This Craigslist 'Missed Connections' Ad, 43 Years in the Making, Is Simply Heartbreaking 'I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972'

Sometimes you read something that's so beautiful, you don't care if it's true. This Boston man's "Missed Connections" posting on Craigslist, looking for a woman who saved his life back in 1972, is one of those things.

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October 3, 2015, 8:22 PM EDT

Why Coca-Cola Hired This Man to Laugh Really, Really Hard on a Crowded Subway Train Soda brand's latest stunt from Belgium

It's usually not a good sign when someone starts laughing maniacally on the subway. But riders in Belgium seem to take it pretty well in this new Coca-Cola ad.

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October 2, 2015, 4:37 PM EDT

2 Horrible Cable Companies Merge in DirecTV's Sequel to a Campaign From Years Ago Grey work picks up where Deutsch left off

Grey New York goes back to the future for DirecTV, revisiting a concept the satellite broadcaster introduced seven years ago in commercials from Deutsch.

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October 2, 2015, 1:52 PM EDT

Carl's Jr. Says This Provocative 'Border Ball' Ad Is About Sexy Women, Not Immigration One of its stars disagrees

Carl's Jr. likes being provocative, but not in the realm of politics.

That's the message from parent company CKE Restaurants, which has gone on the record to deny claims that its latest ad with scantily clad women, "Border Ball," plays off the current national debate over immigration.

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October 2, 2015, 1:30 PM EDT

5 Brilliantly Faked Viral Ads That People Still Keep Thinking Are Real Years later, they're still getting passed around

Sometimes even the smartest people you know can share something fake in social media, and correcting them is one of the few joys of being an ad geek. 

We've compiled some viral ads that have proven the test of time by fooling folks into clicking the share button for a surprising number of years the spots were debunked.

Check out the stories and learn the agencies behind these durable bits of deception below: 

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October 2, 2015, 12:46 PM EDT

Check Out Melissa Etheridge's Cover of Janis Joplin's 'Mercedes Benz' at the Clio Awards Classic brand mention in rock 'n' roll

In addition to the usual pomp and circumstance, the 2015 Clio Awards on Wednesday were peppered with some fun little nuggets celebrating the ad industry and culture. 

One such moment occured as music legend Melssa Etheridge took the stage to introduce several musical acts—X Ambassadors and Salt-n-Pepa. Etheridge addressed the crowd. "Thank you, thank you advertisers for bringing music into people's homes—I really appreciate that very much," she said.

She then asked the audience "Have you been good? I will leave you with one musical thing." After getting the crowd clapping, she sang a pretty spot-on a cappella rendition of Janis Joplin's "Mercedes Benz."

Take a look at this little gem below. 

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October 2, 2015, 11:31 AM EDT

Watch Zappos Cleverly Punk Google by Ambushing Its Cupcake Truck The ultimate promotional hijacking

Google recently promoted its new photo app by setting up a food truck in Austin that gave away free cupcakes. That was cool. Then a giant cardboard Zappos box set up shop across the street. And things got a lot more interesting.

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October 2, 2015, 11:06 AM EDT

Will Earth in 2045 Be Heaven or Hell? See Both Sides in the Year's Most Amazing Interactive Ad M&C Saatchi builds a utopia and dystopia

What will our planet look like in the year 2045?

Will we enjoy an abundance of clean water, fresh produce and renewable energy? Or will we be unable to drink from our own taps, and see our kids have to reach beneath "pollution masks" to eat cold, processed foods on a family trip to the park?

A new interactive ad by M&C Saatchi Stockholm for Swedish pension management company SPP shows you what a huge impact your seemingly unimportant choices can make by juxtaposing starkly divergent visions of our shared future—one in which people and businesses have devoted themselves to sustainability, and one in which we've allowed self-interest to trump the need for responsible environmental stewardship.

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October 2, 2015, 9:43 AM EDT

A NICU Nurse Meets the Babies She Saved in This Viral Tearjerker From Kleenex Get a full box for this one

In "Tiny Miracles," an emotional video timed to Neonatal Nurses Day, Kleenex reunited a NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) nurse with the children whose lives she saved at birth. With lots of tiny hands, itty-bitty scrunched-up faces, and newborn photos, the whole thing is designed to make you bawl like a baby.

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October 2, 2015, 9:01 AM EDT

Ads for Stereo Equipment Sure Got Weirdly Sexist and NSFW Back in the '70s Revisiting classics like 'Great Knobs'

Companies got away with some pretty racy advertising in the '70s—the cocaine paraphernalia ads uncovered earlier this month certainly showed that—and, as it turns out, selling stereo equipment could be just as ribald. 

Dangerous Minds dug up several ads (some of which are NSFW) that were likely featured in National Lampoon and men's magazines, and each one seems more sexual than the last. Apparently, selling stereo equipment meant you had to appreciate, and use, every breast pun or group-sex reference you could think of.

Check out some of the ads below: 

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October 1, 2015, 3:38 PM EDT


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