The Bandit Sign Vigilante

The Bandit Sign Vigilante

One man has had enough and won’t take it anymore. He’s going to take cleaning up Philly into his own hands, one “We buy houses!” and “Get paid daily from home!” sign at a time. [More]

Zabar's Admits Its "Lobster Salad" Was Really Crayfish

Zabar's Admits Its "Lobster Salad" Was Really Crayfish

For twenty years the famous Zabar’s deli in Manhattan has been selling a delicious prepackaged “lobster salad.” It’s beloved by devotees and a tasty treat. The only problem is that there’s no lobster inside. It’s crayfish. [More]

Domino's Brings Back Noid In Shoot-Em-Up Facebook Game

Domino's Brings Back Noid In Shoot-Em-Up Facebook Game

Domino’s has brought back it’s iconic 80′s character “The Noid” for a one-week appearance in an 8-bit promotional shoot-em-up Facebook game. Sadly, you lose points when you shoot the Noid. [More]

Florida Department Of Citrus Sends List Of Facts About Orange Juice

Florida Department Of Citrus Sends List Of Facts About Orange Juice

The Florida Department of Citrus sent over a few paragraphs of information in response to my post, “The Flavor Of Your OJ Is A Chemically-Induced Mirage” from last week. [More]

The Flavor Of Your OJ Is A Chemically-Induced Mirage

The Flavor Of Your OJ Is A Chemically-Induced Mirage

There’s a dirty secret in your glass of orange juice. Even though it says “not from concentrate,” it probably sat in a large vat for up to year with all the oxygen removed from it. This allows it to be preserved and dispensed all year-round. Taking out all the O2 also gets rid of all the flavor. So the juice makers have to add the flavors back in using preformulated recipes full of chemicals called “flavor packs.” Mmm, delicious, fresh-squeezed ethyl-butyrate! [More]

Supermarkets Manipulating Multiples To Get You To Buy More

Supermarkets Manipulating Multiples To Get You To Buy More

Supermarkets are rolling out the apparent discounts more than ever. Ten for $10! Five for $5! And shoppers, thinking they’re getting a deal, are gobbling it up. Never mind that you can get the same price if you just bought one of the items. [More]

Pier 1 Kicks Off Christmas Creep Season

Pier 1 Kicks Off Christmas Creep Season

It may not be a full-fledged instance because it’s not in a physical store, but a recent email promo by Pier 1 is at very least a warning shot that Christmas Creep season is upon us. They recently sent around an email featuring a large snowman. It said, “You can now scratch “get an early start on Christmas” off your to-do list. Preview holiday fun before it even gets to our stores.” [More]

Buy Groceries From Giant QR Code Wall In Subway Station

Buy Groceries From Giant QR Code Wall In Subway Station

As you wait for the subway to arrive, thoughts of errands drift through your head. Pick up medicine from the pharmacist, get package from the post office, and go get the groceries. In South Korea, Tesco has been experimenting with a system that lets you take care of that last one, right while you’re on the subway platform. It’s a wall-length billboard with photorealistic images of essential supermarket supplies. You take a picture of each item you want, grabbing its QR code, place your order, and Tesco will deliver it to your door. [More]

These Kroger "Build Your Own Sixpack" Signs Are In Conflict

These Kroger "Build Your Own Sixpack" Signs Are In Conflict

Karl was surprised when he saw this printed-out sign on the beer case at his local Kroger. It informed him that it was “unlawful” for the store to sell singles or six-packs where you get a six-pack box and fill it with a variety of beers of your choosing. He was surprised because just a few away were several shelves of beers underneath a giant sign that loudly advertised “Mix a Six, $8.99, Pick your style!” [More]

Capital One Sends You Over 20 Credit Card Offers In 3 Months

Capital One Sends You Over 20 Credit Card Offers In 3 Months

One after another, they keep popping up at his door. Brad didn’t ask for them and doesn’t know why they’re there. Over 20 have showed up in the past three months. Sometimes three of the little envelopes of annoyance appear a week. They’re credit card offers from Capital One, who seem keenly desperate to acquire Brad. Each of them gets sneakier and sneakier with fewer identifying marks on the outside until they almost look like regular mail from a real person. However, “What’s really been accomplished,” writes Brad, “is I now have a strong opinion about a brand that I never previously cared about either way.” [More]

You're 475 Times More Likely To Survive A Plane Crash Than Click On A Banner Ad

You're 475 Times More Likely To Survive A Plane Crash Than Click On A Banner Ad

New data shows that there’s a slew of things you’re more likely to do than click on a banner ad. For instance, you’re 475 times more likely to survive a plane crash. [More]

Distracted Shoppers Buy More When There's Some Negative Info

Distracted Shoppers Buy More When There's Some Negative Info

Established wisdom is that you should only talk about how awesome your product is. But a new study finds that shoppers in distracted settings tend to buy more when products are marketed with a touch of negative info, what is known as “the blemishing effect.” [More]

The First Ad Campaign That Targets Monkeys

The First Ad Campaign That Targets Monkeys

Scientists are devising a series of billboards directed at monkeys to see if advertising works on them too, reports the New Scientist. [More]

AMA Attacks Photoshopping For Promoting Anorexia

AMA Attacks Photoshopping For Promoting Anorexia

Photoshopping is used in ads and on magazine covers to make models more “beautiful,” which often means “skinnier.” The American Medical Association says the practice needs to get reined in. “Exposure to media-propagated images of unrealistic body images” has been linked to “eating disorders and other child and adolescent health problems,” the group said in a press release. The group wants advertisers to adopt policies that would curtail altering photographs that lead to “models with body types only attainable with the help of photo editing software.” [More]

1956 Ad Says Feed 7-Up To Babies

1956 Ad Says Feed 7-Up To Babies

This Seven-Up ad from a 1956 LIFE is simply amazing. Who needs mother’s milk when you have Seven-Up? [More]

Clever Manufacturers Turn Barcodes Into Art

Clever Manufacturers Turn Barcodes Into Art

The humble barcode needn’t be so. As long as it follows certain basic rules that allow it to be scannable, like being at least half an inch high, having blank space on either side, and not using a few colors, there’s actually a lot you can do with a barcode. [More]

DirecTV Sends Coupons Designed To Look Like Netflix Envelopes

DirecTV Sends Coupons Designed To Look Like Netflix Envelopes

How scared are the satellite and cable providers of Netflix? So much so that DirecTV recently sent out a coupon to customers designed to look exactly like a Netflix mailer, except in blue. You know what they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery. [More]

Internet Overlords Vote To Allow .YourNameHere Domains

Internet Overlords Vote To Allow .YourNameHere Domains

Instead of just the regular .com and org addresses, the guys who run the internet have voted to allow the creation of .AnythingYouWantHere domain names. Just about any word in the English language, or any brand name, will be allowed to be turned into a top-level domain name under the program known as ” gTLD” or “Generic Top Level Domain.” [More]