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Whatchoo talkin bout Willis?

  1. Mar 12, 2009 #1

    Tom Mattson

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    "The Willis Tower"

    That's what the Sears Tower in Chicago is going to be renamed in the very near future.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-biz-sears-tower-name-change-willis-march12,0,7014962.story [Broken]

    They're not paying anything?? I've got a sawbuck that says it's the Tom Mattson Tower! I will NEVER call it the Willis Tower!
     
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  3. Mar 12, 2009 #2

    mgb_phys

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    Nice to know in these uncertain times the priorities of financial institutions remain unchanged.
    For very small values of well known - I've never heard of them
    No - people will simply completely ignore the new name.
    Swiss Re spent a $Bn on their fancy new office block - the tallest building in London.
    Nobody calls it the Swiss Re building, only the postman calls it 30 St Mary axe - everybody calls it the Gherkin.
     
  4. Mar 12, 2009 #3

    Ivan Seeking

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    I would like to see something a bit more engaging, like The Tower of Power. Or maybe, The Greater Chicago Phallick Symbol.
     
  5. Mar 12, 2009 #4

    Tom Mattson

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/eQE5vwlRYHA&hl=en&fs=1"></param><param [Broken] name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/eQE5vwlRYHA&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>
     
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  6. Mar 12, 2009 #5

    Ivan Seeking

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    I remember them. :biggrin:
     
  7. Mar 12, 2009 #6

    Vanadium 50

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    Yeah, but it was so long ago that "What is Hip?" is now "Hip Replacement".
     
  8. Mar 12, 2009 #7

    Ivan Seeking

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    Not to get too far off-topic, but it was very depressing to see that a Beach Boys tune is used to sell Hoverrounds. :cry: I remember when the Beach Boys were cool, young dudes.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC8x4UdSi50
     
  9. Mar 14, 2009 #8

    Tom Mattson

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    It's funny that you mention that because that's another renaming that I won't accept. That building is, was, and always will be the Standard Oil building in my mind. Not that I have any particular affection for Standard Oil, but it made for a cool nickname: "Big Stan". :D
     
  10. Mar 14, 2009 #9
    Any financial institution has to be trusted to survive. Having a physical landmark named after the institution is a clear statement of power.
     
  11. Mar 14, 2009 #10

    mgb_phys

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    It was more the statement that it is higher than it's competitors building.
    Like 5year old going 'ner-ner' to their friends.
     
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