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U.S. Cellular Made a 7-Hour Preroll Ad That Just Lets You Watch Grass Grow With a few Easter eggs thrown in there

U.S. Cellular sets a new standard for tedium with this preroll ad that lasts seven hours.

It's about as exciting as watching grass grow. In fact, that's mostly what happens during its 420-minute running time: Grass grows ... and grows ... and grows. Imperceptibly. As grass is wont to do.

Crafted by MullenLowe, the ad opens with brand spokesman Darien riding a lawnmower across an expansive green field. "Switch to U.S. Cellular," he says, "and get seven gigs of data for just $49 per month. You'll have so much data, you can stream almost anything. Even hours and hours of grass growing. Enjoy!"

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September 27, 2016, 3:29 PM EDT

The Official Name of Volkswagen's New Car Is a Hashtag: #PinkBeetle Fuchsia model gets flashy debut

It's not every day that an automaker launches a new, brightly colored car based on social media demand. Or names the model after the hashtag that helped bear it.

The 2017 Special Edition Volkswagen #PinkBeetle (its official name) hits showrooms this fall, and the brand is celebrating with a blatantly magenta ad from agency ISL, running exclusively through marketer-owned channels like Facebook.

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September 27, 2016, 11:53 AM EDT

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally Revisit the 1991 Clio Awards, Advertising's Most Surreal Night Funny Or Die skit re-enacts that evening's insanity

It remains the most notorious night in advertising history—June 13, 1991.

The Clio Awards were scheduled to hand out their radio and print awards. But as Adweek later told the story, "what ensued was less an ad-award show than a tawdry circus, an event so grossly mismanaged that its trajectory from embarrassing to appalling seemed, in retrospect, almost destined—'beyond the beyond-o,' as Ruth Ayres of DDB Needham put it.

"The ceremony started late, was hosted largely by the caterer, featured presenters who (when they weren't singing Irish lullabies) tried to guess the agency winners since they had no list, and was aborted when fevered, greedy ad types rushed the stage in a mad grab for Clios they hadn't won."

It was quite the shameful scene indeed. But now, at least, Clio can laugh about it. 

On this 25th anniversary of the 1991 debacle, Clio got Funny Or Die to re-enact that fateful night in an amusing video starring Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman—the latter acting as host of a fictitious show called Unresolved Mysteries.

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September 27, 2016, 10:52 AM EDT

Katy Perry Votes Naked in Funny Or Die's 'Everyone Votes!' Campaign But don't try this at home

You could probably use a little levity after last night debate's, so here's some political comedy from Katy Perry, who suggests that you vote in November no matter how you look or what you're wearing (or not wearing).

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September 27, 2016, 8:17 AM EDT

Airbnb Set Up Marnie the Dog in Her Very Own Pet-Friendly Beverly Hills Mansion That bowl is worth more than your car

Travel can be rough on animals. So, to celebrate National Dog Week (Sept. 19-25) and promote its 600,000 pet-friendly homes, Airbnb shined a light on social media star Marnie the Dog, a senior pet who just moved from New York to sun-soaked Beverly Hills.

Fame is packed with perks ... even for dogs. To ease her transition, Airbnb checked her into a luxurious $5000-a-night mansion, where she spent a pampered stay under the care of her "hosts," Hugo the Butler and Teddy the Dog. 

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September 27, 2016, 7:44 AM EDT

For Love or Money? One Couple Doesn't Have to Choose in This Lovely Spanish Lottery Ad It's all destined in this fantastical tale

The lottery may not have much to do with fate, but it's a lot like love—if you don't play, you won't win, says a new ad from Spain.

The three-and-a-half minute commercial for EuroMillions, the country's national cash raffle, offers a twist on a classic romance—boy meets girl, boy chases girl, boy and girl win gigantic sum of money in long-shot gamble, boy and girl live happily ever after.

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September 27, 2016, 7:23 AM EDT

The Stars of Will & Grace Just Reunited for a Hilarious Pitch to Get You to Vote for Hillary 10-minute scene is delightful

Can Will and Grace convince you to cast your vote for Hillary Clinton this November? 

A new mini-reunion episode of the sitcom that starred Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally appeared just hours before tonight's debate. 

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September 26, 2016, 9:31 PM EDT

McCann Created an Escort Service That Had a Macabre Surprise for Anyone Who Tried It And you thought Ashley Madison was scary

Prostitution has always been fraught with the risk of violence, but today the internet provides broader scope and anonymity. Alongside the sense of entitlement that some people get when they pay for something, this both strengthens the industry while making it harder to see its victims.

That's why French organization Le Mouvement du Nid launched its own escort website, with help from McCann Paris.

Wait, what...? 

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September 26, 2016, 4:07 PM EDT

Oreo Is Now Making Tasty-Style Recipe Videos for Some of Its Stranger Flavors With help from U.K.'s Twisted

If you're looking for a low-calorie dessert that mixes avocados and chocolate, then Oreos has a video for you.

To promote new special-edition mint and strawberry-cheesecake flavors of the classic sandwich cookie, packaged-foods conglomerate Mondelez is now making its own versions of the BuzzFeed Tasty-style, hands-and-ingredients recipe shorts that have exploded across Facebook feeds in recent years—because clearly, there weren't enough already.

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September 26, 2016, 12:15 PM EDT

Audi Made One Hell of an Entertaining Ad for Tonight's Debate That Everyone Will Love A much more enjoyable 'Duel'

There's one thing almost everyone watching Monday night's first presidential debate will be able to agree on—that this new Audi commercial, "Duel," airing during the telecast, is a brilliant bit of perfectly timed entertainment.

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September 26, 2016, 11:28 AM EDT

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