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Say it With Bacon

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

When Words Aren't Enough ... Say it With Bacon

Say it with Bacon. The "Oscar Mayer Original Collection" (http://www.sayitwithbacon.com/) puts 18-20 slices of the porky goodness and creates three personalized gift sets out of them. (You gotta go to the website ... it's outstanding.)

"The Commander" features a stainless steel money-clip engraved with the words "Bringin' it Home," while the "Matador" features two bacon cufflinks, and "The Woodsman" has a 12-function multi-tool with the image of a bacon strip carved into the handle.

Don't Hurry Island is a Funny Place

Cruzan Rum welcomes you to "The Don't Hurry," an island paradise where no one is busy, people enjoy zero-kilometer runs and every minute lasts 64 seconds. The ad is funny and well done.

Even the animals are slow, from a rum-toting turtle to the national bird-a parrot that talks like Barry White. This nearly two-minute ad is a hilarious gem. And Cruzan has clearly been watching other alcohol ads closely. The spokesman with the exotic, sometimes Spanish-sounding accent is a cross between Dos Equis' Most Interesting Man in the World and a drunken bum.

The commercials are backed up by clever print and digital work. (Sample headline: "Your only handheld device should be the one with ice cubes in it.")

If This Teapot Looks Like Hitler to You, You're an Idiot

From our buddy, Mike Kelly. JCPenney, which lost gobs of money last year, simply cannot catch a break. This time it put up a seemingly harmless billboard in California. But wouldn't you know it, people are already saying the tea kettle on the billboard looks like Hitler. That's a stretch, but somehow not surprising, given how star-crossed this company seems to be these days.

New Batman Villain is a Ventriloquist

One of the four new villains set to appear in Batman:The Dark Knight comic titles during villains month will be "The Ventriloquist." I always knew the guy standing next to me was a villain.

British Vent Makes Semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent

British Ventriloquist Steve Hewlett performed this routine last weekend during the Semi-finals of the current season of Britain's Got Talent.

Vent acts have traditionally gone over really well on Britain's Got Talent and sometimes in the U.S spinoff as well. The most famous example of this is probably Terry Fator, who won America's Got Talent in 2007 and has since become a huge star in Las Vegas. But other vents like Kevin Johnson, and Todd Oliver have benefited from appearing on the American version as well.

I doubt Steve will go all the way. If he does Dale and I will be on the next plane for London.

Talking Wood - A Fun-Raiser to Benefit Vent Haven Museum

Jim Barber has volunteered his theater in Branson for a fundraiser show for Vent Haven Museum on Sunday, June 23rd at 3 p.m. It's a star studded line-up of acts including Jim Barber himself. Click here for details.

So if you happen to be near Branson or are looking for an excuse for a road trip, head on over to the Hamner Barber Theater and enjoy the show!

Posted: Jun 11 2013, 07:30 AM by chip


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