weird http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5053/all en-US 5 Wild Rides You Can Absolutely Afford http://www.wisebread.com/5-wild-rides-you-can-absolutely-afford <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-wild-rides-you-can-absolutely-afford" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/water_jet_pack_000045068932.jpg" alt="Man riding water jet pack that anyone can absolutely afford" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A hot air balloon ride will set you back a few hundred dollars. A seat on the planned 2026 one-way mission to Mars might cost you your life. But there are a few quirky rides you can take with a little bit lower stakes. Read on for our roundup of crazy lifts that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-edible-adventures-anyone-can-afford">won't break the bank</a>.</p> <h2>1. E-Wheel</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jzXy1g2PEoA" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>What's more compact than a bicycle, more sophisticated than a skateboard, and designed to take you anywhere you wish to go? No, it's not a magic carpet. It's the electric self-balancing unicycle &mdash; a wheel you wedge between your feet and roll toward your next destination using the power of something called &quot;self-balancing technology.&quot; That's a fancy way of saying the E-Wheel reacts to your center of gravity.</p> <p>Simply step on the foot stands and lean into your desired direction. These <a href="http://www.ewheel.net/">strange unicycles</a> are available for a free test drive in places like New York. Whether you're looking to tour the Big Apple, cruise up and down the beach, or mix up your morning commute, the E-Wheel is a compact option with enough practicality to add a bit of speed and efficiency to your day &mdash; and enough flair to make you stand out in the crowd.</p> <h2>2. Stretch Taxi</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qAW2OnuxDSQ" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Anything goes on the streets of Cuba. And in this case the anything is a Soviet-era Russian car called the <a href="http://metro.co.uk/2013/05/29/gallery-wacky-wheels-crazy-cars-and-manic-motorbikes-3813984/a-man-drives-his-modified-soviet-era-russian-lada-in-havana/">Lada</a> &mdash; with a strange twist. A do-it-yourself stretch job and a coat of yellow paint has transformed this particular Lada into a makeshift taxi cab. The cost of a ride in this cartoonish set of wheels all depends on where you're going.</p> <h2>3. Stretch Bus</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pTHJyoVSG2E" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Public transit in Brazil's Curitiba is by way of bus &mdash; that is, the <a href="http://www.busandcoach.travel/en/latest_news/april11_news04.htm">world's longest articulated bus</a>. The vehicle, made in Brazil by Volvo with a Neobus chassis, can seat 250 passengers. It's 92 feet long, nearly nine feet wide, and powered with biodiesel made from soybeans. The massive vehicle went into service on the city's public transportation grid in 2011. It's a great way to get around the city &mdash; and it won't break the bank.</p> <h2>4. Sperm Bike</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/t3Z8jmPRPUQ" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>A <a href="http://www.seattlepi.com/local/komo/article/Sperm-bike-attracts-attention-in-Seattle-2239447.php">giant two-wheeler</a> specifically designed to transport sperm samples sure looks the part. Custom-made and nearly 10 feet long, the sperm bike is designed to resemble one, big, oversized sperm. A ride on the bike, found in Seattle, is only possible if you get a job with the program that uses this innovative set of wheels to move sperm samples from the Seattle Sperm Lab to reproductive centers and fertility clinics. But if you find yourself in that position, you'll actually get paid to ride it. Other perks include the ability to make passersby blush and giggle as you pedal by on the bustling city streets.</p> <h2>5. Jetpack</h2> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aiE58Ri5axQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>If you've ever wanted to walk on water, here's the ticket. Strap on a Jetpack &mdash; a vest that uses water propulsion to make you feel like a bird soaring up to 30 feet above the surface of any ocean or lake &mdash; and you can do just that. A rental flight can set you back as much as a couple hundred bucks. But there are some tricks you can utilize to fly like Superman for free. Jetpack rental companies sometimes offer free flight promotions when they first launch their business. At Jetpack America in San Diego, you can <a href="http://www.sandiego.com/jetpack-america-san-diego">score a free flight</a> by posting a YouTube video of your flight experience so long as it attracts more than 200 views.</p> <p><em>What's the craziest thing you've ever ridden?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-wild-rides-you-can-absolutely-afford">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-weird-money-laws-you-may-have-broken">7 Weird Money Laws You May Have Broken</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alternatives-to-drunk-driving">Alternatives to drunk driving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-good-life-on-less-energy-even-in-the-us">The good life on less energy--even in the US</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-sources-of-celeb-income">6 Surprising Sources of Celeb Income</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/remove-car-dents-quickly-and-cheaply">Remove Car Dents Quickly and Cheaply</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation Entertainment articulated bus bike crazy rides getting around jetpack taxi weird Mon, 14 Sep 2015 11:00:36 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1556228 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Weird Money Laws You May Have Broken http://www.wisebread.com/7-weird-money-laws-you-may-have-broken <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-weird-money-laws-you-may-have-broken" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fortune-teller-459884341.jpg" alt="fortune teller" title="fortune teller" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Money can make people do strange things. But what about when money laws themselves are beyond comprehension?</p> <p>From bizarre tax systems at home to monarchy-imposed oddities abroad, the world is full of some very odd laws governing the spending and collecting of money. Lucky for you, this list of them is free.</p> <h2>1. Don't Step</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/stepping-money-494564415.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Thailand's king is featured prominently on all the country's currency. Thailand's king is also not to be criticized, under legal penalty. So by extension, Thailand has one of the stranger money laws around: stepping on money is considered extremely disrespectful, and crazily enough, <a href="http://voices.yahoo.com/how-not-arrested-thailand-doing-these-things-5584569.html">could land you in a Thai jail</a>.</p> <h2>2. Do the Running Man, Pay the Tax Man</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/grandpa-dj-177803763.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>In Washington state, cover charges for movies, concerts, and theater are tax free. Unless, that is, the venue provides patrons with an &quot;<a href="http://www.futureofmusic.org/blog/2013/04/16/washington-state-dance-tax-has-venues-hands-and-feet-tied">opportunity to dance</a>&quot; (seriously), in which case tax must be paid. A holdover law from the 60s, the provision was largely forgotten about until recently, when one establishment was charged $25,000 for non-compliance.</p> <h2>3. Candy Pain</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/pretzel-154204881.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Buy a Twizzler in Kentucky and you're free from paying taxes. Buy a chocolate-coated pretzel, and you better keep that receipt. That's because their state law declares tax exempt <a href="http://xfinity.comcast.net/slideshow/finance-unusualsalestaxes/kentucky-candy-not-such-a-sweet-deal/">only those candies that don't contain flour</a>. Seems a little half-baked.</p> <h2>4. Canadian Currency Conundrum</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/counting-change-139247071.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Find it annoying when the person in front of you in line starts counting out pennies for their purchase? Well in Canada, you could have that person arrested. According to the <a href="http://www.factfixx.com/2011/08/09/weird-laws-paying-with-coins-in-canada/">Canadian Currency Act</a>, there are all sorts of legal restrictions on what you can and can't pay for with coins, including the illegality of using more than 25 pennies in any transaction.</p> <h2>5. Nay-Saying Sooth-Saying</h2> <p><img width="605" height="341" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/fortune-teller-459884341.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>For something weird you're not allowed to charge money for, how about <a href="http://www.mattmlaw.com/blog/2013/10/obscure-crimes-fortune-telling-is-illegal-in-pennsylvania.shtml">Pennsylvania&rsquo;s law against soliciting payment for fortune telling</a>? The misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail, and extends to outlaw charging to place hexes or spells on people.</p> <h2>6. The Bagel Burden</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/bagel-121871835.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>It's tough to walk down a New York City street without running into a bagel joint. But if you're looking to avoid being charged tax on one of those heavenly bread circles, make sure you do not, under any circumstances, ask for your bagel to be sliced. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/25/bagel-tax-new-york_n_694361.html">As soon as the bagel is sliced</a> (or schmeared, for that matter!), it's considered prepared food, and can be taxed up to 9 cents.</p> <h2>7. Bavarian Bribes</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/bribe-488122455.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>While most of this list features legal restrictions, this last law gets honorable mention (it was eliminated just a few years ago) for <em>helping</em> facilitate a strange financial transaction. Namely: bribery. German tax law, it turns out, actually allowed private companies to <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/stories/1995-08-06/germany-where-bribery-is-tax-deductible-intl-edition%20http://www.businessweek.com/stories/1995-08-06/germany-where-bribery-is-tax-deductible-intl-edition">write off the costs of bribery on their returns</a>.</p> <p>Though good luck dealing with the angry bribe recipients after listing their names on your receipts&hellip;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/joe-epstein">Joe Epstein</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-weird-money-laws-you-may-have-broken">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-audiobooks-about-money-you-need-to-hear">5 Audiobooks About Money You Need to Hear</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-never-pay-full-price-for">25 Things to Never Pay Full Price For</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-seattle">Free and Cheap Things to Do in Seattle</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-do-la-on-the-cheap">10 Ways to Do LA On the Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-ive-been-trying-to-say">What I&#039;ve been trying to say</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Financial News Travel finance laws laws money money laws weird Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:12:04 +0000 Joe Epstein 1142576 at http://www.wisebread.com Weird Job Interview Questions (and How to Answer Them) http://www.wisebread.com/weird-job-interview-questions-and-how-to-answer-them <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/weird-job-interview-questions-and-how-to-answer-them" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5125677289_c7e402e0ac_z.jpg" alt="interview with a lobster" title="interview with a lobster" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I once worked for a company that routinely asked interviewees how they would measure the height of a local building if given only a pencil, a piece of paper, a barometer, and a length of rope. Fortunately, I wasn&rsquo;t subjected to this question &mdash; but an editor is rarely asked to do much math.</p> <p>Weird interview questions seem to be a growing trend right now, but this isn&rsquo;t like the SATs; many of the toughest interview questions don&rsquo;t necessarily have right and wrong answers. What an interviewer is really trying to do is put candidates in the hot seat to find out kind of people they are, how they behave under pressure, and how they make decisions. (See all: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a>)</p> <h2>Sorry...Can You Repeat the Question?</h2> <p>Why are some interview questions so off the wall? Having done some interviewing myself, I can say there&rsquo;s nothing I hate more than a canned answer. After all, if everything a candidate says is rehearsed, there&rsquo;s no way to know what they&rsquo;re really like. And encountering unexpected and frustrating situations on the job &mdash; any job &mdash; is pretty much a given. That&rsquo;s where a completely unpredictable question comes in handy. Does the interviewee panic? Get angry? Give up? No matter what an interviewer expects to learn from the question, no one wants to hire someone who is easily antagonized.</p> <p>Competition is another key aspect of the weird interview question phenomenon. Companies in ultra-competitive industries may get thousands of highly qualified applications for one job. Determining which applicants truly stand out from an exemplary bunch means putting each applicant through the wringer. Google is known for its off-the-wall interview questions, but as a company gets more than one million applications per year &mdash; and hires only a few thousand &mdash; it probably can&rsquo;t stand to do much less. (Check out some of the crazy tech interview questions in this article I wrote for <a href="http://www.techopedia.com/2/28186/it-business/it-careers/the-craziest-tech-interview-questions-and-what-they-might-mean">Techopedia</a>.)</p> <h2>Weird Interview Questions</h2> <p>Glassdoor compiles a list of <a href="http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/top-25-oddball-interview-questions-2011/">weird interview questions</a> every year. Here are a few of my favorites from the last few years &mdash; and some suggestions on how to answer them.</p> <p><strong>&quot;If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?&quot; </strong></p> <p>This question reportedly came out of Goldman Sachs in 2010. This isn&rsquo;t a situation you&rsquo;d likely face at an investment bank, but you can bet that a high-pressure environment is part of the job. You could probably turn this around with a creative, reasonable answer about how you would get out &mdash; or use some humor. Hey, if you&rsquo;re a pencil, maybe you could just draw yourself a rope and climb on out!</p> <p><strong>&quot;If you could be any animal, what would you be, and why?</strong>&quot;</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s a question asked of someone interviewing to become a sales associate for Pacific Swimwear. What does this have to do with selling bathing suits? Probably more than you think. For this a swimwear sales job, the company needs someone who&rsquo;s friendly and outgoing, but also has a razor-sharp sense of sensitivity and tact. So which animal can explain which styles will flatter a woman&rsquo;s figure? Probably any animal that could be said to reflect the key qualities required for the job.</p> <p><strong>&quot;Are your parents disappointed with your career aspirations?</strong>&quot;</p> <p>Yikes! This one came out of an interview at Fisher Investments for someone seeking a position as a client service associate. The interviewer may be crossing the line into something too personal here, but then again, maybe not. Remember, this person doesn&rsquo;t know the candidate; if he or she automatically takes this as an insult, that&rsquo;s telling in itself.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no need to get personal in an interview, but it pays to be honest. If your parents don&rsquo;t love your line of work, say so &mdash; and then explain what drove you to choose it anyway.</p> <p><strong>&quot;Out of 25 horses, pick the fastest 3 horses. In each race, only 5 horses can run at the same time. What is the minimum number of races required?&quot;</strong></p> <p>This question came from a 2010 interview at Bloomberg L.P. for a financial software engineer. This is a job that requires strong skills in math and logic, and this question puts interviewers to the test. Again, it&rsquo;s tricky question, and not just in terms of working it out. To answer it, the candidate has to make some assumptions, such as how to determine &ldquo;fastest.&rdquo; The <em>process</em> candidates use to do this is probably what&rsquo;s most interesting to the interviewer.</p> <p><strong>&quot;If you could be number 1 employee but have all your coworkers dislike you, or you could be a number 15 employee and have all your coworkers like you, which would you choose?</strong>&quot;</p> <p>This question comes from ADP, and it&rsquo;s clearly looking to determine what&rsquo;s important to the candidate. Most companies want ambitious employees with big goals. The reality, however, is that very few people make it to the top without having anyone on their side. Chances are, the best answer here falls somewhere in the middle. Not everyone in the office needs to like you, but if you&rsquo;re a fair, friendly, and reasonable person, most of them should &mdash; and that in itself should get you closer to the number one position.</p> <p><strong>&quot;What do you think of garden gnomes?</strong>&quot;</p> <p>Not all weird interview questions leave applicants in a cold sweat . Some may be designed to make you laugh &mdash; or test whether you have a sense of humor. That makes sense when you consider this question came from an interview for a team member at <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-other-grocery-stores-should-steal-from-trader-joes">Trader Joe&rsquo;s</a>, a company that brands itself as unconventional and dresses its employees in Hawaiian shirts.</p> <p>How to answer this one? Well, garden gnomes have been known to make people smile, which most retailers would consider a good thing...they also appear to be hardworking, cheerful, and adventurous. Or, perhaps you could say that what you think of them depends on what they're wearing!</p> <h2>There Might Not Be a &quot;Right&quot; Answer</h2> <p>A lot of people assume that there&rsquo;s a right way to answer questions in an interview. That&rsquo;s only partly true. The reality is that good interview questions are actually looking for a specific kind of person. If you aren&rsquo;t it, you probably won&rsquo;t get the job, and you probably <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-hate-my-job">wouldn&rsquo;t be happy working there</a> if you did.</p> <p>And as for the barometer? I later found out the interviewer wanted to know whether candidates would ask questions to ultimately discover that they didn&rsquo;t need to use all of the tools provided. Because this was an interview for an Internet company, &ldquo;Google it&rdquo; was also an acceptable answer!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tara-struyk">Tara Struyk</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/weird-job-interview-questions-and-how-to-answer-them">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-body-language-mistakes-that-sabotage-most-interviews">10 Body Language Mistakes That Sabotage Most Interviews</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-unique-ways-to-score-a-job-interview">12 Unique Ways to Score a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-crucial-job-searching-steps-most-people-skip">6 Crucial Job Searching Steps Most People Skip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-questions-you-must-ask-at-your-next-job-interview">4 Questions You Must Ask at Your Next Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting job interviews questions weird Tue, 27 Mar 2012 10:24:13 +0000 Tara Struyk 913177 at http://www.wisebread.com Blergh! Could you eat these strange canned foods? http://www.wisebread.com/blergh-could-you-eat-these-strange-canned-foods <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blergh-could-you-eat-these-strange-canned-foods" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/1477799291_ba311aaf90.jpg" alt="Relief" title="Relief" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I was raised on canned food. We never had much money, so my folks bought food in cans because it lasted forever, it was cheap and, if dented or without a label, really really cheap. Most times we&#39;d open up a can like it was a present...&quot;I wonder what&#39;s for dinner tonight?&quot; I always ate it. Probably because most of the time, it was spaghetti hoops or green beans or something else just as inocuous. But what if the following items has been inside?</p> <p>This article is not meant to poke fun at the foods of other cultures. I have long been a proponent of &quot;I&#39;ll try anything once&quot; and watch the show Bizzare Foods just to see what is out there. What&#39;s more, the good people of places like Japan, China, the Phillipines and Thailand understand frugality completely, using every part of the animal or plant to make a meal. </p> <p>But as liberal as I am when it comes to cheap, canned food, I&#39;m not sure how many of these I could stomach When I told my dad &quot;I just couldn&#39;t eat that&quot; he came back with &quot;that&#39;s because you&#39;re not hungry enough&quot; and he was right. When it comes to survival, we&#39;d be surprised at what we could do. </p> <p>So, imagine your pantry is filled with the following delicacies, and you couldn&#39;t get out of the house for weeks. Could you eat them? First up, something easy to understand. It was a big hit on Digg.com yesterday. </p> <p>The <strong>Cheeseburger in a can</strong>! Personally, if I had been on the town and had a few beers, I would probably eat it. To my shame. I suspect most of you could, too. A nice way to transition into some of the more bizarre creations. </p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/8713_27010831227.jpg" alt="CB" title="CB" width="500" height="349" /></p> <p>Next up, the <strong>Whole Chicken in a can</strong>. Now I don&#39;t know about you, but this one looks about as enticing as an ice cold jacuzzi on a cold winter&#39;s day. Once again though, I doubt I&#39;d have much trouble.</p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/WholeChicken.jpg" alt="Whole chicken" title="Whole Chicken" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Tongues aren&#39;t just for wagging, they&#39;re also for eating. And I should know - I&#39;ve had a tongue sandwich before. Somehow though, it looked an awful lot better sliced than in this picture for a <strong>Can of tongues.</strong></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/079.jpg" alt="Tongues" title="Tongues" width="245" height="182" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>One for the vegetarians out there, although I doubt anyone would really want to tuck into <strong>canned processed cheddar cheese</strong>. But it only gets worse from here. </p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/begacheese.gif" alt="Cheese" title="Cheese" width="320" height="293" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Just like momma used to make, a nice freshly baked loaf of <strong>canned bread</strong>. Mmmmm. </p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/canned_bread02-thumb.jpg" alt="bread" title="bread" width="421" height="500" /> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For those of you who don&#39;t know this Scottish delicacy, it&#39;s a sheep&#39;s stomach stuffed with meat and barley. That&#39;s the simplified version. I&#39;ve had it, it&#39;s not too bad. But imagine a <strong>haggis in a can</strong>, complete with the pale stomach lining and gray meat. I&#39;ve suddenly lost my appetite. </p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/canned_foods_007.jpg" alt="Haggis" title="Haggis" width="400" height="321" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>No joke. In some parts of the world it&#39;s quite normal to pick up a can or two of delicious <strong>whale meat, complete with blubber</strong>. Not knocking it, certainly not in any hurry to try it though.</p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/whalecan_sidebar.png" alt="Whale" title="Whale" width="200" height="165" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Look again. This is not one of those &#39;snake in a can&#39; practical jokes. In some parts of good ol&#39; &#39;Merica, you can buy cans of <strong>genuine Rattlesnake meat</strong>. I&#39;ve heard it&#39;s an interesting taste, a bit like tough chicken/pork. I&#39;ll give it a try...one day. </p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/rattlesnake-can.jpg" alt="Ssss" title="Ssss" width="500" height="423" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This is a dish with real bite. Sorry, couldn&#39;t resist. I&#39;m not entirely sure what kind of <strong>Fish Mouths</strong> are in this can of strangeness, but I&#39;m not in a huge rush to find out either. Catfish maybe? I have heard fish cheeks are devine though. </p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/01.jpg" alt="Fish" title="Fish" width="500" height="373" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I&#39;d eat the next one. Not because I was forced but because I&#39;d eat my shoe if it&#39;s covered in curry sauce. That&#39;s just the Brit in me. Anyway, <strong>Thai Green Curry with Crocodile </strong>sounds really good to me. </p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/greencurrycrocodile.jpg" alt="Croc Curry" title="Croc Curry" width="378" height="290" /> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I have to admit, we&#39;re getting into territory that even I can&#39;t face now. I&#39;ll give it a try if I have to, if I was hungry enough, but <strong>canned scorpions </strong>don&#39;t have that nice ring to it. </p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/cannedscorpions_0.jpg" alt="Scorpion" title="Scorpion" width="282" height="221" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sorry, no thanks. <strong>Pork Brains in Milk Gravy</strong>? Did they think that the milk gravy would make them a little more appealing? If it said Pork Brains in tangy chipotle BBQ sauce, you may have a winner. (By the way, check out the Cholesterol level on this baby...ouch!) </p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/pork-brains-milk-gravy.jpg" alt="Brains" title="Brains" width="420" height="263" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Canned Roasted Crickets with Eggs. </strong>As Forrest Gump would say, &quot;That&#39;s all I have to say about that.&quot;</p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/cricket_with_egg.jpg" alt="Cricket" title="Cricket" width="283" height="226" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Forget those BBQ chips. Don&#39;t tuck into dry-roasted peanuts. Instead, grab a big old handful of <strong>BBQ flavor Silk Worm Pupae. </strong>It&#39;s the crunchy snack that never fails to satisfy. In a can. </p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/silkworm_bbq.jpg" alt="bug" title="bug" width="421" height="287" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>AND FINALLY, to set the record straight...this is something I would eat any day of the week with vigour. SPAM!</p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/38197-spam.jpg" alt="Spam" title="Spam" width="330" height="327" /> </p> <p>I&#39;m not joking, no sarcasm here, I was raised on it and so was my wife. If you want my recipes for <strong>Spam Fried Rice</strong> or <strong>Spam Musubi </strong>(a Hawaiian version of sushi) you are more then welcome to them. Great stuff. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/blergh-could-you-eat-these-strange-canned-foods">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-eat-well-on-just-20-a-week-with-meal-plans">How to Eat Well on Just $20 a Week (With Meal Plans!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-119-amazing-meals-you-can-make-from-a-can">Flashback Friday: 119 Amazing Meals You Can Make From a Can</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/optical-illusions-that-make-you-fatter-and-your-wallet-lighter">Optical Illusions That Make You Fatter and Your Wallet Lighter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-surprising-and-delicious-ways-to-cook-instant-ramen">21 Surprising and Delicious Ways to Cook Instant Ramen</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/concession-stand-treats-a-license-to-print-money">Concession stand treats – a license to print money.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Food and Drink canned food cans Cheap Food freaky strange unusual weird Wed, 30 Jan 2008 18:22:40 +0000 Paul Michael 1703 at http://www.wisebread.com Get your PC to give you coffee, bacon or even an orgasm. http://www.wisebread.com/get-your-pc-to-give-you-coffee-bacon-or-even-an-orgasm <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/015E000000053670.jpg" alt="coffeepc" title="coffeepc" width="350" height="263" /></p> <p>As a frugal shopper, I like to make my products work hard. If I can get something to double as an equally handy item (for instance, a belt buckle that opens beer bottles, a portable TV that&#39;s also a flashlight) then I&#39;m happy.</p> <p>So, I&#39;m sat researching articles for Wisebread and I look down at my computer, ashamed. It has only ever been a computer. Surely, I thought, some bright sparks out there have figured out ways to make the PC into something so much more. Well, they have. Boy, they have. They&#39;re called casemods, and I found so many different functions for the humble PC that I was blown away. Until...until...</p> <p>...I found the USB gadgets! And I was even more amazed. So, I present to you my findings for making your PC work oh so much harder than it ever has before. Get it to brew you a coffee, a beer or even get some bacon grilling. I&#39;m not kidding. If you&#39;re a lady, your PC can even give you an orgasm. Now that is double-duty and then some. </p> <p><strong>1- The Coffee Brewing PC. </strong>- This one has been around for a while. I had some trouble digging up specs on how to do it yourself, but I did come up with a few leads <a href="http://articles.pcapex.com/featured_pc/the_caffeine_machine.php">here</a> . <strong><br /></strong></p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/caffeine_machine_1.jpg" alt="coffee pc" title="coffee pc" width="345" height="459" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2 - The Beer Machine.</strong> - Presumed at first to be a prank, but from what little info I found this one actualy looks feasible. Of course, mixing beer with electricity, especially something as sensitive as a PC, maybe foolhardy. Here&#39;s a <a href="http://ohgizmo.com/2006/02/09/a-beer-dispensing-pc">link </a> to set you on the path....</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/beer_pc.jpg" alt="beer pc" title="beer pc" width="344" height="338" /> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3 - The Hamster House </strong>- And why not? It&#39;s warm, it&#39;s right next to you as you play your games, it&#39;s a greatr pet home. I think. I wouldn&#39;t want to find poop in my RAM though. No details on this unusual build other than this link <a href="http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/upgrade/1342527.html?page=3">here</a> .</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/hamster.jpg" alt="hamster pc" title="hamster pc" width="359" height="320" /> </p> <p>And then...the USB gadgets....</p> <p><strong>4 - The USB Vibrator with multiple attachments - </strong> Ladies, now you know what to ask Santa for. This little package of pleasure was originally invented by Brits (so I&#39;m told...hey, I&#39;m happy to believe it). It retails for $36.95 <a href="http://www.condomcountry.com.au/item/t-vib-usb-kit-10func">here </a> and the write up is, well, pretty good: - </p> <p><em>Completely controlled by a tiny microprocessor, the vibrator compontents can easily be manipulated to give you an ultimate deep and penetrating orgasm. It has 10 unique preset pulse/vibrate rhythms, includes 5 interchangable latex probes and a Self Adjustable Finger Ring Vibrating bullet.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/usb_vibrator.jpg" alt="usb Vib" title="usb vib" width="364" height="245" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>5 - The USB Pencil Sharpener</strong> - Now, if you&#39;re hard at work at your PC and still have the urge to do things the old-fashioned way, here&#39;s a cute gadget. It all runs off the PC power, again. Keep &#39;em sharp. Only $7.95, right <a href="http://www.myvirtualzone.com/detail.aspx?ID=14059">here</a> .</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/isharp2l.jpg" alt="usb isharp" title="usb isharp" width="400" height="266" /></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>6 - The Homemade USB B-B-Q</strong> - I&#39;ll be honest...from the pictures I&#39;ve seen, I&#39;ll pass on a sandwhich made from this stuff. Yikes. But if you do happen to be hungry and want some fresh-grilled pork, a few USB cables and a heating plate will do it. Find out more <a href="http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2006/08/usb_bbq.html">here</a> .</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/usb_powered_bbq_7.jpg" alt="usb bbq" title="usb bbq" width="390" height="246" /> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>7 - The USB laser-guided missile Launcher</strong> - Let&#39;s face it...when your boss sneaks up behind you at work, wouldn&#39;t it be great to give him both barrels? Well, do so at your own risk, but here&#39;s the price - just $49.99 right <a href="http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/warfare/8bc4/?cpg=froogle">here</a> .</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/rocket_launcher_v2.jpg" alt="missile " title="missile" width="333" height="353" /> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>8 - The USB fragrance burner</strong> - If you&#39;ve been grilling bacon and chugging beer and coffee at your PC, this one could come in handy. A nice, pleasant device in an array of quite silly macho toys. Only $9.50 from <a href="http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch.hmx?SCriteria=AA53530&amp;CartID=done&amp;nextloc=">MWAVE </a> (but they recently ran out of stock). </p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/usbfragranceoilburner4.jpg" alt="oil" title="oil" width="383" height="287" /> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>9 - The USB Vacuum cleaner</strong> - So, let&#39;s imagine that you&#39;re chewing on your freshly grilled bacon sandwhich from your USB griller, and breadcrumbs fall into your keyboard. No problem. Simply pop in the USB vacuum and clean up the mess. Simple. $14.95, <a href="http://www.epartyunlimited.com/usb-keyboard-vacuum-cleaner.html">here</a> . </p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/vacuumfull.jpg" alt="vacuum" title="vacuum" width="442" height="294" /> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10 - The USB Lava Lamp </strong>- 70&#39;s retro-chic updated with a 2007 twist. Not quite as funky as the original, but hey, it works off your PC&#39;s power and that kind of energy-saving, right-on idea is very hip and trendy, baby. Just $12.97 from many outlets including <a href="http://www.cgets.com/item--USB-Lava-Lamp--USBLavaLamp">this one</a> . </p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/USBLavaLamp_full.jpg" alt="lamp" title="lamp" width="422" height="316" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>11 - USB heating gloves</strong> - A great invention if you happen to by typing in an igloo, but I really don&#39;t see the point otherwise. But if you do happen to suffer from cold hands instead of cold feet, pick up a pair. They&#39;ll keep your toasty. $22.99 from <a href="http://www.perpetualkid.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&amp;ProdID=1706&amp;dc=froogle">Perpetual Kid</a> .</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/usbheatinggloves2.jpg" alt="gloves" title="gloves" width="394" height="295" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>12 - The USB Butt Cooler</strong> - If you happen to have a hot butt (and I don&#39;t mean that in the way it sounds...or do I?) then you&#39;ll benefit from the USB butt cooler. Just plug it into your USB port and your cheeks will not be rosy for hours. I only found it in Japan, <a href="http://plusd.itmedia.co.jp/pcuser/articles/0608/17/news062.html">here</a> . </p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/butt_cooler.jpg" alt="buttcool" title="cuttcool" width="322" height="275" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On my internet travels, I also found USB slippers, a coffee mug warmer, a desk fan, beverage cooler, ashtray and many more weird and wonderful things. One great site to get you started is <a href="http://www.usbgeek.com/prod_list.php?page=&amp;cat_id=008&amp;cat=USB+Gadgets&amp;pgSize=63">www.usbgeek.com</a> </p> <p>Now, go put the PC to work. </p> <p><em>Photo from </em><em><a href="http://www.clubic.com/actualite-5904-un-pc-qui-fait-aussi-le-cafe.html">clubic.com</a> </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-your-pc-to-give-you-coffee-bacon-or-even-an-orgasm">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/build-your-own-computer-submerged-in-oil">Build your own computer...submerged in oil.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-more-cheap-and-easy-diy-toys-kids-will-love">15 More Cheap and Easy DIY Toys Kids Will Love</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-great-diy-gifts-for-geeks">15 Great DIY Gifts for Geeks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mountain-dew-christmas-tree">Mountain Dew Christmas Tree</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/blood-gore-and-hairy-warts-a-diy-halloween-makeup-guide">Blood, gore and hairy warts; a DIY Halloween makeup guide.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks DIY accessories casemods custom built DIY gadgets gifts home computer power sharing toys unusual USB weird Tue, 08 May 2007 19:00:16 +0000 Paul Michael 609 at http://www.wisebread.com