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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 passaround 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

FCB's Giant Eco-Civic Project Would Create a South African Flag Visible From Space Economic driver and sustainable symbol of hope

An artist's rendering of the proposed 66-hectare project

FCB South Africa is running an idea up the flagpole. A really big idea. In fact, the idea is ginormous. And its main component is a South African flag so large, it will be visible from space, 30 miles above the Earth.

The Giant Flag project was put in motion last month by Guy Lieberman, the agency's head of green and social new business development. The initiative is ultimately designed to foster national pride, improve the lives of people in need and make a lasting impact on South Africa's economy and environment.

"Yes, it is big. And it is wild," Lieberman tells AdFreak. "It's both an unreasonable project—in the good sense of the term—as well as a practical one."

So, how big and wild are we talking?

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November 20, 2014, 10:44 AM EST

Meet the Doll That's Proportioned Like a Real Woman, and Comes With 'Imperfection' Stickers Cellulite, moles, grass stains and more

She's just like the iconic Barbie, but normal.

The Lammily doll has the proportions of an average 19-year-old woman's body, based on data from the CDC—unlike the Barbie doll, whose proportions will never be replicated by any actual human. But not only does the Lammily doll, created by 26-year-old Nickolay Lamm, have a normal waistline—she also comes with a sticker extension pack, in case you want to add moles or body scars or even cellulite.

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November 20, 2014, 8:39 AM EST

Santa Is Caught With His Pants Down in Poo-Pourri's Hilariously Inappropriate Christmas Ad Even St. Nick has to poop

When you think of Santa Claus dropping loads all over the world, you envision bags full of gifts. But it seems jolly St. Nick leaves less happy presents in people's homes too, at least according to this gleefully scatalogical Christmas ad from Poo-Pourri.

The before-you-go toilet spray—makers of the 2013 viral hit "Girls Don't Poop," which has 30 million YouTube views—is back with quite the seasonal surprise. Yes, the three-minute video below confirms without a doubt that, as its title suggests, "Even Santa Poops."

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November 20, 2014, 12:00 AM EST

Asus Has Finally Created the Perfect Digital Device for Birds With Arms An odd meme becomes a tablet's marketing campaign

Stop it, you're quilling me.

Birds with tiny human arms and hands soar in sublimely silly style thanks to SuperHeroes's first global campaign for the Asus Transformer T100 2-in-1. It's also the inaugural work from the New York office of the Amsterdam-based agency perhaps best known for its prankvertising efforts on behalf of LG.

In "Modern Birds," a freaky fingered flock demonstrates the features of the Asus laptop/tablet hybrid. The idea is that birds know how to get stuff done #OnTheFly.

Savvy consumers of Internet culture will recognize that birds with arms are nothing new. 

"We've always loved the birds-with-arms meme," agency ecd Rogier Vijverberg tells AdFreak. "And when looking for a spokesperson for Asus we saw the match. Birds are truly always on the move, plus they would allow us to have a great outside perspective on our modern human race."

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November 19, 2014, 11:53 AM EST

21 Designers Show Off Their Tattoos, and Tell the Stories Behind Them From nerdy to sublime

There's a certain amount of pressure on designers when they decide to get tattoos. It's like a hairdresser's hairstyle, or an architect's home—the choices you make seem weightier, more personal somehow, given your background.

Creative Bloq recently asked 21 designers to show off their tattoos, and explain what makes them special. And the designs, and inspirations, are varied and fascinating.

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November 19, 2014, 9:28 AM EST

NYC Sparkles in Ogilvy's Gorgeous Animated Christmas Ad for Tiffany Psyop adds more magic to the season

Ice shimmers on the streets of New York in Ogilvy & Mather's animated holiday ad for Tiffany & Co. It sparkles from the trees and bridges, too. Its glow radiates from Broadway marquees and glimmers among the steel and glass towers that rise into the wintry sky.

I'm not talking about frozen water, people!

This is Tiffany, so, naturally, it's diamonds and other precious stones illuminating a bejeweled yuletide wonderland.

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November 18, 2014, 5:10 PM EST

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