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Nonsensical Survival Kits

Everything from a kit to help you become a bad boy to one aimed at would-be writers. Everything’s possible on the Internet.

Kit to help you look pretty the day after labor
Kit to help you look pretty the day after labor
  If your dream has always been to climb the Himalayas or ride a warplane, forget how-to books and crash courses. Search the Internet, and you’re likely to find a kit with all the tools needed to reach your objectives. Just type your aspirations into the Google search page and wait... you’ll see what comes up.

If you’re about to give birth, maybe you’re worried about looking decent in the photos after labor...

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 on 11 Mar 2009 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments Send this to a friend

Obamitas

They’re not Obama’s daughters, they’re a type of cookie that will brighten up your day and make those long workdays easier to bear.

Obamitas cookies, the latest anti-depressant
Obamitas cookies, the latest anti-depressant
  A few days ago we talked about Carlota's cookies and today we’ve discovered the wonderful world of Obamitas. Could it be that designer cookies with a message are a new trend? We love the idea, because we like cookies that are different, original, and unconventional.

That’s what Obamitas are like. They’re chocolate cookies that bear an uncanny resemblance to the president of the United States.

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 on 10 Mar 2009 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments Send this to a friend

Business Card Planter

If you want clients to remember your company’s name, get yourself a smart business card like this one.

Jamie Wieck’s business card planter
Jamie Wieck’s business card planter
  The purpose of handing out a business card isn’t so clients will put them away in their wallets. It’s so they’ll look at the card once in while and remember your name. If you have a traditional business card, it will probably end up forgotten in some sad cardholder and will never again see the light of day.

London-based graphic designer Jamie Wieck set off to create a business card that’s different, original and attractive with the aim of encouraging clients to keep it on top of their desks rather than hidden in a drawer.

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 on 09 Mar 2009 by Marta Reig in Gadgets, inventions and prototypes Comments Send this to a friend

Hina-matsuri

It’s the festival of dolls, a day dedicated to girls that’s celebrated in Japan every year.

A complete Ohina-sama set, with a 7-tiered platform
A complete Ohina-sama set, with a 7-tiered platform
  What is Hina-matsuri?
When I was a girl, the tradition of decorating Ohina-sama dolls with my mother was a special event that we celebrated each year at home. These are traditional Japanese dolls, and people start decorating them towards the end of February. They are so pretty that, while they were on display, I would never tire of spending countless hours staring at them completely enraptured.

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 on 05 Mar 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese Culture Comments Send this to a friend

Weird Hotels

We’ve picked the 5 weirdest hotels on the planet. These stand out for their extravagance, functionality, wit and originality.

It looks like a UFO but it’s a portable room
It looks like a UFO but it’s a portable room
  Is the famous Ice Hotel the most innovative and sophisticated thing you’ve seen in the world of hospitality? You’re a bit out of the loop. Extravagant and clever hotels are in vogue. And, if you don’t believe it, just look at our selection. These hotels are really weird:

"Mausoleum Inn" Cemetery Hotel - Jiangsu, China

The "Mausoleum Inn" is probably the most spine-chilling hotel on the planet.

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 on 04 Mar 2009 by Marta Reig in Art, design and architecture Comments Send this to a friend

Beat Takeshi

Outside Japan, he’s known as a film director, within the country he’s a famous comedian. The man has triumphed in two different fields.

DVD cover for "Oretachi, hyokinzoku", Takeshi dressed up as "Takecyan-Man"
DVD cover for "Oretachi, hyokinzoku", Takeshi dressed up as "Takecyan-Man"
  When I was a girl, one of my favorite shows on TV was Oretachi, hyokinzoku ("We’re a funny family"). The program featured Takeshi Kitano disguised Take-cyan Man, a super-hero who always managed to mess things up.

After all these years, we still see him on TV every day. He’s the great comedian known as Beat Takeshi. However, in the rest of the world, he’s better known as a director.

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 on 03 Mar 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese videos Comments Send this to a friend

HappyCloud

British artist Stuart Semple launched 2000 clouds shaped like smiley faces around the Tate Modern and Bankside in London.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a smiling cloud!
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a smiling cloud!
  Do you wake up in a foul mood and walk around like a zombie all morning? A double dose of coffee should get you going, but what would really liven up your day is if you were to come across a landscape as charming as the one Londoners had a chance to contemplate last week.

British artist Stuart Semple took it upon himself to cheer up passers-by who were out early enough to catch his curious installation called "HappyCloud" which consisted of filling the sky with pink clouds shaped like smiley faces.

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 on 02 Mar 2009 by Marta Reig in Art, design and architecture Comments Send this to a friend

Futuristic "Paco House"

Despite the Spanish name, the Paco house is Japanese. It’s like a cardboard box with a bunch of surprises inside.

Open it to find out what it looks like inside
Open it to find out what it looks like inside
  We complain about living in tiny homes where nothing fits and we fantasize about having enormous houses so we can spread all our possessions out. While some of us waste time daydreaming, other creative minds are bent on finding ways to optimize space.

The Japanese studio Schemata Architecture has created these unique white square futuristic-looking houses. They measure just 3 square meters, but inside they’re equipped to meet any human’s basic needs with a kitchen, shower, WC, bed and a living area.

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 on 27 Feb 2009 by Marta Reig in Art, design and architecture Comments Send this to a friend

Radiology Art

What happens if you put a hamburger in a CAT scan machine? You get unusual and interesting images such as these.

This hamburger has been X-rayed
This hamburger has been X-rayed
  Surely at some point you’ve killed time by making copies of your face in the office copy machine. Your face deformed on a sheet of A 4 paper is just an anecdotal document of no great interest, but if you like seeing what things look like through a scanner, you should follow the footsteps of the people who created these photographs and use a more professional system.

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 on 26 Feb 2009 by Marta Reig in Art, design and architecture Comments Send this to a friend

Eat Date Book

Eat is the name of this collection of chromatic date books. They come in 9 colors, each of which corresponds to a color in the Pantone color-matching system.

Carrot Orange Diary "Orange 151C"
Carrot Orange Diary "Orange 151C"
  Pantone is the most widely used color-matching system in graphic arts and is recognized throughout the world. Anyone who’s used Photoshop has probably noticed the infinite color palette Pantone offers. Which one should I choose? There are too many! Even so, it’s still the system of choice for professionals who work with colors, such as graphic designers, artists and painters.

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 on 24 Feb 2009 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments ( 1 ) Send this to a friend
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