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1) Your Zodiac Sign May Have Changed: Gawker
Astronomers have some cheek These so-called scientists peer through their big old telescopes in the middle of the night and think that gives them the right to kill off planets (Pluto) and mess up the whole astrological map. I was a Scorpio and now these people want to turn me into a Virgo. I think not. How dare they recalculate the dates of each sign to accommodate the shifts in the Earth's axis since the original Babylonian calculations. It's an outrage.
2) Things real people don't say about advertising: Bill Israel
This isn't funny:
And while we're on the subject, what's with all these companies thinking that they have the right to change the logos we know and love? The Economist explores.
4) Pink Ponies: A Case Study John St.
Here's another thing that's just too important to be taken lightly:
5) IBM's Watson Computer Wallops 'Jeopardy!' Champs in Trial Run: Fox61 Chattanooga
Luckily this was only a practice round. But, Ken, you better your act together for the real thing. You cannot be beaten. Warning: This video of Ken being humiliated by the computer is difficult to watch.
6) Elizabeth Hughes, 8 years old, National Anthem, Norfolk Admirals Game, Scope Arena
Finally, something uplifting (really). She's a great singer but what makes this video great is what happens when her mike stops working towards the end. The first thing you hear is a woman laughing. She picked the wrong lane. What happens next is that you hear the crowd collectively deciding that "no" this isn't going to end badly and they all join in and help her finish the song. Fantastic. (Reminds me a bit of this.)
That's it! Back soon with more stories from the world of brand strategy and vaguely related topics next week. More thoughts and comments also available on Twitter (@martinjbishop).