Monthly Archives: April 2012

Crank Up A Fright-In-The-Box Surprise

Oh the innocent.  Sometimes they get real world schooling sooner than they  might like.  Some children are just not sturdy enough for surprises that leap from a jack-in-the-box. 

May be considered kiddy torture.

“Jack-in-the-box scares baby.”
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Light Up The Microwave


Then someone got a bright idea!

Light Bulb in microwave experiment

February 8, 2008

The Special Short Bus

A special short bus, brought to us by an especially creative person.

The driver might be heard saying, “Come ride with us,” upon swinging the bus doors open at the next stop.

For now, the crafty mechanical big rig takes a break in a handicapped parking spot,  awaiting its next big job-hauling endeavor.  But will it get ticketed, unless it has special tags?

Riding the Short Bus.”
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Corn On The Cob Made In The Microwave Silk Free

Just in time for the summer season. 

4 minutes a corn in the microwave.  

Ready to eat after you let it slip out of its enclave.  No silk to get tangled in your teeth.

Shucking Corn–Clean Ears Everytime

September 25, 2011

McDonald’s Boosts Profits After Facelift

McDonald’s profits boosted by store revamps.  BBC. 

Spruce things up a bit, and they will come.  And spend more.   Appearances and different menu items seem to have helped McDonald’s enjoy rosier profits.   

McDonald’s profits rose 5% in the first quarter to $1.27bn, helped by a revamp of its restaurants.

Sales at US stores that have been open at least 13 months rose 8.9% in the quarter.

New look.  New menu items.  More money.  Simple concepts applied to turn a profit.   


Big Business Eyelashes Are Coming To Congress

The competition appears to be right behind a big money-making business. 

Drugmaker’s Eyelash Fight Reaches Congress.  Roll Call. 

Allergan makes Latisse (R), an eyelash growth-enhancing medication applied to the eyelashes, to help them grow thicker and more numerous.  Whether there are few eyelashes because of medical problems, or someone feels there are just not enough eyelashes for cosmetic reasons, Latisse (R) can be used to help make them longer, darker, and thicker, and help grow more of them.  But the original manufacturer must be worried about the competition.     

With good reason.

Latisse costs $90 to $120 for a month’s supply and is not covered by insurance. It is identical to Allergan’s glaucoma drug Lumigan, an eyedrop that spurs eyelash growth as a side effect. Athena’s product, by contrast, costs $150 for a six-month supply.

The heart of the matter stems from the active ingredients called  prostaglandin analogs (PGA).   

Allergan would like Congress to require all products containing a class of ingredients known as prostaglandin analogs, or PGAs, to be approved and sold as drugs. Latisse’s active ingredient is a PGA.Can you see the price of those “cosmetics” shoot through the roof, and into the consumer’s pocketbooks? 

Can you see the price of those “cosmetics” now shoot through the roof, and out of the consumer’s pocketbooks? 

“This is a growing problem, not a static problem,” said Damon Burrows, Allergan’s vice president and associate general counsel. “The longer this proliferates, the greater the potential that other companies will try to use PGAs in products that they claim to be cosmetics.”

 Is it an attempt to change the rules of the game in the name of safety or profit?

It is hard to say exactly how many rival products contain the ingredients. Last spring, the FDA warned at least one company, Lifetech Resources, that it misbranded a similar product called RapidLash that also contained PGAs. Revitalash, another eyelash enhancer made by Athena Cosmetics Inc., also contains a PGA, according to its website.

RapidLash (R) by Rocasuba and RevitaLash (R) by Athena Cosmetics may be inexpensive alternatives.  Non-prescription too, with lower price tags.  It is understandable why Allergan would be concerned about Rocasuba, Athena, and others nipping at their heels.

Might one comment, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?”


Dolphin Rescue In Brazil

Looks like the dolphins took a wrong turn and made landfall instead.

Fortunately, there were enough humans around to pull them back out to water, so they could return to sea.

Click here.