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Signs and Stunts

A 310-foot \”crop circle\” in a California barley field that mystified locals this week was explained Sunday: it was a publicity stunt by Nvidia Corp., a maker of chips for PCs and smartphones.

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via Tech company admits carrying out ‘crop circle’ stunt to promote new chip | Fox News.

This cracked me up.  I remember years and years ago, people thought crop circles might be … wait for it – ALIENS!  A notion that made my beloved and I giggle to no end.  One of our favorite movies [Signs] even takes that theme and runs with it.  We have never believed in purported alien or extra-terrestrial intelligent life, so when the documentaries started popping up showing how kids were making the crop circles, we laughed some more.  So many people were hoaxed.

Seems it’s happening again, only this time by a major tech company.  They wanted to generate some interest in their new chip – which sounds amazing by the way – so they had a giant crop circle made that looked much like their new chip.  What a fantastic idea!  But I wonder, before the news broke that it was the tech company’s doing, did anyone seriously think it was aliens again?  Does anyone really still believe that sort of thing?

I think it was a brain stroke of genius to advertise their new product this way.  One copy, and miles of press.  I bet they saved a ton of money in their advertising budget!  Kudos to whoever thought of this one!

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