Rule of Thumb: Before Molesting Strangers with Nipple Tassles, Be Famous.

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Berlin agency Aimaq Rapp Stolle promotes HEAD's new "Speed" racquet with a little extra-extra action from Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic. Apparently Speed makes him so virile that he manages to run into the aisle and spit game at a blonde before the ball even returns to him.

But "spit game" is an understatement; the guy busts out with balloon animals (which would've been enough to impress us), boy band moves, nipple tassles, and seals (both animal and Navy).

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by Angela Natividad    May- 5-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Sponsorship, Strange, Video, Viral



Hire My Mom. Because I'm Tired of Eating Cereal Out of an Ashtray.*

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We need to create a new category labeled "Overseen Internet," expressly for stuff that we stumble upon by chance and haven't got words for. This banner ad for Hire My Mom is one such gem.

The URL's actually slightly deceptive -- it caters to mom professionals, not kids hoping to score a gig for Mummy, who's busy drowning her sorrows in a bathrobe and gin. Still though.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-30-09    
Topic: Online, Strange



Vodafone Unleashes Mad Zoozoos on India

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To promote Vodafone's wares in India, Ogilvy dreamt up a small community of incoherent, maniacally laughing, wingless birds called Zoozoos.

Mostly the Zoozoos do terrible things to each other and laugh. Each piece ends with some trite tie-in back to Vodafone.

The spots debuted during the Indian Premier League cricket tourney. (Appropriately, "Cricket Alerts" is embedded below. See more ads here.)

The magic of the Zoozoos lies in that they look animated but aren't. They're actually played by real people wearing white. You can find out what kind of Zoozoo you are at the Vodafone microsite. (Uh, diggin' how response 4 in question 1 automatically assumes you're a guy. But I guess if all Zoozoos have a package like this one, it goes without saying.)

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-30-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Strange, Television



Our Balls Are Crunchier Than Yours

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There's just something wrong with food that resembles left over KFC chicken breading that's congealed to the point where it's nothing more than a fat-laden ball of over-cooked floor scraps. Perhaps Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Clusters aren't quite that disgusting but we (apparently) have a problem with food that, well, doesn't look like food.

by Steve Hall    Apr-30-09    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Why Pay Clear Channel When There's Fuzzy Bob on 5th and Market?*

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There's a lot you can say about dot-coms in general, but you'd be hard-pressed to accuse them of being too scrupulous.

Because it's your industry too, beam with pride while observing how easy it is to place your outdoor work in high-traffic areas for 1/16th of the price. That's right! -- ride the homeless!

Bumvertising.com was developed by Front Door Enterprises, whose founder Benjamin Rogovy recognized the "enormous potential in wasted homeless labor." He also thinks bums "will incur higher revenues from donations" if it seems like they're at least flirting with joining the labor force.

See Bumvertising mini-drama below.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-28-09    
Topic: Outdoor, Strange, Video



Sasquatch is Back For Jack Link's Beef Jerky

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Three years ago, Sasquatch wandered the woods for Jack Link's Beef Jerky. Now he's dancing atop an iPhone for Living Sasquatch, a site on which you can make your own Sasquatch movie. Somehow this sell beef jerky. We're not quite sure how though.

by Steve Hall    Apr-28-09    
Topic: Online, Strange, Video



When High Blood Pressure Is A Good Thing

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Oh how we love us a weird-ass, whacked out Japanese television commercial. This one, which, yes, is old, is for Suntory tea which claims to help those with high blood pressure. Though it's a very good thing the guy in this commercial has high blood pressure. Nothing like putting a positive spin on a health issue.

Sadly, we'll never see commercials like this here in America. Luckily, Japan hasn't yet heard of cause groups whose sole purpose is to remove every last vestige of humor from our lives...and from all out TV commercials.

by Steve Hall    Apr-27-09    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Contextual Sadness.

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This stuff writes itself, doesn't it. *sigh* What's the penalty for being subhuman again? Oh yeah, eight years with time served. *double sigh*

(Via.)

by Bill Green    Apr-22-09    
Topic: Online, Strange



What the Un**** is This?

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Free millions of something if you can figure this site out. Described as "In The Netherlands, Lily Allen's new single is called F*ck You!, a kind of tribute to former president Bush. You will probably never hear this song on the radio in the US and UK, so I guess that's why they came up with the Lily Allen Unf**ker, a online tool to manually censor or uncensor her new hit single."

I suppose. It's also NSFW.

by Bill Green    Apr-22-09    
Topic: Strange



Another One of Those 'Green is the New Black!!!1' Things.

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There's a lot you can say about becoming more eco-conscious: that it's responsible, forward-thinking and personally/socially fulfilling, for example.

But in a spot called "Good Green," the Sundance Channel takes the go-green hype and staples on a passel of adjectives that ring both hollow and wince-worthy: sexy, trippy, fierce.

Confusingly, there's also a shot of Isabella Rossellini flirtatiously hugging a giant lobster.

WOW. Thanks for all the abstraction, BIGSMACKtv. We're definitely feeling the backhand.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-17-09    
Topic: Commercials, Promotions, Strange, Television








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