December 30, 2008
French-Fry-Covered Hot Dog
From South Korea, where all the best stuff seems to be happening these days.
Wrote Phil Lees on lastappetite.com, "The taste is about as obvious as it looks: greasy but still crispy fries glued to a hotdog with a thick, neutral batter."
He added, "I spotted three french-fry-coated hot dog vendors in the narrow alleys of Myeong-dong alone and a few more in the neighbouring Namdaemun Market [in Seoul]."
Circuit Board Card Case
Stainless steel case holds 10-15 business cards
and has an actual piece of recycled circuit board on the lid.
3-5/8" x 2-1/4".
Amazon's Return Policy
If you're the sort who occasionally or more than occasionally returns purchases for whatever reason, you've got to love Amazon even more than the average online shopper.
The company makes it so easy if you decide you don't want something, and even lets you be honest and check "Don't want/need anymore" as a reason for the return, instead of the usual white lie of "Too big/small/wrong color/etc."
Contrast this: logging onto the site, finding the item(s) you want to return, having the site generate a return barcode and a return mailing label — Postage Paid! — for you to print out and tape to the box it came in, then giving the package to your mailman or dropping it off at the post office (total elapsed time about 5 minutes)...
With this: driving to the store the purchase came from, finding the return area, waiting to be served by a person who can handle the return, then filling out forms and showing I.D., lying as to the reason, getting a receipt for the return (while hoping it shows up on your next credit card statement), then heading back to your car and driving home (total elapsed time at least 30 minutes and potentially unlimited).
I hate to ask it... but how do you spell "no-brainer?"
- Color Sudoku
This version of the classic logic game gives Sudoku a twist by swapping numbers for colors on a portable board.
This sturdy all-wood game includes 81 wood marbles in nine colors.
Puzzlers set up the initial board using one of the 104 starter scenarios (with five degrees of difficulty), then solve by filling in the empty spaces on the board so that no color is repeated in any row, column or square.
Sudoku puzzles from any book or newspaper can be translated easily to the board and solved as well.
Includes solution booklet.
Absinthe Gummi Bears
As best I can tell, the only place on the planet you can taste one [above] is at Tailor Restaurant in New York City.
"The bear is made from 85% absinthe and a touch of gelatin and sugar, just enough to keep the candy together before you eat it and the alcohol makes you fall apart," according to G. Xavier Robillard's June 2, 2008 urbandaddy.com story.
Portable Cotton Candy Maker
- Portable Cotton Candy Maker
Spins ordinary table sugar into cotton candy.
Easy and safe enough for even children to operate — just add sugar to the heating chamber and in just minutes it produces wisps of feathery cotton candy you can collect on a chopstick or straw.
The red bowl, plastic shield and sugar container are removable for easy cleaning.
Add food coloring to the sugar to create colorful treats.
Includes sugar measuring scoop.
10.25"H x 13.5"Ø.
Weight: 3 pounds.
Plugs into AC.
BehindTheMedspeak: 'Bang your head, metal health will drive you mad' — Quiet Riot
Perhaps Gibson was right.
Andrew McIntosh, an associate professor at the School of Risk and Safety Sciences at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, reported in the December 17, 2008 issue of the British Medical Journal that "An average head banging song has a tempo of about 146 beats per minute, which is predicted to cause mild head injury when the range of motion is greater than 75°. At higher tempos and greater ranges of motion there is a risk of neck injury."
Here's a December 22, 2008 Guardian story by Sean Michaels about the study.
- Headbanging does create risk of brain damage, says study
Forget cigarettes, fried food and holding your breath too long – there's another indulgence that some doctors wish to quash. Rockers should cease their headbanging, Australian scientists have advised, or wear a less-than-rocking neck brace.
"We identified a definite risk of mild traumatic brain injury from headbanging," Dr Andrew McIntosh, of the University of New South Wales (UNSW), told the Australian newspaper. "We would suggest a proper public health warning, as for smoking." The results of his research were published in the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal.
Researchers at UNSW's school of risk and safety sciences found that risk of neck and head injury was directly related to song tempo. The average heavy metal song, with a tempo of 146 bpm, is likely to cause mild injury if the head's range of motion is greater than 75 degrees. Songs like Motley Crue's Kickstart My Heart – at 180 bpm – are among the most dangerous, leading to anything from mild headaches to mosh-induced strokes.
McIntosh and co-author Declan Patton advised that "Adult-oriented rock" is much more safe, as it involves a slower rate of head-bopping. We are not quite sure what "adult-oriented rock" means, but we suspect the music is less cool than AC/DC.
The study's authors also observed the headbanging of cartoon characters Beavis and Butthead. Listening to the Ramones' I Wanna Be Sedated, Beavis kept his "angular head velocity" within safe limits, they wrote. Butthead did not. "It is well understood, however, that cartoon characters are able to tolerate greater than normal impacts without injury," the study drily noted.
Injury can also be avoided by the use of a neck brace. Or, McIntosh advised, "learn to ballroom dance. That's the takeaway message".
Here's the abstract of the BMJ paper.
- Head and neck injury risks in heavy metal: head bangers stuck between rock and a hard bass
Objective: To investigate the risks of mild traumatic brain injury and neck injury associated with head banging, a popular dance form accompanying heavy metal music.
Design: Observational studies, focus group, and biomechanical analysis.
Participants: Head bangers.
Main outcome measures: Head Injury Criterion and Neck Injury Criterion were derived for head banging styles and both popular heavy metal songs and easy listening music controls.
Results: An average head banging song has a tempo of about 146 beats per minute, which is predicted to cause mild head injury when the range of motion is greater than 75°. At higher tempos and greater ranges of motion there is a risk of neck injury.
Conclusion: To minimise the risk of head and neck injury, head bangers should decrease their range of head and neck motion, head bang to slower tempo songs by replacing heavy metal with adult oriented rock, only head bang to every second beat, or use personal protective equipment.
You can read the paper in its entirety, including tables, figures, references, the whole nine yards — right here.
Don't have time right now?
No problema: print it out, take it home and enjoy it with your Rice Krispies.
What is it?
Answer here this time tomorrow.