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I know this was corporate sponsored, but still, someone had to be insane enough to come up with the idea in the first place. I wish I had been in the board meetings where this was first floated:

Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:29 am
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Oh, my god, that's just priceless. Amazing work on every level.

All the more interesting because I recall from my advertising studies days a failed version of this. A wool manufacturer wanted to show off their new range of colors, so they had a flock of sheep washed, fluffed and then (vegetable-)dyed a rainbow of hues. The idea was to have them herded here and there, much like this project 40 years later.

Didn't work. The dogs apparently didn't recognize the colored sheep as, well, sheep and refused to properly obey commands. These must be 21st-century dogs. :)

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Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:37 am
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Those were border collies. They're quite capable of making a chimp look stupid, and they *do* distinguish colors. ;-) (That was *wonderful*.)

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Superb. Thanks!

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