Apr 24, 2010

Creative Job Ads

Some jobs simply suck. That's why Berlin-based agency Scholz & Friends came up with these creative ads to help people realize that it's time to move on to the next opportunity. Created for German job search company Jobsintown.de, these rich, visual ads are not only funny, but effective.

Apr 22, 2010

You're Doing It Wrong (As Seen on TV)

A video tribute to those people on infomercials who are so incompetent at everyday activities that they must spend $19.95 for some newfangled gadget to help them.

How to Park a Bicycle

Apr 16, 2010

Star Wars: Uncut

Star Wars: Uncut is a web project in which 473 people each contribute 15 seconds of footage for a complete, shot-for-shot remake of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Participants’ remakes range from cartoons to Lego stop-motion, and there’s even a segment using only dogs. The producers have released roughly five minutes’ worth of footage, and it’s a real treat — silly and charming, with a new style every fifteen seconds. Check it out:

Apr 11, 2010

Sewing Machines Need Spellcheck (Apparently)

When Giants reserve Eugenio Velez took the field for a double switch in the seventh inning at Houston on Wednesday night, he apparently had no idea his road grays read: "San Francicso."

The Associated Press reached Velez by phone on the Giants team bus as it rolled to the airport. "No, no, I didn't know," Velez said. "That's the first I've heard."

Everyone else's jerseys were fine. Apparently, nobody on the team noticed Velez's, or if someone did, he didn't speak to Velez about it.

"Incredible!" the Dominican said in Spanish.

Majestic, the athletic wear company that manufactures all of MLB's jerseys, apparently learned nothing from the uproariously funny Washington "Natinals" debacle of last season.

Then, a missing "o." Now, transposed letters...what's next?

The Giants, by the way, say the bug will be fixed by the team's next road trip. Coincidentally, they won the game 10-4. Maybe they should leave it like it is...

Apr 6, 2010

Stormtroopers 365

Flickr user "Stéfan" created a photo project starring TK455 and TK479, Stormtroopers in the Galactic Empire Army tasked with recovering droids R2-D2 and C-3P0 after they escaped capture. The project spanned from April 2009 to April 2010, and each day a new humorous picture was added to the series. Click here for the Flickr gallery. Since the year has already passed, you have the benefit of scanning the gallery with no cumbersome waiting! Here are some of my favorites:

The Duracell Bunny

Who knew that the Energizer Bunny was actually a knock-off? Such is the power of good ol’ American advertising. Way back in 1973, Duracell launched an advertising campaign that compared its batteries to other brands by placing them inside a group of plush pink toy bunnies that played the snare drum. Of course, the bunny that beat his drum the longest was the one with the Duracell battery. That particular advertising campaign was launched worldwide and is still the de facto bunny in Europe and Australia.

In 1989, the Chicago office of the DDB Advertising Agency came up with a parody ad – featuring a “cool” sunglass-wearing pink bunny beating on a bass drum – to promote the long life of Energizer batteries. The Energizer Bunny took on a life of its own and was mentioned in everything from presidential campaigns (Seventy-two year old candidate Bob Dole compared himself to the Energizer Bunny) to TV theme songs (the lyrics to the theme for the final season of Roseanne mentioned “that rabbit with a drum”). Thanks to copyright laws and those execs who were too late to employ them, the Energizer Bunny is basically a North American icon, while Europe and Australia still associate drum-beating rabbits with “copper-top” Duracell.

Where Does My Milk Come From?

Here's a great site where you can quickly find out which dairy your milk, yogurt, ice cream or other dairy products come from. All you have to do is enter the code from the product into the website.
The code is made up of two parts: a state code and a plant code. Oftentimes the two parts are separated by a space or a dash. For example 4970 could also be 49 70 or 49-70. The first part is the state code and will always be between 01 and 56, and the second part, (everything after the first two numbers) is the plant code. It can be one to five numbers or letters, and could include a dash. The codes are usually printed near the top of the carton or on lids. Sometimes they're printed right on the label.
Check it out! You may be surprised...

The Flash Gets Busted

Apr 4, 2010

Peeps on Parade

Here's some great Peep-related fodder for your Easter enjoyment:

Peepshi: A combination of Peeps and Sushi. Made with Rice Krispie Treats, Fruit by the Foot, and of course, Peeps. Looks tasty - if it weren't for all those Peeps and that nasty Fruit by the Foot!

This year's Washington Post's 4th Annual Peeps Diorama Contest winners, Michael Chirlin, 25, and Veronica Ettle, 27 of Arlington, VA, spent two weeks working on their diorama, titled "EEP." They recreated the moment when the elderly Carl's house takes flight, lifted off the ground by a huge bunch of balloons (crafted from Peeps). To make their masterpiece float, they mounted the house on a box spring.