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FingerTrap Bags Suck Like No Other Handbag

The Finger-trap handbag designed by James Piatt means you never have to hold onto your bag again. Suction design holds the bag in place on your fingertips. Be sure to attach your new handbag after you leave the house, or you'll never be able to open the front door.

Cute Necono Digital Cat Camera Makes Everyone Smile

It's a cat, it's a camera, it's the Necono Digital Cat Camera from Superheadz! This cute yet fully functional photographer's friend will make your subjects smile without having to say “cheese”.

3D-Printed Chocolate Truffle Self-Portraits Make Tasteful Valentine's Day Gifts

Smile, you're on candied camera! Japan's FabCafe is employing a 3D printer to create extra sweet, eminently edible, chocolate truffle self-portraits just in time for Valentine's Day.

Animal Obsession: The Diva Ostrich Table By IBride Design

Not everyone is in love with IBride's quirky furniture and portrait designs, but they should be.  IBride (translate - 'hybrid') designs add humor, self-awareness, and function to any decor, and the Diva Wall Table, is no exception - the subject of this animal obsession being the ostrich. 

PVC Wentworth Miracle Vases Make Vase Storage A Snap

Vases are pretty, but they take up a lot of room and if you don’t have fresh flowers around very often it can be annoying to have to store vases for a few random occasions. Wentworth Miracle Vases are made from durable PVC and are completely flat when unfilled.

Biomimicry In Fashion: Bird Skull Shoe Design

So many many man-made creations have been inspired by nature, animal physiology in particular.  But fashion... Biomimicry even goes beyond the fashionable animal prints we find printed on so many fabrics these days.  Here, for example, is a Bird Skull Shoe, and I don't need to tell you what inspired it.

iPhone Ashtray Is One Smoking Hot Smartphone!

The so-called i-Ashtray from Japan's Village Vanguard isn't all that smart as smartphones go but at least it never needs recharging. As for its owners, mistaking your i-Ashtray for your iPhone or vice versa will just make you look dumb.

Cute “Cooffee” Cup & Saucer Combo Cheers Up Your Morning

The “Cooffee” cup & saucer combo by Tokyo-based and Finnish-inspired design house Minä Perhonen evokes the perky personality of a bobbing bird while cleverly containing your morning cuppa java.

New Gold & Silver Coins Show Off China's First Aircraft Carrier

The People's Bank of China has announced the issuance of gold and silver commemorative coins celebrating the country's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. The two gold and two silver coins range in denominations from 10 to 2,000 yuan ($1.60 to $320), the latter with a market value of roughly $8,000 each.

Coffee Copies: The Top 7 Chinese Starbucks Ripoffs

Starbucks, the global coffee powerhouse, is big in China and the domestic competition knows it. They also know the old adage “if you can't beat 'em, join 'em” but somewhere, somehow, something got lost in translation.

Times Change, The Seagull 1963 Chinese Air Force Watch Stays The Same

The exquisite Seagull 1963 Chinese Air Force wristwatch is a faithful, 21-jewel replica of the unique hand-winding aviation chronograph originally created for just 1,400 elite members of the Chinese Air Force.

San-X Goes Upmarket with Rilakkuma Elegant Pearl Pendant

Dare to be bear! As Japan's birthrate falls and the core market for Hello Kitty and Rilakkuma toys ages, cute character powerhouse San-X refuses to be left behind. Case in point: the sterling silver Rilakkuma Elegant Pearl Pendant.

Nissan Raises The Curtain On “The Dark Night Rises” Juke Nismo

Nissan's “The Dark Knight Rises” Juke Nismo is one mean matte black beast! Bedecked in bat emblems and boasting a bevy of Bruce Wayne-friendly styling cues, this ultra-theatrical Juke is neither a joke nor a ride for The Joker.

Ghostbusters Night Lights Illuminate Rooms Before You Enter Them

The built-in vibration sensors inside these Ghostbusters automatic night lights illuminate any room before you enter it. Then they stay on for 8 seconds, allowing you to get to a light switch before automatically switching themselves off again.

Chupa Chups Designer Wood Case Keeps Your Lolly Jolly

Have a jolly lolly Christmas with the Chupa Chups Design Wood Case! Worn on one's belt and secured with saddle leather & antiqued brass snaps, this real wooden wonder keeps your emergency lollipop safely within arm's reach.

Audi R8 China Edition: A Supercar for China's Super Rich

The 2012 Audi R8 China Edition is a lot of car for a lot of money – almost half a million U.S. dollars buys one of the 80 available. It also highlights the German automaker's latest attempt to establish their brand in the hearts, minds and budgets of China's rapidly expanding wealthy class.

Domo Toaster Gives Bread More Bite, Won't Harm Kittens

Can't get enough of Domo, NHK Japan's lovable toothy mascot? Well guess what, your dreams have come true! Not only does the Domo Toaster brand an image of Domo-kun onto each and every slice of your morning toast, the toaster itself is styled to look just like Domo.

How LEDs Light Up Your Life in Ways You Never Imagined

So you might have taken one look at the title and went, "LED lights? What does that have to do with me?" Well, if you're well aware of what it can do and what people around you have been doing with it, then you'll agree that it has a lot to do with you.

Bizarre Burger-Eating Doll Will Supersize Your Nightmares

The “X-Ray MC Super Sized in Humberger, Devil version” clown doll from White Rabbit Express looks like Ronald McDonald... if the fast-food mascot was reimagined by Tim Burton. The extremely disturbing, evilly-grinning doll features transparent skin exposing a pair of undigested burgers and a garish green glow-in-the-dark skeleton.

Bizarre By Design: The Top 10 Weirdest Japanese Buildings

Japan may be the place where conformity is king but their architects never saw the memo. These 10 weird, wild and even wooly Japanese buildings take the concept of multistory strangeness to a higher level, albeit one that the elevator will still stop at.