Nowadays, it seems the world is just littered with crises. But one thing we don’t have to worry about is “Crabzilla.”
A photo depicting what appears to be a 50-foot crab hanging out near a wharf in Kent, England, started making the rounds on the Internet earlier this week. The photo was featured on a local curiosities site called Weird Whitstable, and eventually dubbed “Crabzilla.” Read more on Huffington Post Weird News…
The “tranquility chair,” aka the furniture that hugs you back, has a giant human doll attached to its back with outstretched arms ready to be wrapped around your weary self. Japanese company UniCare is selling the chair for $419 (faux human contact isn’t cheap!) at the International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition in Tokyo. Japan’s elderly population is set to double in roughly the next decade and this chair was designed with them in mind, but obviously feeling forever alone applies to every age group, so Unicare has got themselves a pretty big market. It’s worth considering that if I owned this I’d know that no matter what happened during the day, at least my creepy-ass smiling chair would always be happy to see me when I got home. [Oddity Central] [Image via UniCare Japan]
Listen, I’m totally supportive of a DIY lifestyle. You wanna make your own makeup and cleaning products from scratch? By all means! Got 30 new uses for old timey mason jars? Tell me all about it! But for the love of god, don’t DIY your contraception, especially with root vegetables pulled from your garden. It’s a bad idea. Case in point: according to Colombia Reports, a 22-year-old woman, on the recommendation of her mother, stuck a potato in her vagina for two weeks in the hopes that it would prevent pregnancy. Instead, the potato grew roots, causing severe abdominal pain. The woman was hospitalized, the potato was surgically removed and she’s expected to be fine, but what isn’t so fine is the fact that Colombia’s youth population has been dissuaded from using real contraception. Keep reading »
How’d you like to have your very own wearable selfie-drone-turned-bracelet to serve as your personal photography assistant? It sounds pretty insane, but a Stanford physics researcher is trying to make it a reality. The Nixie wraps around your wrist, presumably like those kick-ass snap bracelets of our high school days, until you’re ready to take a picture. Then it flies out in front of you to get that perfect self-portrait, minus the selfie-like aesthetics of holding up a camera yourself. The drone is clever enough to set up a centered shot and fly right back to you after the photo is taken. Researcher Chrisoph Kohstall put the drone together with the help of collaborators Jelena Jovanovicand Michael Niedermayr. The project is still a long way from production, but it’s a finalist in Intel’s Make It Wearable contest, which means its design team will receive a lot of backing to make it happen. This idea is pretty brilliant, and it’s not like I definitely wouldn’t buy one, but it’s a little much for me to wrap my head around. Would you toss your camera timers and tripods for a selfie drone? [Tech Crunch] [Image via Intel]
Happy Monday! I hope your lunch has had time to settle, bwahahahaha….
Pumpkin spice lattes not your thing? No worries: Starbucks is currently testing out its new Dark Barrel Latte, which is inspired by “the rise of craft beers” and meant to taste like “roasted malt” (a.k.a Guinness covered in whipped cream). The drink doesn’t have any alcohol in it, but it does include caramel and “stout flavored” sauce mixed in with its milk and espresso base.
The beer latte is being tested in a few stores in Ohio and Florida, and so far, people aren’t really sure what to think. Among those who have tried the beverage, it’s just about agreed across the board that the drink does taste like Irish stout, but nobody really knows how to process that information. Isn’t Starbucks breaking some kind of fourth wall or something by trying to mimic the one beverage Americans might love more than coffee?
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