The Sourtoe Cocktail Club

The rules for joining the Sourtoe Cocktail Club are simple. Go to the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon. While there consume any drink that has floating in it a severed human toe that has been dehydrated and preserved in salt. The bar conveniently keeps a supply of such toes. While consuming the drink, your lips must touch the toe. And that's it. You're a member of the club.

The rules used to be a bit more strict. Namely, that the toe had to be floating in a beer glass full of champagne. But over the years they've relaxed that requirement.

If you're really brave, you can order a Five Toe Sourtoe Cocktail.

The tradition dates from 1973 when a dried up toe was discovered that, legend had it, belonged to a 1920s rum-smuggler named Louie Liken. What better use for the toe, the hotel figured, than to put it in a drink. Over the years the original toe was lost, but apparently it hasn't been hard to find replacements.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 03, 2009 - Comments (9)
Category: Body, Food, Inebriation and Intoxicants

Beautiful Cervix

This sounds like the setup for a porn movie, but it's not:

Every night, for 33 days, her boyfriend strapped on a head lamp, got out his camera, and photographed her cervix.

"O'Nell" got her boyfriend to photograph her cervix every day as "an exercise in body exploration." She then uploaded the results to the web. You can see the results here. I don't know if it's Not Safe for Work, but it's definitely Not Safe For Breakfast. O'Nell threatens that by Spring 2009 she hopes to have more women's cervices posted.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Feb 19, 2009 - Comments (20)
Category: Body, Genitals

RIP Lee Redmond’s Fingernails

Let's take a moment to mourn the end of Lee Redmond's nails. She was the Guinness record holder for having the longest fingernails on both hands, having not cut them since 1979. However, she was in an accident on Tuesday. She's injured, but okay. However, her nails broke off.

You can see her below on the Ellen Show.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 13, 2009 - Comments (6)
Category: Body, World Records

Follies of the Mad Men #54

Alex raised the topic of navels earlier, little knowing I had something of a similar nature in store!

This is of course a famous and admittedly effective commercial. But we'll include it in our series of oddities for one trivial reason: no navels shown! In a commercial focusing on several bare stomachs!

It was all part of television broadcast standards back then, just as with the famous I Dream of Jennie prohibition against showing Barbara Eden's navel.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 05, 2009 - Comments (6)
Category: Body, Business, Advertising, Products, Food, 1960s

Weird Theory: Belly Buttons as a Sign of Mating Health

According to Dr. Aki Sinkkonen belly buttons are a sign of mating potential in fertile women:

"the symmetry, shape, and position of umbilicus can be used to estimate the reproductive potential of fertile females, including risks of certain genetically and maternally inherited fetal anomalies."

The theory seems to be that if you've got problems as a fetus, somehow they're reflected in the shape of the belly button. And such problems may mean you're a less desirable mate later on in life.

So what does this say about supermodel Karolina Kurkova who reportedly has no belly button.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 04, 2009 - Comments (6)
Category: Body, Weird Theory

Nose Bidets

A "nose bidet" (also known as a neti pot) is a device used for nasal irrigation. I'm not really sure how it works, but I think it involves pouring water into one nostril so that it comes out the other. Wikipedia reports that in some parts of India, this practice is as common as brushing one's teeth.

But even better is the yogic nasal cleansing practice of Sutra Neti:

One end of a cord, or rubber catheter, is passed from the nose into the back of the throat where it is grabbed by the fingers and pulled out of the mouth. Holding the nose end of the cord with one hand and the mouth end with the other, the cord is gently pulled to and fro.

I already floss my teeth once a day. I don't think I need to floss my nose.

(The picture is from

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 02, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Body, Hygiene

Freddy Flossisaurus

Tell me what I'm missing here, please.

Cheap stuffed puppet: $10.00

Fake dentures from gag shop: $5.00

Toothbrush: $1.00

Total cost of teaching device: $16.00, max. And that's paying retail!

So why does Freddy Flossisaurus cost $316.00 at this medical-supply site!?!

[edit: checking back in 2012, it appears that Freddy is sadly no longer for sale. So I removed the link. -Alex]

Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 31, 2008 - Comments (4)
Category: Body, Education, Medicine, Toys

Hair Trader

In the current economic recession, a lot of people are making some extra money by selling whatever gold they have in their house. Another option is to sell your hair.

Hair Trader describes itself as "the world's largest independent hair sale site."

I'm curious if there are any buyers other than wig makers. If so, what possible use could they have for someone else's hair?

Posted By: Alex - Tue Dec 16, 2008 - Comments (5)
Category: Body

Face Statue

If you're looking for an unusual gift for someone this Christmas, consider getting a FaceStatue.

Upload two mugshot photos of the face (yours or someone else's) to, and they'll use the photos to create a 3D plastic-composite face statue. Prices start at only $49 for a 1/8 size facemask, and go all the way up to $1999 for a lifesize head.

The interesting twist: you can choose to have your FaceStatue look older or younger than you actually are. Plus, you can get an African, Indian, Asian or Caucasian model of yourself.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Nov 21, 2008 - Comments (16)
Category: Body, Statues, Monuments and Memorials

Long Nails

For those with a fetish for very long nails, offers countless hours of entertainment: long nail pictures, tips and advice, links and more!!!

Just try to control yourself as long-nail goddess Kathy Hayes bathes her feet:

Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 13, 2008 - Comments (7)
Category: Body, Fetishes

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