Voices from Russia

Friday, 30 November 2012

Top Ten Odd Holiday Bacon Gift Ideas

00 Bacon is all that You Truly Need. 29.11.12


Does merely eating bacon leave you cold? With the holiday season practically upon us, American entrepreneurs are hawking a range of bacon-inspired products for use in everything from shaving to decorative jewellery that are sure to bring a smile… and maybe a whiff of fried pork… to the face of everyone on your holiday gift list. Here are ten of the oddest bacon products we found on the market this holiday gift-giving season:

1. Bacon Toothpaste

Who wouldn’t want to brush their pearly whites with delicious bacon-flavoured toothpaste? Bacon lovers can improve their dental hygiene during the holidays with this unique product selling for just under 5 USD (155 Roubles. 4 Euros. 3.25 UK Pounds) per tube.

2. Bacon-Flavoured Candy Canes

“Bacon tastes so much better than peppermint,” is the straightforward pitch from a company selling a set of six bacon-flavoured candy canes. This product is sure to bring any meat lover more cheer this holiday season; it sells for 11.50 USD (355 Roubles. 8.75 Euros. 7.25 UK Pounds).

3. Bacon Cake Frosting

Are you a baker looking to add some extra flare to your desserts? Well, bacon frosting may be just the ingredient you need. For only 3.75 USD (115 Roubles. 3 Euros. 2.50 UK Pounds), it’ll alter the taste of any holiday pastry project.

4. Bacon Dog Bubbles

Who says that bacon enjoyment is only for people? Now for around 7 USD (215 Roubles. 5.50 Euros. 4.50 UK Pounds), pet owners can purchase Bubbletastic bacon-scented dog bubbles… a no-brainer dream toy for any canine pet.

5. Bacon Shaving Cream

This practical product promises to provide the alluring scent of cured pork on smooth faces… bacon—scented shaving cream. It sells for 14.99 USD (465 Roubles. 11.50 Roubles. 9.50 UK Pounds).

6. Bacon Lip Balm

Now you can keep the taste of bacon on your lips all day thanks to bacon lip balm. The product sells for 3.49 USD (110 Roubles. 2.75 Euros. 2.25 UK Pounds) per tube and comes with a warning for customers not to mistake their bacon-scented lips for… actual bacon.

7. Bacon Soap

The company that sells this bacon soap said that real “bacon scientists” developed it. The product, which sells for 5.95 USD (185 Roubles. 4.50 Euros. 3.75 UK Pounds), is “the wave of the future”, according to the firm’s website.

8. Bacon Cologne and Perfume

This cologne and perfume will envelope users in a subtle aroma of bacon. However, the meat-scented fragrance has also been crafted with a pure essential oil blend of orange, lime, grapefruit, and other flavours sure to enhance your animal magnetism. Cost: 36 USD (1,110 Roubles. 27.75 Euros. 22.50 UK Pounds).

9. Bacon Candy Necklace

According to the company hawking this bacon-flavoured sugar necklace, “This product proves once and for all that bacon is truly a girl’s best friend”. There’s also a bacon medallion that dangles from the necklace, which retails for 4.49 USD (140 Roubles. 3.50 Euros. 2.75 UK Pounds).

10. Chocolate-Covered Bacon

What cheerier way to celebrate the holidays than with a box of hickory-smoked fried bacon smothered in creamy chocolate? The producers of this porcine holiday delight promise, “a taste sensation like nothing else you’ve ever had before”, for a cost of 12.95 USD (400 Roubles. 10 Euros. 8 UK Pounds) for a seven-piece box.

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Editor’s Note:

Chocolate-covered bacon? I’m a ”food gambler” who’s not averse to trying new things, but I think that I’ll give that a pass… I think that I’m not alone in thinking that way.




Saturday, 24 November 2012

24 November 2012. BelTA Infographics. The Difference Between Ded Moroz and Santa Claus


I needed to find something to “explain” the differences between our beloved Russian Ded Moroz and Santa Claus. I found this BelTA Infographic… increased the canvas size slightly, used more appropriate typefaces… and, zounds! You have the present graphic… that fills the bill very nicely, indeed.


30 December 2011




Saturday, 17 November 2012

17 November 2012. It’s That Time of Year Again! One, Two, Three… Up with the Tree!


A sweet little Russian cartoon (it has minimal dialogue, so, don’t worry), with the title One, Two, Three… Up with the Tree! It also has a sweet way of delivering its moral… one shouldn’t be selfish. 


It’s time to start getting ready for Christmas and New Year‘s. You DO want Dede and Snegurochka to come to your house, don’t you?


Friday, 2 December 2011

2 December 2011. Sergei Yolkin’s World: Friday Brought Discounts…

Friday Brought Discounts…

Sergei Yolkin



Of course, the above cartoon is a complex pun on “Friday”… the day and the Robinson Crusoe character… no racism is intended or expressed, just humour.



This Friday’s Black Friday in the United States. It’s the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, when retailers offer big discounts and even free stuff for shoppers. The origins of the name, Black Friday, go back to the 1960s, when pedestrians and vehicles clogged all the major thoroughfares. Retailers love this day, as it puts them “in the black (по-черному)”.

25 November 2011

Sergei Yolkin




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