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Netflix Made Its Own Mr. Bear That Turns On Fuller House Season 2 When You Hug It Deeplocal pairs connected stuffed animals

Netflix has teamed up with Pittsburgh-based digital agency Deeplocal again to create an open source connected device for the holiday season. No, it's not another pair of socks.

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December 6, 2016, 3:33 PM EST

Burger King's Ridiculous Christmas Sweater Puts a Burning Yule Log on Your Belly Flame-grilled fashion

Why turn on the TV for a yule log fire when you can just look down at your stomach?

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December 6, 2016, 10:55 AM EST

Microsoft Seeks Unity This Holiday by Gathering Activists of All Stripes for an Art Project The making of 'The Art of Harmony'

It's been a divisive year. In the interest of making unity a thing again, Microsoft just released "The Art of Harmony," an uplifting piece of work that features real people, from a diversity of cultures and roles, joining forces to create a piece of public art. 

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December 6, 2016, 10:00 AM EST

Fisher-Price Makes Toys for Sensitive Boys in SNL's Latest Darkly Comic Fake Ad Including a well he can stare into

For some kids, typical toys just don't cut it. There isn't a section of Fisher-Price's website dedicated to introspective children who are, as Saturday Night Live puts it, "just sort of waiting for adulthood." 

The latest faux ad from the show Donald Trump loves to hate is a wonderfully weird look at how Fisher-Price might pitch a toy line for sensitive boys. 

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December 5, 2016, 1:07 PM EST

Pitch Made Its Annual Holiday Cookies, Topped With the Key People and Moments of 2016 How many can you get?

O.J. rules the Emmys, Britain leaves the European Union, Beyoncé reinvents the music video, and Ken Bone captivates the country (as do Chewbacca Mom, Ryan Lochte, Melania Trump and Pokemon Go).

Those are a few of the standout moments and personalities of 2016, according to the annual recap of pop culture from Los Angeles-based Pitch Agency, which presents its curated choices as screen-printed artwork on top of gourmet sugar cookies. (Check out 2015's here.)

The agency has been creating the oversized holiday treats for a decade now, and expects you to do a little work to figure out the references. The famous faces, events, passings and mashups are crafted as riddles to be solved, and some are more obvious than others.

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December 5, 2016, 9:54 AM EST

Cards Against Humanity Spent $100k to Dig a Giant, Pointless Hole in Holiday Stunt as Bleak as 2016 And they just filled it back in

In one of the more nihilistic brand stunts ever performed, the card game Cards Against Humanity raised $100,573 on Black Friday and spent the money digging a huge, pointless hole in rural Illinois.

They livestreamed the whole thing and dug until the money ran out. Then, this weekend, they filled the hole back in. 

That's it. End of the article. You can go now.

But wait, why did they dig that hole? No real reason in particular, they claim, though they did mention it was in part because 2016 has been going so well.

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December 5, 2016, 9:16 AM EST

Can You Figure Out the Mystery Inside This Remarkable Ad About High School Love? A message deeper than idle sketches

Here's a pretty amazing ad from BBDO New York, with a mystery at its core. 

At the outset, we meet Evan, a high school kid who can't wait for summer break. He's so bored that he begins etching words into a table in the library. The next day, he finds that someone has written back to him on the table—and there ensues a back-and-forth that's pretty captivating. Perhaps too captivating. 

There seems to be romance building, or at least the hint of it. Who's been writing back to Evan? And will he ever connect with them? 

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December 2, 2016, 10:21 AM EST

This Gym's Reserved Parking Spots for Members Are the Farthest Ones From the Door Anytime Fitness extends your workout

Parking a few steps from the gym door is kind of like ordering a cheeseburger and a diet Coke. Isn't it?

Anytime Fitness won't dictate where its members leave their wheels, but the international 24/7 gym chain is encouraging its workout warriors to go the distance, even before they hit the treadmill. As part of a new campaign, the gym has created reserved spaces in the farthest reaches of their parking lots. How far? Several football fields away, whenever possible.

How's that for turning your life into a gym?

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December 2, 2016, 9:12 AM EST

Holiday Movies 2016: All The Films to See This Month, and How They're Being Marketed From comedy to drama, and indie to blockbuster

Harry: "Every year I just try to get from the day before Thanksgiving to the day after New Year's."
Sally: "A lot of suicides."

Yeah, it's a stressful time of year. Many of us are dealing with extended family more than we do any other time of year, and so are looking for moments of respite and escape. We might disappear into our phones, we might hide a small bottle of wine in the linen closet, or we might drive to Target and just sit in the parking lot for a sec.

Hollywood is, of course, hoping we got to the movies. To that end, it's put together a December release slate that mixes in a little bit of everything, from family-friendly comedies to big-budget blockbusters to prestige dramas vying for awards consideration.

Let's have a look at the contenders.

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December 1, 2016, 10:38 AM EST

Sonos Embraces 'Subway Therapy' After Its Ads Threaten to Displace the Sticky Notes in NYC Brand tries to preserve post-election art project

Photo: Kena Betancur/Stringer/Getty Images

For those in New York City grieving the results of the presidential election, the "Subway Therapy" wall of sticky notes inside New York City's Union Square station has been a source of solace and inspiration.

The wall was set up within hours of the Nov. 8 results by artist Levee, who showed up in the station with pens and hundreds of sticky notes—and urged people to share their feelings in those early traumatic hours and stick them on the wall for everyone to see.

Thousands did.

Which is why it was a little awkward for Sonos, the consumer electronics brand, this week, as its new ad campaign was set to take over much of the Union Square station—and in the process, displace many of the "Subway Therapy" notes. And indeed, as the installation of the ads began Tuesday, there was some backlash as the notes were taken down.

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November 30, 2016, 1:02 PM EST

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