A Guy In New York Is Selling Air For $800 A Bottle!

Is there such a thing as finely crafted, sociologically responsible bottled air?  Apparently there is!

In Houghton NY, at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, a guy named Sean Avery has begun the first American based artisan air company called Appalachian Air Company and is selling what he calls a much more premium air.

“I first heard about selling air in a news story about two women in Europe,” states Avery. “I said to myself, this is something that needs to be of a higher quality and I am the man to do it.”

Melanie and Francesca De Watts, a pair of sister over in the British Isles, are using solid nets to “harvest” the air around the English countryside and then selling it for over $200 to  people in smog infested China.

Avery’s price is much higher, as in $799.95 per 32oz bottle.

According to Avery, the extra cost gets you several benefits: they put their air through a 27 step purification process to ensure it’s as clean as possible, and you can even order it infused with fruit, or captured at certain heights for certain clarities.  It is also Gluten Free, GMO Free, BPA Free, Vegan Friendly, Free Range, Fair Trade and USDA Organic.

I’m personally waiting for the New Mexican desert, Hot Sand, which I am sure will have an amazing texture and taste!

Visit their website at www.AppalachianAirCo.webs.com

The April Fools Joke That Fooled Them All

bigstock-April-calendar-55706249-1024x768Every year, April 1st is a day to demonstrate your ability to use food coloring, packaging tape, air horns, and other carefully selected materials in one amazing plan to prank your friends and family.

Placing a bucket of water above a doorway is an old standby…but the rise of the internet has provided a new outlet for people to take April Fools to the next level, playing pranks on larger audiences—pranks like the one Houghton College pulled in 2015.

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Any student who attends this small Christian college will agree that it gets cold in the winter. Located about an hour from Buffalo, New York, Houghton’s campus gets its fair share of snow. The solution? Create a way to keep the temperature at 74 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.

Houghton sent out a press release this past April that $84 million dollars had been raised to construct a bio-dome over its campus. But unlike the dome covering a tropical island resort in Germany (the real-life place on which the prank dome had reportedly been based), Houghton’s dome would be transparent and translucent.

Houghton College Bio-Dome
Houghton College Bio-Dome

The press release contained quotes from college personnel, information about the material to be used in construction (Living Polycarbonate Plastic (LPP)), and the ways the dome would lessen energy/snow-related costs for the college. It even included an artist’s rendering, which depicted the campus, complete with a swimming pool and palm trees, beneath a giant bubble.

It looked real enough to be believed; major news agencies, TV, radio and newspapers even ran it as a legitimate story.

It was also ranked as one of the best April Fools jokes of 2015 by Buffalo.com and on Blog.Case.org.

Laughter is an important part of anyone’s life, and even colleges can take the time to generate a few chuckles. It’s never too early to begin planning the next elaborate prank. What will you do this coming April Fools?

Original press-release here

This College Student Is Laying Down Tracks And Is About To Jump Out In A Big Way!

Imagine being in college full-time, busy with classwork, homework and everyday craziness… now imagine all of that and at the same time writing music, performing in a band and recording a professional soundtrack!  This is the life of Houghton College junior Laura Johnson and she is about to launch a full album of original music under the name “The Sorrow Estate,” becoming the first student in the college’s 133-year history to independently release a full album of music while in school.

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“It took seven years of writing for me to get to a point where I feel like my songs are complete,” said Johnson, a writing major with minors in communications and music.

Johnson’s group has already recorded their first three songs at Starfields Productions in Buffalo, N.Y., and plan to record the rest of the songs at EMA Productions.  They have also had their crowdfunding campaign featured on the front of Indiegogo’s website.

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The project was set in motion with help from Johnson’s music professors and connections as well as the funding she hopes to receive from a IndieGogo funding campaign. Johnson, who wrote all ten tracks on the record, both sings and plays guitar.

The Indiegogo campaign has already received over $1,700 in the first five days, funding 35 percent of the total $5,000 goal.

“I have guided her with regard to the final mix of the project at an amazing studio and mix engineer in Rochester, N.Y.,” said Houghton music industry professor Kevin Jackson, who has mentored Johnson throughout this process. “Laura has been consistently writing. It hasn’t just transpired overnight. She has poured herself and her soul into her songs and music.”

Johnson’s band comprises James Johnson, bass; Marc LeGrand, lead guitar; Chelsea Lee, vocals and piano; and Shehan Rodrigo, drums.

The smooth-sounding folk/alternative album will be released this May with some lucky supporters receiving a personal house concert. One of the most popular singles is “Let’s Just Be” and can be heard here.  To learn more, visit indiegogo.com/thesorrowestate.

Jimmy Fallon & The Roots inspired, Houghton College : “Shut Up and Dance” “I’m Trading My Sorrows (Yes Lord)” Mashup (w/ Classroom Instruments)