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Which Limited Run Shirt Will You Buy?






 

So, it is that time again. Our popular "Zero HedgeIntelligence" t-shirt ("On a long enough timeline the IQ of every CNBC anchor drops to zero.") is about at the end of its run. We will be removing this cherished bit of old-media history from our stores permanently on Friday. If you still want your own copy, now is the time to wander on over to the Zero Hedge Catalogue'o'Swag and grab one of the last ones.  We are also phasing out the original, multi-color Zero Hedge Cap and the old logo Country Code Stickers.  Thanks for all the memories, guys!

So that takes care of "out with the old," here's the "in with the new":

We scoured the world over to find a partner that would give us the quality product and flexibility of design that we needed to properly entheta our readers with the only scarlet Greek letter that will get you unceremoniously kicked out of any restaurant in which James Simons happens to be sitting at the moment of your arrival. We think you will appreciate the results, but we had some trouble with the final design.

We spent a lot of time conducting focus groups (read: accosting random friends in dark bars while drunk, and asking their opinions on the latest swag design pictured on our expansive and high-contrast iPhone screens) but couldn't get a consensus on which design would carry the day in a fair fight. So we decided to let the markets decide.

We've narrowed the next limited run of Zero Hedge specialty shirts down to two contenders:

 

Black Swan

-and-

American Dream

 

 

At the moment it seems pretty clear that we will be printing on American Apparel stock.  For those in the know, probably the Sheer Jersey Short Sleeve Summer T-Shirt or the Original Fine Jersey Short Sleeve T-Shirt.  For the uninitiated, this means 100% sheer or fine Jersey cotton, a durable rib neckband, reinforced shoulder, double-needle bottom hem stitching... basically the best damn T-Shirt an underage American Apparel model can get nearly naked in- or that you can wear into the lobby at 85 Broad.  (Triple-Word-Score for combining the underage model, the shirt and the lobby at 85 Broad).

Once we get our hot little hands on the best damn T-Shirts money can buy, the designs will be film-transferred to our presses and branded on that virgin cotton with hand-picked inks via by-hand screen-printing and heat cured finishing- a process selected for its tendency to produce brighter, higher-quality images with a strong resistance to fading.  There is simply no comparing these results with the direct-print or thermal heat transfer process used by the likes of CafePress.  (We still love you CafePress, and no one makes hats or coffee mugs like you guys!)  Between the superior stock and image quality, we think you will be quite pleased.

So, get to voting.  You've got 10 days to decide and we have to schedule the models for the shirt promo-shoots before their schedules fill up.  (Classes at the local high schools start soon, you know.)

 


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Thu, 08/13/2009 - 00:00 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Thu, 08/13/2009 - 02:25 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 08/12/2009 - 21:56 | Link to Comment Ruth
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How much does the autographed versions go for?

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 21:35 | Link to Comment fivethousandove...
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Really?  Are we really voting on T-shirts?  What is happening to this blog?

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 21:29 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 08/12/2009 - 20:19 | Link to Comment climacus
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Can we get an official looking zerohedge coffee mug please? The Digital Dickweed mug is a little too deep for my co-workers and are making their heads explode.

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 20:16 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 08/12/2009 - 19:24 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 08/12/2009 - 19:23 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 08/12/2009 - 18:52 | Link to Comment cwd42
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count me with crowd wanting simple shirt...ZH logo w/-273 would be kewl

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 18:48 | Link to Comment anonymike
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I voted for the black swan, but will only buy one if it has a pocket.

Cheers

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 18:42 | Link to Comment Missing_Link
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Strange that the survey has A as swan and B as dream, while the results page has them opposite.  Marla, are you sure these are being counted correctly?

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 18:41 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 08/12/2009 - 18:35 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 08/12/2009 - 21:32 | Link to Comment fivethousandove...
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Astounding.  Well done. 

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 19:44 | Link to Comment deadhead
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34650...nice move! I saw that floating around several months ago and it is genuinely hysterical.....that would be one hell of a shirt.

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 18:56 | Link to Comment Missing_Link
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LOL!

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 18:13 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 08/12/2009 - 18:11 | Link to Comment TumblingDice
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I really don't understand the black swan concept. To me it seems like all it says is "crazy shit happens" or "models aren't always right" or "there are unexpected events sometimes." So I'm not getting that one since I take all that as a given anyway, but the American Dream I'll think about.

The only reservation I have is that a fellow consumer of alcohol in an establishment might interpret the shirt to mean that I hope they/we get srewed. Of course in reality the shirt mostly represents the hope of failure of the robber barrons but I fear that the message that will show will be one of schadenfreude over the misery of the 401k holding population.

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:53 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:46 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:37 | Link to Comment Fish Gone Bad
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I was hoping Zero Hedge would have picked up my cursing fish saying, "Banks Suck".

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:19 | Link to Comment whacked
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Whhaaatt.

 

My dyslexia proving a real problem.

 

Are they ar$e about?

 

What about PayPal from cafe for us out of towners?

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:41 | Link to Comment VegasBD
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same here, i had to read it twice. i suppose the A. vs B. swap is on purpose? Kinda like the CAPTCHAs that require one digit for two digit answers?

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:15 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:14 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:14 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:10 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:13 | Link to Comment Quantum Noise
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sure, just make sure your contribution is big enough to keep the servers going. Oh, and make sure marla doesn't run out of cigarettes. As for tyler, I don't know what he's on. Judging after his productivity I doubt he only runs on coffee.

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:37 | Link to Comment VegasBD
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i wish i was half as productive  in my life as TD is at his blog hobby

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:10 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:08 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:07 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:06 | Link to Comment Quantum Noise
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Hey Marla, how about we unleash the creativity of the space monkeys and we have a contest who designs the best T-shirt? Many space monkeys seem pretty creative judging after their posts, why not have them come up with some ideas? Heck, even a black T with the 50 most hilarious avatars would look great.

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 20:59 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:01 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:08 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:05 | Link to Comment -273
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-273 is absolute zero. 0 k on the kelvin scale. We worked on the design with ZH.

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:10 | Link to Comment Quantum Noise
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It is actually 273.15. That 0.15 difference seems small, but for the physicists who study Bose-Einstein Condensation it is huge, since they're dealing with micro and even nano Kelvins.

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:38 | Link to Comment VegasBD
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did not know that! thanx for the fyi. gonna get me some free drinks by quizzing my bartender

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:01 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 08/12/2009 - 16:58 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:51 | Link to Comment matthylland
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I second that

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 16:56 | Link to Comment Quantum Noise
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I hope the black swan tee is for girls only. Otherwise it would be pretty lame on an adult male. For the AD tee you should put some words above or below the graph... something along "Got 401k?".

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:39 | Link to Comment VegasBD
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Got Originality?

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 16:55 | Link to Comment Arm
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Hi Marla.  I kind of like the -273 plain logo t's better.  Do you also get a revenue share from those?

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 16:57 | Link to Comment Quantum Noise
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It's for the kids, man... I mean servers!

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 16:55 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:00 | Link to Comment djchill2
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Yep...this guy has the right idea...straight up....zerohedge....I' m in for that.

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:29 | Link to Comment Veteran
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Word is bond.  symbol in front, zerohedge in type on back. 

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