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Archived Since:February 4, 2009

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Ben & Jerry's Has Brought Back Apple's '1984' as a Burrito Anthem for Stoners

Parodies of Apple's "1984" continue to surface at the oddest of times—such as 4/20, America's unofficial day of marijuana appreciation. Ben & Jerry's has created the spot below to celebrate the Brrr-ito's bold assault on the despotic repression of... Show More Summary

David Hasselhoff Reaches Peak Self-Parody in Promo for Kung Fury

Dinosaurs, fingerless gloves, punks, skateboards, hacking and traveling back in time to try to kill Hitler. It's everything you ever loved about the '80s in one film—now including David Hasslehoff. Kung Fury is a film that was funded on Kickstarter and is due to premiere May 28 on YouTube. Show More Summary

Empty Wheelchair Chases People Around a Mall in One of the Meanest Ad Pranks Yet

Hand out fliers about the dangers of osteoporosis pretty much anywhere and see what happens. Crumple. Toss. No one reads all those statistics. But chase those same folks with a remote-controlled wheelchair? Now you have yourself a public service campaign. Show More Summary

Groupon Employees Read Their Favorite Sexual Comments About the Non-Sexual Banana Bunker

For Groupon, it's the Bunker that keeps on bunking (but not bonking). The Banana Bunker, that famously suggestive-looking banana holder, is back "by popular demand" on the Groupon site this week. And given the success of its hilarious...Show More Summary

Fort Lauderdale Really Heated Up Bus Shelters in Boston and Chicago This Winter

At the height of winter, a goofy costumed dude called "Mr. Sunny," the official mascot of the Fort Lauderdale tourism, hung out at Pompano Beach and bantered in real time via satellite with people at snow-streaked bus shelters in Boston and Chicago as part of the "Hello Sunny" campaign engineered by Starmark. Show More Summary

Ikea Gets Into the Wedding Business, Promising to Marry People via Webcam

Does your dream wedding include getting married via webcam? You should sign up for Ikea's newest service. The Swedish furniture chain has launched "Wedding Online," a (somewhat) tongue-in-cheek site that lets users pick a theme and setting—beach,...Show More Summary

Twitter Unveils Star Wars Emojis, and All Is Right With the Galaxy

Emoji product placement on Twitter just advanced a few light years today, as the social network—in partnership with Disney and Lucasfilm—unveiled Star Wars emojis at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, Calif. There are three emojis...Show More Summary

Tourists Give Jason Sudeikis Some Directions in AT&T's Tribeca Film Festival Ad

Live from New York … it's Jason Sudeikis! The former Saturday Night Live cast member appears in "The Tourists," a 45-second video from BBDO promoting AT&T's sponsorship of the Tribeca Film Festival, which runs through April 26 (and features three movies starring Sudeikis). Show More Summary

Tinder Introduces Its Instagram Tie-in With This Dreamy New Ad

In a move that in retrospect seemed inevitable, Tinder has partnered with Instagram. The dating app's latest update allows users to link to their Instagram profiles. The last 34 Instagram photos pop up when you do, making it that much easier—or harder, depending on your level of cynicism—for users to swipe right. Show More Summary

Client Feedback on Famous Novels Reminds Ad People There's Other Writing Out There

A number of famous novelists spent time in ad jobs—among them, F. Scott Fitzgerald (who worked at Barron Collier in New York, where he wrote the line, "We keep you clean in Muscatine"), Joseph Heller (once a copywriter for Merrill Anderson in New York) and Salman Rushdie (who logged seven years at Ogilvy London, after failing an interview test at J. Show More Summary

Grim Reaper Sings About Kids Dying in Unicef's Insane Sound of Music Parody

The hills are alive with the sound of Unicef Sweden singing about cholera. A jolly grim reaper does a Broadway number on waterborne diseases in Forsman & Bodenfors' insane new ad from the children's charity. Titled "The sound of Death," it parodies The Sound of Music—namely the song "My Favorite Things," performed by children in the musical. Show More Summary

A-B InBev Throws a Masquerade Party in Stylish First Ad for Oculto Lager

Anheuser-Busch InBev introduces Oculto, a new high-alcohol lager, with a roomful of men and women wearing masks inside a dark club in this spot from Mother New York. The mood is mysterious and reminiscent of the party scene in Eyes Wide Shut. Show More Summary

Carlsberg Makes Londoners Happy With a Billboard That Gives Out Free Beer

If you thought Coke Zero's drinkable billboard was impressive, Carlsberg would like to serve you some outdoor advertising with a bit more kick. The Danish brewer, with help from ad agency Fold7 and design company Mission Media, unveiled a beer-dispensing billboard at The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane in London. Show More Summary

Boost Mobile's 'Come to Data' Ad Campaign Is Pervy and Totally Ungodly

Your inner barbarian tells you it's quite all right to use your mobile phone anytime, anywhere. Play that dice game at the urinal? Sure, even though it requires vigorous arm-shaking motions that make you look like a perv in such a setting. Show More Summary

Whoa, Sony Trained This Octopus to Take Photos of Visitors to Its Aquarium

Holy mackerel, this octopus can use a camera! Sony and FCB Auckland trained a female octopus named Rambo (no relation) to take pictures with a Cyber Shot TX30 camera for this captivating minute-long video. This particular sea creature...Show More Summary

Bikes Ride Themselves in This Heart-Pounding Ad for Cycling in Canada

Canada is a great country for cycling, but the bikes aren't going to ride themselves. Well, actually they do in this inventing and intense spot for Cycling Canada from ad agency Innocean, Sons and Daughters director Mark Zibert and effects house Alter Ego. Show More Summary

Pentagram Designs Climate Change Posters Made Completely Out of Emojis

Emojis are everywhere these days—even printed on posters at an environmental rally. The popular social-media symbols found their way onto protest signs (made of what isn't clear) at the recent People's Climate March in London, thanks to design firm Pentagram, which created and handed out the placards. Show More Summary

Ikea Brightens Up Little Corners of the World in These Fun Print Ads

Ikea nicely contrasts its colorful design sense with the drabness of the world at large in these print ads from TBWA in Portugal. Apparently, going with Ikea means you get a balcony in buildings that otherwise don't have any. The approach recalls Jung von Matt/Elbe's outdoor ads for home-improvement chain OBI. Show More Summary

For Tax Day, BBDO Tells the True Story of a Woman Who Tried to Write Off a Snickers Bar

Tax Day isn't usually a time for great brand creativity, but BBDO New York goes the extra mile this year with a short documentary about an Arizona woman who tried to write off a Snickers bar in 2005. She was audited, and the authorities took a dim view of her audacity. Show More Summary

Century 21's New Campaign Is Made Entirely of Moving Boxes

When you're moving, you're so beset by cardboard boxes that your life might as well be made of them. And now, Century 21's new ad campaign actually is. The new stop-motion campaign from Mullen uses cardboard cutouts to tell three stories about the travails of relocation. Show More Summary

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