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Instructables’s DIY Halloween Contest Includes Green Category

DIY contests are definitely increasing in popularity. This year Instructables has teamed up with many other crafty sites to bring you the 2008 DIY Halloween Contest. Contestants have had all year (since November 5th, 2007 until November 9th of this year) to send in their Halloween Instructable, photos, or videos.

Stranger Than Sushi: The Buzz on Japanese Insect Foods

Insects have enjoyed a place at the Japanese dinner table for many centuries. Well, perhaps "enjoyed" is a word that could better be applied to those eating them - people!

10 Webcams with a Soft Side

Most of us have one but never really take much notice to it until we need to use it. Web cams as we have come to know them are typically small, made up of metal or plastic and range in a number of shapes and sizes but they do share a commonality --


Sad Sorrowful Ceramic Sculptures

Crystal Morey is an artist that creates lovely fairy-like sculptures.

Russia’s Sausage Creations: All the Art You Can Eat!

Artists are unconventional almost by definition, and often use unexpected materials to convey their creative visions. But for some avant-garde Russian painters, the concept may have been carried just a little bit too far. Enter the world of sausage art. Come and get your red hots!

Prehistoric Rock Sculptures Discovered in Ukraine: Another Stonehenge?

Archeologists have discovered more than ten prehistoric rocky sculptures in the Carpathian Mountains near the village of Snidavka, in the Ukraine. What historical significance do they have? No one really knows, but read on for some thoughts on the subject.

TV Commercial: "Gorilla Goes Ape For Cadbury Chocolates?"

What in the world were the clients at Cadbury Chocolates thinking when they agreed to let a gorilla be a spokesperson for their chocolates?

Killing Time with the Alarming Gun O'Clock

Shoot, it's time to wake up... Japan's Bandai has a better idea: Wake up, it's time to shoot!

Water, Water, Bottled Water... Even For Your Pets!

Maybe you agree that providing your pet with his own limo and driver is going a bit too far, but I'm just not sure about bottled water for pets. See what you think, as we take a look at what five pet water brands in the perpetually fertile pet market have come up with for our pets.

Electronic Virtual Candy Box Opener from Bandai

Let 'er rip! That's what Bandai's "Peri Peri" electronic candy box ripper let's you do, virtually, without actually opening any cardboard boxes of sweet, delicious candy. This is one toy idea Pavlov (and his dog) would approve of!

Liquid Sculptures Frozen in Time

Combining art and science, artist Martin Waugh captures nature’s beauty through his photographs by creating liquid sculptures.

Halloween in Japan - Eight Crazy Frights

Halloween has only recently been embraced by people in Japan but celebrate it they do, wholeheartedly. What's more, fun-loving Japanese have taken the pumpkin and are running with it. Here are eight eerie examples.

Button Art Gives New Use To Lost Buttons

Many times throughout my life I've lost a button. Or two. Not a day goes by when I don’t think about these lost buttons. However, maybe all those lost buttons have found a new home with this artist!

Don't Let Your Martini Suffocate!

As a red wine drinker, I know that to fully experience its bouquet and taste, red wine should be poured into a wine decanter and left to sit for between one hour and two days, depending on its age, before it is tasted. I did not know that aerating was important for white wines, champagne, and even martinis!

Eye Say, False Eyelashes or Feather Dusters?

Eye, matey! In the olden days, "40 lashes!" was a punishment. Now it's a fashion, but don't blink or you'll miss it. Or more likely, hurt yourself.

Lame Duck George For Cats And Dogs!

You know that George W. Bush is in his last year of his second term as President of the United States, but does your cat know it? What about your dog? Does he realize that George is a Lame Duck president? Hmm. Yummy. Lame duck.... Is that anything like Peking Duck?

What's In The Cauldren? Death By Chocolate

Mori ex Cacao, or Death By Chocolate, is very close to the most sensory experience you can give to a chocolate lover, on Halloween or any other occasion, so be ready to create an environment for it.

Unknown Beast Washes up on Russian Shores: What is it?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and that axiom is no more applicable than at this moment. For the strange and unknown creature that washed up on a Russian beach almost 5,000 miles east of Moscow, there are few words to describe its mysterious and unsettling appearance. Read on and try not to look.

Is This Bacon Art For Consumption Or Introspection?

Perhaps Simone Racheli doesn't even know that bacon scarves are a craze and that the bacon scarf designers wish that their creations looked as realistic as Racheli's sculptures. What he has created, though, are sculptures of inanimate objects, that have animal (and human) insides, like fat, meat, guts, bones... And, like animals prepared for consumption, their skins have been removed.

Russian and Japanese Barcodes: A New Venue For Artistic Expression

Most would agree that these ubiquitous, plain parallel lines are merely emblems of our consumer oriented cultures. Whoever would have thought they would have become roses among the thorns of commercialism and tower as artistic creations especially in Japan and Russia? Read on, if you don’t believe and read on if you do.