Archives for September 2008

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8 WaMu Commercials That Seem Funny Now

We've done this twice before when Merrill Lynch was bought by BofA and when AIG sold itself to Uncle Sam, but I have to say, doing this WaMu list was by far the most fun. Their advertising was all over the place! Between those ridiculous 'whoo hoo!' spots, the ones with the 'Bankers' Pen', and even the ones where they showed how 'easy' it was to get a home loan, they're all epic losers in my eyes. …

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The Sad State Of Dick Fuld

The New York Post is reporting today on the 11th hour deals Lehman Bros. CEO Dick Fuld was trying to make before the bankruptcy filing. Apparently he made a call to a personal friend, General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt in the hopes of GE taking a huge 20% share of Lehman to keep it alive. Immelt wisely passed on that option. And although he hasn't been seen publicly since all this mess went do …

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Weekly Write-Off Caption Contest

Greetings, beloved WSF readers. We wanted to try out a new idea for a weekly feature. We'll post an image with no further comment or explanation and see who can come up with the cleverest and most amusing caption to describe it. Feel free to use quotes, links, movie references, and curse words at will. Let your imaginations run wild. Submit all captions as a comment to the post. We may not be the …

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Hank And Bens Most Epic Fail

Today Secretary of the Treasury (Baldie), Hank Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman (Beard-o), Ben Bernanke got called out hardcore by both the Senate Banking Committee and this punk from the crowd. Someone needs to get this guy a guest-posting spot over at Failblog right away. Baldie and Beard-o were under the gun today defending their proposed $700 billion plan to bailout the entire financial …

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8 AIG Commercials That Seem Funny/Inaccurate Now

I don't think there is a company whose commercials are more outrageously promising than AIG. They have been flooding the airwaves for the past two years, but whether they're featuring young, erudite grade schoolers showing surprisingly justified concern for financial planning, or some babies laughing their asses off at simple things, they all follow the same theme -- 'Don't worry AIG is the strong …

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What If A Kid Interviewed You For Your Job?

In this commercial for Deloitte, some uptight MBA students are applying for a job at a major consulting firm when they get a big shock -- some smartass kid pretending to be their interviewer walks in and starts asking them weird questions. Watch the video, great stuff. God knows that after this financial crisis is over we're gonna need some consultants who can handle surprise and shock with some p …

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6 Stock Market Movie Geniuses

In order to remember fonder, less depressing times on Wall Street, I had a chat with Stan from ScreenJunkies.com today to discuss the best stock market movies out there. He put together a sweet list of the "6 Stock Market Movie Geniuses" from those films and I offered a little bit of 'expert advice' on how to properly appreciate these captains of industry. Check it out, you can read the full …

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The Most Overpaid Actors

The always delicious Holy Taco guys have a great post on the Forbes Most Overpaid Actors list. Check it out here.

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Shark Fin Soap Cleans Your Nuts With Style

Whether you're a staunch supporter of a shark's right to live or you just want to own the most intense bar of soap on the planet, you'll be happy to hear about Lush's new Shark Fin soap bar. I'm pretty sure that thing will just slice into my skin if I try and lather-up with it, but that isn't stopping me from wanting to buy it. And that just goes to show that in a clever 3-part marketing ble …

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Merely Watching This Axe Commercial Will Make You Manlier

Axe shower gel is a success story in my opinion because they somehow made it OK for dudes to spend 6 friggin bucks on a fancy bottle of soap. Soap?! Guy used to hate soap.And how did they do it? By making manly-as-hell commercials like this one that makes fun of pussies who use girly soaps. You all know you've done it. You ran out of 'Irish Spring Sport' at home and dabbled with a little of your g …

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Who Is Hotter: Sarah Palin or Maria Bartiromo?

I think this is a pretty good matchup: Republican Vice Presidential Candidate - VPILF Sarah Palin and CNBC Anchor - Biz Babe Maria Bartiromo. It's a simple question - who would you rather? After doing some careful thought and thorough analysis, I would like to hear your feedback before making a final decision. When you boil it all down, it's truly surprising how similar these two women ar …

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The New Jerry Seinfeld Microsoft Commercial: Lame?

Remember that Jerry Seinfeld/Bill Gates/Microsoft partnership we announced last month? Well it's finally here after making its debut during the first regular season NFL game last night. First impressions? Kind of dull and lame in a 'wow this is strange...'-type of way. Maybe a couple of smirks while you're watching, but nothing that would really blow you away. But did it get the job done? Watch th …

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“Woots” Determine The Scale Of Gustavs Impact

Hurricane Gustav marched in with a lot of hype and much-warranted trepidation, but the city of New Orleans appears to have dodged a major bullet with the true impact of the storm. However, anecdotal evidence and wet reporters aside, it will take quite a while for the true financial impact of the storm to be determined. But some people have found a new, quicker way to track this data -- with Woo …

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Shawn Johnsons Inappropriate Taco Commercial

Seeing this ad really disappointed the hell out of me. Do the advertising gurus at Ortega have no common sense at all? Or maybe they've just never heard of looking stuff up in Urban Dictionary? "My tacos ... the best! I love Ortega's taco sauce, it makes my taco pop." I'm not sure what the worst part of this commercial is - having an underage gymnast talk about popping her taco or havi …