bird poop facials — only $180

I’ve heard of people drinking coffee made from poop, which is crazy enough.  But at least it’s cooked and processed to some degree.  Now there’s a new use for poop.  (But wait, there’s more!)

Now a spa in New York City is offering bird poop facials for $180 each.  Supposedly it gently exfoliates the skin.  I’m no beauty expert, but aren’t there other ways to do that?  Anyway, it’s called a “geisha facial”, which is supposedly a Japanese beauty secret.  (I’m thinking I’d keep the ingredients list secret if this was my product, but I’m no marketing expert, either.)

I know what some of you are thinking — “But you never mentioned the smell!!!”  🙂  Of course they have to account for that; how many people would stay in a spa if it smelled like crap?  At this spa, they surround you with aromas of camellia, lavender, and rose.  They mix the bird poop with a rice bran, so it supposedly smells like toasted rice.  The treatment begins with steam to open the pores and soften the skin, then they leave this poop mixture on your face for five minutes.  I guess they want the bird poop to soak in.  (Remember, they’re a professional business and they charge you a lot of money, so obviously they must know what they’re doing.)  The owner says the bird feces brings out the dirt and dust that builds up in the skin and leaves the customer feeling refreshed.

poop - jar of poopOh, and they don’t use just any ol’ bird poop, because that would be gross.  It’s only from nightingales, because they eat seeds that produce the natural enzyme that is the active ingredient.  Seems to me it would be good to cut out the middleman in this situation…

The article says that about 100 people get this pooperizing procedure done at this spa every month, which, doing the math, brings in $18,000 — every month.  That’s a lot of money for a procedure using bird poop and rice bran.  Seems like a high-profit business to be in.  They must be doing something right.  (I’d guess it’s the advertising and promotion — how else are you going to convince people to pay big bucks to get poop smeared on their face?)

A doctor (also in New York) has predicted that animal extracts will grow in popularity, that they offer “a new definition of natural”, because some marketed natural products could be harmful to the skin.  However, I also learned that because this is sold as a cosmetic rather than a drug, there is no obligation to back up their claims with evidence.

What’s going to be the next use of poop?  Actually, never mind — I don’t want to know.

crazy spam

We get a lot of dumb/crazy spam here, and fortunately the spam filter catches most of it.  Occasionally it’ll catch a real comment, so I glance at it once in a while.  Recently I saw a few comments that weren’t full of links, so I checked to see if they might be valid comments, and I was surprised by what I found.  Here’s two of them.

What i don’t realize is actually how you are no longer really a lot more well-preferred than you may be right now. You’re so intelligent.

I’m not really sure what they’re saying in the first sentence.  And it’s really odd that their first sentence is so convoluted when their second sentence is so direct and to-the-point (and true).

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I really have no idea what’s going on there.  That sounds like it was run through one of those translators that converts it to German, then to French, back to German, and back to English, which mangles it in an incomprehensible way.  🙂  There was one of those linked to in an earlier post, but unfortunate the link no longer works.  However, I still recommend reading the comments on the “that’s French for German” post — they are quite random and funny.  (Yeah, I’m promoting old blog content, but it was 6 years ago, and there wasn’t nearly the daily traffic then as there is now, so some of you probably missed it.  It’s also a good example of how comments can enliven a discussion.)

too much meat

Today I went to my favorite Mexican restaurant (as I do every week).  I’m friends with the owner and he came by our table to talk while we waited on our food.  He’s planning to make some menu changes, so we had some suggestions.  (If any of these suggestions get implemented, you’ll get a review here, because they would be awesome.)

He told us about one customer who had an odd complaint about the menu.  Some guy told him, “Your menu has too much meat.”  That is absolutely, totally, and in all other ways, inconceivable!

I’m not sure you can have too many meat options.  Besides, the owner said there is a vegetarian section in the menu that no one orders from, plus they have a variety of bean and cheese dishes.

I just don’t understand why a man would say such a thing…

How was the end of the world for you?

Did you know the world ended last Saturday?  I heard it was guaranteed.  Apparently God didn’t get the memo.

So basically there’s a “preacher” named Harold Camping who uses mathematical calculations supposedly based on the Bible to figure out when the Rapture and Apocalypse will happen.  He figured it would be May 21, 2011.  He’s not just your average garden-variety fruitcake, though.  He is rumored to have spent about $100 million advertising his “prophecy”.  He promoted it on 55 radio stations and 2000 billboards, plus all the free news coverage he got for it.

As you might have noticed, there was a lack of end-of-the-world events last weekend.  Seemed quite normal to me.  I thought maybe I just slept through it, but it seems like it would’ve been on the news had something of such epic proportions actually happened.  So it’s probably safe to say this guy was wrong.

In this day of extended news coverage, of course reporters asked this guy what happened.  How do you think he responded?

A) Admitted his mistake and apologized.
B) Said it was (another) miscalculation.
C) Blame it on Global Warming or Bush.
D) Pretend he was still right.

Well, A would’ve been the ideal thing to do, but that didn’t happen.  B is what he’s done before.  C is what some people do on all kinds of topics, whether it applies or not.  D is the craziest option, though that’s exactly what he did.  Camping said his dates were correct, that it was “an invisible judgment day” and the final judgment and destruction will happen on October 21, 2011.  He also said we cannot understand the Bible, which I thought was really ironic because he claims to be basing his “prophecies” on the Bible.  (Never mind that his prediction is unscriptural; he must have missed that verse.)

I heard of a humorous tweet about the whole thing:

If this Rapture doesn’t get started soon, my rental Ferrari demolition derby last night wasn’t as fun as I thought. ~ David Burge, 5/21/11

My favorite response so far to all the hullabaloo is this billboard that someone made after the doomsday prediction was proven false.  This is awesome.

Well played…