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Mom makes epic etching fail: ‘friends are the rapists you can drink with’

A mom got a little crafty and decided to make her own wine glasses, complete with the pithy phrase, “friends are therapists you can drink with” written on them. What started as a fun experiment quickly turned unintentionally creepy. “My mom made wine glasses to give to her friends for the holiday,” explained redditor Shagen34. “Her spacing was a little off on the first one.” With the correct spacing, they look a little more innocent. The handwritten font is still pretty creepy, though. But hey, it’s a fairly common mistake, at least according to various buffoons on TV. [h/t Tech Insider | Reddit]

 

Mom wanted to make a glass with the phrase “friends are therapists you can drink with” written on the side.

“My mom made wine glasses to give to her friends for the holiday,” explains redditor Shagen34. “Her spacing was a little off on the first one.”

 

A mom got a little crafty and decided to make her own wine glasses, complete with the pithy phrase, “friends are therapists you can drink with” written on them. What started as a fun experiment quickly turned unintentionally creepy. “My mom made wine glasses to give to her friends for the holiday,” explained redditor Shagen34. “Her spacing was a little off on the first one.” With the correct spacing, they look a little more innocent. The handwritten font is still pretty creepy, though. But hey, it’s a fairly common mistake, at least according to various buffoons on TV. [h/t Tech Insider | Reddit] A mom got a little crafty and decided to make her own wine glasses, complete with the pithy phrase, “friends are therapists you can drink with” written on them. What started as a fun experiment quickly turned unintentionally creepy. “My mom made wine glasses to give to her friends for the holiday,” explained redditor Shagen34. “Her spacing was a little off on the first one.” With the correct spacing, they look a little more innocent. The handwritten font is still pretty creepy, though. But hey, it’s a fairly common mistake, at least according to various buffoons on TV. [h/t Tech Insider | Reddit]

 

Therapist. The rapist. There’s a B-movie in this.

Spotter: Tech Insider |

Posted: 19th, December 2015 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Buy the cat lady in your life seamless cat printed knickers

pussy pants

The perfect gift for the cat lady in your life crazy cat ladies in your life: cat panties.

 

pussy cat panties

 

Spotter: Stylebrity

 

Posted: 16th, December 2015 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chinese restaurant charges diners for breathing

canned air china

 

Anyone eating at a restaurant in smoggy Zhangjiagang city, Jiangsu Province, was charged one yuan (10p, $0.15) to cover the cost of breathing air fit for human consumption.

Diners complained to the local council. Why should they pay extra to breathe filtered air? A city official ruled that with no alternative offered, the eatery could not charge for its air.
Of course, anyone not keen on paying the tax can bring their own oxygen supply, or grab a takeaway and hope they made it back home alive to eat it.

Posted: 15th, December 2015 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ready sliced chocolate for your sandwiches exists

You can buy cheese and meat shaped into thin, square slices to slap between two pieces of bread. Now you can buy sliced chocolate for your sarnie. Japanese company Bourbon is selling packets of five two-millimetre thick slices of  “nama chocolate”. Time to up your game, Nutella.

 

 

sliced chocolate sandwich

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Posted: 8th, December 2015 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Caffeine-Use Disorder is as real as your hallucinations

coffee men

 

Scare story of the day is found in the Daily Mail (natch.), wherein we learn of “caffeine-use disorder”.

Sophie Freeman asks:

But how do you know when your love of coffee has gone too far?

When you’re on a coffee drip? The answer is with boffins at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the American University in Washington D.C.

Despite being the “most widely used psychoactive drug in the world”, caffeine can make you jittery, anxious and tense. A cup of coffee is the Daily Mail in liquid form.

As for the study behind the news of a new disorder to be treated by a new kind of therapy, the researchers surveyed 67 people. The coffee drinker were put on a “caffeine-fading scheme”, seeing their consumption reduced. They were given a booklet to “use between counsellor sessions”.

They were then locked alone inside their mum’s stuffy downstairs toilet for five days and invited to work through their delusions, nightmares and back copies of Readers’ Digest magazine.

 

Posted: 2nd, December 2015 | In: News, Tabloids, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Japanese department store offers one ‘FUCKIN’ SALE’

osaka fucking sale sign

To Osaka, where the Gallerie store is holding a “Fuckin’ Sale”.

Update: it’s been changed.

fucking sale japan

Spotter: Steven LevyJapan Subculture blog, Adrian Chen

Posted: 25th, November 2015 | In: News, The Consumer | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Skydiver and cat jump sat in a fully furnished lounge

sky diver jump cat

 

In this advert professional skydiver Jeff Provenzano show us that so hip are Nvidia Shield tablet computers that anyone owning one can experience the thrill of skydiving with their cat by simply turning one on.

 

Spotter: Nerd Approved, Neatorama

Posted: 19th, November 2015 | In: News, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Quantico – thriller series with crime, suspense & drama

quantico-abc

Acclaimed US drama heading to UK screens

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Posted: 15th, November 2015 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Burn hole cardigan worn by Kurt Cobain on MTV-Unplugged sells for $140,800

cobain sweater

 

The deeply unfashionable cardigan wort by Kurt Cobain on MTV: Unplugged in 1993 has been bought at auction for $140,800. The seller was a “friend” of the Cobain family.

Four months after the show, Cobain committed suicide.

Julien’s “Icons and Idols: Rock N Roll” auction advertised it thus:

A blend of acrylic, mohair and Lycra with five-button closure (one button absent), with two exterior pockets, a burn hole and discoloration near left pocket and discoloration on right pocket.

 

Posted: 9th, November 2015 | In: Music, News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Coffin company uses naked women calendar to seduce stiffs

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To Poland, where coffin company Lindner is seducing stiffs to its product range with a calendar full of topless babes.

“We enjoy showing our beautiful coffins, and what better way than including beautiful girls?” says company owner Zbigniew Lindner. Before you shout ‘Got wood?’ he continues?
“We wanted to show that a coffin shouldn’t be a sacred object – it’s furniture, it’s the last bed you’ll ever sleep in. It isn’t a religious symbol. It’s a product.”
Sex sells. But the idea of a coffin as furniture is one that Linder should develop. Why not full the thing with aspic, cut away the sides and create novelty pole dancing podiums for the lounge, nursing home or cellar? Pour in dead uncle Bojan, roll him on his side, cut a hole and you’ve got somewhere for grandma to hang her fur coat.
Call the range Coffin Todgers.
And call us Linder, we have ideas.

 

Posted: 9th, November 2015 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Objects of desire: David Bowie mug-shot shower curtain

david bowie shower curtain

The David Bowie shower curtain.

Buy yours at Fine Art America

 

Posted: 4th, November 2015 | In: Celebrities, News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Couple scammed by door-to-door fish-sellers bought new freezer

Would you buy fish from a door-to-door salesman? To Lancashire, where Marion and Alan Johnson, aged 85 and 88, agreed to buy £24 of fish from a man on their doorstep.

Marion explains what occurred:

“We had just been to the doctor’s and I wasn’t very well. When the men called, we just wanted £24 worth of fish and I asked him to put it in the kitchen as I sat in the living room. I paid on card but when they left and we walked in the kitchen I’d never seen as much fish in my life. I checked the receipt and we’d been scammed, paying £204. The fish wasn’t even labelled so we didn’t know what type it was.

“We didn’t have anywhere to store it so we had to go out and buy another freezer to store it. We ate some of it but then saw on Facebook people were saying it wasn’t safe to eat. There’s now just have loads of fish we don’t know what to do with and we feel really dumb because we fell for it.”

The scammers are swine. But the pat about the couple going out and buying a new freezer to store their unwanted fish in puts the tin lid on the story.

 

Paul Noone, head of Trading Standards for Lancashire County Council, advises: “The best place to buy fish is from a local fishmonger at an established shop or stall or from a regular local roundsman. You are taking a risk by buying on the doorstep from an unknown trader as this fish may be of poor quality, misdescribed, or overcharged. We are currently investigating cheap fish sold as sea bass, farmed salmon sold as wild, short-weight sales, and Preston cases where a vulnerable lady paid £404 for seven packs of fish, and a retired couple paid £360 for a bag of unlabelled fish.”

Beware of frozen cold callers.

Posted: 30th, October 2015 | In: News, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Frida Kahlo dressed a boy – photos

Frida Kahlo dressed a a boy in a suit and tie

 

See more photos of the great artist Frida Kahlo experimenting with the fluidity of gender on Flashbak.

 

Posted: 24th, October 2015 | In: Celebrities, Fashion, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


For sale: Tolkien’s map of Middle Earth

tolkien map

 

You can own a map of Middle-Earth annotated by Tolkien. Some lucky so-and-so found the map slipped inside a copy of Lord of the Rings. It’s yours for £60,000.

The Guardian.

It shows what Blackwell’s called “the exacting nature” of Tolkien’s creative vision: he corrects place names, provides extra ones, and gives Baynes a host of suggestions about the map’s various flora and fauna. Hobbiton, he notes, “ is assumed to be approx at latitude of Oxford”; Tolkien was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University.

The novelist also uses Belgrade, Cyprus, and Jerusalem as other reference points, and according to Blackwell’s suggests that “the city of Ravenna is the inspiration behind Minas Tirith – a key location in the third book of the Lord of The Rings trilogy”.

“The map shows how completely obsessed he was with the details. Anyone else interfered at their peril,” said Sian Wainwright at Blackwell’s. “He was tricky to work with, but very rewarding in the end.”

He also drew these maps:

middle-earth map 5 middle-earth map 4 middle-earth map 3 middle-earth map 2 middle-earth map 1

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Posted: 24th, October 2015 | In: Books, News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The many faces of David Bowie in one epic Gif

The many faces of David Bowie by Helen Green:

David Bowie changing look gif

 

Ch-ch-changes…

Posted: 23rd, October 2015 | In: Celebrities, Fashion, Gifs, Key Posts, Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Chinese turn Bastian Schweinsteiger into a Nazi doll

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                              Schweinhund                                                                   Schweinsteiger 

In China you can buy a Nazi figuring that looks like Manchester United’s German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger. Yeah, that’s what we thought: who in China buys Nazi figurines? This one costs HK$958 (£80).

Schweinsteiger is upset enough to set his lawyers on the Hong Kong-based company, makers of ‘Bastian’, the one-sixth lifesize doll. They say it’s pure coincidence the doll looks like him. all Germans look the same, see.

“We have no figure which is based on a football player,” Patrick Chan tells Bild (not to be confused with the Vőlkischer Beobachter). “It was pure coincidence that the ‘Bastian’ figure looks like Schweinsteiger. The figure is based on the typical German. We believe that all Germans look like this.”

They do. Stick this one in a dress and it’s Heidi Klum.

Posted: 22nd, October 2015 | In: manchester united, News, Sports, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


You can buy this ‘Channel’ taxidermy thong

 

taxidermy G-string

 

Spotter: Crappy Taxidermy. DM

Posted: 20th, October 2015 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: new adidas retro kit comes with free Chelsea bottoms

Man United chesesa kit

 

Adidas know their market when it comes to flogging footy gear to the new fans. The firm’s new line of retro Manchester United kit includes the  ‘1985 track jacket’.  For a mere £65 the jacket goes well with the Chelsea sweatpants.

 

man-utd-retro-jacket-chelsea

 

Spotter: Pies

Posted: 13th, October 2015 | In: Chelsea, Fashion, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Lou Reed was a charmless ‘racist wife-beater’

Lou reed racist

 

Lou Reed wasn’t everyone’s best pal. A new biography by Howard Sounes labels Reed a racist, a sexist and a wife-beater. Reed was a man “with so little personal charm he would be regularly discharged from private gatherings.

“I loved his music, but you have to go where the story goes. The obituaries were a bit too kind, he was really a very unpleasant man. A monster really; I think truly the word monster is applicable.”

Monster?

1974/05/18 - Charlton FC

1974/05/18 – Charlton FC

Posted: 13th, October 2015 | In: Books, Celebrities, Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Poo like a unicorn on a squatty potty: watch a brilliant advert

potty

 

The Squatty Potty is a $28 footstool that slides under your toilet. You use it by squatting on the toilet. This, we are assured, is the best way to take a dump.

To illustrate this marvel, the,Squatty Potty hired a unicorn who had sworn off piles.

 

 

Spotter: JWZ)

Posted: 10th, October 2015 | In: News, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


American tourist writes great Facebook post about life in England

In 1942, GIs in England were given a handbook. It instructed the visitors how to behave and consider their hosts. Fast forward to 2015, and Scott Waters, a 66-year-old from St Augustine, Florida, is on his fourth trip to England for the fourth time. He went on Facebook and wrote his own guide:

 

scott waters

 

scott waters toursit american

 

scott waters tourists 1

 

scott waters tourists 2

 

There are no guns. No quite. there are guns. It’s just that they not a rite of passage. And you have to wonder where he went to find no mixer taps? And the trick with trains is not to rely on them. But, still, nice one, Scott.

 

 

Posted: 8th, October 2015 | In: Key Posts, News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


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