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July 10, 2009

Scott Campbell's Dollar Art — Because swearing on a stack of one dollar bills is so last century


Long story short:


tattoo artist Campbell


takes a laser


to that stack of


dollar bills and creates


what you see



[via Dahlia Rideout of DivineCaroline and Milena]

July 10, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Split Key Ring Opener



Who hasn't broken a nail or been driven mad trying to open a split key ring to add or remove a key?

From the website:


Split Key Ring Opener

Finally — an easy way to add or remove keys from a key ring.

Ingenious device spares your nails and a lot of frustration.

Just insert retractable tool between rings and twist to spread apart; allows you to easily slip keys on or off.

Attaches to key ring so it’s always on hand.

2-1/4" L.



Synchronicity in action: same principle as the mouth screw in the previous post.

$3.98 (keys not included. See, the ones in the picture up top more likely than not won't work in your locks....).

July 10, 2009 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: Old School Surgical Instruments


Above, an amputation knife from the 1700s.

"Knives used for amputations during the 18th century were typically curved, because surgeons tended to make a circular cut through the skin and muscle before the bone was cut with a saw. By the 1800s, straight knives became more popular because they made it easier to leave a flap of skin that could be used to cover the exposed stump."

Below, a skull saw (1830s-1860s).


"This hand-cranked saw's blades were used to cut through sections of the skull, allowing for access by other instruments."

Next, an arrow remover.


"Not much is known about this tool, but it is hypothesized that it was inserted into the wound in a contracted position, with the central shaft used to grasp the arrow. The blades, which appear to have their sharp edges facing outward, were then expanded using the scissor-like handles, thus expanding the flesh around the arrow to prevent the arrowhead from ripping through the meat as it was pulled out."

Below, a circumcision knife from the 1770s.


"Ritual circumcision is performed around the world to varying extents and for varying reasons, but few instruments used in the process are as intimidating as this European knife from the 18th century."

Here's an artificial leech from the 1800s.


"Bloodletting with leeches was such a popular treatment for a range of medical conditions that an artificial leech was invented in 1840 and was used frequently in eye and ear surgery. The rotating blades would cut a wound in the patient's skin, while the cylinder would be used to produce a vacuum that sucked up the blood."

Finally, a mouth gag (1880s-1910s).


"This wooden, screw-shaped mouth gag would be inserted into an anesthetized patient's mouth to keep the airway open."

FunFact: Believe it or not, there were a couple plastic versions of the mouth gag above in the utility cabinet of the anesthesia workroom — where we got our drugs and tubes and whatnot for the day's cases each morning — back when I was resident at UCLA.

You didn't know I was that old, did you?

I asked Dr. Katz, our chairman, what the devices were for and he told me that if a patient clamped their mouth shut and bit the endotracheal tube at the end of a case when they got light, it was useful for opening the jaws and providing an entry for a conventional oral airway.

Who knew?

I thought it was kind of cool so I put one in my tackle box.

Never used it.

But I still have it.

You never know....

[via Vital Signs, Milena and RM]

July 10, 2009 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Motorcycle Jacket Romper takes 'Born to Ride' to the next level

"Hot biker style is stitched into a baby-safe outfit in this romper with hard-livin' details: 'Bike Week Hell Raisers' logo on the back, plastic zipper sewn into the front. Probably the toughest outfit s/he's had in her/his life."

Small (6-12 months) or Medium (12-18 months).

Cotton/polyester; machine wash.



The Shangri-Las]

July 10, 2009 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

'On the stability of four legged tables' — by Andre Martin

Long story short: If you're sitting at a four legged table and it wobbles, rotating it (in the horizontal plane, silly billy) will invariably lead to a placement which doesn't wobble.

Here's the abstract of Martin's paper , published in the January 8, 2007 issue of Physics Letters A.


On the stability of four legged tables

We prove that a perfect four-feet square table, posed in a continuous irregular ground with a local slope of at most 15 degrees can be put in equilibrium on the ground by a "rotation" of less than 90 degrees. We also discuss the case of non-square tables and make the conjecture that equilibrium can be found if the four feet are on a circle.

July 10, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Canned Bacon


From the website:



For the first time in almost 20 years, canned bacon is back in this country. Not available in any store!

Here is what it looks like when it comes out of the can.


More than 2 years went into the development of this bacon, and we're proud to be able to bring this back to you after improving on what was a very successful brand of canned bacon made years ago by Celebrity Foods.


Each can is 9 ounces of fully cooked and drained bacon. Between 2-3/4 and 3-1/4 pounds of raw bacon go into each can. Each can contains highest quality fresh #1 bacon slices.


Cured to our specifications, and cooked and then hand-wrapped, rolled and packed in the U.S.A.


We cook this bacon down for your prior to canning, so you won't pay for all of the natural shrinkage that occurs whenever you cook bacon. Then we carefully drain all of the fat and liquid off and can it fresh so it will taste as good out of the can as it would right out of the refrigerator.


With a shelf life in excess of 10 years, this bacon makes a perfect addition to your food storage program and it is great for every day use. Take some with you when you go camping, hiking or hunting — keep a case in the boat, RV, cabin or anywhere that you may need to prepare a meal but don't have refrigeration!




Umm, bacon.


12 cans for $119.95.

[via SupersizedMeals.com and Milena]

July 10, 2009 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Blogging Addiction Survey


Above, my results.

Take the survey (14 multiple choice questions, 30-60 seconds) here.

When you're done, a page appears saying "Ok, Sign Me Up!" — under that you'll see "No thanks, take me to my quiz results."

[via Jannie Funster]

July 10, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Yoga Frogs


Downward dog is so over.

Word: Upward frog.

From the website:


Yoga Frogs

Sure, there are cat, cobra and even cow yoga poses.

Now it's about time for some up-frog instead of up-dog.

These limber lil' amphibians show off their yoga mastery and brighten up your home or favorite space.

Weatherproof resin.

4"H to 9.5"H.


Set of 2 (Headstand or Updog Frogs): $19.95.

July 10, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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