๐ŸŽ Cybertruck Blows Up The Internet, The Lightsaber That ... Meows? And More

๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ Tesla's Cybertruck takes the Internets by storm, and not all goes well. The holiday yule log gets spit-roastedโ€”ASMR style. Our Top 3 Tech Toys Gone Wrong. The 'Christmas Pizza' that's covered in turkey and gravyโ€”and served in a singing box, plus a whole lot more. 

๐Ÿš€ Rise of Skywalker: How will this chiasmus conclude the chiasmi? (at :42 seconds)
 
๐Ÿ“บ What the hell is The Mandalorian? And why isn't that Boba Fett and Yoda? (at 2:28)
 
๐Ÿ“ Tesla Cybertruck: Big splash, or botched launch? (at 3:45)
 
๐Ÿ”ซ Our Top 3 Tech Toys for Holiday 2019โ€”including a Lightsaber that โ€ฆ meows? (at 6:30)
 
๐Ÿ’ฃ Our Top 3 Tech Toys Gone Wrongโ€”including one inspired by Tesla (at 8:30)
 
๐Ÿ• The Christmas Pizza comes lathered with turkey, gravy, and a psychotic theme song (9:54)
 
๐Ÿฅฉ The Beef Drool Log comes with ASMR-like sound effects and โ€ฆ an AI-based personal assistant?  (at 11:15)
 
๐ŸŽ„ Cardi B or Anna Kendrick? Will the holiday TV spot imposter please stand up? (at 12:25)
 
๐Ÿ› From Santa's WTF workshop: animal dissection kits, fluffy pets with removable fur and other gifts for children (at 13:18)
 
โ˜ƒ๏ธ Some holiday chestnuts about goosing the kids, making memories and more (at 14:00)
 
๐Ÿฅ The Ricks reveal the title of their future Claymation holiday television special (at 14:58)
 
Approx. 15 min, 40 sec. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.

๐Ÿฆƒ A Pringles Thanksgiving, Singles Day Stats, Twinkies Cereal, Why VR Stinks & More

Singles Day scores $1 billion in its first :60-seconds. "Arson Frog" and "Okay Boomer" have meme warfare raging among generations. Plus: Twinkies cereal ignites a social media storm, what fMRI tells us about holiday shopping behaviors, why the future of VR may stink, Loaded Questions, and more.  

IN THIS EPISODE

๐Ÿ“บ 'Prime' Evil: 'Man in the High Castle' Season 4 (at 1 minute, 43 sec)

๐Ÿคฏ Meme Warfare: 'Arson Frog' Catches Fire as 'Okay Boomer' Explodes (at 3:26)

๐Ÿ’ฉ Smell-o-Vision: Why the Future of VR Might Stink (at 5:50)

๐Ÿ’ฐ $1 Billion Sold in :60-Seconds: Our Singles Day Scorecard (at 7:16)

๐Ÿคข  Turducken Pringles: Any way you stack 'em, someone's sure to cry fowl (at 8:53)

๐Ÿฅฃ Twinkies for Breakfast: Social Media Cause Cรฉlรจbreโ€”or Cereal Offender?  (at 10:08)

๐Ÿ‘บ Why Deep Fakes Mean Real Trouble for Business in 2020 (at 11:44)

๐Ÿ› Google Data: Top 3 Best (and Worst) Holiday Purchase Influencers (at 13:06)

๐Ÿง  What fMRI Brain Scans Tell Us About True Shopping Influencers (at 13:50)

๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ Six Fewer Days for St. Nick: Online Retail's Race Against the 2019 Calendar (at 14:58)

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๐ŸŽง Silent Coca-Cola Print Ads You Can Hear, AI-Generated Leadership Slogans & More

The Loaded Questions keep flying as we recall some of our favorite memories from Season 2 of Rick and Rick Rule the World.

IN THIS EPISODE

๐ŸŽง Silent Coca-Cola print ads you'll swear you can hear (at 9 sec)

๐Ÿง  The technical name for the psychological effect Coke uses in those ads - it's SCIENCE (at 1 min, 09 sec)

๐Ÿ”ฅ โ€ฆ Revisiting the knee-slapping family fun of "Brightburn" (at 2:09)

๐Ÿฐ The Top 3 "Game of Thrones" character names parents are giving their newborns (at 3:17)

๐Ÿšฝ What Rick M. really wanted the GoT characters to do with the Iron Throne โ€ฆ (at: 4:02)

๐ŸŒŽ How the Ricks are going wide (at 4:47)

๐Ÿคช Which was more fun for the Ricks - Season 1 or Season 2? (at 5:54)

โ˜•๏ธ How ingesting too much of a good thing can go bad fast (unless it's Ricks Pez candies, of course) (at 6:28)

๐Ÿ•ด AI-created leadership slogans gone bad (at 8:01)

๐Ÿ›‹ IKEA's plans to turn your living room into the set of your favorite TV show (at 932)

๐Ÿ‰ The Ricks nail their rendition of "Never Ending Story," the sex lives of Muppets, pre-Internet gaming, still obsessing about Shamrock Shakes, the trouble with time capsules and more (at 10:33)

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๐ŸŽง ASMR Affirmations for Creative Directors, AI Leadership Slogans, Whopper Overload and More

It's an epic round of Loaded Questions as the Ricks recall some of their favorite moments from Season 2 of Rick and Rick Rule the World.

IN THIS EPISODE

๐ŸŽง Top 5 ASMR Affirmations for Creative Directors (at 1 min 3 sec)

๐Ÿ€ Our Lucky Charms-inspired St. Paddy's Day IPA - the Breakfast of Leprechauns (at 4:01)

๐Ÿˆ For the first time ever, the Ricks pick the same #1 favorite Super Bowl spot โ€ฆ (at: 6:30)

๐Ÿ– โ€ฆ Not that we didn't have to revisit that whole Hyundai's 7 Levels of Hell controversy (at 7:55)

๐Ÿ”ค Rick M's prediction for Google parent company Alphabet gets an update (at 9:34)

๐Ÿฟ The Ricks fight over "Spider-Man Far from Home" (at 10:24)

โšก๏ธ Ricks don't let Ricks repeat Ricks without rubbing it in (at 12:00)

๐Ÿ” Rick and Rick experience Whopper Overload (at 13:52)

๐Ÿฅค Shamrock Shake memories, babies named after GoT characters and other moments from Season 2 (at 15:35)

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Approx 19 min.

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๐Ÿ˜Ž Why Podcasts are the New Website, DIY Deepfakes, and More

DIY audio deepfakes. Tinder's new choose-your-own-adventure streaming series. The new app that tells you if the people texting you are being flirtatious, or if you're strictly friendzone. Plus more. 

IN THIS EPISODE: 

๐Ÿ’ฅ JJ Abrams enters the Spider-verse, with a little help from his son (at 48 seconds)

๐Ÿ˜ Flirt-worthy, or strictly friendzone? A new app scans your text conversations to find out (at 2 min, 52 sec)

๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ A new app allows you to create audio deepfakes of yourselfโ€”so what could go wrong? (at 4:51)

โ˜•๏ธ Is it Pumpkin Spiceโ€”or poison? And did a 23-year-old woman just find out the hard way? (at 5:58)

๐Ÿ’ Swipe left or right? Tinder's new choose-your-own-adventure-style streaming series (at 8:02)

๐Ÿฅค Shake a Coke and a Smile: New Coke cans trigger cool new augmented reality experiences (at 9:18)

๐ŸŽง Thanks to Google algorithm updates, podcasts are the new webpage (at 13:03)

๐Ÿ“ฐ What those Google algorithm changes mean to news aggregators may be bad news

๐Ÿ›’ Which generation has the most ethical shoppers? Spoiler alert: It's not the Boomers

๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ It's still summer, so of course these two brands are already running Christmas ads

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Approx 17 min, 34 sec.

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๐Ÿ— Popeye's Goes BYO Bun, KFC Readies Dating Simulator Game, and More

๐ŸŽฏ The Joker steals the show at the Venice Film Festival. KFC's new dating simulator game seems seriously creepy. The very different Coke Challenge could land you in jail. And is it time to say, "Oh, Thank Heaven for iPhone 11?" Plus a whole lot more.

In This Episode:

๐Ÿ– One Rick gets to enjoy "Rio" โ€ฆ (at :45 sec)

๐Ÿ’ฃ โ€ฆ While the other Rick gets a "View to a Kill" (at 1 min :30 sec)

๐Ÿค– Weekly poll: "Terminator: Dark Fate" vs. "Zombieland: Double Tap" (at 2:16)

๐Ÿƒ No fooling: "The Joker" takes Veniceโ€”is he gunning for an Oscar next? (at 3:45)

๐ŸŽ Eleven sent: The iPhone's goes bionic (at 5:30)

๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿป A very different kind of Coke Challenge is nothing to sneeze at (at 7:26)

๐Ÿ•น From the WTAF Dept: The new dating simulator game from KFC (8:48)

๐Ÿคก BK's new AR game helps you "Escape the Clown" (at 9:30)

๐Ÿบ Now you can own your Bud Light Victory Fridge (at 10:45)

๐Ÿ— Popeye's goes BYOB: Bring Your Own Bun (12:00)

๐Ÿ˜ถ Quick: Name the latest brand to 86 its logo (at 13:35)

๐ŸŽพ Mercedes serves up voice and AR tech to score big (at 14:58)

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Approx. 17 minutes

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#EscapeTheClown: BK is Using AR to Troll Mickey D's And We Are There for 'It'

 

Just when you think Burger King can't top the crowning glory of last year's Whopper Detour campaign promoting its mobile app, it pulls off a battle royal from within its chief rival's own stores. 

Last year, BK won countless awards for geo-targeting offers for a 1-cent Whopper to customers who come within 800 feet of a McDonald's (see the success story below). But BK Germany may have upped the anteโ€”again. 

In a cross promotion celebrating the release of "It Chapter Two," Burger King is using advertising on Facebook and Twitter to invite consumers to download its mobile app and scan a review of "It" within a movie magazine McDonald's distributes in-store.

According to The Drum, when consumers download the app, they're able to play an augmented reality-enabled mobile game that displays a "flee and run" route to the nearest BK. If they make it there within a certain amount of time, they're able to buy a Whopper for just one cent. 

It's just the latest in the kind of inventive campaigns that helped BK clean up at this year's Cannes Lions Advertising Festivalโ€”and at the cash register. And in truth, BK's unorthodox philosophy about marketing has been on display as far back as its work with CPB Group.

With this brilliantly devious cross-promotion, the QSR might just win "Creative Brand of the Year" for a second year in a row. 

 

 


๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ'You're It': Nike Starts a Game of Tag to Inspire Girls

 

We're digging a new campaign from Nike Europe that's designed to inspire young girls to get physically active.

The effort, from W&K Amsterdam, involves a virtual game of tag that can be played across TikTok, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat for the chance to earn rewards points. As Ad Age reports, there will also be a real-world game of tag in London's Lee Valley on Sept. 24. 

Nike has always been innovative in its marketing and advertising, and the brand long ago learned that it pays big to play games with your customers

The only weak spot we see in "You're It"? Nike's famous tagline. Oops. 

Learn more about Nike "You're It" here.

 

 


๐ŸŒฎ Inside the Taco Bell Hotel, Why You're a Cyber-stalker, Summer Movie Scorecard & More

What really went down at the Taco Bell Hotel. Our Summer '19 Box Office Scorecard. Why YouTube seems to think robots deserve animal rights. Spidey's future with the MCU, and more. From Sept 2.

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IN THIS EPISODE:

๐Ÿ•ท Did Spidey Really Get Spiked From the MCU? (at 2 min, :30 sec)

๐Ÿ‘€ Why We're All Cyber-stalkers Now (5:55)

๐Ÿค– Why YouTube Thinks Robots Deserve Animal Rights (7:28)

๐ŸŒฎ What Really Went Down at the Taco Bell Hotel (9:17)

๐ŸŒ Enter: The Holo-sphere (11:34)

๐ŸŽฌ The Battle to Rank Among the Top 10 Movies of 2019 (14:33)

โš”๏ธ What movie ranked dead last in the top 100 movies this summer? (15:30)

๐Ÿ… Which of these movies got the highest rating on Rotten Tomatoes this summer (16:03)

๐Ÿฆˆ Which summer 2019 movie tried to be this year's "Meg"? (16:48)

Approx. 18 min, 25 sec.

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๐Ÿ“บ Lucky Charms Marshmallows Go Super-sized, The Banana Splits Return, 'The Boys' Goes Big Time & More

The Ricks discuss Amazon Prime's superhero satire, "The Boys." Super-sized Lucky Charms marshmallows are coming to a s'more near you. The Banana Splits are backโ€”in a gory new, R-rated movie. McDonald's McFizz cups are getting double takes for all the wrong reasons. "Friends" gets its own LEGO set, and a whole lot more. From August 27.

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IN THIS EPISODE

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ The Ricks talk Back to School and pre-Internet gaming in the good old days (at :25 sec)

๐Ÿ—“  The Ricks have a big milestone coming up (at 1 min, 40 sec)

๐Ÿงœโ€โ™€๏ธ It's summertime, so of course Pumpkin Spice Lattes are already back (at 2:00)

๐ŸฅคRemembering McDonald's Shamrock Shakes of yesteryear (at 2:32)

๐ŸŒThe Banana Splits are back, in an very violent, R-rated horror flick (at 3:35)

๐Ÿ“บ  Why you need to drop everything & watch "The Boys" on Amazon Prime (at 5:08)

๐Ÿฅ› Did somebody say McWTF? McFizz is an unintentional eye-opener (at 9:00)

๐Ÿ˜ธ"Friends": Old TV comes with perksโ€”LEGO's Central Perk Playset (at 10:13)

๐Ÿฅฃ Lucky Charms Jet-Puffed Marshmallows: Magically Delicious? (at 11:20)

๐Ÿš€ "Star Wars Barbie" rocks the geek lookโ€”for an out-of-this-world price (at 12:34)

๐Ÿ“ธ Instagram and WhatsApp get new names (at 14:13)

๐Ÿ“ฑ Verizon sells Tumbler to Automattic โ€ฆ for how little? (at 15:05)

๐Ÿฆธ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ  Look who's coming to CW's "Crisis on Infinite Earths" (at 15:52)

Approx. 17:05. For US audiences. Review privacy and cookie policies for SoundCloud, iTunes, Spotify and all other streaming services.