The First Skywriting Was, No Surprise, For Advertising (Cool Weird Awesome 668)

On or around this day in 1922, a pilot wrote the first skywriting message in the United States. It was a way to demonstrate an advertising technique that would be a big part of business for the next few decades.

By |2021-12-01T06:54:36-05:00December 1, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Leonard Cohen, Of All People, Once Played A Villain On “Miami Vice” (Cool Weird Awesome 618)

Today in 1934, Leonard Cohen was born. His music and poetry have influenced other songwriters and poets for decades, but today we’re talking about another part of his career, and maybe the weirdest part: the time he guest starred on the 80s action series “Miami Vice.” Plus: today in 1997, Dunkin gave out free donuts to mark the last hurrah for their longtime TV pitchman, Fred the Baker. 

By |2021-09-22T07:28:09-04:00September 22, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Buy A Box Of Cereal, Get A Square Inch Of Land In The Yukon (Cool Weird Awesome 468)

It was on this day in 1955 that began a promotional campaign for the ages: where you could buy a box of cereal and find a deed to some land inside each specially marked box. Plus: a guy in the UK was trying to spot birds, but instead found 1,300 handmade gold coins nearly 2,000 years old.

By |2021-07-06T13:59:02-04:00January 27, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Why You Can’t Use Pepsi Points To Get A Fighter Jet (Cool Weird Awesome 352)

On this day in 1999 a court rules in a case involving a guy who tried to use a huge number of points in a Pepsi reward program to buy a fighter jet, which the soda maker had jokingly offered in one of its ads. It didn't work, but still, an A for effort. Plus: there's a new uncuttable substance that might make for a great bike lock.

By |2020-08-05T08:11:19-04:00August 5, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Competitive Dreidel Is The Best New Hanukkah Tradition (Cool Weird Awesome 198)

Take the Hanukkah favorite, dreidel, and turn the intensity way, way up. Now you've got Major League Dreidel, a growing new sport in New York City. Plus: an agency in Nova Scotia decided people needed a break from ads this season, and released some ad-free ads.

By |2021-03-23T08:11:58-04:00December 23, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

A Flock of Seagulls Sings Dylan – I Mean, A Flock of Seagulls

Now to keep balance in the universe, Seagulls lead singer Mike Score must now fly around a beach and/or a grocery store parking lot and make bird noises.

By |2012-06-04T06:25:02-04:00June 4, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

We Need More Costumed TV Pitchmen and We Need Them Now

We need to rededicate ourselves to the principles that made local TV commercials into icons of our childhood! We need pitchmen and women who are either eccentric or incoherent - preferably both. We need jingles and slogans that are even more eccentric and incoherent. And we need costumes, and plenty of them!

By |2015-07-05T13:59:59-04:00July 28, 2011|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |
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