Bang bang bang bang bang!

We've all seen some version of this guy in action. This gym claims that their locations are meathead free, thanks to their "Judgement Free Zone" philosophy. In other words, "members can relax, get in shape, and have fun without being subjected to the hard-core, look-at-me attitude that exists in too many gyms."

It's hard to tell how much of this idea is a gimmick and how much is actually enforced. The douchebag in the commercial is, after all, signing up for a membership as the stunned woman sits and stares.

By the way, I've been to one of their locations out on Long Island. It appears that there is some policing of their members, as evidenced by their "lunk alarm."

Thanks to Daniel for the video link.

Would you pay to see this man?

People 100 years ago did, because someone this large back then was considered an oddity.

Meet the late Chauncy Morlan, a circus "fat man." Had Chauncy lived today, he certainly wouldn't have had the same shock value. In fact, he probably wouldn't even be noticed.

Very telling of how our impression of a healthy body weight has changed over the past century.

Vajazzlin'!

You can bedazzle your sweater. You can bedazzle a pair of jeans. But have you ever considered bedazzling your privates? Enter the latest fashion trend: Vajazzling! New York City's Completely Bare Spa offers a special waxing service, "followed by a Swarovski crystal tattoo design in starburst, butterfly, heart and other shapes." According to Jennifer Love Hewitt, getting her "precious lady" covered in crystals was just what she needed to get over a breakup. "It shined like a disco ball."

Ellen endorses the Shake Weight... kind of

It's hard to look at a commercial for the Shake Weight and take it seriously. Ellen realized this and not only showed the commercial on her show but gave the ridiculous device to everyone in the audience.

According to Ellen, the Shake Weight is good for "working out muscles I have never worked out in my life!" (Take a look how it moves and you'll understand what she means.)

The creators of Shake Weight claim that "Ellen loves her new discovery." Oddly enough, however, they don't include a link to the clip of her show.

A hat that makes you smile

alg_happiness_hatIt's been shown that the act of smiling has a positive emotional effect on the smiler. It therefore stands to reason that any device which constantly reminds us to smile must be good for us. Enter the Happiness Hat. A sensor measures whether you're smiling or not, and if the answer is no, you get jabbed in the head with a metal spike.

Says Lauren McCarthy, the inventor of the device, "I'm not suggesting we stab people until they smile. I'm interested in whether technology can teach us to be more human."