Art and Design
Our long international automotive nightmare is about to end as the Mitsuoka Orochi, slammed by many as one of the world's ugliest production vehicles, nears the end of its eight-year run. Only five special Final Edition vehicles will be sold to deep-pocketed buyers looking for a far out of the ordinary far-eastern wannabe supercar.
by Steve Levenstein
Gundam it, Japan's Nankai Electric Railway knows how to celebrate special occasions in style! To mark the 20th anniversary of their Airport Line, passengers can ride the Mobile Suit Gundam UC - Neo Zeon Limited Express Rapi:t train and stock up on some cool commemorative swag.
You can keep your Batmobile, Superman's truck is where it's at! A unique Dodge RAM 2500 Power Wagon made to promote Warner Brothers' blockbuster action film “Man Of Steel” has hit the auction block. The quintessential quad cab comes with a host of super-features though the winning bidder will have to provide his (or her) own cape.
The innovative Vanhawks Valour is a high-tech connected bike with a surprisingly low-tech power source: its rider. The stylish two-wheeler is anything but primitive, however. The stealthy carbon fiber frame features built-in Bluetooth 4.0 and a host of safety sensors that interact with a companion app.
Wouldn't you really rather have THIS Buick? A radically customized 1964 Buick Riviera named “Rivision” has won the Ridler Award for America's most creative and innovative custom car. Looks like the 20,000 hours of labor and $300,000 worth of parts Canadian car customizer J.F. Launier put into the mellow yellow retro Riv paid off big time.
We're not Putin you on, this Russian custom car is swathed in real Canadian buffalo hide inside and out – including the trunk and the engine compartment. Better not take it out in the rain... better yet, don't take it out at all.
Chrysler's reborn muscle car, the Dodge Challenger, is all about performance both on the road and on the sales charts: calendar-year sales have tripled since its 2008 introduction. With Ford set to roll out the restyled 50th anniversary Ford Mustang, however, the Pentastar people dipped even deeper into the nostalgia well to create an even more muscular Challenger for 2015.
The innovative Austrian-designed Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle (“Eletromotorrad” in German) doesn't look like any other electrobike while performing better than most of its competitors.
Shutter the door and make it snappy! This curious camera-shaped public toilet in Chongqing, China perfectly fits the computer and electronics focused vibe of the neighborhood. Bonus: there's no better place to butt-dial a selfie.
by Diana Eid
The tooth artists at Heward Dental Lab can create custom handpainted artwork on your teeth.
by Louise MacGregor
Don't let the chocolate and bunnies fool you-whoever said that Easter has to be sweet? These wierd, funny and creepy advertisements will make you think again.
by Fashion Finds
If you are working on your transformation into full-blown crazy cat lady, simply having a dozen or two felines just isn't good enough. Instead, you've got to embrace the fashion so the whole world can see just how much you love kittens. You know, beyond the pet hair that is adhered to your clothing permanently (trust me, I know). With a second design for dog lovers, these pet happy fashions also work double duty; supporting the lives of felines and canines alike.
by Steve Levenstein
Old and busted: picnics in the park. New hotness: a picnic in a parking lot! Japanese artist/designer Yuma Kano's disconcerting “On The Road” picnic sheet puts al fresco diners square on the pavement even if they're off the beaten path.
by Steve Levenstein
Providing a urine sample isn't always as quick & easy as we'd like it to be and frankly, the entire experience can be fraught with performance anxiety. The Japanese medical profession has duly noted this issue and, in an effort to be helpful, now offers squeamish patients a range of cute, comfy and borderline creepy urinalysis cups.
by M Dee Dubroff
The driverless car hovers in our midst as the vehicle of tomorrow. What are the implications, however, when the driver's attention doesn't have to be focused on the road? Technology has developed some amazing diversions to help riders pass the time. Read on for more about this most interesting phenomenon.