funny products: May 2010 Archives

275x250.jpg A US firm has started taking reservations from apocalypse scaredy-cats who want to book their place in a luxury nuclear bomb-proof bunker.

Those fearing an impending doomsday are said to be paying £35,000 each to guarantee a spot in one of 20 underground structures which are being built across America.

Bunker-makers Vivos claim each bunker will allow residents to survive for at least 12 months in the event of a pole shift, super volcano eruptions, asteroids, tsunamis or a nuclear attack.

Each of the bunkers features 'luxury' surroundings including a gym, atrium and living quarters with computers, kitchens and TVs… let's just hope they haven't only stocked up on post apocalyptic movies.

275x250.jpgA bra manufacturer in Japan has unveiled a "Grow-Your-Own Rice Bra" which they say would be ideal for urban farmers.

Each year Triumph reveals a unique themed bra which taps into the Japanese cultural zeitgeist with previous examples being one with solar panels and one which doubled as a golf mat.

Now makers say there's a trend or city dwellers to dabble in urban farming - with rice a dietary staple they decided to combine the two with lingerie.

The bra can be tied together to create pots which also double as the cups. These are to be filled with soil, and rice seedlings.

As with previous stunt bras the 'Grow-Your-Own' is not due to go on sale publicly… which is a shame as wearers watering seeds could have prompted spontaneous wet t-shirt contests.


275x250.jpgFormer Pulp front-man Jarvis Cocker has teamed up with the National Trust to produce an album of weird sounds including birdsong, creaky floorboards and trickling water.

Cocker worked with staff from the conservation charity to produce the 33 minute album which it is hoped will increase visitor numbers.

The three month project saw them searching stately homes for unique sounds which were recorded by sound engineers and compiled into 12 tracks.  

Odd tracks include; walking on gravel, birdsong, waves lapping along the shore, footsteps through house, murmurs of children, birds in water garden, and clocks ticking.

'National Trust: The Album' can be downloaded for free here… or you could just listen to the world around you.

A clever copywriter has landed his dream advertising job -- by buying the names of his ideal employers on Google.

Alec Brownstein used Google adwords to buy the names of creative directors at top New York ad agencies for a total of $6.

This meant when they "vanity searched" Google for their own name (like you don't?) they saw a message from him above the normal search results.

His message "Googling yourself is a lot of fun. Hiring me is fun too." along with a link to his website, go him interviews with four of the five people he targeted.

As a result he accepted a job with Y&R NY… where he is now required to come up with equally creative ideas on a daily basis.


275x250.jpg Designers have revealed a bizarre item which is said to make it easy to have conversations in busy bars -- but also makes you look like an extra from a bad 1970s sci-fi movie.

The 'social sphere' is the brainchild of Elaine McLuskey who came up with them to allow to hear each other in situations with loud background noise.

Made of perspex the lightweight speech bubbles are worn on a users head and connect to allow people to talk directly into each others ear.

They work by filtering out ambient noise of music and chatter, allowing you to hear exactly what is being said… which will normally be "have you noticed that everyone is pointing and laughing at us?"

An advert for a fart smothering blanket which claims to quickly absorb the odour of flatulence has become a YouTube hit.

The 'Better Marriage Blanket' is said to contain the same type of carbon fabric used by the military to protect against chemical weapons.

Since the ad - which claims to offer a "real solution to a very real problem" - was uploaded to YouTube, it's already been watched more than 1m times.

Denver science teacher Francis Bibbo says he created the material 15 years ago but it is only now coming to market as a product for gassy couples.

Makers say the £30 blanket makes an ideal wedding or anniversary gift for your loved one… or you could just cut down on the baked-beans.

275x250.jpgEntrepreneurial-minded Icelanders have started selling jars of ash from the Eyjafjallajökull Glacier volcano online.

They're collecting the volcanic ash in buckets and then packaging it in 160g jars before selling it for £21.

Sellers say the idea started when locals began getting asked to send bits of ash to friends in the post.

Profits are being donated to ICESAR association which helps farmers clean up their property from ash damage.

It's claimed the ash cloud jars give people the chance to own a piece of modern history… just don't buy one for someone whose flights got delayed.




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