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Tag Archives: Unusual

A Shoe Shaped Church Made To Attract Females

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You’re looking at a a giant glass slipper that also happens to be a church. It’s located in Chaiyi province of Taiwan, features 320 tinted glass panels, measures 10m (36ft) wide and cost about T$23m (US$686,000 £477,000) to make. Why? According to Pan Tsuei-ping, the administration’s recreation section manager, it was built to attract more women. However, it will not be used for worship, but rather as a venue for pre-wedding photo shoots and wedding ceremonies.

The shoe was inspired by a local story. According to officials in the 1960s, a 24-year-old girl surnamed Wang from the impoverished region suffered from Blackfoot disease. Both of her legs had to be amputated, leading to the cancellation of her wedding. She remained unmarried and spent the rest of her life at a church.
The high heel is intended to honour her memory.

Of course, it’s not every woman who’ll take kindly to this kind of thinking. Online discussions featured comments like this: “What were the authorities thinking when they commission such a hideous-looking building in the area? It’s just disrespectful,” said one user on popular Chinese microblogging site Weibo.

What do you guys think? A shoe shaped church for weddings, good idea or terrible?

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[ BBC Article ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

So… The Chinese Are Apparently Buying Bottled Canadian Air

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We imagine that people laughed when water started being sold in plastic bottles, and now look at the industry that became. So we’re not entirely surprised that more well-to-do Chinese folks are turning to a company called VitalityAir that sells pristine Canadian air in a can; when there’s a market, there’s a market. Considering the astronomical pollution levels over there, we can also see the appeal. So for prices ranging between $20CAD (around $14 USD) and $32CAD (around $23 USD) you can buy a bottle that contains 3 litres of compressed air from places like “Lake Louise” or “Banff”, and it’ll last for about 80 one-second puffs.

Vitality Air’s Mr Lam admits that he started out the company as a joke as well when he and co-founder Troy Paquette filled a plastic bag of air and sold it for less than 50 pence on the auction site Ebay.
A second bag sold for $160 (£105).
“That’s when we realised there is a market for this,” says Mr Lam.

Sure enough, their first batch of 500 sold in just 4 days, and there’s another shipment of 4,000 en route to China that’s all already mostly sold out. The company will ship their air anywhere in the world for a flat $9 ship rate.

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There’s a Tinfoil Hat On Kickstarter, And It’s Not Quite Tanking Yet

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Albert Einstein famously said “Only two things are infinite, the Universe and Human Stupidity. And I’m not so sure about the Universe.” When we come across things like the Shield: Signal Proof Headwear, and we realize that they’ve got over 200 backers as of this writing, we are reminded of how right he was. This particular product is a hat you wear to help protect your brain from all that electromagnetic radiation that surrounds you, from “cell phones, wi-fi, satellites, tv and radio, microwaves, electric devices, lights or heavy doses of cosmic rays during the flight”. It’s made from a “special signal proof fabric (100% silver coated shielding fabric)” that allegedly blocks most of these signals. Never mind that there’s no scientific proof that electromagnetic radiation is dangerous to humans, better be safe than sorry, right? A £16 (around $23) pledge will get you a beanie or a cap.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

So… There’s a Cat Paw Scented Handcream, and A… Back-of-a-cat-head Perfume

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Look, we’re not saying that weird stuff comes out of Japan, it’s just that… weird stuff does tend to come out of Japan. Of course, maybe it’s just weird to us, whereas any native Japanese person won’t even blink at the mention of a Cat Paw Scented Handcream, or a Back-Of-A-Cat’s-Head Perfume. Whatever the cultural observation to be made on the existence of this product, the fact remains that it appears to be real. It’s hard to tell what’s really going on from a translated page, but it seems that the hand cream contains cosmetic industry buzzword components, like hyaluronic acid and collagen and has been specially formulated to recreate a pleasant version of the scent found in cat paws. Same story for the perfume, though it seems to be the kind that you spray on fabric. The hand cream costs in the vicinity of $10, while the perfume is closer to $23.

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So Even Crickets Are Driving Cars Nowadays

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Granted, we’re talking about toy cars, but this is totally legit. Toys’R’Us is selling the BugRacer, which is a battery-powered toy car that features a special cockpit meant to accommodate a cricket. No, the cricket isn’t included in your purchase, so after your child acquires one (either through bug hunting in the yard, or at the pet store), he’ll be able to coax him into the tiny ‘control room’. Sensors within detect the insect’s position, and steer the vehicle accordingly. Sure, the car is going to bump into stuff and drive around erratically, it’s a bug after all, but it’s programmed to simply back up when it hits a wall. There’s even an auto-pilot mode if you feel like Jiminy is too drunk to drive that day. It’s a cool way to get your child interested in insects, which could lead to an interest in biology and science in general. It’s $35.

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Wrap-a-Nap Travel Pillow Lets You Sleep Anywhere

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There’s all kinds of travel pillows out there, some of them with pretty high-tech features. We’re rather fond of this particular contender however, the Wrap-a-Nap Travel Pillow, because not only does it let you rest your head against any hard surface (an airplane window, for instance), it also wraps around your eyes, blocking the sight of other disgruntled travellers in one fell swoop. Even better, it blocks sounds too! In one cool pillow, you get to rest your head, shut your eyes, and close your ears so your undignified ride can pass by an uneventfully as possible. And it’s only $20.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ OddityMall ]

A Cat Suit With A Pouch For A Cat Is The Catsuit You’ve Always Wanted

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Aw man, we’re surprised the Internet didn’t break when news of this Cat Suit came out. It’s a lot like the Mewgaroo Hoodie we wrote about in May, it even bears the same name, only it’s a jumpsuit with cat ears and cat tail, or a Catsuit if you will. And like it’s hoodie cousin, it has a special pouch with a top opening in which you can stuff your cat, to complete the image. Oh, and a trap door so you can do your business while still carrying your kitty, which will undoubtedly make him happy and not freak out at all. Crazy cat ladies everywhere will jump at the opportunity to make a trip to the local Walmart donning this most awesome cat-loving and sanity-defying costume. It’s 8,000 Yen, or about $65.

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Girl Makes $700 Cat Bags

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No, these are not taxidermied. They’re hand-crafted bags made by Japanese artist Pico. She makes them one at a time, probably takes forever, and so feels entitled to charge $700 for them. If I were to spend ungodly hours making cat bags, I probably would add a zero to that figure, but that’s just me. They’re actually up for sale on a Japanese Yahoo Auction website, so maybe $700 is what one of them sold for while other may fetch different prices (after reading another article on the topic, that’s exactly what it is. Still… $700?!). I’m not sure since everything is in Japanese and I can’t find proper information. So instead of being an informative post, just revel in pictures of super cute kitty purses and if you’re feeling adventurous, try to navigate the links to figure out how to get your own.

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Star Wars Shoes With Lightsaber Heels

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Another day, another semi-ridiculous piece of Star Wars merchandise. This time we’re looking at shoes from UK retailer Irregular Choice. They’ve created a collection of themed shoes, some of which include lightsaber heels and… curtain tie laces? They’ll definitely stand out and loudly proclaim your love for the franchise. The company will also be selling C-3PO flats and R2-D2 themed heels. The collection comes out on October 30th, but there’s no word on price.

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