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March 20, 2013

Bumper Dumper Travel Toilet — "You can use a bag or a bucket"

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From the website:

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The only hitch mounted portable toilet patented to use any standard full-size toilet seat.

It's the most comfortable,stable, and sanitary porta-potty in the world.

Use it in the hitch receiver or as a stand-alone unit.

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Whether you are a hunter, fisherman, camper, or off- roader, the Bumper Dumper is a great item for all outdoor enthusiasts.

It's great to have on construction sites, traveling with kids,or at the beach.

Anywhere you may need to go while on the go, the Bumper Dumper is a must-have item.

Just a trailer hitch receiver on the back of your vehicle with a Bumper Dumper, and no more squatting in a bush, no more unstable, flimsy, rickety, undersized porta-potty, and no more smelly unsanitary outhouses.

Just plug the Bumper Dumper into your hitch receiver and the comfort of home is there when nature calls.

Q. Have you ever been stuck in the middle of nowhere with no place to go?

Has this happened to you? You're at the campsite or in the middle of nowhere and suddenly nature calls. What do you do? You squeamishly go looking for a quiet spot behind a bush to do your thing. You cautiously avoid the poison oak and ivy. As you carefully squat down and try to relax a snake suddenly comes slithering through the weeds and startles you. What a mess!

Now when nature calls, you can go in comfort whereever you are with the one and only Bumper Dumper. No more looking for the right spot, no more trying to balance while squatting, and no more surprises from creepy critters. Just park your vehicle in a nice secluded spot, plug the Bumper Dumper into your trailer hitch receiver, and VOILA!! — a portable toilet sturdy enough to hold 500 lbs. and just as comfortable as using the bathroom at home. You can even set up a privacy screen for complete comfort.

Q. Has this happened to you?

You're driving on a long secluded stretch of road. You and the family had a big dinner at the last restaurant about an hour ago and someone's gotta go. "Can you hold it till the next stop?" you ask. You drive a few miles and the sign says next station 90 miles ahead. Meanwhile, she tells you she needs to go too, but she can wait till the next stop. You keep driving a while and find yourself starting to feel the urge as well. By this time everyone is getting pretty anxious. You finally see the exit to the station and the brain kicks in. Everyone knows it's almost time for relief. You quickly exit and pull in to park. You get the restroom key from the attendant and hurry to open the door.

You open the door and see this:

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At one time or another you'll wish you had a Bumper Dumper.

It's great on those long road trips. The Bumper Dumper is lightweight and stores easily. Now you have a safe and sanitary alternative to those roadside nightmares. You can be assured of a sanitary place to go wherever you go. Take it hunting, fishing, camping, boating, on vacation, on the job, in the field, or anywhere you may need to go.

The Bumper Dumper is great to have anywhere you go. No other portable toilet can compare to the support, stability, and comfort that the Bumper Dumper offers. The frame is made from quality steel and comes with a standard-size toilet seat. It's the only portable toilet you can use your own seat on. Almost any standard-size toilet seat can be mounted to the frame so you can attach a padded seat or the favorite seat of your choice. The Bumper Dumper will last a long, long time and it's lightweight and so easy to use. If you have a trailer hitch receiver and travel, or engage in outdoor activities where restrooms are far and few in between, the Bumper Dumper is a must have item.

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Use the Bumper Dumper when you need to go on the go.

Makes a great gift too.

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$69.95.

[via Steven Fox]

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World's Largest QWERTY Keyboard*

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From My Modern Met:

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"Russian artist Anatoly Vyatkin installed a giant replica of a Cyrillic QWERTY keyboard made of 86 stone blocks, each weighing up to 1,000 pounds."

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"The Keyboard Monument (which in some circles also goes by the name 'Claudia') is a permanent outdoor sculpture located in Yekaterinburg, Russia, where it remains a prominent tourist attraction."

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"The landmark, which was designed to mimic an IBM PC keyboard, incorporates a piece of technology into the natural landscape, promoting the idea of integration and inviting passersby to interact with it. Pedestrians in the area often find themselves playfully hopping onto the 'keys' of the installation, despite knowing it serves no immediate function."

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"The installation provides a whimsical bit of art for the public that is still very relevant. It will be interesting to see how future generations perceive it once keyboards have become obsolete."

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[via Steve Silberman]

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Fortune Telling Bacon — "Are you crispy... or chewy?"

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Can your bacon do that?

Didn't think so.

From the website:

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The Sisters of Radiant Farms are at it again!

First they brought us the magical wonder of Canned Unicorn Meat.

Now they're back with Fortune Telling Bacon, which must come from very magical swine indeed.

Now you may ask yourself, wouldn't nuns be against something like fortune telling?

Normally, yes.

But these nuns are on the run and last we heard, they are part of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Fortune Telling Bacon is easy to use!

Simply place the bacon strip in the palm of your hand and your edible desires shall be foretold….

Each pack of Radiant Farms Fortune Telling Bacon is sealed for freshness.

Inside are 50 strips of this magical bacon, each able to provide one or more fortunes.

Bring a pack of Fortune Telling Bacon to the office or a party and share the fun, or be forever alone and get your own fortune every morning for 50 days.

And because our lawyers say we should be extra clear about this: DO NOT EAT Fortune Telling Bacon — It is not an actual food item and is, in fact, inedible. The fortunes, however, are true.

 

Product Specifications and Details:

• 50 strips of Radiant Farms Fortune Telling Bacon created from magical swine in Ireland

• Enough bacon for an office, big party, or a couple months of alone time

• Place the bacon in your palm to read your fortune

• Package lists the fortunes for your reference

• Designed by ThinkGeek's GeekLabs

• Bacon strip dimension: 3.5"L

 

Below, the up-to-now closely held super-secret Bacon Code:

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50 strips of bacon cost $9.99

[via Richard Kashdan]

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Free Download: "The Da Vinci Code"

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All of a sudden free stuff abounds here.

Leslie Kaufman in a March 17 New York Times story brought news that "Beginning Monday, on the 10th anniversary of the release of the mega-bestseller 'The Da Vinci Code,' its publisher, Doubleday, will allow anyone to download the entire book free for a week."

More from her article below.

The move is part celebration and part marketing experiment, because the download will come with the prologue and one chapter of Dan Brown's forthcoming book, 'Inferno.'

It is common for publishers to tease an author's coming thriller by including the first chapter of the next book in the back of the paperback version of a best seller. This free e-book is an extension of that practice.

'The Da Vinci Code' preceded the e-book era, but it has sold solidly ever since in all forms. Doubleday is betting that any loss of sales of 'Da Vinci,' which has outlived its golden goose days, will be offset by the fire it will light under the new book.

'Inferno,' which will be published on May 14, will once again feature the Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, the protagonist of 'The Da Vinci Code' as well as the best-selling 'Angels and Demons' (Simon and Schuster, 2000) and 'The Lost Symbol,' (2009).

All of the Langdon books have been best sellers, but 'Da Vinci' was a blockbuster. Doubleday says it was the 'fastest-selling adult hardcover of all time with 81 million copies sold.'

For 'Inferno,' Dr. Langdon will go back into the heart of Europe and untangle a mystery involving the poet Dante. The tight-lipped Mr. Brown has revealed little else about the book, but clearly Doubleday is expecting a sensation and has ordered four million copies for the first printing.

The free download will be available only in the United States and Canada through all e-book retailers, through March 24 [next Sunday]. A serialization in print only of the prologue and first chapter of 'Inferno' will begin Sunday in The Daily Mail in Britain.

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Alexander Wang Bike Lock

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Why pay less?

From the website:

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Blackened steel chain with a mock croc-bound lock.

Solid brass "American Lock" keyed lock.

22" x 2".

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$145.

You will note that the version pictured up top, part of the designer's first Objects collection, is python-embossed: it sold out.

[via the Wall Street Journal]

 

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Gravity-Powered Lamp — Episode 2: Details emerge

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When I first featured this wonderful technology three weeks ago, it was simply to mark its entry into the world.

Can't wait to actually have one.

Now comes Caroline Winter in a March 14, 2013 Bloomberg Businessweek story with details — excerpts below.

Hazardous kerosene lamps, still used in many developing countries, are a major expense for many of the world’s estimated 1.5 billion families without electricity. Poor households typically spend at least 10% of their income on kerosene. So far, efforts to use solar energy to power lights in developing nations have run up against cost and technical challenges.

Gravity could help. British industrial designer Martin Riddiford [above, with his lamp] has created a pineapple-size lamp powered by a 25-pound weight that falls about six feet in a half-hour. That may not sound like much, but it’s enough to drive a silent motor at thousands of rotations per second. The GravityLight, which shines slightly brighter than most kerosene lamps, requires a certain amount of elbow grease: Once the weight reaches bottom, it must be manually lifted to repeat the process.

Riddiford, 57, a co-founder of London-based product design firm Therefore, got the idea four years ago after leaving a meeting with a charity interested in solar tech. "I just sort of had this vision of, well, why can't you use human power and store it as potential energy rather than in a battery," he says. The designer, whose Brinlock Abacus calculator was the first with number-shaped buttons, and whose firm has developed products for Toshiba, Samsonite, and Nike, says he regrets not having done charitable work overseas in his youth and hopes to make up for it with his light. The first prototype, a large-scale contraption involving a bicycle wheel and a windup LED flashlight, was refined over four years into its current cheap yet durable plastic version. "It's technically quite tricky to get it so it doesn't jam, but we solved that problem through lots of experimentation," Riddiford says.

GravityLight will have its first field tests this summer in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Once Riddiford’s team works out the final kinks, the basic model will retail for about $5. Therefore is also weighing development of a brighter version with more settings for camping and emergencies, and may eventually use its gravity-based technology to develop a cell phone charger.

In December, Therefore pitched the lamp on crowdfunding site Indiegogo to help cover production costs, and in a month received $400,000, far more than the $55,000 it sought. Bill Gates called GravityLight "a pretty cool innovation," and Therefore says donors and potential partners range from soda companies to the U.S. Department of Defense. Still, before GravityLight goes to market, Riddiford says, "It will have to stand the test of four continents trying to kill it, trying to stamp on it, destroy it, and use it and abuse it."

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