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Custom Printed City Sights Photo Pillows

City Pillows

Bored with throw pillows bearing conventional designs, cartoon characters, and (even worse) the mugs of boy band members? Then it’s time to whip your camera out and upload a couple choice shots of sights you love in your city on to Hatch.

Hatch makes customized throw pillows featuring the image of your choice. They’ll also trace the outline of the building, landmark, or object and use that to come up with the shape and size of the pillow. From the Empire State Building and park benches to random pigeons and the Eiffel Tower, the possibilities are endless.

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This Dude’s Clothes Horse Goes Round and Round

Clothes Horse

If you’re strapped for space and have a lot of laundry to hang, then you might want to embark on your little own DIY project and make something like this. That’s what Aaron Dunkerton did and it looks like he’s managed to hit two birds with one stone: first of all, his Clothes Horse fits way more than the average clothes racks and hangers. Second, it actually looks pretty neat–almost like a work of art, even.

When it’s in use and expanded in all its glory, his unconventional garment airer features 36 arms and takes the form of a 12-pointed star.

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Skyscraper Candles: Taller Than Your Average Candle

Skyscraper Candle

You won’t want to light these skyscraper candles if you have other plain candles left in the house for obvious reasons. They’ll light up your room if the electricity goes out, but they double as unusual works of art when the lights are on. These candles, which were thought up by Jing Jing Naihan Li, were on display at the Beijing Design Week last year. Now they’re available online so you can display them in your home or “burn down” the metropolis when the mood strikes.

Each candle is sold separately starting at $39. Definitely pricey for a candle, but then again, they aren’t your typical candles with each measuring about 40cm in height.

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Two Stroke Smoke Candle: Fill Your Home With the Scent of Motorbikes

Two Stroke Smoke Candle

Close your eyes and take a whiff of the scent that emanates from the Two Stroke Smoke candle. Memories of hours spent riding a motorbike out in the country or weaving a snowmobile on the slopes will eventually come to mind. The smell of Blendzall Racing Castor 2 stroke oil isn’t the most pleasant scent in the world (frankly, it stinks) but the memories it conjures up are just all too precious.

If you feel nostalgic and are missing the good old days, then light one of these up and immerse yourself in the distinct high-octane fragrance of these candles.

Super awesome custom blended candle by Maplewood’s very own Maven. It’s made with real live Blendzall Racing Castor 2 stroke oil with high-octane fragrance.

The Two Stroke Smoke candle is available for $20.

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The Ultimate Video Game Proposal: Press ‘Start’ for ‘Happily Ever After’

When it comes to proposals, it’s all in the effort. Whether the end result was a bust or a huge success, the effort behind the gesture should be the most important thing. Fortunately for artist Robert Fink, his plans came to fruition and he came up with an awesome proposal for his girlfriend (now fiance): a video game.

Robert enlisted the help of his friends Ryan Lepinski and Jack Watson, who was a programmer and musician respectively, to create the game. Called Knight Man, the game is all about a quest for love which culminated in the proposal. Now who wouldn’t say yes to this?

You can play Knight Man here.

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‘Million Short’: An Unconventional Search Engine That Ignores Popular Sites In Search Results

Million Short

Search engines have algorithms that match and rank results based on your search terms and keywords. On most search engines, I usually stop checking the results at page 10 since that’s usually where the relevance tapers off. You might be able to find a couple of gems buried within those other resources, but you’ve got to have a lot of time, not to mention patience, to actually go through each and every one of them.

With that in mind, what type of results would you expect to see on page 100?

Giving you the answers (and the results) is Million Short. It’s an experimental search engine that gives users the option of removing results from the most popular sites on the Internet. Up to a million of the most popular websites can be excluded, with the other increments being 100, 1,000, 10,000, and 100,000. In effect, it’s like skipping over the first few dozen pages of results or so to get to the sites that aren’t as popular.

The search engine was created by software company Exponential Labs. Try it out and decide if it gives you better hits or if it’s just a waste of time.

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This Restaurant Lets People Trade Their Crappy Gifts for a Gift Card

White Elephant Gift Exchange

It happens every year. It’s true that the thought behind the present matters the most, but some are just so bad or so ugly that the gift itself has no true value in your life. (In short, you’ll never use it, wear it, or display it around your house.) With this in mind, Houlihan’s Restaurant put on their thinking hat and came up with a promotion that will let people trade in their ugly presents for something else that could be better.

To sweeten the deal, all participants stand a chance to win a $25 gift card that they can spend at the restaurant. The only condition is that the presents can’t cost more than $10. To join in on the fun, send in your unwanted White Elephant presents to Houlihan’s at 8700 State Line Rd., Suite 100, Leawood, KS, 66206. They’ll send you a random present for your troubles that might come with the bonus gift card if you happen to be the lucky winner.

Gifts must be received by January 3rd, 2014.

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Check Out This Fancy $500 Ready-to-Eat Dinner

Expensive TV Dinner

TV dinners often look crappier in real life than what’s being advertised on the box. If you think about it, you shouldn’t really expect a completely satisfying and wholesome meal out of the box, since it did come frozen and is ready-to-eat after nuking it for a couple of minutes.

Redefining ready-made dinners  is Chef Charlie Bigham and his extremely fancy dinner creation that will please even the pickiest of people. It’s being dubbed as the fanciest, most luxurious TV dinner that money can buy. For starters, there’s the amuse-bouche of Beluga caviar. The main course of lobster, wild turbot, fresh diver-caught scallops, smoked salmon and oysters that are poached in Dom Perignon champagne sauce follows. If that’s not enough, there’s also fresh white Alba truffle with creamy mashed Yukon Gold heritage potatoes on the side and a 24-carat gold leaf crumb to complete the meal.

The entire dinner costs £314.16 (about $500) and was available starting last December 4th.

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Poptopia Gives You a Popcorn-Scented Gaming Experience

Poptopia

Poptopia is making a splash as the first scented mobile game in the market, although I’m not sure how the added smells enrich the gaming experience. The game itself is relatively simple enough. All you have to do is pop kernels into popcorn to feed the on-screen mouth and keep going for as long as you can.

The scent is care of the Pop Dongle, which contains enough essence of pop corn to emit the delicious scent of popcorn 500 to 1,000 times. Unfortunately, only a few people will be able to experience the game with the accompanying scents, as the dongles aren’t available for sale. The Pop Dongles are only up for bidding on eBay, with previous listings bringing in bids of up to $315.

That seems like an atrocious price to pay for a mobile gaming accessory, but it’s all for a good cause: 100% of the proceeds from the auctions will go to the American Red Cross. To bid or to find out more about the Pop Dongle, you can check out the listing here.

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