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August 17, 2008

Vaseline is the word


That's the title of "Grease" in Argentina.

In a funny article in the August 1, 2008 USA Today, Chris Hawley explored what's lost — and in some cases gained — in translation when American films play elsewhere.

Other tweaked titles:

"American Virgin Man" — "American Pie" in China

"The Unbelievable Trip on a Wacky Airplane" — "Airplane" in Germany

"Lots of Noise and Not Many Nuts" — "Much Ado About Nothing" in Latin America

"The Eighth Passenger of the Nostromo" — "Alien" in Poland

"Super Agent 86" — "Get Smart" in Mexico

"The End of Time" — "The Happening" in Mexico

"The Knight of the Night" — "The Dark Knight" in Mexico

"Get Smart" is variously titled "Max the Menace" (France); "Agent Smart: Casino Totale" (Italy); "Is the Spy Capable or Not?" (Taiwan); or "Confused Spy" (China).

Last year's "Knocked Up" was called "Slightly Pregnant" in Peru and "One Night, Big Belly" in China.

Good one, that.

August 17, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Bar Shampoo


Sure beats playing 3-1-1 at the airport.

Bonus: Instead of someone borrowing your shampoo and never returning it, you can just break off a chunk and give it to them.

From the website:

    J.R. Liggett's Old-Fashioned Bar Shampoo

    This is a remarkably useful product, made in Cornish, New Hampshire.

    It’s far more travel-friendly than the usual shampoo bottle, slipping easily into your shaving kit or backpack.

    Gives you the same number of uses as a 24-ounce bottle of shampoo.

    Multi-tasks for shaving and washing dishes and clothes too.

    And oh, what a treat for your scalp.

    With its almost magical combination of tea tree, hemp and almond oils it effectively tames dermatitis, relieves itchy scalp and moisturizes your hair.

    Fragrance-free — great for people with allergies.

    But the burning question: does it grow hair?

    Well, it is known to stimulate hair growth, so several of our follically-challenged Duluth employees are testing it right now.

    Bar dimensions: 2-1/2"W x 2"D x 1-1/4"H.

    Weight: 3.5 oz.


August 17, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: How to remove a cork from a wine bottle — without a corkscrew


Hey, it happens.

For a change, something useful in this space.

Beth DeCarbo's July 24, 2008 "Quick Fix" Wall Street Journal feature offers two solutions; the piece follows.

    A Cork Out Without a Corkscrew

    Problem: You packed a bottle of wine for the picnic, but forgot the corkscrew.

    Solution: It's an unthinkable predicament among some instructors at the Sommelier Society of America in New York, but they came up with two options. The first involves driving the cork into the bottle. "Use a narrow, cylindrical thing — a tube of [lip balm] ... or the handle of a wooden spoon — and gently, slowly push it down into the bottle," says Anne Woods, the organization's assistant to the chairman. "Then you have to be creative when you pour it," because when you tip the bottle to pour, the cork will block the flow of wine. So you'll need something long and skinny — the spoon handle again or a skewer — to hold the cork back as you pour. The second method: If you happen to have a screw — preferably one with large threads like the kind used in woodwork — it could work like a corkscrew with the help of a screwdriver, Ms. Woods says. Once you've screwed the hardware into the cork, use pliers to slowly wriggle the cork out of the neck. The Sommelier Society instructors admit this is the more difficult of the two methods.

    Caveat: Expect some spillage with either method. "It will probably be messy," Ms. Woods says. But "comparing a mess to not drinking the bottle of wine at all, it's probably worth the sacrifice."


Why do I get the feeling joehead Nation will offer us a few other, less obvious solutions?

August 17, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Football Belt — 'Keeps your pants from falling into the end zone'


I thought that was hilarious when I read it in the dead-tree-version catalog but alas, it appears the company cleaned up its copy for the web.

Good thing you've got me around.

From the website:

    Football Belt

    My best football season was third grade — the last time anybody let me play quarterback.

    Oh, the glorious feel of that pebbly ball as I sent it wobbling toward its intended target.

    Naturally, our Football Belt is made of that same pebble grain cowhide (pigskins aren’t really made of pigskin, pal), making it a must for football fanatics or anyone else who appreciates a distinctive, durable belt.

    Has black steel buckle, black contrast stitching and seven keeper holes — not the usual five — for extra adjustability as you bulk up for game day.


August 17, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Directory of open access journals


Milena Castulovich passed this one on, writing, " What a great resource, all free, isn't that how we love it best?

Wholeheartedly concur.

August 17, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Crispy Crust Pie Pan — 'End soggy pie crusts forever'



What took so long?

From the website:

    Crispy Crust Pie Pan

    In place of a solid bottom, our aluminum Crispy Crust Pie Pan has stainless steel mesh, allowing heat to bake-and-brown bottom crusts as perfectly as the top.

    Great for fruit pies and custard fillings.

    Hand wash.



Can it really be this simple?


August 17, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Online shopping hack


I can't speak for you but me, I get awfully tired of filling out forms online when I want to buy something.

Yeah, yeah, Autofill works great — sometimes.

But some sites don't work with it and then you're back to entering all your personal information line by line.


Last week I had an inspired thought (I get one on average every few months).

See if I can find the item on Amazon, then use One-Click to buy it without all the rigmarole.


So far it's worked three out of three times, most recently when I purchased a pair of Seat Assists (top), featured here on July 12 of this year.

Same price but no muss, no fuss — this is how we do it here from now on.

This nifty hack should be even more useful for those who shop using their iPhones — one click sure beats using the virtual keyboard, what?

August 17, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Is this the best bacon in the U.S.A.?


Pictured above, it's made in Oskaloosa, Iowa by Vande Rose Farms.

Cook's Illustrated magazine in its September/October 2008 issue conducted one of their typical drill-down-to-solid rock comparison tests on premium applewood-smoked bacons and Vande Rose was the winner by the proverbial country mile.

Their testers' comments on this "Dry-cured with brown sugar, salt and pepper, hand-rubbed and applewood-smoked tour de force": "Tasters raved that this bacon — which scored a distinct few notches higher than the rest of the lineup — had it all: 'Nice balance of sweetness to salt, great deep complex ham flavor, very meaty,' with 'a faint fruity taste, sweet and salty.' 'A nice, thick cut, very hearty and substantial.' 'Classic bacon, but with lots more genuine smoke flavor and in every way better.' 'Now you're talking! This has lots of sex appeal — good balance of everything.' In sum: 'A winner.'"

12 oz. for $12.95.

Before you get too worked up, note that shipping (FedEx Express Saver — 3 days) costs $37.22.

Which brings your total to $50.17 = $66.89/lb.

I'm just saying, is all.

August 17, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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