Mr. T Eradicates World of Goofy Speedwalkers

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Uh oh. The cause group for...speedwalkers is going to get their jockstraps in a twist over this new AMV BBDO-created Get Some Nuts commercial (higher quality Quicktime here) for Snickers in which Mr. T, atop a Mad Max-style pick up truck, shoots Snicker bars at a speedwalker using a Gatling gun. While hurling bars at the walker, Mr. T lets lose his usual "I pity the fool" tirade telling the walker he's a "disgrace to the man race" and that it's time to "run like a real man."

While most would prefer to rid the streets of these goofy walkers for fear they will unduly influence their children into adopting the goofiness that is speedwalking, it won't be surprising if some speedwalking fanatics make their way to Mars headquarters and slingshot, en mass, their jockstraps at the building pummeling executives into submission.

by Steve Hall    Jul-14-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Good, Strange



Vivienne Tam Gets Into Nuddies to Serve Whims of Would-Be Fashionistas

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Vivienne Tam and fashionista/paper doll site Stardoll have partnered to bring virtual couture to a seething throng of 9-17-year-old girls. (17? Really?)

Feening to put some clothes on her? Go yonder. There are plenty of options but I personally dig the bouffant-and-knee-high look. It's daring.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-11-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Good, Online, Strange



Because Your University Should Affect Your Choice of Razor

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Right-slap on the back of the current issue of UC Berkeley's California magazine is an ad for an officially licensed Cal Berkeley Gillette Fusion Power Razor. (That's the one with five blades for your most comfortable shave.)

Feeling nostalgic? Pick the right alma mater Gillette for you!

Damn. They're just giving those licenses away.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-10-08    
Topic: Brands, Magazine, Strange



What's That? It's a Phone Charger, Powered By My Mooooves.

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European mobile carrier Orange has launched a phone charger powered by dance energy.

"The Orange Dance Charge is the result of months of research into alternate, sustainable energy sources to power mobile phones during summer music festivals," says the pressie with a straight face.

The unit was developed with help from GotWind, whose unfortunate name refers to renewable energy research, not the thing that happens when you pull Uncle's finger. The charger's system of weights and magnets provides an electrical current when a person flails about.

Orange Dance Charge was tested at the Glastonbury Festival last month. A promotional Dance Charging Man helped newbs charge phones in exchange for a dance.

Yeah, I've fallen for that one before. Just one dance, baby ... and I'll give you a charge, all right.

by Angela Natividad    Jul- 9-08    
Topic: Cause, Events, Good, Mobile/Wireless, Packaging, Promotions, Strange



Philadelphia's 'The Weavers' Painfully Dull

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As part of the Philadelphia Tourism campaign, Red Tettemer found (created) a bunch of geeky bike weavers and adopted them for inclusion in the campaign. For an excruciatingly boring experience, check out The Weavers here. Maybe there's some witty twist at the end of the video but after three minutes of outrageously geeky lameness, patience was expended and attention moved elsewhere.

Apparently, there's more to the tourism campaign which will, hopefully, redeem the boredom The Weavers have caused.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 9-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Strange, Worst



Scuba Diving Kitty Explained by HowStuffWorks

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Just what is it with those Japanese who use guards to cram people into trains or those people with seemingly endless amounts of time on their hands with nothing better to do than...take their cat scuba diving? While these two new commercials for HowStuffWorks can't promise the site will explain why people do the strange things they do but they can definitely tell you how.

The campaign, created by Preston Kelly Inc. is a first for the site which was recently acquired by Discovery Communications six months ago.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 9-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Strange



2 Clever Ways to Drum Up Empathy for Female Genital Mutilation

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- Hit the honeys where it hurts. Effort by the Association of Women Against Genital Mutilation.

- Stitch up a rosebud. Because where our ladyparts are concerned, we just love ourselves a flower pun. Effort by Amnesty International, variant ad at Copyranter.

Now that you've been primed, here's some reading on female circumcision. (Because while the image of a dirty blade in new panties might make my eyelid twitch, it doesn't really tell the whole story.)

by Angela Natividad    Jul- 9-08    
Topic: Cause, Guerilla, Magazine, Strange



Doogie Howser Endorses Old Spice

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In the classic style of the make-believe doctor-style ad, former make-believe doctor Doogie Howser a.k.a. Neil Patrick Harris vamps soap opera-style for Old Spice Pro Strength Anti-Perspirant. In the commercial, he plays up the fact he used to be a fake doctor and that, combined with the fact one does not need a prescription for Old Spice, makes it prfectly OK for him to recommend it.

It's one of the better spoof-style commercial that's come along. Created by Wieden + Kennedy, the commercial is accompanied by print.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 8-08    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Strange



Mathew McConaughey Intones Creepiness in Beef Spots

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Defamer is obsessed with the new Matthew McConaughey-voiced radio spots for the National Cattleman's Beef Association. There certainly is something quirkily-alluring about the way McConaughey intones the spot and in an effort to visualize that, Defamer put together a video to accompany the spot. If you like McConaughey's hotness...and cow meat, you'll love this video. Be sure to appreciate the awkwardly-worded copy "Discover the power of protein in the land of lean beef," which paints a picture far different than what was likely intended.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 8-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Radio, Strange



PFEEZ! Counters Ebay FEES! with Free Promotion

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A handy-dandy rule of thumb: avoid using a service whose name sounds exactly like "Fees!" (exclamation included).

PFEEZ! is a site that publishes "creative" photographs of stuff people are selling on Ebay. The lunatic at left, par exemple, is selling a very old Swiss 20-franc piece.

The site positions itself as "a totally bizarre photo/videoblog" that helps sellers "catch people's attention on curent Ebay sales (for FREE)."

If you're a seller on Ebay, you'll need all the help you can get. Guffaw.

by Angela Natividad    Jul- 7-08    
Topic: Online, Promotions, Strange










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