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Archive for June, 2011

Brain Flavor

Posted: Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Ever trust your gut more than your brain? Turns out following your gut feelings might still actually be following what your brain tells you, albeit a different part of your brain. Dr. Virginia Utermohlen, who runs the Taste Science Laboratory at Cornell, studies the way flavor and smell receptors in the tongue interact with the brain, and even how they influence our food choices, decisions and even our personalities. Logical reasoning is handled by the dorsal-lateral prefrontal cortex, while our gut instincts are formed by the orbito-frontal cortex, all inside the brain. Interestingly, the dorsal-lateral prefrontal cortex gets no input from the body on matters of smell and taste, while the orbito-frontal cortex does. {via my new favorite book, Cooking For Geeks}

Pick a Problem

Posted: Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

What would you rather give your boyfriend — blue balls or syphilis? Don’t worry, we won’t be offended if you like Giant Microbes better, we love them, too!

Our Gut is Growing

Posted: Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

For all your gastrointestinal freaks out there, take a peek at our new and improved plush intestines! If you’ve ever want a large intestine, this is the one for you, comes with a booklet hangtag filled with silly drawings and all the intestine trivia one could ever digest in one sitting, take a sneak peek below. They’re squishier, cuddlier and more adorable than ever and coming really soon, so stay tuned. And don’t neglect the original lifesize gut, we still have a few left here.

Rub My Kidneys

Posted: Monday, June 27th, 2011

One of the first toys issued by Friends With You, Shoebaca, has lucky kidneys you can remove and rub together to learn the secrets of life. So I rubbed the kidneys of fortune and did indeed a learn quite a bit. I had the good fortune to run into one of these at a friend’s house recently, these adorable hairy friends are sold out and probably highly collectible at this point {thanks, Sean and Kirsten!}.

You Can’t Take the Tooth

Posted: Monday, June 27th, 2011

Folks have been requesting teeth lately, so we are working on a special tooth pin — let us know which phrase is your fave to go with those bicuspids and we’ll put the winner on the packaging. Personally, I am stuck between “Flossin’ Ain’t Just For Gangstas,” a ridiculous slogan we love submitted to us ages ago by a hilarious dental student, and “Tell Me The Tooth!” Pick your fave and may the tooth prevail.

Insane For Brains

Posted: Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Meet our new brain, bigger and — dare we say it? — better than our original lifesize brain! This new Big Brain has a fun new book-like hangtag with more fun art, silliness and tidbits (example: brain loves puzzles, but hates forgetting things) about everyone’s favorite organ, plus fabulous improved brain folds (gyri and sulci for you technical folks). We have only five of our original brains left, so we may have a temporary brain shortage around here while our new brains travel, quite literally, on a slow boat from China. If you’re heading to Comic Con, you can visit one in person at our distributor’s booth, DKE Toys. They will be here in about two months, so check back in late August so you can stock up on smarts.

Uterus Inc.

Posted: Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Leave it it the uterus to make a big splash on the floor of the House of Representatives. Republican house leaders reprimanded Florida state representative Scott Randolph, after he suggested his wife “incorporate her uterus” and also asked them to “look into your heart” in order to get business-friendly Republicans to leave women’s lady parts alone. ”Republicans, after all, wouldn’t want to further regulate a Florida business,” reported the St. Petersberg Times on the incident, which occurred in late March. The GOP defended itself, telling him not to discuss “body parts” on the house floor without first letting kids leave (let’s not forget everyone in the chamber had, early on, spent time inside a uterus). Obviously, no one’s gonna make a U-turn on how they feel about the “U-word.” The comment has since inspired songs, a Uterati Facebook page, led the ACLU to create the website incorporatemyuterus.com and Andrew Leonard at Salon.com wants to get a t-shirt made: “Get the government out of my uterus, and into Goldman Sachs.”

Will Kidney for iPad

Posted: Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

What would it take to get you to give up one of your kidneys? A small car? A trip to Fiji? The health of someone you love? For one young man in China, all he needed in exchange for his kidney was an iPad 2. That, and $3,400 bucks. Folks are having a field day on Twitter, here are some of my favorite tweets: “He should’ve waited for the iPad 3″ by @therealnickmack and “I’ve had a productive week, Got a new Kidney and managed to get rid of a faulty iPad” by @sickipediabot.

Innard City

Posted: Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Who’s gonna be in New York this weekend? Not just I Heart Guts (at the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn) but Friends With You, pretty much our favorite people in the world, will be putting on a fabulous giant balloon art installation of the adorable characters from their magical world of wonderfulness. Starts this weekend on the newly extended High Line Park in Manhattan.

Guts in Brooklyn

Posted: Sunday, June 5th, 2011

We’re cramming our suitcases full of spleens and heading off to Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn June 11+12. The photo is from our booth at the recent Bust Craftacular in New York — that’s the marvelous and wonderful Callie Janoff, the very esteemed reverend of the Church of Craft, New York chapter, who was kind enough to help with the Bust booth (thank you, Callie!). We hope the weather will be pleasant so we can enjoy the summertime in McCarren Park. Won’t you join us? Check out the list of fabulous vendors and come pay us a visit if you’re around!

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