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Ladies Have Your Period "In Style"

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
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Ladies Don’t Just Have Your Period … Have it in Style

OMG, I don’t know who thought this was a good idea, but I’m glad they did because it’s pretty darn funny. Click here to see a hilarious promo from www.becarefree.com.au/tampons that gives a new take on vagina names.

There’s an entire series of similar outrageous tampon tips including this one about “string bling” for those times when you experience “run-away” string?

Restaurant Promotes with Champagne Glass Molded from Shape of Kate Moss’s Breast

Yes, this is where the shape of the original champagne glass comes from … a woman’s breast.

In a tradition allegedly dating back to Marie Antoinette, a body part that we’ve seen thousands of times now has its own Champagne coupe modeled after it. Kate Moss’s left breast has been the inspiration for the shape of this cup—molded while the supermodel was pregnant for extra volume.

Commissioned by Richard Caring’s Mayfair restaurant 34 to celebrate Moss’s 25 years of service in the fashion industry, the glass will be available for use beginning in October at 34 and its three sister restaurants across London. It’s without a doubt the closest you’ll ever get to classily cop a feel. 

Static Electricity Day

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Static Electricity Day



Peeps Minis brings you this 15 second spot for “Static Electricity Day.” There are also ads for “Take your pants for a walk day,” “Lost sock memorial day,” “Lucky Penny Day,” “Bubble wrap appreciation day,” … well you get the idea … everyday is a holiday.

“Bad Asses Come in Small Packages”


From Australia comes this humorous ad for the Nissan Juke that would not pass muster in the U.S. … meaning it includes the term, “bad asses.”


Honest Ad Explains Why You Need to Keep Your Dog's Teeth Clean




This Vintage Ad Probably Still Offers Good Advice



Among other things this vintage ad for Kleenex Tissue suggests placing “a small piece of Kleenex Tissue between garter fastener and stockings” to lessen strain and pull, thus helping to prevent runs! Probably still works.


Kermit Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge



Only Kermit could make this challenge this funny.




The Best Valet Mode Ever

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A pitch to my blog readers:  Jay Johnson the Two and Only continuously available for your purchase, rent, download or streaming...pleasure.


The Best Valet Mode Ever




From Jalopnik: Many high-end cars have valet modes which allow the owner to limit certain features of their car, even horsepower, when handing the keys over to a valet. The 2015 Corvette Stingray offers the best valet mode of any car, courtesy of its Performance Data Recorder.


Click here to see how the Performance Data Recorder (PDR) works. It’s essentially a built-in dash cam that allows Stingray owners to record their track days that Chevrolet has cleverly repurposed for its valet mode. Once the owner turns on valet mode the PDR starts recording audio, video and telemetry that the owner can watch on the car's screen or download to their computer later.


This is an especially great feature considering what we know about valets.


Better yet, do like Dale does when he’s driving his Stingray, and avoid valets all together.


“America’s Beverage of Moderation”



Rather patriotic copy for this vintage U.S. Brewers Foundation ad says, “In this home-loving land of ours … in this America of kindliness, of friendship, of good-humored tolerance … perhaps no beverages are more ‘at home’ on more occasions than good American beer and ale.”


It takes awhile to even find the beer in the ad.


Our Time at Milwaukee’s IndyFest




Dale and Leslie worked as volunteers at this year’s Milwaukee IndyFest held at the historic Milwaukee Mile. Working as “gate keepers” they issued credentials to people authorized to view the race from one of the VIP suites. The same entrance was used by broadcasters, spotters and Verizon IndyCar officials. As a result, Dale and Leslie had the opportunity to meet and greet sponsors, drivers, team owners and special guests. It was a good gig. 

While not on duty they managed to score a few autographs including four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears and retired racecar driver and current TV commentator David Hobbs … who now lives in Milwaukee.

During IndyFest a car once driven by David Hobbs was sold for $2,000,000 at a Mecum auction. The 1972 Gulf McLaren M20 Can Am race car (above) was also driven by ex-Indy car great Peter Revsen for Team McLaren.




The M20-01 was raced by David Hobbs and Derek Bell in 1973 in Carling colors, promoting the brewery’s Black Label beer brand. Hobbs finished a respectable fourth at Road Atlanta, improved to second place at Watkins Glen behind Donohue in a 917/30 after qualifying second on the pole and finished fourth again at Edmonton.




What's This Dirty Bird Logo Look Like to You?

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If U.K. food truck Dirty Bird was hoping for shock value, mission accomplished. The eatery's logo is a rooster … sort of.

"It's based on lowercase 'db' linked to form the rooster," tweets logo creator Mark James.

Yeah, right. It’s a penis.

Posters for Polish Exotic Movie Festival 


These unusual posters for a Polish Exotic Film Festival play off of famous movies. Not clever; but attention getting I guess.


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