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May 28, 2008 3:29 AM   Subscribe

Microwave vs Cell phone.
posted by empath (27 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
I saw this a couple of days ago and was genuinely a little freaky-deakied out. Then I remembered how rugged and masculine I am, so I went out and kicked a puppy.

This is extremely well done - anyone got any more info?
posted by Jofus at 3:45 AM on May 28, 2008


It's a viral for a phone company (there's a URL at the end).
posted by malevolent at 3:52 AM on May 28, 2008


awesome.
posted by Dillonlikescookies at 3:56 AM on May 28, 2008


This is viral marketing. If you go to the URL at the end, it's a company selling prepaid cell phones ("no contracts, no evil"). Plus, scare videos? What is this, 1999? OH SHIT IT'S A GHOST IN MY ANIMATED GIF!

On the other hand, it is well-done and kinda neat. But fuck viral marketing. Don't enable that kind of shit.
posted by DecemberBoy at 4:03 AM on May 28, 2008 [2 favorites]


Cool effect. At first I thought, yuck, nasty looking microwave who'd cook in that thing?
posted by hojoki at 4:14 AM on May 28, 2008


I THINK THIS IS FAKE

LAME
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 4:20 AM on May 28, 2008


Cool video, but this site tries to install teh spiwarez on my computer.
posted by greenie2600 at 4:22 AM on May 28, 2008


Saw this last night. I think this is more an ad riffing on the 'viral' phenomenon than a real viral ad itself, too obvious. Well done effects though.
posted by Skorgu at 4:33 AM on May 28, 2008


Only last week Mrs t42 pointed out a prepaid cell phone with the warning "this device contains chips that may be damaged by placing them inside a microwave oven".

We wondered what kind of twunt would stick a cell phone in a microwave. Now we know.

Viral advertisers.
posted by twine42 at 4:36 AM on May 28, 2008


I like the word "twunt". That's good.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:43 AM on May 28, 2008


The fakery inside the microwave is pretty good, but before that is awful and gives plenty of warning of what is to come. What real microwave makes that zzzzip sound? And why would a flash from inside the device light up the exterior of the machine?
posted by DU at 4:47 AM on May 28, 2008


Fake, and not even a cool fake. Just another dumb viral ad.

(Why do even crappy memes show up in five different places at once in my RSS feeds?)
posted by musicinmybrain at 5:19 AM on May 28, 2008


He didn't phone the mobile while it was being microwaved :(
posted by public at 5:43 AM on May 28, 2008


When I first saw this video on Break.com or whatever, I suspected it was fake because the oven door was missing the metal screen. This often disrupts efforts to photograph the contents of microwave ovens. There is enough cool stuff you can do with a microwave oven that's real that we don't need bullshit CGI viral videos.
posted by Tube at 5:45 AM on May 28, 2008 [2 favorites]


If I were going to microwave a phone, I'd at least have it playing its ringtone while it died.
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 5:58 AM on May 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


Well, despite the warnings, I tried it at home, and nothing like that happened at all. The flashing lights, the scary, screaming head?

All for effect.

Apart from the little gnome in an elegant derby and three piece suit, who came out of my earpiece, got my attention by doing some interpretive dance, tumbling, and juggling, and then explained in detail why this was bad for both my cell phone and my microwave, I'd say nothing much happened at all.

Totally fake.
posted by quin at 7:27 AM on May 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


It's only an ad if you go and search for the URL at the end. Otherwise, it's just a cool bit of CGI.
posted by empath at 8:11 AM on May 28, 2008


I've seen this link in a lot of places lately, finally clicked, and it was worth the 40 seconds or so. Plus, twunt is a good addition to my vocabulary, making this a worthwhile post.
posted by theora55 at 8:16 AM on May 28, 2008


Ia Ia! Fthagn!
posted by chimaera at 8:17 AM on May 28, 2008


If viral marketers make a good piece of entertainment, they'll get me to click. A better advertising model than many. I'd rather watch 1 amusing video and reward the creative advertiser with my attention, than be plagued with 10 minutes of the same, intelligence-insulting ads, repeated again & again, for every 30 minutes of teevee.
posted by theora55 at 8:27 AM on May 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


Yep. That's right, sonny... it was early to mid 2008 when the flood of fakery on the Internet made us all turn off our browsers, throw away our electronic gizmos, and return to an agrarian lifestyle. First it was the guy who claimed he drew the biggest picture in the world, then it was the fake robot love doll, and then it was the cuthulu cellphone in the microwave. And we'd just had it. After we lynched all the jackholes who pushed the stuff on us on ... what did we call them? Blogs... after we lynched them, we turned our computers into plowshares, and started growing corn.
posted by Dave Faris at 8:31 AM on May 28, 2008 [3 favorites]


People get soooo angry at the moving pictures!!
posted by basicchannel at 9:15 AM on May 28, 2008


But the plate in his microwave doesn't even spin around. With plot holes like that I just can't suspend my disbelief at all
posted by ZippityBuddha at 9:44 AM on May 28, 2008


Well, you do know that you can warm up your lunch by placing a cell phone on either side and having one call the other? That's still true.
posted by StickyCarpet at 2:09 PM on May 28, 2008 [2 favorites]


Given the number of times I've seen a cell phone up against the side of the head of someone weaving back and forth, my startle reflex is pretty much used up for this year.

Put a cell phone, an inattentive driver AND an SUV in a microwave and you've got my business!
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 4:07 PM on May 28, 2008


you can warm up your lunch by placing a cell phone on either side and having one call the other?

And if you have two people having a heated argument on those phones, you're liable to burn your lunch.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:09 PM on May 28, 2008


And if you have two people having a heated argument on those phones, you're liable to burn your lunch.

... or perhaps run the risk of throwing your lunch in their faces, as they yammer away at ear-splitting volume on their stupid mobiles, oblivious to the outside world.
posted by EricGjerde at 10:55 PM on May 28, 2008


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