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June 5, 2008 - Betsy Bethel
Recent news that required me to scoop my jaw up off the floor:

1. Desperate Housewives a Reality?

Lolita Carrico, founder and editor of says a new study of women with young children, conducted jointly by Cookie magazine and AOL Body, reveals that 34 percent of moms report having had an affair since having children, and 48 percent suspect their husbands have had or are having an affair. The survey, titled "Sex and the American Mom," polled a nationwide group of more than 30,000 mothers with at least one child.

"A whopping 34 percent of women admitted to having had an affair since having kids, and more than half (53 percent) said they have thought about it. Fifty-eight percent of women said they fantasize about sex with coworkers, delivery men and other dads," Carrico writes.

Great, all we need now is another television show romanticizing adultery. Oh wait! CBS has answered the call with "Swingtown"!

2. Death to Thumper at the Hands of 'Toy Terrorists'?

Brian Tracey, associate editor at, reports that a British company has launched a line of "roadkill" plush toys. Twitch the Raccoon comes with its own body bag, Tracey cites the U.K newspaper Metro. "Twitch also has an identity tag revealing it was 'run over over by a milk [delivery truck] last Thursday.' A zipper on each side of the toy allows the owner to remove Twitch's internal organs and stuff them back in again. A truck-tire print runs across its back," Tracey writes.

"The product's creators, Compost Communications, call themselves 'toy terrorists.' "'We squash and burn and bludgeon and maim,' the company was quoted as saying on its Web site. 'But we're also toy fanatics like you. We love toys.'"

Twitch goes on sale in time for Christmas 2008. Other characters on the chopping block will include Grind the rabbit, Splodge the hedgehog and Pop the weasel, Tracey reports. "What, no baby deer called Slambi?" he quips.

All I can say is, we live in a sick, sick world. I hope humankind uses the the freemarket system to prove me wrong.

3. New icy treat: Pickle Juice Pops

I received a product pitch that I couldn't believe, so I went to to find out more. Here's some text from the home page:

"It's hard to imagine someone thought of the idea to create frozen treats made from pickle juice. It is even harder to believe someone tried it and liked it. Throughout history many new discoveries required the courageous inventor to risk their lives to show the rest of the world they are onto something or just plain crazy. This is one of those crazy ideas that should have died a quick and horrible death right from the beginning, right? But it didn't. As a matter of fact, it is an idea that just won't die Ask the culinary elite in Texas where this wild idea is a mouth puckering favorite. It must be the scorching summer heat that finally got to them."

Well, at least they realize how weird it sounds. Once again, we'll see how this one does in the marketplace. If I were a betting woman, I'd say don't look for it in the Kroger freezer case anytime soon.


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