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July 18, 2017

It's a crazy world: A Big Mac costs $1.75 in Egypt and $6.74 in Switzerland

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Until bitcoin or ethereum or some yet to be invented cryptocurrency becomes the universal medium of exchange, we're stuck with under- and overvalued currencies reflecting the weakness or strength of their home countries.

Up top is this month's "Big Mac Index," invented by The Economist 31 years ago to provide a common yardstick of "how different currencies stacked up against the dollar."

Ever since I first encountered it, I've been fascinated by the huge disparity in prices from low to high.

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SCORKL Portable Oxygen Container Lets You Swim With the Fishes

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From droold:

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The SCORKL is a portable oxygen container that lets you breathe underwater for 10 minutes.

Have you ever wanted to go explore underwater?

Sure, you could snorkel, but that just lets you experience the depths of the water from the surface.

Then there's scuba diving, which can be pricey.

The SCORKL combines the portability of snorkeling equipment with the scuba diving experience in one portable oxygen container.

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It's very simple to use:

1) Fill it up using a hand pump or a scuba tank.

2) Then put it in your mouth and breathe as you normally would.

3) The SCORKL gives you up to 10 minutes underwater.

It's recommended that non-scuba trained users should not use the SCORKL below 3-meter depth or more than 5 times in one day.

For scuba-trained users, it's recommended that you not go below 10 meters.

Each SCORKL comes with a scuba tank attachment.

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Additionally, you can purchase a SCORKL hand pump and kit to transport everything.

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$199.

July 18, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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