It’s awards season! Time to introduce the Fishies 2015: the nominees.
Get those tuxes and ball gowns at the ready, pop the bubbly and find your camera… as 2015 draws to a close, it’s time for the third annual Littlefish FX Fishies, our end-of-year awards.
Inspired by our weekly Five Lessons Learnt This Week, our digest of the best weird and wonderful news from sport, politics, finance, technology and anything else that takes our fancy, in The Fishies we pick the people, brands, trends and stories that have caught our eye in 2015.
So without further ado, here are this year’s nominees…
Person of the Year
Xuming Liang & Ivan Zelich
The teenagers who collaborated over the internet and across timezones to develop a theorem that’s changed the face of mathematics and the way we see the universe.
For getting drunk, accidentally buying $500 of Bitcoin and making it rain pizza in the US. Legend.
For “scooting” from Land’s End to John O’Groats (975 miles) for charity, racking up two world records in the process. Impressive stuff…
The concept artist who designed a unique and innovative piece of artwork for the European Bank, and was paid 1.25 million euros for the pleasure. The catch? His “artwork” was actually just a large rock. Genius.
The 93-year-old WWII veteran who did her first parachute jump this year and is now planning a trip to space. You’re only as old as you feel…
Central Banker of the Year
First up on our list of nominees is Janet Yellen : purely for holding to her principles and taking her time.
For his answers in treasury select committees.
For his consistency in excellent tie choice.
Because the Argentinian central banker created the smoothest return curve of any currency vs. USD – take a look at his charts, it’s mental.
Last but not least is Chinese central banker Zhou Xiaochuan, purely because of his currency war tactics and his potential to help create one of the world’s largest superpowers.
Product of the Year
The ultimate lazy trading chair. We may never leave the office again…
The Bamboo Spark
Digitised notes mean you’ll never lose your trading plan in the paperwork mountain again. Why didn’t someone think of this sooner?
An indestructible, unhackable, totally unbreakable smartphone – ideal for busy traders on the go (or anyone who’s a bit clumsy at times – we’ll admit to falling into that category).
Come on – a flying sports car? This one had to make the list…
Smarter Coffee Machine
Coffee on demand – programme it to sync with your alarm clock, or just ping it a notification when you fancy a cuppa. We definitely want one of these for LFX HQ…
Biggest F**k Up of the Year
The very car manufacturer who built an entire marketing campaign around their “reliability” USP proved themselves both unreliable and untrustworthy overnight – and it cost them billions.
KFC’s insulting gravy
KFC are definitely a contender for “Worst Customer Service of the Year” after handing a customer a pot of gravy with a label reading “F**k Off”. Charming…
A smashing time
Pub landlord Mark Swistun had a shocker when his pub staff refused to serve him a pint after 11pm – so he returned with a JCB and smashed the pub to smithereens. How will he get a pint now?
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe not only read out the wrong speech at the opening of parliament – he’d read out a speech he’d actually given once already. You know what they say – fail to prepare, prepare to fail.
A royal rumour
BBC reporter Ahmen Khawaja had a journalists’ nightmare after “rehearsing” the Queen’s obituary – and accidentally putting a tweet live announcing that the Queen was in hospital, despite the fact that Lizzie was actually safe and well at home. Oops…
Marketing Campaign of the Year
Airbnb’s floating house
Why make an advert or hand out leaflets when you can pop a bright blue house in the middle of the Thames?
If Carlsberg did marketing campaigns…
Burger King wedding
How do you create an internet storm? Pick two lucky customers coincidentally named Mr. Burger and Ms. King and pay for their wedding…
Release the pounds
Giving away money is always going to turn heads. Particularly when we’re talking £10 notes folded into origami Beagles…
Secret Aston Martin
The DBX Aston Martin crossover car was revealed at the Geneva International Motor Show – but it was such a secret, even Aston Martin execs didn’t know the car was set to appear: until it did.
Driving Fail of the Year
Traffic wardens really do have no mercy. Not even for wayward wheelie bins.
Driverless cars can get pulled over by the police, too. It’s a short conversation though. They’re not big fans of small talk.
Stealing people’s parking space is no laughing matter, so one driver took cold, hard revenge…
Sat nav fail
Continue across the sea for one mile…
50-lane traffic jam
Driving fails don’t get much more extreme than this.
Twitter Exchange of the Year
For taking customer complaints on the chin and not taking themselves too seriously.
A Twitter user correctly predicted the name of the royal baby – and has embraced her new clairvoyant status, coining the hashtag #soothsayerproblems.
The Twitter campaign demanding that restaurants stop serving food in plant pots, baskets and other random objects gave us hours of entertainment.
No second date
Comedian Richard Herring ruined a man’s chances with his first date in 18 years – then took to Twitter to entertain us all with the story – and commiserate with the unlucky chap.
Chilli Beef CV
Only Twitter could give Scottish teen Heather McNab the comfort she needed after accidentally applying for a job with a Jamie Oliver chilli beef recipe instead of her CV.
Biggest Splurge of the Year
All the screens
Russian billionaire Yuri Milner spent an unknown total (but it’s safe to say a lot) kitting out his $100m mansion with 50 flatscreen TVs. A traders’ dream?
A mystery buyer set a new smartphone trading record this year after buying £500,000 worth of gold bars via his mobile device.
Some people use their spare cash to buy mansions and collect gadgets, others swear over WhatsApp and get landed with fifty grand fines…
I’ll pay by cash
Super-saver Mr. Gan is not the first to spend over £70,000 on a car. But he is probably the first (and last) to deliver the full amount to the car dealership in cash.
Chinese joke public holiday “Singles Day” has become the world’s biggest internet shopping day, with online retailers raking in 91.2 billion yen in one day.