Prancercise Lady Fronts Wonderful Pistachios Campaign

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Oh the internet. It gives us so many wonderful things. So many things we'd would never have experience before like, well, like the Prancercise® Lady. If you haven't heard of her, her name is Joanna Rohrback and she does this exercise thing which aims to "create the most satisfying, holistic and successful fitness program one could hope to experience." And it has nothing to do with riding a horse.

Anyway, Rohrback, along with Dennis Rodman, an elephant, King Kong and, yes, Norman Bates, can be seen in the upcoming Wonderful Pistachios Get Crackin' campaign which debuts today.

The campaign, which began in 2007, has featured such cultural oddities as Honey Badger, Snooki, Snoop Lion, Keyboard Cat, The Village People and, yes, the Secret Service.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-16-13    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Strange



This Grandmother Gives New Meaning to 'Drag and Drop'

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In this kitschy but hilarious ad for Russian telecommunications company, Beeline, we are reminded of the digital divide that sometimes occurs between generations. Russian ad agency Red Pepper has created a recruitment ad of sorts for Beeline that illustrates how difficult it can be talking to your grandparents about certain topics.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 9-13    
Topic: Strange



Laura Spencer French Kisses 'The Rainbow' in Skittles Ad

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Remember when you used to swap gum when kissing? Wait, you never did that? It was just me? Am I the only gross one in the crowd? Do I need to go see a psychoanalyst to determine how my childhood antics steered me towards a career in which I bitterly bitch and rant about things like some kind of depressed loser angry at the entire world for dealing me this deck of cards?

God, I need help!

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 4-13    
Topic: Celebrity, Strange



Facebook Bans Boobs Again, Can't Tell Difference Between Birds And Boobs

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Let's just put it out there. Facebook is very puritanical when it comes to breastfeeding and boobs. The social network just can't handle the fact they are a part of life. The most recent "offense" to Facebook's distaste for boobs was illustrated when it banned an an for Christmas Island's Bird'n'Nature Week.

Wait, what? Yes, you read that right. Facebook banned an ad promoting a nature appreciation week. The ad from the Australian island invited eco-tourists to come appreciate the island's offerings, specifically, the Red-footed Booby, the Brown Booby and the Abbott Booby. Yes, they banned the ad because they didn't like the fact these birds are referred to as Boobies.

OK, OK, it might have been the ad's suggestive headline which read,"Some gorgeous shots here of some juvenile boobies." Facebook claims the ad breached the site's guidelines by "addressing the age, gender or sexual orientation of users on Facebook." Wait. So Facebook users are birds? We're confused.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 3-13    
Topic: Policy, Strange



Two Cops, One Hole: The Worst 'Viral Video' You Will Ever See

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Jesus. Where do we start. OK, the easy stuff first. At 2:32, this "viral video," created by Hamburg-based Kinematograph 27/7, is two minutes longer than it needs to be. Second, these are supposed to be cops in NYC? With those accents? Third, why would a cop be such an asshole to a couple of onlookers? Fourth, who the hell would stick their arm into a dark hole without knowing what's in it? And fifth, who the hell takes a cow for a walk in New York city? Watch at your own risk.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 3-13    
Topic: Strange, Viral, Worst



Acute Paper Influx Syndrome Causes Lethal Cubicle Contagion

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Paper kinda sucks doesn't it? Even in this digital age, stacks and stacks of the stuff still seem to overwhelm the office. Mobile business application brand Canvas knows this and can identify with the pain.

To tout the awesomeness of a paper-free world, the brand created a humorous video that highlights how it can stop the spread of the dreaded APIS or Acute Paper Influx Syndrome. In the video, office workers are attacked by creepy crawly stickies and, ultimately, have to be quarantined by the CEO.

Of course, none of this would have happened if the company had just used Canvas.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-29-13    
Topic: Strange



Goofy Ad Urges You to Give Your Boss the Finger, Spend Time With Your Family

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Oh how we all wish a goofy song like this would break out when a call or text comes in from our boss when we're trying to enjoy some down time with the family. Of course, the immediate reaction is to respond to your boss when he or she calls but after viewing this whacky video, you will be singing "No, no, no, no, no" over and over again when your boss calls you.

The ad, created by BBR Saatchi & Saatchi for Israeli telecommunications brand Partner Communications Company, is a bit of a public service announcement that wedges in a promotion for the brand's Orange Ultralnet.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-29-13    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



You Will Never Sit And Poop Again After You Watch This Video

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Jesus! Not only does sitting kill us, it can also cause hemorrhoids, constipation, colitis, appendicitis and colon cancer. Well, sitting on the toilet, that is. Apparently, humans are supposed to squat when they poop. Stanford scientists say so. And because of this finding, we now have the Squatty Potty, a stool to place your feet on while sitting on the toilet so as to mimic the squatting position.

Apparently, squatting aligns the colon properly and relaxes constricting muscles making it easier to, well, poop. Via.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-26-13    
Topic: Strange



Topless Alien Sings in Shower to Sell Car Insurance

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Hey, we didn't lie. The top of the alien's head is, well, topless, right? Anyway, here is a really goofy new commercial for Budget Direct, an Australian car insurance company that used to have an equally goofy commercial that featured a woman singing about Budget as if it were the Tar-Jay of car insurance.

The new commercial, created by Hulsbosch, is just like the old one. It features an alien doing the Tar-Jay/Boo-Jay thing just like the woman in the original. Why the shift to aliens? We have no earthy (or galactic) idea. All we can figure is the creatives were bored and just finished watching a cheesy 1950s sci-fi movie. Goofy seems to be the overriding vision and mission of Budget Direct so we guess the new commercial does the brand justice.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-12-13    
Topic: Strange



Samsung 'Tabitat' Turns Humans Into Caged Apes

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It is confirmed. Humans are wild animals with very strange habits. This new campaign from Chiel and production company six01 use the nature documentary approach to examine the "tabitat" of the (obsessively) connected generation.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 8-13    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Strange










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