funny products: September 2010 Archives

275x250.jpg For cyclists who are fed up of feeling the squeeze from other traffic, this could be the ultimate bike -- it's got a flame-thrower built into the handlebars.

But that's not all, the BOND (Built of Notorious Deterrents) Bike also features an ejector seat which can be activated if the bike is stolen.

Created by ilovemybike.co.uk after they quizzed cyclists about what makes them angry there's also a caterpillar track for smooth riding over pot-holed roads.

As far as we can see there is only one problem with the bike… it's not going to be available to buy.

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Most people are non-discriminatory when it comes to their love of chocolate and enjoy it whether it's milk, dark or even white.

But all that could be about to change after it was announced a Marmite flavoured chocolate bar is set to go on sale.

Makers say the £3 treat - which will be sold at department stores including BHS and Debenhams - contains a hint of the sticky yeast-based spread.

Each 100g bar contains two percent Marmite flavouring including yeast extract, onion and garlic powder -- which should be more than enough to divide opinion.

It could also explain why the product is called "Very Peculiar Milk Chocolate". Do you think you will like it? Will you even try it? Let us know in the comments.

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There's now yet another good reason for dog owners to clean up after their pets -- their waste can be used to create energy.

A dog park in Massachusetts has revealed an ingenious system which uses dog poo to create energy to power a streetlamp.

Dog owners simply clear up after their dog and dump the waste into a steel oil tank on the edge of the park in a bio-degradable bag.

The then spin a wheel to 'stir things up' and generate burnable methane from the bacteria, which is then fed to gaslight street lamp above.

Oddly the idea did not come from an engineer but from artist Matthew Mazzott… though we dread to think what Tracey Emin would have suggested do with the poo.

275x250.jpg The Apple iPad is the latest must-have high-tech gadget… but that doesn't mean it can't look like a retro 70s toy.

Makers have revelled a protective iPad case which makes the tablet look like an original Etch A Sketch - complete with the little white knobs.

But while the £25 case has the look of the classic toy which sold over 150 million units, there isn't currently an Etch A Sketch app.

And more to the point, many Apple iPad owners are too young to remember the Etch A Sketch from their childhood anyway.

275x250.jpg Boffins have created a cotton-based material which can be sprayed onto your body to create instant clothes, from t-shirts to trousers.

Fabrican -  literally a fabric in a can - is the result of researchers who have spent years with the aim of developing an instant, sprayable, non-woven fabric.

Spanish designer Dr Manel Torres - who worked with Imperial College London - says the resulting sprayed clothes can even be taken off, washed and worn again.

However, as the material is sprayed directly onto the body from an areosol, it means all resulting garments are skin-tight… and we don't know what happens to any stray hairs which get caught.

Couple get married in odd mid-air wedding

275x250.jpg A pair of loved-up daredevils have walked down the aisle to get married -- but only after it was raised 160ft in the air.

Jeroen and Sandra Kippers were hoist into the air on a crane by Belgian firm Marriage In The Sky, along with a vicar and 20 dangling 20 guests.

Another platform was then raised holding an orchestra and pianist before the odd aerial wedding ceremony began, where it wasn't only the bride and groom who looked nervous.

After being pronounced man and wife, the Kippers' made another big jump… this time off the end of the platform while tied to a bungee rope.

275x250.jpg A celebrity chef has created the worlds most expensive cheese sandwich by blending humble cheddar with white truffles… and then topping it with gold dust.

Martin Blunos says he came up with the extravagant cheesy creation to go on display at Frome Cheese Show in Somerset and highlight what could be done with the food.

Other ingredients used in the Pilgrim's Choice commissioned sarnie include a 100-year-old balsamic vinegar, slices of quail's egg, black tomatoes and fresh figs.

While the bespoke white truffle cheese costs £92 the whole sandwich comes in at £110.95… and we dread to think what they'd charge if you wanted ketchup on it too.

275x250.jpg A German toy firm has started producing a range of cuddly-toys which each suffer a psychiatric disorder.

Creator Martin Kittsteiner, from Hamburg, says he came up with the idea for the soft toys after joking with his girlfriend about her teddy bear collection.

Between them they created and produced a collection of toys with mental illnesses ranging from depression and water phobia to bipolar disorder.

The £25 each toys are currently on sale online and Martin says they are proving a hit with children and adults… keep reading to discover the illnesses.

A 21ft speedboat has been converted into a pool table at a cost of £40,000… as a memorial to a dead waterskier.

Peter McKee, of Master Billiards in Australia was commissioned to make the table in memory of waterskier Brian Rix who died in 1999.

McKee says the job was incredibly difficult because he had to cut the slate to match the curve of the boat.

There was also the little matter of where to put the pockets, in the end he went with seven, six in a traditional pattern and then an extra at the end of the table.

This should make it easier for even bad players to sink the balls… which we guess is a particularly appropriate term.

275x250.jpg Farmers in the US have hit upon a cunning way of trying to encourage kids to eat more healthily… by packaging their produce them a junk food.

A current marketing campaign has seen baby carrots put in the sort of packets normally associated with bags of crisps and a funky website launched promoting them.

The 'Eat 'Em Like Junk Food' has been organised by a group of 50 farmers who say they hope to make people see their produce as a cool brand.

A carrot-based iPhone game has also been made along with TV adverts which overtly mimic junk food advertising tactics... unfortunately the product still tastes like carrots and not smokey bacon crisps.

275x250.jpgThe Apple iPhone just became a lot more useful -- after a protective case was revealed which also doubles as a beer bottle opener.

iBottleOpener functions as a normal run-of-the-mill iPhone case, protecting the device from all the usual scratches and drops

But on the rear it reveals a classic bottle opener which inventor Zack Cram, from California, says he couldn't believe hadn't been added earlier.

And Apple might want to consider building one into the next version of the iPhone because demand for the £15 case is so high it sold out within two days.

Makers say they're struggling to produce the bottle opening cases fast enough… but that they've already submitted a patent for a wine corkscrew iPhone case.


275x250.jpg A chef from Texas is set to become a hero to beer and fried-food loving men everywhere... after creating a recipe for deep-fried beer.

Mark Zable says he came up with the idea while sitting in a bar (where else?) and being bored by the majority of items on the menu.

Zable then tried countless ways of frying beer including using liquid nitrogen to freeze it before covering it in batter and submerging it in hot oil.

But it was only after three-years of trial and error he worked out beer could be placed in a ravioli-like pocket of pretzel dough and flash fried for about 20 seconds… personally we can't think of a better way of spending three years.




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