The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . $55k Backpack Covered in Pills

Olsen's Pill Backpack

$55k Designer Backpack from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Apparently they found a use for their leftovers. Who needs Alice?

Blogs and Articles in No Particular Order

Sometimes it takes a ferret to lead us. Another Year, Another Wiggle by Samuel Clemons.

In case you had too much New Year’s cheer, this will definitely bring you back to earth. Via Patricia Vicens Lucchetti. The Four Companies that Control the 147 Companies that Own Everything

And for something a bit more hopeful. From Bestselling Author and Social Media Jedi Kristen Lamb we learn What’s Ahead in 2013–Predictions for the Future of Publishing and Authors of the Digital Age.

And your health tip of the day. I knew grapefruit could make a transplant patient go into rejection, but I had no idea its effects could be so widespread. No wonder my dog never begs for this stuff. Grapefruit is a Culprit in More Drug Reactions

Grapefruit John Steven Fernandez wikimedia

image by John Steven Fernandez, wikimedia commons

 Via author Pati Nagle, New Comet Might Blaze Brighter than the Full Moon. Keep your eye on the skies for ISON in November.

Susan Spann shares a tense tale of love and passion. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – On the Reef

Emily Cannell of Hey from Japan asks the question that has no doubt baffled visitors to the East for eons. How Could Something So Pretty Smell So Bad?

You may have seen a few of these or even fallen prey to them at recent Holiday parties. Be on guard! Via the 1491s.

Now it’s your turn to express yourselves.

All the best to all of you for wise expenditures.

Piper Bayard–The Pale Writer of the Apocalypse