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09318Weight Watchers Recalls Plush Hungry Figures and Magnets Due to Puncture Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Hungry Figures and Hungry Magnets

Units: About 420,000 in the United States and 25,000 in Canada

Distributor: Weight Watchers Intl., of New York, N.Y.

Manufacturer: Shanghai Oriland Toys Co. Ltd, of China

****Hazard: Sewing needles have been found in the stuffing of the Hungry Figures, posing a puncture hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Weight Watchers has received two reports from company employees of a sewing needle being found in two Hungry Figures. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The Hungry Figures and Hungry Magnets have orange plush exteriors. The Hungry Figure is about 6 inches long and the Hungry Magnet is about 4 inches long.

Sold exclusively by: Weight Watchers between April 2009 and July 2009 for between $4 and $7.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Hungry Figures and Hungry Magnets and return them to Weight Watchers to receive a full refund or a credit towards the purchase of another product.

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Watermelon_vine2It seems that everywhere I go this Summer I see signs for “Personal Watermelons”.  Is this a new variety or have I just not been paying attention?  Does this not sound stupid to anybody else?  Does it not conjure images of somebody sitting all alone at the family picnic, unwilling to share their melon with anybody else, spitting seeds at those who dare to get too close to their precious fruit?  “It’s mine!  All MINE!”  It’s an effing watermelon.  And I imagine that there is some perfectly lovely name for the variety.  Or is this all a part of the grand downsizing of America?  Slap a new name on it and charge the same price?  Hopefully it’s just a fad.  Are there fads in the world of fruit?  Maybe next year the economy will be booming and there will be strawberries so big that families of 6 will eat for a week off of one (Never you mind the genetic modifications that would be needed to produce such a berry…).  Personal Watermelons will be rotting on the vine as people march out, triumphantly, heads held high, to enjoy their fruit in the light of day.  All are welcome!  Bring a fork!

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