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Cool 'Seek & Destroy' T-shirt: The Cat's Got Your Back

Why advertise a product, band or sports franchise on your t-shirt when Japan's Ito Manufacturing offers an expensive, expressive & eccentric alternative? “Seek & Destroy” t-shirts in Grass Green and Cloud Gray plug you into a rarefied region of social consciousness where mass market consumerism takes a back seat to a black cat with heat-vision.

Sleeping With a Smartphone: The iPhone 3-Piece Bedding Set

Are you sleeping on the Jobs again? Ordering “Enter Sandman” for your ringtone? The iPhone 3-Piece Bedding Set from China satisfies all your phone-y hang-ups, though excessive tossing and turning could result in unintended 911 butt-dials.

Biodegradable Portable & Reusable Drink Bottles Sport Can Camouflage

Can those cans and battle the bottles! Japan's ongoing “eco” movement for environmental friendliness and sustainable living seems to have even influenced the appearance of plastic water bottles... these ones look like cans.

Political Cats Create New Bill To Save Russian Felines

Zarathustra ran for President of Russia.  Hank is running for Senator in Virginia.  Two cats, worlds apart, but both political, and both sworn to do good for the world, no matter what.

Kusa Flip Flops Have Grassy Soles, Never Need Watering

Keep ON the grass! With Kusa Flip-Flops, your lawn is underfoot whenever and wherever you walk. The shaggy Syn-Turf soled sandals let you relive one of summer's sweet simple pleasures: wriggling your toes in the cool green grass.

Lettuce-like Vegetabrella Turns Rainy Days to Salad Days

The Vegetabrella from Japan's Tokyo Noble is as green and wrinkly as a fresh head of lettuce, and the resemblance grows even stronger when it's rolled up. Just be sure you leave the lettuce in the fridge and take the Vegetabrella along on stormy days or you'll end up as soggy as an un-spun salad.

Mt. Fuji Travel Tissue Case Blows Its Top When You Blow Your Nose

Sneeze the moment with a cute & clever Mt. Fuji Travel Tissue Case! The 100% cotton case designed by Tomohiro Ikegaya for Goodbymarket relies on users to provide the case's one moving part: the tissue paper poking out from Mt. Fuji's snow-capped summit.

Aston Martin's Lagonda SUV Concept Spies Well-Heeled Chinese Drivers

Aston Martin Lagonda Limited, famed for its high performance GT sports cars favored by the likes of James Bond, reckons its future lies far to the east of MI6 headquarters in the garages of China's rich and famous. The super-luxury 4x4 Lagonda SUV is expected to cost a pretty moneypenny and would likely leave 007 shaken, not stirred.

Self-Stirring Pot Puts New Spin on Stove-top Cooking

Is stuck pasta your kitchen nightmare? A Japanese dentist has created a stir with Kuru-Kuru Nabe (“Round and Round Pot”), a cooking pot with sculpted sides. Turn up the heat and watch basic thermodynamics go to work so you don't have to!

iPhone 'Mug Case' Helps You Get A Grip On Your Calls

Tired of being put on hold? Get a handle on your mobile conversations and hold ALL your calls, all the time, with the self-standing silicone Mug Case for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.

Time to Read? Amazon Japan Limited Edition Analog Alarm Clock

Amazon Japan is offering a simple yet stylish analog alarm clock for a limited time only. The clock comes in black or orange, sports the Amazon Japan website URL on its face, and wakes up loyal Amazon customers with an electronic beeping chime and complementary flashing lights.

Saddle Leather Computer Mouse for Skin to Skin Luxury

Desktop computer users tired of caressing a bland, boring, cold plastic mouse all day can click up to some luxury thanks to Japanese specialty retailer Atelier Wazakura. The so-called Kawanezumi (Leather Mouse) features our favorite handy peripheral swathed in soft, supple Saddle Leather. Giddyup!

Heat Conducting Designer Ice Cream Spoon Softens the Hardest Häagen-Dazs

So your ice cream's too hard but waiting for it to soften at room temperature can be agonizing. “If you wait, you might wait too long and it turns into liquid,” explains Japanese architect and designer Naoki Terada. “All this frustration, all this calculating. It had to stop somewhere!” Now thanks to Terada, our long national nightmare is over.

KDDI's Concept IIDA Smartphone Features a Manual Analog Clock

Look Ma, hands! Japan's KDDI is showcasing a curiously retro smartphone that's a real blast from the past. The phone's bezel features a manually-wound analog clock, thus creating a fusion of elegance and technology.

Singapore Coke Machines Give Out Cold Drinks for Warm Hugs

If you think machines have no compassion, you've either been watching too many Terminator movies or you haven't visited Singapore lately. The Southeast Asian city-state is where you'll find The Coca-Cola Hug Machine: you supply the hugs, it provides the Coke.

Icon Watch Design Echoes Early Computer Graphics

With the Icon Watch the time's always eight... eight-bit, that is. This ultra-minimalist, battery powered wristwatch was inspired by a computer icon and as such, is a true sign of the times.

Nerdy Keyboard Sandals Show Off Your Geek Sole

Nerdy “types” out there will want to step into these keyboard  sandals, artfully imprinted to soothe the geek sole... er, soul. Even the skinniest 98-pound weakling will get a kick out of these cheap flip-flops as they're ideal for a trip to the beach - sand kicking by bullies optional but likely inevitable.

Melty Chocolate USB Lamp Pours Out Calorie-free Illumination

Hot chocolate just got hotter... and lighter, too! The Melty Chocolate USB Sweets Light pours out warm, comforting, calorie-free light while avoiding what would appear to be a sticky mess in the making.

Android Espresso Cup Jump-Starts Your Personal Operating System

Google's Android is a Linux-based operating system run by mobile devices like smartphones and tablet computers. Espresso is a concentrated, caffeinated beverage prized for its effect on sluggish organic digestive and cognitive systems. The limited edition "Robopresso" delivers the latter in a cup inspired by the former.

Enigma: Puzzling Wooden Floor Design By Jamie Beckwith

Floor tiles have moved up a few notches since the vinyl foam tiles first lined the nursery.  And, though these tiles may remind you (somewhat) of those jigsaw like EPA pieces, nowhere have I seen floor tiles so elegant that they must be the center of attention in any room they are laid - the hand-crafted wooden puzzle floor tiles of Jamie Beckwith.