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Shameless nationalistic promotion.
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So it turned out that a volcano erupted in Iceland and that people don't like traveling in countries where lava is plentiful. Thus it's reasonable to conclude that tourism has suffered quite dramatically.

Combine that with already present financial problems and allot of people are understandably worried. So what to do? What to do?

“Hey! I have an idea!” said someone. “Lots of us locals use facebook, right?”

And so it was decided that tomorrow on Friday the 4th, every Icelander should commit a huge Internet spamming campaign, bombarding various sites with reasons why Iceland is such a great place to visit. If the slogan had been “Come visit. You won't burn in a pit of hellfire. Honest!” It would have been amusing enough but it's the standard “Unspoiled nature” crap that they throw out every bloody time.

Well… Fuck it. I guess I'm answering the call to arms early and be done with this silly thing (since I won't have time to do so tomorrow (and I also wanted to warn you about the upcoming spam campaign which will reach its highpoint tomorrow around 1 pm GMT time (roughly about 12 hours from now))). I also wish to invite everyone to find some shameless self promotion about their own country or state and post it in this thread so mine won't feel so lonely. So without further ado, here's the promotional campaign video.

So yeah… come to Iceland and… uhm… buy some crap.

P.S. I fucking hate the beginning. Please ignore the first 30 seconds of the video.
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You know iceland and ireland are very similar in spelling.
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Product Placement at 7:05PM, June 2, 2010
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Never noticed it.
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Faliat at 7:17PM, June 2, 2010
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Now you know the pain of being Scottish…



I mean, dammit.
Not a single midgie swarming around her face and crawling in her facial oriphices, no patches of derelict and overgrown urban wasteland strewn with used syringes, no freezing to death after getting lost of the side of a mountain like what usually happens, no people being burned alive in wicker men by obese, orange-skinned, dayglow yellow tracksuit wearers ODing on cocaine sprinkled deep fried pizzas and Irn Bru…

And it got worse for “The Homecoming” last year:



My family liked to play a game with this one called “Guess which of these people actually live in Scotland”

Call that jumped up metal rod a knife?
Watch mine go straight through a kevlar table, and if it dunt do the same to a certain gaixan's skull in my immediate vicinity after, I GET A F*****G REFUND! BUKKO, AH?!

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Never noticed it

Well i actually didnt till i looked at the 2 side by side. Then again im that thick anyway. Nice country anyway. I'll hop across and visit it some day.
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ozoneocean at 9:29PM, June 2, 2010
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So it turned out that a volcano erupted in Iceland and that people don't like traveling in countries where lava is plentiful. Thus it's reasonable to conclude that tourism has suffered quite dramatically.
You need a new slogan…

Something like “Come to Iceland! Home to Scandinavian sex tourism and illegal narcotics!”

Hmm hmm? ^_^
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Australian tourism ads suck. In the 80's it was Paul Hogan saying “throw another shrimp on the barbie!”
Most Aussies had no idea what a “shirmp” was. We call them prawns. -_-
Tourists came asking about “shrimp on a barbie” and locals were like “WTF?! They want us to cook midgets? Dwarves? Sick cannibal freaks!!”

Now the ads say things like “where the bloody hell are ya?”
That's right fellow Aussies, let's portray ourselves as hopeless, garrulous crude morons, that will get the tourists in! Maybe we should wear overalls with one shoulder strap undone, a straw hat, bit of mud on our faces… really get the village idiot simpleton thing going strong.
 
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Dark Pascual at 9:53PM, June 2, 2010
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Something like “Come to Iceland! Home to Scandinavian sex tourism and illegal narcotics!”

SIGN ME UP!

That kind of aproach will totally beat the current concept here in Ecuador!



COME, STAY IN ECUADOR. PLEASE LET US BE YOUR DEVOTED SERVANTS, PATRONCITO!!!
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ozoneocean at 12:12AM, June 3, 2010
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P.S. I fucking hate the beginning. Please ignore the first 30 seconds of the video.
Haha, nice vid! Iceland looks a lot like New Zeeland. Hmmmm…
Faliat
Now you know the pain of being Scottish…
Wow, looks like Iceland…
Faliat
And it got worse for “The Homecoming” last year:
OMG autotuned Scottish people! @____@
Damn you autotune for ruining one of the world's greatest accents :(
Dark Pascual
COME, STAY IN ECUADOR. PLEASE LET US BE YOUR DEVOTED SERVANTS, PATRONCITO!!!
HA! As long as you have Icelandic sex tourism and narcotics. :)
 
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Ironscarf at 1:44AM, June 3, 2010
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Interesting. The promotional material for England is something like,

“Don't come here - we don't want ya!” and,

"If you must, don't even think about staying!"
 
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Product Placement at 6:09AM, June 3, 2010
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P.S. I fucking hate the beginning. Please ignore the first 30 seconds of the video.
Haha, nice vid! Iceland looks a lot like New Zeeland. Hmmmm…
Faliat
Now you know the pain of being Scottish…
Wow, looks like Iceland…
And through that logic, we can argue that Scotland looks a lot like New Zealand.

And I particularly like the fact that the video seems to portray all Icelanders as free running break dancers lol! Although I guess I can't really say anything since I happen to be training to do just that.
ozoneocean
Australian tourism ads suck. In the 80's it was Paul Hogan saying “throw another shrimp on the barbie!”…

…That's right fellow Aussies, let's portray ourselves as hopeless, garrulous crude morons, that will get the tourists in! Maybe we should wear overalls with one shoulder strap undone, a straw hat, bit of mud on our faces… really get the village idiot simpleton thing going strong.
At least you get to entertain yourself, warning people about drop bears.
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Faliat at 6:16AM, June 3, 2010
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So basically you're saying Scotland is like New Zealand?

Seemed more like Bosnia & Herzegovina with more urban decay and skyscrapers. And I've never been there but I've seen pictures and a guy that had on TV said a very similar thing. So it must be true!

Also, if you didn't like the autotuning (That I can't hear for some reason), you'd hate the fact that that advert was supposed to encourage Scottish people or people of Scottish descent that don't live in Scotland to visit.

But there was a fundamental flaw…


It was only aired in the UK.

Call that jumped up metal rod a knife?
Watch mine go straight through a kevlar table, and if it dunt do the same to a certain gaixan's skull in my immediate vicinity after, I GET A F*****G REFUND! BUKKO, AH?!

- Rekkiy (NerveWire)
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PIT_FACE at 8:28AM, June 3, 2010
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i saw this ad for Columbia and the slogan was literally like “it's not what you think.” i laughed so hard. have only seen that ad once.
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Kroatz at 10:09AM, June 3, 2010
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Come to the netherlands!

You've been bieberrolled!
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crocty at 10:13AM, June 3, 2010
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I have fully decided I am never visiting Iceland ever because of this thread.
I sincererely hope your government is happy.
THIS NEW SITE SUCKS I'M LEAVING FOREVER I PROMISE, GUYS.
NOT BLUFFING, I'M GONE IF YOU DON'T FIX IT.
Oh god I'm so alone someone pay attention to me
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Product Placement at 10:26AM, June 3, 2010
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Don't worry. You won't be missed.
probably since you've never been here and I have no reason to miss you.
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AQua_ng at 4:49PM, June 3, 2010
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I see a few adverts for Iceland from my neck of the woods.


They're not so good at convincing me to go to Iceland.


Also, come to England, we pretty much suck at every sport we've invented.

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Product Placement at 4:55PM, June 3, 2010
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Wow, that's pretty cheap.

How come we don't have stores like that?

The irony of that statement is not lost to me.
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Zad at 7:56PM, June 3, 2010
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I can't find anything advertising the US as a whole.



There's really no reason to even come.
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Product Placement at 5:41AM, June 4, 2010
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I can't find anything advertising the US as a whole.
That's because US as a whole doesn't advertise itself. It's the individual states that do these kinds of promotions.

Take California for example:

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ozoneocean at 6:31AM, June 4, 2010
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Take California for example
I only recognised 2 or three of those celebs… Leno, Schwarzenegger and… Rob Lowe?

The voice-over lady in the end does voices for some crappy kids cartoons. too. :)


To be fair, the US doesn't NEED ad campaigns to advertise the whole country- Hollywood does that for them. constantly. I don't know, but I'd guess that ads like that one are intended for the domestic market.
 
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Hapoppo at 1:30PM, June 4, 2010
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Come to beautiful Ohio! It might not give you AIDS!
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Salsa at 3:02PM, June 4, 2010
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Yeah and if you use Hollywood as your source material, you'll learn that all Alabamians are racist rednecks who couldn't even pass a high school exit exam. I haven't watched TV on a regular basis in two years so I don't know about any of the ads out for my state, but I'd like it if whoever's in charge of this thing would use this.

“Come to Alabama. You'll see how stupid YOU are.”
There's a reason I hate Talladega Nights so much.
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Ochitsukanai at 3:59PM, June 4, 2010
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“In Iceland you were promised dancing! Dancing in the streets! But you see no dancing here and you hear only consonants, consonants without vowels to accompany them”

“Although you tried really hard to be super-friendly and outgoing with everyone, you got the feeling they disliked you somehow. They were all so reserved. How could this be?”

In Texas, incidentally, I see ads for Texas with great frequency. These ads sure are effective! Look, we're already here!

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alwinbot at 4:15PM, June 4, 2010
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whooaa. Iceland looks like Hyrule in that first video(and Hyrule does not look like iceland). And I wonder what the video for immigration to New York is.


It's probably like Ghostbusters. The entire movie is one big immigration ad.
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Product Placement at 4:37PM, June 4, 2010
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you hear only consonants, consonants without vowels to accompany them
Wait, what? What on Earth are you talking about? If anything, we have too many vowels! We got twice the amount of vowels, compared to the English alphabet. Just take a look.
alwinbot
I wonder what the video for immigration to New York is.

It's probably like Ghostbusters. The entire movie is one big immigration ad.
Heh. Hell, if I'd could expect seeing this in the streets, I'd move there.
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alwinbot at 5:03PM, June 4, 2010
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you hear only consonants, consonants without vowels to accompany them
Wait, what? What on Earth are you talking about? If anything, we have too many vowels! We got twice the amount of vowels, compared to the English alphabet. Just take a look.
alwinbot
I wonder what the video for immigration to New York is.

It's probably like Ghostbusters. The entire movie is one big immigration ad.
Heh. Hell, if I'd could expect seeing this in the streets, I'd move there.
Oh hey, the statue. We see that badass every thursday.
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Product Placement at 6:08PM, June 4, 2010
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Oh hey, the statue. We see that badass every thursday.
Btw. You guys really should do something about your sewers.
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Ochitsukanai at 11:40AM, June 5, 2010
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Argh, the mystery vowels, they're like some non-Euclidean Lovecraftian geometry! Oh, the incomprehensible horror -shudder-

But fine, it would be more accurate to say “you hear only select consonant clusters you find impossible to pronounce accompanied by incomprehensible vowels you've never seen before.” It lacks the same flow, though.

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alwinbot at 12:51PM, June 5, 2010
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Oh hey, the statue. We see that badass every thursday.
Btw. You guys really should do something about your sewers.
Way too many radioactive turtles with access to Asian weaponry.
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Product Placement at 5:14AM, June 6, 2010
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Btw. You guys really should do something about your sewers.
Way too many radioactive turtles with access to Asian weaponry.
Between giant crocodiles, mutant martial artist turtles and ghost producing goo, I'm surprised you're brave enough to sit down on a toilet.
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