Monday, January 12, 2009

KGB: Knowledge Generation Bureau Commercial






When I first saw this commercial, I thought the Russians were looking for some new secret agents. If you visit the website advertised, you will see that KGB is "a privately held, New York-based company, the world's largest provider of directory assistance and enhanced information services."

www.kgb.com

They have people standing by, ready to answer your questions via the Internet, text messages, and phone calls. Right now they appear to be in Alpha testing. It's probably just a few hundred people who sit on the computer all day typing stuff into Google, Wikipedia, and Yahoo Answers. Looks like a novice search engine at best.

The commercial, while not being too clear on its message yet evoking interest, featured some interesting questions:

Q: What's the capital of New Zealand?
A: Wellington.

Q: What is the 17th Fibonacci (wow, I spelled that right) number?
A: 1597.

Q: Who was Queen Elizabeth's husband? (The first)
A: She never married.

Q: Define bootylicous.
A: Having a round, firm booty.

Q: Who sang "Sugar, Sugar?"
A: The Archies.

Q: Best cheese steak in Philly...
A: Geno's

Q: How many hamsters, standing on each other's shoulders, would it take to reach the moon? (Syrian hamsters)
A: 2,282, 764,988.5

Wowzers.



This one shows the specialization of each KGB member, including a imponderable, who works on questions like "What does a woman want?" At the end it tells you to text questions to 542542. I tried it, and they want 50 cents for each answer. No thanks.

Click here for Episode 3

Guru Grade: 6 / 10

8 comments:

thomas falconer said...

for another point of view about the kgbkgb/542542 service, look here.

http://blog.laptopmag.com/mobile-answers-to-all-of-your-questions-anywhere

Anonymous said...

who is the woman in the commercial.. for some reason i find her incredibly attractive

sdrawkcabton88 said...

Her name is Elizabeth Bogush, a TV actress. Here's her IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0091940/

Anonymous said...

What is the man's name that sneezes in the end of the commercial?

sdrawkcabton88 said...

His name is Sean Gunn, another TV actor. Here's his IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0348231/

Ren'ai said...

From the 4th episode of the KGB commercials, who is the guy that answers questions before people finish asking them?

Anonymous said...

This is WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2009. In regard to the KGB advertisement on TV, doesn't anyone realize that a fly is never DOWN. Hey the fly is OPEN and the ZIPPER is DOWN-STUPID!!!!

















This is WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2009. In regard to the KGB advertisement on TV, doesn't anyone realize that a fly is never DOWN. Hey the fly is OPEN and the ZIPPER is DOWN-STUPID!!!!








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Anonymous said...

No one cares if his fly is up or down. All we want to know is who is that girl flashing the signs. She is so hot in her "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble" tweed skirt.