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Miniature Fan-Gun: The Perfect Way to Kill the Heat

Does the infernal summer heat make you want to shoot yourself? Now you can go ahead and do just that with this miniature fan that looks like a gun.

Are you hot? Then shoot yourself!
Are you hot? Then shoot yourself!
  With temperatures rising past 30ºC (90ºF), it becomes increasingly more difficult to think clearly. You walk around on the streets feeling like a zombie and all you want is to step into an air-conditioned building. It's almost enough to make you want to shoot yourself, isn't it?

This must be exactly what Kikkerland's designers thought when they came up with this miniature fan that looks like a gun.

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 on 08 Jul 2010 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments Send this to a friend

Piperoid: A Paper Pipe Robot You Put Together Without Glue

Did you like arts and craft class when you were a kid? Most adults no longer work on craft projects in their leisure time... Piperoid solves all these inconveniences and was created to help adults regain the restless spirit of childhood.

How to put Piperoid together.
How to put Piperoid together.
  Did you like arts and craft class when you were a kid? Most adults no longer work on craft projects in their leisure time... Many think this sort of thing is for children; others claim they simply don’t have the time. And this probably also has to do with the fact that we’re too lazy to buy some of the tools needed to work on craft projects.

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 on 28 Jun 2010 by Ayumi Nakai in Comments Send this to a friend

Pillow Tie: Now this is a novelty tie!

Is work exhausting? Take a cat nap at the office with this novelty tie. It has a compartment in the back that turns into a very convenient pillow.

Pillow Tie is an inflatable tie
Pillow Tie is an inflatable tie
  What if you could take a nap at the office after a long business lunch? Now you can, although you do risk being fired if your boss discovers your secret: an inflatable tie.

Don’t be alarmed, it’s not a plastic tie for gaudy office workers, it’s just a boring-looking ordinary tie with a stripped, polka dotted or checked pattern (there are over 60 models to choose from) that will go completely unnoticed by your colleagues at work.

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 on 21 Jun 2010 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments Send this to a friend

Kebito-san: Dwarf Dolls with Very Sensitive Hair.

There are some very strange dwarf dolls in Japan. They’re called Kebito-san and they’re made by Takara Tomy.

Red Kebito-san.
Red Kebito-san.
  These tiny dolls are very symbolic and they look like old men with very long hair on their heads and in their nostrils. In fact, "kobito" means "dwarf" in Japanese ('ko' means little and 'bito' means person), only instead of using 'ko' they used "ke" which means hair.

These little dolls are also very sensitive. When you touch their hair, the Kebito-san dolls mumble a few words and sometimes they even moan.

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 on 14 Jun 2010 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese videos Comments Send this to a friend

Pacman Portable Bottle Opener

This portable bottle opener is very practical and beautifully designed. It looks like a perfect yellow Pacman figure with very sharp teeth, and it also doubles as a keychain.

Pacman strikes again!
Pacman strikes again!
  Born in 1980, Pacman was one of the first video games on the market. It was a huge success from the moment it appeared. In fact, it even up staged Space Invaders, which had until then been the undisputed king of video games. Pacman was a lot more humorous and less violent. It was designed as a game for all audiences.

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 on 10 Jun 2010 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments Send this to a friend

NoDrip: The Perfect Gadget for Eating Ice Cream this Summer

Fit this plastic bowl around the base of your popsicle to stop your hands from getting sticky when it starts to melt. This is a must-have summer gadget for ice cream and popsicle lovers.

Fit NoDrip on the base of your popsicle
Fit NoDrip on the base of your popsicle
  Who hasn't gotten sticky, gooey ice cream all over themselves at least once? When it's really hot out, it's almost impossibly not to get your hands dirty while eating ice cream pops. NoDrip will put an end to this disaster and, although the gadget is designed to prevent kids from getting ice cream all over themselves, no doubt more than one adult will want to give it a try.

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 on 10 Jun 2010 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments ( 1 ) Send this to a friend

Use this bag of potato chips as a portable safe box

If a thieve wanted to take your belongings, do you think he'd look inside a bag of potato chips?

Put your stuff inside and fool thieves
Put your stuff inside and fool thieves
  Even the most secure and sophisticated safe boxes on the market have one major inconvenience: they look like safe boxes. Any middling thieve knows what he's looking for is probably in there! He may not manage to open it, but, if he does, he'll get what he's after.

That's why we have a silly idea to suggest that's actually very efficient, so you can store your treasures without raising suspicions: put them inside a bags of potato chips.

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 on 09 Jun 2010 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments Send this to a friend

Novelty Umbrella for Coffee Lovers

It's the Cup Umbrella, a novelty umbrella with a convenient cup holder on the handle so you can carry your coffee cup. Don't let the rain stop you from getting your daily dose of caffeine!

Don't let the rain stop you from getting your daily dose of caffeine!
Don't let the rain stop you from getting your daily dose of caffeine!
  Coffee lovers in generally (and Starbucks Coffee fans in particular) now have a new gadget to add to their list of favorites. This designer umbrella was created for Ek Design studio by Korean designer Jung-Woo Lee, whose work has received an Accent of Design Award for combining expressive design with functional products.

The Cup Umbrella is an enormous somber black umbrella with a special detail at the base of the handle: a built-in cup holder like the ones on armrests at the movie theater.

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 on 07 Jun 2010 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments Send this to a friend

Onion Goggles or, How to Peel Onions Without Crying

Onion Goggles are a pair of protective goggles like the ones used for skiing. Instead of protecting you from the sun's glare, these goggles protect you from onions.

Onion Goggles protect you from cruel onions
Onion Goggles protect you from cruel onions
  Onions are delicious; they're anti-carcinogenic and also help prevent allergies, asthma and diabetes. You could even say onions are one of our best allies, if it weren't because each time you peel one you end up suffering and crying!

How is it that this seemingly inoffensive vegetable is capable of moving us to tears? Well, it seems onions contain an organic compound that liberates certain enzymes that are transformed into sulphenic acids once the onion is cut...

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 on 07 Jun 2010 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments Send this to a friend

Protect Yourself from the Summer Heat with this Portable Heat Stroke Risk Detector

The Japanese have invented a portable heat stroke risk detector that warns you when you’re at risk of getting a heat stroke before you end up fainting from heat exhaustion.

Portable Heat Stroke Risk Detector.
Portable Heat Stroke Risk Detector.
  I get the feeling it’s getting hotter and hotter with every passing summer. It’s still only springtime and already we have to wear short sleeves and sandals. By the time summer comes along we’ll probably die of heat exhaustion! In order to find out if the risk of a deadly heat stroke is real, the Japanese have invented a portable heat stroke detector.

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 on 31 May 2010 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese Culture Comments Send this to a friend
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