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Tag Archives: Unusual

Vincent Van Gogh Plush Doll With Removable Ear

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Well then… that’s a little creepy. But interesting nonetheless, in a “I-like-creepy-shit” kind of way. You’re looking at the Vincent van Gogh Little Thinker, by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild. It’s an 11 inches tall plush doll with a frowny Van Gogh, and more importantly, a removable ear! It sticks with velcro, so you can spend your days taking it off and putting it back on, wondering how life must have been for the tortured artist. The story goes that Vincent cut the ear off “after an argument with fellow painter Paul Gauguin, and left it with a prostitute at a brothel the two frequently visited. There is speculation whether the ear was meant as a memento for Gauguin, a prostitute lover, or if Van Gogh was just batshit crazy.” We’re siding with batshit crazy, but only because that’s the kind of crazy that makes for the most amazing art. The doll is $19, and currently unavailable.

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Alice In Wonderland Shoes

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The company Irregular Choice makes some pretty eye catching shoes. Just take the Star Wars shoes as an example. Well now they’re back with their latest creation, for which they’ve teamed up with Disney. The Alice in Wonderland shoes are simply psychedelic, which as we all know is perfectly fitting with the Alice in Wonderland theme. They’ll set you back anywhere between $184 and $381, and come in different styles, from Alice, to Cheshire Cat, to Teapot. Each pair is intricately adorned, and if you’re really into novelty tricked out shoes, seems worth every penny.

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Sacrificial Chair Serves As A Clothes Rack

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You know that chair in the bedroom you just toss your clothes on, only to finally take them off twice a month and toss them in the laundry hamper? Yeah, well, it’s not doing its purpose of letting you sit now, is it? So why bother? The Sacrificial Chair elegantly acknowledges this common habit and is made for the sole purpose of tossing garments haphazardly on. It’s a simple metal wireframe, easily assembled after being shipped flat, and serves absolutely zero sitting duty. We imagine the philosophy is that if you can’t change your bad habits, you may as well embrace them. You will, of course, have to pay $140 for the privilege.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ NoPuedoCreer ]

Pooping On The Side Of A 4X4’s Tire

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When you gotta go, you gotta go. If you’ve bought yourself a fancy off-road vehicle, there’s chance you’ll be off the beaten path for long periods, away from civilized sanitation. If the urge strikes you, you can do your business like a caveman, or class it up a little with this toilet seat mounted to the side of a 4X4’s front wheel. There’s very little information about it, and the source seems to be a Russian forum. Our best guess is it’s a homemade contraption, so no chance to actually buy it. But you know, once an idea is in the wild, it just takes an enterprising guy and a Kickstarter, and you have yourself a product. Just make sure your buddy doesn’t try to drive it away while you’re doing your business, you know, for giggles.

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A PB&J Bottle Of Old Fashioned

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When it comes to putting things in our mouths, we’re big fans of big bold tastes. That’s why we are such big fans of bacon. But the tasty cured meat isn’t the only flavour that gets our buds going. The peanut butter and jelly combination is a staple in any kid’s lunch box, and for good reason: that stuff is tasty! Now that you’ve grown up, you might be interested in the Peanut Butter and Jam Old Fashioned instead.

– Warming tasty bourbon with notes of peanut butter and jam
– Sweetened using homemade raspberry syrup
– Salted with pink Himalayan rock salt
– Each burly bottle is labelled and corked by hand in East London
– Dipped in a delicious raspberry-scented wax seal
– Even better than the legendary sandwich

It’s already mixed and ready to drink, either neat or on the rocks. Just do yourself a favour and enjoy this libation by itself and not mixed with some orange juice or some other monstrosity. You will be paying £39.99 ($56USD) for the privilege after all.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ TheAwesomer ]

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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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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