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Scrawny Arms Rob Lowe Is DirecTV's Freakiest Rob Lowe Yet Good luck with that jar of mayo

While shy-bladder sufferers debate the offensiveness of Painfully Awkward Rob Lowe, DirecTV is plowing ahead with all sorts of other less-than-ideal Rob Lowes—you know, the ones with cable and not DirecTV.

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November 24, 2014, 2:36 PM EST

This Great Billboard for a Magic Festival Is Like Its Own Little Magic Show A mop with a mind of its own

Ever wonder what Harry Potter would do with an ad campaign? Have a look at this.

The Quebec City Magic Festival wanted to make sure people noticed its billboard, so ad agency lg2 sprinkled a little magic into the board itself in a playful feat of meta-vertising.

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November 24, 2014, 12:35 PM EST

Rapper and Weed Lover Waka Flocka Flame Finds His Calling as a Throat Drop Spokesman 'Can't live without my Pine Brothers'

You know how Saturday Night Live commercial parodies have that certain feel to them? Overly sincere music plays as a testimonial begins, then the audience starts to laugh as they're let in on the joke.

Well this bizarre ad for Pine Brothers throat drops, starring Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame, has that exact vibe—though you'll have to supply the laughs.

The smoke-infused spot aired during last night's American Music Awards, and it was possibly the show's most buzzworthy moment (other than Taylor Swift staging a murder). As an aficionado of a well-rolled blunt, Waka Flocka uses no small amount of innuendo to make it clear that these lozenges are there when you need throat relief "for whatever reason."

Via Gawker.

November 24, 2014, 11:13 AM EST

Dads With Daughters Will Love This Christmas Ad from Dick's Sporting Goods Growing up around a basketball hoop

In this holiday spot from Dick's Sporting Goods, part of the chain's "Gifts That Matter" campaign, a father buys his young daughter a basketball hoop, presumably for Christmas. Through the years, it becomes part of the family's daily life and a focus of neighborhood activity during pickup games, parties and even bittersweet goodbyes.

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November 24, 2014, 10:49 AM EST

Banker in Need of an Orgasm? There's a Vibrator for That Lelo creates a sex toy exclusively for financial crowd

The 1 percent truly get everything catered to them.

Sex toy maker Lelo has launched Pino, a vibrator especially made for bankers. The device itself is your standard stretchable vibrating silicon ring, but the devil is in the packaging details. It comes with matching Lelo silver cufflinks, a money clip engraved with "Always Be Closing" and a pinstripe shirt inlay—all for the price of $159.

Lelo claims it made the product after realizing that 6 percent of its online sales in 2014 were delivered directly to financial offices and stock exchanges, and that 71 percent of people who make $200,000 a year or more that responded to its global sex survey owned more than five of its products.

Why "the ultimate stimulus package" is catered to those employed in the financial sector, and wouldn't work for the rest of us folks, doesn't really make any sense. But if you're in the market to buy something for the banker who has more money than he or she can spend, here's something that might be missing from their briefcase that you can afford.

November 21, 2014, 12:59 PM EST

Adorable Ad Might Actually Make You Care About the Plight of British Hedgehogs And if it doesn't, nothing will

The cuteness factor is awwwf the charts in "Saving Harry," a two-minute animated film by Wildlife Aid U.K. that follows the journey of the titular hedgehog from suburbia back to the woods where he belongs.

An adorable hedgehog puppet moves through an amazingly well-realized illustrated world. Every element is superbly crafted, from Harry's pale reflection in the puddle to the grimy, discarded food tins and liquor bottles in the alley, and ultimately, the soft sod of the forest floor and ringed bark of the towering trees.

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November 21, 2014, 11:56 AM EST

This Hipster Business Name Generator Is About to Become Your New Obsession An overused look becomes fun fodder to sell domains

Forget all those sites that randomly generate band names, stripper names and hobbit names. This one could make you rich, my friends. Brooklyn rich!

The Hipster Business Name Generator creates a random combination of quirky nouns and drops them under a stylized X, with the requisite stylish dingbats and initials. The resulting names—such as Fox & Otter, Spyglass & Bean, Whiskey & Cake—are good for a laugh, especially when paired with icons of tiny rabbits, knives and muffins.

The site, which was quickly generating pass around among creative types today, seems to be a marketing effort for domain registration site NameCheap.com, where you can conveniently click off the generator to book a site for your lovely new business venture. Or maybe the creators simply picked a booking site at random, though that seems rather unlikely. 

Try it for yourself and let us know your most fruitful combinations. A few of our favorites below.

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November 20, 2014, 8:15 PM EST

Gillette Posts Image of Its 1904 Razor Design, and Literally Everyone Thinks It's Better Than Today's Except for the Facebook page's manager

It's a funny thing, really. A brand celebrates its 110th anniversary by showing how it's evolved and taking pride in the innovation that's led to its success in men's grooming. 

Alas, no such love was reciprocated by Gillette's Facebook followers when it shared an image of a 1904 razor design this week—its very first patent, it happily told fans!

Practically everyone who replied said how disappointed they are with the way the product has evolved. They think the quality has gone way down while the price has skyrocketed.

Ouch.

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November 20, 2014, 3:10 PM EST

The Ultimate Rebranding: How a Veteran Creative Shifted Genders Mid-Career Arnold's Chris Edwards discusses his awesomely titled memoir, Balls

Despite all their turnover and relentless pursuit of revenue, ad agencies often end up feeling like big families. And announcing any sort of life change to your family, especially a family of 500 colleagues, can be daunting.

So, imagine telling this family that you'll soon begin transitioning from female to male, and you'll have the first inkling of the road Chris Edwards began traveling nearly 20 years ago.

Edwards, a longtime creative director for Boston-based Arnold Worldwide, announced his gender transition in 1995. Over the next 12 years, he underwent 28 medical procedures to complete the transformation. And throughout, he maintained his role as a writer and creative leader, working on major national and global accounts.

In his upcoming memoir, titled Balls, Edwards shares an array of stories about his gender switch, along with the more traditional reminscences about a life in the already unpredictable world of advertising.

This week is Glaad's National Transgender Awareness Week, and we asked Edwards to tell us a bit more about his story. Check out our conversation below.

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November 20, 2014, 11:47 AM EST

Diet Racism: The Official Drink of Brands That Just Don't Get It Do not buy for your social media manager

The official drink of the Washington Redskins … and Dave & Buster's?

College Humor created this fake ad a little while back for Diet Racism—the drink that has all the sweet ignorance of regular racism but with none of the guilt or self-awareness. It's the drink of choice for people who don't realize that the phrase "I'm not racist, but …" doesn't magically make whatever comes after it less racist.

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November 20, 2014, 11:11 AM EST

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