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"It is better to live for one day as a tiger, than to live for a thousand years as a sheep."

Amnesty International, 50 Years: Standing Up For Freedom (Vimeo. YouTube.) [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jun 18, 2011 - 18 comments

Because It Gets Better

Google Chrome's commercial features Dan Savage's It Gets Better Project SYTL.
posted by jenlovesponies on May 3, 2011 - 54 comments

"The first improvement in toilet paper since the 1880s"

In 2009, Telebrands Corporation released the Comfort Wipe.
But that's not all! Josh Rimer introduces... the Comfortable Stick! Because toilet paper is so archaic and disgusting. (NSFW at all, at all)
posted by dunkadunc on Apr 25, 2011 - 65 comments

So Easy, Even Kirk Could Do It

George Takei and Patty Duke filmed a series of Star Trek themed spots promoting the Social Security Administration's website.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker on Apr 11, 2011 - 43 comments

AdViews vintage TV commercial archive: So Good it Hurts

AdViews: A Digital Archive of 8,700+ Vintage Television Commercials (1950s-1970s) at Internet Archive. So good it hurts.
posted by stbalbach on Mar 30, 2011 - 32 comments

"Music is a visible thing. Close your eyes. You will see."

"You Can Shine" is a video advertisement from Thailand for Pantene Chrysalis shampoo, which tells the story of a deaf and mute girl who longs to play the violin. Via
posted by zarq on Feb 20, 2011 - 52 comments

Good Credit! Bad Credit! Even Bankruptcy!

Paul Copansky, a.k.a. Paul from the Diamond Center, reminisces about Ed "Hi Kids!" Barbara, Steven "Top of the Hill Daly City" Matthew David, and Harvard E. "Pete" Palmer, Jr., the adman who put these characters on the San Francisco/Bay Area's UHF band in the 1970's and 1980's. [more inside]
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot on Dec 28, 2010 - 14 comments

My coconuts.

The woman you'd love your woman to be like. (SLthe sun: page 3YT)
posted by cthuljew on Dec 9, 2010 - 87 comments

7 UP Un-Deer Commercials from 1970s

Lord of the Universe Do you remember the 7 UP Un-Deer commercials from the 1970s? This website has found audio recordings. "You just think I am sitting here cooling off my hoofies ..... wrong-o". I loved those commercials.
posted by butcher on Nov 14, 2010 - 9 comments

Google Greenscreen

"With Google Mobile, you can search for things nearby without entering your location. Just type or speak what you're looking for." [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Sep 29, 2010 - 31 comments

“I have no emotional stake in Panda fucking.” - George Carlin

Never Say No To Panda [SLYT].
posted by Fizz on Sep 21, 2010 - 40 comments

Paper shadows

Please enjoy one of collage artist Lewis Klahr's haptic, romantic meditations on materiality and mortality, False Aging, and a look at his process.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Aug 23, 2010 - 2 comments

Schillervision

Tom Schiller is best known for his work on NBC's Saturday Night Live, particularly for his filmed "Schiller's Reels" and "Schillervision" segments from 1975 through 1990. Examples [mouseover for more details on each]: [ Don't Look Back in AngerJava JunkieFalling in LoveThe Land Before TelevisionSwedish TV One investigates Hidden Camera Commercials: What Are They Hiding?Broadway StorySearch For Akasa ] [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Aug 2, 2010 - 10 comments

He can only receive. A check.

And now, here's Gary Numan performing "Cars" on a bunch of cars. The performance is an ad for DieHard batteries. If you're freaking out about Mr. Numan selling out for car batteries, don't be a dummy. It's not the first time Gary Numan's done a commercial.
posted by SansPoint on Jul 13, 2010 - 27 comments

You have choices.

AlternativeTo finds substitutes to expensive and/or crappy desktop and mobile software. "Tell us what application you want to replace and we give you great alternatives, based on user recommendations."
posted by gman on May 4, 2010 - 15 comments

Paying the Kill Fee

Chris Ware was commissioned by Fortune to illustrate their May cover. His "hilarious, beautiful, meticulous" submission, which included "Guantanamo Bay prisoners, Mexican factory workers, and a few potshots at business execs and money-grubbing politicians," was rejected. Hi-res Flickr version here. Previously (1, 2)
posted by infinitefloatingbrains on Apr 24, 2010 - 77 comments

Nike ad campaign blends shoes and remixes.

Here's a video (YT) from Nike's newest Japanese ad campaign with DJ/musician Daito Manabe and friends remixing Also sprach Zarathustra—with shoes (and some help from Ableton Live). Daito Manabe's blog [in Japanese] offers some additional photos. (via Engadget)
posted by reductiondesign on Apr 17, 2010 - 12 comments

Do it again!

The Heavy performing on Late Night, with "an unprecedented encore by request from Dave." (second video courtesy CBS, including off-air encore) [more inside]
posted by hypersloth on Mar 14, 2010 - 93 comments

Chi Chin Pui Pui!

Arnold Schwarzenegger Complete Japanese Commercial Filmography (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Mar 11, 2010 - 20 comments

Hagoromo Canned Sea Chicken

1978 はごろも缶詰 シーチキン (SLYT) disco star wars & tuna fish
posted by KokuRyu on Feb 2, 2010 - 35 comments

Melty, crunchy, spicy, grilled post-modern nothingness.

Breaking news, Taco Bell will make you skinny! Not unknown for low-brow branding, Toxic Bell is following it's hedonistic Fourthmeal campaign with an appeal to "sensible choices". [more inside]
posted by Juicy Avenger on Jan 16, 2010 - 139 comments

Hitler Sex...Ewww...

The 30 Freakiest Commercials and PSAs of 2009.
posted by Weebot on Dec 30, 2009 - 55 comments

787 First Flight

After many many delays, Boeing's newest widebody jet, the 787 "Dreamliner", will fly for the first time today. Watch a live webcast starting at 9:40AM PT.
posted by joshwa on Dec 14, 2009 - 59 comments

"Samurai spirit-a!"

Quentin Tarantino is the latest American celebrity to be featured in a TV commercial for SoftBank Mobile Corp, a Japanese telecommunications and media company. Tarantino stars as “Uncle Tara-chan” in the bizarre and very popular “White family” commercial series. The Whites consist of the "Mom", the daughter “Me” (a Softbank shop saleswoman played by popular singer/actress Aya Ueto), the "Older Brother" (played by African American actor Dante Carter), and the father, Otosan, who happens to be a white Hokkaido-ken dog named Kaikun.
posted by mrducts on Dec 10, 2009 - 28 comments

Space Chair

Armchair Viewing
posted by vronsky on Nov 18, 2009 - 30 comments

I WANT MY...conspiracy theory?

MTV vs. martial law. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Nov 11, 2009 - 44 comments

Battle for Milkquarious

Battle for Milkquarious - The greatest Rock Opera ever made. About milk. [Flash, dairy advertising] [more inside]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Nov 2, 2009 - 20 comments

When mod doesn't mean truck nutz

Whether it's trailer hitches or complete rebody customizations; Ford, GM and Dodge all provide guides to body builders or upfitters to make safe and reliable modifications to light and medium duty trucks and vans. The guides contain wiring diagrams; dimensions and specifications (eg: how much weight can you put on your van's roof); emissions information; and information on areas to avoid mounting equipment in for safety. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Oct 10, 2009 - 9 comments

Reach out and iPod Touch someone

There's an app for everything. Even when there shouldn't be. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Sep 30, 2009 - 21 comments

Mad Men on Acid

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA..!!.. [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Aug 18, 2009 - 56 comments

Say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos.

The Corn Refiners Association has created a series of commercials to counter the increasing sentiment against high-fructose corn syrup. One commercial presents a lovely tableau of a couple in a park on a sunny day discussing how HFCS is not much to worry about (previously). A filmmaker reuses the technique to sell something a little bit less sweet.
posted by grouse on Aug 12, 2009 - 136 comments

Thinking about the box.

Package design: more compelling than you think. From medicine to matches to spices to cookies to vitamins to paper bottles, this blog highlights interesting packaging. (And because it features their products far better than the non-profit store websites do, check out the fun wares from LA's Time Travel Mart, San Francisco's Pirate Supply Store, Brooklyn's Superhero Supply Store, and Ann Arbor's Robot Repair and Supply, previously discussed here on Metafilter.)
posted by CunningLinguist on Aug 12, 2009 - 29 comments

More delays with the Boeing 787

Bob Bogash's diatribe spells out the saga of a corporate trainwreck regarding the Boeing 787 widebody project, his readers responding with a slew of theories. Bob, incidentally, was a manager at Boeing's commercial group. The Boeing 787 rollout was celebrated in 2007 right here on MeFi when the prototype was rolled out. Two years later the plane remains grounded with development costs approaching $10 billion, and Boeing announced further setbacks in a conference call yesterday. The hobbyists and pros and the press weigh in on the news. Bob's site not only addresses the 787 program but raises larger questions about oblique technical and management dichotomies in America's Fortune 500 board rooms.
posted by crapmatic on Jul 23, 2009 - 44 comments

In that dark space between "awwww, how cute!" and "creepy".

you watch, because you can't stop. MLYT [more inside]
posted by HuronBob on Jul 4, 2009 - 59 comments

How Lehman Brothers Got Its Real Estate Fix

How Lehman Brothers Got Its Real Estate Fix. A great article in the NYTimes describes some of the details of commercial real estate lending in its heyday, with a focus on one of Lehman's biggest dealmakers.
posted by SeizeTheDay on May 3, 2009 - 7 comments

Your morning coffee in a cup this big.

If I made a commercial for Trader Joe's. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Jan 29, 2009 - 65 comments

"I can name that tune in 300 yards..."

"I can name that tune in 300 yards ..." Not for much longer, though. Honda prepared for an upcoming commercial by cutting grooves in a road in Lancaster, California. These grooves, if driven over at just the right speed and in just the right car (one guess!) should play something resembling the William Tell Overture. But once filming was done (and I'm sure the commerical will be as impeccably produced and successful as Honda's other ads), locals and tourists were left with the driver's equivalent of that huge floor keyboard in Big, with some drivers lining up to play over and over again. Result? The city will pave over the road today. But hey, we'll always have Anyang. And Japan (previously). And Denmark.
posted by maudlin on Sep 23, 2008 - 29 comments

What's up, doc?

Channel 4 recreates The Shining to promote its Kubrick season. A 65-second tracking shot through a recreated Shining set, complete with look-alikes.
posted by shakespeherian on Jul 6, 2008 - 21 comments

What does your father do?

Join the Iraqi Police. [more inside]
posted by absalom on May 22, 2008 - 11 comments

Jalopnik Ad Watch

Feeling nostalgic for cheap gas and and a "poke-through air cleaner that jumps when the engine cries"? The Mustang Mach I was the way to swing in '69! But 9 years later, the Cougar XR-7 was the 1978 choice of Cheryl Tiegs for her midnight driving. Speaking of women, what if your wife has to drive alone? It's a shocking concept, sure, but when a woman's at the wheel, you need Polyglas tires. Yep, crazy things used to happen. Heck, Pontiac even sold this thing for a few years. All that and more at Jalopnik's classic ad watch.
posted by Fuzzy Skinner on May 17, 2008 - 20 comments

50 Greatest Commercial Parodies

The 50 Greatest Commercial Parodies of All Time according to Nerve.com.
posted by Fuzzy Skinner on May 5, 2008 - 55 comments

Not available in any store, at any price!

Starting in 1979, late night TV viewers had their ears assaulted by hard-sell ads for musicians they had never heard of (or didn't know sang), such as Roger Whittaker (bio), Jim Nabors, Boxcar Willie (bio), Zamfir (master of the pan flute - bio), and yodeller Slim Whitman (bio), whose voice literally causes heads to explode. The ads made astonishing claims -- "sold more albums in Britain than the Beatles and Elvis combined!" And a lot of viewers -- some perhaps stoned -- called now. (Roger Whitaker -- 4 million albums. Slim Whitman - 4 million albums. Boxcar Willie - 3 million. Zamfir - 1.1 million). Others just watched, dumbfounded. [more inside]
posted by msalt on May 1, 2008 - 61 comments

Loser gets creamed

The Belgian version of Russian roulette.
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Feb 8, 2008 - 67 comments

Gee, Your Penis Smells Terrific!

Does Your Penis Smell Perfect? Have you ever asked yourself: "Why is it that no matter how much time and effort I put into washing my penis in the shower, I still get that awful whiff of a rancid smell throughout the day, or even right after a shower?" Nodoro has the solution. There are commercials (Are they real or parodies?) here. Via.
posted by amyms on Jan 10, 2008 - 122 comments

"No, son, that is a transvestite."

Wonderfully strange Thai TV commercial for light bulbs [YouTube]. [more inside]
posted by LarryC on Dec 16, 2007 - 32 comments

No more squeezin'

Mr. Whipple is dead. Long live Mr. Whipple. Oh how we loved you. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Nov 19, 2007 - 62 comments

Virgin? I don't think so, you saucy little wench... oh, that's the spot I like, right there.

Virgin Trains embarks on a new campaign. Richard Branson takes a new direction in getting people to think about global warming and using British rail. More here.
posted by parmanparman on Nov 1, 2007 - 40 comments

All the World Loves a Bronson

Playboy. Cowboy. Mandom. The late Charles Bronson and his perfect chest, in one of his finest early pre-Death-Wish roles. And look out for Percy Helton. Here's a shorter version with more horse. Via here. [more inside]
posted by brownpau on Sep 20, 2007 - 63 comments

Flliiiieeeeeees!

John Mulford "Jack" Rebney, The World's Angriest RV Salesman. Circa 1989. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Sep 7, 2007 - 16 comments

wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful Wonderbra!

From the Golden Age of TV commercial jingles, variations on a lyric theme: Wonderbra ads from 1968 (#1), 1968 (#2), 1969, 1974, 1975, and 1979, all served up in the groovy pop aesthetic of those fabulous decades! It's a wonderful thing. [lyrics inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Sep 4, 2007 - 19 comments

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