Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Get 10 years from your three-year battery

Don't throw that battery away. Recondition it. Buy the chemical at

Automotive battery reconditioning

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Emergency Food

Emergency FoodDo you love to eat but hate to shop? Are you worried that food supplies could be interrupted at any time? No problem! Now you can buy enough to last 10 to 20 years in a single shopping trip. Costco offers 275 servings in a weatherproof bucket for only $84.99, delivered.

What's in it, you wonder? Each bucket contains 275 delicious, generous servings of pre-mixed, pre-seasoned, vitamin-fortified vegetarian food that's easy to prepare with heat and water.

The Disaster model contains:
25 Servings - Potato Soup
30 Servings - Corn Chowder
25 Servings - Cacciatore
25 Servings - Western Stew
30 Servings - Country Noodle
25 Servings - Rice Lentil
45 Servings - Whey Milk
40 Servings - Blueberry Pancake
30 Servings - Barley Vegetable

Another knotty problem solved, right? If you want even more variety, see the current goodies at the Kaboodle store. Wow! That could actually make you look forward to an emergency! (Just kidding, Grandma!)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Uniden Trimline corded phone

Uniden Trimline corded phoneLoud & Clear

Model CEZ200
+20 dB Audio Boost
$16.97 at Wal-Mart

Advantages: No power supply required. Voice is loud and clear at both ends of the line.

Clarity brand is available online.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Vibrating Condom Ring

Japanese engineers created a vibrating condom. The new kind of condom was presented at the international show of inventions in Geneva in April. The visitors applauded to the skilled craftsman from Taiwan, whose product became the high spot of the show.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Electronic cigarettes and cigars

Electronic cigarettes and cigars are battery-powered nicotine delivery devices that look and behave somewhat like the old-fashioned varieties. The similarities end there, however; e-cigs do not produce smoke nor do they deliver any of the harmful substances that have made cancer and emphysema so popular.

At one fifth the cost of killer cigarettes, e-cigs emit smoke-tasting, nicotine-bearing, visible water vapor on inhalation, producing the desired nicotine effect immediately.

E-cigs are sold in kits that cost about $100 and include rechargeable batteries, a battery charger, one or more atomizers, and a supply of nicotine cartridges that are usually available in various strengths and flavors that include tobacco, chocolate, fruits, and spices. For the beard-stroking academic elite, an e-pipe is also available.

America's powerful tobacco industry is probably scared to death by this product, which may help explain why the manufacturers are located outside the United States. Some of the leaders are NJOY, Gamucci, Janty, Ruyan, Fifty-One, and Crown 7.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

1936 Stainless Steel Ford Coupe

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Allegheny Ludlum, a pioneer producer of stainless steel, proposed the idea of creating a stainless steel car to Ford. The idea took shape in the form of a 1936 Deluxe Sedan. That car became the centerpiece of a campaign to expose the public to the new metal and its many uses.

The stainless steel cars were perfect vehicles for increasing awareness of the quality of the metal. And over the years, this quality has been shown in its stainless performance.

Of the six stainless steel cars that rolled off the Ford assembly line in Detroit in 1936, four exist today as living proof of the durability of stainless steel. One is on display at the Heinz Regional History Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Monday, April 28, 2008



Teasmade: The Gadget that Refused to Die

by Harry Wallop

Teasmades, as much a part of 1970s suburbia as the Austin Allegro, are about to make a surprising comeback.

The peculiarly British invention combined an alarm clock with a kettle, and promised owners they could wake up each morning to a fresh cup of tea without having to leave the comfort of their bed. At the height of their popularity, two million households had one.

By the 1990s they had become a symbol of naffness, and the death knell sounded when Norma Major admitted she had one in the bedroom of 10 Downing Street.

Fans of the gadget, however, have reason to celebrate. John Lewis, the department store chain, is planning to bring back the Teasmade after customers' complaints that they could no longer buy the machine.

Paul Martin, John Lewis's electrical buyer, said, "Every time I go round a branch, it's the same thing: 'When are you going to restock a Teasmade?' In the run-up to Christmas last year we were getting at least 12 complaints a day. I have relented."

Mr Martin is now seeking an electronics company to make a contemporary model. "We are still in early stages, but hope to have Teasmades back early next year," he said.

The announcement has delighted the Science Museum, which has a collection of the machines stretching back to 1902.

John Liffen, one of the museum's curators, said: "It's fantastic news. They are a reaffirmation of something British. They met a need for a cup of tea, but went about it in an amazingly complicated way."

The earliest models were heated by methylated spirits which would be lit by the automatic striking of a match when the alarm clock went off. Unsurprisingly, they were the frequent cause of household fires.

The first mass-produced Teasmade, made by Goblin, rolled off the production line in 1933. The machine retailed at £5 15s 6d and came with a set of two earthenware cups and saucers, a cream jug and a sugar basin.

Production stopped during the war years but the device came back into vogue and, in the late 1960s, about 300,000 were sold every year.

In their heyday no seaside B&B was complete without one and they were given away on a weekly basis on Bruce Forsyth's Generation Game.

The Teasmade's decline coincided with the rise of espresso machines, and in 2001 Swan Moulinex--which took over Goblin--went into liquidation.

Until yesterday's announcement by John Lewis, they had been consigned to collectors' cupboards and internet chat rooms, where they attract a loyal following. In 1993 an early ancestor of the Teasmade sold for £2,500 at Sotheby's.

Teasmades, despite their astonishing popularity, never cracked a key flaw. People who liked milk in their tea were reduced to storing little pots of UHT by the Teasmade.

And though it flourished in the era of other great labor-saving devices such as the steam iron, it never quite lived up to its promise, according to Mr Liffen. "It just shifted the labor from the morning to the night before. You still had to faff around with water and tea bags before you went to bed," he said. [Source]

Second opinion: With one of these, toothless loonies who don't get enough fluoride and aluminum in their diets can automate the process. One discontinued feature: It no longer burns the bloody house down. But at least the buzzer still sucks.

Third opinion: Yeah, and tea is doing them in over there. It's the highest source of fluoride other than just putting a straw in the F-train tank and drinking it *fresh*. The gadgets are "flourishing."

The old-fashioned model

Modern versions available online.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Reclining office chair with attached foot rest

Reclining chair with attached foot restApparently, these are your only choices if you would like a reclining office chair with an attached foot rest, that is, a foot rest that moves with the seat. If you find one that someone might actually want to use in an office, please let me know.

If you have an extra $4,381.72 in your pocket, you can buy one of these, plus tax and shipping, but that still won't do.

Reclining chair with attached foot rest

Reclining chair with attached foot rest

Reclining chair with attached foot rest

Monday, March 24, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Dear Santa, I want one

When I saw the FMG-9, I started making my list and checking it twice.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Disappearing Car Door

Monday, December 31, 2007

Driftwood Horses

What Heather Jansch can do with driftwood will knock your horseshoes off.

Driftwood horses by Heather Jansch

Driftwood horses by Heather Jansch

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Friday, August 17, 2007

The miracle pomegranate

PomegranatePomegranate is one of nature's most powerful antioxidants. Pomegranates have the most polyphenol antioxidants, more than red wine, green tea, blueberry juice, cranberry juice, and orange juice. Pomegranates also contain tannins and anthocyanins (an anti-inflammatory compound). The antioxidants in Pomegranates can help guard your body against free radicals, support cholesterol and blood pressure concerns, and promote cardiovascular health. Doctor's Trust Pomegranate Extract is especially high in ellagic acid, which has been shown to support healthy cellular function. Research since 1968 has shown that ellagic acid exhibits anticarcinogenic and antimutagenic activity (Daniel et al., 1990; Maas et al., 1991b).

How to open a pomegranate
Cut the pomegranate in half (from top to bottom in the accompanying picture). Place one half, cut side down, in a cupped palm of your hand held over a bowl. Hit the rind with something heavy, like a hammer. One hard tap should eject all of the seeds. Repeat with the second half.


Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Thursday, May 24, 2007

The World's Healthiest Foods

The World's Healthiest FoodsThe World's Healthiest Foods, Essential Guide for the Healthiest Way of Eating is a result of the many requests from WHFoods Readers asking George to write a book they could keep in their kitchen to help them eat more healthfully. It is like two books in one: (1) a cookbook with 500 Mediterranean-style recipes, most of which have fewer than 5 ingredients and take less than 7 minutes to prepare; (2) an encyclopedia of the nutrient-rich World's Healthiest Foods with a 4-Week Healthiest Way of Eating Plan for optimal health and weight loss.

The book is a perfect companion to the WHFoods Web site, providing vast amounts of information not found on the Web site, including:
  • 500 all-new fast, easy, and delicious recipes and tips, most of which take 7 minutes or less to prepare
  • The Healthiest Way of Cooking, unique methods designed specifically for each of the World's Healthiest Foods, which enhance its flavor and preserve its nutrients
  • More suggestions on selecting, storing, preparing, and cooking the World's Healthiest Foods
  • The Fish & Shellfish Guide that helps you select environmentally sustainable seafood that is low in mercury and rich in omega-3 fatty acids
  • Powerful 4-Week Healthiest Way of Eating Plan, a step-by-step plan that will help you lose weight, gain energy and enjoy vibrant health
  • And much more . . .

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Critically important discovery in wound healing

Honey could save diabetics from amputation

Spreading honey on a diabetic ulcer could prevent the need to amputate an infected foot, researchers say.

A doctor at the University of Wisconsin who helped about half a dozen of her diabetic patients avoid amputation has launched a controlled trial to promote the widespread use of honey therapy.

The therapy involves squeezing a thick layer of honey onto the wound after dead skin and bacteria have been removed.

The honey kills bacteria because it is acidic and avoids the complication of bacterial resistance found with standard antibiotics, Jennifer Eddy, a professor at the University's School of Medicine and Public Health, told AFP.

"This is a tremendously important issue for world health," she said.

Diabetics typically have poor circulation and decreased ability to fight infection and ulcers can be hard to treat. An amputation is performed every 30 seconds somewhere in the world, Prof Eddy said.

"If we can prove that honey promotes healing in diabetic ulcers, we can offer new hopes for many patients, not to mention the cost benefit, and the issue of bacterial resistance. The possibilities are tremendous."

Honey therapy is already used to treat bed sores in New Zealand and as an alternative form of medicine in Europe, but has largely been relegated to history books in the United States.

Prof Eddy first heard of it in medical school when a professor commented that of all the ancient remedies, honey actually seemed to work when he tried it out in the laboratory.

She tried honey therapy as a last resort six years ago with a 79-year-old diabetic patient who had developed foot wounds resistant to standard treatments.

"I tried it only after everything else had failed and . . . we had essentially sent him home to die," she said. "All antibiotics were stopped when we started honey, and his wounds rapidly healed."

Prof Eddy hopes to have the trial completed and the results published by 2008 or 2009.

[If only it were that easy to mend a broken heart, eh? -mjy]

Thursday, April 12, 2007

von Essen Platinum Club Sandwich

The mouth-watering sandwich was launched at Cliveden in Berkshire, the famous country house hotel that's part of the exclusive von Essen private collection. Made with an exquisite combination of some of the very finest ingredients, including Iberico ham, poulet de Bresse, white truffles, quail eggs, semi-dried Italian tomatoes, and 24-hour fermented sour dough bread, the von Essen Platinum Club weighs 530 grams and is the perfect lunchtime treat for gastronomes. Price: £100.


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

A World Without Cancer

G. Edward GriffinWritten and narrated by G. Edward Griffin, this important video explains the role of vitamin B-17 in preventing and curing one of mankind's cruelest deficiency diseases: cancer.
[Watch] 55:13