Ten Stories We Have Enjoyed This Week

15th July 2016

Countries around Europe are recreating palaces and monuments from bygone eras. What’s behind this grandiose rebuilding?

Big Pharma companies are trying to block legal marijuana in the US. ‘There’s a body of research showing that painkiller abuse and overdose are lower in states with medical marijuana laws. These studies have generally assumed that when medical marijuana is available, pain patients are increasingly choosing pot over powerful and deadly prescription narcotics.

From Adage.com ; ‘Campaigns Are Dead. Modern Marketing is A Data Exchange.’ ‘By shifting to this mindset, brands can make the structural changes that benefit the consumer as well as the brand. This helps both entities spend their money more wisely by providing the data needed to make smarter decisions. It might not be the sexiest aspect of marketing, but it is now the most important.

Only Dead Fish looks at the rise of The Unreasonable Consumer’. ‘As soon as we’re spoilt by a seamlessly intuitive, smartly designed, on-demand customer experience like Amazon one-click, we want and expect everything to be like that’.

The Inaugural International Drone Photography Contest from dronestagr.am. Categories include Travel, Adventure/Sports and Nature/Wildlife.

Headphones Are Everywhere. ‘Should we think of headphones, then, as just another emblem of catastrophic social decline, a tool that edges us even deeper into narcissism, solipsism, vast unsociability? Another signifier of that most plainly American ideology: independence at any cost?

An interesting analysis of the World’s Flags. One observation is that they are all rather similar – 53% of the worlds flags subscribe to 5 standard layouts. This is a project by ferdio.com – Flag Stories.

From long lost footage, in this short film Marilyn Monroe giggles through her wedding. 

Which is the most valuable sports team in the world? Real Madrid, Barcelona, Man Utd? No, for the answer we need to look on the other side of the pond.

Selena Gomez, tops Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner to have the most liked Instagram post of all time – with 3.7 million liking this photograph.