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Veterinary Scale Comments Leave Llama Not Amused

Salter Brecknell PS1000 Veterinary 1000lb Scale -- How much does a llama weigh?

Okay, so perhaps this scale for veterinarian use is a bit of stretch for a kitchen gadget blog, but the product picture is too hard to resist. (Plus, TGIF.) So if you came here looking for a kitchen scale, here is a nice, old one to look at. But if you need a vet scale, it’s hard to argue with a llama.

The Salter Brecknell PS1000 Veterinary 1000lb Scale is designed for use with (live) animals weighing up to one thousand pounds. And according to the comments on Amazon… well, just read for yourself:

From the picture in the product description, I thought that this would be able to fit on my counter, (and for the record what animal is that? Some type of weird mouse?)

Then of course, there are those with needs for a large, high capacity scale:

At first, I could weigh my sacrificial animals on a plain old bathroom scale, but that grew impractical when I needed to graduate from chickens to livestock.

Be careful what you weigh, though. The scale isn’t designed for everything:

Yes it will stand up to the test of weighing llama after llama, but as soon as you introduce alpacas to the scale, the cpu heats up considerably and discolors the white display area to an unsightly pinkish-brown.

There are more great comments to be read, including of course, the requisite your mama is so fat jokes. Good stuff.

March 22, 2013   No Comments

Make Your Own Nutrition Facts

Perfect Portions Digital Scale + Nutrition Facts Display

The serving size we see on everyday food products is rarely never an actual serving size. Five crackers is hardly a serving size. (Maybe if stacked high and layered with peanut butter.) Of course, the reason food companies do this is to make it seem like we are eating less calories, but we all know they’re not fooling anybody. When it comes to actually trying to keep track of what we are consuming, those familiar little Nutrition Facts labels are of little help.

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April 19, 2010   No Comments

Who knew? A kitchen scale and an iPod can mate

ADE Germany Rihanna iPod Dock Kitchen Scale

It’s not out yet, nor can you download a leaked copy, but sometime in the near future the Rihanna iPod Dock Kitchen Scale will become a reality. From ADE Germany, the over-achieving kitchen scale features a speaker housed directly underneath the weighing platform. How or why this will exist is anybody’s guess, but if it’s a must-have on your list, the monstrosity will cost about a hundred bucks—or about as much as a boombox with two speakers (and a kitchen scale to boot).

(Via Craziest Gadgets and Gizmag)

December 3, 2009   No Comments

Talking scale just won’t shut up

Talking Kitchen Scale

There’s something slightly disturbing about appliances that talk. The cool, metallic voice of this Talking Scale may seem nonjudgmental at first, but give it time and it will sound as if it is taking on a mocking tone. The spoken emphasis will be placed on pounds instead of just simply reciting the number… a preprogrammed sense of disbelief at your weight will shine through its circuits… it will start gasping when you step on it. In a way, you can’t blame the device: I’d be grumpy too if people stood on me all day…

Oh, this isn’t that type of scale? Hmm. Great idea then!

October 30, 2009   No Comments

Retrosink: Kitchen scale with sundries

American Family Kitchen Scale

In these days of molecular gastronomy kitchen scales need to be a bit more precise than those of the past. While this American Family Kitchen Scale may not see every day use any longer, it can still hold its own as décor. No less than eight food items are painted on it, presumably to tell you what the scale is to be used for. While you may not have much need to measure out a pound of lettuce, the picture (along with my favorite, the steak) sure looks nice.

Converting ounces to grams is done old-school style, with two sets of marks delineating the weight. No buttons to press here, no batteries to insert or outlet to find. However, even with no exacting measurements, this scale can still find a place in the modern kitchen—as long as you’re not using transglutaminase or sodium alginate.

June 17, 2009   2 Comments