Wonderland is a blog out of the Netherlands that picks out cool stuff from the interwebs and packs it into one convenient place. Orpland.com and Orp got put into the latest issue, #22. Thanks Wonderland!
Ever influencing proper behavior of it’s male reader population, GQ chose Orp as the proper alert device to have whilst riding one’s bike. Certainly a gentleman can yell, but the risk of overly mucussed saliva errantly spewing over ones attire and spoiling it (especially in the morning phlegm hours) is too high.
Certainly GQ does not need to gush over Orp’s handsomeness as it is clearly apparent in the full page picture. I’m kidding about the full page part. Actually, they were much less “metrosexual” in their article – I added that too.
Orp showed up at the finish of the 200 mile Seattle to Portland ride to congratulate riders and provide Orps to the Orpless. Sure, many of you think this ride is all downhill, but as much as it makes perfect sense, I can assure this is not the case. This was a two day event with the hardest core riders doing the 200 miles in one day. Sure, there is an increased chance of Rhabdo*, but one day-ers received a more exclusive medal at the finish and a better shirt.
The event drew 10,000+ riders and their support staff (families and friends) to take them back to Seattle where they live or drag them home to Portland or wherever they came from. Seriously, like 30,000 people in a NE Portland Park. One of the highlights was one rider, or maybe it was just a guy in the park, had a cockatoo that came over to perch on the Orp display bar. Amazingly, he did not poop on our table- nor did the bird.
*Ok, for those of you that want the scoop on Rhabdo- Rhabdo is short for Rhabdomyolysis and it’s the breakdown of muscle tissue that leads to the release of muscle fiber contents into the blood. These substances are harmful to the kidney (read: frying your kidneys) and will pour blood into your urine.It’s nature’s way of telling you, you kind of over did it. Below is a bag of bloody urine. You’re welcome.
We just received a very interesting email from David Glunter from New York City. David tells us he’s a soon to be 7th grader at the Anderson School. David is likely on the path to medical school and sent us a piece of one of his latest projects, this one on Comparative Anatomy. He wrote saying he was also a big fan of Orp and got his Dad one for Father’s Day. What a great kid- but how is he earning Orp money?
Anyway, he made a clever observation in noting the similarity between a chicken (an Orpington , he points out) and the Orp Smart Horn. Below is the image he sent me.
I just want to point out he grabbed an old Kickstarter image of Orp, I love chickens as well and I’m older so I liked chickens first. Pretty cool though, he put our logo on the page. Thanks David.
The World Naked Bike ride is coming up in less than a week and its time to get your Fluffs and Yambags dealt with so the event goes off smoothly – literally. Or, who cares? Go natural. In either case, it’s probably a good idea to have your Orp ready for the ride because it is happening at night and we definitely want to keep the incidents of scrambled eggs and ketchup down. This year the Portland ride will start at Colonel Summers Park in SE Portland at 9pm. Just look for the massive group of naked people with bikes. Be There and Be Bare!
A bike shop out of Michigan produced a multi episode mini series about Orp. Directed by The Wonder Years star, Fred Savage, and starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, the story is honest , funny and a bit of a public service announcement.
Ok, I’m fibbing about the multi episode thing and the A list talent involved, but it’s pretty cool a shop would be so enthusiastic about Orp to make a video. You can see it hear, I mean, here. Thanks guys.
Super awesome action sports and lifestyle photographer Brian Walker Lee shot the images on the Orp site. Brian is hilarious and
a great creative director as well. Thanks Brian!
This is Brian when he was a college student. He worked on the engineering team that
did that bike powered plane, the ICARUS that crossed the English Channel several years ago.
Now he raises Bees and harvests honey that he mixes with urethane to make his own Skateboard wheels. I think
he calls them HoneySlicks.