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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.

Restored Fresco Curry: A Tasteful Tribute to a Terrible Touch-Up

Japanese artist, blogger and curry cook Takeda Take has taken the disastrously (but hilariously) botched restoration of the Spanish fresco “Ecco Homo” to a new, delicious level.

Dogstar Portable LED Searchlight Shines at RISCON Safety & Security Trade Show

Have light, will travel? With the Dogstar handheld portable LED searchlight blazing a 68,000 lumen trail, you'll go (or at least see) far indeed. Demonstrated at the 2012 RISCON Safety & Security Trade Show in Tokyo, this is one mean photonic bazooka!

Lady Gaga Synthetic Leather Smartphone Pouch is Nothing Shocking

The Lady Gaga Synthetic Leather Smartphone Pouch from the pop superstar's Mobile Collection is as bland as the flamboyant mega-hitmaker is shocking... in fact, we're shocked at how plain-jane this $55 universal phone case is considering whose name is on the cover.

Field Of Bad Dreams: 13 Bizarre & Creepy Japanese Scarecrows

Scarecrows are supposed to be scary... to crows. Japanese farmers take the age-old crop protecting concept to a whole, new, terrifying level with scarecrows so weird and disturbing they freak out anyone or any bird who sees them.

3D Printed Resin Clock Radio Features Retro Nixie Tube Display

Japanese designer electronics manufacturer Inter-Culture has introduced a trio of retrofuturistic nylon resin clock radios that combine cutting-edge 3D printing technology with the warm Cold War-era glow of high-voltage Nixie tubes.

“Wall Story” Removable Silhouette Stickers Turn On Your Light Switch

“Wall Story” removable wall stickers add personality to outlet cover plates, light switch covers and more. They stick without using permanent adhesives and peel right off when you're moving or redecorating.

BOSS's Drive Shot Canned Coffee Contains 120% Caffeine

Stay awake like a boss with Drive Shot, the new 120% caffeinated canned coffee from Japan's BOSS. Designed for commercial commuters and others who drive for a living, Drive Shot comes in specially ribbed red 200ml cans featuring an old-school caffeine meter... whatever that is.

Students Make Transportation Energy Efficient In Viet Nam

Many international universities are fostering students' natural curiosity and ingenuity to create new products to help their fellow citizens. Such is the case at HCM City University of Transport where, as the name implies, Vietnamese students focus on developing new, efficient forms of transportation. Recently, they revealed prototypes of the students' solar-run scooter and a new battery-operated wheelchair that can be produced at a much lower cost that those produced in western countries.

 

Brass Knuckles iPhone Case: Tough Love for Your Smartphone

The Knucklecase for the Apple iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S cushions your smartphone from life's hard knocks while helping callers get a grip on any situation. Sure it's as subtle as a punch in the nose but if you don't like it... tough!