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This week's 5 most-read stories on AdFreak

    1. Aflac cans Gilbert Gottfried for…

March 18, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

Detroit News regrets caving to its advertiser

The Detroit News got a pretty bad black eye yesterday, when Jalopnik reported that the paper had tried to appease a dealership by watering down a review of the Chrysler…

March 17, 2011, 2:28 PM EDT

Ad blitz begins for HBO's 'Game of Thrones'

HBO's big-budget take on one of my favorite books, "A Game of Thrones" by George R.R. Martin, is finally marching across America with an invasion of advertising. Posters began going…

March 17, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

Avoid agency catfights by hiring John Pace

Ad agencies are known for being emotional pressure-cookers, though I've never seen a throwdown quite as intense as the one dreamed up here by freelance copywriter John Pace. The Australian…

March 17, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

Timely ad: What to do in a nuclear accident

Here's a disturbingly topical new ad campaign from the Belgian government, explaining what to do (and not to do) in case of a nuclear accident. Apparently wrapping your family in…

March 16, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

'The Rack' is totally some old man's walker

I don't know if it's really "the perfect way to build bigger, sculpted muscles," but I do know this: The Rack is blatantly a geriatric walker that's been repurposed into…

March 16, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

Terminix creates ad with 5,000 live roaches

Nothing makes a point quite like 5,000 live cockroaches. That's how many vile critters Publicis Dallas wrangled into a squirming display for Terminix earlier this week. The roaches, originally bred…

March 16, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

Action-starved? Don't join Swedish marines

If you're Swedish and looking for a white-knuckled thrill ride to the bleeding edge of advanced combat, then you'll probably want to look somewhere other than the marines. In two…

March 16, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

Adidas fires up its largest ad campaign ever

Adidas today launched what it's describing as its "largest marketing campaign in history," packed with enough pro athletes, pop stars and adrenaline overload to finally put it on par with…

March 16, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

Is Fancy Feast spot the 'WASPiest' ad ever?

Some might call it romantic. Others might call it cloying. But my first thought on the new Fancy Feast ad was the same as that of YouTube commenter vwong86: "This…

March 15, 2011, 9:05 AM EDT

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