March 17-26, 2005
The winery that brought you "Two Buck Chuck" ... (or was it "$2 Chuck"?) ... will perhaps now be inspired to bring you "Jesus Juice" (*).
(*) Unless this name has already been trademarked by either M. Jackson or his teenage accuser.
Product Flying Off Shelves
A South Dakota couple makes and markets candles they say smell like Jesus.
You can find candles with just about every fragrance imaginable, from blueberry to ocean mist to hot apple pie.
Now there's a candle that lets you experience the scent of Jesus, and they've been selling out by the case.
"We see it as a ministry, " says Bob Tosterud, who together with his wife came up with the idea for the candle.
Light up the candle called "His Essence" and its makers say you'll experience the fragrance of Christ.
Bob Tosterud and wife Karen say the formula is all spelled out in Psalm 45.
"It's a Messianic Psalm referring to when Christ returns and his garments will have the scent of myrrh, aloe and cassia," says Karen Tosterud.
Wondering what that must smell like, Karen Tosterud ordered those oils, a combination that produces sort of a flowery, cinnamon aroma. Then she called on a friend who just happened to be a candle-maker.
"And in October, we got our first batch of 768 candles. We had no idea how it would go," Karen Tosterud says.
But once word got out they went through 10,000 candles.
"It's the only one on the market and everyone tells us it's very unique and nothing like it," says Karen Tosterud.
"We wanted people to be able to experience Christ in new ways and to be able to read a bible and have that scent and that candle as a reminder that he is with us all the time."
"You can't see him and you can't touch him," says Bob Tosterud. "This is a situation where you may be able to sense him by smelling. And it provides a really new dimension to one's experience with Jesus."
The candles never stay on the shelves for long. The Tosteruds say each one that goes out is like a ministry in itself.
The candles sell for about $18. They are sold in about 150 stores around the country. Or you can order them online at www.hisessence.com.
You can also call this phone number: 877-psalm-45.
PS: According to Forbes he is the wealthiest person in Thailand; and the 194th richest man in the world. (*)
Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi: 194
60, self made
Net Worth: $3 bil
Country of citizenship: Thailand
Son of a fried-mussel-pancake street vendor in Bangkok is now Thailand's richest businessperson thanks to his near monopoly on whisky. A decade ago he jumped into the beer business and chipped away at rival Singha's dominating market share. Now he's ready to take his alcohol empire public in an offering expected to take place by this summer. Plans to use the proceeds to introduce his beer brand in Thai restaurants around the world. He has already started promoting himself abroad, becoming the official sponsor of Liverpool's Everton soccer club last year. The billionaire's hotel collection includes the Plaza Athénée in New York and Bangkok.
(*) Another photograph of him can be seen at THOCBDC's January 10, 2005 entry.
This is about as far away from Thailand as you can get!
As far as the eye can see.
Who bothers with church anymore?
This qualifies for three strikes at airport security. This pistol has twin 22 caliber barrels, two corkscrew triggers and one switchblade knife (activated by pulling either trigger one notch past the one that brings down the hammer on the rear of the firing pin).
PS: Andy Page of Her Majesty's Inland Revenue Office reminds us:
"Amid all the tumult and the shouting over the soaring price of oil, has it not gone unnoticed that, even at a pound a pint, petrol is still cheaper than a bottle of water in most London restaurants?"
Andy, is gas really close to a pound a pint? That would make it almost 16 bucks a gallon. Wait, let me do the math again: the pound is almost $2 ... a gallon has 8 pints ...
Andy revised his calculations on the price of gas in the UK:
"Well a litre’s about 88p, so I guess that makes a gallon around £4."
With the US dollar trading at about $1.90 to the pound ... well, that makes gas in America about one third as 'expensive' as it is in the UK.
How about another pistol shot!
Though not fitted with a corkscrew it can open some bottles. What else can it do?
Just a little of what's to come.
Could these girls care less?
With respect to the other day's quiz [**] about the usefulness of the 'opener' that was depicted 'in bed' with a US penny THOCBDC had several replies.
[*] From Google's translation tool.1
[**] March 23rd.
1 Lost in (reverse) translation? "Cavern farcito In one; And Gone Here With Large Boulder That Obstructs The Day Of The Entrance."
Next: Part IV