Thursday, December 11, 2008

Random Bits From Here and There

These odds and ends are humorous in some ways, but in other ways not so much. It's a bizarre world in which we drink.

Shotstick is a drinking party toy designed to enable synchronized group drinking. An extensible pole holds a series of beer or shot glasses. Participants hold the Shotstick and when they drink, everyone's drink is "served" at the same time. I wonder what happens if everyone is not of the same height? I foresee major spillage. This ranks right up there (or is it down?) in usefulness with the Beer on a Stick.

iBreath is a combination breathalyzer and FM transmitter for the iPod. I must admit I would have never considered the advantages of bundling a breathalyzer and an FM transmitter. After attaching iBreath to an iPod, the user blows into a tube to administer an alcohol breath test. I assume that once the person determines they are not intoxicated, they can use the FM transmitter to make the drive home more enjoyable. How could this possibly be made more useful? Maybe an attached ice scraper would be handy as well.

Lastly, and by no means least disturbing, The Wall Street Journal brings word of trouble at that bulwark of childhood fun, Chuck E. Cheese's. Apparently it's not all that uncommon for fights to break out between adults at the restaurants.
Fights among guests are an issue for all restaurants, but security experts say they pose a particular problem for Chuck E. Cheese's, since it is designed to be a haven for children. Law-enforcement officials say alcohol, loud noise, thick crowds and the high emotions of children's birthday parties make the restaurants more prone to disputes than other family entertainment venues.

Now some towns are asking CEC to step into the ring. Amid pressure from local politicians, some Chuck E. Cheese's have stopped serving alcohol and added security guards who carry pistols.

Fighting drunks and armed guards for your child's birthday party. The only thing missing is a Shotstick.

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