A simple poster in the London underground urging people not to eat smelly foods while riding the tube has caused a bit of a diplomatic spat. The poster triggered a torrent of angry letters from salami-lovers and even the Italian ambassador in the UK.

"We considered this poster to be very offensive to the Italian image, Italian products and the Italian company that is clearly identified," the Italian Embassy's economic counselor Guido Cerboni told Reuters." It is a caricature of Italians."

The London Underground said to Reuters "We apologize for any offence this has caused the Italian community. It was meant to be a light-hearted attempt to stop travelers eating smelly food", the posters have been withdrawn but the storm in a sausage might not be over yet. Cerboni expects that the company who's label is clearly visable in the posters might sue for damages, "It has clearly suffered damage"

These aren't your typical badlander candidates since both agencies belong to the same conglomerate, but the similarities do pile up. Literally.

Did TBWA dig the worldwide acclamation for their Sony Mountain spot so much that they adapted the notion for their new US Adidas Kevin Garnett spot, or is it all a meme-ish Amsterdam/London/San Francisco coincidence? Superadgrunts, view Sony's Mountain, then Adidas' Carry and judge for yourself.

Both spots are still pretty darn good, IMHO.

A poster campaign for Black Ice (Smirnoff) currently running in the UK shows a bottle that bites, I guess they want to say that the drink has a bite. But doesn't everyone advertising alcohol want to say just that? Here's a cold case of coincidence.

Ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of Captain Dabitch and the entire crew, we would like to welcome you aboard Adland Airlines flight 007, non-stop service to Badland. My name is Robblink and I'm your chief flight attendant. At this time, make sure your seat backs and tray tables are in their full upright position. Also make sure your seat belt is correctly fastened. Thank you.

Click here to view the Honda commercial.
Click here to view the Mercedes commercial.

How do you take a picture of someone taking a picture? With a camera covering their eye, of course - it's just that some poses are becoming overexposed.......

Cult Shaker didn't get enough attention for their last stunt I suppose, and are at it again, begging for hype by covering bus posters and other outdoor media with two nude frolicking women but no selling point.

And once again, Kvindeligt Selskab reported them for "making the public space pornographic". Someone has vandalized most of the poster spaces already, with good old fashioned black spraypaint, which we presume Cult will have to foot the removal bill for.

A strange coincidence, a fluke or a case of getting a little too inspired? Either way this is an odd couple, Queen vs Dutch singers Bauer & Borsato. Hat tip for these twins goes to adgrunt JLB.

It was bound to happen after all the alerts in the news about advertising effects on children, and how it was linked to obesity. When a paediatrician recently said that "advertisments aimed at children were a form of child abuse and should be banned" we sorta knew the bans would come soon. The Age in Australia reports that UK bans junk food ads on TV for children and the austrailians probably won't be far behind in taking similar action.