"Not screaming in terror like his passengers."
Joke nicked from Bob Monkhouse.
Cartoon nicked from Private Eye, and the best reaction to the Atheist Bus Campaign I've seen.
January 30, 2009
"Not screaming in terror like his passengers."
Another bunch of annoying fuckers are outed in this post. It reveals how the person behind the voice of Bart Simpson is using the cartoon to plug Scientology over the phone. Link inludes audio evidence. As my German friend would say: "Ein bunch of arse!"
More woo infiltrates UK advertising
Kudos to the little guy
January 27, 2009
January 26, 2009
Professor Richard Dawkins is a prominent supporter and promoter of the atheist bus campaign currently running in London. I was reminded of this hysterical clip snipped from a short TV series broadcast on UK telly last year. In it, the good Prof. reads some of his hate mail.
January 23, 2009
January 21, 2009
Cheap product demo TV ads are easy targets. Often naff, shouty and tediously long, they’re something to be avoided. This is a typical example from the US, but there’s a rather interesting back story unearthed by Skepchick. It seems that Headset Vince is a recovering ex-Scientologist who is using funds raised by this product, and by an apparently awful movie he once made, to take on the cult for ruining his life.
See also: More woo infiltrates UK advertising
January 20, 2009
...after all, we knew his grandpa quite well. I'm hoping that the optimism of the 44th presidency is not followed by the same disappointment that Britain felt during the latter years of the Blair government.
January 16, 2009
One of my favourite sceptical sites has nicely demolished a daft bottled water brand not for the more mundane sins outlined above, but for some spurious product benefit claims designed to appeal to every gullible Samantha from Crouch End to Kensington. “Deeside Mineral Water may help promote good skin condition, by encouraging the growth of the tubules which feed nutrients to the skin, improving hydration and vitality”. This is supposedly backed by research which, if it were true, would be published on the site in all its academic glory.
Godsteeth, even Prince Charles is in on the act, a sure indicator of the brand’s woo quotient.
I’m particularly annoyed because I am burdened with an unusual sensitivity to bullshit and dislike coming across this sort of stuff. I'm hoping that this recession would make people more rational. There is some evidence that interest on woo such as homeopathy and anything with the word “holistic” in it was on the decline.
Sadly, the gullible will always seek solace in the supernatural (which is how I’d label magic water) when reality becomes too challenging. This is why I am offering the unique Giraffe Industries crystallised monkeyshit pendant (pat. pending) for a very competitive £399.99. Swing yours over a glass of tapwater clockwise seven times while standing on one leg. This will block the dangerous Holford Particles that have been proven to cause blockages of the McKeith glands. This will increase your pleasure when watching GMTV and Loose Women. You won’t have to waste money on bottled water ever again.
January 15, 2009
If it were possible to gauge the character of a country by the nature of its ads, then one might imagine that Russia is one severely fucked-up place on the strength of this misogynistic nightmare.
via Illegal Advertising
January 14, 2009
January 12, 2009
January 09, 2009
The fun bit happens now as the ASA decides whether to investigate the inevitable complaints or not. I’m looking forward to seeing how the ASA treats the claim that "There's probably no god" can be argued to be factually inaccurate or misleading.
January 08, 2009
A technology that challenges Einstein’s theory of relativity by enabling matter to cross the vast interstellar void proves inadequate to space aliens who cannot avoid colliding with a huge fuck-off spinning blade in the middle of a field.
January 06, 2009
January 05, 2009
I won't tell you what I was doing when the stewardess told me "Just hold this over your nose and mouth, and breath normally," but I was very young, and I did pass out. Thus with excellent timing after our first credit crunch Christmas, when you expect a bland avalanche of travel advertising, does this top notch spot of time travel from Virgin Atlantic burst onto the screen.
It certainly cheered me up - a non-PC reminder of how Branson Airlines cheekily challenged British Airways. This reminds us of how we cheered the funderdog, which is just the right message for a time when the public is learning to distrust its institutions. I love it.
Agency: Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R
January 02, 2009
I’m sticking with the same two resolutions as last January: no alcohol for half the year (i.e. no beer in the mornings), and try and stop swearing in this blog. Unfortunately, really shitty advertising still fucks up some decent telly watching, even at Christmas.
Here’s something from the arse end of midnight, shown between episodes of Father Ted.
I have to try really hard to understand who would buy this crap: several hours’-worth of stolen music accelerated to 100rpm with a duh-duh-duh beat. Oh, hang on, I was in Basildon last week – the chav capital of Essex and dammit, wasn’t it just this kind of noise I could hear from every other motor?
Incidentally, if you see two chavs in a car and there’s no music on, who’s driving? The Police.