funny products: June 2010 Archives

275x250.jpg Supermarket chain Tesco has started selling DIY flatpack log cabins -- just don't try fitting one in your trolley.

The £10,000 five room 'Helsinki' cabins are being offered alongside groceries, booze and clothes on the Tesco Direct website.

Measuring 32ft by 16ft it features a decking area, double-glazing and underfloor heating. Tesco bosses suggest that if you have got room for one in your garden it might make a good home office or gym.

If you're thinking about splashing out on the log cabin you might also want to spare a thought of what you will do with the clubcard points -- all 19,998 of them.

275x250.jpg Pairs of designer stiletto shoes which are made from solid gold and diamonds have gone on sale in the UK for £100,000.

The Eternal Diamond Stiletto was created by bespoke jewellers House of Borgezie to be the most extravagant pair of shoes ever created.

Each pair - which are made to order - are decorated with over 2,000 brilliant cut diamonds (30 carats) and are shaped out of solid gold by experienced jewellers.

Makers say the design was inspired by the "elegant stamens of a lily" and each shoe comes with a 1,000 year guarantee… unless you lose it on a night out. 

275x250.jpgA saucy calendar has been produced which shows parts of models you never though you would see - but it's more X-ray than X-rated.

The Eizo Pin-Up Calendar shows models in typical 'glamour' poses but has been taken with an X-ray machine rather than a traditional camera.

All that can be seen in the images is bone structure, the outline of the body… and the high-heel stilettos the models are wearing.

The promotional publication was devised by Berlin-based advertising agency BUTTER for their client Eizo, which makes medical display monitors.

It was initially sent to doctors and other prospective clients, but has since proved a massive hit online… and no-one can complain it prompts unhealthy body-types.


275x250.jpg A giant 100ft tall replica of the doomed Titanic has been built in the US -- as a museum attraction.

The 50 percent scale ship - which cost £16million to build - is the world's largest museum attraction and will teach visitors all about the ill-fated voyage.

Visitors enter the Missouri attraction via a 30ft iceberg on the starboard bow and are presented with a 'boarding pass' bearing the name of a Titanic passenger.

Once inside the 30,000 square foot museum there are replica rooms and interactive exhibitions -- just try to ignore all he people singing like Celine Dion.

275x250.jpg A tailor and jeweller with a taste for the extravagant have joined forced to produce the world's most expensive suit.

Made from cashmere wool, skill, and studded with 480 high quality diamonds it's easy to see why the suit is expensive.

But at a whopping £599,000, the price-tag could be enough to make even the most wealthy Russian oligarch think twice before handing over his credit-card.

Jeweller Stuart Hughes said he and pal Richard Jewels spent over 600 man hours putting the suit together but they haven't dared try it on themselves, "I was scared too" he said.

275x250.jpgA magazine has been released which contains no text or images -- instead it has a variety of different smells on each page.

Mono.kultu is a German arts magazine based in Berlin which each issue dedicates itself to the work of one artist, from fine arts to film.

But when they decided to base an issue on the Norwegian 'scent scientist and artist' Sissel Tolaas they needed to come up with a way to convey her work in the magazine.

Using a process called microencapsulation they produced a copy of the magazine which contains smells created by the artist. To give it more impact there are no accompanying words or images.

'Readers' then rub the page to release the smell. One fan of the magazine saying: "If your favourite part of magazines are the perfume inserts, this is your lucky day."


275x250.jpgA book has been released which translates classic texts by Charles Dickens into modern urban slang.

For example in Oliver Twist it now reads: "Oi, mate," he said in da littlest voice ever, "gimme some more!"

And 'A tale of two cities' - or 'Da Tale Of Two Turfs' - now begins: "It was da best of times, and not being funny or nuffing, but it was da worst of times, to be honest."

Author Martin Baum says he wrote the book to make the works of Dickens 'fun and accessible' for a younger audience.

He also said the book makes the text less intimidating while still retaining the potency and beauty of the stories… like whatever init.

275x250.jpgA baker has started selling the most expensive bread in the UK -- for a whopping £21 per loaf.

Tom Herbert says his 'Shepherd Loaf' is pricey because it uses organic Somerset spelt flour, Cotswolds spring water, and Cornish sea salt.

But the upper crust prices are not putting customers off and Tom sells over 100 of the loaves each week from the Hobbs House Bakery.

Celebrities including Liz Hurley, Damien Hirst and Keith Allen are all said to be fans of the bread which take two days to produce.

Wow, and we think it it annoying enough already when we burn a slice of toast... imagine if you knew it had cost £2.14. 

275x250.jpgA pair of wellington boots which can charge your mobile phone by converting energy from the heat in your feet, have been revealed by boffins.

Makers say the eco 'Power Wellies' use a unique power generating sole which creates a electrical current to charge portable gadgets.

Thermoelectric modules are connected electrically forming an array of multiple thermocouples, which are sandwiched between two thin ceramic wafers.

When the heat from the foot is applied on the top side of the ceramic wafer and cold is applied on the opposite side, from the cold of the ground, electricity is generated.

The charge is stored and at the end of an average day it's said your phone will have an extra hour of talkative… unless you've been dancing, in which case you may have a couple of hours.

275x250.jpgA tent which has more similarities with a hotel than the average camping trip has proved a hit with celebrities visiting festivals.

Stars including Billie Piper, Charlotte Church and Mathew Horne have stayed in the Yurtel tents when visiting events from Glastonbury to the Hay Literary Festival.

While most campers make do with a cramped tent and uncomfortable roll mattress, those staying in a 14ft Yurtel get a proper king-sized bed.

Making it even less like normal camping, each tent also has Egyptian white cotton bedding, lighting, an electricity socket and a lockable front door.

So, if you were trying to impress colleagues with stories of your camping, you might want to leave out certain details… you know, like the fresh cut flowers and chocolates on the pillow which greeted you.

275x250.jpg A bizarre ice cream flavoured to taste like fish and chips has been released to get Brits eating something other than vanilla.

A recent survey found that nine out of ten Brits opt for the traditional taste rather than more adventurous flavours. As a result ice cream makers created this…

The cod-flavoured ice cream - which is being launched nationwide - is coated in a vanilla and pepper batter and comes served with potato ice cream chips.

But it's not the sole odd flavour on offer at plaices -- others include Barratt Refreshers, Vimto and Golden Syrup Sponge.

275x250.jpgMany book shops are filled with CCTV cameras in a bid to catch would-be shoplifters -- but not this one, meet the Honesty Bookshop.

Based in the grounds of Hay Castle in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, the odd store allows shoppers 24-hour access to their secondhand books.

There are no staff (and certainly no CCTV cameras) and bosses rely on the honestly of buyers to make a profit.

All paperbacks are priced at 50p and hardbacks £1, with shoppers encouraged to pay by slotting their cash into 'pay here' boxes dotted around the shelves.

It's not known how many books get stolen from the store each year -- but when we visited the crime section was looking a little bit thin.

275x250.jpgRachel Stevens has been revealed as the face (and scantily-clad body) of a new World Cup perfume.

'Eau De Stade' has been released ahead of the tournament in South Africa and is said to embody all the smells of a football match.

Makers claim the unisex fragrance combines the aromas of fresh grass, the leathery scent of a football and the musky odour of dressing room sweat and tears.

Promotional material features sexy images of Rachel Stevens draped in an England flag and using a union flag bowler hat to cover her breasts.

However, the sexy image becomes slightly less appealing if you imagine Stevens smelling like Wayne Rooney's boots after 90 minutes.




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