EDGES AND FINS: Ugly T-Rex sweater and other offbeat offers


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There’s no avoiding ugly Christmas sweaters.

Even at the Natural History Museum in London, England.

A Tyrannosaurus Rex robot entered the museum’s festive spirit after donning a knitted sweater made by a family-owned Leicester business. British Christmas Jumpers have previously made knitted Christmas sweaters for MPs and Ed Sheeran, according to the BBC.

Making a sweater for a giant T-Rex is no easy task, and director Snahal Patel said it took 100 hours to produce the special holiday garment.

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“This is probably the most important thing that we have done and in the future there are other big projects planned,” Patel said.

Museum manager Carla Treasure said the organization wanted to do something fun to attract visitors after a difficult year. She said there are also human versions of the sweaters for sale, with the proceeds going to support the museum.

The T-Rex sweater was made from recycled yarns and plastic bottles.


Most meatless burgers are plant-based and delicious.

But would you eat it from insects?

According to Bloomberg, many food producers are looking to make fake meat from resources that will make your skin crawl like mealworms, crickets, maggots and beetles. Many companies are looking to diversify their food portfolio using insect protein.

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While it is guaranteed that vegetarians and vegans will not touch these products, more than 2,000 species of insects are currently consumed by two billion humans in developing countries. Bloomberg reported that insects have a lower carbon footprint, are rich in minerals, vitamins, and protein, have a mild taste, and can easily be hidden in food.

The potential insect market was boosted after the European Union approved locusts and mealworms for human consumption while considering dozens of applications for other species. Barlays Plc predicts annual sales of edible insects to reach $ 8 billion by 2030, challenging the alternative meat market currently dominated by plant-based companies Impossible Foods Inc. and Beyond Meat. Inc.

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The key is to produce insect-based products that don’t look, have the texture or flavor of insects, which is the goal of dozens of companies currently working on insect-based foods. insects.

One such company is Flying Spark, which manufactures seafood substitutes made from fruit fly larvae. Other companies manufacture insect food for animal consumption.

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Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's partner accused of sex trafficking, makes a sketch of court artists during a preliminary hearing before jury selection, in a sketch of a courtroom in New York, States United, November 1, 2021.
Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s partner accused of sex trafficking, makes a sketch of court artists during a preliminary hearing before jury selection, in a sketch of a courtroom in New York, States United, November 1, 2021. Photo by JANE ROSENBERG /REUTERS


Ghislaine Maxwell apparently had a certain contempt for a courtroom artist who drew her.

In retaliation, Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-partner sketched the artist herself, Jane Rosenberg, as she covered Maxwell’s sexual abuse trial on November 1.

The courtroom sketch that shows Maxwell drawing Rosenberg on a pad of paper has since gone viral and many are mesmerized by the rendering, calling it “horrible” and “terrifying,” Newsweek reported.

A Twitter user who shared the courtroom sketch said he was “completely losing his mind over this courtroom sketch” of Maxwell sketching Rosenberg while looking at her with daggers.

“Imagine doing a court illustration of ghislaine maxwell while she looks straight at you and pulls you in right away,” another tweeted.

In an interview with The western newspaperRosenberg said it wasn’t the first time someone had drawn her in the courtroom in her 40-year career as a designer.

“Maybe I’ve become more interesting since (the) pandemic?” Rosenberg said.

In an ironic twist, Rosenberg told the New York Post she once sketched out Maxwell’s late associate Jeffrey Epstein, whom she called “sick, weirdo”.

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Bottles of Chanel No.5 perfume are seen in Pegomas near Grasse, southern France on August 26, 2021.
Bottles of Chanel No.5 perfume are seen in Pegomas near Grasse, southern France on August 26, 2021. Photo by ERIC GAILLARD /REUTERS


Would you pay $ 1,000 for an Advent calendar?

If you like the iconic Chanel # 5 perfume, you can just do it because the designer company is selling one for a hefty price tag of $ 1,025. According to CBC News, the Chanel version is not like a traditional Advent calendar, which allows people to open boxes of goodies from December 1 until Christmas Day.

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Unsurprisingly, the Chanel calendar begins on the fifth day – a nod to perfume – until December 31. Chanel Advent Calendar Trinkets include a sample of Chanel # 5, hand cream, lipstick, nail polish, Eau de Parfum, soap and body cream.

TikToker Elise Harmon unboxed the Advent Calendar and revealed its contents, which also included stickers, bookmark, and keychain. She was not impressed.

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“Stickers? It must be a joke, ”Harmon said in the video, which has been viewed over 14 million times on TikTok. “I’m a little disappointed so maybe I should just open something else.”

Many viewers shared Harmon’s views, many reacted negatively to the now viral video.


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