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Angelina Jolie to host Inhuman Traffic on MTV Europe

Tomb Raider, silver screen femme fatale, mother and United Nations goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie will host a documentary on MTV Europe called "Inhuman Traffic" February 10, which will also be streamed on the website The documentary highlights the human rights issues of sex trafficking and tells stories of real people affected by trafficking. Since this is an important issue, MTV has decided to make the entire thing available free of charge and rights free to broadcasters worldwide!


Don't sing Pias tune - Danish political viral.

The 8th of February Denmark heads to the polls. As you might know, Venstre ("the left" which confusingly enough are the conservative right) the Conservative People Party Konservative Folkeparti and the Danish People Party are in the current government and hope to be re-elected.


Oy vey, another creative for sale on Ebay

Want to buy an entire in-house creative team? A bunch of in-house creatives were displaced in the recent PeopleSoft/Oracle merger, but they like working together so they set up an Ebay auction here where you can 'buy' the whole group, or at least access to their fab portfolios and resumes.

"Their loss, your gain. An award-winning, clear-thinking, bottom-line-focused creative services organization is now immediately available to rock your bottom line. We are a creative team that's ready to plug and play. Today."

Previous eBay stunts: CW sells his life on Ebay, Viral marketing campaign for sale, mint condition copywriter for sale on Ebay, Alex the Art Director for sale and of course all those forehead ad spaces for sale.


The Satin Pajama awards!

The Euro-blog fistful of euros has created a European weblog award, The Satin Pajama awards. We're thrilled to be nominated in the category Best Weblog, as you adgrunts know AdLand is quite a borderless country, which just happens to be hosted in Denmark by a Swedish gal. ;)
Won't you give us your vote? Oh, and there are very nice fellow nominees you should look at, for example Viewropa is a community blog with posts on anything related to Europe and Swedish in 1000 difficult lessons by expatriate Francis Strand amuses me on a regular basis.


Baby Yahoo was a hoax.

Remember the story about the romanian couple that named their baby Yahoo because they met over the net? Even CNN Money picked up the news, which was quite belivable after all the brand your baby hype which might have started back in 2000 when promised 5000 dollars to anyone who named their baby after their site, and Iuma Dylan-Lucas won the cash.
Turns out the yahoo baby was a hoax, and the reporter Ion Garnod who faked the story has been fired from the Romanian tabloid Libertatea.


Mastercard steals from Swingers = Priceless.

When the movie Swingers was released in 1996 the script and the story brought out the best from the actors in it and propelled them all to big time Hollywood fame. One hilarious scene in Swingers was when Jon Favreau's character "Mike" leaves increasingly pathetic messages on "Nikki's" answering machine, as the machine keeps cutting him off. (scene here). Mastercard has just released a commercial where the scene is nearly identical, right down to the character's names, Mike and Nikki. Tut tut McCann-Erickson, did you really think the world wouldn't notice? Is this an intentional homage (considering the names) or just a lazy rip-off? You decide.
Super adgrunts view the ad in the commercial archive


I Smell a Rat - An Uncaged and Curious Rodent-Based Doppelg

If you live in the United States and have your television hooked up to something besides a rabbit-ear antenna, chances are you've seen a few thousand horrid commercials over the last month or so for a cell phone ringtone/wallpaper service called Jamster.

Well, this weekend I had the ol' boob tube on one of the networks appropriate for my demographic when a new spot for this company came on. Now, usually I've reacted with a scream of anguish whilst simultaneously curling up into the fetal position, but somehow... in some way... this Jamster spot was different.

I've seen it before, and not in my nightmares.

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Quiznos dusts off Baby Bob

Last year, we wondered if there were Rats in Quiznos subs with their Sponge Monkey adverts. And before that we saw raised by wolves, and even a Super Bowl ad where poor Chef Jimmy forgot his pants.

In 2004, Quiznos cited "creative differences" and parted ways with the Martin Agency, who gave them their Sponge Monkey fame. They hired Siltanen & Partners out of Los Angeles, who circa 1999, created an ad for Federal Way's (aka FreeI Networks, Inc.) using Baby Bob.

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