The $100,000 ‘Beau Coop’ Chicken Coop From Neiman Marcus.

Neiman Marcus Beau Coop Chicken Coop.

Beau Coop chicks and eggs.

Chicks: "Don't hate on us. We just live here."

Spending beaucoup dollars on Neiman Marcus’s $100,000 Beau Coop chicken coop is très wasteful.

After some thinking, we did discover a benefit that could come from purchasing the outrageous Beau Coop. Maybe somebody would dive into farming, who wouldn’t otherwise, with some egg-laying chickens and the Beau Coop. And after they purchase the Beau Coop, they’ll be less likely to spend $100k on a motor home for their poop-laying dog. [Boing Boing]


Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout Is Beer Made With Roasted Bull’s Balls. Jubbling?

Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout BeerIn the crowded crafted beer market, why not differentiate your product by including roasted bull balls in the recipe? That might’ve been the thinking and inspiration behind Wynkoop Brewing Company’s Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout beer. Here’s a description of Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout from Wynkoop Brewing Company’s website:

“Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is an assertive foreign-style stout, slightly viscous, with a deep brown color. It has equally deep flavors of chocolate syrup, Kahlua, and espresso, along with a palpable level of alcohol and a savory umami-like note. It finishes dry and roasted with a fast-fading hop bite.

Finally, saying “your beer tastes like balls” will be expected and warmly received by the brewer. Not sure about the Jubbling in this example but I guess by incorporating bull balls into their beer, WBC is reducing the number of bull balls that might get discarded. Maybe it’s a public service too – reducing the number of bull balls that people get dared to eat. [Laughing Squid]

Here is WBC’s April Fools video about the Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout:


Prevent This Tragedy: Selling Pre-Peeled Bananas In Cellophane Covered Foam Trays.

Pre-peeled bananas sold in a Billa Supermarket.The photo of the pre-peeled and wrapped bananas for sale was posted on Facebook and caused quite stir for the Billa Supermarket chain. In the face of threatened boycotts and the social media uproar, Billa has apologized and they’ve promised not to pre-peel & wrap their bananas again.

Jubbling’s take: BFD. They did it and won’t do it again. Move on. But one there is one issue that hasn’t been cleared up: who would buy pre-peeled bananas wrapped in cellophane on a foam tray? Hate to think that there are people living among us who haven’t figure out the whole banana peeling thing. [Gizmodo and Austrian Times]


Oh Nuts! There’s Some Soup In My Sand….Made Bowl.

Victor Castanera Sandstone bowlsThis story goes in the green file folder labeled “I don’t think so.” Barcelona designer Victor Castanera creates his Sandstone bowls out of an acrylic resin and uses beach sand as his mold; no machinery. On his website, Mr. Castanera explains the process [Google translated]:

“The project aims to emphasize the importance of the production process for both the final product, which acquires a unique identity resulting from a decision of Nature, and the user who made ​​that experience with them from the time throwing water on the sand until they have to give at home use.”

This would be fun to project to do with the kids but are these Sandstone bowls usable? Sustainable? Would you use a Sandstone bowl more than once? Probably not. [Inhabitat]


Sorry Louis and Billy Ray: Climate Change Might’ve Gotten A Hold Of The Crop Reports Before You Could.

Corn Crops in drought conditions.Trading Places movie posterThe movie Trading Places struck a chord with audiences when the two main characters, Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) and Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy), swap out the orange crop report data with doctored information forcing the commodity trading Duke brothers into bankruptcy. Fast-forward 29 years, change the crop to corn and soybeans, and the crop report might not be necessary because in 2012, the forecasted data could’ve been trumped by climate change.

Of course, pinning the drop in agriculture production solely on a climate change caused drought might be a mistake but the facts are undeniable: July 2012 was the hottest month on record and one period during the predicted hottest recorded year. Corn and soybean production is expected to hit their lowest yield since 1995 and 2003 respectively. The effects of the drought will trickle down to all areas of food production as the price of soy beans and corn increases, so will the cost of feed and any products that are made from these crops.

What to do?: Hoarding isn’t an option. Our recommendation would be to work your way down the food chain more often. I’m no baker or chef but my guess is choosing to eat less processed, pre-packaged foods and meat products would be a good start. Another way to limit the effects of higher costs is to drive less. Gasoline contains up to 15% corn-derived ethanol and as the cost of production goes up, so does the price of fuel.

So Louis and Billy Ray, consider yourselves lucky. You received the crop report data before the Duke brothers during a time that it meant something. It’s unfortunate but now we can walk outside and feel the “hot” bad news before it even makes it to the crop report. [NY Times via Grist]


Video: The Hidden Costs Of Hamburgers.

Video: The Hidden Costs Of Hamburgers.
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Great video about the true, and mostly hidden, cost of producing beef. The message in the video is not to totally give up beef but to consume less of it. The benefit of eating less beef will not only be good for your health but also for the environment. [Mother Jones and CIR Online]