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November 17, 2011

Holey Eggs


From The Rag & Bone Blog:


"Modern egg master Franc Grom uses a small electric drill to create appoximately 2,500 to 3,500 holes in each eggshell."


"Inspired by traditional Slovenian designs,


he has been known to pierce a shell as many as 17,000 times."


[via Richard Kashdan]

November 17, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Catapult Spoon — Episode 2: Now in the U.S.A.


Back in 2008 Episode 1 introduced this great implement, just the thing to disrupt any meal.


Then Tuesday the infant iteration elicited a comment from Tam Donovan to the effect that such utensils bring out both sides of her personality — the one that loves it and the other that has to clean up the mess.

No matter, now that Amazon sells the thing as opposed to having to order it from France, it demands a place in boj and so it shall have one.

From the website:


Don't fall victim to a "spoon gap" — defend your dinner with this spring-loaded spoon.

Also functions as a normal eating utensil.

"Fortune favors the bold [and prepared]."



November 17, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Top 5 chocolate-loving countries

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"The top five countries in spending per capita on chocolate are European."

The U.S. isn't even close.

Burdick Chocolate out of Walpole, New Hampshire has been my favorite chocolatier since the late 20th century and I see no viable challenger on the horizon.

Full disclosure: I met Larry Burdick, grand panjandrum of Burdick Chocolate, back in the day when he was based in tiny quarters along an alley in New York City.

Times — and fortunes — change.

[via USA Today]

November 17, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Cartoon Sound Machine


"16 cartoon sound effects, each triggered by a button with a little image above hinting at what you're about to hear."


Sounds: Bow and arrow, Fall into water, Gunshot, Bomb, Cuckoo clock, Cartoon running, Cartoon phone caller, Bang on head, Falling weight, Falling down stairs, Whoosh!, Coiled spring, Saw, Splat!, Honk!, Comedy music.


Uses 3 watch batteries (included).

4" x 2.5" x 1".


I wonder how many people — besides me — counted to see if there were exactly 16....

November 17, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Emily Dickinson's only surviving dress


It's in the collection of the Amherst Historical Society in Amherst, Massachusetts.

[via the New York Times]

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Root View Farm — "Grow your own"


Much better than Uncle Milton's Ant Farm in at least one respect: the contents ought to taste better.

But I digress.

From websites:



Underground Garden Laboratory

One unfortunate fact about gardening is that you don't see a lot of the magic because it's under the ground. It's all fine and dandy to plant seeds and then watch them sprout, but what about the other half of the plant? Sure, you could dig up the plant to see the roots, but then it's just about dead. If only there was a sort of ant farm for vegetables….


Wait, there is! The Root Vue Farm is a self-watering grow unit with a special viewing window so kids can watch roots develop underground. Watch carrot, radish, and onion seeds grow up as their roots grow down. The complete kit includes a durable styrofoam growing unit with acrylic viewing window, built-in water basin and drainage reservoir. A light shield keeps plants growing but can be removed for viewing roots. Eight super-expanding grow mix wafers feed your plants the nutrients they need to grow. Finally, you'll get three packets of seeds (carrot, radish, onion), identification labels, water wicks for the self-watering system and a 16 page booklet with complete instructions and experiments.


Product Specifications:

• Watch carrot, radish, and onion seeds grow up and roots grow down

• See the magic of roots growing underneath the ground

• Self-watering grow unit with special viewing window

• Recommended ages: 4+ with parent supervision



• Durable styrofoam growing unit with acrylic viewing window, built-in water basic, and drainage reservoir

• Light shield (to cover plant roots when you're not observing)

• 16 page booklet with instructions and experiments

• Three (3) packets of seeds (carrot, radish, onion)

• Eight (8) super-expanding grow mix wafers

• Water wicks for self-watering system

• ID labels




November 17, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"The Philosophy of Composition" — Edgar Allen Poe (1846)


Wrote John McPhee in an essay in the latest New Yorker, "In 1846, in Graham's MagazineEdgar Allan Poe published an essay called 'The Philosophy of Composition,' in which he described the stages of thought through which he had conceived of and eventually written his poem 'The Raven.'"

Above, the cover of the April, 1846 issue of Graham's Magazine in which Poe's piece first appeared.

Wrote McPhee of Poe's essay, "The idea began in the abstract. He wanted to write something tonally sombre, sad, mournful, and saturated with melancholia, he knew not what. He thought it should be repetitive and have a one-word refrain. He asked himself which vowel would best serve the purpose. He chose the long 'o.' And what combining consonant, producibly doleful and lugubrious? He settled on 'r.' Vowel, consonant, 'o,' 'r.' Lore. Core. Door. Lenore. Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore.' Actually, he said 'nevermore' was the first such word that crossed his mind. How much cool truth there is in that essay is in the eye of the reader."

November 17, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Refrigerator magnet with integrated carabiner holds 35 pounds


Why you'd want to put 35 pounds worth of stuff on your fridge is beyond me but it's a big world.

From the website:


Super-powerful 1-inch-diameter neodymium magnet base with handy carabiner snap hook adheres to any ferrous metal surface with up to 35 pounds of force.

1.8" x 0.9" rust-proof anodized aluminum carabiner with spring-loaded gate is great for keys.




November 17, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

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