Without ads, you’d quickly forget the Alamo

"Remember the Alamo" is one of the oldest slogans in American life. As such, it'd be pretty embarrassing for the people who now run the Alamo as a historical attraction […]

IBM ad likes the job Mike Bloomberg’s done

As if Michael Bloomberg didn't spend enough of his own money trying to win re-election as mayor of New York City, IBM's ad budget seems to have given him a […]

Sleevie helps you look great … and do good

This week's honors for best fictitious brand go to the Sleevie, a garment whose capacious sleeves make it easier to expose your arm and thus donate blood. Looking like something […]

Peter Graves still loves his Turkish prisons

Honors this week for oddest Web-address redirect go to an online campaign by Cramer-Krasselt for AirTran airlines. In one of several roundabout allusions to his long-ago role as a pedophilic […]

Sultry French maids go on tour for Hardee’s

Just when relations between France and the U.S. were showing signs of improvement, along comes this promotional campaign for the new Hardee's French Dip Thickburger. If a cross-country tour by […]

Appalachian Trail last refuge of a scoundrel

It's not uncommon for a brand to find itself tied into a scandal in the role of innocent bystander. The Appalachian Trail is a current case in point. Since yesterday, […]

Would you take a vacation with Kelly Ripa?

Despite their stratospheric approval ratings, the Obamas lagged behind Kelly Ripa, of all people, in one bit of recent voting. An Ipsos Public Affairs poll asked adults to say whom […]

Bojangles cooks up baggage-carousel oven

Is a new ploy for Bojangles restaurants a) clever or b) too clever by half? Its agency, Eric Mower and Associates, hit upon the idea of turning a baggage carousel […]

SNY ad honors Keith Hernandez’s mustache

Fans of Keith Hernandez—and, especially, fans of his mustache—will enjoy this new commercial from Ogilvy & Mather promoting the cable-sports network SNY, on which the former first-baseman is one of […]

Seattle Mariners live up to new ads, for now

With the Seattle Mariners perched atop the standings in the American League West—a phenomenon unlikely to persist for long, if the team's showing last year is any indication—this would be […]