Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Monumental Flossing Reminder?

Perhaps you've seen or visited Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It's hard to miss the Kingdom Tower, which has been a major landmark in the city since 2002. 

The Kingdom Tower is owned by Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, a prince of the Saudi royal family. It is also the headquarters of his holding company: Kingdom Holding Company.

The traditional Adhan (azan), the call to prayer, is done from minarets throughout Muslim countries 5 times a day.

I wonder if it occurred to the Prince that his building might serve as a modern reminder to the people of the city that they should floss?

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Let Inmates Floss!

You may have heard about the $500 million lawsuit filed by Santiago Gomez (shown), an inmate and future lawyer, in NY State. He is fighting for fellow inmate's inability to get floss. Right on, Senor Gomez!

How has it come to this?  Keeping people incarcerated is tough.  Of course it is!  I believe the US has the highest per capita rate of incarceration, so we should at least get good at it (and stop wasting so much jailing people).

Prisoners rights is an important issue, and here we have one tiny part of it - they can't get dental floss.

Let's hope this floss issue opens up a wider discussion of what prisoners are being offered to maintain their health. (If inmates can no longer make toothbrushs into shanks, we should be able to offer floss.)

The question also needs to be applied to the inmates of public and corporate contracted prisons.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dental Floss Guitar Strings

With the support of a company that makes rings to hold floss (so you don't hunt your fingers wrapped in floss), Ewan Dobson figured out how to twist dental floss into usable guitar strings.
He plays them for 3min 16 sec and could probably play them even longer.

Here's the video link:
Ewan Dobson playing a dental floss guitar

Score another use for dental floss!