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



No Slogans. No Sequins. This is The Man

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Love this new French Connection video called "The Man." It casts aside all the over the top blather we see in far too many fashion ads. In this one, we have a man. And he has clothes. And he is a regular man. Well, a regular man with a (fake?) beard who can't seem to get the elevator to work. But a man with a fashion sense none the less. Just, thankfully, not for sequins. Which is really code for over the top fashions brands try to sell me but only end up selling to the three people who actually respond to their ads in GQ.

by Steve Hall    Feb-11-10    
Topic: Brands, Good, Strange, Video



Ladies, Heineken Beer Gloss Will Get Your Man. And Every Other Man Too

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Ladies, you might want to be careful with Heineken's new Ber Gloss. It might be one thing to attract your man with the scent of beer like a Neanderthal attracted to his woman after a week-long hunting and gathering trip. It's another thing entirely when complete strangers walk up to you and start uncontrollably kissing you.

Yet another ad which portrays men as idiot savants who are easily manipulated by beer and the chance of sex with hot, unattainable women.

Might as well capitalize on the axiom though. The way to a man's heart is through his stomach...or his penis.

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



Hello Ladies. I'm on A Horse. And I Smell Like Old Spice

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In a witty jab at "smell like a lady" mens' fragrances, Old Spice whips out a full on man's man to tell us what real men are all about. Sadly, ladies, your man isn't this man and he can't give all the wondrous things the man in this commercial can. Unless, of course, your man uses Old Spice. And sits on a horse. On a beach. With diamonds. And tickets to "that thing you love."

This commercial is funnier than any Super Bowl commercial in recent history. It pokes fun at the competition without being too negative. It acknowledges the fact Old Spice is far from one of those fancy schmancy fragrances you can buy for $100 per ounce. And it celebrates the fact all men need not smell like a Metrosexual a please their women

by Steve Hall    Feb- 9-10    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



OMG! Miley Cyrus's Nine-Year-Old Sister Pimps Lingerie. Not.

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OH MY GOD! Little girls! In "lingerie!" Posing next to a stripper pole! Alert the blogosphere! Call out the cause groups! Notify the evening news! What, wait, why?

Everyone is in an uproar over the 9-year-old sister of Miley Cyrus and some other young girls posing around a "stripper pole" for a line of children's clothing. Everyone jumped to the immediate conclusion: the clothing is lingerie and the marketer is into kiddy porn.

Untrue says Oooh, La La! Couture Founder Annie Dugourd. "The story is completely false...it's a total lie...we don't make lingerie. We just make tutu dresses, tank tops attached to tutus."

Dugourd blames Perez Hilton for blowing the thing out of proportion.

Of course, underage dressing like like they appear to be looking for more than just an innocent pat on the head is entirely another issue.

Story trail: Adland, Boing Boing, CNBC, CNBC, Perez Hilton.

Everyone. Take a deep breath. Exhale. Relax.

Now go on with your boring day.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 4-10    
Topic: Celebrity, Racy, Strange



Spirit Airlines Goes Muff Diving

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In the "Did they really do that" category comes this bit of not so subtle word play from Spirit Airlines. Furthering its middle school boy locker room sense of humor, the airline follows its MILF-themed "Many Islands, Low Fare" witticism with "Many Unbelievably Fantastic Fares"

Yes, we are now muff diving for low air fares. Upon banner clickage, you are told "you are almost there." Yes, boys, you're almost a rug muncher. See? Even we can be rude and crude. And lame. And kinda funny too. Whatev.

Tip to ischafer.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 3-10    
Topic: Racy, Strange










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