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The Cost of a Spelling Error
Value chain Matalan has scrapped a T-shirt line after misspelling the word
'boyfriend' on the front of the garments.
The £5 tops featured the slogan: 'My boyfreind is away for the weekend!'.
Matalan reportedly slashed the price of the tops to £2 after eagle-eyed shoppers pointed out its spelling mistake.
Window Shopping Takes
on New Meaning at
Luxury goods label Polo Ralph Lauren is giving window shopping a new meaning by letting New York shoppers buy clothing by tapping on the glass of one of its storefronts.
The company has projected a 67-inch image of various items onto its Madison Avenue store window.
Shoppers can buy the goods by using the credit card machine fixed to the outside of the window, and can even make purchases when the store is shut.
Ralph Lauren has planned for the display to stay at its flagship until September 10,
but might introduce the concept to other locations if it proves to be a success.
Underwire in Bra
Here’s a bit of advice for women who love wearing sexy wired bras, don’t wear or even hold them if there is ever a chance of rain, or as two women in the UK found out, you just might become a target for a bolt of lightening.
Two women attending an Ann Summers partying, were doing nothing more than holding a wired bra up when a bolt zapped them through the window, also blowing off tiles from the roof and sockets off the wall.
And though the two women thankfully suffered nothing more than shock, host Sally Lee, thinks that the wiring in the bra acted as a conductor for the bolt of lightening that hit them.
“The underwiring must have acted as a conductor. Luckily they were both OK,” she said.
Macpherson & Klum
Fight Over Nickname
Elle Macpherson has accused fellow supermodel Heidi Klum of stealing her nickname, after the German catwalk queen called herself "The Body" in a television commercial.
Macpherson has used the moniker since it was employed to describe her in a Time magazine cover story in 1986.
So she was baffled by the ad for Victoria's Secret's The Body bra, in which Klum claims, "They call me The Body - and now I have a bra named after me."
Melissa Edwards, spokesperson for Macpherson's underwear company Elle Macpherson Intimates, said, "We saw that and were like, 'Oh my god!' We were initially flabbergasted.
"We have numerous press clippings in the office referring to her as 'The Body'. Everything from Harper's Bazaar to Vogue to the recent Sports Illustrated calls her that. In terms of public record, that name belongs to Elle."
The 43-year-old Aussie is particularly riled because she uses her moniker on a range of products, including skin-care line Elle Macpherson The Body, her lingerie brand and a fitness video.
Odor Fighting Socks
Textile and chemical firm Milliken & Company has launched a new
odor-fighting sock technology which it claims lasts for more than 50 washes.
The technology was created by Milliken & Company in partnership with Harriss & Covington Hosiery Mills.
"We tested antimicrobial yarns but they were largely ineffective," said Harriss & Covington president Ned
"Other treatments wash off in less than five to 10 washes. VisaEndurance really works. It's durable to more than 50 washes, and you can still have a
white sock if that's what you want."
VisaEndurance is said to combine long-lasting effective odor control with moisture management and stain release capabilities.
New sock styles using the technology are now being developed for national brands and private labels in the outdoor, sporting goods and hunting
The socks combine VisaEndurance's durable anti-microbial finish to help control the growth of odor-causing bacteria with
Scent-Lok's odor-absorbing technology to capture those few odors that do form.
Other national brands of socks that leverage Milliken's VisaEndurance odor-fighting technology will be available this winter.
New Use for Underwear
When a burglar raided a Kansas candy store, police say, he chose a unique
disguise: A pair of tighty-whities on his head.
"We jokingly called them panty goggles," said Prairie Village Police Captain.
"It was a cheap disguise, but it worked."
Surveillance video shows a brief-clad thief busting through the door, ransacking the cash register and grabbing the fudge.
Police say the 32 year old man, broke into Laura's Little Candies in Prairie Village, Kansas, through a side door on July 21, 2006.
"There were footprints all over the door," said the candy shop manager. "He
kicked the door in and then pushed the refrigerator blocking it."
Looking through one of the underwear's leg holes, with the other on top of
his head, the man made his way to the register and took $160 from the drawer.
On his way out, the underwear robber allegedly stopped by the fudge counter and took two slabs of chocolate pecan fudge worth approximately
Because the burglary was so brief, the police captain thinks the fudge thief was probably familiar with the shop, and maybe even the candy.
Prairie Village police arrested the burglar on July 29, 2006, more than a week after the burglary, after they accompanied police from a neighboring
jurisdiction to the home of the accused's girlfriend to discuss another criminal matter with him.
There Prairie Village police found "multiple items of evidence" related to
the burglary. The police wouldn't disclose the recovered evidence, but referred to them as "fruits of the crime."
The accused had just been released from prison in May for burglary.
But although he may be a "seasoned criminal," as the police described him,
police believe this was his first time using briefs as a disguise.
Harvey and Gladys are getting ready for bed. Gladys is standing in front of her full-length mirror, taking a long, hard look at herself. "You know, Harvey," she
comments. "I stare into this mirror and I see an ancient creature. My face is all
wrinkled, my boobs sag so much that they dangle to my waist, my arms and
legs are as flabby as popped balloons, and...my butt looks like a sad, deflated
version of the Hindenberg! My body has just gone to hell in a hand basket!" She turns to face her husband and says, "Dear, please tell me just one positive
thing about my body so I can feel better about myself."
Harvey studies Gladys critically for a moment and then says in a soft, thoughtful voice, "Well, there's nothing wrong with your eyesight."
He never heard the shot.
Panty Thief Sentenced
Panty thief Sung Koo Kim may face about nine years in prison for stealing thousands of pairs of underwear from college dorm rooms, laundry rooms and campus-area apartments.
He was sentenced to an extra 18 months in prison, for a total of more than 11 years. Under the plea agreement he signed, he could get out after about nine years, given time off for good
behavior and credit for the time he has spent in local jails since he was arrested in 2004.
Kim, 32, pleaded guilty to college-area burglaries and underwear thefts in 2003 and 2004.
When investigators searched Kim's bedroom, they found more than 3,400 pairs of underwear and other pieces of women's clothing, along with dryer lint and human hair, marked with information as to where the clothing was taken, and stuffed into boxes, duffel bags and backpacks.
His home computer contained more than 40,000 pornographic images, mostly depicting rape, torture and killings. Prosecutors called Kim a danger to the public.
His attorneys said psychiatrists who interviewed him indicated he was not violent but suffered from depression and an underwear fetish. He also has been sentenced to serve time while undergoing mental health treatment, and he is expected to plead guilty to more charges where prosecutors have agreed for concurrent sentences.
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