Archive for October, 2011

Penguin Couture

October 25, 2011

Penguins in New Zealand have been soaked with oil after a container ship ran aground causing what has been described as “the nation’s worst maritime environmental disaster.“

The birds cannot preen themselves in their oil soaked state because their feathers have been contaminated causing a need for protective gear.

Skienz, a local New Zealand knitting shop, put out a call for people to knit sweaters for the penguins, and the response has been overwhelming! While several dozen were requested, over 2000 sweaters were made from people all over the world.

The sweaters must be made from 100% wool to provide warmth for the birds, and are 9″ high and 4″ wide, made to fit the tiny species of “Fairy Penguins” who inhabit the area.

The birds will be cleaned and dressed in the sweaters before being let loose in the salt water pools at the rehabilitation center. As they regain their strength, the salt water will eat away at the wool and destroy the tiny garments. By the time they are strong enough to return to the ocean, their natural protective oils will be restored, and they will be able to survive with just their feathers.

The little sweaters not only protect the penguins, but you have to admit, they look pretty darn cute too!

Feel free to say “awww!“

photo:via Newspix

Cheesy Bacon Bomb

October 22, 2011

 

KFC has outdone itself again, with an artery clogging follow up to last year’s “Double Down“.

The new “Cheesy Bacon Bowl“ takes an entire meal, tosses it in a bowl, and adds bacon for a little something extra.

The new dish combines fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, gravy, cheese, and of course the requisite bacon.  This dietary abomination contains 680 calories, 31 grams of fat, and 2130 milligrams of sodium.

For only $3.99, this is one of the cheapest deals in town. It is easy to see how people can become obese, when one bunch of organic broccoli costs about the same price as this whole meal.

Tums not included.

Perfume in a Pill?

October 16, 2011

Swallowable Parfum is a capsule that is metabolized by the body to produce a scent that emanates from the skin.

Created by Amsterdam based artist Lucy McRae and synthetic biologist Sheref Mansy, the capsule contains lipid molecules that mimic the structure of fat. When these molecules get broken down by the body, the fragrance is released and excreted through sweat. The strength of the scent is determined by the individual’s temperature, and level of stress, exertion or sexual arousal.

The concept in still in the research phase.
Sounds like a great idea, but I’m not sure I could stand taking a spinning class that is suddenly over-whelmed by a strong cloying scent.

What do you think? Would you try swallowable perfume?

Photo:Glasshouse Images

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Poop Power

October 11, 2011


Japanese toilet manufacturer Toto, has introduced the first bike to be completely powered by human waste.

The latest model, called the Toilet Bike Neo,  runs on biogas harvested from human feces.  The traditional seat has been replaced by the toilet, allowing the driver to fuel as he goes, so to speak.

It also sports some other bells and whistles common on Toto’s other models, including an ability to play music and talk. It also uses light to write messages as it goes by . (One can only imagine what they might say!)

As part of the Toto Green Challenge, which aims to cut CO2 emissions in bathrooms in half by 2017, the poop-powered bike will take a 600 mile tour of Japan. The tour is starting at the company’s headquarters in Kitakyushu on October 6, with stops in Nakatsu, Kobe and Kyoto before ending in Tokyo.

Enduring Style

October 7, 2011

“I think artistry is in having an insight into what one sees around them. Generally putting things together in a way no one else has before and finding a way to express that to other people who don’t have that insight….” Steve Jobs 1995

Just one day after Steve Jobs passed away, sales at luxury sweater manufacturer St. Croix shot up nearly 100%, with people looking for the iconic black mock turtleneck that he made famous.

A spokesperson for St. Croix said ” We have great respect for everything he did and we are glad he believed in our American made product.”

Apparently, everything he touched really does turn to gold!

Want to be a genius, or just look like one? Check out their website!

Levi’s jeans and New Balance running shoes optional.


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