The Bluefin tuna should be on the endangered species list but it's not because apparently Japan and China have bribes to keep it off. How effed up is that!? The tuna will likely go extinct soon if people don't stop eating it. So, Ogilvy, Singapore is bringing awareness by selling "panda meat."
Smartwater has partnered with the art of manliness, a website, to bring to you some valuable advice about staying healthy, including but not limited to the desk jockey workout: 8 ways to stay in shape at the office... Example: Rule number 1, "Make getting to your office a challenge."
Take this guy for instance...
We try to keep things all rainbows and sunshine here at Brandflakes by bringing you all the awesome from the interwebs. But sometimes, when a brand really pulls an idiot move, we just can't help ourselves.
Enter HealthNet, who created a billboard with a tweet from a random Twitter user about how awesome they are... except the Twitter user wasn't real, nor was the tweet.
Oh, someday we'll all get this social media thing. Someday.
Gif Sound, a fantastic website that creatively matches animated gifs to audio clips, is the absolute best way to waste away your day at work, er, day off. But, if you don't have time for all that, check out these best of videos that had me LOL'ing for real... to the point of tears.
Riding the buzz of the horrible replacement ref from the Seattle vs. Green Bay game, brilliant web developer, Erik Johnson, created this mock Google site called Replacement Google... which of course, totally effs up your Google searches.
Meet Vince Hannemann, the junk king. Since 1989 he's been collecting people's unwanted things and slowly built a cathedral. By 2010 the city of Austin had closed the structure down claiming it was unsafe and had demanded Hannemann to get a building permit. Before he could get the permit however, the engineer forced him to remove 60 tons of material, and so Hannemann did. Hearing what had happened to him, hundreds of volunteers came to the rescue and helped him rebuild. Check out this documentary by Evan Burns, it's remarkable.
Do you really love Helvetica? Does something possess you every time you see it? Well then you may enjoy this (thank @davidplain). It's a site called Helvetitee! Get a customized message t-shirt in Helvetica. Don't know what it should say? Well then pick a randomized message and BOOM! Done.
No, but really, does anyone else think they would benefit from selling multi-colored shirts as well? Just saying.
Halloween is coming up so why not get your pooch one of these saddles? Strap one of these bad boys on and sparky will look like there's something sitting on his back. Created by Paper Magic, the adjustable straps fits most dogs and are available on Amazon.
If you find that uber-annoying, then you'll agree: This. Is. Amazing. And by "this" I mean microchips in socks to locate them on an iPhone app. Brought to you by BlackSocks.com.
An even more ambitious follow up to Guillaume Reymond's classic GAME OVER Project, Animated Tower (HESAV s'anime!) takes people pixels to a new level. After all, what could be more fun then having 55 or so people open close shutters all day? Oh I know, standing there taking about 2 billion photos. Via.
Just when you thought tilt shift might be a bit played out along comes the breathtaking short film The Lion City. Created by Keith Loutit and using a combination of both tilt shift and time lapse techniques capturing the hustle and bustle of a growing, or is that miniaturizing metropolis?
It's a little known fact that Rube Goldberg was reincarnated as Japanese inventor named Akiyuki. How else could you explain this incredibly elaborate room-sized ball machine made out of LEGO components? It took Akiyuki two years building the 17 modules that the plastic balls pass through in a continuous loop. Obviously time well spent.
You'll need some serious cajones to walk though security with these stickers on your suitcase. After all, nothing gets the attention of bored TSA workers like a suitcase full of vibrators. If you like to tempt fate, you can get the stickers at Amazon.
No Place Like Home from Dominic Wilcox on Vimeo.
Dominic Wilcox, a London designer has created a pair of shoes that shows you your way home no matter where you are in the world. By clicking your heels together (yes, just like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz) the GPS and the circle of LED lights are activated.
Lifx are energy saving LED light bulbs that can be controlled by using your smartphone. They can change color, be dimmed, or even programmed to go along with the music your listening to. With a life span of roughly 25 years (40,000 hours) who wouldn't want one?! The campaign is currently running on kickstarter, with over 896,800 pledges they've already surpassed their goal by 896%. Looks like they're on to something.
If you happened to miss the boat on this whole Gangnam Style video here's the original.
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Oscar Mayer: Bacon Barter
Samsung's been busting Apple's you know whatsitz for a while now, so it only makes sense they'd jump all over the iPhone5. What's impressive is how quickly the did it. Sure, it's easy to drum up with a snarky comeback on the internet, but print? Note the last line under the iPhone.
Anyone that tweets using the hashtag #TweetToShoot today will trigger a real nerf gun set up at Neiman, a Philadephia ad agency. Why? Because they can and it's fun darnit! Oooor because they're trying to illustrate the possibilities of connecting the digital world with the physical world. Either way, do it!
This ridonkulously amazing video for Willow uses only 3 projectors and two walls and that's it! Your mind has officially been blown.
Directed by Flip Sterckx
Yeah, I didn't believe it either, but this website done pro-bono by Cramer-Krasselt for the Milwaukee Police Department is absolutely gorgeous. With amazing photography, live streams of current crime stats, links to all their social networks, intuitive navigation and more, it's a website you'd never expect to see from a government institution. So nice!
Michael Jason Enriquez created a tumblr page where he posts celebrity booking photos. The twist? He has fused them together with vintage 1920's mugshots solely out of curiosity, to see what they would look like. Pretty cool ey? Check out more at Mugshot Doppleganger.
In a series called bad little children books, author and illustrator, Bob Staake has altered vintage children's book covers and put his own twist on things. Could you imagine story time with titles like these?