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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 02:14 AM
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TOON: Sunday's Doonesbury - "Bottled Water"

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adnelson60087 Donating Member (661 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 02:17 AM
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1. Precious toon!
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TheMightyFavog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 02:44 AM
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2. Bottled oxygen is already here...
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Suich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 03:11 AM
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3. C'mon!!!
I've heard of oxygen bars but the Big Ox is ridiculous!

:hi:
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 04:53 AM
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4. That's ridiculous.
Edited on Sun Dec-02-07 05:11 AM by drm604
I thought that site was satire when I first clicked on your link, but a Google search shows a number of places selling it. It comes in four "flavors", if you can believe that!

From the FAQ on that site.
Q. How much oxygen is in the air?
A. The air today only contains about 21% oxygen.

That's what it's supposed to contain! They make it sound like the air doesn't contain enough oxygen. Their product contains 89% oxygen, which is probably unhealthy.

This is capitalism gone insane. Flavored bottled oxygen. Unbelievable.
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ProdigalJunkMail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 04:58 AM
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6. heck, it has been around for a WHILE...
and the Japanese were out in front with it...

http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=1999240&pa...

sP
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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 05:21 AM
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7. adding noxious odor chemicals to O2 probably negates the concept
Just sayin'...
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NuttyFluffers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 06:32 AM
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10. now there's an explosion hazard. but is it concentrated enough to get high?
priorities, priorities...
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 11:04 PM
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16. And these people haven't heard of oxygen poisoning?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxygen_toxicity \\

Oxygen toxicity or oxygen toxicity syndrome (also known as the "Paul Bert effect") is severe hyperoxia caused by breathing oxygen at elevated partial pressures. The high concentration of oxygen damages cells. The precise mechanism(s) of the damage are not known, but oxygen gas has a propensity to react with certain metals to form superoxide which may attack double bonds in many organic systems, including the unsaturated fatty acid residues in cells. High concentrations of oxygen are known to increase the formation of cascades of such free-radicals in biological systems, at which in many then go on to directly harm DNA and other structures (see nitric oxide, peroxynitrite, and trioxidane). Normally, the body has many defense systems against such damage (see glutathione, catalase, and superoxide dismutase) but at higher concentrations of free oxygen, these systems are eventually overwhelmed with time, and the rate of damage to cell membranes exceeds the capacity of systems which control or repair it. Cell damage and cell death then results.
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ProdigalJunkMail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 04:55 AM
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5. if it weren't for the copyright infringement he should have gone for
Perriair...

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SalmonChantedEvening Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 06:06 AM
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8. Gotta have my Sunday toons :)
Trudeau and Breathed make my morning. Thank you again Hissyspit :)

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Perry Logan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 06:10 AM
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9. I think bottled-water madness is the fruit of the "government is bad" meme.
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 07:12 AM
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11. Evian = Naive
:)
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 12:45 PM
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12. 'Would madam care to taste the cloud juice?'
Serving Pellegrino at a dinner party no longer has the cachet it once did. The answer? Try BlingH2O - with its Swarovski crystal-studded bottle and 40 price tag, it's the P Diddy of uber-premium water. But why are we prepared to pay up to 100,000 times the going rate for something we can have on tap for free? Johnny Davis gets to the source of the ultimate liquid asset


Standing in the shadow of Stansted airport, Elsenham is a small village in northwest Essex whose amenities run to a One Stop convenience shop, the Crown public house, and a fish and chip shop that was previously a butcher but is now an Indian takeaway. Its write-up on the website chavtowns.co.uk is particularly disheartening. Leave the railway station, cross the M11, negotiate a landfill site and eventually you come to Elsenham Estate, home to an industrial sealant manufacturer, factories owned by Molton Brown, the unguent people, and - in a shiny building built a little over two years ago - a goldmine.

This is Elsenham Water, home of Essex's own 'artesian spring water', 'bottled at source' from a 'pure confined aquifer'. It's an unlikely proposition, perhaps; and one reflected in Elsenham water's price. A single 750ml bottle can set you back 30; and that's assuming you know where to shop for it. You won't find it in Sainsbury's, or even Waitrose. Elsenham is sold at Collette, Paris's fanciest fashion boutique, served at El Bulli, the multi-Michelin-starred Catalan restaurant regarded as the world's finest, and swigged by the clientele of Private C, a charter yacht company catering for the more discerning millionaire. Next time you're staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel, ask the matre d' for a bottle. 'When we started in 2005 everybody said, "You're the most expensive water in the world,"' explains Michael Johnstone, Elsenham's chairman and founder, sitting in the jet-black office affording him first-floor views over the industrial estate. 'But price is a barrier that's our secret weapon. We don't want to be in the budget hotels.'
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Bottled water is the food phenomenon of our times - an anomaly to previous generations who somehow managed to struggle by getting their hydration requirements from the tap. Global sales increased a thousandfold between 1984 and 2005. Today the market is worth 25bn. Last year, we swigged our way through 180bn litres of bottled water globally, almost 2bn of them in this country. At an average of 96p a litre, bottled water costs the same as petrol and rather more than tap water (where 1 will get you 10,000 litres). Together we spend more on water than we do on iPods, cinema tickets or trainers.

America gets through more bottled water than coffee, milk or beer. According to the US Beverage Marketing Corporation, 40 per cent of the US bottled water market is controlled by Nestle, Pepsi and Coca-Cola. Between them they own Dasani, Pure Life and Aquafina - brands that buy tap water for less than the few cents it costs the standard home owner, extract the chlorine and resell it at vast profit. Americans bought $2.17bn worth of Aquafina alone last year. Despite the thirst-quenchingly icy mountain range on its logo, a ruling in July means that Aquafina products must now state 'this bottle... originates from a public water source', a clarification that's so far failed to cause any evaporation in sales. 'The consumer just doesn't seem to care about the source,' concluded the Beverage Marketing Corporation's Gary Hemphill. We didn't swallow the same thing here: when Coca-Cola launched Dasani in the UK in 2004, they were drummed out of town after admitting using a 'public water source' (something they'd never denied), a tap in Sidcup. They're about to try again, having acquired 'nutrient-enhanced' drinks company Glaceau for 2bn.

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/magazine/story/0,,221884...


Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and Im not sure about the former. Albert Einstein, allegedly.
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 12:51 PM
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13. P.T. Barnum would be proud of the bottled water hucksters.
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fenriswolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 02:51 PM
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14. hehe. spaceballs anyone?
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-02-07 02:59 PM
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15. Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind... n/t
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