Welcome to your weekly dose of WTFckery!
1. Some WTFckery books and their covers to make you gasp or groan in WTF?: (Thanks to Penny Watson)
Lots o' flesh and hands sneaking into naughty spots on this one:
For those who get bored during those long times in the bathroom. Good to have an artistic hobby:
2. It's a sad sad day for baked junk foods. So depressing all around. RIP Twinkie and Hostess Foods. This surely must mean the end of the world is upon us. From USA Today:
"News that Hostess Brands is closing shop is creating a host of business questions, including the fate of iconic brands such as Twinkies and Wonder Bread. The company, which had been in and out of bankruptcy restructuring, was already struggling from a high cost structure and sluggish consumer demand for its products. Its fate was sealed by a confluence of negative events including rising commodity costs and competitive pressures, says Erin Lash, analyst at Morningstar.
Hostess, whose brands also include Drake's, Nature's Pride and Home Pride, said early Friday that it filed a motion in Bankruptcy Court seeking permission to close and sell its assets. The company says it has suspended bakery operations, but deliveries will continue and Hostess retail stores will stay open to sell products already in the pipeline.
Hostess workers remained on picket lines across the country Thursday night, refusing a company ultimatum to return to work or face the liquidation of the national baker. The shutdown will result in the loss of about 18,000 jobs.
The company had warned it would file a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to shut operations if enough workers didn't end a weeklong strike by 5 p.m. ET Thursday. On Friday, it followed through on that threat."
3. So, reading on an electronic device like a Kindle is isn't reading per Andrew Piper of Slate.com:
I love print books also, holding it in my hands and sniffing the glue that keeps it all together, but it sound like this guy has a major book fetish, in the sense that late at night he may rub the dictionary all over his body.
"Amid the seemingly endless debates today about the future of reading, there remains one salient, yet often overlooked fact: Reading isn’t only a matter of our brains; it’s something that we do with our bodies. Reading is an integral part of our lived experience, our sense of being in the world, even if at times this can mean feeling intensely apart from it. How we hold our reading materials, how we look at them, navigate them, take notes on them, share them, play with them, even where we read them—these are the categories that have mattered most to us as readers throughout the long and varied history of reading. They will no doubt continue to do so into the future.
Understanding reading at this most elementary level—at the level of person, habit, and gesture—will be essential as we continue to make choices about the kind of reading we care about and the kind of technologies that will best embody those values. To think about the future of reading means, then, to think about the long history of how touch has shaped reading and, by extension, our sense of ourselves while we read."
4. Another sign the end of the world may happen next month. Fifty Shades of Grey has been nominated for a national book award. Who knew fan fiction could be nominated with the likes of J.K. Rowling, Salman Rushie and Zadie Smith? I guess if it sells 40 million copies, it doesn't matter. I wonder if Rowling and James will sit at the same table? Rowling would talk about Harry and his glasses. James would mention Christian and his special love balls he uses on Ana. From The Guardian UK:
"Dubbed the ‘Oscars of the publishing industry,’ The Specsavers National Book Awards showcases the best of British writing & publishing, whilst celebrating books with wide popular appeal, critical acclaim and commercial success. For the second year, the Awards event will be a star-studded party hosted at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, London. This year’s ceremony will be held on the evening of 4th December 2012. It will be an invite-only event for shortlisted authors and publishers.
"EL James's erotic fiction hit Fifty Shades of Grey has been nominated for a book award. The novel, about the increasingly dark relationship between a naive young girl and a sadistic businessman, is competing for the popular fiction book of the year gong at the National Book awards, it was announced this morning. Chosen by a panel of 50 book experts, including booksellers and journalists, the prize is intended to reward an adult novel "which has made a massive impact [and] that may have exceeded expectations
The winner will be chosen by votes from the 750-strong National Book awards academy, with the trophy itself to be presented by Lorraine Kelly at a ceremony on 4 December."
5. Would you buy a Jimmy Choo Panda handbag for $15,000? From Huff Po Style:
• Featuring more than 11,000 hand-applied Swarovski crystals
• Black leather lining
• 1 of a limited edition 14 worldwide
• Exclusively numbered and signed by the artist
• Detachable gold chain shoulder strap
• This product is housed in a special calfskin box embossed with the Jimmy Choo logo and a nappa leather pull tab to open
• Inside, the minaudiere sits in a leather 'bed' designed to fit the specific shape and house this piece as a wearable piece of art
6. Maybe having odor fighting underwear isn't such a bad thing. From Huff Po Small Business:
"A product developed in Japan to help those with serious intestinal problems is seeing sales skyrocket thanks to another needy and, frankly, huge market: Business executives with excessive gas. In Japan, executives are buying up Deoest odor-eliminating underwear that promises to magically absorb offensive odors. Working through "whiff-absorbing ceramic particles in the material fibres," the company originally promoted the item to those with irritable bowel syndrome. Over time however, it appeared that rising sales in Japan were due to another demographic."
7. This really freaks me out because I think of those poor lobsters that are boiled. Why in the world do we want to hear gummy bears scream? From Io9:
8. And you thought the Jersey Shore was bad? Well now we have the Amish Mafia reality show. Oh the jokes about this will be relentless. From EW:
"Discovery has just greenlit a new series titled Amish Mafia. The show focuses on a group of men who protect and maintain peace and order within the Amish community in Lancaster County, PA. So are they cops? Mobsters? A bit of both. It’s an unofficial law-and-order group that protects the insular religious community with “eye for an eye” justice, yet operates outside of actual law enforcement and doesn’t, according to Discovery, officially exist.The series premieres Dec. 12 (with a preview the night before) and will help keep Discovery in the Amish business."
9. This Regretsy WTFckery is extremely WTF. Seriously someone made his and seriously someone bought it? (Thanks to Jess Haines for what has been seen can never be unseen)
Bloody Mary the tampon doll ($5)
"This little primitive doll is weighted in the bottom so she sits up. It is a large tampon . She is painted red and I even used things to make some of the red lumpy and extra gross. I think she would be a great teaching aid for those explaining the fact of life to a child they hate. She could just be a lovely keepsake for your friend who is overly attached to her period. You know the one who paints with it or saves it for whatever the hell kind of weird mother earth crap she is doing. Or this could be a fun message to your spouse to leave your junk alone for a few days just put it on the bed like one of those kiss me goodnight pillows. It is about 6-8 inches tall. Oh and just to be clear this is made with all standard art supplies and paint it in no way shape or form has real blood or any thing on that because I am not disgusting well I am but not that disgusting"
Hope you have enjoyed this week's best in WTFckery!