Would you dare to buy candles that were labelled ‘Stinky’? Apparently, there are people who would! The Stinky Candle Company was set up by Jeff Bennett after he got sick of boring scents like vanilla, lavender and shea butter. He came up with 25 unique smells – including bizarre stuff like leather, pencils, wood, wet grass, money and even car exhausts.
The Chicago based inventor seems to have gone all out in choosing scents for his new collection. His range also includes food-inspired aromas like bacon, wine and fast food. The candles are priced between US $6 and $8. We’re not sure how well these candles are selling, but it doesn’t look like Jeff is too bothered about that. He’s more excited about the candles. Eventually, he aims at increasing the range from 25 to 200.
He spoke about his inspiration behind creating the candles: “A lot of people I knew really liked scented candles and they loved receiving them as gifts. I wondered why we only ever see the same fragrances in shops and thought it would be a fun idea to try and come up with some unusual ones.” So he got to work on the concoctions in his garage, sourcing specific odors from a fragrance house.
“I had the idea for a few years and then spoke to a friend and we decided to set up our own candle company together,” he said. “Through a few other friends I found a fragrance house who are able to develop different smells. If we find one we think is authentic and could work, we go with that one. I then make the candles in my garage at home, it’s good fun and has sort of become a hobby.”
If you’re thinking pencils and wet grass aren’t too bad for scented candles, wait till you hear what else Jeff has got – urine, body odor, petrol and bile. “Most people think it’s gross when they first hear about it but they laugh and then are curious to smell them,” he said. Jeff also pointed out that not all the candles are stinky: “We have also launched some other flavors like lemon, blueberry, coconut and baby powder.”
There’s a particular scent in the collection that caught my attention – Spawn of the Devil. The contents, apparently, have not been revealed. I wonder how it must be to light it and have your room smelling like the spawn of the devil. Any ideas?
Source: Stinky Candle Company
A man who snapped secret pictures up women’s skirts on a Boston subway train – a practice known as upskirting – did not violate the state’s Peeping Tom law, Massachusetts’ top court said on Wednesday, pointing to a loophole in current legislation.
Massachusetts law prohibits secretly filming or photographing a person who is nude or partly nude, but that does not apply to people who are fully clothed, according to a Supreme Judicial Court decision written by Justice Margot Botsford.
The ruling comes in the case of a man who was arrested by transit police in 2010 for using his cell phone to take pictures and video up women’s’ skirts on the subway and who fought to have the charges of voyeurism dismissed.
The law “does not apply to photographing… persons who are fully clothed and, in particular, does not reach the type of upskirting that the defendant is charged with attempting to accomplish on the MBTA,” it said.
The court said that, while women have a “reasonable expectation of privacy in not having a stranger take photographs up her skirt” the law “in its current form does not address it.”
A legal expert took the ruling as a cue for the state legislature to bolster the Peeping Tom law.
“This can be resolved by lawmakers very quickly,” said Chris Dearborn, a law professor at Suffolk University in Boston. “If Peeping Toms are jumping for joy because they think they have carte blanche to do this, I suspect it will be short lived.”
It seems 47-year-old Cambodian prankster Chin Chean is up to his old tricks again. Not familiar with Mr. Chean’s hijinx? Well, according to The Daily Mail, “Chin Chean was known to take drugs and commit unusual acts, such as running around the local pagoda naked.” Classic Chin!
In his latest antic, Chin Chean attended the funeral of a 17-year-old village girl only to return to the site of her grave the following day to… um…. finish paying his respects. Ugh. At 10pm the night following the bereavement services of the victim, Chean began to attempt exhuming her body with the intent of committing necrophilia. Upon reaching the deceased’s coffin, Chin found it was too small to enter. Dumb luck!
All of that digging apparently tired poor Chin out. Instead of, you know, climbing out of the Earth and taking the fit issue as a sign that desecrating the dead was a terrible idea that he should leave alone forever, Chin remained 6 feet under and fell asleep in the coffin on top of the victim’s body. And that is exactly where Cambodian police found him the next morning – taking a necro nap.
Several people in the village surrounding the cemetery spotted a foot poking out of the ground, which is – needless to say, pretty weird. The witnesses notified the police and the family of the departed. Fortunately for Chean, Cambdonian authorities have elected to question him regarding his actions rather than send him directly to court for his transgressions.
Still, I have a feeling this isn’t the last we’ll hear from Chin Chean.
It was the terrifying start of a traumatic ordeal caused by the caffeine in the Jagerbombs she had downed.
Jayde, 18, suffered three cardiac arrests in total, ended up in a coma, and had to spend three weeks in hospital.
The student said: “The doctors told me it was all to do with the energy drinks.
“Now I’m looking at how much caffeine is in these drinks and I just can’t believe they are on sale.”
She collapsed in the bathroom at home at 10am, eight hours after leaving the club where she downed the Jagerbombs – made from Jagermeister spirit and caffeine-filled energy drinks. Jayde’s terrified family administered CPR as they waited for paramedics.
Her mum Natalie, 38, said: “She was her normal bubbly self but suddenly her chest jolted and she fell to the floor, hitting her head on the bath and radiator.
“I put her in the recovery position and stabilised her but she had another fit. I screamed for my husband.
“Jayde’s pulse was very faint and she started to go purple. She was dead on the bathroom floor – it’s a miracle that she is still with us.”
As Eliesha, 12, held her sister’s head steady, dad Darryl, 38, performed CPR he learnt from the British Heart Foundation’s Stayin’ Alive ads. After arriving in intensive care, Jayde was put in an induced coma for 52 hours to protect her brain and heart.
Her family faced an agonising wait to see if she would recover.
But she emerged from the coma, then a defibrillator was implanted under the skin on her shoulder to shock her heart back into a normal rhythm if it beats too fast or too slowly.
Jayde was told by medics that when the alcohol she drank had worn off the caffeine in her system took control of her heart rate – causing it to accelerate wildly.
She said: “I hope people will think twice about energy drinks – they could be deadly.” Jayde, of Yeovil, Somerset, is trying to put the ordeal behind her.
She said: “At first I was so tired I could barely get out of bed. I’m getting better but I’m still tired.”
There was a two-for-one offer on drinks at the club in her hometown on the night in January when she had the Jagerbomb binge. Speaking about Jayde’s time in hospital, her mum said: “She was covered in tubes. Nothing can prepare you for seeing your child like that.”
Jagerbombs are often made with Red Bull. A 250ml can of the energy drink has roughly the same amount of caffeine as in a cup of coffee.
Dr David Maritz, of Yeovil District Hospital where Jayde was treated, said reports suggest children and young adults are at potential risk from high amounts of energy drinks.
Dad-of-five John Jackson, 40, of Darlaston, West Mids, died last year from a caffeine overdose after eating a pack of 12 energy mints.
A warning on the caffeine-filled Hero sweets advised people not to eat more than five in 24 hours.
Oklahoma City police arrested a man after several children reported seeing him walking to his mailbox naked. Police said they also caught the man masturbating outside his house as a 14-year-old boy walked by.
According to police, about 2 p.m. on Wednesday, officers responded to several reports of a man walking to get his mail naked in the 8300 block of N.W. 112th Terrace. A woman told police that she and her three children, ages 12,10,6, saw the man naked in his front yard.
When officers arrived at the scene, they spoke with the suspect, 68-year-old Hillard Stallings, at his house. Stallings told officers that he was a registered sex offender, but he refused to give them his ID.
According to the report, officers then contacted the Sex Crimes Unit, and they stated that if Stallings came outside, the officers could arrest him. However, police said Stallings was very rude and did not want to talk to the officers.
Officers said they believed the inappropriate behaviors would continue. An officer remained on the scene. About five minutes after they spoke to Stallings, the officer said he saw a 14-year-old boy standing in front of Stallings’ house, looking toward the front door.
When the officer got closer, he said he saw Stallings outside his house, “shaking his penis and thrusting his hips out” towards the boy , according to the report.
The officer then took Stallings into custody. He was taken to the Oklahoma County Jail on several charges, including three counts of indecent exposure, one count of failure to register as a sex offender, and one count of disorderly conduct by masturbating in public.
A little smaller than a packet of cigarettes, the machine is designed to be a medical implant that uses electrodes to trigger an orgasm. The device would help some women who suffer from orgasmic dysfunction.
During the operation, a patient would remain conscious so that a surgeon could correctly pinpoint the right nerves to fit the electrodes in a patient’s spinal cord. Then, a signal generator would be connected which would be most likely implanted under the skin of a patient’s buttocks.
Stuart Meloy, a surgeon at Piedmont Anesthesia and Pain Consultants in Winston-Salem, N.C., came up with idea by accident.
“I was placing the electrodes and suddenly the woman started exclaiming emphatically,” he said to Newscientist. “I asked her what was up and she said, ‘You’re going to have to teach my husband to do that’.”
Meloy explained that the idea is that orgasms could happen at the push of a button when the implant could be triggered by a hand-held remote control.
However, he explained the treatment is intended to be used in the most serious of orgasmic dysfunction cases because the device is as invasive as a pacemaker.
Medical trials will be conducted by a Minneapolis-based company later this year.
In total 17 machines had their cash slots force fed fecal matter by a 53-year-old suspect who told police after his arrest on Wednesday that he’d done it as a protest against ‘The System,’ French paper Le Télégramme reported.
The suspect is due in court later this spring on vandalism charges.
Police said he’d been collecting faeces for a couple days, though they didn’t specify the source, before he scooped it into the machines with a spatula. Apparently the whole episode was caught on surveillance cameras, which allowed police to identify the suspect.
The poo protest was apparently not his first attack against the ‘The System’. The suspect has also charged with spraying computers at a French post office with urine.