Liar Town Usa
: An alternate USA where our products, signage, headlines, and fads are all slightly more surreal, sinister, and threatening.
posted by The Whelk
on Mar 7, 2013 -
Over the course of three years, designer Christien Meindertsma
tracked the products that had been made from the remains of a single pig. In doing so, she discovered that the skin, bones, meat, organs, blood, fat, brains, hoofs, hair and tail of a single pig might be used in more than 180 very diverse products
, from shampoo, medicine, tattoo ink, munitions, cardiac valves, matches, desserts and bubblegum, beer and lemonade, car paint and brake discs to pills and bread. TED Talk
. TED Bio
. Vimeo video: Reading through the pages of Pig 05049
(in Dutch). Design Observer: Pig 05049
. Amazon: Pig 05049 [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Sep 20, 2010 -
So here's a spray bottle
that will replace every cleaner in your home. The Ionator
"You charge it, fill it with tap water
(and only tap water), which takes on an electric charge, transforming it into negative and positive nano-bubbles that attract dirt. Then you spray and use a clean cloth to wipe away the dirt from your floors, windows, mirrors, cars, bird cages, dishes, coffee makers, refrigerators, tile and clothes..."
Really? Sounds like a crakpot scam. Well, Bill Nye The Science Guy
himself explains the science
. And Bill's my man
posted by cross_impact
on Feb 18, 2010 -
The US Food and Drug Administration
started regulating the labeling of food, beverages, and medicines after the passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act
, and added food coloring and cosmetics with the 1938 Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act
. They have just released a new website, the FDA Notices of Judgment Collection, 1906-1963
, containing data from thousands of cases of mislabeled or misadvertised products and drugs, available in multiple forms (text, PDF, metadata XML, .TIF image, etc.), with searchable archives. Poking around in the data will yield information on cases ranging from misbranding methamphetamine tablets
, to quack "Film-O-Sonic" devices
, to bacteria-laden unproven abortifacients sold over the counter
, to purported "4-way" cures for baldness
, to hunks of radium sold for putting in your drinking water
to "stimulate the sex organs" (judged against for stating an unproven use, not for actual danger of product). Organized by the FDA's history office
, the new database is a fascinating resource for historians, public safety advocates, researchers, and librarians.
posted by Asparagirl
on Apr 6, 2009 -
On Sunday, April 1, ThinkGeek.com jokingly introduced the 8-bit Tie, and due to customer demand, claims that now it'll be a real product.
On Friday, April 13, apparently due to customer demand, hard drive manufacturer WiebeTech has now introduced the MouseJiggler,
and claims it's not a joke.
posted by Fofer
on Apr 14, 2007 -
"Drove my Chevy to the levee..."?
That's a lawsuit. "Pass the Courvoisier"? Yup. Lawsuit too. Artwork using Barbie Dolls? Lawsuit again... It's all part of the Trademark Dilution Revision Act
, which would eliminate the non-commercial "fair use" protections of trademarks in art, literature, and speech-- To amend the Trademark Act of 1946 with respect to dilution by blurring or tarnishment.
It goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the 16th, and there's a large roster of groups fighting it, including the American Library Association, EFF, and more, saying that consumers as well as artists would be preventing from exercising their free speech rights unless it's amended.
posted by amberglow
on Feb 3, 2006 -
Ever spent your precious morning minutes in bed turning your pillow over repeatedly, seeking in vain for the coveted cool spot? Search no more
posted by allkindsoftime
on Nov 29, 2005 -
proudly creating a generation of children who randomly slam their heads into the ground after not learning the do-not-hurt-head part of growing up.
posted by pivotal
on Aug 23, 2005 -
- So you own a big 4x4, and you feel a bit stupid that you only use it to take the children to school. You want people to think you're a bit country - that you need 6 tonnes of car to get you from A to B because you like to take it off-road every so often. You need Spray-on Mud
posted by The Ultimate Olympian
on Jun 14, 2005 -
a new version of the iMac aimed solely at the education market. Rather than getting all slashdotty, let's discuss the looks of it, rather than the guts, and debate the wiseness of this new strategy.
Oh, Apple also released a new 800MHz TiBook
posted by me3dia
on Apr 29, 2002 -
Niches of Trust
is an Online Journalism Review article about three 'consumer journalism' sites run by individuals who come from journalism backgrounds. They do something now rare in corporate media - provide honest information separate from advertiser influence and, when necessary, are critical of the business or product being reviewed. The sites are The Car Place
, Theme Park Insider
and Consumer World
. What are your favorite run-by-one-person sites that provide critical analysis of products?
posted by fleener
on Jan 27, 2002 -
Time's 2001 inventions of the year awards.
Why do all of these have that cheesy "Sharper Image" feel to them? Aren't there inventions out there slightly more important than a potato masher or a remote control smoke alarm? Naww, everything else would go over the heads of the readers. Keep that gravy comin' ma!
posted by skallas
on Nov 21, 2001 -
The Economics of Aesthetics
Warning, free registration is required
This article points out an interesting problem with calculating how much a product is worth... How much is aesthetics worth to the consumer? How do you even calculate that? (via Signal vs. Noise.
posted by chason
on Jul 12, 2001 -
A new feature from Deja.com
"will automatically link mentions of product names in discussion threads to a commerce area on its site." Is it really useful, as Deja claims, or does it imply endorsements for the linked products by the authors of the posts?
posted by phichens
on Jul 26, 2000 -