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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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Here's a Hilarious AirPod Porody Ad

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Chip Shot: New Documentary Reveals Sea World forced Orca whales to perform naked.


Conan Parody’s AirPod Earphone Ad




When Apple introduced its wireless AirPod earphones there was immediate suspicion that these cute little gizmos might pose a particular problem for consumers. Conan O'Brien latches on to that criticism in very amusing style with this parody ad.


You Never Know When the Moment Will Strike





This funny Mellow Mushroom ad parodies pharma ED ads … and in a funny way. Clever and good copy writing.


Sucks to be Short …




This humorous (but probably offensive to some) ad Ovaltine ad says “Give them calcium for high growth.”


Toilets … the Good, the Bad and the Ugly




The Guggenheim Museum recently presented visitors with the opportunity to use a toilet made of solid gold.


Meanwhile the rest of us have to put up with fixtures and restrooms designed and installed by less-than-qualified personnel.










... and finally ... do we really need this???




Things You Don’t Want to Hear Coming from the Next Stall #5













Tom Brady and Jeff Bridges in Ug Ad

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Chip Shot:  I cut myself shaving and all we have are Hello Kitty bandages. My *** looks silly.

Tom Brady and Jeff Bridges do “Nothing” in this Ad


In this ad Tom Brady and Jeff Bridges wear the perfect shoes for doing nothing.

For Those Who Buy the “Car” … Not the “Ad”


Here’s a refreshingly honest, clever and entertaining Australian car ad for SKODA Octavia. It’s from a series of six ads all based on the concept that you should buy the car … not the ad. Here’s another from the series.

These European Ads for Blush Would Not Fly in U.S.



It’s About Time … Spanish Team Invents Hands-Free Penis Bidet


A team from Valencia have designed a urinal that will wash and dry the penis after each pee.

The ‘Urinal 2.0’ uses sensors to detect when urination is complete and then douses the member with a curtain of soapy water lasting three seconds. A drier is then activated to blast hot air at Mr. Penis to make sure he is clean and dry before being put away.

“We came up with the use of sensors, so that the user does not have to touch anything and everything is as hygienic as possible,” said Eduard Gevorkyan, the biochemist behind the idea.

Another Vent Haven “Favorite Figure” Segment … This Time Featuring Dale


Here’s Dale with one of his “Favorite Figures” at the Vent Haven Museum.




Skittles Demonstrates Intelligence in Response to Trump Ad

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Chip Shot: Sex with three people is called a threesome. With two people it’s a twosome. Now I know why people call me handsome.

Skittles Gets Good PR Advice Concerning Trump Ad


In response to Donald Trump Jr.'s tweet, above, the president of Skittles issued the following comment.

“Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don't feel it's an appropriate analogy. We will respectfully refrain from further commentary as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing.”

The company was put in a position where social media demanded some kind of response. Short, intelligent, non-political, brand defending comment. It’s not often a company is able to respond to a social media firestorm with a statement that can’t be attacked from either side. Their PR firm should be commended. 

More Babies Please!



In this entertaining ad, Cheerios asks couples to please make more babies.

I Want One of These




Funny TV Doctors Deliver Serious Message

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Chip Shot: During all the hard times, you were by my side. When I lost my job, you were here. When my business failed you supported me. When I had health problems you were always there. I think you bring me bad luck.


Funny Fake Doctors Deliver Serious Message



In this entertaining ad, Cigna brought together an all-star team of fake doctors to encourage you to get an annual check-up from a real doctor. It’s an ad, but it’s a good one.

Spend Your Vacation in the Office … It’s Funny


Here’s a very funny ad for Virgin Atlantic.

TV Viewing Mug



This is the Better TV Viewing Beer Mug sold by Perpetual Kid for $11. The glass is designed so it doesn’t block the television while you’re drinking. So there’s that.


You know, sometimes you come across a product that’s just like “Wow! This is super genius. How did this not exist before?” This is um… this is not one of those times.

I Remember When These Used to be a Dime


Turbo Flyer is an all-new spin on a childhood classic, with thicker wood, better aerodynamics, and sustainable packaging with a purpose – keeping your plane safe when not in use and reducing warping. It’s also $18!

Of course, each one is printed and assembled by hand in Detroit, MI. And according to the manufacturer, in field tests, Turbo Flyer has soared for 50 feet (so did the dime version.)

If you've got $18 you can purchase one here: http://taitdesignco.com/shop/turbo-flyer-fire-red




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