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Adlicious: Hula, Yoga, Sumo

Great advertisements — but can you guess what they’re for?

That’s right: these ads are promoting the new version of Scrabble that comes with LSD-coated letters. The game gets increasingly surreal as you play. About halfway through, the words you’ve spelled start coming out of the board and dancing around you. People usually leave the game at this point to go outside and look at trees.

If you want an easy advantage, wear gloves while handling the pieces ­čśë

See the rest of the ads here. Δ

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German Animation: Don’t Build Here!

This animated short was made last year to rally opposition against the development plans of German investment giant Mediaspree:

Development plans for Berlin’s Spreeufer (a 400km river that runs past East Berlin) were put on hold during the 90s because of Germany’s ailing economy. The plans were dug up during the recent boom, much to the chagrin of these guys, who made this video to influence people’s decision on the upcoming B├╝rgerentscheid (referendum) in Berlin.

From the German Viral Video Awards 2008:

Wenn sich eine engagierte Gruppe eines wichtigen Themas wie der mindestens zwiesp├Ąltigen Stadtplanung annimmt und mit geringen finanziellen Mitteln das Netz in jeder erdenklichen Form zur Verbreitung ihres Anliegens nutzt ÔÇô und wenn diese Gruppe damit bis zu einem Volksentscheid in ihrem Sinne kommt, dann ist das nichts geringeres als B├╝rgerinitiative 2.0 und verdient unsere lobende Erw├Ąhnung.

When a committed group undertakes an important topic, like disputed city plans, and with slim financing uses the net in every conceivable way to advance their agenda — and when this leads to an important public decision — that is nothing less than People’s Initiative 2.0, and earns our praise and mention. (my translation)

Enjoy this cool, quirky video. Δ

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