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Stop Talking on Your Cell Phone

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


Among the complaints from people on the other side of the foodservice counter is that there are always some customers who won't stop talking on the phone when it's their time to order.  These chatterboxes will tell the employee to "wait a sec," or just silently make a hand gesture to signify that this call is so important it can't be interrupted, but not important enough to step out of line or give up their spot to the next person.

So I'm not surprised that the above sign above is already wildly popular on Reddit. I assume it's paraphrasing the Jay-Z hit "99 Problems," which contains the oft-quoted lyric, "If you're having girl problems, I feel bad for you son. I've got 99 problems but a *** ain't one."

Watch This Just for The Llama

Here's an ad for the new Toyota Auris Hybrid, the Alternative. The commercial is 1 minute 50 seconds long ... which is too long. But watch it to the part that includes the llama. Hysterical.

Shave (and laugh) Like a Man

Here's one in a series of new ads for Barbasol. They're all pretty funny, but so far, this one is my favorite.

Be a Man with Man Hands Soap

Speaking of acting like a man, aren't you sick of being forced to use all those girly scented soaps? I mean come on, you're a man. You shouldn't be smelling like citrus or lavender or apricot. Leave the girly scents for the fairer sex. Guys should be using Man Soap.

Every few years, someone puts out gimmicky "man-friendly" versions of equally gimmicky girly products, and they always smell like farts or baseball gloves or something. A few years ago it was Mandles-manly scented candles. Now it's ManHands-manly scented soaps. Some of the scents are reasonable enough choices: bacon, beer, cedar log cabin, fresh-cut grass. But others miss the mark. What man in his right mind wants to smell like a margarita, for example? Or red wine? And cannabis is hardly a gendered scent, not to mention that even good weed smells like a mix of old feet and thigh sweat. Via Laughing Squid.

How to Get Viewers for The Client List


Last year Jennifer Love Hewitt used her cavernous cleavage in ads for Lifetime's The Client List. That ad pales in comparison to the promotion the network is out with for this year's season of the series in which Hewitt "services" customers at a massage parlor called The Rub.

In this promotion, the curvaceous Hewitt can be seen seductively displaying her smoking hotness while wearing not much more than her underwear.

Two Questionable Valentine's Day Ads

I'm pretty sure this "arrange her funeral" ad misses the Valentine's mark.

Wurst may be a little too suggestive with this "Happy Valentine's Day" ad.

Posted: Feb 12 2013, 07:30 AM by chip


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