Linkworthy: Placebo, Placenta and Sleep Patterns

Yea, that title does include the word placenta..I’ve witnessed birth and it’s an amazing thing but it’s quite disgusting and the placenta is no exception so why in the world would someone want to create a kids toy out of the placenta. I’m all for recycling and reusing, that’s part of my frugal lifestyle but I draw the line at reusing something that is a bio-hazard. This weeks Linkworthy pick of the week goes to Anna of ABDPBT with her post, 2 More Pieces of Evidence I Didn’t Need That The Green Movement Is Not Only Pretentious And Annoying, But Also Sick and Macabre.

I admit I really love Anna’s writing style and she never hesitates to speak her mind. In this post she writes about the green movement again and this time, some people have taken it even further by recycling placenta into a stuffed bear. She also covers a pencil box that is made from dead bodies. Apparently, there is a company out there that will take the remains of your loved ones, cremate them and create a set of pencil’s out of their ashes, complete with their name on the pencil. The set comes with a box to store and sharpen your diseased loved one back into to complete the circle of life and have a box full of your loved ones ashes. I’m all for cremation and the whole Urn thing, but this takes it even further. Can you imagine borrowing a pencil from someone at school and they say, “I do need this back though, it IS my brother..”

How does this relate to personal finance you ask? Technically, the placenta bear is the ultimate cost saving measure for supplying toys to your kid but how for does frugality go…? I say, not this far..eww.

Some other tidbits from the blogosphere:

  • Lazy Man and Money delivers Price-Placebo Effect: Are You a Victim, Too? I think we have all been victims of this from one time to another. I try to run my own tests on products that we use and if the product is actually of better quality, I will pay the price for them if it’s reasonable.
  • Debt-Free Scholar dreamt up 7 Ways To Improve Your Sleep. I have a hard time with number six. I get pretty snacky late at night but I agree with all of these tips, number three especially.
  • Financial Methods serves us The Double Dipper-It’s a Question of Ethics. I think this man’s idea is perfectly ethical. I mean, many people have a side job, and technically the sick time given is personal time so why not make some money on the side while out?
  • Mighty Bargain Hunter tipped us off to Why the tip jars are coming out. You all should be aware by now of my own thoughts on tipping, but I have never heard this perspective on the age old tradition. It only strengthens my feelings towards tipping for good service and not based on social standards.
  • Dual Income No Kids maps out Living Frugal in America. I think this is pretty interesting but am skeptical of its accuracy based on the frugal grading criterion.

What a week. Some great and some disturbing stuff going on in the world. It’s amazing after so many years of crazy, weird and disgusting things, I can still be surprised by something like the Placenta Bear.

Busy, busy, busy…

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» No Gravatar said: { Dec 31, 1969 - 05:12:00 }

» Katie Stefan JohnsonNo Gravatar said: { Oct 26, 2009 - 10:10:00 }

Seriously, some people are sick.

» Mrs. MicahNo Gravatar said: { Oct 26, 2009 - 08:10:13 }

Then maybe this isn’t the best time to recommend you check out, a site with all the various crazy crazy things people have made and tried to sell on Etsy (and succeeded!). It’s NSFW because some of the items are NSFW (but totally spotlightable)….but a crazy read and good for a laugh, a shock, and another laugh.
.-= Mrs. Micah´s last blog ..Is the Era of Democratic Credit Really Over Now? =-.

» Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar said: { Oct 26, 2009 - 11:10:42 }

Lol, a quick browse and I was surprised by each and every one of those. A purse made out of a log, are you kidding me? Humming bird helmet? Talk about dangerous. Vampire statue made from human bones? Thanks for the laugh/shock 🙂

» JeffNo Gravatar said: { Oct 26, 2009 - 12:10:37 }

I’m a frugal person these days but come on. Just thought of that makes me sick. I’ve experienced the birth of my two children and NO thanks to the Placenta Bear. I’m so sick of the green this and green that movement. Is it really helping the cause? Or just helping the wallet of the cause? I think the latter.
.-= Jeff´s last blog ..Signs of Madness =-.

» Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar said: { Oct 26, 2009 - 03:10:22 }

I’m with you Jeff. I was trying to think which was worse, the human remains pencils or the placenta but there really is no contest. Like Anna said, “If you have to enclose it in glass to keep the flies away..” And yea I’m tired of drowning in Greenwash. It’s most likely too little too late..

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