That’s no energy drink

31 08 2009

Please tell me this was made up for the Russian Tabloid.

A 14-year-old Chinese boy in Szechuan Province thought that the best way to be like his idolized transformer heroes was to start drinking petrol every day for five years.

A 14-year-old boy, from the town of Yibin in Sichuan, first saw the animated saga about robots from outer space – able to transform into vehicles, electronic items or weapons – when he was nine years old.

The youngster was so impressed that he began drinking fuel on a daily basis to “obtain energy” and become a mighty warrior like the Transformers.

He started out with lighter fuel, then upgraded to siphoning gas from his parent’s motorcycle. When his parents locked that up, he started stealing from neighbours.

Sadly (but not unsurprising), the young boy did not develop the superpowers he was looking for, and instead appears to have damaged his brain.

Honestly, does this make any sense? I don’t remember transformers actually requiring fuel? I thought they  ran on sunlight, or nuclear, or the energy released during the reduction of children into mindless consumers.





Alternative fuels at the supermarket: ranked up

1 09 2008

I have never really understood some of the TV spots highlighting cars that run on peanut or canola oil.

Have you seen the price of vegetable based oils in the supermarket?

The data shows that petrol is by far one of the most cheapest liquids commonly consumed (in any sort of sense of the word) by the people of the world on a regular basis. Even bottled water tends to push the boundaries.

Product

Price

Price per Gallon

Coca-Cola

Lucerne 2% Milk

Tropicana Orange Juice

Tree Top Apple Juice

Evian Water

Bud Light

Heinz Ketchup

Crisco Vegetable Oil

Tide Laundry Detergent

Windex Glass Cleaner

Aunt Jemima Maple Syrup

Starbucks Frappuccino

Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing

Red Bull Energy Drink

Pert Shampoo

Lucky Clover Honey

Pepto Bismol

A1 Steak Sauce

Listerine Mouthwash

Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Vick’s Nyquil

Wite-Out Correction Fluid

$1.89 / 2 liters

$3.79 / 1 gal.

$3.19 / 64 fl. oz.

$3.55 / 64 fl. oz.

$1.89 / 1 liter

$1.99 / 24 fl. oz.

$4.19 / 46 fl. oz.

$5.69 / 48 fl. oz.

$14.49 / 100 fl. oz.

$3.99 / 26 fl. oz.

$4.39 / 24 fl. oz.

$7.29 / 38 fl. oz.

$3.75 / 16 fl. oz.

$1.99 / 8.3 fl. oz.

$3.49 / 13.5 fl. oz.

$4.45 / 12 fl. oz.

$5.99 / 16 fl. oz.

$7.34 / 15 fl. oz.

$3.59 / 5.8 fl. oz.

$11.49 / 17 fl. oz.

$7.49 / 10 fl. oz.

$2.19 / 0.7 fl. oz.

$3.58

$3.79

$6.38

$7.10

$7.16

$10.61

$11.66

$15.17

$18.55

$19.64

$23.41

$24.56

$30.00

$30.69

$33.09

$47.47

$47.92

$62.63

$79.23

$86.51

$95.87

$400.46

Just further evidence that crop-based fuel initiatives are just crazy.