Tasty Golf Tees
Tasty Golf Tees are designed to put some flavor on a fairway near you.
By Brian Tracey Business Editor

Seeking the perfect holiday gift for the golfer who has everything? Well, take a swing at this — flavored golf tees.

Entrepreneurs John Packes and Ramon Peralta have come up a product line called Tasty Golf Tees in various flavors including mint, cherry, strawberry and grape.

Mint is the strongest-tasting flavor in the range.

"It will knock out the foulest of cigar, beer breath within five seconds," said Packes of Norwalk, Conn.

Packes said they came up with the idea while walking along the fairway one day and noticing that many golfers popped a tee in their mouth as they headed to the next hole or waited to tee up.

Tasty Golf Tees, which cost about 25 cents each, are made from uncoated wood, which is sanitized and flavored. They look and play like regular wooden golf tees.

"Some people just look at you funny," said Packes. "'Do you really put it in your mouth?' [Then]they give it a shot and say, 'This is kinda cool.'"

Just watch out for splinters if you clench your teeth after missing that three-foot putt.

Not-so-bad ideas

  • Attention earthlings: Orbiting extraterrestrials and astronauts can look down and see The Great Wall of China — and KFC's Colonel Sanders.

Colonel Sanders in the desert in Nevada
Weber Shandwick  /  Reuters
An image of Colonel Sanders is seen in a satellite photo taken above the Nevada desert recently. KFC claims it is the first brand that can be seen from space, but there's no word whether the restaurant's drive-thru windows can accept flying-saucer orders.
KFC Corp. this week launched a rebranding campaign with an 87,500-square-foot image of Colonel Sanders in the Nevada desert, which the company says makes Kentucky Fried Chicken the world's first brand visible from space.

"If there are extraterrestrials in outer space, KFC wants to become their restaurant of choice," said KFC President Gregg Dedrick.

The logo consists of 65,000 one-foot by one-foot painted tile pieces that were assembled like a giant jigsaw puzzle.

"If we hear back from a life form in space today — whether NASA astronauts or a signal from some life form on Mars — we'll send up some Original Recipe Chicken," said Dedrick.

The logo was built at the remote Area 51 desert near Rachel, Nev., which KFC says has been known as the UFO capital of the world.

We're guessing they don't mean Unidentified Frying Objects.

  • Speaking of cheap eats, you can't get more prosaic than pizza. Sure, some Californians may like their baked cheese pies topped with pineapple slices or artichoke hearts, but the rest of us prefer our pizza unadorned or maybe with a little pepperoni.

But for you Paris Hilton wannabes out there, a pizzeria in Scotland has cooked up a truly premium pie, according to Australian newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald.

The restaurant hopes the pie will become the world's most expensive pizza via an eBay auction to raise funds for a charity that helps prevent blindness among the needy in Asia, Africa and Australia.

Current bid: $3,800.

Called the Pizza Royale in honor of the new James Bond movie opening this week, the deluxe dish comes topped with champagne-soaked caviar and lobster marinated in the finest cognac. And forget the parmesean: This posh pizza is presented with a sprinkling of gold flakes.

Watch out 007, Goldfinger may steal a slice.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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