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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.

Toxic Waste Candy Contains Actual Toxins: Kids Love It

THAT Toxic Waste candy does exactly what it saw on the packet: it is packed with lead. The Nuclear Sludge sweetie imported form Pakistan is no good for you.

Circle City Marketing and Distributing, in Indiana (trading as Candy Dynamics) is recalling its Toxic Waste brand sour candies.

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Posted: 31st, January 2011 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Taco Bell Beef Is 64% Vegetarian: Plan To Wean Americans Off Meat Well Advanced

THE lawsuit levelled against Taco Bell in Montgomery, Alabama, alleges that  the company uses “false advertising” on its menu and in its advertisements. The claim is that the beef on sale is not beefy enough. Indeed, a look at the Taco Bell beef box – labelled Taco Meat Filling –  reveals a list of typically non-cow ingredients (unless cows have been injected with this stuff to reduce processing costs). That beef is 36% beef:

Water, isolated oat product, salt, chili pepper, onion powder, tomato powder, oats, soy lecithin, sugar, spices, maltodextrin, soybean oil, garlic powder, autolyzed yeast extract, citric acid, caramel color, cocoa powder, silicon dioxide, natural flavors, yeast, modified corn starch, natural smoke flavor, salt, sodium phosphate, less than 2% of beef broth, potassium phosphate, and potassium lactate.

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Posted: 25th, January 2011 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comments (5)


Bar Refaeli To Head Israeli Negotiating Team: Photos

SHOULD Bar Refaeli be the Israeli’s chief negotiator in any talks with the Palestinians? We ask in light of the news that best looking people are often the most intelligent. On the Palestinian side, we suggest Mahmoud Abbas keep his job. The older man with the nice hair paired with the fit young woman is a mainstay of the TV schedules (although not on Sky Sports where experiments with two middle-aged men have proved ruinous):

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Posted: 25th, January 2011 | In: The Consumer | Comment


The Forever Lazy Suit: The Soft Living Coffin

THE Forever Lazy. This is the item of clothing that says you are: a) an intermediate furry whose saving up for the head; b) a man who urinates sitting down; c) a baby clothing fetishist; d) swayed by advertising.

Is it available in wood, and so able to be worn as your body goes the same way as your sex appeal?

Posted: 24th, January 2011 | In: The Consumer | Comment (1)


The Worst Romanian Underwear Advert Ever: Video

THE Worst Romanian Underwear Advert Ever may also be the Best Romanian Underwear Advert ever. ASIROM knickers will float your space hopper…

Spotter: BitterWallet

Posted: 20th, January 2011 | In: The Consumer | Comments (2)


Panasonic Flies Snowman From Japan To Bahrain: Global Warming 101

TO showcase global warming to the locals of Bahrain, Panasonic flew a snowman packed in its high-tech insulation 5,314-mile journey from Japan to the desert.

Meanwhile, it’s been snowing Jerusalem-  and in Bahrain you can buy a great snow cone…

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Posted: 19th, January 2011 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Swearing Fark Toy Teaches American Children to Bark: Video

THAT My Pal Violet is turning the air blue with her rendition of a children’s favourite:

“If you’re happy and you know it f*** with me, if you’re happy and you know it f**k with me, if you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it f*** with me!”

The mum who bought it at her local Asda tells media:

“I played it back three or four times. There is no mistaking what Violet is saying.”

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Posted: 19th, January 2011 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Martin Luther King Day: 20% Off All Discount Black Goods

FOR Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Thalia Surf Shop in Laguna Beach advertised “20% Off All Black Products“. Not too shabby for a company selling wetsuits (often black) in winter.

Look out for money off anything red on Labor Day; discount custard on VJ Day, and a big discount on golden brown stuff come Poppy Day…

Posted: 18th, January 2011 | In: The Consumer | Comment


eBay Sales: Bid For Paul Daniels’ Wig

ON eBay you can buy Paul Daniel’s wig. It’s being sold by Paul Daniels – as seen on TV

Posted: 18th, January 2011 | In: The Consumer | Comment


The Starbucks Trenta Is Bigger Than Your Stomach (US Average)

STARBUCKS coffee is revolting – thin, insipid and served in a student-style white mug. And now you can get more of it. Behold the Trenta, a cup so huge it’s bigger than your stomach.*

(* East coast USA only, West London, Paris and India only)

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Posted: 17th, January 2011 | In: The Consumer | Comments (6)


For Sale: Winston Churchill’s Teeth (Photos)

FOR sale: Winston Churchill’s teeth. The teeth are false. But you can wear them and chomp on a half smoked cigar discarded by Winnie in 1944. Stick on a pair of glasses with the nose, heavy eyebrows and brush moustache attached and you can be Winston Marx and confound history. Both items are on sale at the annual Gentleman’s Library Sale, at Bonhams in London.

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A pair of false teeth that were made for and belonged to Winston Churchill, pictured during a preview of the annual Gentleman's Library Sale, at Bonhams in New Bond Street, central London.

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Posted: 17th, January 2011 | In: The Consumer | Comment


The Shard: Photos Of Britain’s Tallest Building

THE shard is the tallest structure in Britain. It’s an odd name to give to a tower covered in glass, some might say it’s threatening. The Shard has passed the 235m mark, making it taller than One Canada Square in Canary Wharf.

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Posted: 17th, January 2011 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Stony Stratford Library Protest Goes Digital (Photos)

THE shelves are empty at the Stony Stratford library, near Milton Keynes. The residents have combined cards to withdraw their maximum allowance of books. They hope this will stop the council’s plans to close it as part of budget cuts.

Or else the council will say that library has no books to lend, refuse to pay the staff to man an empty library, shut the doors and never open them again.

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Posted: 16th, January 2011 | In: The Consumer | Comment (1)


Domino’s Sacks Pizza Cutter For Yelling ‘I’m Rick James Bitch’

TO a Domino’s pizza shop, where an employee is on his last warning. While off his face on something, possibly substances of a “hallucinogenic” nature, he called customers “bovine and porcine“.

He was then sent to the pizza cutting section, where he wrote notes to customers on the matter of pi.

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Posted: 14th, January 2011 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Hotel Chain Days Appeals To Onanists? Do No Disturb Resident With Lap Top

AT the Days Hotel, the Do Not Disturb sign to be hung on the bedroom door, pictures a smiling man in a smart shirt lying on his bed looking at his laptop.

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Posted: 12th, January 2011 | In: The Consumer | Comment (1)


Vogue’s Creepy Slutty Kiddie Couture Lacks Romeo Beckham

THANKS to Vogue Paris, you have no need to imagine too hard what the child will look when they turn into barely animated portraits of sex objects. The magazine has produced a photoshoot of six year old children dressed in couture. All it lacks is “me-me” Romeo Beckham in his Suit Supply ensemble to make it really rock…

See more at Stylebrity

Posted: 5th, January 2011 | In: The Consumer | Comment (1)


The Power Bracelet Is A ‘Sham’ Says Australian Consumer Body

YOU might want to hang onto that receipt for your new Power Bracelet. That rubber band with the plastic hologram might not improve your stroke, get your whites whiter nor make you last longer.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chairman Graeme Samuel tells us:

Power Balance has admitted that there is no credible scientific basis for the claims and therefore no reasonable grounds for making representations about the benefits of the product.

“Its conduct may have contravened the misleading and deceptive conduction section of the Trade Practices Act 1974.

“When a product is heavily promoted, sold at major sporting stores and worn by celebrities, consumers tend to give a certain legitimacy to the product and the representations being made…

“Suppliers of these types of products must ensure that they are not claiming supposed benefits when there is no supportive scientific evidence.”

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Posted: 4th, January 2011 | In: The Consumer | Comments (9)


Wendy’s Training Video: The Chili Cheese Song

FOR those of you considering a career in Wendy’s, this training video will prove useful.

The music is what you hear in your head before you submerge it into the chili dip, taking care you leave your noggin 1/2 inch from the top and pre-ordering any survivors to have your remains served with cheese and minced…

No-one gets out alive…

Spotter: David Pescovitz (Boing Boing)

Posted: 1st, January 2011 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Fast Food Burgers: Does The Advert Look Like The Real Thing?

EVER wonder if the burger in the photos looks like the burger in the inedible box? Does the Wendy’s Double Baconator look better in reality? Is that BK Stacker pre-eaten? Is the McDonald’s Double Quarter-Pounder with Cheese not as smart as the box it comes in? One diner bought the burgers and compared them to the promotional images used to get your juices running:

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Posted: 30th, December 2010 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment (1)


South Africa Promises Drink Drivers Will Be Raped In Jail

IF you are caught drink driving in South Africa you will be raped in jail. If you are not raped, then you might be able to sue the makers of this TV advert for making a false claim.

Brandhouse Beverages, who made the ad, say:

“We wanted to create a campaign which didn’t simply create awareness but changed consumer behaviour so that they never drink and drive again.”

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Posted: 22nd, December 2010 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Children Invited To Kill A Pig For Fun: Pig Goes Pop

HAVING met Spain’s Pipi Max and Germany’s pooing Kackel Dackel,  Jeux Sans Frontières for plastic toy pets welcomes the UK’s Pig Goes Pop:

“You feed the pig and he gets bigger and bigger until he eventually goes pop.”

If you can’t afford one, why not get a miniature pig. Get stuffing, readers…

Spotter: Karen

Posted: 21st, December 2010 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress Is A Fantasy

WANT to see Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, the blue one with the wimple? Alberta Ferretti, Gucci and Jason Wu actually designed a dress in a style that she may actually wear while the others just let their imaginations run wild .  Here’s a look at the designs they came up with although they will never actually design it… See them here

Posted: 20th, December 2010 | In: The Consumer | Comment (1)


Dubai’s Emirates Palace Goes Green: World’s Most Expensive Tree Points The Way Ahead

THE Emirates Palace hotel embraces the spirit of Christmas with a Christmas tree decked in £11m-worth of trinkets, gold, baubles and germs. Hans Olbertz, the venue’s manager says the fake tree is worth “about 10,000 dollars.” Yes, really. This is what a fake tree goes for in Dubai. One day, of course, this is what all trees will cost.

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Posted: 16th, December 2010 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Wikileaks Advertises Sanitary Pads In Pakistan

WIKILEAKS is now a brand that can used to sell much more than other people‘s data.

We bring you the Wikileaks sanitary pad. Beware the slogan:

“WikiLeaks… Butterfly doesn’t.”

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Posted: 16th, December 2010 | In: The Consumer | Comment (1)


Can Pipi Max See Off Kackel Dackel: The Spanish-German Toy Wars

PIPI Max is the pissing Spanish toy dog that will go toe-to-toe with Germany’s pooing Kackel Dackel. It’s like Jeux Sans Frontières for plastic toy pets:

Posted: 15th, December 2010 | In: The Consumer | Comment