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How to Kill the Rest of Your Friday

koolaidMaybe you’re in New York and need to waste an hour or two before you scoot out of the office. Maybe you’re on the West Coast and have a full half day to go. But regardless of where you work, it’s a Friday in July. And you’re not getting any real work done at this point.

My time-killing suggestion for the day: AdWeek’s “AdFreak” blog, which is packed with TV ads you probably haven’t seen. Did you know, for instance, that the Kool-Aid man was back?

Or perhaps you’ve wondered what a North Korean beer ad looks like (though honestly, you don’t need to go the full two-and-a-half minutes on this one; 20 seconds is fine):

Or maybe you want to see a guy doing a backflip in a wheelchair, as in this spot for Howstuffworks.com:

One word of warning: Don’t bother with the “Eat Canadian” ad, which is earnest and dull. Save that for Monday, as you’re easing into the week. Enjoy your weekend!


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