Three to Wonder

Rainbow Coffins, TSA-Proof
Underwear And Sticky Gums

“A warm and fantastical departure for same-sex couples.” That’s how Thomas Brandl and his partner Michael Koenigsfeld, a couple of German undertakers, consider their business: coffins and urns designed for the gay community of Cologne.
You may choose among a variety of colors (mostly pink) and motifs (mostly naked men) to adorn the final resting bed of your loved ones. Or yourself. As with any enterprise involving the dead, business is booming.
That’s also what Jeff Buske, of Larkspur, Colorado, hopes for his own business. He developed a tungsten-lined underwear which, he claims, repels X-rays from the airport TSA-deployed full-body scanning machines, and makes invasive pat-downs unnecessary.
It’s all to protect your “junk,” you see. Customers, who’re afraid of the scanners’ radiation – and the Web’s peeping powers – seem to agree: sales are up and Buske’s already shopping for a bigger place to manufacture the undergarments.
Neither tungsten nor X-rays but a chemical is what’s making some Spaniards afraid. They’re against a government’s decision to employ a copolymer of vinyl acetate and vinyl laurate as the basis for Spanish gum. According to them, the acetate is bad for you.
As it goes, everybody seems to take their chewing seriously over there, and it took no less than a full cabinet to decide to change the formula, so it’ll be easier to get rid of gum in public places, shoe soles and the undersides of school desks.
So there you have it: as long as you’ve already chosen the color of your coffin, and assuming you’re wearing some underwear, it’s time to go ahead and enjoy a nice, juicy Spanish gum.

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