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May 2, 2012

"Windsor Hum" — Bane of Canadians but inaudible to Americans

Long story from yesterday's Wall Street Journal short: "The so-called Windsor hum, described as a low-frequency rumbling sound, has rattled windows and knocked objects off shelves in this border community [Windsor, Ontario] just across the Detroit River from the Motor City. Locals have said it sounds like a large diesel truck idling, a loud boom box or the bass vocals of Barry White."

More: "Windsor residents have blamed the hum for causing illness, whipping dogs into frenzies, keeping cats housebound and sending goldfish to the surface in backyard ponds. Many have resorted to switching on their furnace fan all season to drown out the noise."

And: "Even weirder, Americans can't seem to hear it. Canadians find that suspicious — especially since their research suggests the hum is coming from the Yankees' side — and accuse U.S. officials of staying silent over the noise."

Above, a video that accompanied the WSJ piece.

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Happy Smile Trainer


"Enhance your mouth and jaw muscles with the Happy Smile Trainer and create the perfect smile. Just biting on the silicone mouthpiece once a day for five minutes improves the angles and balance of your face and cheeks, strengthening your gums and teeth."

Includes case and exercise book (Japanese).


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Cockney ATM's of East London


Long story by James Melik of the BBC short: There are now 30 cash machines offering cockney prompts (pictured above and below) in East London with more on the way.


Excerpts from the BBC piece follow.

Need a speckled hen and not near a cab rank, where do you find some sausage and mash?

Why, you go to your local cash machine of course and, if you live in east London, you might even come across one which gives you the option of proceeding in a variety of languages — and offering cockney.

A speckled hen becomes £10, a cab rank is a bank, and sausage and mash is cash.

The first machines offering cockney prompts were introduced for a three-month trial run in 2009.

It might have started as a novelty but many people choose the cockney option.

Between 15-20% opt for cockney when given the chance.

Below, a list of money-related cockney terms.

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[via Andrew Sasaki]

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Limited-Edition Eternal Chill Glasses


"The frosted surface and water-drop texture of these glasses make the water inside seem eternally chilled."


Production limited to 100 of each of three sizes.


¥5,040–¥5,460 , depending on size.

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Radio Time Machine

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"Hello, I'm a musical time machine. Go back in time to hear how popular music has changed from 1940 to today, as told by the Billboard Top 100."

72 years of songs.

Fair warning: there goes the day.

[via Richard Kashdan]

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Dux Brass Pencil Sharpener


Pencil sharpeners are the new salt & pepper shakers, judging by how many sharpeners have appeared here this year.


This rectangular sharpener with a stainless steel blade is screwed into a solid brass ring.

Made in Germany.


May 2, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Peanut People


Wrote Terry Border, grand panjandrum of Bent Objects, "So, I've been working on this story about a peanut person. The thought had crossed my mind to try some kind of Kickstarter thing where people donate money for this project, but frankly that would be a b.s. proposition, because I started this project, and I'm damn well going to finish it, no matter if people donate or not. Now, if we don't find a publisher, I'll be taking donations then, so I can do it myself. 

All that being said, I just put a Donate button
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in the sidebar.
And just so you know, I remember my friends.  :)"

[via mikky, grand panjandrum (panjandra?) of To da loos]

May 2, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Chemicus Tea Service


From Laughing Squid:


"Art Lebedev Studio designed the Chemicus as a tea service set for 'Russian chemists/patriots.'"


"This ceramic set was inspired by chemistry kits but is decorated in the traditional blue and white Russian Gzhel pattern."


Alas, only a prototype at present.


[via Richard Kashdan and Yanko Design]

May 2, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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