Newsflash: Denmark is the happiest place on earth, according to "60 Minutes." (I am seriously craving a cheese danish right now … I mean it.) If you, like me, are not a fortunate Dane, either get packing, or take a look at this edition, which is meant to bring you joy -- at least for the next minute or so. Have fun. Send your feedback directly to: email@example.com. It may be published in a future issue of Advantages magazine. For additional information, contact the supplier. To unsubscribe, follow the instructions at the end.
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Cigar Bar The Pitch: It seems like only yesterday, Cuba's own Fidel Castro was an up-and-coming dictator, but he has resigned after only 50 years of power. Cigars for everyone! Awards Inc. (asi/37655) offers item #3010, a traveling, 12-gauge cigar humidor, lined with Spanish cedar for enhanced flavor. It holds up to seven 55-ring gauge cigars. Maintains 70% humidity. A black carrying case is included. Pricing starts at: Qty.-12; list price-$44.63; price code-R. Comes in red, black and green. Check it out at: www.awards-net.com. The Bottom Line: Light up.
Come On, Get Hoppy
The Pitch: Another editor here alerted me to the recent discovery of the bones of the Devil Toad, a frog the size of a bowling ball, with teeth no less, who roamed (or ribbeted) with the dinosaurs. I can't imagine he was very cute, but a froggy stethoscope cover from Plastic Premium Access (asi/78404) (item #0408) is sure to delight pediatricians, nurses and patients alike. Pricing starts at one for $15(S). Other animals available (elephants, hippos and monkeys, oh my!). Web address: www.plasticpremiums.com. The Bottom Line: Feel the beat.
Hear Me Now The Pitch: More recording artists are putting their albums on USB wristbands. Recently, Ringo Starr has jumped on that bandwagon with his album Liverpool 8. I don't know who told him he can sing, but he can't, so don't buy it, I'm warning you (unless you're very nostalgic or just plain tone-deaf). However, check out USB wristbands from iClick (asi/62124). The 64MB flash drives are made of 100% silicone rubber, with an oval imprint area on the clasp. They are packaged in a vinyl pouch and come in a variety of colors. Item Kirkland64MB is quoted upon request. Web address: www.iclickusb.com. The Bottom Line: Plugged in.
The Pitch: Unlike the Rolling Stones, you can get satisfaction. Ask Custom HBC Corp. (asi/47934) about their Risk-Free Self-Promotion Guarantee: Free setup; free shipping; 100 antibacterial hand sanitizer pocket sprayers (pick one of 13 cap colors) for $75; four-color-process imprinting with no extra running charge; 90-day terms. If you don't get an order within the 90 days; the supplier will give you a full credit for the self-promotion. Web address: www.customhbc.com. Expires 9/30/08. The Bottom Line: If you spray it, they will come.
The Grass Is Always Greener The Pitch: Grow some grass … and not the kind that will get you arrested. Just in time for Earth Day promotions (April 22), American Greenwood Inc. (asi/35500), offers item #410500, a wheatgrass grow kit. It's perfect for home, office and schools. Think about eco-friendly promotions and science projects. The kit contains everything you need: organic wheatgrass seeds, millennium soil, grow container, instructions and even fun googly-eyes to stick on. Just add water. Pricing starts at: Qty.-125; list price-$2.87; price code-R. Web address: www.americangreenwood.com. The Bottom Line: Growing appeal.
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