Thursday, September 23, 2010

My Million Dollar Aussie Ideas

They may become quite popular.

Idea #1

Did you know there is such a thing a possum wool. Yes, that's right. People skin possums and strip their hair off and make it into wool. And shockingly it is of quite high quality. While I was at the giant Merino in Goulburn (see previous post) I learned all this. Often the wool is combined with Merino wool, another extremely high quality wool, and then knitted into good this sweater, scarves, and other clothing items.

Now I always see dead possums on the road in America, this could be a great way to get a little salvage value out of them. I have already run the idea by the boy and he is quite disgusted with the whole concept, but we'll see how it turns out.

Side note: Possums are not native to New Zealand and they are now destroying their rain forests and threatening plants like kiwis. They were brought there by man and have no natural predator. Also, did you know there isn't any rabies in Australia. Interesting.

Idea #2

OK, so if the first idea doesn't turn out so well this one will be a sure fire bet. While having my first pub experience (all pubs are called bars here) I excused myself to the bathroom, and this is when I found this little machine.

It's a hair straightener that you pay $2 to use for x number of minutes. Can you believe that. Imagine if these were in women's bathrooms in every college town bar. I could make a killing. I know you ladies have all done it. Went into the bathroom to freshen up, but at some point no amount of hairspray or teasing can fix the problem. What you really neat are the serious tools. Flat iron or curling iron.

I think all this new revenue may even pay for my next trip to Australia.


  1. Love the ideas! That is interesting that Australia doesn't have rabies. Thanks for sharing about your trip so far...someday I would love to visit Australia, so it's nice to live vicariously through you for now! It sounds like you are experiencing tons of things over there. Enjoy the rest of your time in Australia!

  2. That hair straightener idea is great. Though I can just hear younger gals saying "ick" (imagine whose hair might have been in their). Did they have a cleaner handy? If so, I'll partner up with you to make those millions ;)

  3. Love it! Pretty sure that the Penny you could have made a fortune off the straightner idea!

  4. LOVE the bathroom hair machine! I definitely think you should pursue the endeavor.

  5. UN-freaking-believable!!! That is awesome I must share this with others...I'm not a big straightener fan but know some friends that would LOVE this!


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