PhoneSoap – Give Your Mobile Phone a Good Cleaning

PhoneSoap is a combination smart-phone charger and sanitizer. It uses UV light to sanitize your phone. Which works, to some extent.

Phonesoap

But it’s useless if you don’t wash your hands, because that’s where your phone bacteria would come from.

On average, a cell phone is 18x dirtier than a public restroom. In fact, 1 in 6 cell phones have fecal mater on them. Germs and bacteria can grow and thrive on our phones because they are always warm and they are stored in dark places. At the same time, if you do wash your hands, then you’re not getting bacteria all over your phone in the first place.

Why PhoneSoap

  • UV-C Sanitizer – Safely kill 99.99% of bacteria
  • Universal Cell Phone Charger – Standard USB port for charging iPhone’s, Androids, etc
  • Acoustic Audio Amplifier – Hear your notifications while your phone is sanitizing
  • Inner Dimensions (Sanitizing Space): Inches: 6 L x 3.74 W x .78 H
  • Disinfect in 5 minutes or leave your phone inside overnight while it charges

Star Wars – The Force was not with 20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox let Lucas pass up an additional $500,000 directing fee for Star Wars in return for keeping licensing and merchandising rights for himself, a decision that would cost the studio billions.

George Lucas - Star Wars

20th Century Fox missed out on as much as $27bn after they let George Lucas keep the merchandising and licensing rights to Star Wars instead of giving him a $350,000 salary raise, as they thought the film would be a flop. Star Wars quickly became the highest-grossing film of all-time, displaced five years later by Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

After the success of American Graffiti and prior to the beginning of filming on Star Wars, Lucas was encouraged to renegotiate for a higher fee for writing and directing Star Wars than the $150,000 agreed. He declined to do so, instead negotiating for advantage in some of the as-yet-unspecified parts of his contract with 20th Century  Fox, in particular ownership of licensing and merchandising rights (for novelizations, T-shirts, toys, etc.) and contractual arrangements for sequels.  The studio were apparently unconcerned to let go of these rights – at the time, licensed products and merchandising did not represent the significant market that it is now. This negotiation has earned Lucasfilm hundreds of millions of dollars over the years, as Lucas has exploited merchandising rights wisely, and now directly profits from all licensed games, toys, and collectibles created for the franchise.

Friends don’t let friends drink and sail

In 1120 AD, the crew and passengers of a ship carrying the heir to the throne of England had a big party before setting off to cross the English Channel from France.

vintage sailboat

By the time they finally set sail, it was night and everyone, crew included, was drunk. The ship hit a rock and sank, drowning the heir. The resulting struggle for power after the king died without a male heir produced a civil war that lasted almost 20 years.