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I've never mentioned Flo, the Progressive Girl--the upbeat cashier with the retro hairdo, played by comic Stephanie Courtney in those insurance commercials--mainly because she's always lurked deep in my consciousness as someone who's on constantly, but who never really (cash-) registered for me, no ... More >>
'Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist's Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets'
Last week, the Voice brought you news that a New York man, reportedly in search of a one-night stand, was posting these arrangement-seeking signs around the city. We wanted to know whether his proposed dutch-dating/casual sex setup (meaning: "McDonald's, Wendy's, Popeyes, Subway," etc., for "female ... More >>
What to do when Mad Men isn't on
Listen up, ladies. Any woman who has ever faced "the unexpected leak" now has something she can do about it: The Tena Twist. No, it's not a new dance craze. Tena technology can change your life, as their infomercials (like the one above) gingerly point out.
Rick Santorum, who despite being pretty un-electable on a national level has gained the favor of his fellow Republicans, has started to do battle with top rival Mitt Romney in Michigan in a series of televised ads. As detailed in the Los Angeles Times, Santorum decided to release commercial ... More >>
The telly barfs out infomercials with machine-gun speed; rarely do I turn around from my Web surfing to see what's being advertised. In this case, though, I paid attention as a bewildered and downcast woman in black and white grimaced as she peeled eggs in such a way that they crumbled all over the ... More >>
A consistently annoying fact of city life: your bank with its lack of ATM fees is never close enough, but the sidewalks are lined with ATMs that are happy to charge you two or (this happened to us in the East Village recently) three dollars. CNN Money has an item today on a new company call ... More >>
Bands, beer pong, and a dance-off await
photo by Nate "Igor" SmithDidn't even have to resort to Google Image Search for this. Fresh off their miraculous return to New York City, Insane Clown Posse are already gearing up for this summer's 12th annual Gathering of the Juggalos. "We're gonna outdo last year," threatened Violent J when we s ... More >>
5 Bodily Fluids (2011) public service announcement from jason wishnow on Vimeo. I actually didn't know all of these! This is servicey. Slightly gross, but servicey. [via BoingBoing] [firstname.lastname@example.org] [@_rosiegray]
The struggling automakers of the United States have taken to Twitter for a little boost in popularity, hoping to humanize their brands. This week, that down-to-earth realness became a little bit too real when someone behind the official @ChrystlerAutos account tweeted, "I find it ironic that ... More >>
A tribute to Miss Hollowayer, Hathaway
Vincent D'Onofrio, the lantern-jawed star of NBC's "Law and Order: Criminal Intent," is lending his name to the campaign to ban "large capacity magazines" of the kind used in the Tucson, Ariz. slaying of six people, including a federal judge, and the wounding of 13 others, including a congres ... More >>
Matt McCarthy is a commercial success
Taking a lesson from the "Drunken Negro Face" school of publicity, the folks at Duncan Hines have made cupcakes more offensive than Magnolia Bakery could ever hope to, thanks to their Amazing Glazes campaign.
People are still outraged over Marc Jacobs's mostly nude ad for his perfume BANG, which has the buff designer oiled like a salad spoon while holding an oversized package to cover his oversized package. And the more they carry on about how vulgar it all is, the more the ad works!
Adding to Scientology's woes, some of the people who have been making defections in recent years are turning around and writing damning tell-alls. Regular publishers won't touch these books -- even though some of them are actually very well written -- so the authors have had to go the self-p ... More >>
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Only 91 contaminants of the 60,000 chemicals used in the U.S. are regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act, which means that a number communities' drinking water may be legal, but laced with cancer-causing agents. [NY Times] The White House vegetable garden has been planted for the winter wi ... More >>
This anti-Bloomberg ad, created by Communication Workers of America 1180 (dba NYC is Not For Sale), is supposed to describe Mayor Bloomberg's sixth term of office in "a city far different from the one who know today." But then they tell us that "Manhattan is home to only the super-rich" and "work ... More >>
An article about start-up bakeries in Crain's yesterday contained an interesting tidbit for anyone who follows the goings-on of Twitter-savvy food trucks: The Cupcake Stop, Lev Ekster's nearly five-month-old mobile bakery, will soon have a brick-and-mortar incarnation in the East Village: "Althoug ... More >>
Leslie Crocker Snyder's no-holds-barred attack ads on rival Cy Vance Jr. for serving as attorney for "murderers, mobsters and white collar criminals" are backfiring - at least among some lawyers. Snyder lost one of her most prominent backers this afternoon when veteran defense lawyer Michael F. ... More >>
The New York Times Company announced yesterday that it's starting a wine club. An un-bylined article in the Times' business section today reports that the new business, called (suprise) the New York Times Wine Club, is one of several ventures the company has been exploring as its advertising sales h ... More >>
More farmers markets are equipped with terminals allowing them to accept food stamps, which have now gone paperless since the government replaced the paper coupons with debit cards in 2004. The state of New Jersey started giving the terminals to farmers this month. [NY Times] The Food Safety Enhanc ... More >>
You've heard of chicken-fried steak. But how about beef-fried chicken? A new El Pollo ad campaign targeting KFC poses, "How exactly do you get Beef Powder?" Good question. Apparently, it's one of the ingredients in KFC's new grilled chicken. Poor, misguided colonel. [via The Food Section]
We know it's supposed to be the future and all, but as long as users like Augustina22 exist (she has 1,253 updates, presumably over the last few days), Twitter is (like all our other groovy tech revolutions) CB radio for office drones. Oh, and soon it's getting commercials. (We'll say this for Augus ... More >>
Commercials are growing creepier. Some devolution is easy to trace; 1990's Viagra ads begat modern "male enhancement" commercials, and mid-80's Teddy Ruxpin ads begat Charmin's current war on dingleberries. But from what market-tested pathology sprang BK's intentionally disturbing 'stalker' ads? ... More >>
So-called "classic heroin interview with Sid & Nancy" via Street Boners. Sid Vicious died thirty years ago today. Your product tie-in? Who Killed Nancy?, in UK theaters this Friday.
You know when you're stoned (or not) and you're watching TV and every commercial seems like a spoof of commercials? And you're, like, really not sure, even when it's over? Well, this article, similarly, has destroyed my mind. Here's a little taste: BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) -- Nike unveiled Tuesday wha ... More >>
Hackneyed drama re-enacts the Mountain Meadows massacre
Believe it or not, a slew of swanky downtown shops are getting political
Battling a Rise in Domestic Violence
A Staten Island Priest Leads a Costly and Well-Organized Campaign Against Abortion
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New York's new number 1 radio station leads frenzied market drive