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Archive for March, 2007

What kid doesn’t love chasing after bubbles? Now, imagine kids’ enthusiasm for soap bubbles if, instead of tasting like soap, they actually smelled and tasted like chicken nuggets?

Sound kooky? Not to Gazillion, the makers of the Fetch-A-Bubble:

Bubbles flavored and scented like chicken

This bubble gatling gun shoots out hundreds of chicken scented bubbles per minute. No word on whether the bubble solution also tastes like chicken, although I’m sure your kids would look forward to a field test.

The Fetch-a-Bubble is actually made as a toy for dogs, although I’m not exactly sure why … is there some ulterior motive in pursuading dogs to eat bubbles by the thousands?

Link via The AV Club

Imagine walking into a friend’s dining room to find this four foot tall Gummi Bear chandelier hanging from the ceiling:

Gummi Bear Chandelier

Gummi Bear Chandelier Close-up

YaYa Chou, the artist who conceived the chandelier, has also created many other Gummi Bear sculptures, such as this Gummi Bear rug (which I recommend not using as a bath mat):

Gummi Bear Rug

I thought this red Ram was the cutest though. Primarily because I’d love to give them out as Christmas and Birthday presents:

Gummi Bear Ram

Who knew that Gummi Bears could be so versatile?

via YaYa Chou

Bored at Home?

If you’re bored and looking for something random and crafty to keep you occupied, particularly if you have kids, here’s an idea:

Homemade Moose

These pictures were created by Geoffrey Cottenceau as a graduate design project at ECAL (Switzerland). I obviously chose the wrong major in college.

Homemade ostrich costume

What’s fun is that every creature was made using common household objects: socks, shoes, golf balls, gloves, tights/stockings, a pillow, and a sleeping bag.

Homemade squirrel costume

Oh, and flippers:

Homemade seal costume

In lieu of flippers, you could always just curl up in the sleeping bag and be a slug or worm. I’m getting pretty good at that one.


Right now my son is two years old, so birthday parties have been simple so far. In January we invited his friends over for pizza, hung up a sign, and two months later he still talks like it was the best day of his life. Birthdays will always be this easy, right?

Alright, back to reality. I’m thinking we can slide through his third birthday, but one of us will end up having a conversation something like this about two weeks before his fourth:

J: Mommy, Carter had a bouncy castle at his party, I want one too!
A: I’m not spending that much money unless it’s educational. No bouncy castles.

J: What about a horse? Ashley had a horse at her party, can I have a horse?
A: Honey, your birthday is in January. If you agree to help pick up the poop in the snow, I can borrow a horse for a day from someone at work. Sound fun?

J: No poopies Mommy! Everyone else has a bouncy castle or something fun, I NEED A BOUNCY CASTLE!
A: Well, why don’t we compromise. I could get you something else that’s inflatable, but educational too. Sound good?

J: YAY! A bouncy castle!
A: No, I was thinking something more like this giant inflatable colon:

Giant Inflatable Super Colon

After showing him the picture, he’d immediately surrender and say something like “No, that’s alright, how about we just watch movies and eat pizza at home.”

Parents – think my plan would work, or should I just pre-order that bouncy castle now?

Pic via Neatorama.

Longest Sign in the World?

This sign shows the full Welsh name of a town (and its train station) in the UK. The top half is written in Welsh, the bottom half is supposed to be the oh-so-helpful English pronunciation. Whew, thank goodness for the guide, much easier now.

Surprisingly, the 58 letter Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch isn’t the longest place name in the world – one city in Thailand has over 163 letters! However, it does appear to be the longest name ever shown on a sign.

Even town restaurants, pubs, and other businesses use the town’s full name to help attract tourists:

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch Pub and Restaurant Long Name

I wonder how many high school kids try to steal one of these to hang in their bedroom? Try carrying that one off to college!


“Hello, Mr. Strutts. I’m Dan and this is Doug.”
“I’m here to take your daughter to the movies, but since my license was revoked, Doug’s gonna drive tonight. ‘Sokay with you?”

South African Twins

I ran across this photo of twin brothers Dresie and Casie in rural South Africa at Roger Ballen’s photosite.

I have just learned that casting for the next Rocky movie is almost over. My sources say that Rocky VII is to be focused on the career switch of The Italian Stallion’s son from businessman to boxer, and that the kid in this video is the front runner for the role:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

Seriously though, I’m surprised that kid didn’t get arrested, or at least beaten up.

Looking for a way to cool off at work, but don’t want a loud annoying fan blowing in your face? If so, there’s now a solution – the USB Powered Cooling Cushion:

Rear end chiller

This $50 Japanese device blows a constant stream of chilled air from down below, and is powered directly from any USB plug on your computer. Found via TechEBlog

This may sound crazy, but I’d actually consider buying one if I stumbled on it while shopping. I usually get warm from the waste down at work (mostly because I have 3 computers under my desk), so this may be the solution I need.

Would you use it, or am I the only one?

The video’s been around for a while, but it’s still cool:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

I thought this four year old elephant playing the harmonica was just the cutest:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

This video, via Arbroath, was taken in a little village on Phuket Island, Thailand. After doing a little research, I learned that Thai elephants are naturally interested in music, and have been trained to play harmonicas, drums, pipes, and oversized electronic keyboards.

There’s even an elephant orchestra that has released 2 CDs, with a third on the way. Dave Soldier and Richard Lair collaborated with the Thai Elephant Conservatory to train a group of 6 elephants (later expanded to 12) to play various elephant instruments:
(if you can’t see the video, click here)

The elephants sound far better on the CD than the video. Listen to more tracks from the Thai Elephant Orchestra at Amazon. Some are surprisingly good, particularly for a herd of elephants. This one was my favorite.

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