Interstate Batteries - Pinball - (2009) :30 (USA)

Anonymous Content Director Patrick Sherman helms the first new TV creative for Interstate Batteries since 2007. Sherman collaborated with agency Firehouse to develop the spots, which each feature a hapless driver stranded in a frustrating predicament due to a dead car battery.

Interstate Batteries - Tight Fit - (2009) :30 (USA)

Anonymous Content Director Patrick Sherman helms the first new TV creative for Interstate Batteries since 2007. Sherman collaborated with agency Firehouse to develop the spots, which each feature a hapless driver stranded in a frustrating predicament due to a dead car battery.

Tight Fit follows the parking lot trials of lower-level IT drone Otis. Upon leaving work on a warm summer's day, Otis discovers two hulking SUVs have parked so close to his aging compact car that he's forced to squeeze, contort and otherwise wedge his not-inconsiderable girth between the vehicles and finally into the driver's seat. After finally achieving his victory over rude parking manners, Otis suffers another defeat with his own "shoulda had an Interstate" moment.

It's been a while since I tweeted about @BuyABeerCompany (in fact, so long that it no longer shows up in twitter search, how disappointing, are they cutting the search off at 2 weeks now or what?) so it's high time for an update. The brainchild of Brian Flatow ( @bwflatow ) of the Ad Store and Leah James* Michael Migliozzi, CD & Managing Partner of of Forza Migliozzi, their buyabeercompany is a crowdsourcing attempt to save a classic american brewery. They only need 282 million dollars to reach the dream of owning a piece of drinkable americana. Just in time for christmas, special gift bits are for sale now.

* Leah says that he had nothing to do with it and the blame lies with Michael Migliozzi and Brian Flatlow. They say they came up with it after joking back and forth, but, although denied, I bet there was some drinking involved.

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The Swedish Launch of Noko Jeans was stopped before it even began. As Reuters reported the jeans were meant to go on sale this Friday at PUB in Stockholm, but they proved to be a political hot potato and PUB declined opening the Noko shop. See, the Noko designer jeans that costs a hefty 1,500 Swedish crowns ($215) are made in North Korea and as Swedish newspapers DN, SvD and Aftonbladet report that PUB - the department store where the jeans were meant to be sold - pulled the plug on Friday with the explanation: "This is a political issue that PUB wants no part of."

The North Korean Jeans idea was hatched by three young admen in Stockholm (Reuters calls the 25-year old lads "Swedish advertising executives" what their real titles are is anybody's guess). They are Jakob Ohlsson, Tor Rauden Källstigen and Jacob Åström, and they have "never worked with fashion before" according to the papers. They had found the unusual North Korean export by chance when they were surfing the web back in 2007. "On that homepage there was images of the products that North Korea says they export. It was everything from makeup, to animated films, to weapons and ships - but we also saw an image of jeans." said Jacob Åström to DN.
 "That we sell these jeans doesn't mean that I'm defending North Korea as a country, but our project is a positive step in breaking NK's isolation, and instead of selling these jeans at PUB we'll now look for a sympathetic gallery instead."

Aren't jeans banned in North Korea?

Eye and worms

One might try the sexy way of encouraging organ donation like Duval Guillaume did when they stated "it's the only way you'll get inside of her". We might try the heart-tugging way by showing all those who will be helped by your donation. Or we might cut straight to the chase: having your eyeballs eaten by worms seems rather gross and a waste to boot. Let someone else have your eyes instead.

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Michelin -  Saddest Road - (2009) :30 (USA)

TBWA\Chiat\Day New York and Psyop got together to tell this story using roadkill as spokespeople. Well, they don't really speak as much as look utterly miserable, or sacred witless - but have no fear Michelin is here to say the day with their tires. *phew*

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