What is possibly the worlds worst magazine giveaway has been spotted by Adfreak. Oggi, the italian celebrity magazine, is giving away a free set of steak knives with the issue that carries Amanda Knox on the cover. If you've been in a news-coma the last few years, ms Knox was imprisoned for slaughtering her roommate with a butcher knife. A conviction that has now been overturned. Stay classy Italy.
Or as Adfreak puts it: Oh, there's a pizza cutter in there, too. That makes it OK.
The ad above, which loks like it was conceived in 1992 by a team who still think that ponytails on men are hot, a male bicyclist hides his face so that the pretty lady in the car next to him won't see him. Forget that bikes are a great way to stay fit (and a great excuse to show off your - ahem - assets, guys), cheap and easy. In GM-adland you will only get laid if you have a car. Still.
Same Same men billigt reads the most trying pun I've ever seen in this Byggmax headline. Yes, they're playing with the English expression same same but different, instead adding "but cheap" in Swedish at the end. Of course if you read the word "Same" in Swedish instead of English, you'll be saying Sámi. As in the arctic indigenous people inhabiting Sápmi (for those who can't be bothered figuring out where that is, just picture "the north" of Sweden, Norway, Finland, and add the Kola Peninsula of Russia).
JibJab sues Toyota for using dead presidents. That's what I understand from reading the suit found at Courthousenews. The Toyota ads were created by Hoffman Lewis and ran this spring, while the rapping founding fathers were created by the brothers Even and Gregg Spriridellis way back in 2000. The complaint reads that the Toyota presidents sale graphic style is far too similar to JibJabs own logo - or "nearly identical".
Oops, @markdavidson's drunk, fired tweet ghostwriter went for broke on @markdavidson's account last night.
Mark Davidson the Social Marketing & Communications Strategist who reckons "Google+ is a verbatim copy of FriendFeed." seems to have fired the wrong twitter ghost writer last night. I say "seems to" as this is unconfirmed, but if you check his twitter feed he was either having us all on, or something went down.
A few years back Volkswagen motors acquired Rolls Royce. They forgot something important, the trademark newsletter reveals that they failed to acquire the trademark rights. Much mirth is had on adlist when we hear about this. Example:
POSITIONS WANTED. Highly accomplished legal team with experience in the automotive industry. Received high level of recognition for work on Volkswagen-Rolls Royce merger. Will work for food. Please call 1-800-VW1-OOPS.
-- John Backman
the Telegraph noted back in July that Anders Behring Breivik is a bit of a fashion fundamentalist.
Having been refused permission to wear a combat uniform, he has demanded to wear a red Lacoste sweater for his public outings to court or to the police station. He will not wear anything else.
Art 'vandalised' by adverts down in Auckland, check out the many photos of the Newmarket art installation on Osbourne St which has changed from eggs to lightbulbs. Neither the Arts Trust, which owns the fibreglass sculptures, or the artist were notified about the proposed alterations, and they're not happy about it.
Emma Fox from Newmarket Arts Trust says the damage from the advertising "beggars belief".
"This is not just something you can fix in situ - they will have to be recoated. And I don't know what damage the screw tops have done but it doesn't look good," she says.
"No artist wants their artwork to be used in that flippant way. It's defacement."
Way down at the bottom of this Reuters article about XXX domains PETA stakes a claim at PETA.XXX and promises to launch a porn site.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals also signed up. However, instead of blocking its name, said PETA spokeswoman Lindsay Rajt, the organization will launch peta.xxx as a pornography site that draws attention to the plight of animals.
MTV has responded to Abercrombie & Fitch's offer to pay 'The Situation' to not wear their gear, that we talked about yesterday.
It’s a clever PR stunt, and we’d love to work with them on other ways they can leverage Jersey Shore to reach the largest youth audience on television.
We already heard of the brand sabotage, where designers would gift Jersey Shore cast other brands bags & gear. Because it's brand-death to be seen in the hands of Snooki.
Now it's come this this: Abercrombie and Fitch offers to pay ‘The Situation’ to stop wearing its clothes. MTV has finally managed to create the anti-sponsorship show. Congratulations!
We all know what Huffpo's brilliant business plan is, get people to work for free while you laugh all the way to the bank. Now however, as Huffington Post announced their competition for a new logo, they are getting their asses handed to them in the comments.
As the 2012 election news cycle revs up, we're looking to spruce up the look of our social media channels -- and we'd like your help.
Do you know your way around Photoshop or other design programs? Have a cool idea for a logo that screams 'awesome politics coverage'? Enter it in the HuffPost Politics Icon Competition.
Woot! is where you'll get a daily deal wrapped up in a hilariously written sales pitch, but this joke might just be a bit too soon. They're offering a Famous Maker 23" 1080p LED Monitor as if it were looted, complete with rioters vs police image on the monitor.
Look, mate, don't trouble yourself about where I got it. Let's just say I'm passing the savings on to you, yeh?
Swear on me mum, it's all above board. Me mate Gez 'ere can vouch for that, can't you, Gez? An' 'e should know. 'E's the one who, er, let's say took delivery of the merchandise 'imself, right, Gez? Got 'imself a right nasty cut climbing into the, eh, distribution center, too, 'e did. All part of our commitment to low low prices an' that.
When the U.S. hamburger chain's first standalone Russian restaurant launched, sexy stiletto-clad Wendy's appeared. A far cry away from the real wendy, who is a wholesome freckle-faced kid. More specifically, Wendy was modelled after Dave Thomas' daughter. The U.S. executive of the Wendy's franchise, Andrew Skehan, was not impressed. He says to the Moscow times:
"So they were giving out free Dr. Peppers…" is the only info we get with this shot of the poor lad and lass standing around New York city wearing "I ❤ DP" t-shirts. Oh rly? Have you told your parents this?
Pretty Social is a Dutch company that sells bags, Ikea cabinet add-ons and other stuff with your Facebook friends avatars on them. They orchestrated this stunt, having Tattoo artist Dex Moelker put a try-out tattoo on their star. Dex spilled the beans to the Telegraaf and now Forbes reports the stunt as a hoax.
‘It is a try out tattoo, a transfer, that washes off in a couple of days,’ Moelker, who has a tattoo shop in Rotterdam, told the paper. It took a couple of hours to apply the transfer not the 30 hours the video claimed to produce the real tattoo.
SCPR reports that Ken finally dumped Barbie: Barbie it's over; I don't date girls that are into deforestation.. Actually it was Greenpeace who protested outside Mattel over Indonesian rainforest. Turns out there's mixed tropical hardwoods used in toy packaging! Why on earth would they be so wasteful, all my "new" floors in this house are recycled woods, and they slushing up virgin rainforest just to wrap up a few dolls? "Wrap" isn't the right word for it, anyone else notice how it takes a box of hardware tools, including screwdrivers, to get into doll-packaging these days? I swear they're doing that to torture us parents.
NYDailynews says "You've really arrived -- possibly in hell -- when your online flirting and last name become fodder for an airline's ad campaign." Yes, this godawful Spirit ad is mocking Anthony Weiner and his sexting. The pun, oh dear I can't look, "Fares Too HARD To Resist!" is possible the worst one I've ever seen. It's right up there with Weiner's pun-skills though, did you see his photo "me and the pussies"?
It's all over the internet, that Neil Hamburger's "AXE body spray and sexual offenders" art contest didn't go over so well with AXE. Hamburgers column in Vice magazine read like this and asked people to submit 'art contest' hoax ads, where Axe body spray was combined with images from the Sex Offender Registry. Axe balked at the idea and threatened to boycott Vice magazine. Vice removed Hamburgers column, but as the Streisand effect dictates, when you try to quell something it'll pop up everywhere else on the internet.
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