New York Times Awards Gothamist's Hatred With Massive Ad Buy

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Apparently, Gothamist editor Jake Dobkin has no love for the New York Times and he made that very clear with scathing post on his Facebook page last month. That didn't seem to dissuade the Times from tossing a bunch of money Gothamist's way for a site-swallowing wallpaper ad. Nor did Dobkin's hatred of the Times stop his organization from accepting the Time's money.

You see? There really is a separation of church and state. That or, as Gawker posits, "Bitch, we OWN you."

by Steve Hall    Mar- 9-10    
Topic: Newspaper, Publishing, Strange, Weblogs



Thankfully Bungee Jumping Isn't Allowed on the Highway

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Absolutely love this Hyundai slingshot commercial which aired during the Oscars. Making us all aware of the number of crazed teenagers who will get their license this year, this Hyundai commercial which aired during the Oscars urges us and them to consider buying a safe car. Because, while you can't bungee jump inside a car, there's a lot of other dangerous things you can do. And you might as well have safety on your side.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 8-10    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



It's Hard to Fit Fun Into A Small Space

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Sounding a bit like a double entendre-laden line from a bad porn flick, this BBDO Toronto-created work for Frito Lay's new Multipacks informs us, "It's hard to fit fun into a small space." But, according to the company, it's quite possible. As long as you believe junk food is fun and small is actually a normal serving size.

Don't even watch the second commercial in the series. It's lame. And besides, it doesn't fit into our twisted view of this campaign thereby making it impossible for us to make another really bad joke disguised as an attempt to be witty.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 8-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Strange



Colorado Still Hates Boobs

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If you're a woman living in Colorado and have breasts bigger than a B cup, it appears your state is pulling the welcome mat out from under your feet. And if you are of a certain pulchritude which prevents you from even seeing your feet, you better look for a new place to live.

Once again, there are complaints over a sign featuring cleavage. This time it's for a coffee shop called Perky Cups (witty, huh?) which employs female servers who wear bikinis while working.

AdFreak has the story.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 5-10    
Topic: Outdoor, Strange



Whoopi Goldberg Pees Her Pants

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This one
gets a SERIOUSLY? Whoopi Goldberg? As the Mona Lisa? A Mona Lisa who pees her pants becasue she has LBL? Oh, that's light bladder leakage for those keeping track of "issues" invented by drug companies to sell more pills.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 3-10    
Topic: Celebrity, Strange



Friskies Makes Cats Hallucinate

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Damn. If only our dinner could take us on a trip like the cat in this Avrett Free Ginsberg-created Friskies commercial embarks upon. Alice in Wonderland for felines? It sure seems so. Who knew cat food could be so amazingly enchanted. We just might have to open a can and have some for lunch.

by Steve Hall    Feb-25-10    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Golden Gaytime Remembers the Gay Old Times

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"It's hard to have gaytime on your own." Yea, we think it's weird too. But remember. Gay didn't always mean gay back in the day. The Golden Gaytime, the actual name of an actual ice cream treat in Australia, wants us to relive the gay old times. The kind of times that were just, well, gay. Before the word was hijacked for another purpose.

Look up "boner" for another similar hijack..

by Steve Hall    Feb-23-10    
Topic: Strange



As Usual, Bigger is Better So Says Lynx

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Well here's an ad that's sure to get a few panties in a bunch. On the premise that women get bored easily, Lynx is out with a new commercial touting its Lynx Twist, the fragrance that changes. And, apparently, that's not the only thing Lynx changes in this ad. While it'd be nice to have styling robots following you around insuring your woman is bnever bored, there are some things that just can't be changed. Well, easily, that is.

by Steve Hall    Feb-15-10    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



And Now For A Horrific Post-Valentine's Day Message

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If for no other reason than to watch a cute, cuddly, stuffed teddy bear go a bit bonkers explaining Anti-Valentine's Day, this video is a must watch.

It comes courtesy of the Viral Factory.

by Steve Hall    Feb-15-10    
Topic: Strange



Get Your Geek on This Valentine's Day With 'A Problem to Love'

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Hypios, a company that uses intelligent crowdsourcing to help solve R&D problems, has put forth its first annual A Problem to Love promotion. To the people who solve two of the "world's most compelling problems," Hypios will award a total of $50,000.

Problems can be submitted to the site for consideration and approval as determined by visitors to the site. Some of the current problems are how to make biodegradable non-polluting batteries and a model for frame dragging (whet ever that is) that is consistent with Einstein's theory of relativity.

The two top problems will be posted on the site. The first, chosen by a Hypios jury, ill be awarded $30,000. The second, chosen by the public, will be awarded $20,000.

While this kind of geekery might not be suitable for everyone out there, Hypios Founder and President Oussama said, "We put our heads together to consider what the ideal gift would be to problem-solvers for Valentine's Day. And then it hit us: what about two fewer problems in the world? 'A Problem to Love' embodies every problem's quest for the perfect solution."

How very romantic.

by Steve Hall    Feb-12-10    
Topic: Promotions, Strange










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