April 13, 2009

Lice make me angry!

Well, they do, lice do make meangery. Although, it has to be said, not as angry as this particular Russian:

A Russian karate expert has been charged with beating to death a 61-year-old woman and her son, whom he accused of infecting his wife with lice, an investigator said Friday.


That's a fairly strong reaction to a simple infestation problem, don't you think?

The drunk 26-year-old burst into a neighboring room in his hostel Tuesday and used karate moves to kill the pair, state investigator Eduard Abdullin said by telephone from Kazan, a city 700 km (430 miles) east of Moscow.

"He literally beat them to death with his hands and feet," Abdullin said. "The family were poor and drank a lot. He blamed them for infecting his wife and the entire corridor with lice."

Ah, drink was taken, as you so often find out in these Russian stories. And further, 7 years of karate does turn you into something of a weapon.

And as we know from innumerable shooting episodes, the combination of drink and lethal weapons does not bode well.


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October 15, 2008

Mantyhose

Mantyhose - pantyhose for men

Yes, you read that correctly, Mantyhouse.  And yes you are correct, Mantyhose are pantyhose for men.

Now why would you guys need this garment?  Well apparently the cowboys wear them to keep warm when out on those long winter rides.

"He was an honest-to-goodness cowboy at home, home on the range wearing his wife's beige-colored, one-piece, tights-plus-panties.  He said lot of cowboys wore them for warmth - and not because they liked the way the control tops kept their buckaroos high".

To promote mantyhose a website called e-MANcipate  has been created. It's aim is to "accelerate the acceptance of male pantyhose as a regular clothing item."  The website includes helpful resources like manfacturers and mantyhose news, as well as tips like "How to put on your male pantyhose without destroying it."

e-MANcipate  was set up by a believer in mantyhose, name of Harisnya.  He wants to change people's perception of male hosiery.

Harisnya  who helped set up e-MANcipate says , "It's fun, but no joke,", and is adamant that both males and females should be allowed to wear the sexy sheer garment.

"Men have great legs and hosiery is a great way to show them. It's quite practical in some ways. It prevents chafing, for example, when horse riding or cycling, but it's also a good alternative to bulky underwear if you need some warmth".

This is all very well, but real men don't wear pantyhose.  I bet you can't find a real man doing a man's job in mantyhose.  A man like a lumberjack, or a truck driver, or a, oh!

Mike a truck driver said, "At the recommendation of my wife, I got several pairs of sheer knee-high support hose that I wear under pants, and I wear either light to medium support sheer beige pantyhose or thigh highs openly under shorts, and I've noticed a major improvement in how my legs look and feel."

"I fully intend to continue to openly wear hose both for the health benefits and for the look and feel of the soft, comfortable fabric, and encourage other men to have the courage to do the same," he added.

Mantyhose sound like thin long-johns to me.  Do men need to shave their legs as they are easier to put on with a smooth leg.

I don't understand why men are trying to get in on the act, as woman spend most of their time trying to get out of pantyhose.

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September 08, 2008

Leather Leggings

Leather Leggings are the new hot fashion item according to New York Fashion week.

Leather Leggings!  OMG!  How does that work? Do you cover yourself in talcum powder before attempting to get in them?  You must sweat buckets so the up side is you will get them off as you will weigh less than when you put them on.

According to a Barney's newsletter there is already a waiting list.  Good luck to anyone trying to put them on.  Rather you than me!


FASHION WEEK SPRING '09
New York Post, NY
The spring line is not for the faint of heart: Leather leggings were the accessory of choice (sounds bizarre, and .00001 percent of fashionistas will be ...

Rock chicks, now is your moment
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom
But if you're young and svelte, and want an even edgier look, don't hold back; go for full-on leather leggings, or "treggings" - a legging-trouser hybrid. ...

A look from the Diane Von Furstenberg spring 2009 show
amNewYork, New York
He offers fiery (hot red one- and two-piece suits slung with leather belts) and frilly (delicate lace pieces zapped with crystals). ...

Ready To Wear: Welcome back, leather trousers
Independent, UK
Apart from Louis Vuitton's loose, cropped style, the new leather trousers, or leggings – as pairs without pockets or zips/obvious exit strategies are being ...

Small City, Big Fashion
Ithaca College The Ithacan,  USA
“My favorite this fall are the liquid leather leggings,” Campbell said. “Recently seen on the likes of Victoria  Beckham and the Olsen twins, they give the ...

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July 30, 2008

Princess Chunk

Princess Chunk is a 44 pound cat who has been found waddling the streets of Voorhees, New Jersey.  She is currently being  fostered by Deborah Wright, of Sicklerville, a shelter volunteer at the Camden County Animal Shelter.

Princess Chunk's current owner has until Saturday to claim her as she will then be put up for adoption.  According to the Shelter, the phone has been ringing off the hook with enquiries. 

In the meantime "Chunk" as she is affectionately known has a busy schedule.  She is off to New York City for guest spots on "Live with Regis and Kelly", "The Today Show" and "Good Morning America"

44-pound cat, Princess Chunk
Chicago Tribune, United States
Deborah Wright of Sicklerville, New Jersey, claims "Princess Chunk,"  which she picked up from the pound on Saturday, July 26, 2008, weighs 44 lbs. ...

Cat, 20 kilos, up for adoption
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom
Shelter officials have called the porker "Princess Chunk" and are hoping she will find a nice, ideally diet-friendly home. ...

Princess Chunk up for adoption
Kansas City Star, MO
(KSHB Video) Workers at a New Jersey shelter are trying to find the owners of a 44-pound cat that they have nicknamed Princess Chunk. ...

Big Cat Looking For A Home
MyFox Philadelphia, PA
Princess Chunk gets weighed in on Good Day. It's a happy day for many South Jersey residents who like to get their morning cup of coffee at Olga's Diner. ...

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July 29, 2008

Camille Hayton

Camille Hayton was the mystery girl Patrick Moberg saw on the subway platform in NYC in November 2007.  To him she was the girl of his dreams, to find her he set up a website with a hand drawn picture and details of where they were when he fell for her.   

Within 48 hours a friend of Camille's found the website and recognized her.  Camille got in touch and the two of them started dating.  Well the dating lasted two months and now it is all over.

No fairytale romance here, just two people who did not work out.  Real life in all its glory, nothing like the movies at all. 

NY Subway Romance Hits A Dead End
FOX 11 Online, WI
... NY, enlisted the help of a sketch artist, the Internet, and friends and strangers to initially track down Camille Hayton, 23, from Melbourne, Australia. ...

Camille Hayton And Patrick Moberg Just Friends
Times of the Internet, Ohio
Within 48 hours his plight had gone viral and he ended up meeting the girl of his dreams, who turned out be Camille Hayton. The two found each other and ...

Camille Hayton is New York “Dream Girl”
Right Celebrity, CA
The New York dream girl on a subway train who became Patrick Moberg’s obsession has been identified as Camille Hayton. ...

Camille Hayton Moves On from Subway Sweetheart
BlackBook Magazine, NY 
Former BlackBook intern  Camille Hayton -- she of the famed subway romance -- gets the where-is-she-now treatment in the Sunday Telegraph (from Camille's ...

"NY Girl of My Dreams" Update: Fashion Icon!
Gawker, NY
You just heard about the breakup of Vimeo kid Patrick Moberg's famed subway crush with New York Girl of His Dreams Camille Hayton. But! ...

"NY Girl of My Dreams" Now Waitressing Incognito
Gawker, NY 
Maybe Patrick and the girl, Australian and former Blackbook intern Camille, have broken up by now. Maybe they haven't. But Camille is now waitressing in the ...

Patrick Moberg Is Now Big in the Heartland
Gawker, NY
[Moberg and Camille's] first meeting was awkward. And why not? It was set up by Good Morning America. Like the rest of the media, GMA saw a great love story ...

Camille Hayton in ‘Bust’
BlackBook Magazine, NY
Gawker points out that Camille Hayton, one-time BlackBook intern, former subway romance ingénue, and now "actress and crafter" leads the "Looks" section for  ...

It didn't work out with Melbourne girl in  New York
NEWS.com.au, Australia
SHE is the vivacious Melbourne girl who captured a city's heart when a love-struck New York Romeo saw her on the subway. And Romeo went to extraordinary ...

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July 20, 2008

Kate Middleton at Royal Wedding

Kate Middleton attended the Royal Wedding of Lady Rose Windsor today without Prince William. Apparently this confirmed her position within Royal circles.  For goodness sake she has been seeing Prince William for seven years and it is hard for him to attend as he is on HMS Iron Duke in the Caribbean.

I think it is safe to say she confirmed her position with him some time ago.

Kate Middleton at royal wedding
The Press Association -
Kate Middleton attended her second royal wedding of the year without Prince William. Lady Rose Windsor, who is a relation of the Queen, married George ...

Kate Middleton attends another royal wedding
Telegraph.co.uk - United Kingdom
Kate Middleton has once again confirmed her position in royal circles, attending her second royal wedding of the year. ...

Sunday's Newspaper Front Pages
Sky News - Isleworth,England,UK
The paper pictures Prince William's girlfriend Kate Middleton attending the wedding of Lady Rose Windsor. If you want to track a story, you need to log in ...

Lady Rose Windsor, and Kate Middleton, in bloom
Times Online - UK
Almost as many eyes were on Kate Middleton who confirmed her growing position in the royal fold by turning up without Prince William, her boyfriend. ...


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July 19, 2008

Six foot penis crashed graduation

Picture the scene: It's Saratoga Springs high school graduation.  Hundreds of high school students, thousands of guests - and a man in a giant penis costume running across the stage, spraying silly string at people.

It didn't end well.

Try the Ananova site for a photograph of the penis in full flow.

Teen says sorry for penis stunt
Ananova, UK - Jul 18, 2008
Calvin Morett, 19,  of Saratoga Springs, New York state, has to pay for an ad apologising for the stunt in his local newspaper. Morett donned the 6ft penis ...

Man in penis costume must apologize
Albany Times Union, NY - Jul 17, 2008
By DENNIS YUSKO, Staff writer Calvin L. Morett, who disrupted this year's Saratoga Springs High School graduation by running across the stage of Saratoga ...

Stiff Sentence For Penis Man
North Country Gazette, NY - Jul 16, 2008
Calvin Morett, 19, of Pyramid Pine Estates appeared before Saratoga Springs City Court Judge Douglas Mills Wednesday to answer a charge of disorderly ...

Judge: NY man in penis costume must apologize
Newsday, NY - Jul 17, 2008
A Saratoga Springs judge also ordered Calvin Morett to pay to have the apology published in a local newspaper. The sentence also calls for Morett to pay ...

Teen must apologize for wearing penis costume at graduation
Schenectady Gazette, NY - Jul 17, 2008
The judge also ordered Calvin Morett to pay to have the apology published in a local newspaper. The sentence also calls for Morett to pay court fees and ...

UPI NewsTrack Quirks in the News
United Press International - Jul 17, 2008
Calvin Morett, 19, was sentenced by the City Court to write a letter of apology and pay to have it published in the local newspaper, the Times Union ...

Man sorry for making a dick of himself
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia - Jul 16, 2008
Calvin Morett pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for dressing in the 2m costume at the graduation at the Saratoga Performing Arts Centre in Saratoga ...

Giant Goo Shooting Penis Terrorizes Graduates
ShortNews.com, Germany - Jun 28, 2008
19 year old Calvin Morett was arrested for appearing on stage at the Saratoga Springs High School Graduation wearing a giant inflatable penis costume and ...

Saratoga Springs HS Graduation Interrupted by Teen in Genetalia ...
WTEN, NY - Jun 27, 2008
19-year-old Calvin Morett allegedly interrupted the Saratoga Springs High School graduation by running across SPACc's stage in an inflatable six-foot ...

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Dolphin climbs up hill and dies in garden

Police made house to house enquiries after two sailors in Portland, Dorset found a dead dolphin in their garden.

House to house enquiries!  Good to know my tax is being so wisely spent.


Dead dolphin dumped in Dorset garden

A Marine engineer was woken by a fishy smell and to his astonishment found a dolphin in his front garden.

Men find dolphin in inland garden

Mystery surrounds the discovery of a dead dolphin in the garden of two sailors in Dorset who live on a steep hill half a mile (0.8km) from ...

How did that get here? Dead dolphin found in Dorset garden

Dead dolphin found in Dorset garden. published less than 1 hour ago. Mystery surrounds the discovery of a dead dolphin in the garden of two sailors who live ...

Dead dolphin found in front garden

Two sailors found a dead dolphin in their garden - despite living on a ... when they woke to find the 3ft dolphin, in Portland, Dorset. ... 

Sailors find dead dolphin...in their back garden half a mile from sea

Two sailors were amazed when they woke to find a dead dolphin in their ... engineers woke to find the 3ft dolphin, in Portland, Dorset. ...

Dead dolphin found in a garden that lies half a mile from the sea

Dead dolphin found in a garden that lies half a mile from the sea ... marine engineers woke  to find the 3ft dolphin, in Portland, Dorset. ...

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January 24, 2008

Hair Club For Men

Seeing Hair Club for Men all over the place today brought back some memories.

This morning I heard a crazy radio ad. It was narrated by the owner of an identity theft protection company. His gimmick was revealing his entire social security number on the air. Pretty ballsy, I thought, daring any cyber-thief to try to steal his personal data. And he backs up his service with a million dollar guarantee to boot.

It’s straight from the Hair-Club-For-Men school of marketing. You know…the guy who plugged his hair loss treatment company on TV by showing off his own company-installed hair plugs? “I’m not just the owner; I’m also a client,” he quipped. Other examples that come to mind are James Dyson, who invented a new fangled vacuum after being frustrated by vacs that sucked at sucking; and good old Victor Kiam, the former NE Patriots owner who liked Remington razors so much that he bought the company.

Yup, the Hair Club for Men school of extremely cheesy advertising. For decades they had pre-booked the bottom right hand corner of London's newspaper, The Evening Standard. All that changed in hte ad was the sporting personality that was photographed. You know, it would be a cricketer for a few years, then a rugby player, etc.

But it's big business, Hair Club for Men pals up with some pretty big companies:

Cowboy today announced the launch of a provocative online game for Hair Club for Men, which is co-branded with Playboy.com. The new game can be found at www.hairclub.com/photohunt.

The game challenges users to spot the differences in 'before and after' photos and features the famous Playboy Playmates. In addition, users can view videos, download wallpapers, and find out what Playmates prefer. The game will be promoted aggressively on Playboy.com through banner ads and an extensive email campaign.

"The new co-branded game for Hair Club for Men is another example of our ability to create innovative digital assets that extends beyond traditional branding efforts," says Cowboy Executive Creative Director, Scott Davis.

"As our agency, Cowboy continues to demonstrate compelling ways to help Hair Club for Men infuse the lifestyle component that resonates with our younger, male demographic," says Lalita Warren, Media Manager, Hair Club for Men.

Prior to today's announcement, Cowboy was responsible for redesigning the Hairclub.com website, a series of provocative print ads that appeared in male focused magazines, as well as a complete interactive campaign.

Hair Club for Men teamed up with Playboy? Well, sure, Hair Club for Men has always been based on the idea that without a rug you're not going to get the babes. And it's big business, too:

Hair salon operator Regis Corp (RGS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Tuesday that quarterly profit fell to the low end of its forecast range on a sharp drop in consumer spending over the holiday season. The operator of the Vidal Sassoon and Supercuts chains said net profit declined about 16 percent to $22.6 million, or 51 cents a share, in the second quarter that ended Dec. 31 from $26.9 million, or 59 cents a share, a year earlier. The results were in line with analysts' expectations, according to Reuters Estimates. "Like many retailers, we had a disappointing holiday shopping season and, as a result, our quarterly same-store sales came in below expectations," Chief Executive Paul Finkelstein said in a statement. Finkelstein said the company would raise prices in at least 6,000 salons between January and April, increasing the average ticket there by 6 percent. "Our salon competitors are all facing minimum wage increases," he said, "and inflation is certainly with us." Regis said its strongest segments during the quarter were its European business, excluding the UK; the Hair Club for Men and Women; and Supercuts.

But the reason Hair Club for Men brings back such memories for me? (No, not because I am or have been a customer). I was at university with the son of one of the founders. Got to know him and his brother pretty well. Met the father a few times as well. What was wonderful was that all three were bald and not one of them used Hair Club for Men's services.

No, that was for selling, not for using.

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November 07, 2007

Gormagon

Gormagon seems to be in the news. The definition of a Gormagon actually comes from a piece of doggerel poetry from the 18th century:

A monster with six eyes, three mouths, four   arms, eight legs, five on one side and three on the other,   three arses, two tarses, and a c**t upon its back;

Quite what a tarse is I'm not sure but  a Gormagon is in fact a horse with a male and a female rider on it. The female will be riding side sadle, giving the unequal number of legs on each side.

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