Sunday, August 30, 2009

Kinkade's Disney Dreams Collection

It looks like the kind of joke that would ironically hang in a hipster gallery, except that Thomas Kinkade's latest series of paintings is actually licensed by Disney, meaning they are meant to be taken at face value, whatever "face value" can possibly mean when the artist purees a couple of fairies in a blender before drinking the mixture and then puking it onto a canvas. That is how he makes these, isn't it?

As a side note, Kinkade's association with Disney is somewhat more complicated than the paintings suggest. He once urinated on a Winnie the Pooh statue, uttering "This one's for you, Walt."

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Dogs Are Semi-Essential

Is there any right way to answer this question? I don't think so.
Oh, and Sparky--I wouldn't pee on the computer if I were you. Seriously.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Sad Affirmational Poster

I saw a framed poster featuring the motivational Virginia Satir poem "I Am Me" badly damaged and abandoned in a parking lot. I wasn't sure if this was because the poster failed to work, or because it worked too well, prompting the realization "I, being me, am not the type of person that hangs motivational posters around the house."

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Twittering Plants

Have we become too tightly tethered to technology? Apparently we've reached the point that we can no longer master basic tasks if a screen of some kind is not involved. Botanicalls is not resisting this brave new world, and offers a device you hook up to your houseplants so they can twitter when they need water.

And it turns out they're
obsessed with water! At least this plant is. It's owner is not.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Meme Meets Meme

Threadless T-Shirts recently began printing a three keyboard cat moon shirt for those times when wearing the original three wolf moon shirt just isn't sufficiently ironic. This takes it to a whole 'nother level.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Recently PBS's News Hour profiled author Ellen Ruppel Shell, whose book Cheap seeks to explain why discounts seem to be so appealing. Apparently there is a biological basis for this, as the brain metes out a small neurochemical reward when a material gain is anticipated. And it is specifically the anticipation of gain which triggers this response, not the item which is obtained. Conversely, the fear of regretting a missed opportunity presents a strong negative reinforcement with the same end result. This explains why there is never an end to the production and consumption of cheap useless crap.
Like this ugly thing:

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Butter Cutter

The next post after this one will be non-breakfast related. Until then:

Reading the history of this item, I learned that the inventor had poured his life into it for at least eight years to get it to market. It would be a shame if after all that, it failed. Regardless, I have made the decision to casually mock his pathetic and unnecessary little achievement here. Who, knows--it's probably more successful than anything I've ever done. He could could be laughing all the way to the bank.
Let's not think about what that would say about society as a whole.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Fake Owls

Someone has neglected to inform the other birds that they are supposed to be terrified of fake plastic owls.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Animatronic Cow

This disturbing display greets visitors to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Egg Peelers

Another "time saver," the Instant Egg Peeler. It's as easy as rummaging through a drawer, screwing onto a faucet, placing a pan of water in the sink, collecting the peeled eggs in the pan, emptying out the pan, unscrewing the Egg Peeler from the faucet, disassembling the Egg Peeler, dumping the shells, washing, drying, and reassembling the Egg Peeler, and storing the Egg Peeler back in the drawer. Instant! So instant, in fact, the eggs will probably still be fresh by the time you've finished the 24 or so easy steps.

Here's a similar device, the Eggstractor, which was apparently designed by Dr. Seuss, as evidenced by the accordian-like structure. This animation shows the Eggstractor in action:

egg peeler

Are the white gloves included? Perhaps if you order now. Ordering "now," of course presents formidable cosmological challenges which we'll address at a later time. Suffice it to say that I could easily forgo the gloves if the device made a squeaky noise when in use. It looks like it ought to at any rate.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Toad House

With the toad subprime mortgage industry collapse leading to a dramatic increase in toad forclosures, toad houses can be had at steep discounts. The maker of this one bedroom New England colonial claims to offer the internet's largest selection of toad houses. Which are made for actual toads to live in, just to clarify. They know it's for them because it says "toad house" on it.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Bacon Genie

Have you been waiting for a "healthy way to cook bacon in the microwave?" With the Bacon Genie, simply hang the bacon on the bacon rack with the included bacon tongs and in minutes enjoy the "V" shaped result. Hopefully there may soon be a Bacon Genie Genie to make using the Bacon Genie even more easy and healthful. As an alternative, consider the Bacon Wave:

As you can see from the photo, cooking bacon has become astonishingly easy. Just beware of cheap imitations like Wow Bacon.

A question from this product's FAQ page (yes, there is a FAQ for this) suggests that it makes unsettling noises during use:

Sometimes while the bacon is cooking I hear fairly loud disruptive noises coming from the Broiler. Should I be concerned?"

Not to worry, friend. It is simply full of old grease from the last time you used it. Try not to be such a lazy slob. Or do you actually find that cleaning this contraption is a pain in the ass?