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W+K Made a Giant, Amazing Cuckoo Clock Out of an Oregon Maple for Portland Tourism Must be time to visit

Wieden + Kennedy recently created a pretty incredible out-of-home tourism installation for Travel Portland: the tallest freestanding cuckoo clock in the U.S.

Chainsaw sculptor J. Chester Armstrong carved the clock, made from a single Oregon maple, in the national forest just outside Portland. It took three months to make—with help from metal sculptor Nicolas Gros, clock designer/gear consultant Laurent Worme, electronics consultant Mark Keppinger and local illustrator Patrick Long (who did the illustrations for the clock face). The clock features references to a number of Portland icons—Mt. Hood, Portlandia, beer, wine, bikers, farmers markets, roses, rivers, bridges and even Sasquatch.

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November 25, 2014, 1:45 PM EST

Agency Wants Its Next Art Director to Be Cool, So the Interview Will Be Over Two Days in Vegas Getting to know you

TDA_Boulder is looking for a new art director, but the interview process will be unique. In fact, if all goes well, it might end up looking like outtakes from The Hangover.

Yes, the agency plans to interview the top candidate over two days in Las Vegas.

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November 25, 2014, 1:11 PM EST

Totino's Pizza Made 50 Ridiculous Ads Using the World's Worst Stock Photos BuzzFeed challenge accepted!

This week's "Uh, what? No, seriously, what?" comes to us from those perpetuators of pizza propaganda, Totino's Pizza. It was just a few weeks ago that Tim & Eric gave us probably the oddest pizza ad ever, and now Totino's is back to inject more weird into the Internet. 

Last spring, BuzzFeed posted a story showing "50 Completely Unexplainable Stock Photos No One Will Ever Use." It was indeed a truly odd collection of head-scratching images. Well, Totino's saw the list and accepted the challenge.

"We obviously had no choice but to use them. Poorly," the brand explains.

Yes, Totino's used all 50 photos to make weird little Totino's ads. Check out the best of them below, and see the whole amazing lot over at the Totino's website.

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November 25, 2014, 9:53 AM EST

Baffled Shoppers Face Obstacles, Elves and Captivity in This Bizarre Discount Store Stunt Would you take this 'Adventure Quest'?

Behold! The lowest of the low-budget hidden-camera pranks has been created for discount retailer Ocean State Job Lot, and it is steeped in local commercial magic.

The chain, with 116 stores in the Northeast, tapped Kindling Digital to make this spectacle whose meager production budget perfectly matched the message that the store is committed to low prices. In fact, if they had spent much more, the video wouldn't have been nearly as good.

In the clip, several bewildered customers are given the option to go on an Adventure Quest to win a heater. It starts when they ring a bell and get a blast of fake snow to the face. Then, Old Man Winter, a character from OSJL's TV spot, tells them that Santa has been captured by the wicked Markup King (the guy who works at the mall) and they need to set him free.

Setting him free and winning the heater, however, involves an obstacle course with light-string barbed-wire, wreath tires to run through, a snowball catapult, and more fake snow to the face while a mildly deranged elf named TutTut does her shrillest drill sergeant impression.

Once through the course, they're led to what is clearly the employee room, welcomed by Santa and forced to search the mailbox block/advent calendar and get more snow in the face before Santa's true game is revealed!

And of course, there are lots of trumpets. Because everyone loves trumpets.

November 24, 2014, 5:19 PM EST

If the Rio Olympic Mascot Isn't a Cat, Then What Is It? Public is asked to name mashup creatures

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games mascot was unveiled Monday, and while we don't know what the name of the creature is, one thing's for sure. Following in the line of cat-like creatures that are not cats—pointing the finger at you, Hello Kitty—it's not a feline.

According to its official description, the long-limbed, pointy-eared, tailed creature is a mixture of all the Brazilian animals including cats, monkeys and birds. It should come as no surprise that he is existentially pondering "Who am I?" on his description page.

Likewise, his sidekick, the Paralympic Games mascot, is a tree that is not a tree. It's a combination of all the plant life in the Brazilian forests. Or it's an overenthusiastic artichoke that's turning blue from lack of oxygen. Take your pick.

People echoed the same confused reaction on Twitter.

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November 24, 2014, 4:19 PM EST

This Agency Made a Really, Really Big Deal of Hiring Its 100th Employee, and He Wasn't Expecting It Elliot Nordstrom's first day at McGarrah Jessee

Lots of agencies do interesting things for new hires—like Red Tettemer O'Connell + Partners, which has been known to carve their faces into the heads of crayons.

McGarrah Jessee in Austin, Texas, did something quite a bit more grandiose for Elliot Nordstrom's first day. See, he is the agency's 100th employee, which called for quite the celebration. Check out the video below.

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November 24, 2014, 3:09 PM EST

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.

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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

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