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Puppet Head Colonel Sanders Takes Your Order

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
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Chip Shot: Got a new set of golf clubs for my wife. Good trade.


Puppet Head Colonel Sanders Takes Your Order


Puppets are nearly always good for sales. So, say hello to … and maybe eventually order some fried chicken from—H.A.R.L.A.N.D., an animatronic Colonel Sanders head that is designed to pop up and take your order at a KFC drive-thru.  Here he’s promoting Fried Chicken Day.


Or KFC could just use some beef cake like this "Tender Wings of Desire." to sell chicken to moms.

Funny UPS Ad Featuring Ferrari Drivers Raikkonen and Vettel


If you’re in to F1 racing, here is a pretty funny ad featuring teammates Iimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

Vintage Car Ads


Today’s political correctness has made it very hard for creatives to come up with ads that are clever, entertaining and effective, because someone always seems to find something that offends them.  As a result, today’s ads are usually bland and forgettable.

Today the Porsche ad above would undoubtedly be seen as “encouraging speeding.” And the MG ad below would probably be picketed by feminists.


Funny Driver Vs Dog 


But this ad for Genesis gives a good try at being entertaining. “Excellence Worth Protecting.”

Poorly Named Products




I don't even know what this is??
























TBF:Thanksgiving Tips to Make You Laugh

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
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These Thanksgiving Tips will Make You Laugh


If you want to laugh today watch these Thanksgiving Tips from Conan O’Brien’s Bill Tull.  The longer you watch, the funnier it gets. You’re welcome.


She's Just Like Barbie, but Normal




The Lammily doll has the proportions of an average 19-year-old woman's body. Not only does Lammily have a normal waistline ... she also comes with a sticker extension pack, in case you want to add moles or acne or even cellulite. Yeah, that’ll attract little girls.

To illustrate the point that reality is cool, the creator of Lammily created this clever video that transforms a Lammily doll into a Barbie doll via Photoshop. It’s a very clever play off videos we've seen dating all the way back to Dove's "Evolution."

What’s impressive about this product is that Nickolay Lamm, creator of the doll, raised half a million dollars via crowdfunding.

There’s a Statue for Everything


According to Wikipedia, this is the only monument to the enema in the entire world. It features a 360 kilogram brass syringe bulb held aloft by three angels. It is located at the Mashuk spa in Inozemtsevo, Russia.

Read more here: http://blogs.herald.com/#storylink=cpyHoliday

Holiday Candy Corn


In case you didn’t get your fill during Halloween, they now make a holiday version of candy corn. It’s corn … that tastes like candy … or at least it’s supposed to taste like candy.

The Brach’s version is called Candy cane corn, which is flavored with peppermint oil. Candy Blog’s Cybele compares it favorably to the filling of a peppermint patty, or a nice after-dinner mint. If it’s peppermint-flavored, why does it have to be labeled candy cane corn when there are no candy canes anywhere to be found? That is one of the great mysteries of marketing, I suppose.

Watch the Corner Where Dale Crashed

For our car and racing enthusiasts, here’s a short clip from the movie 'Super Speedway,' covering the 1996 season of Newman/Haas racing in CART. Paul Newman narrates as Michael Andretti tests his Lola at Road America.

The last shot shows Michael spinning at turn 1, at Road America. The reason I point this out, is that that turn 1 is the same turn Dale (the guy who stands behind me), touched another car just before entering that corner, and ended up totaling his racecar … which we had to explain to him later in the hospital.



TBT: TruTV Ad is Gross, But Funny

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
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Do the Toes


Okay, this ad for TruTV is really “EWE,” but in a funny way.


 The Blue Pill




This is a long way to go to introduce a new car, but Fiat decided to go with it. Bigger … more powerful … and ready for action.


Hilarious Organ Donor Campaign


Okay, from Belgium, here’s a very funny and very effective campaign promoting organ donation. Below are print ads that are part of the same campaign.

Broken Badges

 Click here to see a clip from “Broken Badges” a short lived TV show that included ventriloquist Jay Johnson as a “Mannequin American-toting police officer.


Dan Horn's Favorite Puppet

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Chip Shot: If you think about it, Porn is just video of people at work.


Dan Horn’s Favorite Puppet at Vent Haven


Here is a very interesting, and very informative video from Vent Haven Museum featuring Dan Horn and his favorite figure in the collection.

“Van-Go … the Uber of Mobile Bathrooms


Need a portable bathroom? Just contact Charmin’s Van-Go which enables mobile users to summon a van with a clean toilet and bathroom inside.



Sexist Vintage Ad of the Week


I think this is from a Budweiser ad that was referencing bowling.

I Hope They Never Introduce These at the Vent Convention

Public/private urinals for men … but why the guy in the Santa hat has his pants down … well, I don’t want to think about it.

Signs That Caught My Glass Eye









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