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A Dummy's Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin
Mannequin American views and guidelines on marketing/PR trends, news from the world of puppets and ventriloquism, bits of humor and other interesting but useless information. I post every Tuesday and Friday.
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Funny Ad Features Painfully Long Breakup

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer.
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Chip Shot: My body is a temple … but it’s one of those temples in Thailand where they let monkeys poop all over the place.


Funny Ad Features a Painfully Long Breakup



This ad from Argentina is for a pain reliever.  The tagline is, “Pain doesn’t have to last so long.” Pretty funny as you watch the ad.

Marketing Miscues

Hard to believe no one caught these marketing miscues.


“Necklace enlarged to show luxurious color.” Too bad the ad is in black and white.

Always check out how your logo will be seen from every angle.






Drink a mega soda for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 












This Snapple Ad Reminds Me of Dale's Friends

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Chip Shot: I hate it when people text or twitter during my show. Mainly because it lights up their big dumb faces.




“It’s Not a Full House Without You”



Here’s a new entertaining ad from Snapple. Reminds me of Dale’s group of friends.

Here’s another one from the new campaign.

Funny Mercedes Benz “Sorry” Commercial


This spot is about 4 years old, but still a very funny example of how BAS Plus can defeat the Grim Reaper.

Canadian Billboard Gets a Response


Many Canadians expressed outrage about the billboard above. But if they went to the funeral home’s website to complain, this is what they found:

“If you're here, you've probably seen our "Text and Drive" billboard. And if you have, you probably came to this website to tell us what horrible people we are for running an ad like that. And you'd be right. It is a horrible thing for a funeral home to do. But we're not a funeral home.

“We're just trying to get Canadians to stop texting and driving, which is projected to kill more people in Ontario this year than drinking and driving. That's right. More. And while most people wouldn't even think about drinking and driving, over half of Ontario drivers admit to reading texts while behind the wheel. That's more than half of the drivers on the road today risking their lives, their passengers’ lives and the lives of their fellow motorists and pedestrians.

“Which should make you even madder than our billboard did.”

New Pedigree Print Ad Promotes “Firmer ***”


This Pedigree ad promotes “Firmer ***.” Gross?

Healthcare Foundation Takes Advantage of Bernie Tag Line


Citizens have seen AIDS Healthcare Foundation Free STD check "Bernie" logo spoofs on billboards in Los Angeles. Now the campaign has begun taking over the New York City subway poster sites.




11 of the Drunkest Cities are in WI

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Chip Shot: The only exercise I’ve done this month is running out of money.


11 of the Drunkest Cities in America, are in WI


24/7 Wall St. compiled a list of the 20 most booze-infused cities in the states based on a number of sobering factors such as cities with the highest percentage of residents who admitted to regular binge drinking, the premature death rate, and the percentage of driving deaths involving alcohol.


Nearly all of the cities are in the Midwest and 11 out of those are in Wisconsin. Click here to see the list.


New Fiat Ad Even Funnier Than 1st One

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Chip Shot: A girl I see at the gym almost every time I go there, sometimes says “Hi” to me and other times acts like she doesn’t know me. Yesterday she was there working out with her identical twin.


Funny Fiat Ad Announces “We’re Back!”




Here’s a funny follow-up to an earlier Fiat ad. Same people … same premise … different ad.

After finding his bottle of blue pills empty, an elderly gentleman spies a 2017 Fiat 124 Spider outside his window and uses it to race away to get more.

Along the drive he discovers that his pills are no longer needed. He returns home to his wife and proudly announces that “we’re back” – a nod to the Fiat 124 Spider’s return to America.

You Have to Be Insane to Drive This Close to a ½ Mile Wide Tornado


Tornadoes. When you see a warning about them on the weather channel, it usually advises you to take shelter or get on out of there. But some folks are into chasing those storms, and we end up with extreme close ups of a phenomenon that a lot of us would rather not venture out to get for ourselves.

At any rate, this video will make you both clinch your teeth and be completely captivated at the same time. The footage is from a tornado near Wray, Colorado, that touched down about a week ago.


Signs that Caught My Glass Eye












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