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October 19, 2004

Bono Can't Count

I'm flummoxed by the U2 iPod ads, namely the "Vertigo" song used therein.

Bono counts the song off as "uno, dos, tres, catorce" -- which is 1, 2, 3, 14.

Fourteen?

I even checked the lyrics, where it's listed as catorce. Weird.

But it gets odder: while the versions I'd heard on the radio thus far all had the 14 the ad version did, I heard a radio cut tonight that "corrected" it to 4 (cuatro). At first I thought the 14 was used on purpose, but after hearing it with a very distinct 4 this evening, I'm at a loss. Maybe Bono just really, really sucks at Spanish and nobody (?) caught it before the release.

Initial theories included Pi (3.14) and some 3:14 Bible passage, but I have yet to read anything corroborating theories of significance. And with the apparently edited version floating about, that theory's pretty much shot to hell.

Posted by Colin at October 19, 2004 11:01 PM

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