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9 of the World’s Weirdest Museums

While museums dedicated to Spam and barbed wire are strange in their specificity, some museums are just plain bizarre in their subject matter. Here are some of the weirdest museums ever curated. 1. Leila’s Hair Museum Flickr These days, the idea of hair jewelry seems like something that should be left to stalkers and serial killers, but [...]

Perk Up: It’s International Coffee Day!

Look sharp, java monsters. It’s joe’s big day! While the holiday’s origins are a little murky, we do know that an annual bean-themed event began in Japan in 1983 and has since spread to at least 16 countries that import or export the globe’s favorite hot beverage. The holiday falls on various dates around the [...]

Legendary Monsters of Asia

Every country has eerie tales of monsters from hundreds, or even thousands, of years ago. There are many such stories from Asia; here are a few of those monsters you might want to tell the kids about the next time you have a campfire on a dark and spooky night. 1. Penanggalan The Penanggalan is a Malaysian [...]

WTF Is A Bagelhead?

Watch out for these freaks, because they’ve got a forehead shaped like a bagel and an oy vey attitude to match! Bagelheads have their foreheads injected with a silicone solution that they mold into a bagel-like shape, and it’s a trend that’s still blowing up in Japan over a year later. Adrienne first brought you the story [...]

Touchy: The Human Camera

Oh, Japan. You are so weird/awesome. If, like artist Eric Siu, you’ve ever been jealous of a camera’s charmed life, then you’ll appreciate Touchy, a combination headgear-and-sensor setup that turns a person into human camera. Hold Touchy’s sensor and his eyes/lenses open; hold for 10 seconds, and he’ll take a picture of you, which you [...]

7 Ingenious Hidden Spy Cameras

Getty Images There may be no more important tool of espionage than the camera. It’s ideal for blackmail, collecting information, stealing documents, and reconnaissance. Because the technology involved is relatively simple, it’s possible to insert a camera into just about anything—and throughout history, that’s just what spy agencies have done. Here are a few objects that [...]

The Avengers As Japanese Warriors

‘What if the Earth’s mightiest heroes were stationed in feudal Japan, rather than modern day New York?’ isn’t the title of an alternate universe comic book series, it’s actually the concept behind Alex Mitchell’s artistic re-imagining of The Avengers! His revamps for the group run deep, with Sengoku era appropriate attire, weapons and powers based on [...]

A Classy Wine in a Box

Nothing says taste and class like boxed wine and designer handbags, so get ready for this: Vernissage’s "bag-in-a-bag" of wine. It’s boxed wine, shaped like a couture handbag! The idea for the wine purse originated [...]

The Story of Judo

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Endlessly Engrossing Bathroom Reader. In the late 1870s, a short, skinny kid started taking jujitsu classes in Tokyo. Martial arts would never be the same. (Right down to their fancy, colored belts.) NINETY-POUND WEAKLING In 1878 Jigoro Kano, the 17-year-old son of a saki maker, moved from the island of [...]

Weak and Feeble Robots Make The Best Teachers

The secret to learning from a robot, as discovered by two Japanese researchers, is to have it appear weak and feeble: Shizuko Matsuzoe and Fumihide Tanaka at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, set [...]