The Consumer | Anorak - Part 40

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Samsung Rewards ‘Women Of Steal’ Winner With Free Kitchen

SAMSUNG’S Women Of Steel contest rewards female superhoes with a kitchen.

“We’ve found some of the most magnificent women out there. Women whose superhuman strengths make them inspirational role models, and whose quick speed and heightened tastes make entertaining look easy.”

Say feminist researchers Fi Mayle U. Nuch: “Is it stainless steel? If it’s not, we’ll wait for the Women of Formica contest.”

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Posted: 29th, November 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Sriracha Factory Photos: Worldwide Panic As Hot Sauce Apocalypse Nears


YOU may think this trivial, but there’s worrying times ahead for humankind as a judge as valued human suffering over Sriracha – the most wonderful hot sauce in the universe. If you’ve never tasted the sauce, you’re living half a life. To those who have, they put it on everything – meat, chips, toothbrushes, cereal. The little bottle, with that comforting rooster on the front… everything is better with a gallon of hot sauce.

Well, some judge has ordered that the company that makes Sriracha hot sauce has to shut down because local residents reckon the plant that makes it has produced fumes that burned their eyes and throats.

Of course, if they’d been gorging on this sauce in the first place, they’d learn to love the feeling of burning throats and eyes. The stupid great idiots.

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Posted: 29th, November 2013 | In: Reviews, The Consumer | Comment

Paris Restaurant Operated Seating Policy: Only Beautiful People By The Windows

FANCY a table at Gilbert and Thierry Costes’ Le Georges eatery in the Pompidou Centre, Pairs? Well, if you , try not to be unattractive. Le Canard Enchaine alleges that a seating policy based on looks exists.

A former hostess of the Costes group restaurant, located at the National Museum of Modern Art,  says Gilbert Costes operated a seating policy: “beautiful diners at the front of the restaurant and ugly at the back”.

The only ugly people allowed to sit in the windows were celebrities.

You know who you are.



Posted: 28th, November 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Epic Ads: The Doritos Glory Hole

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The Finger Cleaner:


Posted: 27th, November 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment

TSA: Molesting And Groping Americans Was Just For Fun



IT’S obvious that the God of Situational Irony hates America’s Transportation Security Administration almost as much as I do: in late October, only a few days before a TSAgent was gunned down at Los Angeles airport (then died a couple minutes later, after typically heroic cops from the LAPD refused to let medical personnel treat him), an engineer and anti-TSA blogger named Jonathan Corbett received some improperly redacted TSA documents proving that the TSA knows the truth of what its critics have said all along: the agency’s molesty groping policies and porny body-scan photos are completely useless where airline security is concerned, and TSA knows that airplane cockpit doors (strengthened in response to 9/11, since the hijackers were able to force their way in) mean any future hijacking attempts would likely fail anyway.

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Posted: 26th, November 2013 | In: Key Posts, Reviews, The Consumer | Comment (1)

WWII British Rations Clothing Card (1942)

WWII Europe British Isles Rations Clothing:

This is a list of men’s and women’’s wearing apparel subject to rationing under Great Britain’’ clothes rationing program shown in London on Jan. 29, 1942. The numbers at the right indicate the number of coupons required when the corresponding article is purchased. For example, 16 coupons are needed to buy a man’’s raincoat or overcoat.

Sugar rationing in World War 2 – photos

Flashback to 1944: The Allied soldier’s 24-hour rations pack

Posted: 26th, November 2013 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment

Woman Finds Snake’s Head In Bag Of Green Beans

MISTY Misty Moser from Gladstone, Oregon, says she fond a snake’s head in her bag of green beans. Free protein! Moser says she thought it was ball of beans: “But it started to unfold. It was in a little ball. I noticed it had a mouth, nostrils, and little tiny eyes. Not what I thought I was buying.”

Indeed. Consider it a free bonus gift.

Posted: 26th, November 2013 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment

Judith Kerr: The Artist Who Came From Nazi Germany To Write A Wonderful Book About A Tiger Who Liked Tea

ALAN Yentob’s Imagine focuses on Judith Kerr, the author of such children’s books as Mog, My Henry, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and most famously of all The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Kerr’s 90 and living in London. But she wasn’t born in England. Judith Kerr was born in Berlin. She fled Nazi Germany aged nine. Her father, Alfred Kerr, the dramatist and writer, had spoken out against the Nazis. The family should leave. A policeman told her father his passport was about to be seized. After they left, the Nazis burnt his books.



Children’s author Judith Kerr signs books for fans during the Tingle Creek Christmas Festival at Sandown Park.Date: 03/12/2011.





There a plaque at the station where she and her brother set off for swimming: “From this station the Berlin Jews were transported to Auschwitz.”

They settled in Paris. And then in 1936, her parents decided to move to England.

In Britain, she worked for the Red Cross, helping wounded soldiers. A talented Artist, Kerr was encouraged by her lover and soon-to-be-husband scriptwriter Nigel Kneale (creator of Quatermass) to find work at BBC television scriptwriter.




Judith Kerr proudly holds her Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal, after it was presented to her by the Prince of Wales during the Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London. Picture date: Friday January 25, 2013.





* By the start of the second world war, she was living in a grim residential hotel in Bloomsbury with parents who carried suicide pills in case of a German invasion. Her father made propaganda broadcasts for the BBC, while her mother became the main wage-earner as secretary to a wealthy socialite.

That period ended when the hotel was bombed with the Kerr family inside it: only a wardrobe prevented the ceiling in her father’s room from falling on his head. Her brother Michael, by then a law scholar at Cambridge, was interned on the Isle of Wight. “This is a good country, you know,” she says, not for the first time. “Germans were classed as enemy aliens, but people like us were officially called friendly enemy aliens. We had to report to the police if we went more than five miles away so we knew them well. My mother went straight to them when we heard Michael was interned and they tried to get a call through to him.”

As soon as Michael was released, he joined the RAF. Judith, meanwhile, began to attend life-drawing classes. She sold her first drawing for 3s 6d to a man she met at a Lyons Teashop, and then talked her way into painting murals for a restaurant in Victoria.



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She left behind her pink rabbit in Germany. She was allowed to travel with just one toy. She never forgot.


In When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, she writes:

“ I always knew we should have brought the games compendium” said Max, “Hitler’s probably playing Snakes & Ladders with it this very minute.” “And playing with Pink Rabbit!” Said Anna and laughed. But some tears had come into her eyes and were running down her cheeks all the same.” “Oh well, we’re lucky to be here at all,” said Max. “What do you mean?” Asked Anna. Max looked carefully passed her out of the window. “Papa heard from Heimpi,” he said with elaborate casualness. “The Nazis came for all out passports the morning after the elections.”


She writes in Judith Kerr’s Creatures’, by Judith Kerr:

* I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to draw. It seemed a normal way to pass one’s time, just as it was normal for my brother Michael to kick a ball about. I liked to draw figures in motion, and I always drew them from the feet up, which I would now find difficult. My visual memory has always been very eccentric. My memory holds onto people walking on the street, how their trousers hang, how they move their arms. That stays.

No one else in my Jewish family drew, but my mother was very proud of my drawing and carefully preserved my better efforts…

I wanted to be a painter, but I didn’t do enough to get really good. After I left art school I was offered a job as a script reader for the BBC. I said yes, and loved it, though I sometimes felt a bit guilty, as though I’d betrayed something. It seems extraordinary to me now that for about 12 years of my life, I did not do any serious drawing. On the other hand, I feel I’m catching up now…

When I had my first child, Tacy, my husband Tom and I both made up stories for her. Quite often we went to the zoo. In those days, before David Attenborough, it was the only way you could see animals. After these visits I used to make up stories about the animals, and one she liked was about a tiger. She would say imperiously, “Talk the tiger.” That story became my first picture book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, published in October 1968.


“Mog was a composite of many cats. Every cat is extraordinary – they all do different, very strange things. Our cat Wienitz was the strangest one: a very solid cat who was terribly fearful. She was frightened of heights and she was terrified of Christmas trees. I never meant to do a whole lot of books about Mog but I thought I could do a book about that…

“After The Tiger I thought I would be very methodical, and so before I wrote Mog I bought all these inks, and decided that I would try them out on a bit of paper. It was probably a delaying tactic so as not to have to start work! I drew the family as well, to refer back to.”


Posted: 26th, November 2013 | In: Books | Comment

House Your Child’s Moments In A Placenta Photo Frame



NOW it can be like your child never left your body. Mums can surround their kids’ faces and special days in a photo frame made from their placenta. Amanda Cotton has found a way of adding dried and crushed pieces of placenta to moulds filled with clear casting resin to create marble-effect frames, and is already receiving orders from parents, according to the University of Brighton. Miss Cotton uses the entire placenta to make a frame, first boiling and cooking it and then grinding it into small pieces before placing it into a mould with resin and other materials.

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Posted: 25th, November 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Putin Responds To That Jean-Claude Van Damme Advert

PUTIN responds to that Jean-Claude Van Damme advert:

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Posted: 24th, November 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Great Ads: Mike’s Golf Clubs

MIKE buys Golf for Mike Mixson’s shop in Chattanooga, Tenn:

Posted: 24th, November 2013 | In: Sports, The Consumer | Comment

Woof To Wash: The Wonderful Dog-Operated Washing Machine



REASONS to love dogs: No. 342c – they can wash your clothes.

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Posted: 24th, November 2013 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment

The World’s Most Offensive Greeting Card

CARD of the day. Dear AUNTY…

special aunt card



Posted: 23rd, November 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Grandstanding For Haiyan: The Beckhams Sell Their Clothes

THE Beckham – that’s David and Victoria – have given lots of their old clothes to be sold off to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines with huge loss of life.

Good for them. So what if it’s grandstanding. So long as it helps the victims, all to the good.

Some people have put the kit up for resale on eBay. And good for them, too. Actually wearing a Beckham cast-off is a bit creepy.





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Posted: 22nd, November 2013 | In: Celebrities, Fashion, Reviews | Comment

Costco Sells The Bible As Fiction

bible fiction

“I NEVER, ever in my entire life had seen a Bible labelled as fiction,” says pastor Caleb Kaltenbach. He saw the Bible in the ‘fiction’ section at his local Costco store. “I just took the picture. I think really what has been revealed is a larger conversation over faith. There are people who are passionate about their faith in Christ and passionate against it.”

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Posted: 22nd, November 2013 | In: Books, Reviews | Comment

Co-op Shopper Served Poo In A Bag

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WITH the Co-op  in the news on account of its now ex-chairman Paul Flowers’ alleged buying of crack cocaine and meth (and there are the allegations about his hiring rent-boys on company time), we turn to Caroline Byrne. She says that whilst shopping at a Co-op store in Basingstoke, Hampshire, her pizza, two cartons of milk and wet wipes were packed in a bag already containing poo.

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Posted: 22nd, November 2013 | In: Reviews, The Consumer | Comment (1)

The Meat Industry In An Eye-Opening Six Minute Video Of Sterile Death And Fat

SAMSARA food sequence from Baraka & Samsara is a six-minute section of their longer film on life.

Director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson created SAMSARA (a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life”).

This section deals with cheap protein.

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Posted: 22nd, November 2013 | In: Film, The Consumer | Comment

For Sale: Huge Collection Of Kate Garraway Photos Taken From The TV

KAT Garraway isn’t always on the telly. And when the fruity mare isn’t why not slap a few photos of her over the screen?

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Spotter: @pgofton

Posted: 21st, November 2013 | In: Celebrities, The Consumer | Comment