Publicity Stunts

Artist Lays Egg

Chuck mentioned a few weeks ago that French performance artist Abraham Poincheval would soon be sitting on a dozen eggs until they hatch. He's now well into the process of doing that and has hatched nine eggs already. [Heat St.,]

Poincheval hatching eggs

Back in 1946, the legendary PR man Jim Moran did something similar. He sat on an ostrich egg for 19 days until it hatched, to publicize the movie The Egg and I.

Jim Moran with egg

But the most famous case of a human incubating an egg may be from 1958 when Mrs. Ella Petry carried an egg in her cleavage for 21 days to prove that she could hatch an egg that way. It started as a dare in her neighborhood pub. And yes, the egg did eventually hatch.

The Louisville Courier-Journal - June 4, 1958

Mrs. Petry's stunt was recreated in 1969 for Lord Snowdon's TV documentary "Love of a Kind" that explored the strange relationships between people and their pets. The documentary then sparked an extended debate in the British press over whether it was actually possible for a woman to incubate an egg that way. Would there be enough warmth? The scientific director of the British Egg Marketing Board eventually weighed in on the debate and said yes, it should be possible. In fact, it was apparently an ancient custom among peasant women in Italy to do exactly this. The gender of a chick hatched in a woman's bosom is said to foretell the gender of the woman's next child.

Daily Sketch reporter Erica Wallace recreates Ella Petry's incubation stunt. Life - Dec 12, 1969

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 22, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Publicity Stunts, Performance Art, Farming

Alice White and Bunnies




I am not sure why 1930s actress Alice White was made to pose with bunnies so often, but she certainly looked fetching with them.

Source of third foto.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jan 12, 2017 - Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Movies, Publicity Stunts, 1930s

Insure It

Nick Hawk from the reality series Gigolos has insured his penis for $1 million dollars. I have heard of dancers insuring their legs and even sports professionals insuring various parts depending on what game and position they play. But usually those people are famous and talented. To be fair this show has been on for 6 years so Nick must be some what famous in certain circles. Hope the guy never has to collect though.

Posted By: patty - Sat Apr 30, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Publicity Stunts, Genitals, Sex

Church Of Bacon

Move over Spaghetti Monster, The Church of Bacon is new in town! With bacon's popularity peaking its an idea whose time has come.

Update: For those who are reticent to take a Google survey (sorry about that) Here is a link to the Church of Bacon website.

Posted By: patty - Sun Sep 13, 2015 - Comments (9)
Category: Publicity Stunts, Religion, Bacon

Nestle Naked Coffee Baristas


Nestle to promote it's creamer has done it using body painted naked baristas.

Posted By: BrokeDad - Fri Jul 17, 2015 - Comments (8)
Category: Publicity Stunts, Shopping, Nudism

Displayed In Pairs

Someone in Portland, Oregon must have gotten a deal on a large quantity of orange and white dildos. They are turning up around town tied in pairs and thrown over the power lines. No reason has been given and no one has claimed responsibility yet.

Posted By: patty - Tue Jul 14, 2015 - Comments (8)
Category: Pranks and Revenge, Publicity Stunts

Miss Kangaroo

Loretta North of Australia probably thought it was quite an honor when she was picked to serve as "Miss Kangaroo" and tour the United States with two kangaroos. It was part of a publicity stunt to promote the 1952 movie Kangaroo. But it doesn't sound like the tour went very well. One of the kangaroos promptly died. Loretta herself had to be hospitalized for strep throat. And while the other kangaroo survived, it was impossible to toilet train him.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 26, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Publicity Stunts, 1950s

Tim Hortons Yarn Bombed

Corporate-sponsored "yarn bombing" stunt. Tim Hortons hired knitters to entirely enclose everything inside one of its restaurants in knitted wool. Yahoo! News.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Dec 29, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: Publicity Stunts

Sea of Grass Land Company

Back in 1947, MGM gave away one-acre plots of land located in Valencia County, New Mexico to 689 different movie critics, editors, and publishers throughout the country. It was a publicity stunt to promote the movie The Sea of Grass, starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, and directed by Elia Kazan.

Of course, the land was barren desert, running alongside a Santa Fe railway line. So it wasn't worth much.

But I wonder what's become of those one-acre plots today. Have they risen in value? Did any of the recipients hold onto the land, paying the taxes year after year, and passing it on to their heirs?

As for the movie, director Elia Kazan said in his autobiograpy, "It's the only picture I've ever made that I'm ashamed of. Don't see it."

Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 16, 2014 - Comments (4)
Category: Movies, Publicity Stunts, 1940s

Pied Piper of Albany


What a great stunt by famed jazz musician Red Nichols.

Original article here.

I wonder if this was the tune he played.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 06, 2014 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Pests, Plagues and Infestations, Publicity Stunts, 1940s

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