August 01, 2012
TSA blog — You couldn't make this stuff up
Excerpts from Al Kamen's July 10 Washington Post Fed Page column follow.
You might want to check out the Transportation Security Administration's blog chronicling the truly dumb things people pull at airport security.
With summer-vacation travel season in full swing, the blog's worth a look, if only to understand why those lines might be so long.
It could be because that guy ahead of you plunked down a grenade (but, he insists, it's just a harmless paperweight!). Or maybe it's that passenger who accidentally packed a loaded .22-caliber pistol in his carry-on bag and decided that, instead of checking it, he'd just hide it in a potted plant.
The blog's "Week in Review" reads like a roundup of the world's dumbest would-be criminals.
Want to hide that knife you'd like to sneak by security? Why not put it in a sock and stuff it into an envelope filled with dolls? That foolproof strategy didn't work for a passenger in Tampa.
And how to cleverly disguise a stun gun? Try putting it in a walking cane, as a James Bond wannabe did at the airport in Knoxville.
"Yes, a stun cane!" the blog notes. "That's a first for the Week in Review posts." Maybe the cane's former owner should get points for creativity, if not for brilliance.
The blog includes helpful tips for travelers, including one prompted by the aforementioned grenade-toting passenger.
"While I know that inert grenades are cool conversation pieces and make great paperweights," a TSA blogger notes, "inert items cause problems at checkpoints.... We don't know they're inert until we check them out, and checking them out can often inconvenience your fellow passengers."
We also enjoy the site's whimsical headlines describing various confiscated taboo items, such as "Eau de Kaboom" (a cologne bottle shaped like — you guessed it — a grenade) and "Holy Bat Stars, Batman" (sharp throwing stars).
Above, screenshots from the TSA blog.
Pick Up Mini
Designed by Stig Ahlström.
Bamboo and stainless steel.
5.7 inches long.
Amazon Instant Video now available on iPad
Just in, this news.
Limited-Edition Concrete Watches
Designed by Dzmitry Samal.
From beautiful life:
"Let us show you a series of watches with frames made of concrete. The creator of this limited-edition collection is Paris-based designer Dzmitry Samal. The watches are made using a patented technology and are 'Megapolis inspired.'"
"Each timepiece is realized by hand in Switzerland in a limited edition of 100 pieces."
Said the designer: "I chose concrete — a noble, modern, honest, and robust material, the stuff our megapolises are made of."
"Price for these unique watches is 980-1240 Euros. They are available only through pre-order and will be delivered at the end of November 2012."
Where I'd like to be this coming Saturday night
From Charles Isherwood's July 26 New York Times review: "New to the show is Mr. Daisey's description of a meeting with Apple's co-founder, Steve Wozniak, who Mr. Daisey lampoons as an 'autistic bear' guzzling Mountain Dew as he works. Far from taking offense at either these descriptions or Mr. Daisey's admitted fabrications, Mr. Wozniak was moved and disturbed by the revelations in the show, expressing a sort of sorrowful awe at how the company he helped create has evolved. Can we trust this description? It's encouraging that Mr. Wozniak will be joining Mr. Daisey for a conversation after a performance of the show on August 4 [Saturday]."
In my humble opinion $100 is cheap at twice the price, just for the opportunity to breathe the same air as Woz.
But that's just me.
I hope someone in the audience records it and puts it up on YouTube; if that happens, I'll bring you the video as soon as it appears.
Someone remind me next week to check, OK?
Limited-Edition Metal Man Table Light
The figure is a flat wire conducting safe 12 volt power to an adjustable 50-watt MR-16 bulb.
Metal Man stands on a 1.5" x 3" x 10.25" aluminum base.
Switch on cord; built-in transformer; total height 11.5".
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Shuck Corn Stripper
From The Green Head:
"If you like to remove the kernels from corn on the cob, then skip trying to slice them off with a knife — just use the cool new Shuck Corn Stripper. This handy kitchen tool quickly and easily strips kernels off the cob without any wayward messes or juice splatters."
"Simply insert a fresh, frozen, or cooked corn cob into the cylinder, press down the 18/8 stainless steel blade, and the kernels come off, contained inside."
"A great solution for anyone who enjoys corn on the cob in a more civilized fashion."
$19.95 (corn on the cob not included).