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More Anti-doping from the One Show.

When fellow adgrunt ernieschenck gave us all a sneak preview way back in April, he enticed us with the headline Performance Enhancing Drugs Rear Their Head At The One Show and linked to the film with Kevin Roddy. Sadly, adgrunts seemed to find this film about as much fun as watching paint dry. Well, the One Show Anti Doping campaign has more than one film, there's also an interview with Paul Capelli, founder of the ad store, and a news report scene 'live' from the court house. Bore your way through them at your leisure.

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Cows everywhere but nobody has a moo-clue

It all started over at Ask Metafilter April 6, where baltimore wondered what was those cow-posters and the bovineunite.com meant to mean? By April 26th MrDave2176 asked the same thing here; "What is that Bovine Unite stuff?"
Well, personally I couldn't really be bothered with it. I knew it wasn't Chick-a-fil as some people suggested, I thought it made more sense for milk and said so. In the end, it turned out to be for Maryland State Lottery. Say wha? Revolutionary cows are mixed up in this how? This gets funnier as almost at the same time another bunch of cows show up in viral form all over New York.... Making these secret cow teaser campaigns without senders ripe for getting confused.

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Reebok adds more stars to "I Am What I Am"

Reebok, known lately as RBK, is adding more star power to their "I Am What I Am" campaign, created by New York advertising agency mcgarrybowen. Monday they announced they will be adding actors Christina Ricci and John Leguizamo, Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, and NFL Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb to their campaign.

The "I Am What I Am" is the company's largest advertising spend in nearly a decade. The concept behind the campaign is to encourage young people to embrace their own individuality by celebrating their contemporary heroes including music icons, athletes and entertainers.

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Not another online auction

Auctioning off more than your old items is nothing new. Just recently there was the Tag auction for a date with Carmen Electra, creatives for sale, and all those forehead and bump ad space.

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Speak up series of Design Thinking essays.

Over at Speak Up Anna Addison has taken the opportunity to do so and writes an essay called "If you're Bad we're Going to McDonalds." which mulls on the topic of the explosive rise in child obesity and designers responsibility in it all. The essay is part of a series by Portfolio Center students who took part in Bryony's long-distance Design Thinking class during the quarter of winter 2005. Another essay in this series is Marissa Kraxberger's Designing for Deception. Have a look.

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The ad embraced by Adbusters

The current issue of Adbusters (May/June '05) will surprise some readers. For their own reasons the editors have smiled upon our little company and have run - for free - an ad of ours that they had seen earlier in another publication.

Why this dramatic exception to their core anti-advertising mission and no ads policy? When we asked they told us they like what we do and how we do it. Simple as that. (For the record, Adbusters categorically still does not accept paid advertising.) I think this is an interesting twist on what is happening more broadly on the front where Adbusters, and other such activists work.

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Careerbuilder.com first to buy for Super Bowl 2006

Just three months after this year's Super Bowl, ad space is already being purchased. Yesterday, Careerbuilder.com announced they have lined up airtime for Super Bowl XL.

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We're more creative when we lie down.

Science now has an explanation to why Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel is so awesome, any why hookers can come up with so many interesting tricks... Apparently we are more creative when we lie down. This all has to do with something called noradrenaline, which is believed to impair creative thinking, less noradrenaline is released when we lie down. Quick everybody request a nice recliner for your office! It's vital for your creative output.
Discovery writes:

Lipnicki said there is historical evidence for his finding in the case of the Greek mathematician Archimedes, who worked out while lying in his bath that the amount of water that overflowed his tub was proportional to the amount of his body that was submerged.
The observation became known as Archimedes' principle, or the principle that an object immersed in a fluid experiences a buoyant force equal in magnitude to the force of gravity on the displaced fluid.
Professor of medieval history Donnchadh O'Corrain of University College Cork said medieval Irish poets also composed their complicated court poetry while lying flat on a couch in a darkened room.
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