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Eat your veggies

“Vegetables are all your body needs” ad campaign, via Laughing Squid (hat-tip to Andrew Sullivan)

Product placement is old news, but just in case you’re wondering how saturated films really are with implicit advertising, brandchannel.com’s brandcameo-films index tells you which brands were featured where: It’s hard to make audiences feel okay, and even good, about innocent people being gored, beheaded and axed to death–but Friday the 13th knows the trick…

Via Inventorspot: Hello Kitty goes anatomical, and we discover she even has bows on her guts. Yikes! But seriously – the second, faux-ivory Hello Kitty looks a little familiar. According to Inventorspot, you can choose from regular style or an interesting antiqued version with a finish resembling aged ivory. This style is meant to look…

From Inhabitat: Artist Brandon Jon Blommaert’s recycled trash robots (yes, they’re real sculptures) lay waste to Photoshopped landscapes. Check out his flickr page for more – and a “making of” series of photos showing how he built these steampunky robot overlords, who are destined for a Canadian recycling center. Their message is clear: RECYCLE, HUMANITY,…

Scoville Foods has created periodic-table inspired packaging for its line of hot sauces – complete with a “Scoville unit” rating system. Check out this tasty pseudoscience: Now, we are very pleased to introduce our hottest sauces: OTC and OTC Squared. That means it’s Off-the-Charts on the Scoville Scale. To our OTC, we add ONE MILLION…

Hidden pictures

Lovely minimalist poster design from Jordan Michael Gray’s flickrstream. via NOTCOT.

Wait! Where’s the frying pan?

Photographer: Rudy Huhold Agency: Artplan Apparently package delivery service Sedex Express is quite similar to. . . your brain on drugs. Hmmmm. Via fubiz

Like today’s Google Doodle?

It commemorates Hans Christian Ørsted, who discovered the relationship between electricity and magenetism. Re-enact Ørsted’s experiment here. But what about that other Hans Christian, Hans Christian Andersen? Here’s what the Guardian had to say: “while there’s nothing wrong with fairy stories, they haven’t contributed much to the development of electric motors.” Ouch! 🙂

We’re melting

Japanese artist Kawano Takeshi’s 2007 rendition of global warming is simple, a little funny, and a lot sad. For another version of the same theme – using a real child’s toy – check out Ours (the Bear), a video by French artist Simon Dronet. I’ll try to embed it, but the link’s wonky, so you…

Don’t mess with the brain

Reader Mike sent me the link to this Coke commercial a while ago. I love the exasperated brain pulling himself around – he’s like a mob boss driven crazy by his stupid henchmen. Their other ads aren’t quite as funny, because they make you overthink the situation (if the eyeball can’t drink Coke because it…