Friday Funny – Insensitive Advertising

29 03 2013


Earlier this week, we received an industry newsletter with a bit about an ad campaign gone awry in Ford’s foreign operations.

We have to say, while certainly tasteless, the Berlusconi one is dead-on; they probably could have substituted the now-infamous Domimique Strauss-Kahn in his place, just as well.

Some choice quotes from the article:

The company this week apologized for the advertisements, decried as demeaning to women, including one depicting Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi with a trio of bound women in the trunk of a car.

Similar ads featured Paris Hilton apparently kidnapping reality television rivals the Kardashian sisters — all three sisters tied up and one in a bikini — and Formula One driver Michael Schumacher abducting his male racing competition

Ad firm JWT India fired several employees over the incident, and apologized saying that the ads were neither requested by Ford, nor intended for “paid publication” but rather were “part of a creative exercise”.



Strange Random Advertisement

28 03 2013

This advertisement displayed on the LA Times website this morning.

As we’ve asked previously – who is this ad targeted towards? If they’re trying to get overweight people to click, they should have shown a cartoon hamburger or something, not this unfortunate-looking lass:


On Lube, Using Your Own Products, and Justifications for Flogging the Pony

26 03 2013


Our San Gabriel Valley bureau chief sent this item in yesterday – spotted in a press release from an adult lube company called Empowered Products.

The owner of the company is quoted in the press release as being a proud user of the company’s product, saying that he uses it “to clear my mind of carnal distractions in order to make better decisions throughout the day.”

We have to admit, that’s a pretty good justification for the act.

Amazon even sells the stuff. (What can’t you find on Amazon or eBay these days?) Their product description really says it all … You’ve got to read it to believe it.

Amongst the highlights: it “gets better” the more you use it.

Vertigo-Inspiring Photography

25 03 2013

From the “wish you were here files,” as spotted on Mashable today.

This Ukrainian guy who goes by “Mustang Wanted” has a penchant for climbing tall structures and posing for these awesome pictures.

Here’s a couple of samples – be sure to check out the others, linked above and here.



Friday Funny – On Modernity, What Century We Are Currently Living In, and the New Pope

22 03 2013

This was recently submitted by our Crete bureau chief Paris bureau chief, who has a knack for spotting such things on Imagur.



Friday Funny – Sizzurp Edition

22 03 2013

Ok – we realize that we’re taking a bit of editorial liberty with this one, and kicking someone while they’re down. It’s definitely a bit of Schadenfreude.

Evidently hip hop artist Lil’ Wayne was recently hospitalized for effects suffered from drinking too much “Sizzurp” – a cocktail of cough syrup with Codeine combined with certain other things – like Jolly Rancher hard candies and Xanex.

Here’s a choice quote from the L.A. Times article:

“Another source told US Weekly that Lil Wayne’s health problems could stem from his use of a popular drink combining cough syrup with codeine and other ingredients. ‘He drank too much Sizzurp to get a better high. He needs rehab, but he’s not close to death or anything. He’s fine and just coming down off the high.’ ”

In other articles it was stated that, as an opiate, Codeine can be as addictive as other drugs in that class, like heroin. And the detox effects can be fatal.

So perhaps none of this is exactly “Friday Funny” material, except in a kind of mean way. But, peep the image below from the LA Times – they have started inserting these ridiculous polls on EVERY news item. According to the poll of readers at the time we took the screen shot, a full 20% of readers would drink Sizzurp.



Friday Funny, Way-Back Edition Featuring Rusty

15 03 2013

We saw a wiener dog on the way into the office this morning.

Being exhausted from “researching” this week’s Friday Funny post for about 50 hours this week, we recalled a music video about our favorite narcoleptic daschund, Rusty.


Friday Funny – Grumpy Cat Finally Speaks About Success

15 03 2013

We spotted this on The Weather Channel’s front page, of all places.

You know that you’ve arrived when you make it to the front page of The Weather Channel’s website. You’re then only a pair of water skis away from jumping your very own shark.

This just in from Reuters.

Evidently he has quite the influence on Internet types who produce things like this:



The Carbon Cub SS

7 03 2013

We recently bought one of these – strictly for medicinal purposes.  It’s called a Carbon  Cub SS and it is amazing:

carbon cub ss photo

This is the real version that it’s based on an experimental light sport airplane from CubCrafters.


carbon cub ss photo


carbon cub ss photo

This airplane can take off within several of its length (4 to 7).  Can you believe that?

See for yourself.  Peep the video:



Manic Monday – Dennis Rodman in North Korea

4 03 2013

Well this is one of the best stories ever. Dennis Rodman held court – pun intended – with the reclusive and belligerent North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

It’s difficult to overstate how strange and wonderful this really is. On the one hand, this guy just detonated another underground nuclear bomb and launched a long range missile.

On the other hand, it’s got to be a good sign that he is open to some Western ideas, even if it’s in the form of Dennis Rodman.

The pictures speak for themselves – these guys clearly enjoyed the game.