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Prankster gets Johnny Depp to inadvertently sell sausages

Companies spend a lot of money on marketing, and we - the people who have to navigate this world of adverts - have to stomach them all while we're minding our own business. Although, if it wasn't for adverts, we couldn't take the Michael, which someone in Manchester has done with the latest aftershave ad…

Lidl get in the spirit of April Fools Day

Lidl's marketing team are on fire lately. Last week, they offered money off One Direction Easter eggs when Zayn left, and you'll remember that they also expertly mocked Morrisons and completely took the Michael out of the Sainsbury’s ’50p challenge’. Well, our Lidl friends are at it again for April Fools Day, offering vouchers for 'money on'…

Tesco's diabetes Easter Eggs!

Easter is a time for gorging on all manner of tooth-rotting items, as we all know. That's because, in The Bible, Jesus famously hatched out of a giant egg after some Romans had nailed him to a cross. On emerging from the giant egg, Jesus was dressed as a Playboy bunny, hence why we celebrate…

Weetabix tempts the kids with Weetabuddies

Weetabix are launching a new campaign to get kids interested in nutrition. The Weetabuddies campaign will run across multimedia in the next six weeks with a spend of £5.5 million. They hope that the Weetabuddies characters will engage with the nippers and get them eating Weetabix. Or, if you prefer, eatabixing. Anyway, the plan is…

Would you pay for an advert-free YouTube?

Remember when YouTube first kicked off, before Google swallowed it whole? Endlessly searching for obscure music videos and old TV shows without an advertisement in sight! Those were the days when the internet was all fields. These days, things are different. For a kick-off, people are now able to make some money from YouTube. However,…

Lidl are now trolling Morrisons

Lidl are at it again! After trolling Sainsbury's over their 50p debacle, they're now taking the Michael out of Morrisons. As you know, Morrisons have announced that they are going to price match Lidl with a new scheme, after Lidl and Aldi ate away at the competitions profits by basically selling everything more cheaply. Lidl…

LG fail at trolling Apple thanks to using iPhone

Trolling, done properly, is an artform. People mistake simply abusing someone as trolling. Trolling is when you get someone apoplectic with frustration without them knowing you were just getting a rise out of them. Well, LG in France thought they'd mock Apple during the awfully named 'Bendgate'*, but they dropped a clanger. While LG were…

Pyramid bags are officially better than round ones, says ASA

Tea aficionados have argued the toss about different shaped tea bags since the dawn of time (well, ok, that’s not exactly true). But hotheaded tea drinking chimps everywhere are now going to have to concede that PG Tips pyramid bags DO let out more flavour than Tetley’s round ones. Tetley were furious when Johnny Vegas…

Don't get burned by the Great Sun Cream Scam

Which! has outed three major brands of sun cream for being ineffective, slapping them with a ‘DON’T BUY’ sticker. In a test of 15 popular brands, they found that Hawaiian Tropic, Piz Buin and Malibu don’t offer sufficient protection against UV rays – and that although the label said ‘factor 30’ they were found to…

Ribena isn’t as good for you as it thinks it is, says ASA

While children might be taken in by those healthy, bouncing blackcurrants, everybody else knows that it’s just purple sugar liquid which has the potential to create a dental apocalypse. Apart from, it would seem, Ribena itself, whose latest promotion has been banned because they’ve over-exaggerated health claims. The website for Ribena Plus, which has no…

Another bootleg DVD with a killer review

You may recall a fine, fine review spotted on a dodgy bootleg of Old Boy we shared (if you missed it, have a look here) and it seems to be quite the thing in the Far East. Now, a knock-off of Shrek sees another killer one-line review which says "good, but not great." Wouldn't it…

Paddy Power's Oscar Pistorius ad to be investigated

Everyone's been chattering about the controversial Paddy Power ad-campaign that features odds on the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. Clearly, it is in very poor taste, but is being tasteless illegal? Either way, increased scrutiny has ensured that the campaign will be investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The ad, which you can see below, shows…

No more photoshop say scantily clad 15 year olds!

The anti-photoshop campaign has been problematic at the best of times. It has caused some women to say that 'real' women have curves, thereby assuming naturally thin women are figments of our imaginations. Thin women in return, slate bigger women and it all gets ugly. In addition to this, women who are already thin are…

Commerical Break: Ambi Pur own perfume ads

Perfume adverts aren't mocked nearly enough. If anyone deserves wholesale damnation, it's the arseholes at fragrance marketing firms. To do the job for us, Ambi Pur are on it, with this tremendous pastiche, with the catchline 'pour lavatory' to cap things off!

Samsung promote the weirdest things on billboards

Samsung have a new ad promoting their S Pen, and one billboard - apparently put up in France - has raised a few eyebrows. Samsung changed the old adage "The pen is mightier than the sword" to "The pen is mightier than the finger." However, in what is either a glorious error or a bit…