Parasailing Donkey Fake Advertising Stunt or Animal Cruelty?


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


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


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

Cleavage Alert! Do Not Watch if Easily Distracted!


There's nothing like cleavage to distract from a message. Well, that along with a MacGyver wannabe and a foreign language to cause one to wonder what the hell is going on in this Volkswagen commercial. Something needs fixing and MacGyver is there to do it...or screw it up totally. That or it's also a Home Depot commercial. Anyway...that's for pointing us to this, AdFreak.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 7-10    
Topic: Commercials, Strange

Kitty-Powered Persuasiveness Sells Ice Cream


Awww. There's always room for kitties in advertising, right? LA's Lake Street Creamery knows this and they are unapologetically leveraging that cuddly goodness.

Oh my cuteness!

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by Steve Hall    Jun-23-10    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange

You Want Us to Actually Eat That?


Hmm. In a cross between an amoebae video you'd see in biology class and a Cheese Doodle, Cadbury attempts to illustrate of their Flake candy bar. This wisp of tasty beauty was brought to us by Fallon London and was directed by Baillie Walsh.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-21-10    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange

'Neil Hamburger' Loses it at Awards Show


"Who wants to win a rigged awards ceremony anyway," asks Neil Hamburger in this Lost Planet video. There's broken wine glasses. There's whining. There's profanity. There's shattered egos. There's police intervention. Yea, it's a spoof but it's not like this sort of behavior never happens at awards shows. This week being Cannes week and all...

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by Steve Hall    Jun-21-10    
Topic: Spoofs, Strange, Video

Boobs Flexed For Boobs and Burps


The power of the female breast has been called into action again. This time for Belgian breastfeeding shop Boobs and Burps. In the video, called Happy Boobs, we see several woman flexing their boobs to the tune of a cutesey song about children.

And that's all there is.

by Steve Hall    Jun-17-10    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange

You're Gonna Be Clappin' When You Hear Eminem Rappin'


There's a lot of ways to sell a CD but we happen to like this way the best. The infomercial. With Vince. Did you know a CD can slice, dice serve as a coaster? You can also put it on your hoes. And yea, that is spelled correctly.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-17-10    
Topic: Celebrity, Good, Strange, Video

Following Urban Outfitters' 'Eat Less,' Lanacane Says 'Eat More'


In the "We've Got a Solution for Every Problem" Department of Pharmaceutical Genius they've been staying up late this week examining a burning problem: chafing. Yes, chafing. Apparently, some pharmaceutical companies have become bored with finding a cure for cancer.

In this commercial for Lanacane the Pharmaceutical Geniuses solve chafing with a gel. The ad starts off with some chubby balloon characters whose limbs rub together "painfully" when they walk. The announcer says, "If you chafe when you move, it hurts." He the offers up Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel saying, "Stop chafing. Keep moving"

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by Steve Hall    Jun-14-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Opinion, Strange

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