Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thinkgeek: Stuff for Smart Masses

As pigments go, blue is a killer color. In fact, blue can kill you. Cobalt blue is a possible carcinogen and Prussian blue, another well-known pigment, can leach cyanide. So it was a nice surprise when chemists at Oregon State University created a new blue pigment by accident. Still, nothing much compares with the blue box from Tiffany’s.

Last year, in Abu Dhabi, some guy paid fourteen million dollars at a public auction for a vanity license plate with only one digit: “1.” He said it’s the best number.

Ever hear of these products? Squeeze Bacon, Surgestix Inhalable Caffeine Stix, USB Pregnancy Text Kit? They are for sale at Not. To commemorate April 1, the geeks dedicate their home page to products that don’t exist. But every now and then, something falls through the cracks and a new product line is born. Like the Tauntaun Sleeping Bag (See: “The Empire Strikes Back.”)

To offset the shortage of available women in Yeonggwang, South Kores, marriage brokers have begun to import ladies from China, Vietnam and other parts of Asia. The mail-order bride plan has worked so well that OBGYN nurses have been forced to learn how to say “push” in four languages.

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