Fresh off his 6 1/2 hour stint as head coach of the Tottenham Hotspurs (previously
), Ted Lasso returns
to Premier League television as a pundit and to the world of
football as coach of the St. Catherine Fighting Owls (WHOO?). Guest starring Tim Howard and Mini Bradley Cooper.
If Horses Were People
: an equestrian sketch comedy series. [more inside]
Gelatin foodstuffs have a long culinary history. The ancient Egyptians made a gelatin-like substance from protein-rich animal materials
that they used in their cuisine
. It wasn't until the 17th century invention of pressure cooking devices
that the process of creating gelatin became significantly less labor and time intensive. The process was refined in the following decades, with the US inventor Peter Cooper filing the patent for Improvement in the preparation of portable gelatine
in 1845. He never made much of the patent, and sold it to Pearle B. Wait, who's wife, May Davis Wait, helped turn the gelatin into Jell-O, both naming the product and turning it into a sweet, fruit-flavored dessert. They, too, had no luck selling Jell-O, and sold the patent for $450 to Orator Francis Woodward, who struggled for a period, before turning to marketing to increase interest in the dessert
(NYT). By 1902, Jell-O was "America's Favorite Dessert," at least according to the advertisements.
And now you know the history of gelatin and Jello
. [more inside]
With the English Premier League season less than two weeks away, there have already been a number of massive shakeups to the established order. Among the most shocking are the appointment of
Jason Sudeikis Ted Lasso as head coach for the Tottenham Hotspurs
, and Luis Suarez returning to a relatively normal office life
"I am just looking for a used car...what is all this
?" [more inside]
In 1946 Charlie Wohlford, leveraging his reputation for repairing Canadian loggers' boots to better than new, founded Dayton Boots
. The company emphasized quality and grew largely on word of mouth. In 2010 they hired Rethink Canada
for an ad campaign. The result
There's got to be a better way!
A digest of why your life is so hard, as demonstrated in low-budget television advertisements. SLYT
Here's a video
(YT) from Nike's
newest Japanese ad campaign with DJ/musician Daito Manabe
and friends remixing Also sprach Zarathustra
(and some help from Ableton Live
). Daito Manabe's blog [in Japanese]
offers some additional photos. (via Engadget)
"How do black women fight crime? They have abortions
." "How do you stop a poofter from drowning? You take your foot off his head
." These and other 'jokes' featured in an advertisement on The Gruen Transfer
, an Australian television program focusing on advertising. The ad, part of a segment called 'The Pitch' which usually produces humorous ads, was banned by the ABC, but the national broadcaster has still allowed it to be viewed online, and hundreds have now seen it. The ad was designed to sell "fat pride", with creator Adam Hunt explaining his motivation behind the ad being to say "if you discriminate against somebody on the basis of their shape then you are no different to someone who is racist, homophobic or anti-Semitic." Debate has raged online if the ad is offensive and discriminatory
, as the ABC has declared, and whether or not it was effective. Watch the ad and judge for yourself
- an aesthetic Flash-based advertisement for a new Adobe product
While Greyhound pulled their own ad campaign
, PETA has created a
comparing the Greyhound bus attack
last week, outside of Winnipeg, to slaughtering animals.
Just saw a news report that you were on. Cool! Here is the link
Take Britain’s favourite poem
and add it to Scotland’s other national drink
and here’s the result
(mildly NSFW). [more inside]
is a cute modern remake of The Oregon Trail
strikes all the wrong notes. Tofu-eater feels insecure upon seeing an unrepentant meat-muncher, goes buys a Hummer to 'Restore the balance' (previous tagline: 'Restore your manhood'.) Somehow the ad agency forgot that you're supposed to get the message of "Feeling Down on Yourself? Buy Our Product, Show it Off, You'll Feel Better!" across subtly
, not explicitly.
The UK's Channel 4 is to court controversy
with a provocative advert littered with swear words in which the word "c**t" is heard nine times in the space of just 90 seconds. Watch it here (NSFW with speakers on!)
Seen an ad parody lately?[pdf alert]
What is your favorite ad parody? [There is a great list of sites that feature ad parodies on page 20.]
is sponsoring a contest that challenges visitors to create video, print, or audio ads that "inspire people with an advertisement for freedom." How would you sell freedom?
Few Advertisers Use Pop-Ups (or do they?)
"Though they seem to be everywhere on the Internet, pop-up advertisements are used by less than 10 percent of all companies that advertise online, according to a report from Nielsen//NetRatings." Do you buy this? Is this industry propaganda or a true description of what is out there? The sites I visit regularly all seem to have pop-ups (e.g. nytimes, espn, slate, theatlantic.com). For the last 1 month or so, ESPN seems to launch two pop-ups when I first visit them, in fact. What has your experience been?
was banned in the UK. Did anyone see it? Sounds cool to me. In a time when advertisers are struggling to capture people's attention and dull
advertising reigns supreme, why haven't we gotten over this fear of offending those with 'delicate' sensibilities?
, by the PETA had me LOL and still makes me laugh each time I see it. Actually it's pretty terrible, but that's probably why it's so funny.... See for yourself (Quicktime required)