A company which makes glow in the dark underwear say their luminous lingerie has become a surprise hit.
LuminoGlow - led by Jan Hawley, a 55-year-old Aussie - produces a range of underwear which looks perfectly normal with the lights on - but glows when they are turned off.
Since launching the glowing lace underwear it has sold well across the world including in America and across Europe.
We don't know exactly how it works, but looking at these has certainly brightened up our day - and these should reduce the amount of time we spend fumbling around in the dark.
Glow in the dark underwear brightens our day
She said: "In this range the underwear is much smaller and sexier. We've called it the Boudoir collection because it's strictly for the bedroom after dark.
"When the lights go out, the lace on the bra and knickers glow beautifully, defining the tiny shapes of the micro G-string, bikini or triangle bra.
"It's very sensual and sexy. Blokes just love it."
Miss Hawley said the designs are skimpier than the original collection.
She said: "When we launched the company two years ago, it was to wear during the day and and at work.
"This collection is easy to whip on, but even easier to whip off.
"The glow is to inject some fun into the bedroom. It's quirky and has novelty value and men especially like it."
She added: "After the success of the original collection, my sons started taking a keen interest.
"I took their ideas on board and now we seem to have very tiny knickers and bras that show a lot of cleavage!
"But at the heart of the collection, it's still a bit of a giggle."
The underwear is now being sold around the world, including America and several countries in Europe.
Miss Hawley said: "The success we've had has been remarkable. I started out with my husband James two years ago in a remote part of Australia and now it's a multinational business that shows no sign of stopping.
"We were moonlighting to begin with, coming up with designs across the dinner table after working a full day. Now this is our full time business.
"I have to laugh discussing knickers and bras with my sons and asking them what they like and think looks good. It's hilarious.
"But hopefully the fun we are having making it all is still coming through in the designs.
"I can only say its been an illuminating experience from beginning to end."
Every night throughout the world hundreds of people dream about this face
A new website asking for information about a mysterious man that thousands of people all over the world claimed to have seen in a dream has become an Internet sensation.
According to the website http://thisman.org the story started in January 2006 in New York when the patient of a well-known psychiatrist drew the face of a man that has been repeatedly appearing in her dreams.
The woman patient claimed that the man she had never met before in real life had often given her advice on her private life.
The portrait which was put to one side was later seen by another patient who also claimed the man had visited him in his dreams, prompting the psychiatrist to send the portrait to some of his colleagues that have patients with recurrent dreams.
According to the website - other patients recognize the man as a frequent presence in their own dreams. All the patients refer to him as "this man".
Organisers of the website which heard about the story posted it online and it has now become one of the most visited sites just two weeks later.
German newspaper Bild which wrote about the story said critics claimed it was all an elaborate hoax - although thousands of people have reportedly claiming to have seen the man in their dreams. Bild research reveals the site seems to be linked back to an Italian marketing expert with a specialised interest in the paranormal.
The website offers several theories to explain the mysteriously recurring presence of this man in the dreams of different people who are not related in any way.
ARCHETYPE THEORY According to Jung's psychoanalytic theory, this man is an archetypal image belonging to the collective unconscious that can surface in times of hardship (emotional development, dramatic changes in our lives, stressful circumstances etc.) in particularly sensitive subjects.
RELIGIOUS THEORY According to this theory this man is the image of the Creator, that is to say one of the forms in which God manifests himself today. This is the reason why his indications and the words he utters during the dreams should be decidedly followed by the dreamers.
DREAM SURFER THEORY It is the most interesting theory and the one that has the greatest implications, but it has also the lowest scientific credibility. According to this theory this man is a real person, who can enter people's dreams by means of specific psychological skills. Some believe that in real life this man looks like the man in the dreams. Others think that the man in the dreams looks completely different from his real life counterpart. Some people seem to believe that behind this man there is a mental conditioning plan developed by a major corporation.
DREAM IMITATION THEORY This is a scientific psycho-sociological theory which claims that this phenomenon has arisen casually and has progressively developed by imitation. Basically when people are exposed to this phenomenon they become so deeply impressed that they start seeing this man in their dreams.
DAYTIME RECOGNITION THEORY This theory states that the apparitions of this man are purely casual. Normally we do not remember precisely the faces we see in our dreams. The image of this man would thus be an instrument which, in the subject's waking life, facilitates recognition of an undefined oneirical image.
The website urges people to contact them if they believe they have seen the image and let them know what the message was from this man.
Microsoft on Thursday launched the next version of Windows, dubbed Windows 7. The problem is: a majority of current Windows users still use XP, which is getting to be nine years old now.
After the launch of Windows Vista, people had no option but to buy PCs pre-loaded with Vista. Some paid extra to “downgrade” to Windows XP. The main issues with Vista? Widespread reports of sluggishness, frequent hangs and crashes, and incompatibility with certain software and hardware. Vista was basically a troublesome experience.
Somewhere down the line, Microsoft had lost touch with consumers. And it has worked hard to correct the shortcomings.
Windows 7 was available for thousands of Beta testers worldwide since January, and Microsoft listened to what they had to say. Many bugs have been ironed out—this time before the official release of the product.
According to PC vendors, market acceptance of Windows 7 is much higher than it was for Vista. This is good news for the new PC market and Microsoft. To quote most reviewers of the pre-release versions: “Windows 7 is what Vista should have been”.
And Windows 7 is a “make-or-break” situation for Microsoft, especially after the Vista debacle. But Wired magazine summed it up aptly: “Although Windows 7 will be familiar to XP users, fundamentally it’s different enough to make you change the way you think of Microsoft.”
Here’s why I think Windows 7 will encourage thousands of PC users to spend their money to upgrade.
* Speed - It’s faster on the same hardware
* Compatibility - It has lower hardware requirements and works well on older machines and netbooks
* New features - Windows 7 is prettier than Vista and comes with new features like aero peek, aero snap, aero shake (to handle multiple open applications and windows better), easier home networking
* Longer battery life - Users will get better battery life with notebook PCs since Windows 7 makes more efficient use of system resources.
* Hardware advantages - It will boost performance with newer multi-core CPUs
* Increased security - The new Windows Action Center integrates security and maintenance into one package
* New Media - Native support for Blu-Ray, ISO image burning and new media formats and codecs to fully take advantage of the digital age.
Will businesses upgrade?
This is a particularly tricky question. It takes time to deploy an operating system on a large scale and decision makers may be hesitant of shaking up a current system on XP that “works” and has nothing wrong with it.
Even so, it makes sense to consider that:
* After almost nine years, XP is beginning to show its age; it cannot last forever
* Rather than upgrade hardware, companies can spend the same amount to upgrade to Windows 7; of course, this probably only applies to PCs less than 3-4 years old. Beyond that, it doesn’t really make sense to stretch the hardware
* Windows 7 offers much improved security
* There will be inevitable compatibility issues with XP as it gets even older, plus discontinued support from Microsoft
But Microsoft also faces major challenges with Windows 7:
* Windows 7 does not offer a very smooth transition from XP—there is no upgrade option, only a fresh install; the data however remains
* There could be possible employee training and network management issues for corporates
* The economic slowdown will hamper upgrade
* Vista still casts a shadow on business users of Windows and turnaround will take time
* Chinese pirates have already hijacked the launch of Windows 7 and copies with authentic-looking packaging sell for as little as $3 in China
* Prices for the full versions are likely to be high, which is a problem
I think businesses will not immediately switch to Windows 7. In the long run, yes. Right now, there aren’t many tangible benefits (or at least none that have been properly communicated).
But it’s a whole different story for consumers. After having used Windows 7 for over six months now, I can tell you Microsoft has something big here. They’ve finally got their act together!
A study found that men lie six times a day, while women only lie twice a day. How many times a day do you think you tell a little lie? Even a white lie? Joe Wilson conducted a study along with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and found that people lie a lot more than we may think we do. The study found that men may tell up to 42 lies a week to their partners, parents, friends, and colleagues. Joe Wilson also compiled a list of the most common lies men tell:
Top ten lies men tell: 1. Nothing's wrong, I'm fine 2. This will be my last pint 3. No, your bum doesn't look big in that 4. I had no signal 5. My battery died 6. Sorry, I missed your call 7. I didn't have that much to drink 8. I'm on my way 9. It wasn't that expensive 10. I'm stuck in traffic
Looking for obnoxious chauvinism? There’s an app for that. Pepsi’s Amp energy drink issued an apology for its new iPhone app, called Before You Score, which drew outrage from some female consumers who deemed the application sexist. Energy drinks are meant to be edgy and cool, and drunk by young men. So PepsiCo Inc. decided to release an Apple iPhone application for its Amp Energy drink to appeal to guys out on the prowl.
Now the snack and beverage giant is facing a storm of criticism for "Amp Up Before You Score." The app, released last Friday, purports to help men pick up any one of 24 types of women, such as the "sorority girl," "cougar," "rebound girl" or "punk rock girl." Users can choose the type of woman they have their eye on, then get coached on facts that might be useful, such as computing a carbon footprint to impress "the treehugger."
Suggested pick-up lines can be risqué. To pick up "the artist," the app recommends the following line: "You know the Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. I wonder what else she shaves."
The app then takes the coaching a step further, encouraging users who "score" to post details such as name, date and comments, for their pals via Facebook and Twitter.
Hundreds of people have criticized the app via Twitter, saying it contributes to the objectification of women. Adfreak.com, a sister site of trade publication AdWeek, asks, "Does anyone not dislike Amp's iPhone app?"
PepsiCo apologized in a Twitter feed, saying, "Our app tried 2 show the humorous lengths guys go 2 pick up women. We apologize if it's in bad taste & appreciate your feedback."
When asked if PepsiCo might pull the app, a spokesman said the company is looking at the situation and evaluating its options.
(1) Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.
(2) Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.
(3) Nothing: This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.
(4) Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don't Do It!
(5) Loud Sigh: This is actually not a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to # 3 for the meaning of nothing.)
(6) That's Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That's okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.
(7) Thanks: A woman is thanking you, do not question, or faint. Just say you' re welcome. (I want to add in a clause here - T his is true, unless she says 'Thanks a lot' - that is PURE sarcasm and she is not thanking you at all. DO NOT say 'you're welcome' . that will bring on a 'whatever').
(8) Whatever: Is a woman's way of saying F-- YOU!
(9) Don't worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking 'What's wrong?' For the woman's response refer to # 3.
When Papatoetoe resident Mavis Lawson turned 100 on Tuesday she got the standard birthday card from the Queen but, rather puzzlingly, she also received a card from Prime Minister John Key congratulating her on her "100th wedding anniversary".
The card, which had a picture of Mr Key on the front, had a typed message inside wishing her well on her 100th wedding anniversary. Under this was what appeared to be a hand-written note from Mr Key, saying: "I hope you had a happy time celebrating this very special day."
Michael Rodger, manager of Kenderdine Park rest home, where Mrs Lawson lives, said he laughed when he saw the card. "I can't believe anyone would make that mistake, someone had to type it on there."
A spokesperson for Mr Key said last night the error was regretted "and Mr Key would like to wish Mavis all the best for her 100th birthday".
It is unclear how the slip-up happened - but the cards do not cross Mr Key's desk at all. They are automatically generated after a friend or relative applies with the Department of Internal Affairs for a congratulatory message.
The seemingly "handwritten" message and signature of Mr Key is printed on from a scanned version on a computer.
The slip-up wasn't noticed by Mrs Lawson's family and as Mrs Lawson slept through her birthday she was first told about it when the Herald visited yesterday.
Dressed in lilac from head to toe and with red balloons marked "I'm 100" on her walker, Mrs Lawson wasn't sure who the smiling man on the front of her card was.
When she heard it was the Prime Minister wishing her well on her 100th wedding anniversary, she looked a little perplexed.
"Well I didn't have a wedding on my hundredth birthday. Someone must have told him wrongly, my husband's been playing with the angels for some years."
Mrs Lawson said she grew up in Papatoetoe and while she couldn't remember how long she had been married she said knew her husband had left her early.
Her nephew Mervyn Mayo calculated she must have been married for about 45 years. He had contacted Internal Affairs to notify them of his aunt's birthday and said he thought the resulting card was "a real faux pas". "There wouldn't be many people around who have had a 100th wedding anniversary."
Mr Mayo said about 25 family members would gather at the rest home on Saturday to celebrate Mrs Lawson's 100th birthday.
And the secret to her longevity?
She wasn't sure: "It just happens. And I look after myself."
Ig Nobel Prize is given annually for the discovery, which "first cause a smile, and then make you think". Dr. Elena Bodnar, created a award winning bra-contained breathing apparatus.
How it works, see below. Dr. Elena Bodnar, winner of the Ig Nobel Public Health Prize straps a portion of a bra she designed that converts into a pair of gas masks to the face of Wolfgang Ketterle, 2001 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, at the Ig Nobel prize awards ceremony on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. , Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009. Bodnar, said that the bra/gas masks could have been useful during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.