Ad Absurdum

Everyone has asked themselves, “Who are the marketing geniuses who thought this one up?” Well, we present here some of the more unusual and alarming moments in advertising history.

Strange Bedfellows

Posted March 8, 2017, under Ad Absurdum

A widely known aphorism about advertising is that “sex sells.” It’s one of those “everyone knows” things, and has been since pretty much the dawn of advertising.

Oddvertising

Posted October 12, 2016, under Ad Absurdum

It takes a lot to stand out as an advertiser. This has always been the case — and never more …

It’s Cool Inside

Posted July 13, 2016, under Ad Absurdum

Summer’s here, and in a year that’s already the hottest on record worldwide, it’s a beast. It’s times like this …

Hairy Charity

Posted November 4, 2015, under Ad Absurdum

Here at Rigney Graphics, we cultivate an attitude of silly professionalism. The Lunch Meat itself is ample evidence of our …

Bone-Chilling Brand Blunders

Posted October 14, 2015, under Ad Absurdum

Between the Internet giving everyone a voice and increased regulatory attention, it is easier than ever to effectively call attention …

Blockbastards

Posted June 16, 2015, under Ad Absurdum

For decades, “tentpole” or “blockbuster” films have been a staple of summer — since the late 1970s with the release …

WTF-stop

Posted January 14, 2015, under Ad Absurdum

*For anyone not familiar with photography terms, “F-Stop” refers to a setting on a camera that regulates how much light …

The Vizzini Effect

Posted November 12, 2014, under Ad Absurdum

For anyone who needs a reminder, “Vizzini” was the guy in The Princess Bride (1987) whose “inconceivable” verbal tic lead …

Tricky Treats

Posted October 8, 2014, under Ad Absurdum

Of all the Halloween-related activities and indulgences, there is only one that has truly remained in the province of children: …

Wine of the Bean

Posted September 17, 2014, under Ad Absurdum

Coffee is so universally loved by humanity that the person said to have invented it was made a saint. It’s …

Slippery Claims

Posted August 20, 2014, under Ad Absurdum

“Snake Oil” is a well-known idiom for pseudo-scientific “cure-all” concoctions (literal or figurative), hustled by shifty profiteers targeting the weak …

The Smell of Success?

Posted July 2, 2014, under Ad Absurdum

We are all too familiar with advertising that uses gimmicks to get our attention. Most of the time it’s limited …

Weighty Matters

Posted May 14, 2014, under Ad Absurdum

Health is a touchy subject. There are some people who resent implications that their physical state is not just fine …

Mouthing Off

Posted May 7, 2014, under Ad Absurdum

We’ve talked before about ads for white teeth, but that article barely scraped the surface of the big business that …

Real Women Have Pores

Posted February 5, 2014, under Ad Absurdum

This was originally going to be an article about funny Photoshop fails. But in the course of our research, we …

Viral Marketing

Posted January 15, 2014, under Ad Absurdum

If you’re not familiar with the term, “viral marketing” in the simplest sense means to engage your audience and inspire …

Xtravagantmas: Jewelry

Posted December 11, 2013, under Ad Absurdum

We’re mostly dudes here at Rigney Graphics, which means that when certain holidays roll around — like Christmas — we’re …

Advertising Turkeys

Posted November 20, 2013, under Ad Absurdum

Thanksgiving is quite possibly the quintessential American tradition.* When November rolls around, the entire country’s economy gears up for sitting down, touching …

Bloody Clever

Posted October 16, 2013, under Ad Absurdum, Gosh, That's Handy!

WARNING: If the sight of blood makes you uncomfortable, this probably isn’t the Lunch Meat for you. Either way, you …

Superheroes in Advertising

Posted June 5, 2013, under Ad Absurdum

The record-breaking success of superhero movies in recent years proves to the world at large what many of us have …

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