Beluga whales are the only species in the world that don't run away in terror from or avoid eye contact with approaching mariachi bands.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
"[W]e've been looking for a way to say, 'Thank you!' to everyone for embracing our products, and making us a real success there," says company founder Marcia Kilgore. "At Soap & Glory, we consider it our calling to bring more beauty to the world, and have fun doing it." A calling.
Designed by Oliver Voss—who's described here as an "art creator," which is somehow different from an "artist," maybe because he heads up an advertising school?—Die Sculpture's made out of steel, styrofoam, and vision, and weighs more than two tons. Her purpose in life is to "promote the 'art' of bathing" to the citizens of Hamburg—whose adherence to standard rules of personal hygiene has always seemed pretty intact, but maybe living in the capital of unruly Facebook parties has distracted them from their showering schedule? At the very least, Die Badende's supposedly been good for the local paddleboating industry.
Not every Hamburger in Hamburg's fallen in love with the two-ton lady. Mayor Markus Schreiber, for one, says she's "sullying the beloved lake." He doesn't explain how, though, so let's dismiss his opinions outright. Schreiber won't have to look at the sullying lady much longer; on August 12 she'll be lifted from the lake and then eventually make her way to some other place where the locals need companies to help them identify the transcendental aspects of normal everyday activities. Maybe Tulsa?
According to a neighbor, the gunman shot and wounded his girlfriend, and killed her brother, following an argument. (All three lived together.) He then shot a neighbor who had come to investigate; and soon after that the neighbor's wife, son, granddaughter and a family friend. The neighbor, Kim Dietz, says she sheltered another victim:
Dietz knew all this because another of the man's sons arrived at her home after the shooter chased him through another neighbor's home and shot a child there. The son arrived safely at Dietz's home after wading through a swamp, she said.
The shooter was killed by police.
[Plain-Dealer, image, of Copley resident helping police search his property, via AP]
Found via ABC15.com
It's been a wild couple of weeks for fake Apple retail outlets. After a blogger broke news of a slew of copycat Apple Stores that had popped up in her neighborhood in China, copyright sleuths from around the globe began exposing other not-so-legitimate Apple shops, including some right here in the United States. Once such retailer is New York's "Apple Story," a store located in Queens which caught the eye of the real Apple, prompting a lawsuit to be filed.
As of now, the suit remains sealed, so the specific allegations — as well as the full list of defendants — remains a bit of a mystery, but it's possible that China's ridiculously bold Apple Store clones are also being targeted. According to Apple Insider, dozens of unnamed defendants also appear on the lawsuit, which could be a clue that more than just Apple Story will see the wrath of the California-based electronics giant.
Two of Kunming, China's five fake Apple outlets were ordered to close by city officials, but only because they failed to hold legitimate business permits, and no copyright allegations have been brought against any of the fake stores or their owners. China is notorious as a hotbed of copyright infringement, where international laws are sometimes blurry and unenforceable, though if any company can make a case for its fakers to be shut down, it's Apple.
[Image credit: BirdAbroad]