Fashion is a peculiar thing at the best of times, but Urban Outfitters are currently annoying a lot of people over a jumper that appears to celebrate a massacre.
The description of the ‘vintage Kent State sweatshirt’ reads: “Washed soft and perfectly broken in, this vintage Kent State sweatshirt is cut in a loose, slouchy fit. Excellent vintage condition. We only have one, so get it or regret it!”
That seems fine and all, but some readers will remember that Kent State university was the scene of a massacre and this particular jumper seems to be covered in blood stains.
So there you have it. You too can own a sweater that is covered in pretend blood stains, just like the blood stains on those gunned down at Kent State in the ’70s.
Next up: Columbine pencil cases filled with mock blood.
Seems like Burger King have been having their photos taken in castle ruins, listening to Bauhaus and writing awful poetry, as they’ve made a goth burger.
Sadly for you gloom merchants, you’ll have to go to Japan for one.
These rascals are called ‘Kuro Burgers’ and have bamboo charcoal buns, onion and garlic sauce made with squid ink, burgers made with black pepper and black cheese.
You can get a Kuro Pearl and a Kuro Diamond with all the doom trimmings. Eating one may turn you into Robert Smith, so weigh that up before chowing down.
In a bid to continue proving their worth, there is now a new app that can diagnose Parkinson’s disease via subtle changes in voice and motion.
The app can detect slight variations in a person’s behaviour, which may indicate the beginning of Parkinson’s.
The app has been tested on a group of 2,500 people with Parkinson’s, those with hereditary genes that indicate it and healthy types too.
Early reports suggest it has a 99% success rate, and indicated 98% of Parkinson’s sufferers.
A man – a mathematician no less – named Dr Max Little, from the University of Aston, who is leading the research, said: “Not only can you predict whether someone has Parkinson’s disease or not, you can actually score their symptoms on clinical scales.
“This new kind of remote data analysis will help patients to monitor their conditions on a minute-by-minute basis from the comfort of their own homes. Of course, it is still important that they receive regular advice and treatment from medical professionals, who may also benefit from this new technology.”
“Physicians may be able to use data collected by their patients’ smartphones to prescribe medications .. This information may also help examine people thought susceptible to developing Parkinson’s disease. The condition is hard to diagnose, with specialists having to take a detailed history of people’s symptoms and analysing them for physical signs of the disease.”
“Using smartphone data may help to make this process much easier.”
If this all goes well, despite the ethically dodgy area of diagnosing illness via a phone – a step up from ‘my chest hurts so I better Google and see if I have AIDS’ quandary – that voice analysis could also be used detect mental deficits linked to Alzheimer’s and anxiety.
Well, Halloween is coming up and even if you don’t part-time it on the dressing up all hot tramp-ly, one of the best product tie-ins ever is here for you.
Yes, MAC Cosmetics are bringing out a Rocky Horror make-up range!
It all looks a bit amazing really, and allows you to finally channel your inner interplanetary transexual. You perv. All the men reading this are wearing stockings under their trousers as we speak (the reverse doesn’t really work as well)
Or it could be your idea of Hell and the very worst thing ever, but at least the market in singalong musical dressing-up will be catered for.
Anyway, it’s out October 2nd.
Sweden’s McDonald’s have come up with a green festival campaign. The Big Mac hitmakers are now accepting empty cans in exchange for burger-based treats.
In stores mainly around festival areas and green spaces, they are now accepting cards, cash and cans.
And so that collectors can have a handy guide as to working out the “exchange rate”, McDonald’s have provided bin bags with illustrations um, illustrating them.
For ten cans, you “can” HAHAHA have a hamburger.
However, anyone who has been to Sweden will know that everywhere is quite pricey, so you’d be better off just buying McDonalds instead, but hey – the planet and all that.
Now, who knows anything about Maccies and deforestation?
Except this one is for Building Design’s Carbuncle Cup, which is handed out to architecture that is “unforgivably bad and deserve(s) to be named and shamed“.
The development at Woolwich Central is managed and owned by Spenhill, who in turn are owned by Tesco, and it offers a Tesco Extra across the first eight floors teamed with 189 apartments of one, two and three bedroom variations, above that.
It must be said, the judges delivered some champion shade, when describing the building: “Camouflage comes in the way of some truly diabolical cladding and a massing strategy that seems to have been directly inspired by the 1948 Berlin blockade; we can only hope that residential leases come with free airlift.”
One of the panel, Prince Charles’s architectural adviser, Hank Dittmar aced that with “too much for the site, for the area and for the eye”.
An unnamed spokesman for the architects, was having none of it, saying “the aim was to create a cohesive piece of strong architecture that unlocked this vast space and established a desirable place to live”.
But then he would.
Transport for London allows their workers to write quirky things on white boards, which sometimes ends in irritating, mealy mouthed nonsense. However, sometimes someone gets it bob-on.
With the death of Joan Rivers, people don’t know whether to grieve, shrug or continually point out the horrible things she’s said about… well… just about every corner of humankind.
Then, someone did this which we suspect would’ve given Rivers a laugh.
Hats off. That’s not bad at all.
This tech will watch you so it can determine how drivers are behaving on the road, tracking your eyes and every move, making sure that you’re giving the road its full attention.
General Motors will install around half a million cars with eye-tracking devices over the next three to five years.
They’re apparently using technology made by Seeing Machines, a Canberra-based company who specialises in driver fatigue technology.
The cameras will be backed by algorithms, which tracks movement in the driver’s face and will then use this data to analyse what the driver is looking at.
If the driver isn’t paying attention to the road for more than 30 seconds, the device emits a laser at them and kills them dead.
As well as safety, the technology could allow drivers to communicate with their cars, without having to press a button or turn the wheel. It’s all a bit Gary Numan.
There are privacy issues arising from this new development, such as what insurers and manufacturers may do with it. However Seeing Machines reckon that ‘initially’ it will not keep the info it records.
In other words, it will and we’re all going to Hell. And the car will probably lock us in and drive us there itself.
A one-bedroomed property in Ipswich has sold thanks to a pig.
The estate agent’s advert for the property, featured one picture of the interior with a pet pig snoozing in the lounge/ living area. Which is completely normal.
Admittedly the decor suggests it may have been overtaken by wild animals, but the pig is actually named Pog and his the current owner’s pet.
The pictures, which also showed a cat sitting on an oven hob in the kitchen, were originally posted by estate agents Connells.
After doing the rounds of the social media, Connells later removed the pictures and the property listing from its website. However, it didn’t matter, for the property has sold for the asking price.
Jonathan Webb, director of Ipswich-based estate agents Keystone filled us in: “We started advertising the property on August 22nd and accepted an offer on August 29th for in excess of the asking price. We had 10 viewings of the property with more people wanting to view it, but the vendor had already agreed a sale.”
“The vendor was very happy with how effective we were as her agent to sell this unique property so quickly where other agents had failed previously. We believed that not showing a picture of Pog the Pig was the best strategy but felt we had to make potential viewers aware of the property’s furry friends before viewing!”
The new format bags of Honey Hoopla, Coco Pops Jumbos and Coco Pops Chocos [someone fire the person who names products at Kellogg's - Ed] will weigh 240g as opposed to 295g, and contain eight servings.
Kellogg’s had originally launched discounted cereal bars in May, but reckon that this new range will expand their reach in the discount market and, as we know, the discount market is where it is really at in 2014.
Nick Dawson, who is a UK customer director of speciality channels (get him) said: “Cereal sales in the discount channel are growing strongly so being able to offer Kellogg’s branded products with a strong value proposition on shelf offers a fantastic platform for growth”
He could’ve discounted or at least reduced half the waffle in that quote, but you get the idea.
Avid Bitterwallet reader, Steve Hogarty, spotted something in Boots and needed to share it with everyone. He’d spied their essential-for-summer product, called ‘Boots’ Hot Weather Refreshing Spray’, which sounds magical, especially if you’ve been struggling in the heat.
He said: “The special formula in Boots’ Hot Weather Refreshing Spray is a closely guarded secret. Only two scientists know— oh.”
So as you can see, Boots are flogging plain ol’ water in a spray can and saying that the ‘Hot Weather Refreshing Spray’ is good ‘for sensitive skin’ and is to be used by ‘adults and children’.
You have to admire the brass balls on Boots for this.
A new scheme, based on loyalty rewards and vouchers, is going to reward greener households. those who actually separate stuff and that.
A £5 million fund has been set up to reward the greenest, in a bid to increase recycling rates in England.
Councils that offer weekly bin emptying services, instead of fortnightly, can bid for a share of the cash to increase their recycling rates by providing the incentives to those who recycle.
The scheme was originally piloted back in 2010, and was found to be quite the success with recycling rates increasing by 35%.
Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles, that one off the telly, said: “Rewards for recycling show how working with families can deliver environmental benefits without the draconian approach of punishing people and leaving out smelly rubbish.”
“Councils with fortnightly collections will not receive government funding and are short-changing their residents with an inferior service.”
The closing date for bids is November 7th, and those who’ve been the most successful will be unveiled in January.