Truth in Advertising

What is real and what is really not? According to Shaw the single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. Can you tell the difference between Truth and Advertising? This wicked viral clip from Agency SuperHeroes in Amsterdam proves that Advertising has an almost supernatural way of blurring the lines between reality and illusion. But wait, there’s more!

I feel the earth move under my feet…

Truth in Advertising

Original GINSU TV Ads

Achtung Baby!

Here be a collection of ads that you will not see on a billboard or bus stop near you. Enjoy.

  

“ECOHOLS”

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“Reality is easy. It’s deception that’s the hard work” – Lauryn Hill

Sources: Adbusters.org & ignant.de & JÖRN BEYER via Juxtapose

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Spam, spam, wonderful spam!

Ever wondered where the word “spam” comes from?

Spam? Is that when you send lots of irrelevant garbage to people you want to annoy the hell out of? Although we use the word to refer to unsolicited email or network abuse, the term is in fact a portmanteau (vintage slang for combo) of the words “SPiced hAM”, first introduced to mystery meat lovers in 1937.

Can you say Creepy?
Vintage Housewife. I mean old spam ad.

Monty Python invented spam?

When Spam was excluded from the British food rationing during World War II a few hearty Brits decided to speak up. The Spam sketch was recorded on 25 June 1970 and aired on British TV as episode 25 of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Watch the clip for 132 ways to say Spam!

How the term ‘spammer’ came to be is still shrouded in mystery but there is no doubt it originated on USENET (early web forum meets email that predates the internet by over a decade).

When the internet used to be called Arpanet, university students would send the words of the Monty Python skit to new users and crash their systems in the process. The idea of repeatedly sounding a single useless message over and over again obviously had something to do with it. Nudge, nudge, wink wink, know what I mean? 

In 1978 A salesman (naturally) commissioned a mercenary hacker to write code that would allow him to send his brochure to every user on the system. Gary Thuerk’ message got through and he was tarred and feathered as the first official spammer in history. Gary now calls himself the father of spam and works at Hewlett-Packard…

What about Radio Spam?

“In 1970 Monty Python’s Flying Circus lay in ruins, and then the words on the screen said…
The End.
P.S. If you are satisfied with those answers then so be it, but if you think there is more to it, here is my slightly twisted five cents. The canned product has nothing to do with it. I think the original word featured in the Monty Python song was ‘sperm’ and not ‘spam’…

Busted! Celebrity Mugshots

Famous people like you have never seen them before…

Frank Sinatra arrested in 1938 for carrying on with a married woman.

Jazz Diva Billie Holiday arrested in 1947 for possession of narcotics.

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg arrested in 1951 for selling secrets about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union.

Martin Luther King, Jr. arrested in 1956 during the Montgomery bus boycotts (died on April 04, 1968).

Actor Nick Nolte arrested in 1961 for selling phoney draft cards (vintage fake ID’s to buy booze).

Johnny Cash arrested in 1965 for possession of narcotics.

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler arrested in 1967 for pot possession.

Mick Jagger arrested in 1967 for possession of narcotics.

Janis Joplin arrested in 1969 for disorderly conduct during a concert.

Jimi Hendrix arrested in 1969 for possession of narcotics.

Jim Morrison arrested in 1970 for indecent exposure and profanity charges.

Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey arrested in 1973 on drug possession and public intoxication.

David Bowie along with Iggy Pop arrested in 1976 for pot possession.

Jerry Lee Lewis arrested in 1976 for public drunkenness and gun possession.

Sex Pistols bassist, Sid Vicious arrested in 1978 for murder. His subsequent drug overdose spared him from conviction.

David Crosby (The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash) arrested in 1982 for gun possession.

John Osbourne (aka Ozzy Osbourne) arrested in 1984 for public intoxication.

Kurt Cobain arrested in 1986 for trespassing while intoxicated.

James Brown arrested in 1988 for aggravated assault, resisting arrest and weapons possession.


Tupac Shakur arrested in 1995 for assault.

Lil’ Kim (aka Kimberly Jones) arrested in 1996 for pot possession.

Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose arrested in 1998 for disturbing the peace?

Rap star Jay-Z (aka Shawn Carter) arrested in 1999 for stabbing a record executive in a nightclub.

Rocker Tommy Lee arrested in 1999 for assault and inciting a riot during a concert

Marshall Mathers, III (aka Eminem) arrested twice in 2000 for carrying a concealed weapon.

Brian Hugh Warner (aka Marilyn Manson) arrrested in 2001 for criminal sexual conduct (dry humping the head of a security guard during a concert).

Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland arrested in 2001 for battering his wife.

Actor Joshua Jackson arrested in 2002 for drunkenly assaulting a security guard at a hockey game.

Actor Nick Nolte arrested in 2002 for driving under the influence (of a bad hair day).

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong arrested in 2003 for driving under the influence.

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson arrested in 2003 for child molestation.

Music producer Phil Spector (minus wig) arrested for murder in  2003.

Actor Gary Dourdan arrested in 2008 for drug possession. (Obviously not a fan of CSI…)

Actress Heather Locklear arrested in 2008 for driving under the influence of drugs.

Country music icon Willie Nelson arrested in 2010 for pot possession.


Rapper Ja Rule (aka Jeffrey Atkins) arrested in 2011 for gun possession and tax evasion.

En-PSYCHO-paedia Hilarious

No one has ever bothered to ask me..

Why I became a writer instead of a big red fire truck or a dirty politician. I still ask myself that same question, but that is not what this post is about. It’s about how I learned to appreciate comic book ads and love the classifieds.

It was a sad day when my package finally arrived, and I found out first hand that you cannot really see through peoples clothes with X-ray spectacles or grow dinosaurs in your bath tub.