Archive for the ‘huh???’ Category

super expensive shoes thrive in a poor economy

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

While many people are still hurting in this economy, Christian Louboutin is doing pretty well.

In fact, the shoemaker has experienced a growth in sales, particularly in China, which is why it’s no surprise to hear that he plans on opening as many as five stores in China within the next three years.

Says Louboutin, “China can still be considered as a new market, and definitely Brazil is an emerging country.”

But don’t start thinking he’s going to begin producing his heels in China, the designer is adamant about keeping that all in Italy.

Adds Christian, “I’m very obsessed with quality. I don’t want to triple production in a year. If you do too much production, you lose part of the quality.”

Overall, Louboutin will open 12 stores next year, two of which will be in China and another two in Japan, the Middle East, and the US. One store will also open in Brazil with three scheduled to open in Italy.

Go figure.

quidditch …an ncaa sport?

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Did you know that Quidditch, the broom-based sport from the Harry Potter series (as if you didn’t know), has become a real sport?  For all the details and guidelines to this sport (given the fact that us muggles can’t fly on brooms) CLICK HERE.

Don’t believe me?  Why don’t you ask one of the 60 teams that will gather at De Witt Clinton Park in NYC next weekend for the fourth annual Quidditch World Cup!  The event will be attended by high schools and universities from all over the country, including Harvard, Yale, and Duke.  While many super nerds people might be satisfied with the fact that the sport has become a reality, Valerie Fischman, a student from the University of Maryland, wants more!

Fischman has launched a campaign for Quidditch to be recognized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Here’s what she had to say about it:

“I think that having NCAA status will give it a little more credibility and help keep it around a little bit longer. I’m hoping that it stays around after the Harry Potter generation leaves college.”

Here’s what would be necessary to make Quidditch an NCAA sport:

-Official Quidditch clubs must be in at least 50 colleges across the country

-Athletic directors from 50+ colleges must individually petition the NCAA

Fischman will be seeking support from the International Quidditch Association which actually exists.

You know something, I think it sounds like fun …I’d totally get behind this.  Why should football people have all the fun?

chanel no. 5 slummed it in jersey at one point

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

A new book is out revealing the secrets of Chanel’s most iconic fragrance No. 5 and one of them hits close to home.  According to the author of The Secret History of Chanel No. 5 the perfume used to be manufactured in New Jersey!  Thanks to World War II, Coco Chanel had no choice but to smuggle her materials across the Atlantic to Chanel No. 5′s temporary new home in Hoboken.

Once the war was over Coco, who called the whole ordeal “monstrous”, hightailed it back to France where production is still going on.

the twinkie diet!

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

GROSS.  Imagine instead of eating lean meat, fresh fruit, and vegetables to lose weight you had to eat a cream filled sponge!  Well, as much as I DO NOT recommend this approach to losing weight, it worked for this guy (not that the “diet” would have held up for very long).

For 10 weeks, Mark Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, ate one of those sugar sponges tasty treats every three hours, instead of meals and lost 27 pounds in 2 months!

The premise of his “convenience store” diet is that pure calorie counting is what matters most, as opposed to nutritional value.  A man of the professor’s pre-diet size usually consumes about 2,600 calories, but he limited himself to less then 1,800 and luckily for his body, his theory has appeared to hold up.  However, for all you junk food junkies out there waiting for an excuse to start popping nothing but Pringles, Haub took a multi-vitamin, protein shakes, and ate a can of vegetables a day on top of his junk food diet.

As far as endorsing his diet, we won’t be seeing the professor of human nutrition on any late night infomercials any time soon, as he says:

“I’m not geared to say this is a good thing to do. I’m stuck in the middle. I guess that’s the frustrating part. I can’t give a concrete answer. There’s not enough information to do that.”

The good news is that counting calories COUNTS! Otherwise …ew, just …ew.  Find another food item to count calories with.

‘harry potter’ to blame for the declining owl population?

Monday, November 8th, 2010

In India, this may be partly true.

Children inspired by the popular books and movies of the wizarding world of have been asking their parents for and trapping owls to be like Harry Potter and his friends.  In the story, Harry keeps a white owl named Hedwig.  Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said that “there seems to be a strange fascination even among the urban middle classes for presenting their children with owls.”

These concerns came after a report by a wildlife group which showed a sharp decline in India’s owl population.

Harry Potter may be part of the problem, however it is not the only reason for this decrease.  Owls have been trapped and traded due to a festival called Diwali, in which owls are said to have magical powers and are used in ceremonial sacrifices.  Oh what the hell people…

Members of wildlife are trying to convince kids that want to be like Harry to go bird watching instead of trapping the animals.  Yes, that would be the sensible thing to do.  I guess sensible isn’t in the cards for people that are trapping wild animals and trying to keep them as pets because a fictional story made it seem cool.  When I go to the zoo I always want to take home a hippo or an giraffe …but I don’t, it’s not sensible for me or the animal.  Kids might not get that, but where is the parents’ common sense in all of this???

Owls are gorgeous creatures but they also are not meant to be held captive in suburbia.  That’s going to end up hurting/killing the bird or the people who were dumb enough to to nab them in the first place (though I must say, it would serve them right).  Owls will fuck your shit up, have you seen their beaks and claws???  Not to mention owls are smart enough to know your muggle ass is very much not magical.  No, they aren’t going to to want to stick around without a trip to Hogwarts to sweeten the deal.