If you went to any news website today, you may have seen and heard something familiar. No, not the overused phrase, "From Wall Street to Main Street." It was tons of news websites using almost the same imagery. Eye-Rubbing-Man and Nailbiting-Headset-Man graced the web pages of much more than a few pretty famous news organizations. Trader David O'Day rubbed his eyes as he worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, and ended up becoming "Eye-Rubbing-Man" - an emblem of the worst loss in the history of the U.S. stock market.
Here are the websites that showed David O’Day:
- The New York Times
- Chicago Sun Times
- The Miami Herals
- Detroit Free Press
- The New York Post
- The New York Daily News
Here are the websites that showed Nailbiting-Headset-Man:
- Los Angeles Times
The funny thing is I started this voyage on cnn.com and ended up back there in the end only to find that they switched from Mr. O'Day to Nailbiting-Headset-Man.
It looks like today will be another volatile day. If you are a trader on the floor of the NYSE, be careful what expressions you make. Every news website may run your picture.