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Packing a Punch


We don’t usually love out-of-the-blue, product mashups, but this one—fittingly named The Umbuster—is the rare success. After all, holding onto a set of brass knuckles should give you a lot more dexterity when you’re maneuvering your umbrella. And we can all use a little protection…

The website informs us that it’s recently graduated from concept model to “bespoke-produced and purchasable boxed good,” which probably means he’ll gift-wrap it.

Nation of Scrappers


It looks like the grand tradition of the schoolyard brawl is slipping away. A recent survey by The Economist ranked the U.S. 17 out of 18 in terms of the battle-readiness pre-teens. French-speaking Belgians are the roughest kids on the block, with almost half of eleven-year-olds in at least three fights over the past year, with the Czechs only slightly behind. The U.S. comes in at 14%, second only to the famously peace-loving Germans.

This just confirms what talk radio hosts have been saying for years: kids these days are soft! Isn’t there some sort of national anti-effeteness program we can institute?

We also noticed that Spanish women are particularly violent, a potentially invaluable nugget of information.

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