Friday, September 25, 2009

Just so its not all in your head

I didn't see this one coming; maybe that's why I'm not rich: an outfit calling itself Pong has come up with a 'radiation reduction' case so your cellphone doesn't fry your head.

Cellphone radiation is on your List Of Things To Be Paranoid About, isn't it? Okay, the jury is still out. One of the links on the company's site is this Scientific American article that I'd run across before.

If it really bothers you, the gadget's sixty bucks a pop, and only available for the iPhone 3G and 3GS right now. Would a tinfoil hat do the same thing?

Talk about niche marketing

Also in the ideas I wish I'd had department: left-handed shorts for men (underpants, rather; Hom is a British company). No surprise, I suppose, since I'm right-handed.

Uni-handed, actually, to coin a word. The new briefs are supposed to have a horizontal slit instead of a vertical slit on the right side.

Somehow, I'm 'minded of buying my first suit as a callow youth. The salesman asked whether I dressed left or right. It took me a moment to realize what he was saying: that suits were cut fuller on one side so you would appear as sexless as a Ken doll (No jokes please, unless you've got something original. It's been either Barbie or Kenny Rogers digs for most of my life).

Staid-sponsored terrorism

Iranian shopkeepers have to worry about larger dolls. "Using unusual mannequins exposing the body curves and with the heads without Hijabs (Muslim veil) are prohibited to be used in the shops," the religious police (Department of Moral Security?) warn, according to Reuters.

Reuters is quoting a statement carried by the official news agency IRNA. I tried to track down the original but their website won't load in my browser. They probably think I'm looking for pro-democracy protestors.

"Both showing necktie and bowtie behind the windows ... and (the) selling (of) women's underwear by men are prohibited," said the police statement. No word yet on left-handed shorts.


Saipan Writer said...

Everyone has those nickname phobias. I never gave "Ken" a thought.

My own relate to Tarzan and Calamity.

so trite.

Saipan Writer said...

Oh yeah, and for my last name--there's that truck thing going on. (My sister was actually called "semi"--how pathetic.)

KAP said...

It's not all bad. If, like me, you're horrible with names, a mnemonic is always useful.