Happy Earth Day! What’s in the news and some freebies

Posted: April 22, 2011 by emphelan in Uncategorized


Beer Can House

A prime example of Houston’s rather off-kilter approach to “folk art”, the Beer Can House (222 Malone) is the culmination of 18 years of hard work, dedication, and drinking. The marriage of a working class sensibility and an unabashed passion for beer, this oddball sight was once nothing more than an admittedly unremarkable suburban home, housing a retired employee of the Southern Pacific railroad and his wife. But John Milkovisch’s love for beer was all-consuming. He purportedly drank at least a six-pack a day, and his wife was even quoted saying that John “thought beer cured everything”. This passion, combined with a reputed dislike for maintenance and yard work, ultimately led to the creation of this unique work of art. Beginning around 1968, shortly after his retirement, John began decorating his patio with marbles, buttons, and various pieces of brass and rock. He gradually began to extend his informal project, paving over the lawn and decorating the cement with more marbles and other shiny debris. Read more at Folklore

Candy wrapper prom dress

High-school senior Tara Frey, from Wisconsin, won’t have to worry about having the same prom dress as other girls, as her mother has made her a unique outfit from thousands of Starburst candy wrappers.

Tara and her mother Kerrin worked on the dress for the last six years, trying to collect as many wrappers as possible before the big event. Kerrin Frey told local news station KARE-TV that she got the idea for the wacky project after seeing another mother weaving gum wrappers during a hockey game. Read more on Oddity Central


Lowe’s is giving away 1 million free trees on 4/23/11


Bring in five plastic shopping bags and get one reusable Disney bag free. Click here to find a Disney store near you.

On April 22 Starbucks is inviting everyone to bring in a reusable mug or tumbler and get a free brewed coffee or tea. Your choice of brew, hot or iced – it is spring after all! This is happening at participating stores in the United States and Canada. More info here>>>


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