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The Week on AdFreak, April 25-29, 2011 Anti-drug ads, Aflac's new quack, clever outdoor work and more

Out-of-home advertising was hot this week, just as springtime got in full swing. We also got a new Aflac duck, a possibly gay military spot from Budweiser and a remarkably sexist poster from Dos Equis. Check out all the AdFreak highlights from the week below.

Classic anti-drug ads1


Rebecca Cullers put together a great collection of anti-drug ads that might have had the opposite effect on the target market than they intended. Lots of great '80s stuff in here. Just say whoa! 10 Anti-Drug Ads That Make You Want to Take Drugs

Aflac's new quack2


It doesn't look like a duck, but it quacks like a duck. After a monthlong search, Aflac found its new feathered mascot—36-year-old Dan McKeague of Hugo, Minn. Yes, his quack is nearly as annoying as Gilbert Gottfried's. Meet the New Voice of the Aflac Duck

Budweiser: Don't ask, don't tell3


A TV spot featuring a gay U.S. soldier from Bud, that prototypical Americana marketer? Maybe, maybe not. You be the judge. Is This Budweiser Ad Gay?

Clever new outdoor ads4


A street ad from Holland for a local aquarium appears on the sidewalk only when it rains. "Sea Life never lets you go" it reads. Aquarium's Sidewalk Ad Visible Only When It Rains


TBWA\Chiat\Day smoked out the New York Auto Show with a Nissan Leaf billboard that spewed acrid (though actually not) exhaust into the air. Copy: "The auto show has over 1,000 of these. But only one 100 percent electric, zero-tailpipe Nissan Leaf." Nissan Leaf Billboard Smokes Out New York Auto Show


Immersive Labs showed off its billboards that use facial-recognition software to determine the age and gender of people looking at them. Keep your privacy concerns to yourself. Billboards Starting to Learn Who You Are

Serve Marketing flipped billboard images in Wisconsin to make the point that life is turned upside down for foster childen. The ads will be flipped back over on Monday, with copy added that reads, "Turn a life around." Foster-Care Billboards See Lives Turned Upside Down

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