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  1. The Mary Sue Interview: Period Pioneer & HelloFlo Founder Naama Bloom on All Things Vagina

    A series of Fallopian tubes!

    The best introduction for Naama Bloom's one-of-a-kind period subscription service HelloFlo (like Birchbox, but for your hoo-ha!) might be Camp Gyno, the company's viral ad from 2013 featuring the world's youngest gynecologist.

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  2. Students Build Real-World Ad Blocker for Everyday Life

    Congratulations! You're our 1 millionth visitor!

    No, this is not an elaborate pitch for a comedy sketch! (That I know of.) This is a real helmet that scans the world around you and blurs out ads. Now if they could just do something about annoying auto-playing conversations...

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  3. This High-Tech Haircare Ad Would Make Your Commute Way More Awesome [VIDEO]

    My hair looks way worse than this after waiting for the subway in the morning.

    Subway advertisements are generally pretty lame - unless you're in Stockholm, apparently. Haircare company Apotek installed some hi-tech sensors into the monitors projecting their video ads on subway platforms, and the results are mind-blowing. Because, there's wind, and... you're right, that was terrible. Anyways, just watch the video.

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  4. Xbox Continues to Confuse and Annoy Us With This Weird Xbox One Marketing Slogan

    It's really real, okay guys?

    Xbox sure does love to boast their ability to render amazingly realistic graphics with their gaming consoles, so it makes sense they'd want to highlight that fact in their most recent advertisements for the upcoming Xbox One. This was not the way to do it, grammatically speaking.

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  5. Coca Cola, Calvin Klein Running GIF Ads on Tumblr

    Once just a way to show that your website was under construction, GIFS are now a valued means of communication. Whole blogs are composed of them. Whole conversations are had in their parlance. The first thesis done in animated GIF format can't be too far off. Now, Tumblr, unofficial Internet headquarters for all GIF-related technology, is running sponsored .gif ads in its Radar sidebar. You will be able to differentiate these animated clips from all of the other animated clips on tumblr by, well, you actually probably kind of won't be able to, which is what makes this smart advertising. And just like smart advertising anyway, this might leave you feeling a little oily after you see it.

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  6. Need Help with the Mortgage? Get Paid to Paint a Giant Ad on the Side of Your House

    Ad firm Adzookie is claiming that if people are willing to turn the outside of their house into an advertisement--effectively turning their house into a billboard--Adzookie will make their monthly mortgage payments for them. Though the above picture was created with Photoshop, and Adzookie has yet to paint anyone's house, Adzookie CEO Romeo Mendoza claims that since the offer launched Tuesday, the firm has already received more than 1,000 applications. The qualification criteria from Adzookie's website:

    We're looking for houses to paint. In fact, paint is an understatement. We're looking for homes to turn into billboards. In exchange, we'll pay your mortgage every month for as long as your house remains painted Here are a few things we're looking for. You must own your home. It cannot be rented or leased. We'll paint the entire outside of the house, minus the roof, the windows and any awnings. Painting will take approximately 3 - 5 days. Your house must remain painted for at least three months and may be extended up to a year. If, for any reason, you decide to cancel after three months or if we cancel the agreement with you, we'll repaint your house back to the original colors. If you're prepared for the bright colors and stares from neighbors just complete the submission form below. We review every submission. If your home meets our criteria, an Adzookie team member will contact you.
    What the information fails to mention is exactly how high the mortgage can be in order to qualify for the offer.

    (CNN via The Consumerist via The Daily What)

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  7. Advertisements Pressed Onto Bare Legs by a Bench

    New Zealand clothing store Suprette had this great advertising idea: "Make benches uncomfortable by putting metal plates in the shape of our ad on them, which will then press the ad onto people's skin if their legs aren't covered up." The above picture shows the fruit of that labor. The wacky ad agency behind the campaign explains it a little further:

    We put indented plates on bus stop, mall, and park benches, so that when people sat down, the message was imprinted on their thighs. This meant that as well as having branded seats, a veritable army of free media was created, with thousands of imprints being created and lasting up to an hour.

    There's a bit of skepticism regarding the legitimacy of the campaign, as most people will realize two things: One; a perfect storm of having to sit in the exact spot in a fairly precise position, wearing clothing short enough, and having to press one's legs hard enough against the metal plate without declaring it uncomfortable and moving away from it is required to leave the leg imprints, and two; many people probably won't be too happy with people staring at the back of their legs for the length of the ad's lasting power. But hey, short shorts are on sale.

    (The Presurfer via Neatorama)

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