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I know you’ve got your eye on that new 3D TV, but let’s end malaria instead

If you’re a little taken aback by the sheer consumer frenzy that is Christmas shopping, just think about all the “impossible” or “too expensive” things that you could do with that money — a total of about $45 billion this year — instead.

Thankfully, the people at Visual.ly have done all the thinking for you. Full infographic after the jump.

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Specialized soap for a notoriously dirty body part

Weener Kleener - encouraging teen boys to take even more showers every day.
Weener Kleener - encouraging teen boys to take even more showers every day.

In case the image is difficult to read, allow me to provide you with the packaging copy:

Weener Kleener Soap:  Large or small or inbetweener, nothing beats a Cleaner Weener

Solves that age old bathing dilemma and adds a “hole” dimension of PLEASURE and fun to your shower or bath.

Just a few quick strokes of the Weener Kleener will clean and sanitize most appendages.

Additional cleansing may be desired, but is not necessary.

CAUTION:  If the Weener Kleener ever becomes stuck soak area with COLD water.

Um, yeah.  As if we men needed a prop for the excuse of “I was just washing!”  Besides, what’s that saying about cleanliness and godliness?

My NY shopping list

Photo by Joe Pacheco, courtesy of 826NYC
Photo by Joe Pacheco, courtesy of 826NYC

I’m not a shopper by any stretch of the imagination.   I can’t remember the last time I went shopping for something that was necessary for my immediate consumption.  Now, however, for the first time in memory, I’m putting together a shopping list.

My vague plans to attend a trade show in New York in June 2010 became a little firmer as a stumbled across the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co., a real store that sells real superhero supplies.  Really!  I’ve always wanted to visit a store that sells capes and grappling hooks and antimatter!

A little more research shows that this super-awesome fun store is actually a front for 826NYC, a nonprofit creative writing and tutoring center for youth. (See HERE for more info about the store and the program).

The 826 program has a national scope.  As well, many of the centers have a different themed store to both raise funds and raise awareness:

To raise funds, inspire creativity, and advertise our programs to the local community, most of our centers include a street-front retail store filled with unusual products, entertaining signage, and, of course, our books for sale. San Francisco’s pirate supply store sells glass eyes and one-of-a-kind peglegs, 826NYC’s Superhero Supply Company offers custom-fit capes, Seattle’s Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company sells “rare imports from other planets,” 826 Michigan’s Monsters Union Local specializes in bottling screams, 826LA features a time travel store, there’s a secret agent supply store in Chicago, and a Cryptozoology shop in Boston is in the works! (From the 826 National site)

As the blurb from 826 mentions, there are a number of stores, including:

As fun as these sound, they can’t measure up to the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.  For more photos and information see HERE.