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Childrens' Book Beats Out Fifty Shades of Grey as Most Pornographic

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
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Captain Underpants Beats Out Fifty Shades of Grey as Most “Challenged” Book of 2013


The erotic romance book Fifty Shades of Grey is infamous for its scenes involving bondage, sadism and masochism, but the most troublesome literary content in 2013 was language like pee-pee, poopy, wedgie and Dr. Diaper.

The American Library Association revealed its top five most challenged books of 2013 and, somewhat surprisingly, lines like "suck me, baby" and "my inner goddess is doing the meringue with some salsa moves" weren't enough to nab "mommy porn" staple Fifty Shades of Grey the #1 spot.

Instead, that book is languishing down at #4, while kids' graphic novel The Adventures of Captain Underpants holds #1 for the second year in a row … because it says "pee-pee" and "wedgie" in it.

Here's the Hollywood Reporter:

The graphic novel, geared for children in the 7- to 10-years-old range and written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey, features two fourth-graders who create a comic book about their imagined superhero — who prefers not to wear pants. The book promises "action, thrills and laffs," but it was called into question due to its supposed offensive language, violence and unsuitability for its target age group.

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indianby Sherman Alexie held the second and third spots, respectively, for the sins of offensive language, sexual explicitness and drugs.

Rounding out the list were Fifty Shades, which held steady in fourth place, beatingJohn Green's Looking for Alaska; Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games (for its alleged religious viewpoint); and Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower, back on the list after four years. Jeff Smith's classic cartoon-style graphic novel seriesBone held the 10th spot for its violence and alledged racism.

Take Your Poo to the Loo




This is NSFW because the song doesn't use the word "Poo." It uses the word most of us use to describe Poo. 

Apparently a lot of people in India (and I mean “a lot”) take poops in public … on the streets. And it’s a real problem.

In an attempt to get people in India not to leave their *** just lying around - literally - the U.N. has hit upon a novel solution - an anthropomorphic cartoon turd. Mr. Poo is a villain, as seen in the online game where you have to flush his turd minions away.

Now, if I were to ask you, "Seeing as how this is a campaign intended for an Indian audience, what do you imagine would be the most stereotypical thing they could do to market themselves?" and you said, "Why, a music video full of singing and dancing bowel movements and a disco toilet, of course!" You'd be right on the money.

You wanna see it? Of course you do. It's actually catchy as hell. Click here. Again (NSFW).

Have Your Seen This Pooper? 

Ypsilanti, Michigan has erected billboards encouraging its citizens to be on the lookout for the Ypsilani Pooper.




For the past six months, someone has been pooping on the Prospect Park playground in Ypsilanti, Michigan. It should be noted that Ypsilanti is the home of Eastern Michigan University, where there are 20,000+ college kids. I’m just saying that if I lived in a college town and was looking for someone responsible for random acts of defecation, I think I’d start on campus.



Candy Porn Commercial

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The Best Candy Bar Ever Conceived?



Klondike has launched a new ice cream bar. And to support the line extension, the brand is using this humorous candy porn ad.

The campaign for the bars, dubbed Klondike Kandy Bars, is called "The Best Ice Cream Bar Ever Conceived," and features an animated TV spot whose plotline seems ripped from a 1970s porn flick.

But Rabbits are so Cute!


Like several parts of the world, New Zealand suffers from an overabundance of rabbits, which can devastate crops and native ecosystems. So, like mom always said: When life gives you a plague of rabbits, make a rabbit-pelt billboard.

Hell Pizza in New Zealand has been grabbing international attention in recent days with a new billboard advertising its rabbit pizza. The outdoor board is made from hundreds of rabbit skins, which it makes clear by noting: "Made from real rabbit. Like this billboard."

Editor’s Note: In the early 50’s Dale’s parents, Raymond and Maud Brown, owned Brown’s Rabbit Ranch on Hwy 67 just outside of Dousman, WI. They raised rabbits, butchered them, froze them and sold them to local grocery stores and restaurants. The operation eventually moved to Plano, IL on a much smaller, hobby scale.

Flying Chicks are Adorable

Obviously, having been associated with a rabbit ranch, we have no misgivings about eating “rabbit” or just about any other type of animal meat. Just as obviously, PETA does not agree with our lifestyle.

So I understand that not everyone will find this German-film-student-produced ad as funny as I did. To be fair, it so impressed PETA that the organization turned it into an official “animal anti-cruelty” spot. So obviously that organization, unlike me, found the spot to be more informative than entertaining.

Some Wires are Really Great

I couldn’t pass up this ad for Direct TV that employs a hot-looking marionette. The ad touts Direct TV’s ability to TVs anywhere without any wires.

Ventriloquist Otto Petersen Dies

Otto Petersen, the comedian behind x-rated ventriloquist act Otto & George, died yesterday while taking a nap. Petersen was 53 and not a ventriloquist in the strictest sense, because he never tried to hide the fact that his lips moved while George spoke. But his XXX-rated standup shows were popular none-the-less.

The Staten Island native began as a street act with his dummy George Dudley in New York City in the early 70s before moving the ventriloquism into night clubs where his show evolved into the x-rated show that launched his career. Petersen appeared with George on Late Show with David LettermanThe AristocratsI’m No Dummy, and The Playboy Channel. A few years ago he completed a season of his web series The Pig Roast with Otto & George. (NSFW)

Here’s a clip of his appearance on Late Show with David Letterman.  It really doesn’t do his act justice, because his real act could never be aired on television. But this clip has its moments.



National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
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National Distracted Driving Awareness Month



Ushering in National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, this spot is so riveting, you should stop reading now and watch it, then share it with your friends and family. It's OK, we'll wait.


Funny Trident Commercial



Here’s a funny ad that explains why the 5th dentist in the 4 out of 5 dentist panel, didn’t recommend Trident Gum.

VW’s “One Angle is not Enough”


VW has introduced a new series of print ads drawing attention to the advantages of their cars’ 360 degree area view cameras. The ads do their job of grabbing your attention and demonstrating the need for seeing things from the proper angle.


The Passing of John Pinette


Sadly, one of our all-time favorite stand-up comedians, John Pinette, recently passed away. When John was in our area, we always made it a point to go see his show.

John was named "Stand-Up Comedian of the Year" by the American Comedy Awards. He also starred in the Broadway smash musical, Hairspray. John gained wide attention for his role as Howie the car-jacking victim in the Seinfeld finale. He was immensely talented and a very funny man. We’ll miss him.

Here is a link to “I’m Starvin,” one of John’s hour-long specials. Start watching at the 9 minute mark and you’ll probably be hooked for quite a while. If you want to see my personal favorite part of this video, skip to the 39 minute mark to hear about John’s experience at a water park, snow skiing and water skiing. Hilarious.

The Reason the President Doesn’t Like Selfies any More



What is Sex Selling This Week?

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
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Yes, Infusium23 is That Good …


What can I say? I like this ad for Insusium23 … whatever Insusium23 is.


She Must Have Dropped Something …



Above is another example that demonstrates why I could never work in fashion marketing. I would never have come up with the idea of putting a woman inside down in a sports car to sell an expensive watch.  But someone did. And obviously Chanel believes it’s a brilliant idea.


Meaningful Condom Packaging



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