Sunday, October 29, 2006

BooKoo Water With Vitamins Orange Energy Drink Review

Drink: BooKoo Water With Vitamins Orange Energy
Official Site:
BooKoo Energy

I'm so sorry... I have failed in my mission as an energy drink reviewer. I simply couldn't finish drinking BooKoo Water. The flavor was that of powdered orange rinds mixed in water in a very dilute concentration. The result was an intolerable bitterness. I can't tell what the energy factor is but it is probably outweighed by the sheer nastiness. BooKoo can't even be applauded for originality since the drink is clearly a Gatorade clone with energy drink contents.

Summary: Something's in the water, and you don't want to drink it.
Final Score: 1 out of 5

Thursday, October 19, 2006

School Bans Students From Playing Tag

You read the title right. Full article here.

Quick Summary:
  • An elementary school in Massachusetts has banned students from playing tag or any other unsupervised chase game for fear the kids will get hurt and hold the school liable.
  • Schools in Washington, Wyoming, and South Carolina have also recently enacted similar bans.
  • One parent says she feels safer about her son at the tag-banned school since she's "witnessed enough near collisions."

My $0.02: It seems like every two minutes you see a headline about an increase in overweight children. Now, a school goes and bans tag, one of the best forms of exercise for kids. Yeah, I crashed into a few walls and bumped my head countless times, but I'm a better and slightly healthier person for it. *spaces out for a minute, stare around the room, and then snaps back to reality* Umm... Yeah... I think I am...

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Students Use Classroom Trash Can as Toilet

A South Carolina teacher gave five fifth-grade students permission to use a trash can as a toilet during a lockdown drill. Full article here.

Quick Summary:
  • The teacher, Philip Frandino, allowed four girls and one boy to use the trash can during a lockdown drill which lasted for less than an hour.
  • Girls used their jackets to shield the view of another girl using the bathroom while the other students turned their backs.
  • The boys followed the same procedure for the one boy who used the trash can.
  • The school district spokesman says the students were given all possible privacy and sanitary wipes.
  • Last year, Philip Frandino was reprimanded for isolating a student for two hours by cardboard for talking.

My $0.02: Wow. If it was an actual lockdown, the intruder would have been a bit disarmed by such a scene. I'm sure that was the strategy all along....

Friday, October 13, 2006

Wedding Dress Made of Cream Puffs

Ukrainian baker Valentyn Shtefano made his bride a wedding gown of cream puffs. The dress weighed 20 pounds and contained a total of 1,500 cream puffs. The outfit also featured a crown, bouquet, and necklace of caramelized sugar. Viktoriya, the bride, liked the dress. More can be found here.

Hmm... I wonder if it came with a matching underwear set?

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Recon Coffee Energy Cola Review

Drink: Recon Coffee Energy Cola
Official Site:
JUMP Beverages

When I popped open the can, a pungent coffee smell greeted me. Now, let's explain something about me and coffee: In it's hot form, I feel like the heat of the liquid is a betrayal of the refreshing nature of beverages. However, I do like the taste of coffee, so I actually enjoyed Recon. It was like a more refreshing version of Coke Blak. The only downside to the flavor was the after taste due to the lack of sugar in the drink. After a few sips, however, you get used to the effect. Recon also manages to combine a good flavor with decent energy.

Summary: Really good despite diet after taste.
Final Score: 4 out of 5

Friday, October 06, 2006

Hot Pure Energy Drink Review

Drink: Hot Pure Energy
Official Site:
JUMP Beverages

Hot looks suspiciously like TaB's energy drink and has text at the bottom calling you to 'Release Your Inner Heat'. As you can understand, I was reluctant to try it. My fears weren't unfounded. When you first try Hot, the flavor bubbles up on your tongue, and you expect a tasty surprise. Instead, the drink fizzles out to a nasty, mutant cotton candy cough medicine flavor with a hint of strawberry. In addition to tasting bad, Hot provides no energy. I actually felt sleepier after drinking it! Hot's only good attribute is the can. The design looks kind of cool.

Summary: Don't try Hot unless you want to burn your taste buds off.
Final Score: 1 out of 5