Some teachers in a Connecticut town banned students from “Hump Day” recitation

Geico advertising execs would be pleased to know that their talking camel “Hump Day” commercial is so catchy, Connecticut middle schoolers quote it all week along. In fact, some teachers have banned their students from referencing it, calling the incessant quotations “disruptive.”

“Everybody’s walking around in the hallways and saying its hump day in that weird voice,” Vernon Center student Brooke Lewis told WFSB.

“Sometimes its the counting down to when it is,” Lewis said.

Kids aren’t the commercial’s only fans. CBS News reported last month that “Hump Day” was the most-shared ad of the summer.

“If you look at the tracking chart, the irony of it is it actually makes a hump, and it spikes on Wednesdays, which is what more could you ask for,” said Wade Alger, the Martin Agency ad man in charge of Geico’s account…

Even the White House quotes it:

WH Hump Day

Here’s the full ad:

The call-and-response aspect of the commercial can’t be ignored. Students one side of the hall shouting “Guess what day it is?” Others responding “It’s Hump Day!”

I can recall being in the bleachers at a Red Sox game when part of the crowd would shout “Tastes great!” and the appropriate response was “Less filling!” All over a crap beer commercial.

But, I have to admit – this is my current fave advert, too.

Super Bowl Commercials

Last year’s Super Bowl commercials IMHO were mediocre. Were any of them worth remembering?

This year’s – were worse. We liked a couple: The Kia robot model, Budweiser’s Clydesdale colt and this one, the Gangnam pistachio commercial. Skillful, simple green-screen production.

HANDJOB! [Official Commercial]

This is not a joke. I saw this commercial on television once. I forget what channel it was on – probably one of the business channels like Bloomberg TV since that’s what I usually leave on as background white noise in the living room during the day. Whenever I pass through, I can see the latest news on the crawl.

Only saw it once – and forgot about it. Until my favorite outré commentator on life included it in this week’s Paws and Claws newsletter.

Thanks, Ursarodinia

It’s halftime in America — and Chrysler says it, again!

There are beaucoup conservative politicians in this nation who – if they had their way at the start of the recession – would have kept anything like this commercial from ever being produced. Because Chrysler and General Motors and tens of thousands of American workers would have been shoved off the economic scoreboard.

But, our government came up with loans and aid, folks in the MidWest and around the country pulled together. The loans are being repaid. Cars are rolling out onto the highways, again. The American car industry and the people who work there weren’t allowed to die.

We get the same old 1930’s ideology every night on the news, in trite debates – from people who still don’t give a damn about American workers or American products. I wouldn’t vote for those losers even if they paid their taxes.

Keep on rocking in the Free World.


We’ve all said something this dumb one time or another:

I don’t think our extended family has a single Chevy pickup anymore. Most of the pickups are Dodges, preferably diesel. But, the commercial makes me chuckle everytime I see it.

Deodorant commercial banned as offensive to Christians

South Africa’s advertising watchdog has banned a television commercial depicting angels falling from heaven because they are attracted to a man’s deodorant after a complaint from a Christian.

The advertisement for Axe deodorant (known as Lynx in Britain) features winged, attractive women crashing to earth in an Italian town.

The scantily-clad women are then drawn towards a seemingly unremarkable man preparing to get on a moped. They regard their quarry lasciviously while sniffing the air before one by one smashing their halos and advancing towards him.

A viewer who complained to South Africa’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said the suggestion that God’s messengers would literally fall for a mortal being because of a deodorant was incompatible with his belief as a Christian.

ASA agreed, and ordered Unilver SA, which sells Axe deodorants, to withdraw the advertisement.

As such, the problem is not so much that angels are used in the commercial, but rather that the angels are seen to forfeit, or perhaps forego their heavenly status for mortal desires,” it said in a statement.

Idiots. Not just the dweeb who made the complaint, of course; but, the petty bureaucrats who made the decision to ban the commercial.

I wouldn’t expect either to have a sense of humor. That would allow for normal human emotions to overrule obedience to either social strictures leftover from the Dark Ages or government administrators assigning priority to democratic decision-making in the commercial marketplace.

Like – if you don’t like the commercial don’t buy the fracking deodorant!