No More, The NFL's Domestic Violence Partner, Is A Sham

The brands have spoken, and they want you to know that domestic violence and sexual assault are bad. In fact, the brands not only think they're bad, but have a theory as to why they persist: the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault don't have a strong enough brand. So, to help get America talking about… » 2/05/15 3:26pm 2/05/15 3:26pm

Why Nationwide Loves Its Dead-Kid Ad

Time for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? Email the Funbag. Today, we're covering Gronk, warring with Canada, caveman masturbation, and more. » 2/03/15 5:05pm 2/03/15 5:05pm

Sin City's Airport Rejects -- Then Approves Of -- Heidi Klum's Hotness

In a bit of an ironic advertising controversy, the same city that allows prostitution ads to be handed out on its resort-lined boulevards has rejected some ads from the Sharper Image which show Heidi Klum and her partially clothed, but concealed 41 year-old body. Heidi is apparently too hot for Vegas' McCarran Airport. » 12/23/14 1:51pm 12/23/14 1:51pm

Honda's Using Your Favorite '80s Toys To Sell You a New Car

Now that the children of the '80s are all grown up and have lots of expendable income, companies have realized that nostalgia can be a great marketing tool. That's why so many toys are being resurrected and re-issued, and why Honda is now selling cars using the likes of Skeletor, Jem, and even Stretch Armstrong as… » 11/13/14 12:09pm 11/13/14 12:09pm

For God’s Sake, Take Off Your Dealer License Plate Frame

I'll tell you when I first realized that we have a serious problem. It was just a few days ago, when I came up behind a car in traffic with one of those enormous plastic license plate frames. Printed on top was the name of the dealer – something like "ANDERSON MOTORS." And on the bottom, in the same enormous font,… » 9/16/14 4:06pm 9/16/14 4:06pm

Stuntmen in LED Suits Made This Impossible Parkour Run a Reality

The advent of CGI has allowed us to realize things on-screen we never thought would be possible—from living, breathing dinosaurs, to giant transforming robots. But it's become so over-used that over-the-top practical effects now draw the biggest wows from audiences, like Lexus' use of countless LED-suit clad stuntmen » 7/02/14 12:28pm 7/02/14 12:28pm

This Giant Submarine Destroying a City Street Is Actually an Ad

Life is strange and unpredictable. Some things have to be seen to be believed, and even then it can be tough to trust your own peepers. Take Milan’s Piazza Mercanti, for instance. It recently became home to what appears to be a submarine bursting through the asphalt. Wait, what? » 10/03/13 10:25am 10/03/13 10:25am

KIA's Got One for the Ladies: Your Mascara Wand Is a Deadly Weapon

KIA Canada has some new ads out that double as helpful Public Service Announcements about how if you get in their cars to drive and you decide to use that time to multitask and put on makeup, the car will kill you. Death sells! » 9/06/13 1:50pm 9/06/13 1:50pm

SRT Asks How We Can Desire A Machine More Than A Person

SRT (you might remember them as part of Chrysler, but now it's sort of its own brand, even though everything except for the Viper is really just a hot version of another Dodge or Chrysler or Jeep, so just go with it) just debuted this ad campaign explaining what it really means to love the motor vehicle. » 6/16/13 10:00am 6/16/13 10:00am

This Domino's Drone Strike Is Pizza Delivery's Dystopian Future

Is this pizza-delivering drone from Dominos just a publicity stunt, or a tantalizing look at the future of food delivery? Because while the eight-bladed DomiCopter is a little impractical given it needs a skilled pilot, eventually autonomous drones will be capable of delivering a piping hot pizza in mere minutes… » 6/04/13 5:43pm 6/04/13 5:43pm

Car Brand Loved By Liberals Mocks Subway Smells, Bums and Safety

Liberals love Subaru cars. In certain woodsy towns filled with wealthy former hippies, Subarus have long been the default automobile. So why is the company now mocking public transportation, the most hallowed of elite coastal liberal institutions? » 5/10/13 1:58pm 5/10/13 1:58pm

Before He Wrote Children's Books, Dr. Seuss Drew Ads For Big Oil

Decades before Horton heard a Who and the Grinch stole Christmas, Theodor Seuss Geisel was an ad man. Returning from an aborted post graduate stint at Oxford in 1927, he needed a way to pay the bills. » 8/23/12 2:00pm 8/23/12 2:00pm

The VW Beetle Started With Nazis, Boomed Under Mad Men And Died In…

Sunday marks nine years since Volkswagen rolled out the Ultima Edicion of its famed Beetle. As of today, no car has had the impact on personal mobility that the Beetle did during its 65 years of production. » 7/27/12 10:30am 7/27/12 10:30am

Smart Explains How They Determined The Weight Of Emu Poop

The Smart brand made news this week when they smartly outmaneuvered a blogger on Twitter when he suggested the crap of a single bird could destroy one of the cars. Not so, they said. It would take 4.5 million pigeon poops to destroy a Smart. » 6/22/12 2:00pm 6/22/12 2:00pm

AutoTrader Pockets $400 Million Before Going Public

That AutoTrader still exists in the post-Craigslist world may come as a surprise to some car shoppers. But the company is apparently alive and well, and will be going public, having just filed a $300 million IPO. » 6/20/12 1:30pm 6/20/12 1:30pm

Jaguar Ads Are A Gallery For Fine Cars

Jaguar hardly needs advertising to make you want one. Since switching from producing motorcycle sidecars to building sleek luxury cars in 1935, the British great has created some of the most elegant cars the world has ever seen. But the advertisements are beautiful, too. They give those of us without the means to… » 5/31/12 5:30pm 5/31/12 5:30pm

GM Will Remove $10 Million Worth Of Ads From Facebook

Mere days before Facebook goes public, General Motors announced that it will pull $10 million in advertising from the social media site. GM execs told the Wall Street Journal they're not getting appropriate bang for their buck from Facebook's paid ad content. » 5/17/12 9:00am 5/17/12 9:00am

This sponsor-less F1 car is plastered with fake ads

Ever since Colin Chapman came up with the idea of selling a race car chassis as advertising space in 1968, race cars have looked like dense mobile billboards. When a modern F1 team cannot sell on-car sponsorship, the result is both amusing and sad. » 5/25/11 12:00pm 5/25/11 12:00pm