Alert! Warning, drinking soft drinks causes funny hair. and apparently, so does TV.

Swat that Bug!

Now this bugs me. And it bugs adgrunt Errol who brought this to my attention -

"I actually saw this ad in a community/family paper, three months before i read Campaign Brief Asia." he says about the first campaign - and the second makes him ask; "Now who copied who?... was it just a mere coincidence?... I'm sure there are ads out there which have tried the upside down trick routine too."


You Fruitcakes!

What's the difference between Jam and Juice? None - apparently...

Men in Skirts!

making fun of scottish kilts and bathroom signs at the same time. Whoa. How original.

Sing the praise of.. plagiarizing...

The singing body parts. Two commercials using a nifty post trick to make a body sing. Some body parts more gifted than others...

Opium Spikes Ale Sales

It had to happen. Deemed the most offensive ad of 2001, Opium's pale nude Sophie Dahl ad has inspired a Newcastle Brown spoof.

That is not a pearl of an idea.

A pearl is a rare beautiful thing, when grown in nature. Hat off to Jesper on adlist who found these gems.

We have officially run out words people...

When making good headlines - have a thesaurus at hand. MMk?


Clayton alerted me and the adlisters to a new site out there this morning,, and I looked it over briefly, not a

Dabitch in Badland!

It was bound to happen..... *hanging my head in shame*....


That Opium poster with the pale white nude Sophie Dahl - is now banned in most countries, like prude old Sweden and shockingly - Great Britain. Meanwhile back in Soho, FCUK are in trouble for that name again, you really should see Trevor Beattie's respons to that here. Stateside Ikea sells furniture with a leather teddy and a whip. Is sex the only way to get attention (and banned) these days?

Captain Morgan's secret pirate treasure - uncovered after 25 years!

You can picture it now: An advertising agency standing before the formidable board of rum lords Joseph E. Seagram and Sons, pitching an earth shattering idea in a pitch that will make all other contenders pale by comparison...

Seagrams: Is your idea original and innovative?

Ad agency: Hell yeah!

Seagrams: Will it sell boatloads of our Captain Morgan rum?

Ad agency: Hell yeah!

Seagrams: So what's your original and innovative idea that'll sell boatloads of our Captain Morgan rum?

Ad agency: Fake facial hair!

Seagrams: Excuse me?

If you can read this - the slogans inflated!

If you haven't read this line yet - what rock have you been hiding under? ah yes - that shirt. I remember it well. A colleague and I saw this image and promptly made such a shirt for our harley-crazy co-worker's leaving due. Did we see that shirt in an ad or in one of those images that get sent around emails? Can't remember. These two feel like they were an adaptation of each other..

Three Bears Attack! John West Salmon spawns stateside offspring 4 QTs at once

On November 20th of 2000, Leo Burnett released a commercial into the airwaves for a scrappy UK fish canner by the name of John West. Using a delightful blend of ursine humour, animatronic costumery and street-smart martial arts, the spot soon took off all over the Web, ending up in a plethora of in-boxes around the world. Then, in late January of 2001, three surprisingly similar concepts swam across the pond and leapt into the living rooms of America... (Would you like to know more? WARNING - four films in one go fast lines only!)

This is the season..

This is the season.. to steal good ideas!
In the spirit of things. No pun intended. Leave them letters out.

Somethings missing here.....

Presidential double whammy

The race - or non race as the case may be - of the US presidents inspired many a joke, ads and articles here at Adland already, but here's a new twist - repetitive topical ads. Badland next!

On Monday the 13th of November, E James White Communications - from Washington D.C. - ran an ad with the by now infamous ballot as their visual. On Friday the 17th, Apple - leader of making bubblegum flavoured computers - ran a similar ad also with the ballot as a visual.

Canadian and Australian beer infused rants!

Beer and patriotism go together - that's just the way it is. But to copy the famous Canadian "rant", except down in Oz? Now, don't be silly.

Adgrunts can view the commercials here: Molson Joe I am Canadian and Fosters I Believe

Otherwise, continue to the screenshots below.

Underestimate not the power of non-underestimation, at no time, nary a once, nay

Yea, verily, thou hast twigged it, here are a few further DUPLICLAIMS from Timothy R V Fosterˆs ever-growing tagline database, ADSlogans
"The place where kvetchers get to kvetch".

If you know of any other users of this week's concept, please do not hesitate to e-mail Chief SloganMaven Timothy R V Foster with your tidings...

Never underestimate the importance of a good night's rest. -- Marriott

Never underestimate the power of a little chat. -- IChat Inc.

Internet Ad Virus - looks like another Mahir trick.

Here we go again.

If you have seen you might have had a sense of Deju Vu.. Another media-virus internet site? Oh yes, but it gets even better than that.....

Earlier you might have read the articles about the, and created by Paul and Linus at Fallon (US) for their client BuddyLee.

Canada and Australia have a lot in common.

You might have noticed that I mention the canadians teabaggers here once in a while, well, some hawkeyed ranter in that online forum has discovered yet another rip-off.

Now it's the Molson Rant that has been ripped off by Fosters Australia.

Try as you might, you could not avoid the avalanche of popularity the Molson Canadian Beer ad "The Rant" got this spring.

It was avidly written about in the tradepress, gossiped about in the regular Canadian press, and it even had it's own tail of urban myths.

Creative Hand Jobs

The most publicized "intellectual property" case in recent months has been mounted by against a rubber puppet used on the Conan O'Brien show in a recurring skit. sued Robert Smigel, creator and voice of "Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog," to the tune of $20 million for defaming their "spokespuppet."

The irony is, Triumph is over three years old (in dog years that's the equivalent of 21). introduced their sockpuppet only a year ago in August 1999.

Providing further evidence that's puppet dog is a copycat is European ad sensation, Flat Eric, whose success proved that spokespuppets were a viable execution.

For a better grasp of this trend, read "Attack of the Puppet People."

On thin Ice.

Contains links and shots from commercials - not exactly the same idea - but spookily similar...

wanted - an IDEA!

Have I told you once before? A layout is not an idea.

A layout can communicate an idea more or less effectivly - but never replace the idea. MmmKay?

Sperm Bank Stereotypes

You know them sperm bank jokes? So does everybody else. Commercial stills and links to QT's available in here.

Dogs and their owners look the same, and so do the ads.

Here's a good gag - ever noticed that dog look like their owners or vice versa? Well, you ain't the only one..

Dogs and their ads look alike.

Pore Bore

Augh - this Liechtenstein poster look was over-used even before them pore-cleaning things were invented! Stop it! stop it!

Inspired by webmovies - or just plain lazy?

On the web funny clips have been circulating for as long as we could make them.. Animations, home movies, web-cams, you name it, it's out there..

Thrill-seekers watch TV? Or Go to Playland?

Do people who like adrenalin rushes stay home in the couch? Or ride crazy rides? Here's how to make an entire TV commercial out of a *poster* idea!

Wine and Mice.

...what no cheese? Ok, have you ever noticed that a computer mouse can look a wee bit like a wineglass when turned upside down? Well, so did everybody else!

Airport! And again!

Airport inspiration - European creatives seem to travel a lot.

Two sets of posters executing the same idea.

Only an inch away from the orginal...

When flogging some weight-loss product - always use the visual of a BELT. MMmmm'K? Actually - these are smarter than that - but oh-so-alike..

Evian and other Waters

The old "fish prefers mineral water" gag is enough to make me cry - has also collected a bunch in his archives - here are three examples from around the planet...

Toy Cars *R* Us!

Can you believe this one? Two identical ads-gags in "new and interesting media" (not unusual) winning - get this - the same dang award separated only by a few years!

Elephants and Mobile Phones.

Did these ads copy each other - or did the idea-god simply mess with two creative teams heads at the same time? Who knows.

Greenpeace vs Designstudents

A logo for greenpeace and a logo for a newspaper - end up looking almost exactly the same?

Milk and Mobile Phones.

Milk? and Mobile phones? What do they have in common? The packaging of course! But don't drag that all the way to the ads.....

Sometimes a cigar is just a layout.

as Paul Arden put it: A layout is never an idea. Here's proof. If you find an idea in here - you're a better adgrunt.

Honey - where are my ideas?

Ikea rocked the advertising world all the way from Canada to Denmark. Must've been all that jumping on the beds!

Train Ads.

I think I can I think I can.. Rip off another train-ad, cause hey, they are all the same...I think I can I think I can I think I can.......

Don't Jump!

Well, you might have seen at least one of these ads , it's a darn good idea. Advertising on the roof of buses.. Clever. Same headline, same media, soon to be same old.

All cars are the same, so are their ads

Slip up. Thanx to Adlistmember Bot, who spotted these two twins. Apparently all cars are the same, and all your best ideas are formed while lying in the bathtub. classic.

Killer orginality.

Dress to kill - visual chalkline pun executed (ahem) in the same style. Finally an idea in a fashion advert, shame it's been done..

Paint by numbers - easy as 1-2-3

Many thanx to Dalbir, another funky adlist member, who spotted these twins. Did you know by the way, that them colorcharts are a *really* good source of inspiration?

Parkbench media - used well / Badland

Pro Bono and park bench media seems to go hand in hand around the world. Same idea I say. Rip-off artists.

Rip-off .. Or not?

Reported in the trade-press - here's a pair I think have *nothing* at all in common - really!