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We bring you the chic and unique, the best and most bizarre shopping offers both online and offline. We offer you tips on where to buy, and some of the less mainstream and crazy, individual and offbeat items on the internet. Anything that can be bought and sold can be featured here. And we love showcasing the best and worst art and design.

Tesco champions anti-ageism by asking ‘livid’ pensioner to remove hood

HURRAH for Tesco, champion of the anti-ageists.

In “Gran, 69, is a hoodie says Tesco“, The Lancashire Evening Post reports on “livid” great-grandma Barbara Francis, who was told to remove her hood of face expulsion from the Tesco Express, Ashton.

Says she:

“It was pouring down outside so I had my big yellow jacket with a hood and fur on. I had just bobbed in [how hard was that rain?!] for one item so I didn’t bother taking my hood down. I was in the aisle when someone came up and said, ‘Excuse me’… I turned around and a man asked me to remove my hood. I asked him what for. He said it was company policy.”

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Posted: 20th, December 2012 | In: Reviews, The Consumer | Comments (2)


The Ballistic Backpack from Amendment 2 makes school kids bulletproof

INTO every disaster a little capitalism must fall. Presenting the Ballistic Backpack from Amendment 2:

Our ballistic backpack provides built-in ballistic protection in a backpack that weighs just ounces more than a non-armored backpack. RynoHide carbon nanotube armor is lined in the back panel of the backpack. Sewn into the rear of the pack, you can always be confident that the armor hasn’t been accidentally left at home and that you or your child are protected in case of the unthinkable.

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Posted: 19th, December 2012 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comments (4)


Australia’s version of The Guardian shapes up well

WILL they live blog the demise?

The Globe & Mail is failing:

Troubled online journalism venture The Global Mail has taken a meat axe to its own staff — telling six employees they are redundant just days before Christmas — as funder Graeme Wood looks to spend millions on an Australian version of The Guardian.

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Posted: 18th, December 2012 | In: Reviews, The Consumer | Comment


What your Afro moustache says about you

FLASHBACK brings you this look at what your Afro says about you. The moustaches make all the difference:

 

Posted: 18th, December 2012 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment


Retro advert: ‘Introduce Me to 10 Ladies And I Pay You Cash’

RETRO advert of the day: “Famous genius” C.W. Van Der Mark – has an offer: “Introduce Me to 10 Ladies and I Pay You Cash For Your Time.”

Seems legit.

Posted: 18th, December 2012 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment


Parents outraged by chocolate salty Big Baws cereal

GET a load of those loveable characters on the back of the Weetos cereal box. One is called Big Baws. Some parents who bought the chocolate flavoured Weetos for their kidzzz are outraged. Other parnts are outraged that some parents feed salty chocolate balls to their kidzzzzz for breakfast.

A parent tells the Daily Record:

“My six-year-old started chirping on about Big Baws the other morning. I nearly fell off my seat.”

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Posted: 18th, December 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Balding Post-It Notes

BALDING Post It notes.

 

Posted: 17th, December 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment


In photos: Ryugyong Health Complex in Pyongyang, North Korea

AT the Ryugyong Health Complex in Pyongyang, North Korea – a  health complex along the Taedong River, which includes saunas, baths, a gym, restaurants, a table tennis center and salons – hair styles reflect the wave of change. Oddly, the Haircut sported by Supreme Being Kim Jong-Un is not on offer to the masses. It is his signature chop:


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Posted: 17th, December 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment (1)


You’re famous for stealing a Miley Cyrus inflatable sex doll

TO North Carolina, where Benjamin Greene, 22, has been arrested. He is accused of trying to steal a Miley Cyrus-styled blow up sex doll from Spencer’s Gifts store in Spartanburg. The Finally Mylie! Love Doll retails at $19.99.

With a nod to her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, he of the Achy Breaky Heart, the doll has “3 Achy Love Holes”.

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Posted: 16th, December 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment (1)


So. You got a Grumpy Cat Tattoo

THANKS to Tom Taylor, of Philadelphia’s Deep Six Laborator tattoo parlour, someone is now sporting a Grumpy Cat tattoo:

Spotter: reddit

Posted: 15th, December 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Black Friday 2012 was the largest gun sale day in US history

BLACK Friday 2012 was reportedly “the largest gun sales day in recorded history”. Yo. Ho. Oh!

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Posted: 14th, December 2012 | In: Reviews, The Consumer | Comments (4)


Truth in advertising: the Michigan miracle

WOW! Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in Grand Haven, Michigan, works wonders! Or Riversdie, as the advert has it…

 

 

Posted: 14th, December 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment (1)


Kim Beom turns screaming into painting

YELLOW Scream is the work of South Korean artist Kim Beom. This video features Beom screaming at yellow paint. You can see it at the Walker Art Center in 2013.

Says Kim:

“The technique to this painting is to incorporate the sound of screams into the brush strokes…A brush stroke done with screaming is very different from a normal one. … The effect of the screams is recorded with the brush strokes…Aaaaaaaaagh!… 

He has tips:

“Now relax and try to feel your breathing, because screaming is part of breathing… a long scream that sounds like when you’re hurt, as if someone yanked your arm behind you or pulled you by the hair.”

Having considered other screams (waking up with Noel Edmonds;  “a scream induced by psychological pain”; “a more pained, wronged, and regretful scream”), he concludes:

“Let’s mix a bit of permanent green and add some refreshing hope and pleasure to the screams of joy.” 

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Posted: 14th, December 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment


How carrots won World War Two

CARROTS played their part in World War Two. Carrots would win the war. And, as luck had it, there were lots and lots and lots of them. Too many. The Ministry of Food had an idea: get shot of the surplus of carrots by marketing them as part of the war effort.

“This is a food war. Every extra row of vegetables in allotments saves shipping… the battle on the kitchen front cannot be won without help from the kitchen garden.
Isn’t an hour in the garden better than an hour in the queue?” – Lord Woolton, Minister of Food, 1941.

Carrots enable you to see in the dark – and best spot the Germans:

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Posted: 13th, December 2012 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment


Barbie has changed from the 1990s

BARBIE has changed:

 

 

 

Posted: 13th, December 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment (1)


Hasselt, Belgium has a Christmas tree made from crockery

ONE Christmas tree missed from our list is this plate and cups tree in show in Hasselt, Belgium. The Taste Tree is composite blend of 5,000 donated bits of crockery. Is this this the future for trees? What is with Belgium and trees?

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Posted: 12th, December 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Christmas holiday hairstyle of the season: the Rudolph bun

THIS Christmas do as Prince Harry does and get yourself a hairstyle Rudolph sock bun:

Posted: 11th, December 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Bad Ads: Sexual violence and Advertising don’t mix

BAD Ads – Sexual violence and Advertising don’t mix.

Sir Richard Branson described the recently withdrawn Virgin Mobile USA ad – which made a joke of rape – as “ill-judged” and “a dreadful mistake”.

“Although I don’t own the company, it carries our brand,” he said. “I will speak to the team there, make my thoughts clear and see what can be done about it.”

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Posted: 11th, December 2012 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment (1)


Finally! The tampon you can wear as a shoe

THE TAMPAX you can wear as a shoe:

Here’s what the shoppers and puddle lovers are saying:

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Posted: 10th, December 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Sexy cockerel calendar produced for hens

YOU’VE obviously been very worried about the arousal of hens in 2012 because someone has gone to the trouble of producing a calendar for lady chickens, filled with sexually alluring cockerels.

Millions of years of evolution, and this is what humans have become.

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Posted: 10th, December 2012 | In: The Consumer | Comment