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  1. Envision Yourself On Air Targaryen With Game Of Thrones House Brands TV Ads

    "Join us now and own the sky." With dragons, obvi.

    What if Game Of Thrones had way less monarchy and way more modern capitalism? Shutterstock's still marching on with their great AU wherein the Great Houses of Westeros are major corporations

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  2. Here’s Why Everyone Is Mad at This Four-Year-Old Axe Body Spray Ad

    Other than that it's terrible, of course.

    Axe Body Spray has a much-deserved reputation for buying into the worst, most toxic stereotypes about gender roles in an effort to get middle school-aged bros who don't know any better to buy their sickening scents. But this ad in particular, which emasculates men who dare to be friends with women by suggesting they have braids, has been making the rounds on the Internet this morning.

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  3. Samsung’s Smart TV Now Puts Pepsi Ads in People’s Personal Videos

    Would you say these Pepsi ads are popping up... out of the blue?

    Call it off, everyone. We found a way in which we don't want TV to be more like the Internet. Shut it down.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. It Gets Weirder: Turns Out That DOMino’s Pizza Ad Wasn’t “Authorized”

    Someone's going to get a spanking for this.

    Jill would like you all to know that when she first saw this tweet, she thought Domino's was doubling down and making a badly worded joke about dom-style punishment. Turns out, that's not really their thing after all!

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  7. Amazing Ads for Canada’s Science World Museum Could Get Anyone Into Science

    They belong in a museum!

    Canada's Science World has really stepped up its advertising game—well, I'm assuming. I've never seen ads for Science World before, but since these are pretty much the greatest ads I've ever seen for anything, I think it's safe to say they've raised the bar. They even went the extra mile to get the kids (or 20-something bloggers) interested with toilet humor, which may very well be the real key to getting kids into STEM fields.

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  8. GoldieBlox Imagines Dystopian Pink-Filled Future In New “Big Sister Machine” Ad

    They're gonna eat me alive!

    It's about time that little girls got their own 1984-style ad where they rebel against the system, maaaaan, complete with a super rad Metric song as its soundtrack. Sure we don't see much of the product they're selling, but considering that Goldie Blox has its own Thanksgiving Day Parade float this year, we think the company's going to be just fine.

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  9. Intel Issues Official Statement Over Gamergate Related Advertising Pull

    Chip makers Intel have responded to the controversy surrounding their decision to pull an ad campaign on Gamasutra.

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  10. Intel Throws Its Chips In With Gamergate, Pulls Ads From Critical Site

    More like Dumbtel. Yeah, you heard me.

    When Zoe Quinn released 4chan #Gamergate logs earlier this month, it seemed like the movement might lose what dubious credibility it still had. But now, in the words of Boing Boing, an extremely misguided decision on behalf of Intel represents "a coup" for the manipulative movement.

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  11. Samsung’s “It Doesn’t Take a Genius” Ads Mocking Apple’s Announcements Sure Didn’t Take Long

    I only wish these weren't so accurate.

    In the world of computers, Apple may still be able to play the scrappy underdog card, but in the mobile arena, they're the ones attracting the attack ads from those who would challenge their dominance. Samsung wasted no time throwing together this "It Doesn't Take a Genius" ad series mocking all the fairly mockable moments from Apple's iPhone 6/Apple Watch announcement stream on Tuesday. (Full series of ads after the jump.)

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  12. Dulcolax Drops an Ad With Poop People in Butt Jail

    It's good to see Gloppy is still getting work after the Candyland redesign.

    Laxative company Dulcolax has partnered with ad agency McCann Healthcare Worldwide and production company The Visionary Group to push this turd of an ad out into the world. It depicts humanoid poops trapped in a prison waiting, presumably, for Dulcolax to come break them out? It bet this really gets sales moving again.

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  13. In Continuing Quest to Stay Relevant, Facebook Adds “Buy” and “Save” Buttons

    Add a "cute puppy gif" button and maybe I'd start using Facebook again.

    Facebook is testing some features that it knows will actually get you to start using your account again: "buy" and "save for later" butto—ZZZZZZZZ.

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  14. Suntory Whiskey’s New Ad Campaign Uses 3D-Sculpted Ice

    For relaxing times... 3D-sculpt an ice Bill Murray!

    There's a new ad campaign for Suntory Whiskey by Japanese agency TBWA/Hakuhodo that shows the whiskey served over intricate, precision-drilled 3D ice sculptures. It's beautiful to watch the drill create such a complex shape, and then have that shape drowned in whiskey.

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  15. What Happens To Gendered Advertising When You Swap Audio & Video?

    Some pretty interesting things, if we may be so bold. GenderRemixer.com offers you the opportunity to choose the video from a few toy commercials aimed at boys, and the audio from commercials aimed at girls (or vice versa) and play the results. May I also take this moment to say I think I hate toy commercials of all kinds? (via Tipster Robin) Previously in Gendered Advertising

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  16. Knock It off, Tony: Cereal Mascots Designed to Make Eye Contact With Kids

    Is breakfast even the most important meal of the day?

    It's a universal sensation, and one that new research says advertisers have no qualms using to manipulate kids: locking eyes with a stranger increases trust and connection, even when that stranger is an athletic Tiger or...whatever that thing from the Honeycomb box is.

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  17. Zoomin.TV Counts Down Some of the Most Horrible Ads in Gaming [Video]

    Some of these are pretty embarrassing.

    Sometimes it seems like we can't escape advertisements and marketing, not even in video games. Zoomin.TV has taken it upon themselves to select what they believe to be the top 5 annoying ads gamers have ever had to encounter, for everything from the fast-food industry, soda, cell phones and even car companies.

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  18. BuzzFeed Swaps Actresses for Actors in Sexist Commercials

    BuzzFeed's closing line on this is "seeing men like this is ridiculous, so why isn't it with women?" and I can appreciate that as a beginning educational standpoint for folks out there who've never considered the roles that male and female bodies and stereotypes play in advertising. But frankly, I think all sides look ridiculous in this video, both in the original and remade ads. And I would like to take a stand, now, for a future where all people have an equal opportunity to be the ridiculous Dorito seducer, the ridiculous sports fan, the ridiculous supermodel, the ridiculous nerd, and the ridiculous burger-eating-on-a-beach-sexy-person, regardless of what genfer they identify with. Previously in Advertising

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  19. 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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  20. “Got Milk?” Slogan Changed To “Milk Life,” Tupac Rolls Over In His Grave

    Bold mooooove, Milk.

    Got nostalgia? After 11 years, the Milk Processor Education Program is ditching its iconic "Got Milk?" catchphrase in an effort to combat a growing interest in non-dairy alternatives. Yesterday the new campaign began celebrating the protein provided by milk with a slogan that no one will be tattooing on their knuckles: Milk Life.

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