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Topic: Death

Just been fired? Good time to clean a beach

Using a clumsy mortician to promote cleaner beaches might seem gravely odd, but I kind of dig this Surfrider PSA from Young & Rubicam in Paris (and director Kristoffer Borgli).…

March 22, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

PETA drags dead dogs around in latest spot

In one of its best or worst ads ever, depending on your point of view, PETA piles on the guilt thicker than Fido's latest miscue on the carpet—claiming that for…

December 9, 2010, 9:19 AM EST

Viewers buried alive for 'Buried' movie stunt

As far as movie promotional stunts go, nothing beats the jetpack demonstrations in advance of Iron Man. But burying people alive comes pretty close. At last month's Fantastic Fest in…

October 13, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

'Resident Evil' litters Madrid with body parts

Thanks to the newest Resident Evil movie, people in Madrid have had to put up with rubber zombie arms popping out of the sidewalk all willy-nilly. Honestly, this stunt—by…

September 20, 2010, 9:09 AM EDT

Australia pulls plug on TV ad for euthanasia

This pro-euthanasia TV spot was banned in Australia. Now, euthanasia is illegal in Australia, so that makes sense, right? Well, apparently the group behind the ad, Exit International, had…

September 14, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

Amnesty spot sees death penalty melt away

I'm a big death-penalty proponent. In fact, I think we should expand it to cover drivers who flip folks the bird and jerks who cut in line at Dunkin'…

June 10, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

Dying man sells ad space on cremation urns

Aaron Jamison is selling ad space on two cremation urns that will go to his wife and parents when he dies. This sounds morbid and crass until you realize…

April 21, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

Death on the hunt for doggies in Italian PSA

This Italian spot for the country's National Animal Protection Institute, via Lowe Pirella Fronzoni, is both creepy and amusing as it exhorts the public to "save the animals from a…

March 16, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

Parked hearse serves up gravest advertising

Undertakers in Schaerding, Austria, have caused a fuss by parking a hearse at a notorious accident spot and posting an ad on the vehicle's side that reads: "We're…

February 22, 2010, 9:31 AM EST

Ads ask what kind of funeral you would like

Usually, the ads we get from Holland are sexy and fun. Not so this creepy campaign for funeral company Monuta from ad shop THEY, in which real folks ("volks"?) discuss…

March 25, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT

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