Welcome!

News Feed Item

E-commerce Start-Up Gives Customers STDs

TORONTO, August 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --


Nerdblock.com, an ecommerce subscription box start-up, will ship thousands of playful plush versions of chlamydia, crab louse, gonorrhea and syphilis, in a bid to raise awareness of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among its worldwide audience.

There are about 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases each year in the United States, and almost half of these are in people ages 15 to 24*. Nerdblock.com has partnered with leading science-themed toy maker, Giantmicrobes, Inc. to highlight the risks to its customers.

Nerd Block Founder Russ Montague said: "A lot of our members are under 25, the age group most at risk of contracting an STD. Utilizing the monthly Blocks we ship out, we felt there was a great opportunity to raise awareness among our customers regarding the health risks they might be facing.

"GIANTMicrobes® plush toys look cute and friendly, but because they come packaged with educational information about each microorganism they represent, we hope they will help us spread a more serious message, albeit in a light-hearted way."

Giantmicrobes, Inc. CEO Drew Oliver, said: "We are very excited to be involved in this awareness raising campaign, especially since we've had enormous success using GIANTMicrobes® to build awareness about important health concerns and initiatives in the past.

"If we encourage the Nerd Block audience of younger, science-minded members to take responsible precautions and protect themselves against STDs, then the campaign will be considered a great success."

Each month Nerd Block ships mystery boxes full of 'themed nerd gear' to its customers. Find out more at nerdblock.com .

Notes to editor:  

*According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/std/life-stages-populations/STDFact-Teens.htm

About NerdBlock.com:  

Nerd Block is a Toronto based monthly subscription service that provides a curated box of geek-themed collectibles to nerd enthusiasts. Since being founded in 2013, Nerd Block has amassed legions of worldwide subscribers and now offers four different subscription services: Nerd Block Classic, Nerd Block Jr. Boys, Nerd Block Jr. Girls, and Horror Block. Every month Nerd Block features movie, television and gaming-related product from leading studios including Disney, Cartoon Network and Nintendo. Nerd Block is widely recognized as being the only nerd subscription service to reliably deliver must-have collectibles including brands such as FUNKO, Mattel and McFarlane.  For more information, visit nerdblock.com .

About Giantmicrobes, Inc.:  

Founded in 2002 by Drew Oliver, a former editor of the Harvard Lampoon, Giantmicrobes, Inc. (http://www.giantmicrobes.com) is a fast-growing global brand which distributes its products throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.  Distribution channels include drug stores, bookstores, museums, science centers, hospital gift shops, educational catalogs, and general gift shops worldwide, as well as the company's website, http://www.giantmicrobes.com. GIANTmicrobes® are innovative, creative collectibles and gifts, and are also used by parents, teachers, and medical professionals as educational tools.  More than 10 million GIANTmicrobes® products have been sold to date.

SOURCE Nerdblock.com

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
When you focus on a journey from up-close, you look at your own technical and cultural history and how you changed it for the benefit of the customer. This was our starting point: too many integration issues, 13 SWP days and very long cycles. It was evident that in this fast-paced industry we could no longer afford this reality. We needed something that would take us beyond reducing the development lifecycles, CI and Agile methodologies. We made a fundamental difference, even changed our culture...
Things are changing so quickly in IoT that it would take a wizard to predict which ecosystem will gain the most traction. In order for IoT to reach its potential, smart devices must be able to work together. Today, there are a slew of interoperability standards being promoted by big names to make this happen: HomeKit, Brillo and Alljoyn. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Adam Justice, vice president and general manager of Grid Connect, will review what happens when smart devices don’t work togethe...
The 20th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Containers, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal ...
@DevOpsSummit taking place June 6-8, 2017 at Javits Center, New York City, is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York Call for Papers is now open.
"There's a growing demand from users for things to be faster. When you think about all the transactions or interactions users will have with your product and everything that is between those transactions and interactions - what drives us at Catchpoint Systems is the idea to measure that and to analyze it," explained Leo Vasiliou, Director of Web Performance Engineering at Catchpoint Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York Ci...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Dataloop.IO, an innovator in cloud IT-monitoring whose products help organizations save time and money, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Dataloop.IO is an emerging software company on the cutting edge of major IT-infrastructure trends including cloud computing and microservices. The company, founded in the UK but now based in San Fran...
20th Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy.
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. @ThingsExpo New York Call for Papers is now open.
In the next five to ten years, millions, if not billions of things will become smarter. This smartness goes beyond connected things in our homes like the fridge, thermostat and fancy lighting, and into heavily regulated industries including aerospace, pharmaceutical/medical devices and energy. “Smartness” will embed itself within individual products that are part of our daily lives. We will engage with smart products - learning from them, informing them, and communicating with them. Smart produc...
Providing the needed data for application development and testing is a huge headache for most organizations. The problems are often the same across companies - speed, quality, cost, and control. Provisioning data can take days or weeks, every time a refresh is required. Using dummy data leads to quality problems. Creating physical copies of large data sets and sending them to distributed teams of developers eats up expensive storage and bandwidth resources. And, all of these copies proliferating...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Catchpoint, a leading digital experience intelligence company, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Catchpoint Systems is a leading Digital Performance Analytics company that provides unparalleled insight into your customer-critical services to help you consistently deliver an amazing customer experience. Designed for digital business, C...
“DevOps is really about the business. The business is under pressure today, competitively in the marketplace to respond to the expectations of the customer. The business is driving IT and the problem is that IT isn't responding fast enough," explained Mark Levy, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Serena Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Catchpoint Systems, Inc., a provider of innovative web and infrastructure monitoring solutions, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's DevOps Summit at 18th Cloud Expo New York, which will take place June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Catchpoint is a leading Digital Performance Analytics company that provides unparalleled insight into customer-critical services to help consistently deliver an amazing customer experience. Designed ...
More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smart...
WebRTC sits at the intersection between VoIP and the Web. As such, it poses some interesting challenges for those developing services on top of it, but also for those who need to test and monitor these services. In his session at WebRTC Summit, Tsahi Levent-Levi, co-founder of testRTC, reviewed the various challenges posed by WebRTC when it comes to testing and monitoring and on ways to overcome them.