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Can you explain the text on this sporting goods ad?

I was shopping for sporting goods online when I came across an image on a retailer's website that baffles me. In order to avoid linking to a commercial site, I've rehosted the image here. At the side of the image it says: "Sorry for using a picture of a boy. I promise we'll make up for it." Can someone explain why they're apologizing? More details within. [more inside]
posted by bluecore on Sep 4, 2014 - 11 answers

Cryptic anti-sex-trafficking billboard sign in DC Metro station

Can anyone explain this sign that I've seen in at least one DC Metro station? [more inside]
posted by early one morning on Aug 26, 2014 - 15 answers

Major investment bank for energy A&D activities.

I've been with my company (a major Oil and Gas E&P company) for seven years now, and I've moved domestically three times with them. My major is in Petroleum Engineering with an emphasis on Reservoir Engineering and I'm currently getting my MBA. I am considering getting into investment banking for energy A&D (acquisition and divestiture) advisory activities. What is the career path (I was told I would start at associate level II) and what doors could this open for me? Say I do this for 2-3 years ... what makes sense from a career standpoint next?? I got into my industry to move oversees eventually. Is this an option with an A&D advisory position? Similarly, does this open doors to live places where oil is not, such as NYC or London or Chicago? Any general advice on a position like this? Has anyone made a move like this and are you happy or do you regret this move?
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2014 - 1 answer

Recent car commercial - guy driving hears NASA or other space talk?

Couldn't Google this successfully - a recent car commercial in the US, guy is driving on a highway at night maybe. It sounds like NASA or other mission control and space noises are coming out of his radio giving the effect that he is driving a space ship. [more inside]
posted by cda on Apr 14, 2014 - 3 answers

How to build this type of banner ad?

I need to create a collapsing web ad, similar to the specific one hosted on the homepage of ajc.com. Are there tutorials to do this? [more inside]
posted by sock, the puppet on Apr 2, 2014 - 4 answers

AdChoices: by Google or Yahoo??

I saw some ads online showing a lable on the right top corner with a "i" in a triagle, by moving mouse to it it shows "AdChoices". Clicking on the label brought me to: http://www.aboutads.info/choices/#completed [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on Nov 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Virgin Mobile, shut up!

I have a Virgin Mobile android phone, and the following has happened to me about forty times now: I will be on a phone call and all of a sudden a Virgin Mobile song -- some kind of ad song for Virgin Mobile with guitars and synths and a perky lady singing "Virgin Mobile" every now and then -- interrupts the call. Is there a way to make this stop happening? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect on Aug 20, 2013 - 18 answers

"My knees are too fat."

Does anyone remember this really obviously manipulative ad that ran in teen girl magazines in the US in the late 80s or early 90s? I'm looking for an image of it. [more inside]
posted by Mila on Jul 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Old TV ad with a boy who'd been camping

What was that old (80s/90s) British TV ad with the boy who comes home from a camping trip and says "Pretty exhausting, really"? I'd like to find it on YouTube if possible, but even knowing the name of the product would help.
posted by the latin mouse on Jul 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Trying to find an old beer ad

Rheingold Beer had an ad in the 1970s that featured a hiker and lots of outdoorsy scenes with a song over it. I'm trying to find either a video of the ad or a written description. [more inside]
posted by punchtothehead on Apr 21, 2013 - 2 answers

Using a famous picture in an ad - legal/copyright question

We have an ad which will be printed, and *ideally* would love to use that picture from the superbowl ad of the nerd kissing the model (godaddy ad). I know this is a longshot since they paid millions for it, but is my only legal option to ask GoDaddy and go this route? THANK YOU!
posted by livin4u on Mar 11, 2013 - 14 answers

Tattooed hand sketching out weird and beautiful artwork.

Help me find the song of a YouTube ad featuring a beautifully tattooed hand sketching some amazing artwork? [more inside]
posted by driedmango on Jan 29, 2013 - 2 answers

The dedicated detectives who investigate these super-random internet questions are members of an elite squad...

Ridiculous question: Doppelganger or actor? Who is the guy in this Scott Brown campaign ad?! [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Aug 30, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me find the commercial for Federal IT services that includes a GLaDOS-like voice

What is that radio commercial for Federal IT services that sounds like GLaDOS from Portal, and how can I find a copy of the ad? [Washington, D.C. area radio] [more inside]
posted by gemmy on Aug 23, 2012 - 1 answer

Typical TVCs

What are some TV commercials of the past couple of years that showcase some of the cheesy tropes of American television advertising? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Jun 18, 2012 - 10 answers

Transparent DRM

I'd like to make certain documents at work (mostly PDFs) only openable to logged-in domain members based on group membership. Watermarking with account credentials would be a plus. [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Apr 17, 2012 - 8 answers

Make me laugh. Please?

What are some good places to find a certain kind of humor online? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Oct 6, 2011 - 21 answers

Alternative to Adsense (little text on site)

I have a sort of photo sharing website that breaks content up by category. There is not much text on the site, and we've been rejected by Google AdSense on that basis (not enough text). I'd like to find an ad network that will let me supply keywords (e.g., we have a gardening section, so we could sell space for gardening ads on those parts of the site) instead of scanning the site for them. Can anyone recommend an ad network that might do this?
posted by bagadonuts on Aug 22, 2011 - 3 answers

Political ad/video with kids working adult jobs

What was that political video / TV ad that showed a montage of small children working a series of adult jobs (in a factory, for example)? [more inside]
posted by ac on Jul 26, 2011 - 4 answers

Are these The Onion books different?

Do the following pairs of "The Onion" books contain different content. The "Onion" Ad Nauseam: Another Year of the "Onion": v.14 (Vol 14) [Paperback] and The Onion Ad Nauseam: Complete News Archives, Volume 14 [Paperback] . Also: The "Onion" Ad Nauseam Complete News Archives Volume 15: v.15: Relations Break Down Between U.S. and Them (Vol 15) [Paperback] and Fanfare for the Area Man: The Onion Ad Nauseam Complete News Archives, Vol. 15 [Paperback] They have different names but the multiple volumes 14 and 15 are confusing. [more inside]
posted by therubettes on Mar 5, 2011 - 2 answers

Name that song, Google Maps edition

Where is the music in this Google Maps for Android demo video from? It seems really familiar, especially starting at about 0:18. I've already run it through Shazam with no luck. [more inside]
posted by teraflop on Feb 23, 2011 - 2 answers

concentrated adblock?

A disgusting Google ad is popping up on nearly every website I visit. Is there any way to make it stop? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Feb 20, 2011 - 9 answers

Can you help me find a luxury car commercial?

Looking for a car commercial that made fun of luxury brand "types," for Hyundai or Infiniti perhaps? [more inside]
posted by hwickline on Jan 31, 2011 - 3 answers

What is this about?

I just came across this; it was a banner ad on a site that was linked to from a comment here. [more inside]
posted by dubold on Jan 27, 2011 - 3 answers

Two factor what???

OK, System Admins, need your help! Can you give me a basic, high level, overview of how you integrate two-factor authentication into a Windows 2008 AD network where we currently only use a username and password? And then if you can some "nitty gritty" details of how it's done that would be great. See explanation... [more inside]
posted by stevyb on Jan 9, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me find 1980s-era political image?

I vaguely remember an editorial cartoon or maybe a Doonesbury Sunday strip or maybe even a political ad that used a childlike crayon drawing of a missile hitting a magical bubble-like shield to illustrate the ridiculousness of Ronald Reagan's dream of the "Star Wars" Strategic Defense Initiative. It might have been a short animated film. But I cannot find this 1980s-era image online; can you?
posted by chavenet on Nov 22, 2010 - 3 answers

Pitch to agency decks?

I am an online publisher (have my own site) and want advertisers to advertise. I am pitching to an ad agency who has these accounts. I want to look at a few pitch presentation decks. Any place online where there might be sales presentation to agency powerpoint decks?
posted by bostonman on Sep 26, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me get my back back.

Facebook is showing a naked picture of my back (with a distinctive tattoo) on one of their banner ads. I did not authorize and do not like this. What can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2010 - 10 answers

Copyright Law and Advertisements

Can I legally reprint an ad from 1930, or an ad from 1990 for that matter, in a pamphlet that I will profit from? If not, how can I get rights to do so? [more inside]
posted by curiositykilledthelemur on Jun 8, 2010 - 5 answers

How do I sell a website idea?

I have an idea for a web-based business. How do I sell it? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on May 24, 2010 - 12 answers

Web Ad Management Software

Seeking a web ad management solution that doesn't suck. [more inside]
posted by kmel on May 12, 2010 - 2 answers

Who is this woman?

Who is this woman? I've seen her in all kinds of ads on all kinds of websites. Any ideas on how to find out?
posted by boghead on Apr 10, 2010 - 6 answers

butt chins

What in the hell is this [more inside]
posted by tehloki on Feb 14, 2010 - 2 answers

Agency vs. Freelance vs. Inhouse?

For all the seasoned graphic designers out there, where have you found the best working environment when it comes to agency vs. freelance vs. inhouse design for a company? [more inside]
posted by RubyDoom on Feb 8, 2010 - 16 answers

What's being sold in this ad featuring a photographer?

I'm looking for a pharmaceutical commercial that's been airing recently that features a middle-aged professional photographer. [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Feb 1, 2010 - 2 answers

How do I become an advertising copywriter?

How do I get involved in copywriting and other creative endeavors in the advertising industry? As someone in the industry, what do you believe is essential for me to learn in order to become successful and happy? What books, blogs, etc. should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 2, 2010 - 3 answers

Please advertise to me.

Is there anyplace online to find whatever television ad campaigns from a specific company happen to be playing nationally in the US currently? [more inside]
posted by shakespeherian on Nov 6, 2009 - 2 answers

What's the most iconic blue-jeans video ad?

What's the most iconic blue-jeans video ad?
posted by funkbrain on Oct 13, 2009 - 29 answers

Television advertisement showing the stock market as a frenzied sideshow

Saw a television ad several years ago with fantastic art direction depicting the stock market as a circus or similar frenzy of colorful, somewhat frightening characters. Can anyone help me track it down? [more inside]
posted by drdanger on Oct 12, 2009 - 0 answers

Why does this farm field have a C.S.I. logo on it?

Why is there a C.S.I. logo carved into this farmer's field? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Jul 25, 2009 - 11 answers

Inked in my memory

Please help me find this magazine advertisement or tattoo/model. [more inside]
posted by alice ayres on Jun 5, 2009 - 6 answers

This gay marriage activist wants to SILENCE opposition, apparently

How can I quickly and effectively complain to YouTube about ads they're running? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on May 7, 2009 - 14 answers

Migrated MAPI Permissions?

Exchange - How does it handle Outlook MAPI permissions when migrating users from one domain to another? [more inside]
posted by Leud on Apr 29, 2009 - 2 answers

How to get an Online Ad Sales job?

How do you get job in the Online Ad Sales industry? [more inside]
posted by mspisces on Apr 14, 2009 - 1 answer

"I you love the beat... 'Scream', the new album from Chris Cornell"

Looking for a specific Spotify audio add (Chris Cornell's). [more inside]
posted by XiBe on Apr 14, 2009 - 2 answers

Babies Looking in Diapers "There Is a Difference! Advertising What?"

There is a drawing of a boy and a girl baby looking into their diapers. It's an advertisement w/ heading, "There IS a difference!" Does anyone remember what product/ service this ad was for??
posted by mickeefynn on Mar 30, 2009 - 14 answers

Was this disturbing ad a real Allstate commercial?

"Some children don't wear helmets. Some children don't have heads." Was this a real Allstate commercial? [more inside]
posted by punchdrunkhistory on Dec 29, 2008 - 0 answers

Pretty Piano Music From Old Serta Commercial?

AdMusicFilter: Beautiful, haunting piano music from mid-90s Serta commercial. Google is only marginally helpful, and this search has been driving me nuts for over a decade now. Description and best-guess results are inside.

Note: Search terms should include "-sheep" as this predates that campaign. [more inside]
posted by ZakDaddy on Dec 11, 2008 - 13 answers

Citroen Ad Video Music

Can anyone identify the song / tune in this german citroen ad by eurorscg? Would really love to listen to the whole thing.
posted by iSimone on Nov 15, 2008 - 6 answers

I can name the tune but not the ad

I know I've heard the opening bars of Beck's "Gamma Ray" in a commercial or promo recently (Telus? The Gap?) but I can't place it and my Google-fu in in the ditch today. Help!
posted by wexford_arts on Oct 30, 2008 - 0 answers

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