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Target Women: Birth Control!


Sarah Haskins shares another bunch of crazy ads targeting women - why is birth control sold as period control? The women in these ads are crazy. Bonus points for the scary Sims-style swimming party - that has got to be the weirdest ad I've seen this year.

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Torchrunner - avoid the waterguns, firehydrants, cabs and cop cars.

Torchrunner is a little flash game where you must carry the Olympic torch safely through the city. It's not as easy as it looks, when the firehydrants, water-pistol squirting kids and cop cars aren't out to get you even mother nature joins in with rain and thunderstorms. Perfectly boring after that to be honest.

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We've secretly switched their XP to Windows Vista... Lets see if they notice.

Oh no, it's yet another hidden camera commercial. Haven't we done these by now?

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Dogs and cats deliver your message.

Someone just sent me a smart-ass hat-wearing Boxer dog with a message - turns out you can have our furry friends deliver all sorts of messages via this site, and some of the voices even speak quite well. Try listening to my ginger-haired cat-clone and see. You can type but any words you want in their mouth - wonder who will be the first to use this to break up with someone.

Of course, It's an ad - for http://www.allaboutpets.org.uk/ which seems like a fine site but I can't find an answer to my turtle-woes. "Dear allaboutpets, my turtle gets really angry with me when I clean his shell with a toothbrush. He won't talk to me for weeks afterward. Does the toothbrush tickle?"

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Coal. Cheap, Abundant, Clean.

Ad-hacks. When comedy groups have nailed the whole execution of "real people talking about the product/lifestyle/emotional" thing - you know you have to stop using those testimonial cut-away in nice scenery ads, right? Please? Pretty please with sugar on top? just quit doing this already!

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The Faceless people viral campaign goes meh.

While we did have some fun the faceless people viral campaign - especially collecting all those youtube films of faceless people sightings in the comments - the end result now that you can log in to http://www.facelesspeople.com/ and see the "project eagle" Lotus car it advertised, is tres boring.


I swear, I had to wait two minutes for the dang site to load. Here's a shot of their pretty numbers. After that I fell asleep. There's a car in there on the site, but no faceless people followup. Watch out for virals that start more interesting than they end.


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Font Conference: "C'mon, get with the times, New Roman"

Font conferance - "This video wasn't long enough, so we made it double-spaced." Tee hee hee.

warning - Comic sans is (gasp!) The Hero. This is way funnier than I thought it would be.

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Virgin Mobile - What Happens Next? TVC Interactive site now launched.

Host has just designed a new online interactive campaign for Virgin Mobile (Australia) where you the punter gets to choose the ending of three commercials for Australia's Virgin Mobile. On the site - whathappensnext.com.au - there's pens, speech bubbles and various "ka-pow" and "ker-plunk" sound effects that you can storyboard with to draw your own ending of either on of the three scenarios. The scenarios are "Mafia Kidnapping", "UFO Abduction", and "Police Getaway" - all situated around a strange diner in the middle of a desert. You could win a road trip adventure, complete with one-way flights to Cairns, $5000 cash, a Canon HD digital video camera, a phone… and that's on top of Virgin Mobile actually making the winning ad and it going on TV. There are also tons of runner-up prizes. The flash tool is pretty neat, but all I did was add arrows to everything and dot bomb-sounds all around.

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Sarah Haskins Target Women: Feeding Your F---ing Family

Sarah Haskins mocks those so worthy of mocking house-frau dinnertime crock-pot cooking, 'healthy' fast food buying bizarro ads. I especially like that ad with the slow-mo "woooooooaaaw".

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CaliforniaPsychics.com (2008) US (Web Ad)

If you can ask a psychic one question, what would it be?
Where is Osama Bin Laden?
What will the stock market do?
How will LOST end?

The people at CaliforniaPsychics.com have a different question in mind.

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