GasBGon pillow
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The GasBGon anti-flatulence seat cushion encloses a carbon filter in number of decorative styles, including this football print so your Super Bowl guests won't call you for a personal foul odor.
By Brian Tracey Business Editor
msnbc.com
COMMENTARY

Flatulence — it may cause uncontrollable giggling among kids, but for the rest us, it’s no laughing matter. Now two entrepreneurs have come the rescue with a seat cushion that also silences the sound and stanches the stink of breaking wind.

The GasBGon, conceived by husband-and-wife team Jim and Sharron Huza — he's an air-quality and filtration engineer and she studied nursing —  is designed to “clear the air, not the room” according the product’s Web site.

“GasBGon seat cushions apply cutting edge carbon filter technology to absorb the sound and odor that accompany flatulence,” the product’s makers claim, adding that it absorbs more than 90 percent of the odor emitted by most “end users.”

The carbon filters eventually need to be replaced, as they are “effective on average six months for women and three months for men.”

Sorry guys, there goes that “smelt it/dealt it” argument.

Not-so bad ideas

  • A Chinese newspaper seller has come up with an original way to help him sell newspapers at his kiosk — he’s hired a duck as his assistant.

    The duck stands on a chair at the newspaper kiosk in Guangzhou, the capital city of China’s Guangdong Province, and uses its mouth to collect money or hand out newspapers, reports China Daily, quoting Southern Metropolis News.

    Every time the kiosk owner, named Wang, dozes off, the duck quacks to wake him up, according to the report. Wang says he raised and trained the duck and will never kill or sell it.

    Good idea, Wang. Judging by your work ethic, the duck might soon be running things.


  • Call it a case of sheer French Gaul.

    Documents uncovered in the United Kingdom this week reveal that in 1956 the French government proposed what would have been the most astounding merger ever — a union of Britain and France .

    Discovered in the U.K.’s National Archives by a BBC producer, the documents, which have been unclassified for over 20 years, show how former French Prime Minister Guy Mollet discussed the possibility of a merger between the two countries with British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden, even offering to accept the sovereignty of the British Queen Elizabeth II.

    The revelation has left scholars on both sides of the Channel scratching their heads. After all, the two nations have been bitter rivals since the Middle Ages. And although modern relations are far more cordial, some animosity remains, with the French and British calling each other “froggies” and “rosbifs” (roast beef), respectively.

    “What would the English tabloids do if they could no longer tell stories about the froggies, and what about those French who blame everything on the English?” asked Jose-Alain Fralon, author of “Help, the English are invading!”

    “Roast beef and frogs don’t go together in the same dish. But frogs’ legs as a starter and a good roast beef as the main dish — c’est merveilleux,” he told the Associated Press.

The Associated Press, Reuters and MSNBC.com’s Roland Jones contributed to this report.

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