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Drinking and driving? Pop a penny in your mouth!

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 11th 2010 1:35PM
I think that anyone caught drunk driving should lose their license forever. In every state. Not sure if my law is doable or not, but I'm sticking with it.

MADD has a series of new Canadian commercials, and each one takes the form of a cheap, local talk show called Stayin' on the Road, where guests come on and give tips on how you can drink and drive and not get caught. Readers, please don't put dirty pennies in your mouth.

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Commercials I Hate: "You're the colon lady!"

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 8th 2010 2:00PM
The first time I saw this ad it didn't really register with me. But then I saw it a few more times and realized how bizarre it is. First, the woman seems way too enthusiastic about saying "diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, that's me!" I'm all for loving your job, but really. Second, she has a Phillips Colon Health bag she travels with, and the boxes are ready to go if a stranger wants them? And what's with all the signs for behind her? Is this Phillips Colon Health National Airport?

I'm sure this woman is never going to live down the phrase "You're the colon lady!"

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Hanes drops Charlie Sheen from their ad campaign

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 8th 2010 9:30AM
Hanes drops Charlie SheenIt seems that Charlie Sheen and Hanes didn't make for a great fit after all.

The undershirt and underwear company has officially dropped the Two and a Half Men star from their commercials thanks to Sheen's latest pile of dirty laundry.

A spokesmen for the company gave reporters the straight dope by saying "It's a pretty standard, straightforward call when somebody who's in your commercials is arrested on suspicion of something of this magnitude."

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Jason Alexander the latest Jenny Craig pitch man

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 6th 2010 3:29PM
seinfeld_jason_alexander_shrinkageNobody can accuse Jason Alexander of not being honest about himself. The actor has not been happy with the way he's been looking of late and he's going to do something about it. Jason Alexander is the new spokesman for Jenny Craig. Not only is it "no soup for you," Jason, it's also no more big salad, too. (Unless the size of Jenny Craig meals have been supersized and nobody told me about it!)

Jason is the latest Jenny Craig celebrity pitcher, joining Sara Rue and Valerie Bertinelli. I can't wait to see Jason in a Speedo like Valerie in the bikini! No, seriously, Jason's goal with the diet is clearly all about shrinkage. He wants his old waistline, the one that made George Costanza such a catch.

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Barbasol + trucks + hot wife = America

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 6th 2010 12:36PM
You know what's weird about Barbasol shaving cream? Their cans come without a cap. That has always struck me as odd, as if they got lost in shipping and the store decided to put them on the shelves anyway.

That has nothing to do with this new commercial though. I don't know how effective it is. I thought it was a beer commercial at first, or possibly a truck ad.

[via Adfreak]

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This is my favorite commercial right now

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 5th 2010 3:30PM
I have to hand it to Geico. I remember when I first starting see their TV commercials years ago, wondering who this little company was that was making these odd, probably ineffective ads. But now the company is not only making great commercials, they're iconic. How many companies have more than one memorable spokesperson/mascot that star in their ads like Geico does with the cavemen, the lizard, and the money pile?

The latest features Elmer Fudd. Kudos on being able to use Looney Tunes characters, Geico!

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If you can make fun of this breast exercise ad, you're a better man than I or a woman

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 4th 2010 10:29AM
I really want to make fun of this exercise machine ad. I honestly do. But when the ad in question features attractive women working on their "bust line" by stroking a retractable exercise bar, well you do the math Dr. Freud.

Wait, I think I feel a joke coming in. Yes...oh wait, that's not a joke.

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Do you remember the Chuckle Bug?

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 31st 2009 8:02PM
The fun pop culture blog (and soon to be book) Gen X-tinct posted this video of old commercials and it brings back a ton of memories.

I had some of those Best of the West figures (no idea why they were so...big). I remember the Chuckle Bug ad but never owned one (that's a weird name for a Big Wheel-like product, and those kids would be wearing helmets today). Chocolate Zestabs? Sounds like some pills they made chocolate so kids would eat them. Oh, wait, that's exactly what they are. (Side note: there's no way that guy invented chocolate chip cookies.)

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This ad warns kids that playing with fireworks will make them the butt of jokes

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 29th 2009 2:24PM
So playing around with fireworks can be dangerous, and this Dutch ad shows that not only might you get severely injured, it might be in a way you never even imagined.

Having a face like that would cause so many problems I can't even begin to list them all.

[via Adfreak]

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The freakiest ads of the decade will freak you the f#*& out

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 28th 2009 4:33PM
If there was an ad that just shook you down to your core and prevented you from looking at the world with the same eyes, please read a book or get out and get some help or something.

Chances are it also appeared on this list from AdWeek of the 30 Freakiest Ads of the Decade. It includes such spinetinglers as the Palm-Pre Girl and Bob's favorite ad, the singing pepperonis for Tabasco.

[via Neatorama]

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Best Week Ever picks the most stupidly convincing infomercials

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 28th 2009 11:28AM
I have a deep, dark secret: I love infomercials. I can watch that Magic Bullet commercial with the British guy and his wife making food for all of their friends over and over again, even at one in the morning. So I enjoyed this list from Best Week Ever, the 13 most "stupidly convincing" informercials of 2009.

We've talked about several of these already, including the Comfort Wipe, Aspray, and the Shake Weight. But I hadn't seen the giant cupcake one before!

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The new Target Christmas ad is funny, but in an uncomfortable way

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 21st 2009 1:29PM
This new Target Christmas commercial makes me uncomfortable. The people playing the parents are great, but there's something about the mom's smile that makes me think this Christmas Day isn't going to go well at all.

One thing that doesn't quite make sense: this television is kinda big. Why does the husband seem shocked by what it is? Didn't he see the package under the tree beforehand? And if the wife hid it from him until the last minute, she must think she did something wrong too.

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Even trees love Campbell's green bean casserole at Christmas

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 16th 2009 3:25PM
I'm not quite sure how old this commercial is (I know it's been running for at least a few years now), but it's becoming a new Christmas classic. I like green bean casserole, but this ad has always freaked me out a little. A tree that's not only alive but has a taste for green bean casserole (and can open a window)? It's like a Christmas movie made by the people who did The Day of the Triffids.

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Australian Yaris commercial yanked after complaints

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 15th 2009 4:06PM
Some commercials are just suggestive when it comes to sex and others are just up front and blunt about it. Like this Yaris ad from Australia. I had to watch it twice to hear what the guy says at the very end.

Oh, the commercial has been pulled because of protests but lives on via YouTube!

[via Adfreak]

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You might remember Mad Men's Rich Sommer from this Cingular commercial

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 14th 2009 8:07AM
In our latest TV Squad Podcast, guest Rich Sommer (Mad Men) told us about a commercial he did several years back, and you might remember it too. It's one of those famous ads that, when you watch it again you'll say, "oh, that was him?!" It was a commercial for Cingular phones.

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