Crayola's Colorful Bubbles Delight Children, Stain Everything

Crayola's Colorful Bubbles Delight Children, Stain Everything

How would you like to blow bubbles in bright colors? Sounds awesome, right? Crayola’s new washable Colorful Bubbles seem like an amazing idea, especially if their bright colors don’t stain. Except some parents are complaining online that they kind of, um, do. [More]

Bad Mortgages Could Cost Bank Of America $10 Billion

Bad Mortgages Could Cost Bank Of America $10 Billion

Bank of America, which earlier this month agreed to pay over $2.8 billion to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to settle claims about faulty mortgages, says it could spend another $10 billion to address outstanding claims. The company says the number is the “upper range” of its estimated housing bubble liabilities. [More]

Beware Market Bubbles That May Soon Bust

Beware Market Bubbles That May Soon Bust

It’s tempting to invest in markets that are taking off, but the wisest investors find opportunities that have bottomed out or are just getting started. The fastest way to lose your money is to buy when your target is at its high point. [More]

Reporters Convert Toxic Assets Into Gold

Reporters Convert Toxic Assets Into Gold

Those crazy NPR Planet Money kids took the money they had left over from their failed toxic asset investment – affectionately known as “Toxie” – and put it all into the next big bubble: gold! For $419 they got one shiny gold coin. In 6 months they’ll sell it, regardless of prices, and in the meantime, report on what happens to it. [More]

Is Gold Fever The Next Bacon Bubble?

Is Gold Fever The Next Bacon Bubble?

Gold prices may be setting new highs almost daily, but to commodity traders, the shiny metal is just another line on a graph. And it’s a line that’s starting to look very familiar to some traders, who see a pattern similar to one that played out recently with hogs. Prices for pigs flew to new highs, and then started drifting back into the mud. [More]

They Make All The Best Bacony Toys For Dogs

They Make All The Best Bacony Toys For Dogs

What a week for technology. Not only is it bringing us a giant iPod Touch and a pocket to go along with it, but it also marks the discovery of bacon-scented bubbles and toys with which to project them in your face. Chicken and peanut butter smells are also available. The drawback, as with Snausages, is they’re meant for dogs, so if you’re a human and you partake in their wonders then you’re seen as slummin’ it. [More]

The Baseball Card Bubble — Swallower Of Childhood Dreams

Slate excerpts the Dave Jamieson book Mint Condition, which details the rise and fall of the baseball card futures market of the 1980s and 1990s. [More]

Prepare Yourself: The Cupcake Bubble Is About To Burst

Prepare Yourself: The Cupcake Bubble Is About To Burst

One industry that has grown in the recession is set for a fall. No, not vehicle repossessions or shoe repair. I’m talking about the mid-decade cupcake boom. According to Slate, the industry is due for a bust.

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Is a commodity bubble the new housing bubble? [NPR]

Hack Your Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner

Hack Your Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner

Everyone loves the Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner, except of course, for the people who don’t. The main reason not to love the Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner is the fact that the refill costs $5.99.

Opening Up the Corporate Monologue So The iPod Silhouettes Can Tell You They’re Gay

Opening Up the Corporate Monologue So The iPod Silhouettes Can Tell You They’re Gay

The Bubble Project, a rather fun public vandalism project wrapped up in a Sunday Times’ worth of overwrought anti-corporate mumbo-justification.