Some Things Are Better Left Unseen


We really don't need to be reminded what emanates from the rear end's of others but Chinese air freshener TianTian is making it impossible to ignore with a new campaign that brings the formerly silent but deadly to the three dimensional forefront.

Oh yes, that really is a 3D representation of a fart you see coming out of that guys ass. This is just too much to take. No longer will we be able to commute without visualizing a 3D fart coming out of everyone's ass. Thanks a lot TianTian.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Strange

Yet Another Informercial Laden With Double Meaning


Seriously? Seriously?? The product in this infomercial, Shake Weight, should have been named How to More Vigorously Pleasure Your Man. Watch this infomercial and you'll know exactly why we feel that way.

OK, see? Are we right or what?

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-09    
Topic: Commercials, Strange

Dick Cheney and Tupac Attack Fashion-Challenged Chicagoans


Beware Chiocagoans. Do not get caught walking the sidewalks wearing bad fashion lest you get jacked by Dick Cheney and Tupac. OK, so it's not really Dick Cheney and Tupac but it's a team of guerrilla-style fashion police from apparel brand Fashion Geek who accost people on the street dubbed to have less than a clue about fashion.

At points, it gets pretty violent. Hence the giant disclaimer at the end of the video. So...this is how we sell clothes now?

by Steve Hall    Jul-30-09    
Topic: Brands, Guerilla, Strange, Video

Insurer Hides, Comedians Fight, Interns Pimped, Mobile Explained


- Some insurance companies will do anything to avoid paying a claim,

- I guess if you like Paulie and Dawn, you'll like this video.

- Ten Portland ad agencies are pooling resources and sharing talent to launch the second year of the ground-breaking COLABORATORY internship.

- Into mobile media? Here's and insider's guide to planning and buying mobile media

by Steve Hall    Jul-30-09    
Topic: Agencies, Commercials, Mobile/Wireless, Strange

Fit More in Than Ever


As if preparing for some sort of orgiastic, possibly food fetish-related, house party, the people in this commercial gleefully get dirty as fast as they can in order to make it to the party. Once at the party, it seems we're witness to what appears to be doggy-style exhibitionist action with aforementioned people looking on and cheering as a couple get closer to, well, it's not what you think.

Hey. Whatever turns you on.

by Steve Hall    Jul-30-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Racy, Strange

Yes, You Really Do Need Underpants For Your Hands


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


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 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


Well this is pretty lame. And strange. And stupid. And weird. And oh...kind of funny 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


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?


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

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