Things I’m saving up for #2 – Giant Inflatable Beaver

Ok… I know I said I was saving to buy myself a Flying Penguin but that was before I read the Montreal Gazette and saw the company that made the giant inflatable beavers for the Winter Olympics closing ceremony is selling them off.

Nothing says “Olympic Spirit” quite like a giant inflatable beaver

Dynamic Displays, who produced the six beavers in the parade, also made sixteen mounties, a dozen hockey players and four flying moose. 74 year-old Maria Reuten, who sewed the hockey players recalled…

It was exciting … the stuff you made is shown on television and the whole world is seeing it

Another employee, Cesar Gomez, summed it up neatly…

When people see the inflatables, they go crazy

You’re not wrong Cesar. And that’s why I’m busy stuffing my piggybank until I get the $5000 for my very own beaver. Apparently the moose cost more but who wants a moose when you can have a beaver?

And $5000!!! That’s a bargain…

Oxygenated Booze? This Dr says YES

As some of our regular readers may have noticed I have been somewhat tied up of late.

This may be the case for a while (and hopefully it is… a dream writing job has turned up and will, with any luck, keep me busy for at least six months) but I’m aiming to get back to regular posting as soon as I establish some sort of routine. I’ve always been a creature of habit and changing a regular routine for a new one often takes me a bit of time. What doesn’t change, however, is the urge to have a delicious beverage as the sun goes down.

So it was with some degree of excitement I noticed that Korean scientists have discovered a way of tweaking booze and lessening the dreaded morning after effects, without tampering with its strength.

We've all been there. On occasions I've also woken up wearing a similiar dress.

Drs Kwang-il Kwon and Hye Gwang Jeong have studied the properties of oxygenated alcohol, a popular snifter in Korea, similiar to carbonated drinks elsewhere but using oxygen instead of carbon dioxide. When you drink alcohol, your body needs to oxidize it to water and carbon dioxide in order to process it. This occurs via hepatic oxidation, but the enzymes in your liver require oxygen to process the booze. It’s thought that by storing the oxygen in the alcohol itself, the system functions more quickly and efficiently.

In short, it means fewer and less savage hangovers without sacrificing all the fun of getting off with ugly people and cravings enormous kebabs at 3am.

If you can find it in your local shops, pick yourself up a bottle of O2 Linn. I love their blurb, for “Brain, Body, Beauty” indeed!

Recession? What recession?

I know some people are in denial but this is ridiculous.

Cashmere loo paper? Aisle 3... right next to the Angora Tampons.

Waitrose buyer, Carla Smith, explains…

Cashmere provides that stamp of quality to any fashion garment from a designer suit to the finest luxury knitwear. It’s indulgent, it’s stylish and it’s helping provide that extra softness to our new premium bathroom tissue collection.

Recession? What recession? I wipe my arse with cashmere…

Is this the World’s crappiest product?

Alerted by a post at Fark the other day, I checked out this ad for the Hug-E-Gram.

Sometimes, when I come across come across something as irredeemably shit as this, I am filled with awe and a sense of bilious wonder at who could have dreamt up this crap. And it’s at moments like these that I wonder not who will buy this rubbish but how do you explain to someone what you do for a living when you are the inventor of the Hug-E-Gram?.

How do you explain it to your kids?

Atheist making money out of Rapture believers

Is this guy the businessman of the year?

Bart Centre, an atheist from New Hampshire, came up with an idea for cashing in on the religious hysteria of the Rapture. The Rapture is “a Judgment Day when the righteous are spirited away to a better place while the godless remain on Earth” and an estimated 20-40 million people in the US believe that it will happen in their lifetime.

But it is only righteous humans, not animals or atheists, who will ascend in the Rapture as only they have souls. Knowing this, Centre last June “started Eternal Earth-Bound Pets, USA, a service that promises to rescue and care for the animals left behind by raptured Christians.” The website describes its service as “The next best thing to pet salvation in a Post Rapture World.” Bloomberg reports that:

to date he has more than 100 clients, each paying $110 for a 10-year contract ($15 for each additional pet.) If the Rapture happens in that time, the pets left behind will have homes — with atheists. Centre and a partner have set up a national network of godless humans to take on this mission.     

Centre makes no attempt to hide his contempt of these Rapturers, stating that “Given the intellectual capacity of believers this could be a gold mine!”

George: Sorry, it's already taken care of.

Soft porn ad break: Megan Fox for Armani

Megan Fox is the new face and body for Emporio Armani Women’s Underwear. She takes over from Victoria Beckham who is probably too old, too scrawny, or both.

Topless sunbathing versus the New Puritanism.

It’s summer time in the southern hemisphere and for many people that means heading to the beach and getting your gear off. It appears, however, that in many countries women are taking off Continue reading