Columbus Day Meanderings


frugal, coupons, savingOn this Columbus Day, when we celebrate the ‘discovery’ of the New World, it is fun to look around and see what else is new out there in the wonderful world of commerce & culture.

Here’s a new product you’ll be seeing complete with rumors of amazing restorative value, coconut flavored water or drinks. The buzz is coconut will cure the common hangover. Drink companies see big bucks in this so they are investing so expect to see that pretty darn soon. They’ll tout its ‘unique’ value to health. Of course, this all comes on the heels on how pomegranates are not really a cure all. Lots of people fell for that one. So if you’re inclined to go “coconuts”, it probably isn’t what you think it is. Think snake oil.
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Not sure about anyone else, but there is nothing quite as gross as baby poop. You may not be able to do anything about the malodorous wafting of infantile excrement, but don’t fret, the mavens of design have created designer diapers. It’ll be perfect for that discriminating 4 month old who must make a statement. Yep, it’s true. Pampers is unveiling a new line of poop collectors. There will be styles in ruffles and even madras. Hmmm, with that last one, I wonder if it’ll be bleeding madras. And if so, what will it be ‘bleeding’?

Oh here is another thought. After the aforementioned diapers have been used and they head to the landfill, will anyone really care what design is on them? Perhaps in 500 years when some archeologists digs through our culture’s detritus looking for clues on who we were. Yep, those designer receptacles of bodily functions says so much about us.
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Speaking of ‘us’ as a culture, the smells that sexually turn is on is never quite what you think. There is a new book out called “SEX: Our Bodies, Our Junk” which asserts that the male pheromone is mostly closely related to the scent of a Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwich. Dr. Alan Hirsch from Chicago says pumpkin smells turns guys on while the candy Good & Plenty does the trick for girls. So for any guy out there, here’s the trick. Take your gal out pumpkin hunting, grab a couple of Wendy’s chicken sandwiches and top it off with some Good & Plenty for desert. If you can’t score after all that, at least your blood sugar will be elevated.
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So there are the Frugal Yankee’s ‘discoveries’. If you like this column, let the Frugal Yankee know. Then in his journeys through magazines and web sites, he can jot them down to share.

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