Yes, You Really Do Need Underpants For Your Hands

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This is just too funny and ridiculous not to point out. So yea, the style of wearing fingerless gloves is not a new thing but we're pretty sure we haven't seen "hand underwear" or Handerpants before. And they have more uses than anyone could imagine. Why, we have no idea but the commercial seems to think they'd be quite useful to night bloggers, twitterers, old people, ninjas with delicate hands, graphic designers, wolfmen, British sitcom stars, dungaree inspectors, jerks, geniuses and more!

We now returned to our regularly scheduled programming.

Thanks a lot for tha commercial break, Matt.

by Steve Hall    Jul-29-09    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Really. Working at A Financial Services Company is Not Boring

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Believe it or not, this is a recruiting video for a a trading company. You'd think a job in a place like this would be all serious and stuff but, if we are to believe what Optiver Trading is telling us, the place is one wild ride. We're not quite sure if it's a good ride or a bad one. Boxers, no. Acupuncture, no. Chocolate cake, yes. chocolate cake with...ew...no. Interrogation, no. Hot chicks sitting on your lap, yes. Not so hot chicks sitting on your lap, no. Roman soldiers holdong you hi, yes. boobs in the face, yes. Strangulation, no.

Yes, working at Optiver is no picnic. But it sure is dynamic and interesting. LAVA Communications created the video, along with eight others, on this YouTube channel.

by Steve Hall    Jul-28-09    
Topic: Good, Strange, Video



Can't Get Into a Club? Flash Some Weaver's Coffee

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Well this is pretty lame. And strange. And stupid. And weird. And oh...kind of funny too...in that retro disco, we're-trying-really-hard-to-be-lame-on-purpose sort of way. Yea, it's an ad for coffee. That alone makes it worthy of consideration.

The commercial, for Weaver's Coffee, is based on an old television show called Dance Party which, similar the American Bandstand, featured people dressed in silly 60's and 70's garb (well, it wasn't silly at the time since it was the 60's and 70's) dancing to silly (well, they weren't silly at the time because, well, they were new) disco songs.

The commercial's theme? It's like the Butabe brothers from Night at the Roxbury trying to get into a club. But somehow this guy makes it in because, well, he has really cool coffee. Or whatever.

Weaver's Coffee Founder John Weaver was even on the show. The commercial is running locally on KOFY.

by Steve Hall    Jul-23-09    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Oops. David&Goliath Photo Shoot Messes With LAX Traffic Control

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Recently, 110 employees of El Segundo-based David&Goliath headed to the rooftop of their building to shoot an ad for their new Brave house ad campaign. All went well until three police cars appeared with officers telling the agency to shut down the shoot immediately.

It seems the multiple flashes and smoke effects were interfering with LAX air traffic control. The agency co-operated and shut down immediately. But not before getting enough shots to make this promotional ad for the agency.

Luckily, that head didn't come from one of the police officers.

by Steve Hall    Jul-22-09    
Topic: Agencies, Campaigns, Strange



Are People Really That Helpless With A Video Camera?

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You've seen them. The fake videos that attempt to pass themselves off as real all while minimizing the fact their just ads for brands. Some are stupid. Some are funny. Most are lame.

But they all have one thing in common. People who are seemingly incapable of holding a camera steady while filming the idiocy. Seriously. It's not that hard and you don't have to be a Hollywood DP to film something without the camera becoming possessed by an epileptic seizure.

Annoying and idiotic as the commonality is, it's never going to change. Why? Because if the camera remained on the video's primary subject, we'd get to see behind the curtain and the video would become even more obviously fake than it already is.

So here we have yet another shaky cam "viral video" selling some random energy drink.

by Steve Hall    Jul-22-09    
Topic: Bad, Strange, Video, Viral



Delta Touch Faucet Not Such A Great Idea

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Hmm. So a Delta faucet that can be turned on by tapping the spout so you don't get your dirty hands all over it? Brilliant, right? Except for when you're out and the cat decides to jump up on the counter, prance over to the sink, paw the faucet, get the shit scared out of it as the water comes gushing out, has a heart attacks, dies and when you return, a large pool of water is covering your beautiful hardwood kitchen floor because the cat fell into the sink and blocked the drain. Is this really that wise an advancement in sink technology?

Oh and the ad...which is what we're supposed to be talking about here in the first place? Meh. Oh it gets the point across which, one supposes is, uh, the point but wouldn't a battles of wills as to faucet etiquette between the Verizon Dumb Dad and a dirty mud wrestling beer babe be more interesting?

by Steve Hall    Jul-21-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Strange



Aliens Have Arrived And They Are...Elephants?

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Seriously? Seriously? There are still brands and agencies out there that still believe people exist in the world who can't see through their "32 hidden cameras," "hundreds of unsuspecting people," "accidental" camera pans over the promoted brand's outdoor billboard, lingering shots of said product, FTW lingo and...elephants who bungee jump out of a spaceship?

Oh wait, it's just a stupid YouTube video. Sorry. That makes everything OK.

by Steve Hall    Jul-20-09    
Topic: Strange, Video



Newsflash! Oscar Mayer Weinermobile Crashes! Zero Injured!

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Well it was bound to happen eventually. A vehicle shaped like a giant hot dog can't drive around forever without the occasional mishap. Yes, the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile's time was up and it found itself ass backwards inside the garage of a Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin home last Friday.

Oops.

Apparently, the driver was attempting to turn around and drove forward when she thought she was moving in reverse. Hey, with a vehicle shaped like that, it's hard to tell which end is the front and which is the back. Well, yea, we're quite sure the driver's seat faces in just one direction, forward, but give the lady a break., Driving a hot dog is, well, confusing to say the least.

by Steve Hall    Jul-19-09    
Topic: Brands, Outdoor, Strange



Dog Flames, Jackson Flames, Mentos Flaps

- This is just too WTF weird not to share.

- For the first time in 25 years! Footage of Michael Jackson's hair catching on fire in the Pepsi commercial. Chilling.

- The old Mentos ads (the Freshmaker ones) were great. The new ones, not so much. But they are kind of funny.

- Want to know where the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile is? Just visit Brightkite which the company is using to let people know where to spot the 27 foot long hot dog.

- This is stupid.

- Check out ad:tech's new virtual conference series. The first one is August 4.

by Steve Hall    Jul-16-09    
Topic: Celebrity, Strange



Arquette Bars Hunger, Folly in Fayetteville, Kid Eats Dog Crap

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- David Arquette and Snickers have teamed up to help Feeding America with "Bar Hunger."

- Yea so there's this whole thing going on about some spots Republik created for Fayetteville. Apparently some feel they are unpatriotic. You deciede. Watch them here and here.

- Oh please. BingTweets. Oh wait. That's not half bad.

- Airing 15 years ago for Staples, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year commercial will launch the 2009 Back to School season tomorrow, July 15.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-15-09    
Topic: Cause, Commercials, Strange








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