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Scores Dye Horribly in Violet Explosion

Purple prose phrased headline aside, a slow leak in a large bag of powdered violet dye brought big trouble to a little Chinese village. The generically dark powder wasn't noticed as it spilled from a truck passing through town but when rain fell, villagers suddenly saw their world through rose-colored glasses.

Burger King Japan's “Premium KURO Burger” is Back in Black

Burger King Japan's “Premium KURO Burger” hits the grill on September 28th in celebration of BK's fifth anniversary in Japan. The limited edition black-bunned Whopper features dark ketchup colored and flavored with squid ink.

Branding Vegetables So Kids Will Eat Them

Would George H. W. Bush have liked broccoli if his mother referred to it as "Power Bunch Broccoli" instead of just plain (hold your nose) broccoli?  Research from Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab says he would.

DARPA Designs New Robots After Cheetah And Pack Mule (Videos)

Biomimicry is almost a byword of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Indeed, if any group has discovered that 'nature does it better,' it's DARPA, and you have to admit the Agency is pretty adept at imitating it.  Here, are two of DARPA's latest robotic tributes to nature's designs: the Cheetah Bot and the Pack Mule Bot.

Gulliver's Plate Dish is One Big Lovin' Spoonful

Yo dawg, I herd you like spoons, so Japan's Village Vanguard made a plate like a spoon so you can spoon your eats from a spoon-shaped plate!

Love You LONG Time: China's Nettled Netizens Mock the iPhone 5

Apple's highly-anticipated iPhone 5 is finally here and what do China's fanatical fanboys & gals get after their long wait? A longer iPhone... Really? Less than impressed with this critical post-Jobs product, China's clever, creative and critical netizens have logged into China's social media matrix to call Apple out.

Hold The Mao: 8 Revolutionary Revised Chairman Mao Posters

The late Chairman Mao Zedong, founding father of the People's Republic of China and global revolutionary icon, is still revered in China though the country has taken a radical turn down the capitalist road since his passing in 1976. These 8 revised and reimagined Mao posters reference the Great Helmsman's impressive pop culture presence to sell consumer goods and more to today's well-washed & wealthy proletariat.

Imagine The Fear & Loathing With This Hunter S. Thompson Board Game

Ever wish you could live out Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas without actually risking life imprisonment or a complete mental breakdown from carrying and consuming such an insane cache of drugs? Well now you can thanks to the Fear and Loathing Board Game.

Diagonally Striped Seat Belt T-Shirts Make Chinese Policemen Cross

T-shirt designs that ape the look of a buckled seat belt have proved popular sellers in China, a place where widespread ignorance of laws requiring seat belt use makes such avoidance the 3rd-leading cause of traffic accident fatalities.

“Face-Kini” Full Body Bathing Suits Flaunted by Fashionable Chinese Swimmers

If Borat's cringe-worthy Man-kini is a perfect example of less being more, than its polar opposite, the “Face-Kini”, must mean more is less. First seen on the beaches of Qingdao in northeastern China, the full-body facehugging suits seem to be catching on among women who seek to preserve their pale skin from the tanning sun.

Toyota “Spade” Minivan Displays Racy Styling, Insensitive Branding

Toyota has unconsciously played the race card in naming their new compact two-door minivan, a sporty variant of the Porte MPV called the “Spade”. If you think that's a tad over the line, join the club.

Necomimi Cat Ears Tell It Like It Is: A Review

Tired of mood rings that don't actually reflect your mood? Try these cat ears that respond to your brainwaves!

Noodle-Brained Character Promotes Udon, is Japan's First Vegan Zombie

Got udon on the brain? So does “Udon No”, a really weird character whipped up by tourism promoters from Japan's Kagawa prefecture. The noodle-brained mascot's stated purpose is to ensure thoughts of delicious noodles are always on your mind.

Cocoagraph Chocolate Photography or Eat This Birthday Card Before It Melts

One adventure in gastronomy I have not enjoyed yet is eating an old family photo. The thought of it is actually not that appealing to me.  But what is appealing is the idea of receiving an edible portrait of almost anything else, especially if it's chocolate.

 

Bumpy Bus Ride? Hold Onto Your Instant Ramen!

A “tasteful” ad campaign by a Korean food manufacturer has Chinese commuters holding onto Nong Shim instant cup ramen whether they're hungry or not.

Digital Gold Rush: Gold Bullion Optical Mouse Exudes Luxury With Every Click

Now we aren't all millionaires, so we can't possibly afford having a couple hundred gold bars to put in our personal safes. As an alternative, we normal folks can get ones of these Gold Bullion Optical Mouse instead. You know, to show that we can keep up with the gold trend without going into debt.

Alien Autopsy Tissue Box Cover is Out of This World

Can't decide if you “want to believe” or just want to blow your nose? Don't just sit there crying to the sky. Thanks to the Alien Autopsy Tissue Box Cover from Japan's Village Vanguard you can believe and blow at the same time!

Silicone iPhone 4/4s Case Nose Who's Calling

The Hana Silicone iPhone 4/4s Case not only displays a distinctive design  that sets it apart from other iPhone cases, the unusual suggested user finger placement ensures anyone can “pick” it out from the crowd.

DIY Chinese Lamborghini Lookalike is a Big Boy's Toyota, No Bull

A so-called “home automaker” has turned a sow's ear into a silk purse, in this case morphing a Toyota MR2 into a Lamborghini Murcielago LP64. The resulting Faux Lambo is said to boast 99% accurate exterior bodywork and a 70% authentic interior.

Obama Flip-Flops are This Summer's Scandalous Sandals

Obama Flip-Flops? Yes we can, in brightly colored economic crisis-bashing beach sandals, no less!