Wednesdays Links All Wrapped Up
Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
NIKE NAMES SHOE AFTER TERRORIST GROUP (Emma)
Nike has landed itself in hot water with Irish consumers over plans to call their new shoe the “Black and Tan”. The trainers were meant to be named after the drink, a combination of Guiness and a lighter beer. However, the Black and Tans are also a parliamentary group who terrorised Ireland after World War I. It’s hard to believe that such a large and global company wouldn’t have done their research when naming the new product. What makes this incident even more difficult to comprehend is that Ben and Jerry’s also got themselves into trouble only a few years ago after bringing out an ice cream called Black and Tan. It’s bad that such a blunder happened once, but for it to happen again is madness. http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/11083.aspx
SURREAL ANIMATIONS (Aimee)
A friend posted this mental video titled Punch and Judy by Czech film maker along with the claim that this is definately not one of your five a day. I’d like to add that it most definately is if an acid tab constitutes as one of your nutritious five! A showcase of creepy orchestra playing monkeys and puppets playing with guinea pigs, this video will have you well and truly creeped oot!
THE FRESH PRINCE OF DOWNTON ABBEY (Victoria)
Okay, so this doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as the original but US comedy site College Humor have reimagined the opening credits of Downton Abbey in the style of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to hilarious results.The video shows the Crawley family in a totally different light, with lyrical highlights such as, “So if you’ll come round for tea and just sit right there, I’ll tell you all about how I became Lord Grantham’s heir.”The rapper even spins in a chair, albeit an ornate antique one in the style of Will Smith.If you are a Downton fan then this will surely make you chuckle: http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6736895/the-fresh-prince-of-downton-abbey
BEACH HUT FOR FIRST TIME BUYERS (Gaynor)
When the recession first hit, first time buyers found it harder than ever to get their foot on the property ladder. With various different schemes such as the First Foot Initiative that our client Warners is a part of, buying for the first time isn’t as difficult as it once seemed. I would certainly like a house with a view but not sure I would be trying to get onto the property ladder with this beach hut. For £126,000, the same price in which you can buy your first 2 bedroom flat, this hut in Dorset measures only 13ft by 12ft and can only be accessed by boat or a novelty ‘noddy’ train. Good one for holidays but not sure I could live in it…http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2114336/HOW-One-room-beach-hut-electricity-running-water-sale-126-000.html
THE SUM OF HUMAN KNOWLEDGE CONSIGNED TO THE CRAPPER (Scott)
As this article points out, the mighty Encyclopaedia Britannica endured for almost 250 years and in its pomp was revered as the sum of human knowledge. It’s already been a long while since door-to-door salesmen flogging the 32-edition opus were part of the fabric of daily life. Wikipedia is bigger, better faster and more accessible (when was the last time you flicked thorugh EB?). But it still feels a bit sad that the printed version has reached the end of the road.