TUESDAY'S DISCOUNT NEWS
NAIL POLISH PROTECTS FROM DATE RAPE DRUGS
A group of university students in the US have come up with a unique way of helping to protect women from sexual assault on nights out - a nail polish that changes colour when it comes into contact with date-rape drugs. Four undergraduates in the Materials Science & Engineering department at North Carolina State University are developing a nail varnish named Undercover Colors, which reacts to drugs such as Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB. Stephen Gray, Ankesh Madan, Tasso Von Windheim and Tyler Confrey-Maloney conceived the idea after forming a team on the university’s Engineering Entrepreneurs Program (EEP). A woman wearing the polish can discreetly stir her drink with a finger and if the colour of her nail changes she will know that her drink has been spiked. "As we were thinking about big problems in our society, the topic of drug-facilitated sexual assault came up. All of us have been close to someone who has been through the terrible experience, and we began to focus on finding a way to help prevent the crime. "We wanted to focus on preventive solutions, especially those that could be integrated into products that women already use. And so the idea of creating a nail polish that detects date rape drugs was born." Undercover Colors won the Lulu eGames in April and recently reached the semi-final of the K50 start-up showcase. The students are still in the process of researching and developing their product with the help of donations.
A UNITED FLIGHT WAS DIVERTED BECAUSE A GUY USED A TOOL TO KEEP A WOMAN'S SEAT FROM RECLINING
Reclining your seat on a plane might be a little selfish . . . but taking away someone ELSE'S ability to recline their seat isn't cool either. There's a little device called the Knee Defender that's been on the market for at least a decade that lets you do just that. It costs $22, clips onto the legs of the tray table on the seat in front of you . . . and somehow blocks the seat from reclining. Well . . . a 48-year-old guy on a United flight from Newark to Denver had the Knee Defender, and he was using it to block the 48-year-old woman in front of him from reclining her seat. She figured out what was going on, and asked a flight attendant to have him take the Knee Defender off. The guy refused . . . so the woman stood up, turned around, and threw a cup of WATER on him. The pilot diverted the flight to Chicago . . . where both of them were escorted off the plane. The plane landed in Denver without the two of them about an hour and a half late. No charges were filed, and even though the Knee Defender is RUDE, it IS technically legal under FAA rules . . . although all of the major airlines, including United, say they've banned it on their flights.
EGYPTIAN FEMINIST POOPS, MENSTRUATES ON ISLAMIC STATE FLAG
Egyptian feminist Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, 23, challenges the strict nature of Islam on her blog and Facebook pages. She went a step further in her protest against the Islamic State (IS) with a photo of Elmahdy and a veiled woman pooping and menstruating on the black IS flag. Arab nations did not print the photo because the flag states “there is no God but Allah.” Elmahdy did not explain why she took the photo, but she protests Islamic laws, and IS implements strict Sharia Law. Women must wear full veils and not leave the house without a male relative. The jihadists have even forced shopkeepers to fully veil all mannequins. In Raqqa, Syria, an Islamic State stronghold, a crowd stoned two women to death for allegedly committing adultery. The majority of Muslims do not agree with IS. Several prominent Muslim leaders and scholars have condemned the terrorist group. However, not everyone agreed with Elmahdy’s photo, including fellow liberal Muslims. In 2011, she caused outrage among strict and liberal Muslims when she posed nude in photos on her Facebook. She claimed the photos “scream against a society of violence, racism, sexism, sexual harassment and hypocrisy.” The secular Muslims did not agree. “This hurts the entire secular current in front of those calling themselves the people of virtue,” said secularist Sayyed el-Qimni. "It's is a double disaster. Because I am liberal and I believe in the right of personal freedom, I can't interfere." IF YOU DARE HERE IS THE PIC
MISS COLUMBIA HOPEFUL ELIMINATED BECAUSE OF UNDERBOOB
A leading contestant for the title of Miss Colombia has been stripped of her local crown and disqualified from further competition after judges discovered photos of her in a bikini and lingerie they felt were too revealing. "I'm still in shock because of the decision," Paola Builes Aristizábal, newly crowned-and-dethroned Miss Antioquia said. Aristizábal says her dethroning was unfair, as many of the other women in the pageant have similar pictures. But officials from Concurso Nacional de Belleza, or Colombia's National Beauty Pageant, were apathetic to her claims, saying the former front-runner's racy photos violate the competition's requirement that all existing photos of contestants are tasteful. "Miss Antioquia Paola Builes Aristizabal, elected on August 10, cannot perform her duties as queen," the CNB "This decision was made after consultation with the Board of the National Beauty Pageant in Cartagena, after photos of the participant in lingerie came to [our] attention, which we were not aware of until the evening of election and coronation." Aristizábal was replaced by Natalia Ochoa, a 21-year-old architecture student attending the University of Pontificia Bolivariana.CHECK HER OUT!
A GUY IS BUSTED SHOPLIFTING STUFF BY SHOVING IT IN HIS KILT
37-year-old Daniel Ducret of Portland, Oregon wears a KILT, but not because he's Scottish. No, he's something even WORSE . . . a hipster. Daniel was at an electronic store in Wednesday wearing his hipster kilt . . . and security guards spotted him sticking electronics into a special pouch he'd added to it. It must've been a big pouch on a big kilt on a big man, because he stole remote control helicopters, a phone car charger, and a computer mouse. He got away that day . . . but when he came back to the store the NEXT day with his kilt on AGAIN, they recognized him and called the cops. He was arrested for theft. A guy named Jonny McLain owns a kilt store in the area called Stumptown Kilts, and he's FURIOUS over Daniel's arrest. Quote, "It gives kilts a bad name."
FOOD NEWS: THE ARBY'S "MEAT MOUNTAIN" SANDWICH FEATURES A STACK OF EVERY SINGLE MEAT THEY SELL
I'm not sure if my stomach will let me enjoy ONE meat from Arby's, without punishing me for hours afterward . . . if not weeks. So I'm not sure who's eating THIS sandwich . . . but God-speed, brave lunatic. Arby's is now selling a sandwich called the MEAT MOUNTAIN . . . it features every single one of their meats on a bun. For $10, you get a stack of turkey, ham, corned beef, brisket, Angus steak, roast beef, three strips of bacon, two chicken tenders, Swiss cheese, and cheddar cheese. Arby's never meant to create the Meat Mountain. Earlier this year, they produced a poster to hang in stores that showed all of their meats stacked on top of each other . . . and customers started saying, "Can I have one of those?" It isn't even listed on the menu, you have to ask for it specifically.
FOOD NEWS: THE UNOFFICIAL DESSERT FOR EVERY STATE
If you want to make millions of Americans angry simultaneously, here's how: Make swooping generalizations about their state AND their dessert preferences. The people who made this list better have bodyguards. Slate.com decided to make a list of the unofficial DESSERT of all 50 states. Their only rules were that each state had to have a different dessert and no state could have apple pie, since that's the all-American dessert. A few of their picks are clearly no-brainers: Florida gets key lime pie . . . Georgia has peach cobbler . . . Massachusetts has Boston cream pie . . . and New York has cheesecake. But a lot of states got desserts that seem like a real stretch. Arkansas got red velvet cake . . . even though it was invented in New York . . . since it's red and white, it's the same colors as the University of Arkansas. Montana got s'mores because they have hiking destinations including, quote, "part of Yellowstone." And Alaska got baked Alaska even though it wasn't invented in Alaska or even by someone who had ever even BEEN to Alaska. HERE IS THE FULL LIST!