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March 7, 2006

Strange Days Extension Cord


Like in "Alien," this extension cord appears to have suddenly developed growths that burst open, in the case of this device producing working electrical outlets.

From the website:

    Construction–grade extension cord gives you 3 outlets spaced along its length!

    Unlike an ordinary extension cord with its outlet only on the end, this cord has three outlets spaced along its 25' length — ideal for holiday decorating.

    Plus, its three–outlet grounded adapter (below)


    lets you run three cords from just one wall outlet.

    In–line outlets have covers and can be attached to a wall or staked to the ground. (Stakes not included.)



The website copy above is somewhat imprecise re: "three outlets along its length."

My crack research team and I spent over seven hours counting and recounting the number of outlets along the cord's length (top photo): each time we came up with two, plus one at the end just like any extension cord would have.

The company selling it would be more accurate and descriptive if it said, "Extension cord has two extra outlets along its length."

But three sounds better than two and I guess they figured nobody would actually take the time to count the number of outlets.

Certainly not hundreds of times.

Guess they don't know us very well, what?




Just in from joehead Jim Biancolo, a correction to the headline — and content — of yesterday's post about the dim future of blondness.

It comes from the World Health Association (WHO) website and is dated October 1, 2002, so it would appear not only did I swallow the tall tale hook, line and sinker, but the London Times and New York Times bit equally hard.

The only difference between them and me is that I have better, smarter readers and can correct my mistakes instanter.

Here's the WHO statement:

    Clarification of erroneous news reports indicating WHO genetic research on hair colour

    1 October 2002 -- In response to recent media reports citing an alleged World Health Organization (WHO) study predicting the extinction of the naturally blonde hair gene, WHO wishes to clarify that it has never conducted research on this subject. Nor, to the best of its knowledge, has WHO issued a report predicting that ‘natural blondes are likely to be extinct by 2202’. WHO has no knowledge of how these news reports originated but would like to stress that we have no opinion on the future existence of blondes.

    For more information contact:

    WHO Media centre
    Telephone: +41 22 791 2222
    E-mail: mediainquiries@who.int

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