The ethical ad blocker


Yes, advertisements on websites are annoying at best, but they're also a large and important part of how websites make money so that they can keep providing you with sweet, sweet content. So what's an ethical person who desperately wants to install an ad blocker supposed to do?

Fortunately, Darius Kazemi of the creative tech cooperative Feel Train has a solution.

"The Ethical Ad Blocker is a Chrome extension that, when it detects advertising on a website, blocks the entire website," writes Kazemi. This way, the user doesn't experience ads, but they also don't leech free content. Everybody wins. Download it today!" Read the rest

James Brown pitches miso soup in The Galloping Gourmet's kitchen

James Brown hawks Nissin Miso Soup in a TV kitchen that BB pal Jim Leftwich noticed is a close reproduction of Graham Kerr's The Galloping Gourmet set from the 1970s!

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Buddy Rich TV ad for toy drum machine (c.1981)

Legendary jazz drummer Buddy Rich hawks Mattel Synsonic Drums, circa 1981 (via Dangerous Minds). Read the rest

The benefits of owning a sailboat (with footnotes)

While perusing the Practical Sailor website, my husband came across this advertisement selling a 27-foot sailboat for $5000 (or best offer): Read the rest

Scary tire commercial from Japan

Japanese tire dealer Autoway released this commercial to scare you into remembering the importance of good traction. I think that's the point anyway. Read the rest

Sponsor shout-out: ShanaLogic and Squid/Airship t-shirt!

Thanks to our delightful sponsor ShanaLogic, sellers of handmade and independently-designed jewelry, apparel, gifts, and other curious creations. Do you dig giant squids? How about airships? If so, Maiden Voyage's "Dark and Stormy Night Squid Tee" is just for you. "This shirt depicts a storm so vast and powerful that it has plucked a giant squid from the ocean and carries high into the night sky where it clings to a zeppelin!" Shana says: 10% off your order with code: AWESOME

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A children's guide to splattered bugs

Excellent signage at a 76 gas station, via Telstar Logistics' Instagram. It's a few years old, but part of a brilliant larger campaign by Venables Bell & Partners. Read the rest

Vintage ad for cockroach racing set

Early 20th century ad for a cockroach racing kit (complete with roaches) sold by the International Mutoscope Reel Company, makers of arcade machines and dime museums. "Holds the crowd… Gets the money." (via Weird Universe) Read the rest

Ads visible from space

Fifty years of weather have worn it down, but this image depicts the first advertisement visible from space, the Readymix logo. KFC tried to claim in 2006 that their one square mile Colonel Sanders portrait in Nevada was the "world's first brand visible from outer space", but the bloggers at Google Sightseeing dispelled that myth. NPR has a slideshow of "astrotisements" from the Google Sightseeing site. "What On Earth? Art And Ads That Can Be Seen From Space" Read the rest