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Huge Inflatable Rubber Ducks Now Available Online In China

Rubber duckie, you're so... BIG! Inspired perhaps by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's 16.5m (54ft) tall inflatable Rubber Duck currently afloat in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour, Chinese company KK Inflatable is selling similarly sized (and larger!) blow-up ducks online at Taobao.

Kyoto Aquarium Serving “Frog's Egg Soup” By The Tad-Bowl

Here's some news that'll have exotic food fans hopping: The Kyoto Aquarium will be serving three types of “Frog's Egg Soup” in their on-site restaurant cafe from June 1st through July 12th of 2013. The soup might look and taste a little weird but at least it won't make you croak.

One Man's Trash...The Shadow Sculptures of Diet Wiegman

Is that Michael Jackson standing in front of a mangled pile of trash? No, that's just the brilliant balance of darkness and light in Diet Wiegman's playful and profound shadow sculptures. 

Durian Pizza Picks Up Where Anchovies Leave Off

Shanghai's Blue & Brown restaurant doesn't just sell pizza, they smell it as well! The Shanghai eatery's signature dish, Durian Pizza, is an offbeat treat that aims to please every sense starting with the sense of smell.

“Attack On Titan” May Be Japan's Most Horrifying Bento Lunchbox

This “Attack On Titan” bento box isn't so much appetizing as it is appalling. How hungry (or brave) would you have to be before getting up the guts to dig into this fearsome flayed face?

Shanghai See's Your Giant Rubber Ducky & Raises You A Big Pink Piggy

Finding over 10,000 illegally dumped pigs in Shanghai's largest river and main source of drinking water? Disgusting. Poking fun at the scandal by “floating” a huge inflatable pink pig on China's largest social messaging site? Priceless!

Genius In A Bottle: Amazing Wine Cork Mosaics

Lord Byron once said, "Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter, sermons and soda water the day after". Conrad Engelhardt, a London-based artist, has certainly taken that advice to heart with his stunning wine-inspired mosaics made entirely out of corks. Wine and women indeed....

Chinese Activist Artist Ai Weiwei Maps The Milk Of China's Discontent

Internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei thinks there IS a point to crying over spilled milk. His latest work, titled “Baby Formula 2013”, maps out China's discontent over multiple milk powder scandals using 1,800 cans of powdered milk.

“iSpoon” Ice Cream Shovel Is One Super Duper Scooper

The limited edition, anodized aluminum, Icemania “iSpoon” from Japan's Akao Aluminum can handle the hardest, coldest ice cream around! Priced around $25 each, the super-duper scooper includes a custom carrying pouch ideal for those late night visits to Zyggie's Ice Cream Parlor.

Nicholas Cage To Act... As Chinese Automaker's Brand Ambassador

American actor, producer and director Nicholas Cage can add another line to his resume: brand ambassador. Following in the footsteps of Brad Pitt, the face of Cadillac vehicles in China, the oft-controversial and occasionally IRS-investigated Cage has signed up to flog re-badged Saabs for China's Beijing Automotive Industry Corp.

Dreams On The Wind: The Incredible Sand Art of Kseniya Simonova

Some artists use paint, while others choose charcoal. Some paintings take years, and others take hours. Some hang on gallery walls, while others simply lie forgotten on easels. Kseniya Simonova's art is different... it's made entirely of sand, she can create some of them in mere minutes, and when they are finished, she simply blows them away to start something new. 

Thanko's USB Neck Cooler Clamps Down On Summer Heat

The bad news is, Thanko's new USB Neck Cooler makes you look like a sci-fi mecha robot's grabbed you by the throat. The good news is, you'll feel a lot less hot under the collar this summer if you're wearing one.

$16,000 Up For Grabs Via The 2013 Mobile Dev Challenge For Best Mobile App!

Are you a stellar mobile app innovator who needs a good excuse to show off your work? Any sort of mobile app can be thrown into the running, as long as it’s excellent!

Propose Efficient Energy Solutions From Latin America, Win Up To $100,000 Via 2013 IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest!

The government of South Korea, Inter-American Development Bank, Nordic Development Fund and GDF SUEZ, have pulled together to seek out energy solutions from Caribbean, South and Central American nations, and there are huge cash prizes for the best ideas!

Star Ball Soccer Ball From Perrocaliente Gives Futsal Some Star Power

The Star Ball, a futsal-sized soccer ball from Tokyo, Japan-based Perrocaliente, features a striking pattern of five-pointed stars and irregular nonagons designed for, er, universal appeal.

Give A Solution That Is A Cut Above The Competition To Win €4.000 From The Pöttinger Engineering Contest!

European farm equipment producer Pöttinger is looking for help, and if you can revamp one of their existing harvesting tools to slice plants in a neat and orderly manner, you’ll walk away with a nice cash prize for thinking outside of the box!

Propose A C02-Reducing Product Or Invention, Win € 500,000 In The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge!

If you’ve got an invention that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, pitch your idea to the judges at The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge for a chance to receive € 500,000 to develop your business plans.

Sit On One Of These Feral Futons By Máximo Riera, IF YOU DARE!

When people tell you that the wheel doesn’t need to be redesigned, lean back in your biologically accurate rhinoceros throne and scold them for thinking inside the box.

Build A Fantastic Product To Create The Future For A $20,000 Prize

The Create the Future Design Contest has been pushing talented inventors to dream up incredible and innovative products since 2002, and there’s still time for you to get your idea in this heated competition!

Design A New Way To Deliver Insulin & Win $5,000 Via Ignite Contest!

Sure, I came across this one very close to its deadline, but if you have a brilliant new way for diabetics to consume the insulin they need, send it to the Ignite: Diabetes Challenge for a chance to win $5,000.