Condom in Bad Taste

I am sure the Royal family is not happy about this one! British manufacturer Crown Jewels Condoms of Distinction has announced the launch of their royal wedding collector’s edition condoms to celebrate the April 29 marriage of Kate Middleton and Prince William.

“Crown Jewels Royal Wedding Souvenir prophylactics are a unique way to remember this great British occasion. All at Crown Jewels have worked tirelessly to craft these heirloom quality love sheaths. In years to come, they will be a timeless memento of a magical wedding day,” company spokesman Hugh Pomfret said in a release.

Along with the special condoms, the box comes with a pastel souvenir portrait of what the couple might look like on their wedding day.

“Combining the strength of a prince with the yielding sensitivity of a princess-to-be, Crown Jewels Condoms of Distinction promises a royal union of pleasure and style,” the release said.

The condoms cost about $8.  Now that is an expensive rubber!

Stunt Donkey has Heart Attack

Here is some sad news about an animal that really lived?  A flying donkey you say? The Russian donkey that starred in a viral video that drew the ire of animal lovers worldwide has died.

In July, a Russian parasailing company strapped Anapka, an 18-year-old female donkey, to a parachute and forced it to sail over a southern Russian beach in a misguided attempt at a publicity stunt.

The stunt garnered plenty of negative publicity as horrified beachgoers uploaded a video of it to YouTube, where it sparked worldwide outrage.

In interviews with Russian media, onlookers said children at the beach burst into tears at the sight of the wailing, frightened donkey.

Witnesses even said the animal was dragged through the ocean when it landed.

Cops launched an animal cruelty investigation, but didn’t press charges.

According to the Moscow Times, only maiming or killing an animal is illegal under Russian law.

But the animal was taken from its owners, who rented it to the parasailers for the promotional stunt, and placed on a farm outside Moscow, where, according to the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, it recently died of heart failure.

Veterinarians weren’t able to say whether the heart problems were related to the parasailing stunt.

Condom Robbery in Malaysia

Malaysian police say they are investigating the disappearance of more than 700,000 ultrathin condoms which went missing in transit between Malaysia and Japan.

Sagami Rubber Industries, Japan’s first condom maker, said last week that the shipment was loaded into a container at its factory in northern Malaysia, but that it was empty with the locks replaced when it arrived in Tokyo.

“We take the matter of the missing condoms very seriously… we are investigating the matter,” a Malaysian police spokesman told AFP.

Sato Koji, manager of the Sagami rubber factory in Malaysia’s Perak state, said they had lodged a police report over the loss of the shipment.

“We are unhappy over the incident. This is the first time such a thing has happened since our Malaysian production started in 1997,” he told AFP.

Officials at Sagami’s head office have said that the prophylactics, which it bills as being 14 percent thinner than conventional ones, are worth 1.5 million dollars at Japanese retail prices.

Freight forwarders say goods being shipped out of Malaysia go missing routinely and that many cases are inside jobs.

“There are locks, seals and checklists provided by freight forwarders and shipping lines for every part of the journey from factory to destination so it is very easy to find out where and when they were tampered with or changed,” said Air Freight Forwarders Association of Malaysia head Walter Cullas.  Let’s hope we don’t see a big rise in the birth rate because of lack of condom availability!

iPhone 5 Spoiler?

Nicknamed the Silhouette, this semi-transparent iPhone will feature a 10 mp camera and will have an optional wall projector attachment!!  Is it real or is it not?

Earlier today BMCLDA Corp.  has been rumored for a while now and announced a partnership with Apple beginning with the iPhone 5 (aka: The Silhouette).

Device pricing for the iPhone 5 will be similar to the iPhone 4.  The 32GB model retails for $299.99 while the 64GB will set you back $399.99. There will be no white version available but the optional projector is an additional $199.99.

Gimmie Some More Cell Phone Radiation!

In a 360 degree twist, cell phone radiation can make you smarter?  A new study suggests electromagnetic radiation from the antenna may be altering the way we think and behave. The findings may spark new concerns about the health effects of cellphone use.

The electromagnetic radiation emitted by a cellular phone’s antenna appears to activate nearby regions of the brain to unusually high levels, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. that is likely to spark new concerns about the health effects of wireless devices.

The preliminary study, led by a respected neuroscientist at the National Institutes of Health, raises many more questions than it answers. But by providing solid evidence that cellphone use has measurable effects on brain activity, it suggests that the nation’s passionate attachment to its 300 million cellphones may be altering the way we think and behave in subtle ways.

Researchers peered inside the brains of 47 healthy subjects using positron emission tomography, also known as PET scanning, to measure the location and timing of brain activity by detecting signs that cells were consuming energy. They found that despite official skepticism that cellphones’ electromagnetic energy exerts any influence on nearby cells — including statements issued by the Food and Drug Administration — it clearly does.
“It’s a surprising finding,” said Dr. Keith L. Black, chairman of neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA, who wasn’t involved in the study. “We normally don’t expect the brain to be activated unless it’s in response to stimulation, or unless it’s in a pathological state such as epilepsy.”

Lai and Hardell also wondered whether regular use of wireless devices would prompt chronic stimulation of certain parts of the brain, and whether such stimulation could, over time, have unpredictable effects.  Gotta go make some long cell phone calls!!

Swimming with the Dead

Well sort of anyways.

A local authority in England has given the go ahead for a swimming pool to use energy created by the next-door crematorium to heat its water.

The plan, the first of its kind in Britain, will see waste heat from the incinerator chimney used to warm up the neighbouring leisure centre and its new pool.

“The cremation process is a sensitive matter and we wanted to be sure our proposals had widespread support,” said Councillor Carole Gandy, the leader of Redditch Borough Council in central England.

Eighty to 90 percent of people who contacted the council had backed the scheme, she said.

“Throughout we have been careful to explain how the technology would work, that it is tried and trusted, and that the practice is quite common in parts of Europe and especially in Sweden,” she said.

“We already support our residents to insulate their homes and be energy-efficient, so it seemed only right for us to explore this re-use of energy.”

However, local trade union officials are less than impressed with the plan, saying it was a reflection of the massive public spending cuts being implemented by the government.

“These proposals … are sick and an insult to local residents,” said Roger McKenzie, regional secretary for Unison, Britain’s biggest public sector labour union.

I find this kinda gross and maybe even a tad offensive.

Lady Gaga Perfume is Weird and Gross

Part of her allure is the fact that she is way over the top in everything she does but if this perfume actually goes to market with her blood in it, I will barf!!!  Now there has been some talk that there might also be semen in the perfume, will it be her own?

Adam Raymond over at MTV came up with some of his own favorite combos he would like to see:

+ Diarrhea and baby puke

+ Spoiled milk and foot sweat

+ Zit puss and Sunny D

+ The water from a Port-O-Potty and Natural Light

I thought of one of my own disgusting favs, Workout sweat and toe fungus!!  Now there is a scent that would sell I am sure…..maybe if Justin Bieber sponsored it!

Iron Curtain Dunces

So what do you think?  Does the sun revolve around the Earth? One in every three Russians thinks so, a spokeswoman for state pollster VsTIOM said on Friday.

In a survey released this week, 32 percent of Russians believed the Earth was the centre of the Solar system; 55 percent that all radioactivity is man-made; and 29 percent that the first humans lived when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth.

“It’s really quite amazing,” spokeswoman Olga Kamenchuk said of the survey that polled 1,600 people across Russia’s regions in January, with a 3.4-percent margin of error.

“All of them (the questions) were absolutely obvious… the data speaks of the low levels of education in the country.”

However, people tend to forget what they have been taught at school if it is not part of daily use, she added: “I wonder whether our colleagues in other countries would find any different.”

The study also found that women were more likely than men to believe the scientific fallacies.  Maybe the question was asked in a weird way or maybe they just asked people rushing down the street to get to work in the cold.  Seems to me that 90% should have gotten this correct.

More Bad Parenting

It is always a good idea to teach a kid the value of money but this is going a tad bit too far! A Bonita Springs woman is accused of skipping out on a restaurant bill, leaving her 12-year-old daughter behind and then calling the Sheriff’s Office to say her daughter was kidnapped.

Melissa Ashley Graham, 38, of the 28000 block of Vermillion Lane, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor/causing a minor to become needy and with obstruction of a criminal investigation/filing a false report about a missing person.

According to Lee County Sheriff’s Office reports:

Deputies were called to Bonefish Grill, 26381 U.S. 41 South in Bonita Springs, about a woman who didn’t pay her bill and left her daughter behind.

Matthew McNeff, the restaurant manager, told deputies the girl told him her mother was outside.

They walked outside and found Graham in her car. Graham said she left a credit card on the table to pay the bill. He told Graham the card wasn’t on the table and he needed another form of payment.

The mother said she was with someone named Pagellis and that person would get the money. The girl said they were not with a person named Pagellis, which is the name of a restaurant. The mother then left the parking lot.

Deputies spoke with the girl, who said Graham had ordered dinner and a bottle of wine and drank two or three glasses. Her mother then “began to act weird, spit out her bread on the table and shoved her food across the table” and told the girl to “get a box.” The mother left and the girl waited for her return.

Graham called her daughter on a cellular telephone, asked where she was and then disconnected the call. Deputies attempted to call Graham back, but she did not answer.

About an hour later, Graham called 911 and said her daughter was abducted from the restaurant by two Hispanic or dark-colored men, about 20 to 30 years old, driving a light colored or cream sedan.

At first Graham declined to speak with detectives, but changed her mind and gave a statement. The Florida Department of Children and Family Services took custody of the girl.

Graham claims she is an attorney, but a search of the Florida Bar Association website did not find a person by that name.  Just another wack-job if you ask me.

Those Romantic Canucks

Those crazy Canadians were saying “be my valentine, Valentine” on Valentines Day! It seems Canadians have a romantic soft spot when it comes to names, genealogical experts say.

Digging up census results from 1861, Ancestry.ca officials discovered 580 people had the first name Valentine, and 100 others shared the surname.

They also found 14 people had the first name Amor, while 18 had it as their last name. And there were also dreamy names like Love Bully, Cupid Martin and Venus Antahia.

Other romantic names in the country’s history include Love Burns, a 13-year-old from Harbourville, N.S., during the 1871 census. There was also Lover Woo, who arrived in Canada from China in 1907 and lived in Humboldt, Sask., at the time of the 1911 census.

Then there was Bad Heart Lasuisse, a 70-year-old widower who lived with family members in the Territories in 1901.

“These records show that Canadians throughout history have had a penchant for romance,” managing director for Ancestry.ca Roger Dunbar said in a release.  I believe this to be true, being Canadian myself!!  Love ya all!