Of all the rotten... A North Dakota advertising scandal!?

Believe it or not, the sleepy little North Dakota advertising world just got interesting, thanks in no small part to a pairing and comparing of tiara-doffed trollops and powerballs. (read more...)

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Axe Dry – Horse Ride (Print Ad) / Pit (2004) (US)

Ask women to describe their ideal guy and they'll tell you the usual spiel - tall, clean cut, nice smile, good sense of humor, etc.

But we know better.

Click read more to see what women really want in a guy.

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Jose Cuervo - Pool Party (Print Ad) (2004) (USA)

I know from the famous John West commercial that bears like salmon, but I didn't know they liked tequila, too.

Click read more to see what happens when you mix bears and booze together.

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A return to the native tongue in Germany

In Germany past years fad of using English, or Denglisch (Deutsche English of course) slogans and headlines in their advertising campaign has finally reversed. derStandard believes that they've reached the apex of a trend, and there are many more noticeable campaigns in Germany now that are using German instead of gibberish. Even McDonalds has returned to the Muttersprache, and will be running all their German advertisements in German the 21st February.

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R.I.P Madge the Manicurist

Seems all our iconic advertising characters are retiring to the ad-stage in the sky as of late - Jan Miner who played Madge the manicurist for a whopping 27 years in the Palmolive adverts died last Sunday at the grand age of 86.

The best place to read up on her long stage career as well as ad career is Googobits, where obituaries and essays from google searches are compiled so that we may learn from the dead. Jan Miner and Type king Rob Roy Kelly who revived wood type in the 1970's with his book "American Wood Type 1828-1900: Notes on the Evolution of Decorated and Large Types and Comments on Related Trades of the Period" currently grace their front page.

uppdate: I found that the DesignObserver also wrote about Roy Kelly and has a nice shot of his book.

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Here comes Carolina Klüft for Reebok!

The Arnell Group and director Ridley Scott's production company, RSA USA have cooked up a new campaign for Reebok that centers on the vector logo. Swedish heptathlete Carolina Klüft and Russian gymnast Alexei Nemov share the limelight with Allen Iverson, Ray Lewis, Ryan Giggs, faster than light Christine Arron and tennis demi-god Andy Roddick. Even Patrik Kristiansson, pole vault world championship bronze winner and Carolina Klüfts boyfriend makes an appearance in the campaign. If you want a sneak peek of the campaign shot of Carolina that will be used during the Olympic Games in Athens, just read more.

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Ladbrokes leaves Big Brother after foodfight assault

In what I hope is the last nail in the coffin for reality TV show Big Brother (in Sweden at least), Ladbrokes has pulled their sponsorship effective immediately this morning after a foodfight turned into assault.

Last night there was a drunken party in the Big Brother house, followed by a foodfight. When one of the women went to bed, passed out by booze around ten pm, two male contestants decided to play a practical joke on her. Apparently where they come from, smearing butter over an unconscious womans thighs and sticking a pickle in her underwear is considered funny. When the woman woke up and discovered what happened she cried uncontrollably.

Ladbrokes took this incident very seriously, Douglas Roos the CEO said: "If channel 5 doesn't report this assault to the police, we will." and "this goes against all forms of civilized behavior, moral and ethics, we can not under any circumstances continue to sponsor this show."

Big Brother said in a statement today that it wasn't a pickle, it was a pfefferoni, and that they'll show the incident again tonight. They will not eject the men involved from the show, as they "don't deem it necessary to disqualify any of the persons involved" but they also state that they "distance themselves from what happened". Not far enough to not run a rerun........

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Adidas - Long Run - long (2004) 0:60 (USA)

Adidas - Long Run - long (2004) 0:60 (USA)

Ali runs and trains with current celebrities... with the help of some magic done in post.

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Adidas -Ali vs Ali - long (2004) 0:60 (USA)

Adidas -Ali vs Ali - long (2004) 0:60 (USA)

With a little bit of magical CGI and post we can put Ali fighting Ali in the ring. Interesting thought.

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Pepsi gladiators part two released

After Pink, Beyonce and Britney rocked us in Pepsi Gladiator 1, Beckham, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldinho take to the arena in a UK ad for Pepsi that cost 3 million pounds to make. In this sequel Beckham captains a gladiator line of football hunks....

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