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My, Not Oprah's, Favorite Things

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February 24, 2012

Raindrops On Roses
Image courtesy of Artist Kiss Of Crimson Via Deviant Art.

Every year when she had her show, Oprah would do her "Oprah's Favorite Things" episode, where she would present products that she enjoyed and would in turn give them to all the members of her audience.

That got me to thinking. I like things. And that lead to this inaugural "My, Not Oprah's, Favorite Things" blog. Although, my favorite things are going to differ from Oprah's in a few little ways.

First off, I will probably do this blog more than once a year. Second, I probably (as is the case with everything I plan on mentioning this time), have never used the things I will mention. And third, you guys aren't getting anything I mention, unless you go out and get it for yourself, of course.

My First Favorite Thing: Exploding Wedding Cake Service

Exploding Wedding Cake!
Image courtesy of Ryan Hopkinson via NewsLite.tv.

We have all been to weddings and watched as the bride and groom cut the cake. They hold the knife together and make the first cut. Then they take a piece and feed each other a bite, which usually leads to each of them playfully pushing their piece into the face of their betrothed. It's all cute and sweet, but come on, folks; it's also a little lame. You know what isn't lame, though? An exploding cake!

It might sound too good to be true, but it isn't, because British food artists Bompas & Parr are launching just such a service. For just £800 you get a risk assessment and an explosive technician who will attend the wedding, set the explosives, rig the detonator and supervise the explosion. If I ever get married, my fiancée will have carte-blanche to plan pretty much every aspect of our wedding. But the one thing I am going to fight for is the exploding cake!

My Second Favorite Thing: "Obliteration Room" Art Piece

Polka Dot BOOM!
Image courtesy of Nyatasha Harth via NewsLite.tv.

I know modern art isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I am generally a big fan. I appreciate the "out of the box" nature of a lot of it and there are just some pieces that hit me both intellectually and on a very pure visceral level. And "Obliteration Room" by 82-year-old artist Yayoi Kusama is one such piece.

What you see in the image above began as a pure white room in the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. The walls, the furniture, the accessories... it was all white. Then, over the course of two weeks, kids visiting the museum were given colored stickers and told to redecorate the room as they pleased, resulting in the awesome creation you see now.

My Third Favorite Thing: The Suitcase Scooter

Okay, so it might be third on the list, but this is definitely my favorite. It is a suitcase with a built-in scooter. In case you missed that, IT IS A SUITCASE WITH A BUILT-IN MICRO SCOOTER! How frickin' cool is that?

I was sold on this thing the minute I saw the video above. Actually, I saw a picture of it first and that sold me on it even before I watched the video. But what sealed it for me was that this 26-liter-capacity hard-bodied suitcase is classed as carry-on luggage and stowed in an overhead bin. Since I try to always travel with only a carry-on and never check my luggage this is perfect.

Imagine riding past all those suckers walking from the ticket counter to the security check point and from there onto their gate. And how about all those long, boring walks from your plane to baggage claim? For £200 to £250 those walks are in your past. And, hey, if you live close enough to the airport, why not just ride your luggage all the way home?

The only thing that could make it better would be if the suitcase was able to pack and unpack itself. Who knows? Maybe that's something we will see on a future edition of "My, Not Oprah's, Favorite Things."

Posted by A.K. Anderson at February 24, 2012 6:30 AM

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