Half of this seems about as hamfistedly hip as a Mentos ad, but a team of design students at a Milan university identified five top global trends - guerrilla gardening, couch-surfing, carpooling - and used Mario to illustrate them.

I guess by planting trees on the sly you bring a Fiat dealership to town, turn a hotel into four-star acommodations, and gentrify the neighborhood. So get out there and start gardening, dammit!

Super Mario Takes Up Global Trend Spotting [Core 77]