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Mad Men Live Blog: Season 6, Episodes 1 and 2 — “The Doorway”

8:40pm: Season 6 of Mad Men will almost certainly feature the ascent of Peggy Olson, the descent of Don Draper, and the improbable continuation of Roger Sterling's life. But with the death of Lane Pryce, the moral center (centre?) of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, to what levels of depravity will Don Draper fall? And yes, Lane was the […]

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Predicting advertising trends for 2013

The end of the year is upon us. Instead of reflecting on all of the horrible advertising we've seen in the past year (boy, there was a lot), we're instead looking ahead. Advertising is constantly evolving, scrambling to try and break new ground while also keeping up with the rapidly changing social trends and trends […]

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Hot Wheels’ effective Don’t Drink and Drive campaign

Hot Wheels cars typically inspire feelings of excitement, fun and nostalgia. Odds are you've never connected the toy to a serious topic such as drinking and driving. A new marketing campaign from the widely respected marketing agency Ogilvy connects the two ideas in an incredibly powerful way. Each car keychain has the message "Even a […]

State Farm introduces Chris Paul’s identical twin, Cliff Paul

Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers was born to assist. As it turns out, his long-lost identical twin brother Cliff Paul was born to assist as well but in a very different way. Watch as Cliff Paul (Chris Paul with glasses and an epic mustache) finally crosses paths with his All-Star brother.  http://youtube.com/watch?v=kbRdDhYFGSw?rel=0 These […]

Perfect Polly – A fake bird for the mentally insane

Perfect Polly is a fake, plastic bird with a motion sensor that detects movement. When the sensor is activated, the "bird" chirps, and slightly moves its head and tail. That's it. There's really nothing more to it. I even had to look this thing up just to make sure this wasn't some sort of SNL-style […]

Blake Griffin travels back in time with Kia – Again

Last time we saw Blake Griffin he had traveled back to 1997 in his Kia Optima to advise his younger self to avoid playing football – and jean shorts. Griffin is back but this time he's headed to 1999 accompanied by the sweet beats of Eiffel 65.  http://youtube.com/watch?v=WRIJBMIu2Xk?rel=0 Kia has struck a winning formula with […]

Jell-O’s plan to save the world from the apocalypse

Today is December 21st. Unless you've been hunkered down in a bunker, you're likely aware that today is the final day in one of the cycles of the Mayan calendar. So far, we're all still here to tell the tale.  Why were we able to survive yet another catastrophic event? Was it because this was […]

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Dick Vitale partners with Wendy’s

Brace yourself – Dick Vitale will be doing Wendy's commercials in the very near future. According to a recent article in Sports Business Daily, Wendy's has signed Vitale on to do television and radio commercials that will appear in seven cities, including New York, Boston and Philadelphia. Vitale will specifically be promoting the "Baconator" and […]

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The Wax Vac proves cotton swabs are so, so dangerous

Still searching for that perfect holiday gift for your special someone?  Stop searching.  The Wax Vac is here just for you.  This commercial/infomercial for the latest miraculous, yet totally unnecessary product is one of the best we've encountered at Awful Ads.  Just watch the acting that takes place when this grown man jabs a cotton […]

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This Turkish Airlines escalator ad wasn’t placed in the best spot

Turkish Airlines was recently named the "Best Airline in Europe" for the second consecutive year. Fortunately, the folks in charge of placing their advertisements aren't the same ones running the airline.  Yikes. Someone made a pretty big mistake here. It's pretty obvious that this ad was supposed to show the place flying into the sky […]

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Is Nike’s “Fast is Faster” the new Madden curse?

We're all familiar with the Madden curse. Seemingly every year the player(s) featured on the cover of EA's Madden NFL video game goes on to suffer a disappointing season. The Madden curse is one of the most reliable and consistent "curses" in existence. It's also barely a story now that it has proven itself year […]

I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter has an ad we just can’t believe

http://youtube.com/watch?v= MJQ8f-_9-Qs[/youtube] Rember how AWFUL those I Can't Believe It's Not Butter commercials were when they featured Fabio in the 90s? I do and I hated them. I think my mom bought the product though because it is healthier than real butter and I honestly cannot taste the difference. So let's be clear – the […]

Cooking Channel’s “Bitchin’ Kitchen” is one weak attempt to be edgy

What happens when the Cooking Channel tries to get edgy? The best answer might be this awful commercial for "Bitchin' Kitchen" you see below.  http://youtube.com/watch?v=iELyAABb_U4 Nadia G, star of "Bitchin' Kitchen" on the Cooking Channel (Yes, that is the shows real name) brings energy and attitude to the kitchen, but mostly she'll just be bringing […]

Pajamagram – The perfect gift for the one you sort of like occasionally

http://youtube.com/watch?v= zOhVbvHm70[/youtube] I didn't think that there could be anything worse than Snuggies, but someone decided to one-up them. Before we dive into this minute long "buy your girlfriend pajamas and she'll love you forever" nonsense, let's just all agree that one of the items featured in this commercial, the Hoodie-Footie, has certainly trumped the […]

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