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Same-sex marriages aren’t universally recognised yet, however Target stores nationwide are now selling greeting cards to celebrate them. (Cheers, Alex). Sitting comfortably alongside the usual ‘Mr & Mrs’ cards, each one is adorned with a message: from ‘Mr & Mr’ to ‘Two very special women, one very special love.’ OK, so the cheesy copy needs some work – but this is definitely a step in the right direction!
The cards hit shelves in mid-June, a month after the retailer began selling T-shirts with gay pride themes, and two years after Target drew a backlash for a $150,000 donation it made to a group backing Tom Emmer, the Republican gubernatorial candidate who opposed gay marriage. The cards are made by Carlton Cards, a unit of American Greetings, who are pleased to offer “wedding cards relevant for everyone.”
Band-Aids, or plasters if you’re in the UK, are used universally to cover cuts and grazes. So far, so good – except we’re all different shapes and different colours too. Luckily, AmoeBAND has the answer.
AmoeBAND is a new type of bandage that’s suitable for almost everyone. Biologically inspired by the changeable single-cell organism, each bandage can be manipulated to fit your body perfectly – with easy-tear triangles which you can remove, making the plaster more flexible and versatile too.
Best of all, the AmoeBand comes in four different shades to match your skin tone and incorporates a pH indicator to remind you to redress. Just the kind of intelligent thinking that really makes a difference.
Billed as a ‘farmstead confectionery’, Vermont’s Big Picture Farms is dedicated to blending the sweet creamy goodness of goat milk into candy. As founder Louisa Conrad explains, the short fatty acid chains found in goat’s milk make for a smoother taste in their caramels. Conrad runs the business with her husband Lucas Farrell – both trained artists who have since turned to goat farming, cheese-making and confections.
Big Picture’s secret touch seems to lie in their relationship with their goats. Each has a name and a personality to match, and the spoiled herd changes pastures daily for better grazing. Due to variations in the goats’ breed and diet, the art of the caramel comes from Conrad’s ability to blend milks from different animals in order to get the desired taste. For the packaging, Conrad draws portraits of the goats and Farrell works it into the label.
Believe it or not, every visit to the chemist/drugstore entails some subtle racial undertones. Check out the product descriptions, next time you’re there – from ‘skin-tone’ band-aids/plasters to ‘nude’ nail polish. We tend not to dwell on these naming subtleties, but in truth, the way commercial colours and products are named can be really restrictive.
French artist Pierre David was invited by the Museum of Modern Art Brazil to create an installation that addressed identity and diversity in South America. Hoping to involve Brazilian people directly in the project, Pierre asked 40 museum employees and art students to pose shirtless in a series of portraits. He then organised the shots into a Pantone-inspired swatch library, and asked an industrial paint company to mix 40 cans of paint to match the participants. The final exhibit features a ‘swatch’ library of colours and a line-up of paint cans labelled with the features of each model – a simple way to illustrate that ‘nude’ is a spectrum, not a single shade.
Mexicans can now pick up a divorce – right next to their milk, bread and orange juice. The prepaid Libera Divorce Pass, which can be found in the grocery aisle, has been created by a group of lawyers in Mexico City.
Designed to take the complications out of dissolving a marriage, buyers simply need to visit the Libera website then follow the four steps: activate the card, turn in their divorce petition and documents, make one visit to family court, then receive the divorce decree. There’s even a money-back guarantee for petitioners who find themselves still married by the end of the proceedings. Genuine innovation or marketing gimmick? You decide…