Honor wall
Hey, that looks like Faith Hill, right there on the Internet Honor Wall. Yeah, that's her, about 200 pixels from the top and 600 pixels from the left.
By Brian Tracey Business Editor

Attention last-minute Mother's Day shoppers! Do you think Mom has grown tired of the floral bouquets, Elvis teddy bears or even those tennis bracelets that lose their gold-plated luster after only a few wearings? Well, a Houston-based company has come up a "hip" answer: Buy your Mom a tiny graphic tribute on the Internet Honor Wall.

For the bargain-basement price of $19.95, the Internet Honor Wall lets you rent a 100-pixel square on the Web site where you can upload a picture of Mommy that owners say will remain there until 2010. But that's not all. The miniature picture — about the size of a sesame seed — links to a more readable tribute, and Mom gets to download "a certificate of authenticity" noting her beloved child's purchase of a "piece of Internet history."

"There are only 10,000 spots available," said co-founder Caleb Chong. "We had to draw the line at some point, and that seemed like a nice round number."

A nice round number that would bring in $199,500 revenue if the owners' dreams come true.

And according to the Web site, "spaces are going fast, so act now!" Indeed, as of last check, there were only 9,977 minuscule squares left to impress Mom with.

Not-so-bad ideas

  • One of the most interesting trends in retailing in recent years has been the meteoric growth of the organic foods business. Once favored mostly by New Age folks and health fanatics, now it seems even soccer moms and NASCAR dads have gone organic in their diets.

So we shouldn't be surprised a Portland, Maine-based company has come up with "one of America's first organic beers."

Called Peak Organic, this environmentally friendly brew comes in two flavors — Nut Brown Ale and Amber Ale — and is made with "the highest quality ingredients," the company says in its press release.

"Using barley and hops that are grown without toxic and persistent pesticides and chemical fertilizers makes our beer tastier and more enjoyable, both for consumers and for the planet," says Peak Organic CEO Jon Cadoux.

We suggest this slogan: "Tastes great, less pollution!"

  • Automakers have giving their vehicles macho-sounding names for decades: Viper, Cobra, Avenger, Stealth and so on. But Russia's leading car manufacturer — maker of the decidedly unglamorous Lada sedan — has decided to produce an off-road vehicle that may be named after the country's most famous (or infamous) assault weapon, the Kalashnikov.

Actually the company, AvtoVAZ, said the proposed vehicle's name would not honor the gun, also known as the AK-47, but rather it's designer, Mikhail Kalashnikov. AvtoVAZ thinks the name would help it gain sales with the Russian military, but perhaps the Kalashnikov brand could help when it comes to exports as well.

We're thinking if the Iraqi army shows interest, the U.S. government is going to shoot the idea down.

Reuters contributed this article.


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