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A Dummy's Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin
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How Greyhound Uses Humor to Market

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
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Tour in Style



Greyhound has come up with this new humorous ad to promote, Go Greyhound.

 A Fun Way for Men to Purchase Lingerie for Women (NSFW)

NSFW: Marisa Lingerie produced this interesting and fun way to make it easier and more fun for men to purchase Lingerie for their girl friends and wives.

New Netflix Ad is Funny


This 30 second ad for Netflix made me lol. Seriously sick and funny.



Repair Shop Marketing

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Howard’s Fast Car Repair




Pretty clever print ad for Howard’s “Fast car repair” services.


How Fast is a Toyota Land Cruiser Turbo?




How Much Would You Pay?




The price paid at a ‘Mantiques’ auction for the original micro mini dress and tennis racket from the world famous 1977 poster, The Tennis Girl. Reaching more than 7 times the high estimate, a 1979 edition of the often imitated poster was included in the curious lot. The buyer remains anonymous.


Vintage Mad T-Shirt Ad




What … me worry? We probably had one of these around my house in the 60’s.


Archie Will Die




It’s been announced that in an upcoming issue, the comic hero Archie will die saving the life of a gay friend.


Above is not-so-old Archie cover featuring my favorite form of entertainment.





The World's More Enjoyable When You're Dumb

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The World’s Much More Enjoyable When You’re Dumb

Here’s a pretty funny video that explains how much more fun the world is when you’re dumb. They even offer a pill to help you join the majority. The short video was produced by Sleepthinker, a creative production company in London.


Funny Soy Aftertaste Ad

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Soy Aftertaste Face is Pretty Funny




Here’s a funny ad from the U.K. for Devondale Fast Start … made with real milk, not soy.

Funny Insurance Ad from Amsterdam


Funny Speed Boat Parasailing Fail Commercial from Amsterdam from Centraal Beheer Insurance 2012. I don’t know how this sells insurance, but it made me laugh.

An Infomercial That Really Works


Here’s proof that there are still a lot of opportunities for inventive products that solve everyday problems. When you see the demonstration, you’ll probably think, “Why didn’t someone think of this before?” The product turns your faucet into a high-pressure washer that forces clogs out.


From Consumer Reports: The maker of Drain-FX claims that it is“100% effective” at unclogging “multiple drains,” and a video shows it clearing sand and hair. Consumer Reports paid $20 for Drain-FX Sinks, which has a 29-inch tube that connects directly to a faucet (as long as it has a removable aerator), and $40 for Drain-FX Plus, which adds a 15-foot hose extension and a valve for use in bathtubs, showers, and floor drains.


The check. We concocted four clogs of various materials: lard and cooked rice; bar soap, toothpaste, and hair; sand; and hair alone. For comparison, we used a traditional plunger. And we asked members of our staff to take Drain-FX home to see how it adapted to different faucets and drains.


Bottom line. Three out of four isn’t bad. Drain-FX cleared the lardy, soapy, and sandy clogs. Only the clump of hair proved a challenge: Drain-FX created a passage through the hair but didn’t clear the clump completely. Some staffers had trouble fitting the tube through a drain strainer or stopper—you might need to disassemble the drain—but those who succeeded found that the device improved water flow. Can the Drain-FX unclog your pipes? [Consumer Reports]


 … For All the Wrong Reasons


I like the ad above for all the wrong reasons, It’s part of an Australian campaign ‘Know Where the Line is’ in response to a national sexual harassment prevalence survey. The research showed that workplace sexual harassment is pervasive and persistent in Australia with 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men having experienced workplace sexual harassment in the last 5 years. The research showed that there is limited understanding amongst employers and employees about what constitutes sexual harassment.


Dunham in Las Vegas




Above is Jeff’s Dunham’s announcement that he will have a permanent home in Las Vegas beginning in November.


A few months ago Achmed the Dead Terrorist frightened Malaysian censors so much that they banned ventriloquist Jeff from using the puppet. Knowing that many in his audience would be disappointed if Achmed did not make an appearance, Jeff dressed the puppet in a beret and introduced him as Achmed’s French cousin. The nervous censors who were in the wings ready to stop the show allowed the French version to go on and the audience loved it.


The skeletal doll will be front and center saying the things nobody else dares to say when Jeff takes on an open-ended Las Vegas residency this November. Jeff, 52, will move into the 1,400-seat Planet Hollywood Theater starting Nov. 28.




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