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Lingerie Tips for Men

A Dummy's Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Puppet
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. For information on this puppet's background, go to
http://www.dale-brown.com/.

A Visual Depicting My Opinion of Government Bailouts

Apple Abandons its Own Trade Show
Apple announced that
this upcoming Macworld Expo is Apple's last one.

This is just another example of how trade shows and other traditional marketing approaches are becoming less and less relevant in the highly-connected (and more economically-distressed) world.  The fact that Apple is bowing out of a trade show that is focused entirely on Apple is a strong indicator that the trade show business itself may be in for a serious implosion and that companies are looking for different ways to spend their marketing dollars.

Lingerie Academies for Men?
The festive season sees many a sheepish man loitering guiltily in underwear departments before panic-buying something red and lacy. Many of these purchases are returned by wives and girlfriends - a phenomenon known as the "boomerang bra" effect.

To stop this from happening John Lewis stores held a series of men-only "lingerie academies." Nervous men could enjoy a chilled beer while getting expert advice.  Click here to see Maria Walker, a lingerie adviser for 10 years, give Anthony Noble the benefit of her expert help.

Humorous Holiday-Related Videos
I know these are late, but many readers sent me links to funny holiday-related videos. Here are two that I received the most of ... which to me means a lot of people, including me, think they're funny.

This one, from JC Penny, was new this year and very popular on the internet. The first person to send it to me was my buddy Glen Ponzak ... from his home computer ... just so his boss knows.

The second, Wrong Gift Again, is very short and very funny and along the same theme as the Dog House, above. It's a couple of years old, but still good. I think Tim Kaker, from Sheboygan was the first to send this to me a long time ago ... from his office, not from home ... just so his boss knows.

A 1952 Christmas Message

A 2008 Gift Idea


Merry Christmas

 

A Dummy's Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Puppet
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. For information on this puppet's background, go to
http://www.dale-brown.com/.

During this holiday season we are reminded that it is the people we spend our important moments with that count the most ... not the gifts that we receive. And it is not necessarily how we react to the good times, but how we take on challenges during the tough times, that often define us.

That spirit of commitment is what binds us together; it is why we join with friends and family to celebrate the holiday season, and it is why we optimistically look forward to each New Year. The holiday season is, first and foremost, a time to renew our commitment to one another.

The challenging times that we are facing make it even more important that we come together this holiday season and that we recommit ourselves to our shared values and our shared beliefs.

I hope that you are able to spend some time this holiday season with those closest to you, and if you are able, please find some time to support charitable organizations in your community.

Merry Christmas from your Mannequin American friend.

Chip Martin ... and the guy behind me.


Posted: Dec 24 2008, 11:28 AM by chip
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Tips for Wasting Productive Time on the Internet

A Dummy's Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Puppet
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. For information on this puppet's background, go to
http://www.dale-brown.com/.

Entertaining Holiday Cheer from PC vs. Mac

Last year Apple charmed us with an unexpected Mac vs. PC holiday ad, produced in the style of seasonal classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

This year the animated Mac and PC characters return in "Tree Trimming" and "I Can Do Anything," two spots with low-key cheer reminding us how petty PC is, and how Mac just can't help being awesome and warmhearted.

What's Wrong With This Picture?


Wendell's inability to wrap his mind around the concept of 'curtains'... sadly ruined the illusion for most... and badly hindered his career as a professional puppeteer.
(Submitted by Doug Preis)

My Recommendations for the Best Ways to Waste Time on the Web During the Holidays (or at your office)
If you're reading this you're probably seeking ways to waste some time during these sluggish holiday times. Trust me, it's difficult to go to any of the sites listed below without stopping to waste what otherwise could be valuable, productive time. But they're fun.

1. TRAVELER'S IQ
My newest favorite way to waste time and learn how bad I am at geography. Quick, can you point to Bucharest on a map? Traveler's IQ, from Travelpod is really worth a visit. Be warned, it's addictive.

2. SOMEECARDS
Someecards dishes out daily humor in the form of e-cards, such as this heart wrencher: "You'll know I'm your Secret Santa if you don't get anything."

3. MISTLETOE MAKEOVER
Hours can be wasted on trying new looks at Sephora's Mistletoe Makeover. Here's the latest version of my most feminine side.

4. YOUTUBE
A classic choice, YouTube continues to be the leader for user-generated content. Click on the link to see some of my favorites.

5. COLLEGEHUMOR
Despite IAC's paring back its content division, CollegeHumor appears safe -- and that's a good thing, considering it's been one of the more consistently funny online-video programmers in a crowded category.

6. FAIL BLOG
Sometimes you just need to feel good about your own minimal competence. That's when Fail Blog comes in handy. Photos and videos of things that went wrong.

Viral Videos You Should Have Seen
As long as I'm supplying you with fun ways to waste time, check out these videos if you haven't seen them yet.

1. 'WASSUP 2008'
12.5 MILLION; UPLOADED OCT. 24
This video reassembled the cast of the original Budweiser ad for a pro-Obama spoof that went viral. I'm not political ... but this ad is very funny, (I laughed out loud) so I included it among my '08 favorites.

2. 'WHY EVERY GUY SHOULD BUY THEIR GIRLFRIEND WII FIT'
10.6 MILLION; UPLOADED MAY 5
One ad-agency couple, a handicam, a "Wii Fit," and a deplorable trend is born.

3. AWARENESS TEST
MORE THAN 10 MILLION; UPLOADED MARCH 10
This brilliant PSA for Transport for London encouraged motorists to start seeing cyclists. It truly is a "brilliant" ad.

4. 'CHRISTIAN THE LION'
34.4 MILLION; UPLOADED JUNE 28
A video from the 1970's of the reunion of a wild lion with the men who raised it got well over 30 million views 30 years after the incident was filmed.

5. ‘JINGLE BOMBS"

More than 20 million hits made this holiday tune an instant classic from Jeff Dunham and Achmed the Dead Terrorist. Interestingly, according to Dunham, the majority of hits come from outside of the U.S.

No Blog on December 26
Although I'll be in the office on December 26th, I will not be making a post to this blog ... primarily because I know that you, my readers, will probably be in Cancun, or Ft. Myers, or Paradise Island, or some other place that is definitely not your office. So I'll be working on my December 30th post. But don't expect much, because I plan to be drinking and feeling sorry for myself while developing material for that post.

Christmas on Sesame Street
 

Tough economic times won't stop the Sesame Street gang from enjoying a festive holiday meal.


How To Save $ on Holiday Gifts

A Dummy's Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Puppet
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. For information on this puppet's background, go to
http://www.dale-brown.com/.

Welcome to my 100th Blog Post


Yes, it's true. This is my 100th post since starting this blog last January.  And what have I received in return for all of my work? A raise? Thousands of comments? Kudos from my readers? That's right ... none of the above. But we have grown to around 2,000 subscribers and lots of miscellaneous hits over the weekends. So I may continue the madness ... at least for the short-term.

But it would be nice to get a few more "comments" in the comments section and a few more links to other blogs. So while I'm holding up my end of the bargain, you free-loading readers are not holding up yours. That's okay though. We Mannequin Americans are used to being taken advantage of by ventriloquists, puppeteers and other forms of parasites.

But I would appreciate more "comments." Hint. Hint.

In 3's There is Strength and Boldness
In case Congress changes its mind, the Big Three are all ready to roll out a new ad campaign.

A Bank That is Refreshingly Funny

To prove how far it's willing to go to help you save, FirstBank encourages holiday spendthrifts to snap digital photos of its ads -- and repurpose them as presents.

The idea is a lot funnier than it sounds. Above is an outdoor ad with a generic piece of art. The ad instructs you to photograph the art, frame it and pass it on to unwitting (or undeserving) family members.

Other cheapskate gifts include a star adoption certificate above (which I'm probably going to give to Dale for Christmas) and a homemade jam label below.

Each ad ends with helpful steps for re-gifting, and the slogan imbued with a delectable tongue-in-cheek quality (so rare in banks!): "We're here to help you save."

Create and Use Your Very Own Muppet Whatnot

If you want to own a professional-like puppet, or you know of someone who does, here's a great new option.

FAO Schwarz's Muppet Whatnot Workshop which has been talked about for a long time is now a reality. "Whatnots" are the Muppet character extras that often make up the background in Muppet skits and movie scenes. Click here to see a short, entertaining video with Kermit explaining the exciting new Whatnot characters. It's funny, so take 30 seconds to watch it.

The real news is that now consumers can create and customize their very own show-grade Muppet Whatnots. These premium puppets are only available from FAO Schwarz. You can create and customize your very own Whatnot puppet by picking a puppet body and accessorizing it with a variety of Muppet features and accessories. You can also order the premium Muppet Whatnot Gift Kit, which allows the lucky recipient to embark on the unique, creative adventure of designing their very own performing puppet (a great holiday gift for any Muppet fan). FAO Schwarz puppet makers will then produce a puppet that exactly matches the buyer's design

The Muppet Whatnots are hand and rod puppets, just like the real Muppets. They're 16" tall and come in their own clear, drawstring backpack so your Muppet Whatnot can go with you wherever you go.

Visitors to FAO Schwarz's flagship store in New York can actually build their very own Whatnot Muppets. So check out the all-new Muppet Whatnot Workshop online at FAO.com.


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