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KitchenAid Tweets Joke About Obama’s Dead Grandmother

Oh, this is bad. During tonight's presidential debate, KitchenAid posted a nasty and poorly spelled comment on its Twitter feed about President Obama's grandmother, who died shortly before he took office.

Nokia Apologizes for Deceptive Ad About Image Stabilization

When advertisers get caught blurring the line between fact and fiction, the Internet can quickly and mercilessly bring their transgressions into focus.      Case in point: Nokia has apologized for a video released Wednesday touting the optical image stabilization of its latest PureView camera—included in the upcoming Lumia 920 Windows 8 smartphone. The ad shows a woman riding a bike in footage seemingly taken by a guy riding next to her, with what the viewer assumes is a PureView camera. The clip looks pretty darn stable, but Nokia was actually on very shaky ground. Technology blog the Verge pulled an impressive Woodward and Bernstein, pointing out at roughly the 30-second mark "a curious reflection in the window of the trailer in the background. It's not a young man riding his bicycle alongside the cheerful model, but instead a big white van with a lighting rig and a cameraman standing in the doorway—with what appears to be a large camera rig. Whatever he's holding, we can reasonably agree it's not a Lumia 920." (When the blog slowed the video to make the reflection easier to see, the music—which had been cloyingly cheerful—took on a distortedly ominous, America's Most Wanted-type tone. Awesome!)      Nokia quickly confessed on its blog: "In an effort to demonstrate the benefits of optical image stabilization (which eliminates blurry images and improves pictures shot in low light conditions), we produced a video that simulates what we will be able to deliver with OIS. Of course, hindsight is 20/20, but we should have posted a disclaimer stating this was a representation of OIS only. This was not shot with a Lumia 920. At least, not yet. We apologize for the confusion we created." Nokia's few defenders pointed out that advertising is full of deceptions anyway. ("I bet they aren't even a real couple!" says the top YouTube comment.) But that excuse probably wasn't too reassuring for a company that spends many millions every year in paid media.      Nokia released actual PureView footage yesterday, too, as part of its apology (see that clip after the jump). And at least now it can move forward with a clearer understanding that when it comes to advertising cameras, image is, quite literally, everything.

‘Where’ Magazine Becomes ‘Whore’ Magazine Thanks to Art-Director Fail

The Orange County edition of global tourism magazine Where has stripped its website of any trace of this cover, where the common art-director trick of making the art bigger by covering up a portion of the title has proven disastrous. The model here, likewise, will not be adding this one to her portfolio.

Flo Is a Problem for Progressive in Social-Media Crisis

Progressive Insurance is surely longing for the days when the Internet's most pressing question about its spokeswoman Flo was whether she is hot or not.

Mountain Dew Soda-Naming Contest Crashed by Pranksters

I always assume the worst will happen when companies solicit ideas from the Internet. For the latest evidence of this, look no further than this Mountain Dew "Dub the Dew" fiasco. An effort by a restaurant to crowdsource a name for an upcoming homemade green-apple-flavored Mountain Dew concoction has been hijacked, Pitbull style. Suddenly, its gallery of suggestions featured such winners as "Gushing Granny," "Diabeetus," and my personal favorite, "Fapple." As of Tuesday morning, dubthedew.com is no longer bringing up any content whatsoever—we're told it is down for good. While this comes on the heels of Something Awful's successful online vote-rigging operation for Walmart's Energy Sheets promotion with Pitbull, it seems a different set of neckbeards was responsible for hacking the Dew campaign. Online communities 4chan and Reddit are hurling blame at each other as we speak, which is fitting, because both websites are basically elephant graveyards for jokes that Something Awful has outgrown. Photo above by zentraveler. Via Mashable.      UPDATE: Mountain Dew sent us the following statement:      "Dub the Dew," a local market promotional campaign that was created by one of our customers—not Mountain Dew—was compromised. We are working diligently with our customer's team to remove all offensive content that was posted and putting measures in place to ensure this doesn't happen again. Mountain Dew has a legacy of engaging its most loyal fans to tap innovative ideas for the brand through really successful programs like "DEWMocracy" and "Your Malt Dew" and so we sincerely apologize to all of our fans who may have been offended by this customer's program.

Siri Misidentifies Poison Ivy as Poison Oak in Apple Print Ad

In yet another example of how far removed humanity has become from nature, a recent print ad for the Apple iPhone, and its notorious personal assistant Siri, misidentified poison ivy as poison oak. Chrysler Herbarium director and botanist Lena Struwe found the ad while

Burger King Scrambling After Feet-in-Lettuce Photo Hits Web

It only takes a few bad apples, along with some dirty lettuce, to give a fast-food company some major headaches. Much as Domino's did in 2009, Burger King is now scrambling to contain the damage after footage of employees behaving in a disgusting manner leaked on to the Internet.

Newspaper’s Poor Advice for Readers Blamed on Art-Director Fail

Today's cover of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Living section suggests that you shit yourself. This unintentional message is the result of a poor graphic effect applied to the headline "Suit Yourself," or perhaps it's just a crappy font choice.

Ad in Target Circular Either Photoshopped or Features an Alien

Photoshop fails can range from annoying to awesome. Here's one for the latter pile—a Target circular with a dad who appears to have one too many appendages. The best part is the wife's face—it's like she knows!

Belvedere Vodka Apologizes for Rapey Ad on Facebook

Belvedere vodka's recent tradition of whipping up cutesy little ads for its Facebook page hit a snag Friday, when it posted the image above—featuring a dude who clearly doesn't know when to say when. The brand's Facebook and Twitter pages were immediately inundated with howling protests, and the image quickly disappeared—replaced by notes of apology. "We sincerely apologize to any of our fans who were offended by our recent post and related comments. As always, we continue to be an advocate of safe and responsible drinking," the brand says. The ad is way more meatheady than what Belvedere usually posts, which errs on the side of faux-elegance. Check out some other recent ads after the jump. UPDATE: Charles Gibb, president of Belvedere Vodka, adds: "I would like to personally apologize for the offensive post that recently appeared on our Facebook page. It should never have happened. I am currently investigating the matter to determine how this happened and to be sure it never does so again. The content is contrary to our values and we deeply regret this lapse. As an expression of our regret over this matter we have made a donation to RAINN (America's largest anti-sexual violence organization)."