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Baseball in Japan Can Throw You a Curve

Baseball in Japan has evolved quite a lot since Horace Wilson first introduced the sport in 1872, yet foreigners still find many aspects of Japanese baseball confusing – not least the the odd names of the teams. Let's run down the dozen Nippon Professional Baseball league teams (without actually running them down) and clear up any misconceptions.

Junk for Your Trunk: 10 Exciting Chairs Help Reduce Waste

I've mentioned it before and I'll mention it again, some recycled chairs are so unique they scream "Look what I'm made from!". They're the kind of chairs that call to you, "Sit! and relax." Are these voices in your head? Probably, but that doesn't take away from the fact that these unique eco-chairs stand out from the rest of the chairs in a very good way.

How To Turn A Tree Stump Into A Cooler

Tired of looking at the obnoxious tree stump in your backyard? One new idea may have you looking at the remains of your tree from a different perspective.

Hello Kitty Pincushion Sticks it to the Queen of Cute

Hello Kitty may be Japan's most successful cultural export but not everyone loves the omnipresent epitome of animated cuteness. For those precious few, we present the Hello Kitty pincushion.

Nemesis Now’s Lobotomy Coaster Set: The Gift that Keeps On Giving!

Are you tired of looking for that one-of–a-kind gift for that weird, hard-to-please soul who has everything under the sun? Well, look no more. The Lobotomy Coaster Set from Nemesis Now has arrived.

Novelty Bavarian Lederhosen With Yodeling Frankfurter Controls: Hurry!

Novelty Bavarian yodeling trousers are sort of sweeping the country. Read about their odd claim as one of the most absurdly hysterical products ever created.

This Artist Loves His Toy Bricks - Amazing Lego Art

Brick Artist Nathan Sawaya creates amazing sculptures out of LEGO bricks.


Don't Keep Your Favorite Clothes Closeted: Use Them As Lampshades!

It's the Clothes Hanger Lamp. Yes, you read it right. It’s a lamp that uses clothing as a lampshade. Designed by Hector Serrano for the prolific Dutch design house Droog, the Clothes Hanger Lamp leaves a laundry list of opportunities to create new looks.

Germs 101: How to Traumatize Your Children

When you think baby present, you think cute, right? Cuddly? Educational? How about infectious? Contagious? Deadly? GIANTmicrobes® are accurate and (mostly) adorable representations of germs, bacteria, viruses and other no-see-ums at 1,000,000x magnification.

Orange Juice Motion Lamp: Retro Groovy

Remember those weird lava lamps from another psychedelic time and place? Well, they are sort of back, sort of. Read on for all the groovy details!

Scatalogical Door Handle Is Universal Symbol For Bathroom

Need something on your bathroom door that says "bathroom" in a universal language? French designer Florence Doleac created a door handle that does just that. Poignée signalétique could be translated into "identifiable door handle" or an "identifiable handshake," as you wish. But let's not quibble about which translation to use; scatologic is universal.

Can You Ever Have Enough Octopus Chandeliers? 6 That Leave You Wanting More

Adam Wallacavage is a brilliant photographer and sculptor who sculpts chandeliers - surrealistic octopus chandeliers, some with sinuous arms swept by the movements of the sea, others at rest, and still others showing off their prey. Here are a mere six octopus chandeliers to arouse your appetite for more!

Lost And Need Directions? Pull Out This Map Art

Every day millions of people use maps to take them places. But what about maps as a work of art? Here are a few artists that use maps as their muse.

Colorful Sanitary Napkins Cheer Up a Blue Period

Feminine protection – whether it's pads, napkins or liners, this essential women's hygiene product has been the last frontier for marketers who seek to embellish every product with “designer” cachet. No longer, at least not in Japan where new colorful pads sport stylish designer prints.

Made To Order Spooky Shades For Your Interior Lights

Naked lamps can be harsh on the eyes, but also on your interior design. An interesting lamp or chandelier shade allows your light to make a design statement that can change the whole atmosphere of its surroundings. Take this mildly spooky Lampshade by British textile artist Julie Roberts...

Spectacular Light Art Brightens Up The Night

Cenci Goepel and Jens Warnecke are two artists that like to play with light and dark.

Weekend Reading: We All Scream For Ice Cream

With the hot summer months here, ice cream is more popular than ever. So while you're sitting in your cool air conditioning (or not), check out some interesting reading from our archives about the latest ice cream innovations and inventions.

Beer Buddy from Asahi: It Can’t Drive You Home

Asahi is the name of the new beer buddy robot gadget from Japan. He can be your own private beer pouring, beer-storing pal if you cough up 36 seals found on special bottles of the beer by Asahi. Read on if you need some new drinking buddies.

Gargoyle Lighting And Furniture Design: 10 To Keep Evil Away

When it comes to chasing evil spirits away from your home, there's nothing like a gargoyle. People think of gargoyles and dragons going with Medieval or Gothic design, but a gargoyle doesn't need to match anything else in your home, not in color or design. A gargoyle just has a place, in its own right, because it has a job to do; it's your security system.

Modern Barbie Gets Kinky

There are some deviant minds in the product development and marketing suites at Mattel’s Barbie™ division.