A few weeks ago I speculated about whether an advertisement for Samsonite luggage was, as the ad-industry blog Copyranter declared it, "the dumbest ad I've ever seen," or whether it was just so incomprehensible as to be silly. My feeling was then, and is now, that the advertising world is such a cornucopia of dumb that you have to be careful declaring one ad the overall dumbest. Besides which, there are all sorts of variants on the bad ad: The grating ad, the humorless ad, and, in this corner, the ad that turns your stomach so efficiently that the product hurries into the background and starts whistling and looking at the sky and trying to get really small and unobtrusive.
Don't misunderstand me: I'm no more squeamish about body fluids than the next guy. But if I were an agency I'm just not sure I'd want 'CREATED THE URINE SAMPLE AD" carved on my corporate headstone. The fact that the client is the CLIO Awards, which recognize excellence in advertising, only gives the thing an extra little jolt of irony. It works on so many levels!
President Donald Trump requested a mail-in ballot for Florida's Tuesday primary election, despite weeks of spewing hot lying garbage all over the place about how voting by mail means cats and dogs and zombies will get the vote. On Wednesday, ballots for POTUS and for FLOTUS Melania Trump were sent to the Trump Mar-a-Lago resort. […]
Epic Games has rejected Apple's 30% app tax. In the past Epic has owned every single partner or vendor and managed to hold on to all the value. Anyone remember Twitch? Or the streamers? Or organized eSports? Epic took the whole pie. Epic may be close to winning the next round of the entertainment advertising […]
Epic claims Google forced OnePlus to break deal in which Fortnite launcher would be preinstalled on OnePlus phones
One million Americans use American Sign Language as their primary means of communication. But as you'd expect, even though ASL is the sixth-most used language in the US, it isn't just any old language like English or Spanish or French. According to Communication Service for the Deaf, 98 percent of Deaf people don't receive education […]
After a successful round of funding on Kickstarter, Fluster: The Social Card Game is now ready to help turn a party or game night into the engaging, surprising, and enlightening social affair you always hoped it would be. A deck of 100 cards, Fluster is chock full of unusual, funny, and thought-provoking questions inspired to […]
Physics may have been that class you sleepwalked your way through in high school. But while it might have just slipped under your radar throughout your academic career, you probably shouldn't have given it such shallow attention. Sure, we could focus on the immediate pluses of a career as a physicist, like the more than […]