Status: Hoax
image Yahoo News! reports on a hoax website, http://www.instoresnow.nl, created by a Dutch design student, Raoul Balai. It pretends to be an ad agency that offers advertising space on the bodies of prostitutes. It also offers to place ads on zoo animals. Big Gary points out that this is basically a variation on the old 'advertise on my forehead... or other body part' stunt. (Imagine brothel patrons or zoo goers having to wear body-ad blockers.) Yahoo News! reports:
"I was getting sick and tired of advertising everywhere," Balai told reporters. "But I don't want to preach, and I thought satire would work better." Far from taking his ideas as a joke, an Amsterdam zoo had its lawyer threaten Balai with a defamation suit after his website depicted fish from the zoo bearing the brand name of a frozen fish company. Prospective customers phoning his fake agency are kept on hold and bombarded with sales pitches until they give up.
I've been trying to check out Balai's site, but it won't load. The increased traffic from being mentioned on Yahoo News! must be the reason.

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Posted on Wed Jul 05, 2006


Reminds me of a joke about a guy who had various ads tatooed on his body: Nike on his back, Rebook on his chest. "Wait a sec," said his girlfriend, "why does it say 'AIDS' there?"

"Gimme a minute. It really says Adidas."
Posted by JoeDaJuggler  in  St. Louis, MO  on  Wed Jul 05, 2006  at  01:25 PM
First it was "condom only" and now it
Posted by Unfairly Balanced  in  Earth  on  Wed Jul 05, 2006  at  03:37 PM
Damn! I've had this very idea in my notebook for a couple of years now. I called it "Whorevertising" and I was waiting for the right moment to do something with it. This happens to me about once a year on average, I'd say. Grrrrrrr.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Wed Jul 05, 2006  at  06:42 PM
I especially like his section called "Beauty of the Beast," where ads are painted on the sides of lions, fish, and penguins.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Hondo, Texas  on  Thu Jul 06, 2006  at  04:30 PM
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