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A Dummy's Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin
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Another Funny Specsavers Ad

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Probably not a good choice for a meat supply company name.


Chip Shot: My brain has too many tabs open.


Should’ve Gone to Specsavers



You can see what’s coming in this ad for Specsavers, but it’s still pretty darn funny.

Interesting Print Ads

Axe Anarchy for Him and Her

Let the fireworks begin with Axe lube for him and her.

This Durex ad lets you know when Kevin “Arrived.”


Cutline for this MyTulip (adult toys) print ad says, “Find the Spot”.


When you really need VW’s “Park Assist” feature.


Funny JBL Cord-Fail Ad

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Chip Shot: I’ve learned so much from my mistakes that I’ve decided to make some more.


JBL Cord-Fail Effect



 JBL has given us several humorous ads promoting their wireless headphones. Here is the company’s latest “epic fail” with headphones that require wires.

Sanity is Served … by Muller Yogurt

A lot of moms who constantly take care of other people’s messes, meals and practices will relate to this funny ad for Muller Yogurt.

Attention-Getting Mini Billboard

Bluetooth Glove

Used to be that a “talking glove” was called a “puppet.” (And it’s not really “hands free” if you have to use your freaking hand!)

Another Reason Not to Live in Florida

A couple of weeks ago Miami Fire Rescue got a call around 8 p.m. about a loose snake under a porch in the 1800 block of South Bayshore Lane. When they arrived, they found the nine-foot Burmese python. Nine feet! So much for my ever becoming a snow bird.

Chelsea Handler is too Hot for Muppet Scooter

Here’s a short clip from last week’s Muppet Show. Funny stuff.




Muppets New Promotion for Warburtons Crumpets

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Chip Shot: My roommate’s diary says I have boundary issues.

Muppets Promote Giant Crumpets



The Muppets have teamed with U.K. Warburtons to promote “giant crumpets.”

Third Bond's Underwear Commercial

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Chip Shot: Just legalize everything and let Darwin do the rest.


“False Alarm. It’s Just Morning.”



Okay, here’s part three in the hysterical Bond’s underwear commercials starring the brain and two balls.

If Your Advertising is not Targeting Unborn Babies, You’ve Already Lost


If you’re into marketing at all, you’ll really laugh at this video made for Strategy magazine's Agency of the Year event by BBDO Toronto and Taxi Canada.

The video explains that marketing to millennials is old school. New marketing aims at the very beginnings of life … newborns, fetuses, fertilized eggs, even sperm itself … to start building brand connections as early as possible. “We don’t just break through the advertising clutter. We break through the uterine wall,” a Taxi guy says.

Trust me it’s funny.

Another Example of Political Correctness gone Awry


Bloomingdale’s issued an apology for the ad above after social media took them to task. I don’t think Bloomingdale’s needed to apologize, and here’s why.

  1. Social media assumed it was the “guy” who was spiking the eggnog. But the ad doesn’t say that. It’s the woman who’s laughing … maybe because she’s spiking the eggnog. Or maybe the “best friend" isn’t even in the photo … it’s another guy. And besides, it’s a “best friend.” People don’t take advantage of their “best friend.” So there’s nothing to be offended about.

  1. Nowhere does the ad suggest taking advantage of anyone … or to even overserve anyone. Again, the “offense” is in the small minds of those who chose to be offended.

  1. Suggesting that someone over-serve another person to get that person into your arms would not be a good message. But this ad doesn’t say anything about getting anyone drunk. Again, small-minded people chose to presume that.

Now Even Mee Maw’s Get Offended



Granite Bay, Calif., resident and senior citizen Randee Reidy is raising a stink over a recent ad for Procter & Gamble's Gain laundry detergent that associates grandmothers with a Mee Maw smell.


The ad, which appeared in the Sacramento Bee, claims Gain makes clothes smell "garden-fresh, not grandmotherly."


You Think Your Commute is Bad?




In case you think your commute is bad, above is a typical rush hour crush of people trying to get on the subway in Sau Paulo.




And here’s how they get down to the subway.




And here’s what it’s like on the subway.




And if you still think you’re having a bad day …


Here’s What Cursing in Front of Elmo Will Get You



Here’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus contributing $5 to the swear jar on Sesame Street.




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