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My friend and frequent commenter, Abdulaziz, created a new blog header for me. I don’t have a customizable header with this format, and while I have looked at the customizable ones, I don’t understand enough to make the leap. But I want to share with you what he created, using the photo Adventure Man and I took last week.

Isn’t it beautiful?


October 5, 2007 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Blogging, Cooking, ExPat Life, Experiment, Friends & Friendship, Kuwait, Technical Issue | 17 Comments

Ignoble Awards 2007

Pioneering research into a “gay bomb” that makes enemy troops “sexually irresistible” to each other has scooped one of this year’s Ig Nobel Prizes.

Other winners included work on treating hamster jetlag with impotency drugs, extracting vanilla from cow dung, and the side-effects of sword swallowing.

The awards, founded in 1991, mark achievements that “first make people laugh, and then make them think”.

The prize ceremony took place at Harvard University, US.

Genuine Nobel Laureates handed out the much-coveted awards to the winners, who took away no cash, but instead received a handmade prize, a certificate, and, of course, the glory of such an illustrious win.

You can read the entire article, with all the awards at BBC News.

October 5, 2007 Posted by | Entertainment, Events, Humor, News | 4 Comments

Manly Cosmetics

I vacated my bathroom for houseguests recently, and as I was moving my toiletries back in, with wry amusement I noticed how many face creams I have. Creams for eyes, creams for lips, creams for night, creams for going out into the sun, creams for after having gone out into the sun, creams for day, creams for “noticable reductions in wrinkles in 7 days or less.”

(The problem is, seven days later when I am looking for a noticable reduction, I can’t really tell if it is working or not. I look, but I am wondering what I might have looked like if I HADN’T used the cream? I don’t know!)

And I was thinking about men, who have skin, too. Particularly I was thinking about Adventure Man, and what would it take for him to feel comfortable using a skin cream?

First – it would have to have a very manly name. None of this Homme stuff, it would have to imply that this is a product a RUGGED man would use. Like Manly Lather. “Lather” is a word that goes with men, like barbers lather up your face before they shave you. Women use foam, men use LATHER.

Another name I thought might work would be Extreme Unction because manly men like flying near that edge of the envelope, it’s a testosterone thing, and unction means anointing, like with an oil. If you are Catholic, you receive extreme unction just before dying, or before people think you are about to die, so even unction has an extreme connotation.

Maybe Braveheart? Maybe Rock?

Help me out here.

If you are a guy, (please, keep it clean) what kind of names would allow you to use a face cream with dignity?

If you are a gal (and rolling on the floor laughing) what names can you think of that would encourage a guy to actually USE a face cream?

Have fun with this!

October 5, 2007 Posted by | Cross Cultural, Customer Service, Entertainment, Experiment, Health Issues, Humor, Hygiene, Marriage, Random Musings, Relationships | 11 Comments