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Tuesday
Jul102012

Exploding Bags of ‘Zombie Blood’ Lead to Lawsuit

Design Pics/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Zombie blood is supposed to be gross, but not this gross.

A company that sells the novelty beverage “Zombie Blood,” green fluid sold in an IV style package, is suing the firms that manufacture and package the drink, claiming errors made the product stink and the bags explode.

Harcos Labs, which sells Zombie Blood and the similarly packaged red beverage aptly known as “Blood,” accuses the companies Primal essence, Power Brands Consultants, American Bottling, and Silliker, which tests products, of using the wrong ingredients, resulting in the product’s foul smell and spoilage.

“A number of initial production runs of the ‘Blood’ and ‘Zombie Blood’ met with a phenomenal success, they virtually flew off the shelves at such retailers as Hot Topic and sold out quickly,” Harcos said in its suit against the other firms.

“However, in late August 2010, Harcos first learned of the complaints of the Zombie Blood product tasting ‘like yogurt.’ In late September 2010, Harcos first learned of the complaints of the Blood product having expanding and exploding pouches and foul smell,” according to the document.

Harcos accuses Power Brands of improperly adding a protein to the beverage mixture during production.

“Said protein caused growth of microbial organisms and caused the products to, in layman’s terms, spoil. This resulted in failure of the Blood and Zombie Blood products in the marketplace and damages to Harcos,” according to the suit.

“As the lawsuit says the products were exploding,”  said Vladi Khiterer lawyer for Harcos. “I know there were some rumors that these exploding products turned some people into zombies, but my client fully denies those charges.”

Harcos is suing for unspecified damages.

Calls to companies named the suit, which was filed July 3 in Orange County, Calif., Court, were not immediately returned.

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Thursday
Apr052012

Gun Sales Booming: Doomsday, Obama or Zombies?

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Buyers in record numbers are flooding into gun stores, retailers say. Ammo, too, is flying off the shelves. The reasons for the spike, last seen in 2009, include fears that a second Obama administration might restrict gun ownership and the popularity of TV shows devoted to doomsday preparation and killing zombies.

"He's never been pro-gun," says Cris Parsons of President Obama. Parsons, 31, owns a Texas gun purveyor called the Houston Armory. So far, Parsons insists, Obama has been "pretty coy" about his antipathy toward guns--and he likely will remain so during the campaign. To do otherwise would "upset a lot of people."

But if Obama wins a second term, he'll have "nothing to lose," says Parsons.

Alan Korwin, author of nine books on gun laws, including Gun Laws of America, says gun owners are worried that the president, as a lame duck, will clamp down as never before on gun ownership.

Parsons says about 40 percent of Armory customers cite this fear as their reason for stocking up on guns and ammo now, before the election.

"Frenzy" is the word he uses to describe their buying. Dollar sales for the Armory are up 30 to 40 percent this quarter compared to last. Parsons thinks his store's performance is indicative of sales nationally, based on what he hears from dealers, suppliers and other store owners.

Gun maker Sturm, Ruger says that in the first quarter it received orders for more than 1 million firearms--so many that it has now had to stop taking orders. It expects to resume accepting orders, it says, at the end of May.

Stocks of gun makers are surging. Sturm, Ruger's share price is up 55 percent this year. Smith & Wesson soared 91 percent. Sporting goods and hunting retailer Cabela's is up 53 percent.

Other forces besides politics, though, explain the current boom. "There the 'preppers," explains Parsons, "and then there's this whole Zombie Apocalypse thing."

He refers to two hot trends in popular culture.

The first is a National Geographic TV show called Doomsday Preppers that chronicles the preparations being made by people convinced that a doomsday of some kind is coming. A whole industry has sprung up to sell preppers survival and self-dense goods, including guns and ammo.

Then there are zombies--zombie movies, zombie comics, zombie novels, zombie TV shows. Americans' fascination with all things zombie, Parsons says, has grown to such proportions that arms manufactures now have come out with zombie-specific firearms and ammo. Products include a line of Zombie Max ammunition (slogan: "just in case") made by Hornady Manufacturing. "We can't keep it in stock," says Parsons. "It comes in a cool, colorful box with a Zombie on it."

There are more than a dozen manufacturers, says Parsons, making zombie riffles, some with a picture of a zombie on them. The two position on a zombie rifle's safety, instead of being marked "safe" and "fire," are labeled "dead" and "undead."

Says Parsons, summing up the reasons for record gun sales, "You got zombies, you got 'preppers, and you got Obama."

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