From the Finnish company Valkee comes the HumanCharger
, aka ear lights. Ear buds shine bright lights into your ears, and this is supposed to stimulate “light sensing proteins” in your brain and make you feell more energized. Specifically, the manufacturer offers the gadget as a cure for jet lag.
Many are skeptical. Back in 2015, a reviewer for the Guardian described them as “a very expensive flashlight.”
(They retail for over $150). While the website earlightswindle.com
has been trying to debunk them for years, noting:
The swindle was busted in 2012 in Finland, and Valkee was awarded the HuuHaa (flim-flam) prize for the earlight device. Having lost their home market, Valkee is trying elsewhere to trick people into buying this expensive toy
Usually it retails for $2850, but it's on sale now at ssense.com for only $1311
. A bargain!
Are modern buttons boil tested in the year 2019? It seems overkill to me, even back then. If you had the plastics formulation down pat, and tested it once, would you have to boil every button that came off the "assembly" line?
“to help police investigations related to people who have been bitten by other people and who retain marks in their flesh from the experience.”
Chicago Tribune - Apr 1, 1990
Created by Finnish artist Erkki Pekkarinen. There's not a lot of info to be found about him in English on the Internet. But Finland's Contemporary Folk Art Museum offers some:
Pekkarinen has bent bark to make both the largest birch bark shoes in the world (2.7 metres) and the smallest (3.8 millimetres). He is, however, best known for his all-bark ”forest-folk national costume”, which became the emblem of the 2001 ITE exhibition at Meilahti Art Museum in Helsinki. Pekkarinen has given his unfeigned performance in the same suit at many an ITE exhibition opening, wearing bark shoes, bark Stetson and carrying a bark briefcase. He always brings along a collection of smaller bark shoes in a tiny portable showcase.
His giant birch-bark shoes
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