Murketing revealed: Mobile phones can not pop popcorn

Can cellphones pop popcorn? Of course not, it's a viral video advert you gullible doofuses.

And now, the sender has revealed itself - it's for Bluetooth headset retailer called Cardo Systems.

"The videos are spreading like wildfire, and becoming something of an urban legend," said Kathryn Rhodes, the national marketing manager at Cardo Systems told Wired this week..

Local Woman Åsk Dabitch Rescued By House Cat

I'm so sorry that I've been offline for hours now, there's been an incident around here. All I can say is, it's lucky I'm not a dog person. My brave cat rescued me, while the turtle cheered him on.

Yeah yeah, so it's a Mike's lemonade viral and not a real News 19 story. Still, I thought the cat CPR thing was cute, after all mine does that chest-pawing thing every night before he settles in to sleep on my face.


Russian man goes mad beserk in office = Viral for the movie "Wanted".

Last weeks question has been answered: Anyone care to guess what this is an ad for? Russian man goes mad beserk in office.

The mystery has been solved. Timur Bekmambetov Punks the World With Viral Video reports Cinematic - who even gives us a rough translation of the Cyrillic on Timur's lievjournal.

Those fearing that their cubicle neighbor might engage in similar hysterics can breathe easy -- it was all a sly bit of viral marketing from Timur Bekmambetov for Wanted. He revealed the stunt over on his personal blog, where he allegedly had a good laugh at the gullibility of the West. I'm not seeing any geographic mockery here, so quite possibly he took that down.

I guess this mans my gut instincts that were yelling "FAAAAKE" as soon as I saw it were right. Good to know that my fakedar still works. *taps fakedar*

Adland: sends another message to terrorists, and wants you to participate.

I just received this little movie, and the following expanation;

We are 6 500 000 000 people on earth, far enough to enjoy hardly !
Unfortunatly, the terrorists do not agree. Yesterday New York, Madrid,
London, today Irak, Afghanistan, Pakistan...
Beyond their barbaric acts, the terrorists harass us through video messages,
as well.

So, let's react, let's answer !

ATTENTATS proposes you to participate to the next message.
Record yourself dancing, singing, laughing, breaking, juggling, kniting,
alone, with your love or with some pals, in short, djellaba, tracksuit or in
flip-flop (why not Santiags...), by day or by night !
Anyway, let's show your life enjoying !

(more inside)


Target: women who eat yogurt. Which is *all* women. Always.

(movie moved inside, it messes up the site in FF)
Sarah Haskins says "Hey ladies, want yogurt? No? Too bad, because yogurt wants you" and makes me laugh hysterically with all those inane yogurt ad clips. GO SARAH! Eating yogurt at weddings? Who does that? Guys, when you bitch about ads depicting men acting like dofuses, recall the yogurt ad crapola we have to live with. Advertising isn't kind to either gender.

For the record, I don't eat god-awful flavoured yogurts, I eat långfil and since I now live too far down south to be able to get some at the store, have to make my own. But it's yummy.


Sexism in US media.

This edit called "Sexism Sells, But We're Not Buying It" created by the The Women's Media Center is currently depressing the hell out of me. Not just because the edit shows appaling comments, but I'm also wondering what the hell I should stop buying to make these kinds of comments stop. They also have a petition. This statement by Carol Jenkins says;

“We know that media companies today are under tremendous pressure to build audiences and drive ratings, but this type of vulgar, sexist commentary is not the way to do it. Women wield tremendous financial power in the United States. Our message to media companies: if you think that sexism sells, think again, because women in America are not buying it.

“As our new video shows, the media’s sexism is not specific to a candidate or campaign. But the presence of a woman, front and center at last on the national political stage, has sent shockwaves through a media grappling with ongoing problems of diversity. Hillary Clinton’s campaign has cast a spotlight on the institutionalized sexism that The Women’s Media Center was founded in 2005 to combat, providing us with a unique moment to examine ourselves and the media we consume. This is about the inherent and unnecessary obstacles that women face every day in speaking out and participating in the national dialogue.”

(Video inside)


BK sin city style "welcome to veg city" campaign now online.

We've seen the BK veg city tray liners that depict tomatoes checking out pickles in the red light district, onions being searched at the airport and other onions being the target of assasinations, and now we've seen the commercial - but BK "veg city" isn't done until the flash website sings. Now the site is almost finished, and there's sniper games, wallpapers, ringtones and other oddness at

For example, when you're done sniping random pickles, you can go to the airport and check luggage for items that are not allowed. There are a few more games marked "coming soon" so the site is till under construction but 50% of it is done now.


Anyone care to guess what this is an ad for? Russian man goes mad beserk in office.

So this video, showing a man in a Russian office go all postal, throwing monitors and grabbing an axe to chop up the veal fattening pens seems like a viral to me. Or at the very least, faker than hell. What do you think?

Why do I think it's fake then?
The monitors don't seem to have any cords connecting them to anything. This is great for throwing them around but make them pretty useless as monitors. Or are old style monitors not attached with cables in Russia?


Bragtime: Adland on the Hawthorne Videoactive Report

I've never heard of the Hawthorne Videoactive Report (which is why I discovered this so late, I guess), so if anyone here knows more about it I'd be much obliged if you share in the comments.

Adland was in it back in December, they referenced this "nifty little list of eleven feature films about advertising" at the very end of the report. Neat.


Butler, Shine & Stern get boingboing backlash for their Lego viral

Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners has LucasArts games as client, there will soon be some Indiana Jones/Lego game as far as we can tell. So they dressed a giant styrofoam ball (or similar) up with Lego's, claimed that the giant Lego "boulder" was made only out of Legos (wouldn't that weigh a lot more?), and sent a guy dressed as Indiana Jones running downhill in San Francisco being chased by the giant rolling lego-deathtrap while filming it. Posted to youtube, amusing to some viewers.

So far so good, right?

Well, no. Then someone made the mistake of deleting comments outing the film as a viral and now boingboing readers are all huffy and puffy about falling for a stealth viral camapign. Yes, that's annoying, since I think stealth virals are a slippery slope into making the audience more willing to believe that hoax virals are real. But what the hell do I know, I couldn't even get Butler Shine to open my portfolio despite it rotting in their reception for two weeks.