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Honda's Using Your Favourite '80s Toys To Sell You A New Car

Now that the children of the ’80s are all grown up and have lots of expendable income, companies have realised that nostalgia can be a great marketing tool. That’s why so many toys are being resurrected and re-issued, and why Honda is now selling cars using the likes of Skeletor, Jem, and even Stretch Armstrong as its celebrity endorsers.


Power Wheels Perfectly Parodies McConaughey's Lincoln Ads

Video: They have been parodied ad nauseam already, but Mattel delivers what is possibly the definitive spoof of Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln ads. Driving a pint-sized Ford F-150 pickup, this kid seems like he’s been pitching Power Wheels long before anyone paid him to pitch one. All that’s missing is that smooth southern drawl.


Hope You Enjoyed This Morning's Internet Ad Holiday

A bug in the service that delivers Google ads to thousands of websites went down this morning, producing acres of blank pixels where banner ads once resided. It was a little ad-holiday.


Mirror Prank Shocks People With Horrifying Demonic Reflections

October 31 has come and gone and it’s now time to start thinking about turkey and stuffing and shopping, but not before mentioning this wonderful Halloween prank by Pepsi that had moviegoers seeing more than just their faces reflected in these special haunted bathroom mirrors.


Cool Interactive Ad Lets You Choose Between A Plain And A Badass Story

Video: This interactive ad is actually two commercials in one. If you let the video roll, you’ll end up with your average car commercial. But if you press R in your keyboard while watching it, you’ll see a badass action film. Of course, the combination of the two makes it even cooler. Watch the full ad here.


Watch This Haunted Poster Come To Life And Scare The Hell Out Of People

Giant poster ads are bad enough. But they’re even worse when they suddenly come to life and attack you. As far as terrifying pranks go, this one is pretty high up there. And it just keeps getting better.


Why Ello's Plan To Stay Ad-Free Can Actually Work

I want to believe in Ello. It’s a cheeky little startup with idealistic ambitions and a haunting logo and the promise of no ads. What’s not to like? Well, a few days ago, Ello revealed its grand plan to stay ad-free, and, honestly, it sounded at first like total bullshit. But it’s not.


New NYC Tourism Ads Target Locals Too Lazy To Leave The Neighbourhood

New York sometimes feels like an archipelago of multiple cities — cities, which, unless you have a damn good reason like work or your friend’s band, you rarely visit. So for its latest ad campaign, NYC isn’t going after out-of-staters. It’s going after the lazy locals who never visit any neighborhoods but their own.


This Creepy Halloween Ad From IKEA Is Just Perfect, Danny

IKEA, in general, is a frightening place, a bizarre isolated world unto itself filled with sad, desperate people. Sometimes, I feel like I’ll never make it out of that maze alive. That’s what makes this ad from IKEA Singapore, promoting its late-night shopping hours, one of the best Halloween ads I’ve ever seen.


How Much The Living Room Has Changed Over The Years

Video: Here’s a clever ad from Philips for their smart Hue light bulbs. It shows how much the living room has changed since the invention of the light bulb: TVs get flattened, furniture evolves, people’s clothes follow trends, etc. but the light bulb stays the same. Well, we know that’s not exactly true but it’s a cute ad nonetheless.


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