Bizarre gifts of 2010

16 12 2010

So, you have that person in your life that is just plain odd. (That’s probably why you like them.) Or perhaps your goal when buying gifts is for the recipient to open it and say “WTF?”

Well, here are the strangest gifts I’ve found on the internet that you can still get shipped in time for Christmas:

For the handlebar hipster: CARSTACHE

Yes, that's right. A mustache for your car,

We might all be guilty of having a little hipster trapped inside of all of us. There are some people who push the boundaries though. You know the type, maxed out their credit card at Urban Outfitters, won’t stop playing the new Deerhunter album on vinyl, wears stupid ill-fitting sweaters because they’re “vintage”….
The carstache is the perfect subtle clue that they’re taking this fad just a little too far. And if they don’t get the hint they’ll probably enjoy the hell out of it. (They even come in different colors)

For the creepy cook: FETUS COOKIE CUTTER

What’s the one thing you want to think about when you’re eating? That’s right, fetuses. Maybe you have a disturbed cousin that listens to death metal, or an aunt that is an avid pro-life supporter… Either way, this cookie cutter is sure to be a hit. And I bet Santa would still gobble down the cookies no matter what they were shaped like. (He is a fattie after all.)

For the lazy college student: GUN ALARM CLOCK

Brilliant. This hands-on alarm clock won’t shut up until you shoot the target in the center. No more excuses for missing that 8 am class, or sleeping all day after an alcohol binge. Even better gift if they’re into violence or Sarah Palin. BANG!

For the ex-girlfriend: THE GIFT OF NOTHING

You know that there’s no one that gets under your skin more than an ex. Well, ’tis the season my friend. Instead of the passive anger this year be extra spiteful and go out of your way to get that not-so-special person absolutely nothing. Extra point if there’s an “I’m Sorry” card attached.


Do you have that annoying Grandmother who is always trying to teach you how to knit? Well, give her this lovely craft and she’s sure to be off your case for a while. Also an option for a science geek. (And only 8 bucks!)

Some other favorites:
THE DICK TOWEL (As seen on Always Sunny in Philadelphia)

Merry Christmas Weirdo!


Free shows at the Troika Music Festival!

5 11 2009

There are free shows each night of the festival! It starts tonight and ends on Saturday.

If you haven’t been to the Troika Music Festival before, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Access to the entire festival is only $20, which is a great value for the line-up.

The event is hosted at various venues throughout the triangle (West End Wine Bar and Pinhook for example).

The line-up includes local favorites like the Love Language, Luego, and the Huguenots.

The shows will be epic! Head out if you can.


Triangle Freegans

2 11 2009

Ever been dumpster diving?

Dumpster Divers

I’ve seen many local college-age students doing it lately. Many of whom refer to themselves as “Freegans.”

Freeganism is a political avant-garde lifestyle, mainly the rejection of standard consumerism. Dumpster diving, therefore, is done not out of need but as an alternative to buying new things.

Warren Oakes, former drummer for the anarchist punk band Against Me!, authored a manifesto pamphlet in 1999 called “Why Freegan” about the subject. That served as the start to this growing subculture. Carrboro seems to be a stronghold.

Even in the Wikipedia definition, Carrboro’s co-op is mentioned within the first heading. I ventured out with a Carrboro native to find treasure in the trash. As soon as the video is edited I will have it up here.

I’m also trying to put together a guide about the waste disposal timing of these grocery stores and restaurants. Still gathering that information. One consistent one is Panera bread, a cafe that throws out heaps of the day’s pastries every night at close (9:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday).

I am still hunting for a good local forum or discussion board on the topic. Please post if you know of any or are interested in starting one up!

The closest I have found is a freegan meetup group and a dumpster diving blog, both started by residents of Greensboro.

Also, NC law confirms once an item is thrown away it is considered no longer property of the individual who threw it out.

Basically, trash is fair game. However, dumpster diving may violate other local laws, such as trespassing or sanitation laws.

More on this to come!