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Millard Fillmore says, “Drink Pepsi!”


I’ve written before about the occasional pictures we issue with warnings that they can’t be used for advertising campaigns. We’ve just put out some presidential portraits with the same warning, so I guess it’s a very real problem.

SHAME on you advertisers – you know who you are – who want to exploit such iconic faces as Rutherford B. Hayes and Franklin Pierce!

SHAME on the popular cold medicine planning to use the great name of William Henry Harrison, who caught a cold and died 30 days after his inauguration.

SHAME on the weight loss supplement planning to use William Howard Taft, just because he weighed in at 335 pounds.

Waiter, a comb for my noodles!


People, we need to brainstorm an advertising slogan for Acme Noodles, our newest client. We’re using photos of dogs lounging outside on big sheets of noodles being dried for sale to restaurants because, well, what goes together like noodles and dogs!

Here are the possible slogans we have so far:

Hey Shep, fetch me some more Acme!

Acme Noodles: trust us, you don’t want to know!

Acme: Not as disgusting as you’d think!

Acme: Our noodles aren’t yellow for nothing!

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Dogs recline on sheets of rice noodle being dried near a railway track in Phu Dien village outside Hanoi October 22, 2008. The village produces rice noodles, a staple breakfast meal, that are sold to restaurants in Hanoi. REUTERS/Kham

Bad news for Madison Avenue


Here’s another of those dire photo caption warnings. We’ve seen them before. You will note below the caption says you may NOT use this handout photo for advertising!

chavez-crop-0914-180.jpgI know, that’s very bad news for you ad agencies planning campaigns for army surplus fatigues or red berets for the Christmas market.  And while this picture would seem perfect thanks to those banners, do NOT try using it for a glossy socialism ad!