Fish Pedicures Could Be Dangerous
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fish pedicures can now be considered a anger to your health. On Wednesday, the federal agency published a report by U.K.’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science, which examined the types of bacteria associated with Garra rufa, an inch-long toothless carp that nibbles away at dead skin. Native to Southeast Asia, the so-called “doctor fish” soared in popularity in 2008, when salons across the nation began offering them as an alternative to razors for scraping away calluses.
“Our study identified some of the species of bacteria associated with this fish species, including some that can cause infections in both fish and humans,” lead researcher David Verner-Jeffreys told a wire service. Warm bacteria breeding water coupled with bacteria living on fish scales or waste and the tiniest cut could make the risk of infection a reality. In April 2011, a bacterial outbreak among 6,000 G. rufa imported from Indonesia to British salons and spas revealed colonies of Streptococcus agalactiae, a group of bacteria that can lead to sepsis, meningitis, or pneumonia.
Louis Vuitton Still #1 In Luxury
LV was named the world’s most valuable luxury brand for a seventh consecutive year according to the 2012 BrandZ study. The company is now worth $29.5 billion…a 7% increase over 2011. Wow.
OPI Nail Polish Names Require a Lot of Thought
Everyone’s dream job is not as easy as one would think. A lot of time goes into deciding how to name each shade of OPI nail polish. “It takes six people eight hours to name 12 shades,” says Suzi Weiss Fischmann, OPI’s creative director. “For this we sat in a room and ate German food to get inspired.” So, is punning a prerequisite skill for those interested in a career in polish naming? “Of course! And you have to be kind of crazy,” laughs Fischmann.
Great to be the Queen
Ahead of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, her dress designer of eleven years, Stewart Parvin, sat down with The Sunday Times of London to describe what goes into clothing the monarch. He explained that his team uses a spreadsheet system with a name for each ensemble so that she doesn’t repeat one for an important occasion. The accessories can be swapped in and out, and the shoes have to be broken in manually.
“[The shoes] have to be immediately comfortable … She does get someone to wear them. The Queen can never say, ‘I’m uncomfortable, I can’t walk any more.’ She has the right to have someone wear them in.”
– Taneisha Jordan
Source: Independent UK; Ecouterre, NY Post