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Why Jamie Foxx and Jason Biggs Are Chatting With DirecTV's 'Settler' Guy on Twitter Plus, a new TV spot in the campaign

As the preferred social platform for griping about #firstworldproblems, Twitter is the next logical destination for DirecTV's "Settlers" campaign, which is all about accepting a less-than-perfect life (where, among other indignities, you have cable instead of DirecTV).

And indeed, the "Settlers" patriarch from the TV commercials has begun interacting with various celebrities in planned (and paid) bits of banter, wherein the celeb mentions something irritating in his or her life and Jebediah replies with asinine advice.

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January 25, 2016, 4:45 PM EST

Pro-Breastfeeding Ads Come With Produce-Style Freshness Stickers for Your Boobs (NSFW) BooneOakley targets new moms in hospitals

Breasts and supermarket produce go well together in advertising lately.

A few month ago, we saw melons in a grocery store made up to look like breasts for a breast cancer awareness campaign. Now, we've got the opposite—produce-style freshness stickers that new moms can attach to their boobs as part of a pro-breastfeeding campaign. 

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January 25, 2016, 2:44 PM EST

'We All Need the D,' Says Ad Campaign That Obviously Doesn't Know What 'the D' Means Effort is soon scrubbed clean

You probably already knew this, but there's an essential vitamin that promotes bone growth. It's called Vitamin D. 

Up in Canada, Yukon's Health and Human Services wanted to spread this information with ads promoting the vitamin's benefits. The wording of the headlines was unfortunate, though, as lines like "How do you do the D?" and "Need a little help... with your daily D?" betray a lack of awareness about what "the D" means in slang. 

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January 25, 2016, 1:07 PM EST

U.S. Bank's New Ads Imagine the Future, Thanks to Some Clever Visual Tricks Exploring spaces that don't yet exist

U.S. Bank's new campaign from Carmichael Lynch leaves a lot to the imagination.

For example, in "New House," a young couple tour their dream home ... which hasn't been built yet. Most of the story takes place in an expansive field. At one point, when the woman "hangs up" her jacket, it simply floats, completely unsupported, since there aren't any hooks to hold it—or even walls. Later, when she and her partner check out the second level, they appear to be walking on air: There are no stairs to climb or floors to stand on. 

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January 25, 2016, 11:52 AM EST

Diet Dr Pepper's Lil' Sweet Is Back, and Sweet-Talking All Over Your House, in New Ads Justin Guarini reprises his 'glam' role

Diet Dr Pepper's fabulously dressed miniature singing mascot is back for a second round of commercials ... and they're still pretty sweet. 

Justin Guarini, best known as the runner-up in the first season of American Idol, plays Lil' Sweet in the campaign from Deutsch, which launched with two ads last year. In the previous work, the character (who dresses extravagantly and riffs about his own actions in falsetto) rescued people craving sweets but not calories.

Now, he's rewarding men who do their chores. 

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January 25, 2016, 11:27 AM EST

Nespresso Steams (and Sues) Over Rival Coffee Brand's Clooney Clone Look-alike lands Israeli brand in court

Two coffee brands are fighting over George Clooney. Then again, who wouldn't?

Nespresso, which has employed Clooney as its pitchman in international markets since 2006 and launched a U.S. ad featuring Clooney and Danny DeVito in November, is suing coffee company Israeli Espresso Club over ads employing a Clooney lookalike. 

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January 25, 2016, 10:28 AM EST

Moleskine Asks You to Handwrite All Your Tweets on Saturday for National Handwriting Day Everyone's doing it

This Saturday, Jan. 23, is the birthday of Founding Father and Declaration of Independence-signer John Hancock. And to celebrate, people all over the country will get arrested for smuggling.

No, that's a lie. They will actually be posting handwritten messages on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook in tribute to Hancock's legendary signature. In fact, and thanks to Moleskine, Hancock's birthday is known as National Handwriting Day, and a handful of famous people are jumping on board.

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January 22, 2016, 5:02 PM EST

10 Terribly Misguided Old Drug Ads Revised With Modern Medical Information But are we really any safer today?

Imagine peppy 19th and early 20th century ads for over-the-counter drug products containing cocaine and heroin, rewritten with today's medical knowledge. DrugAbuse.com, a resource for addiction treatment, did just that, updating 10 vintage ads for casual use of narcotics to include less blind enthusiasm and more science.

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January 22, 2016, 1:44 PM EST

Philly Police Channel Drake's 'Hotline Bling' for Their Latest Bizarre PSA Another hit from the viral crew in blue

Philadelphia police are quickly becoming the authorities on oddly compelling viral PSAs.

First, they generated national attention with a bizarre revival of a Saved by the Bell drug PSA from 1991. Now, the department is getting traction for a snow-related request to report people who are blocking parking spots with "cones, lawn chairs, trash cans, uh, toilets, and any other household item." 

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January 22, 2016, 12:56 PM EST

LGBTQ Posters in Toronto Schools Send Messages of Love in the Flash of a Camera Phone JWT changes the conversation around gender

The climate in which kids are growing up is changing dramatically, but schools remain some of the toughest environments to endure when you're marked as different. Thankfully, there's more support now than ever from adults and community members with authority. 

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January 22, 2016, 11:33 AM EST

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