Have you sold your unwanted gifts on TradeMe?


More than 4000 items described as unwanted gifts were listed on Trade Me before lunch on Boxing Day, and many thousands more are expected.

On the other side of the ledger, more than 25,000 searches had been carried out on the online marketplace for Christmas 2015 presents thad didn’t make the grade.

Adele CDs and selfie sticks were high on the lists of gifts Trade Me expected people to list on the site, spokesman Logan Mudge said. Read more »

The elephant in the room

by Cyber Billy
How’s he going to write this one up on his gift list?

Prime Minister John key appears to have won over his Sri Lankan hosts during this weekend’s Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting and New Zealand is being rewarded – with an elephant.

Sources:  TVNZ, Tom Scott, additional work by Cyber Billy

Sources: TVNZ, Tom Scott, additional work by Cyber Billy

Valentine Day present advice for the ladies

Apart from the 80″ LED TV, the 64G iPAD, smartphone, 2nd beer fridge, jet ski and every other weekend off with the boys, the ladies of Whaleoil may need some suggestions as to what they could get their men for Valentines Day.

Now, I’m willing to meet you half-way. ?So here goes: Soap.

Yes, soap. ?But not just any kind. ?One of the following will just be fine.


And if you don’t think that’s enough, add any of the following? Read more »

Gift Ideas, Ctd

Hamburger-making machine churns out custom burgers at industrial speeds

It’s essentially a hamburger computer.

According to Momentum Machines, making burgers costs US$9 billion a year in wages in the United States alone. The company points out that a machine that could make burgers with minimum human intervention would not only provide huge savings in labor costs, but would also reduce preparation space with a burger kitchen replaced by a much smaller and cheaper stainless-steel box.

So even the joke about failing at school and working at McDonalds is going to be a thing of the past. ?You will fail at school and become a Hamburger Computer Engineer.


Gift Ideas

Okay, water is awesome. We can?t deny that. And perhaps its best feature is that it can freeze (You know that “ice” stuff? That’s made of water!). And not to mention that when frozen, it’s practically perfect for warm beverages.

But wait, there’s a catch!

If the temperature doesn’t stay below freezing, then the hard water starts to melt and your drink becomes all watery and doesn’t taste good anymore. It’s all very scientific stuff. You wouldn?t understand.

Luckily someone understands how to solve this problem.


You heard me.

Luckily, a few great soapstone workers in Perkinsville, Vermont have created Whiskey Stones. These little ice-imitators are specially designed to put a slight chill in your Whiskey. All you do is put them in the freezer for a few hours and then pop a couple into a glass of single malt. Once you’re done, rinse, dry and do it all over again! And no need to worry about a watery drink, because these stones don’t dilute (that?s the best part).

Don’t be the last one on your street that doesn’t have icey stones!