Brentwood, 3.41pm: 11°C, mist

Value for money?

Today we heard all about the man who set up a stall at a Car-Free Day festival in Vancouver selling bottles of Unfiltered Hot Dog water for $38 a bottle – that’s just under £30.

And just to be clear what was on offer was water that has been used to cook hot dogs in.

The unusual beverage claimed to offer a whole heap of benefits like helping people to lose weight, make you look younger, increase brain function and improve vitality.

Sound too good to be true? That’s because it is.

But in spite of this a flyer promoting the product even contained “testimonials” from ‘professionals” including one by a Dr Cynthia Dringus, supposedly, a Nobel Prize-winning nutritionist, who said: “Hot Dog Water is the NEW coconut water!”

Incredibly the stall sold no less than 60 litres of the stuff!

However the product was actually created as part of a stunt to highlight how easy it is to be lead astray by misleading health marketing and the fine print on the flyer read “Hot Dog Water in its absurdity hopes to encourage critical thinking related to product marketing and the significant role it can play in our purchasing choices.”

The stall also sold hot dog lip balm, breath spray and body fragrance.

We also learnt about the Polish ecological group – Eco-Logic who’ve come a cropper after placing a tracker on the back of a white stork to track the bird’s migratory habits.



Well it seems that the bird flew some 3,700 miles, and was traced to the Blue Nile Valley in eastern Sudan before the charity lost contact which would have been OK had not some unscrupulous person found the sim card, and placed it in their own phone and then proceeded to wrack up around £2000 worth of phone calls which the Polish ecologists will now have to pay for.

Ever been had?

See you again tomorrow,


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