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They were never approved by Ford, but new artwork from an ad agency in India have the American car company in hot water. The controversial illustrations depicting women caricatures gagged and tied up in the back of the Ford Figo somehow (wink) ended up on the Internet. The ads feature the tagline, “Leave your worries behind with Figo’s extra-large boot.” A tad inappropriate don’t you think? Especially given the high-profile rape stories in India making worldwide news.

“We deeply regret the publishing of posters that were distasteful and contrary to the standards of professionalism and decency within WPP Group. These were never intended for paid publication and should never have been created, let alone uploaded to the internet.” – WPP, the parent group of the Indian ad agency

“We deeply regret this incident and agree with our agency partners that it should have never happened. The posters are contrary to the standards of professionalism and decency within Ford and our agency partners.” – Ford

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi appears in one of the ads (see above). These come soon after Berlusconi was found guilty of breach of confidentiality in a wiretap case and as he awaits trial in a sex-for-hire case.

Another part of the creative shows Paris Hilton in the driver’s seat while the Kardashian sisters are bound and gagged. I’m sure Hilton would love to “leave her worries behind.” While her popularity has wain, Khloe, Kim and Kourtney’s star wattage has only risen. To quote Regina George… she [Paris] like invented her [Kim].

In the Indian ad agency’s defense, they’re not completely misogynistic. The last ad shows three males instead of women being held against their will in the backseat. Check out the other two mockups below.

check out the other ads after the jump

This is freaking awesome. I freaking love a good Disney Parody and this new sketch from College Humor is pretty bang on. The video is a parody of the new film, Spring Breakers which stars former Disney stars Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez who, with a couple other girls, let loose during Spring Break. Next summer, it’s the former Disney Princesses that take a turn and they “let looser.”

What happens in the Magic Kingdom, stays in the Magic Kingdom as four of the Disney Princesses decide to venture out for a wild vacation, showing a side of themselves we’ve never seen before. Abby Elliott (SNL) stars as Cinderella and joins her badass friends, Snow White, Ariel and Jasmine for one hell of an adventure. Jasmine suggests they rob Cinderalla’s “b*tch Stepmother” and then head on vacation for Spring Break. James Franco’s character is the Genie in this parody. Here are some of the best quotes from this faux trailer:

  • Prince Charming: [To Cinderella as he holds glass slipper] “Wear this… and only this.”
  • Jasmine: “Here goes, better throw my hand in, wish me happy landing… All I gotta do is… this bump.”
  • Ariel: “Darling it’s better, down where it’s wetter, under the sheets.”
  • Snow White: [as she eats an apple] “You just take one bite and it will f*ck you up.”

Watch the hilarious trailer below. It reminds me of The Real Housewives of Disney sketch they did on SNL. So good! Enjoy the video below.

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Kids React To Harlem Shake

In: Patrick, Random Reads, Videos

It’s safe to say that the Harlem Shake YouTube trend is over now. These things come and go so quickly (which is a good thing). That being said, earlier this week I came across a video of kids reacting to Harlem Shake videos and thought it was worth sharing.

Kids have absolutely no filter and they say exactly what’s on their minds… so you can imagine their reactions and they things they say when they see grown ups dancing around like weirdos in these viral Harlem Shake videos.

Watch the video below and although I was super into all of the videos when it was a thing, I’m ready to give it all a rest after this. Enjoy!

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The Canadian Health Ministry has just released some rather creative and humerous PSA videos to get an important point across. The first video is all about Social Nibbling and how a guy doesn’t have to buy his own nibbles, he can just have some of other people’s nibbles and just does it for fun. The second PSA is about Social Farting and in the video, a woman talks about how she’s not a farter, she’s a social farter. In the third video, it’s all about Ear Wax Picking. In that video, the woman talks about how ear wax picking is a great way to meet people and that she feels like she looks good doing it.

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The point they’re trying to make is with relation to smoking and how social smoking is still smoking. The video is part of their “Quit The Denial” campaign. “Social nibbling, social farting, and social ear wax picking are as ridiculous as social smoking. Research shows that almost 2/3 of young people who finish just one cigarette will become daily smokers.” Watch the videos below!

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For many of you, getting enough sleep is a big problem and/or many of you are not “morning people.” As a result, you may find yourself hitting the snooze button time and time again to get as many extra minutes of sleep as you can. But is this really helping?

Another great video from ASAP Science addresses this very subject. I for one am a morning person so very rarely do I find myself using the snooze button. I find that I’m the most productive in the morning, as opposed to staying up late to get something done. This video talks about the science of sleep and what effects the snooze button has on that… Hint: Using the snooze button is not a good thing. As the saying goes, “You Snooze, You Lose.

Find out why snoozing is not recommended by checking out the latest video from the boys at ASAP Science.

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Flash Mobs may have been done a million times already but for me, but these flash mob marriage proposals always get me. There’s something about about the surprise factor, the music, and all of the work put into it that makes it so touching and the reaction of the unsuspecting future spouse always melts my heart.

In this video, the handsome gay couple (Gabriel and Daniel) are at a restaurant on a patio, when some random guy busts out into dance on the sidewalk. Soon others join in and it isn’t until later when one the guy who wants to pop the question joins in that his boyfriend has any clue what’s going on. At this point the performance is directed at him and his boyfriend dancing in the front of the pack. The way they set up the moment where he actually gets down on one knee is just perfect.

If you want a little sunshine on this Tuesday morning, check out the fun and adorable proposal below.

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A couple months ago, I joined CrossFit 604here in Vancouver and it was the best thing I ever did. I can honestly say CrossFit is now my favorite fitness related activity that I’ve ever done. People have said to me, “Oh you’re part of the cult,” which is hilarious. The reason why it people think that is because people are so freaking excited about what they are doing and can accomplish. I now know first hand and in CrossFit I have pushed myself further physically than in any other fitness related activity I’ve ever done.

1. The Challenge

You know when you go to the gym and the odd time you leave and you think to yourself, “Man that was an amazing workout…” Well, that’s literally how I feel every morning I finish CrossFit. You push yourself further than you would at the gym and the workouts really push you to your limit… to the point where you realize that it’s a mind game. Your mind wants you to quit, but your body can keep going.

2. The Variety

Every day is different and you don’t have to worry about “chest day” or “legs day” and things like that which is what I hated about the gym. I would get bored of my routines so quickly. Prior to CrossFit, I was also doing elite bootcamps with WestCoast Fitness, and those were 10x better than going to the gym (for me) and actually incorporate some CrossFit into their workouts. There just came a point where I couldn’t do CrossFit and bootcamp or my body would die. If CrossFit doesn’t appeal to you and you want to go to a good bootcamp class a few times a week, I’d recommend West Coast Fitness (that is if you are in Vancouver of course).

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Travel: Buenos Aires

In: Random Reads, Redd, Travel & Leisure

So it’s been a few weeks since I’ve been back from Buenos Aires, Argentina and I am missing the amazing weather & wearing summer clothing. The trip in summary was fun, filled with sight seeing, eating, shopping & some night life. There were lots of great things about Buenos Aires but there were also some things that were a bit annoying.

1. Food

Food was very affordable and amazing. I could not get enough of the empanadas! Argentina is known for their beef and there was no shortage of that. Everyone you turn is a parilla serving various amazing cuts of meat cooked on the grill. Palermo Hollywood has the best assortment of restaurants. Be careful though, specially if you have a sensitive stomach, the organisms in the food may upset your digestive system.

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