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Old Mentos Ad With Horse-Men Playing Basketball Is Weirdest Ever SB Nation 'finds' strange overseas spot

Whoa, that's one wacky game of horse! Some naysayers are doubting SB Nation's contention that the clip below of dudes playing basketball in equine masks is really a "found" Mentos…

December 5, 2012, 10:43 AM EST

'70s Ad Hinted That Twinkies Were Not of This World Indestructible food for your endless voyage

Hostess, which is going out of business after a crippling strike, had a proud history of weird ads, particularly back in the 1970s. This one for Twinkies is a classic.…

November 16, 2012, 12:49 PM EST

How a Brick-Shaped Heineken Bottle Almost Changed the World 50 Years Ago Freddy Heineken's vision for cheaper building materials

You may have never heard of Alfred "Freddy" Heineken, but he should be a hero to drinkers and kids'-toy enthusiasts everywhere. Laughing Squid has the story of how Freddy—the third-generation…

August 29, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

What 200 'Playboy' Covers Tell Us About Beauty in America Era by era, a sanitized quest for physical perfection

At this point, Playboy is a relic—an outdated self-parody, much like its creator, Hugh Hefner. But historical artifacts are valuable because they give the present some context by illuminating the…

August 22, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

1995 Student PSA Predicted Internet's Future Pretty Accurately Well done, Montana 5th graders!

Most old PSAs look fairly ridiculous nowadays, but not this gem of a spot from 1995, shot by the 5th-grade students at Ray Bjork Elementary School in Helena, Mont. These…

August 15, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

'80s Sitcom 'Perfect Strangers' Even Better as an Advergame Join Balki and chase your dream

Jason Oda of JODA, the man behind many of your favorite advergames and classic game parodies for brands, has conceived of the perfect way to advertise himself—by taking one of…

June 13, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

'New Yorker' Digs Up Its Own Ads From 'Mad Men' Era Tension of the cultural shift is palpable

The mid-'60s was an anxious and uncertain period. Like Don Draper's tumbling silhouette, those years were suspended between Eisenhower's monochrome Americana and the kaleidoscopic revolution of the Woodstock generation. At…

March 23, 2012, 10:26 AM EDT

Vintage Ads All the Rage as 'Mad Men' Fever Peaks Fun '60s set from 'Reminisce' magazine

Newsweek isn't the only magazine coat-tailing it on the long-awaited and much-hyped return this Sunday of AMC's hit drama Mad Men. A magazine called Reminisce is, too. And I'm OK…

March 22, 2012, 7:35 AM EDT

4 Great Ads From the 'Mad Men' Edition of 'Newsweek' Special issue full of retro-style executions

As you've surely heard by now, Newsweek is celebrating the return of AMC's Mad Men on Sunday with a Mad Men-themed issue with a retro cover and loads of retro…

March 21, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

How an Obscure War Poster Lost for 60 Years Became a Modern-Day Sensation The story of 'Keep calm and carry on'

The origin of the phrase "Keep calm and carry on" and its place in popular culture is traced in Temujin Doran's short film below, which has garnered almost a million…

March 21, 2012, 9:17 AM EDT

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