I was playing with my friend’s 4-year old daughter in her Hong Kong home one day while her mother and my other half watching and laughing at our funny antics. Then, the smart little girl pulled me by my pinky finger towards a bare wall just next to the TV set and asked me to sit down. Her mother seemed to know what she wanted to do, closed the curtains, dim the lights and shone one of the lamp towards the bare wall. Now, let me remind you, she is only 4 years old. She started some shadow puppet show and did almost 5 animal shadows with her cute little fingers. I can barely do 2! Both my girlfriend and myself were so amazed that we asked her to do it a few more times just to “wow” over and over again. And she is delighted to entertain us. Too bad I did not have my camera around.
Then when I got back home, I thought about the hand shadow illusions and started my search on the Internet. This is what I found, and 3 of the animals are similar to what the little girl has done. And I tried all myself:
This pig or wild boar is not easy to do, the top fingers have to bend a little with a bit of hump to form the forehead.
What makes an ad a giant amongst it peers? Well, other than the fact that it makes people laugh and lingers in people’s minds for days and days? Breaking the language or cultural barrier, of course.
Here are some really funny ads from all over the world. You don’t need to be in the know to get most of these ads. Except perhaps the Jacob ad. Even then, his, er, sleight of hand was quite funny.
Too hot to handle?
Every self-respecting spicy food franchise calls their food “flaming hot”. But how can you tell if their yummy chicken dishes live up to their tongue burning fame? I suppose something like the below would be a good indication.
Nando’s Banned Add
You know how ads always hype on about the great side of being slim and lanky and all that? What would happen if they laughed a little at a great product?
Well, this ad doesn’t make fun of the shampoo. But does tell you how shiny smooth hair can have its downfalls… for the guy!
Do you remember when you were a kid playing cops or cowboys and you use your finger, point at someone and say “bang!”. Much to our delight, normally the person we “shot” at will pretend that they are hit for the sake of entertaining us but sometimes we are ignored. Anyway, I couldn’t imagine us doing it now, or anywhere. People will either laugh at us or shake their head, thinking that we are crazy!
But it is different in Osaka, Japan. This video clip is taken from a Japanese variety show and their question of the day is What happens if you take to the streets of Osaka and start to playfully “shoot” strangers with your finger and yell “BANG!”? How will they react?. They reacted alright!
You point your finger at somebody, shout “bang” and they will react exactly how you’ve wanted it during your childhood time. They “urgh” and “argh”, clutching their chest or step backwards like they really did got hit big time.
Have you watched Escape From Alcatraz before? You know, Clint Eastwood and his cell-made floats that he used to swim across to the mainland. That is smart. Then do you remember watching “Shawshank Redemption” where Tim Robbins dug a hole behind a big poster in his cell for 18 years and crawled 500 yards of stinky sewer to his freedom? That’s dirty but very smart too.
What do you need when you are sleepy at work? What do you seek for when you are playing basketball and chewing something makes you focus? What do you look for when you realised your breath is not exactly “fresh”?
Yeap! You need a chewing gum. Chewy, minty, flavoury and in some way, cool. Chewing gums has been around for ages! In fact, during the olden times, people started chewing on leaves and plants. That is way, way back then. OK, Let’s not get too far now.
One of the first chewing gums I ever chewed on is Extra chewing gum. It has been around since 1984, making its name as the first sugar-free chewing gum in the market. Recently, I saw Extra’s TV commercial and I simply love it! Then I searched in Youtube for more of the similar ads and I got seven of it!
Remember the comic called “Baby Blues”? Yeap, the one with a couple (the lady with the big hair and guy with big nose) and their 3 kids.
Do you know: Baby Blue’s creator is the same guy who created Zits!
Stress, stress, stress! That is how some offices are. When you are busy, boy, you won’t have a breather at all! And what’s worst, all your stationary are so boring! The only stress release you have is that particular stress-ball on your table which probably needs to be dusted by now. Bo~ring!
So its either you get a new job or get yourself something that can help you release your stress. And no, I am not talking about that hot new secretary.
This is the Mr. Old Butt Moaning Man Pen Stand Holder. Obscene as it may seen, it is in fact quite hilarious once you have inserted the pen.
The first time I saw this TV commercial, I just have to chuckle. It is one of the wittiest TV commercial I’ve ever seen. It is definitely eye-catching; whether it is making sales for Travelocity, that’s a different story altogether.
I bet that some may wonder, why the stereotypes of male flight attendants? Is it sarcastically funny? Or just a gimmick for the sake of making the ad work? Then again, its just an ad. Mere creative edge of advertising. At the end of the day, it is really about how each individual who watched this think. Nevertheless, a great ad that is altogether witty, funny and entertaining.
A lot of people think clowns are creepy. This latest “innovation” from Japan probably wouldn’t help change their minds.
Yes, it’s a male urinal shaped like the head of a Japanese clown with a wide open mouth. If you didn’t like clowns before, you’ll definitely be having nightmares after this.
Japanese engineers are brilliant, but why do they always come up with strange ideas like this? Don’t they have concern for people who suffer from shy bladders? Having a creepy face staring at them while they’re trying to do their business would just make things more difficult, wouldn’t it?