It’s Colon Cancer Month!

Oh wait,  colon cancer awareness month.  Right.  Sooooo? Have you been screened?  You should you know.  Unlike other cancers they know exactly what this one looks like before it becomes cancer.

Oh?  Did that get your attention?

The answer is……polyps.  Colon cancer almost always starts as a polyp.  Remove the polyp – skip the cancer.

No doubt you know one or more people who have had colon cancer.  Maybe even lost someone you love to this cancer.  Most of us have.

Here are a few ways The Literate Phoenix is trying to help grab peoples attention:

208_350x350_Front_Color-NAColon Cancer Awareness Banner

106_350x350_Front_Color-WhiteColon Cancer – All Guts Some Gory

139_350x350_Front_Color-NAEveryone Wants A Colonoscopy


Extreme Sheep Herding

Aka:  Sheep herding – it’s not for the faint of heart anymore.

It is no surprise that there are sheep herding competitions.  And with the internet bringing us all together to see what we are up to around the world, we are getting used to “no matter what you are doing, someone has created a competition and made it more extreme”.  And so I give you, extreme sheep herding.


Unlike Buzkashi, where the goat is dead, at least the sheep get to live.

So when I tell you it is a jungle out there, pay heed.


If you want to watch a video of it, here t’is:

(Okay, to be absolutely accurate, the sheep herding part of this is real and the sheep really were wearing lights – see below – but some of this is CGI.  Still a LOT of fun to watch.)

Sheep wearing light blankets:

But for completely true sheep herding competition, here’s a whole page full of them:

Be kind.  Be safe.  Stick together.  It really is a jungle out there.


What is Too Hot to Handle?

Talking about sports here people!  Get your minds out of ….well…wherever they just raced off to!  Instead, how about a taste of Volcano Boarding!

Like snow boarding but way less chill.

Volcano Boarding aka Ash Boarding and Volcano Surfing is hot stuff for those who like to lie on the fiery side of life.  (Maybe preparing for where you are heading next?  JK)

Volcano_Boarding_Cerro_Negro This is no kid.  And that’s a live volcano.  Gives “slip sliding away” a whole new twist.

So in honor of these intrepid boarders yours truly, the Literate Phoenix and the Stoned Hamster have designed giftware perfect for that favorite hot spot:


As the shirt says “Go HOT! Or just, not!”

Check back to find out why being sheepish is not for the faint of heart anymore.

And until then, remember, be kind, be safe, and sticker together.  It’s a jungle out there.

Shout Out to the London Chessboxing Club!

After I posted a design for chessboxing the London Chessboxing Club commented and gave a link to their club for anyone interested in what Chessboxing really is and who does it.  The link is still there in that post so check them out.

Turns out, chess and boxing are no longer polar opposites in the sport/games arena.  So if you have been torn between brains and brawn, look no further.  These players bring both to the…table..mat….ring….board….um….whatever.  And better still, men  AND women participate.  It is a crazy world and someone is always thinking up something new.

In honor of those chess boxing crazy champions here is our newest design:



And speaking of crazy new sports, what is too hot to handle and resembles snowboarding?  Check back to find out!

Who’s Your Paddy?

That should tell you that favorite of holidays is coming round again.  Who doesn’t love St. Patrick’s Day? In fact, it may be a favorite around the globe.  Almost every big city has an Irish bar.  And it isn’t because the Irish have suddenly become constant world travelers.

So who’s your paddy?  I guess whoever is buying rounds on St. Pat’s day.  If you are looking for the proper attire your’s truly, the Stoned Hamster and the Literate Phoenix are happy to oblige.  Here’s a link and a taste:

From “Who’s Your Paddy?” to “You Look Like I Need a Drink”  this year you can be the best dressed at your favorite Irish pub.  Here’s a few of our favorites,


Next we are going to give a shout out to a very cool group of athlete/braniacs!