To give non-merger content a chance, we're breaking this week's list up into merger stories and non-merger stories. These lists are based on site traffic from 26 July through 1 August.
Top stories (merger)
1. The Onion's satirical take on the merger: "In a historic announcement that analysts say marks major changes for the advertising industry, senior leadership at Omnicom Group, Inc. and Publicis Groupe SA outlined plans on Sunday to merge the advertising giants into one firm, bringing together the largest collection of people with no discernible skills whatsoever."
2. Advertising weirdness from Japan. Come for the "Jerry Beans", stick around for Tommy Lee Jones.
If you were disturbed (as we were) by the anatomically strange woodland creatures in the Japan reel above, the next two animal-themed items will restore your equilibrium.
3. A Smithwicks ad featuring a resourceful squirrel:
4. Via AdWeek, a recorded livestream of what happened when an agency in Toronto attached a camera to a dog and let it wander the office for a bit. As AdWeek's David Griner put it: "As someone who has worked in an agency environment for years, it just left me feeling jealous of someone who could wander the halls doing absolutely nothing and be constantly rewarded with love and food."
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