The Baking Soda Crop Was Especially Weak This Season…

Baking Soda Time Shrinkage

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Well, we’ve seen a lot of stuff over at the Consumerist where they’re tracking the grocery shrink ray effect on various products. But here’s a fun one: a time shrink ray. I thought something was odd when I picked up a new thing of baking soda for the fridge (on the right): “Change Every 30 Days”? I thought it used to be three months.

Sure enough, find an old box (on the left): “For Best Results, Change Every 3 Months.”


Stuff You Need to Know, Thursday, July 17, 2008

Chopper Zombie
  • Okay, so Audible just did a bit called “Dueling Narrators” where they put audiobook readers of the same work up against each other in a kind of Iron Reader sort of deal. The much beloved Jim Dale beat out Tim Curry for reading Peter Pan…but Christopher Hurt beat out Uncle Ray reading Uncle Ray’s own Fahrenheit 451? Holy shit. This I have got to hear now.
  • So how do you roll out a multi-platform zombie project? You get in bed with Devil’s Due on a graphic novel called Chopper Zombie, about a motorcycle builder killed for his superfuel who comes back from the dead to provide beatdowns to the corporation who had him killed. Then you produce a movie based on the comic. Then you launch the book at Comic-Con next week where you’ve got a “custom zombie chopper” created by the folks from Monster Garage. This is all because you are Thom Beers, the producer of the show. Again, not a bad strategy if you ask me. One of the films I saw early on that shaped me was Demons, in which our hero rides a motorcycle through a cinema infested with zombie-esque demons while he lops off their heads with a katana blade to the melodious strains of “Fast as a Shark.” So I’ve always had a fondness for the crotch rockets when it comes to anti-zombie work. Official site is live here.
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    Seven Glasses of Sin

    The Glass of Wrath

    Needcoffee Irregular Rox of Spaz-House just sent this over–and man, it’s brilliant. Wine glasses based on the Seven Deadly Sins by artist Kacper Hamilton. And here’s the best part: you don’t have to remove your fingerprints to use them! Pictured is Wrath. The others are just as wonderfully mental. Even moreso.

    They are “Handmade in England,” the page says. And a limited edition that you can order in a sweet case. The price is available upon request, which is art-speak for “Too expensive for you, friend.”

    Found via Yatzer.


    Happy Birthday Disneyland

    Walt Disney on Disneyland's opening day

    I’m not as familiar with Disneyland, living as I do on the eastern half of the continent. I’ve spent much more time at its younger brother in Florida. But regardless, it was the first, and it turns 53 today.

    Here’s the live broadcast from the opening. There’s a lot to see in this, from Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen doing their Davy Crockett bit to the Firehouse Five + 2 and a crapload more. How cool would it have been to be there opening day?

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

    700 Bands: 166 – 175

    700 Bands

    The madness continues. For more information, go here.

    166. That Lemonade Thing!
    From Misty Lee.

    167. Death Penguin.
    From the Bar Drink Generator.

    168. The Hokey Kokeys.

    169. Enclave of Escargot.

    170. Popyssey.

    171. Strawberry Sunshine Phantasmagoria.

    172. Piper at the Gates of Tony Orlando.

    173. Believe the Meat.

    174. Snails on Nitrous.

    175. Roll Your Own Lobotomy.

    New band names up for grabs each Tuesday and Thursday. Unless we get sat upon by immense shrews. And until we hit 700.