the least.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-23-10    
Topic: Celebrity, Strange, Video



Parasailing Donkey Fake Advertising Stunt or Animal Cruelty?

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While this just screams fake publicity stunt, it seems a resort in Russia did parasail a donkey last Thursday to promote its private beach. Or, depending upon which reports you choose to believe, a parasailing company did it to promote its own business..

The stunt took place in the coastal village of Golubitskaya. Reports state the donkey brayed loudly and children screamed at the sight while everyone took pictures and no one called the police. It's also reported the donkey landed violently and was dragged for a bit before it came to a stop.

Police in Moscow are taking a look into possible animal abuse which could result in a two year jail sentence for those behind the stunt. A video of the event can be seen here of after the jump below.

We're just too jaded to take this at face value.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-20-10    
Topic: Guerilla, Strange



Torpedoes Aren't the Only Danger to A Submarine

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We love Specsavers. More accurately, we love their advertising. If you've seen the submarine movie Das Boot (or the Matthew McConaughey version of it), you'll appreciate this commercial. But you won't see the end coming. Though if you use your imagination and understand that Specsavers ads are always about what can happen if you don't have the right specs, you just might figure it out before the reveal.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-13-10    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Rockstar + Anti-Rockstar = Urinary Explosion

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Reminiscent - in a small way - of A Clockwork Orange comes this work from Young & Rubicam and Hungry Man Films for VH1. In the 1:45 video we see the ying and the yang of the rock world. Rockstar. And Anti-rockstar. Highlife. And lowlife. Cleavage-bearing hot chicks with huge boobs. And fully-dressed hotel staff with no boobs at all. First class. And economy class. Matter. And Anti-Matter.

And we all know what happens when matter meets anti-matter. Except, of course, when it's a really strange commercial for VH1 which makes a not so subtle (intentional? unintentional?) jab at it's aging audiences' bladder control issues. Young

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by Steve Hall    Jul-13-10    
Topic: Strange










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