The 10 Weirdest Ad Stories Of The Month

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Why did Swiss ad agency Publicis Zurich suggest that Meg Ryan keeps her false teeth in a glass of water at night?

What happened to the agency that mailed live goldfish in promo packages?

And is that Volkswagen commercial featuring a pregnant women being ignored by the men in her life sexist?

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content=”Publicis Zurich published this ad for Garnier UltraLift in Switzerland.”
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title=”The Irish fireplace business takes a stand on gay rights.”
content=”This doesn’t go anywhere near where you think it’s going to go.”
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title=”Of course there is a Tumblr for the douchey ad agency account guy.”
content=”Here are some of my favourites.”
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title=”Is this a man or a woman in this push-up bra ad?”
content=”It’s androgynous ‘supermodel’ Andrej Pejić, proving that you can get cleavage out of anything with this brand of Dutch underwear.”
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title=”Here is why you shouldn’t mail live goldfish as a marketing stunt”
content=”Management at Advantage SA, the promotional agency for the Australian city of Adelaide, has apologized for mailing live goldfish in a package labelled, ‘Be the big fish in a small pond and come test the water.’ You can guess why.”
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title=”WPP CEO Martin Sorrell appears on “Desert Island Discs””
content=”The BBC nabs him for its long-running radio show in which the great and the good are asked to choose just seven songs to take with them to a desert island. Sorrell’s favourite? ‘My Funny Valentine’ by Chet Baker.”
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title=”Still no explanation for Andy Carroll’s gay kiss in FIFA 12.”
content=”Seriously, it would be nice to know how this bizarre scene ended up in the new edition of the soccer game:”
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title=”Researchers at Dartmouth develop a tool to identify photo-retouching.”
content=”Photoshop has a new nemesis.”
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title=”Yet another inexplicable, trippy 1960s commercial resurfaces on YouTube.”
content=”Is this what the advertising business refers to when it talks about the creative revolution of the 1960s? If by ‘creative’ you mean ‘LSD,’ then yes, sure.”
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title=”Is this VW ad featuring a pregnant woman sexist?”
content=”Some think so. In the ad, a man ignores his wife, who is in labour, to chat about his car. (Isn’t there a case to be made that this ad is sexist because it makes men look stupid?)”
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title=”Now check out how ‘Big Bang Theory’ dominated the 10 best product placements of 2011 …”
content=”Prof. Sheldon Cooper, master of marketing!>>
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