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the home for free articles about how popular products are made.
Our motto: "know the whole story of what you buy."
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Kunkelfruit News

We're excited to announce that Scriblerus Press's new book, Riffing on Strings: Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory is now available. New Scientist gave Riffing on Strings a highly positive review in its latest issue (No. 2665, July 19-25, 2008, subscription required). You can read the entire review here (pdf, from print edition).

Riffing on Strings is available through Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com, as well as through your local bookseller by special order.

Kunkefruit Wiki UPDATE: As of May 2008 editorial activity on this site will be at a minimum. Sean is busy finishing up his PhD thesis.

Ron Ross from WJBC AM 1230 in Bloomington, Illinois interviews Sean at 10:10 am cst on March 11th. Listen to the broadcast on mp3.

Lunch Pail Logic, a statewide syndicated radio program dedicated to working families of Wisconsin, interviews Sean on Thursday, January 31st at 1:00 pm CST. Listen to the broadcast on mp3.


Advertising Age named Kunkelfruit Wiki as 1 of "10 Great Time-Wasting Websites" in their December 18, 2006 edition, 'Book of Tens' (subscription required).

The snarksters at Gawker.com gave us a thumbs-up:

Kunkelfruit Now More Than Just Derogatory Nickname for 'Indecision' Author
By Emily, December 12, 2006

"And now, this fruit exists -- in wiki form, thanks to an enterprising NY-based nonprofit. Yup, Kunkelfruit. It's like Wikipedia for how things are made [...] We're impressed that someone actually made something from Kunkel's book a reality."

Keep up with Kunkelfruit Current Events here.

This Week's Featured Article

Home Mortgage

Though mortgage (from French, meaning death vow) packages are constantly marketed to the general public, the final numbers are often quite different. You may see or hear an advertised rate of 4.75% on a 30-year fixed mortgage, but that doesn’t mean you’ll qualify for it. There are several variables that, when taken into account, determine what the final product will look like. For example, a borrower with a 20% down payment is likely to receive a more favorable interest rate than someone who can only pay 10% down.

In addition, most lenders offer borrowers the option of paying “points” to reduce their overall interest rate. A point essentially equals a percent, so paying 1 point means the borrower is paying a fee equal to 1% of the loan amount. In exchange, the interest rate is reduced. Then, of course, there’s credit score, which has the biggest impact on both rates and points. With all these factors to consider, it’s easy to see why a mortgage isn’t truly “made” until a borrower has filled out an application and negotiated terms with the lender.[more...]

Introduction

A welcome message from Shveta Verma.

What is Kunkelfruit?


When you eat from this fruit then whenever you put your hand on a product, a commodity, an article, then, at the moment of your touch, how this commodity came into your hands becomes plainly evident to you. Now there is no more mystification of labor, no more of a world in which the object arrives by magic -- scrubbed, clean, no past, all of its history washed away.

-- Benjamin Kunkel, Indecision: A Novel


Wouldn't it be great if this magic fruit were real? Now it is.

Kunkelfruit Wiki is the web home for articles about consumer products. Each article shows that a product is something made by human hands from the fruits of the earth. It helps to make the process of manufacture and journey to market transparent to the consumer.

This wiki is meant to:

  • help make commerce more open and personal
  • encourage a more informed consumer
  • facilitate learning-by-doing investigative journalism


Kunkefruit Wiki is a collaborative project that emphasizes objective reporting -- much in the same way that Wikipedia calls for accuracy in its content. But where Wikipedia asks, "What is it?" Kunkelfruit Wiki asks, "How is it made?" And as an opensource wiki, anyone can write an article or improve an existing one:

  • High school and college students can do team homework projects to create articles.
  • Travelers or residents in the country of manufacture can contribute photos and/or videos of the factories and their workers, or of the land--for example, farms or mines--from which raw materials are harvested or extracted.
  • Workers can volunteer their own information about the products they make and the companies they work for.
  • Consumers can research the actual history of the products that they purchase, as well as the impact of their purchases on the community, and on the environment.


Kunkelfruit articles include:

  • a narrative that follows the entire life history of the product from raw material extraction, to manufacture, to distribution, to retail placement, sale, and ultimately, disposal
  • a breakdown of costs of the product as percentages of sales price, for example, how much of each purchase goes to a celebrity endorser, to executive compensation, to manufacturing labor, to marketing and advertising, to transportation costs, to raw materials, etc.
  • pictures and/or videos of the facility where it is manufactured, the workers who make it and their general living conditions (i.e. photos of the houses/neighborhood they live in), along with information about their wages, the cost of living in the country where they live, etc.

Participate!

To create a new article, do a search for the product. If the article doesn't currently exist in Kunkelfruit Wiki, you will be prompted to create one.

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