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6 Remarkable Police Animals

We’ve seen bookstore cats, animals trained to sniff out bombs and heroic dogs, but now we’re here to focus on animals who have served, or are currently serving, their local police departments. 1. Momo, Nara Police Department, Japan We’re used to seeing large police dogs because, let’s face it, a lap dog can’t take down a [...]

Lightsaber Cat vs. Dogs

Link Scroll down for today’s pictures & links. Lightsaber Cat vs. Dogs This is the ultimate fight, bar none. The Fate of the Universe, or this particular cat in this universe, depends on the outcome of this battle. Impressive, for sure… but I am not sure that this cat even needs a lightsaber to defend itself. These dogs [...]

Learnin’ Matrix-Style!

Remember the Matrix where all you need to do to learn kung fu is to get it uploaded to your brain? Well, that may soon be coming to real life: New research published today in the journal Science suggests it [...]

The Late Movies: Musical Livestock

How about a little “down on the farm” music? Some of the animals are quite musical; others must have people singing with them, or for them. Chicken Czech singer Petra Janu in a 1985 performance. * Goat The farmer is the conductor of a choir of adorable singing baby goats! * Duck Vaudeville variety act Gus Visser and His Singing Duck, recorded in [...]

The Horror Train of Japan

Got a spoiled brat? When scoldings and time-outs don’t work, scare ‘em straight with the horror train. Yes, that’s right: here’s the Yokai Train, a scary summer “attraction” in Kyoto, Japan, featuring creepy monster aboard a train. As the Yokai Train leaves the station, a spooky sounds can be heard coming from the speakers, and the monsters [...]

Post-It Note Towers

For an art installation in Kyoto, Tato Architects assembled towers out of 30,000 Post-It Notes. To make these flimsy pieces of paper take such a form, they designed a honeycomb-like structure out of them and used it as the basic building block for the towers. Link and Firm Website -via Dude Craft | Photo: Yousuke [...]

Sohei Nishino’s Diorama Maps

Japanese photographer, Sohei Nishino, walks around cities taking pictures and pasting and arranging the results to create layered icons of a city from his memory. He has mapped Istanbul, Hong Kong, Paris, New York, Shanghai, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka and London. Last year, Nishino spent a month walking the streets of London . He took over 10,000 [...]

Tiny Robot to Roll from Tokyo to Kyoto

The Evolta robot — the mascot of Panasonic’s line of batteries — will roll 500 kilometers from Tokyo to Kyoto. It’s powered by 12 AA batteries, and the trip is meant to serve as a public demonstration of the batteries’ endurance: The Evolta humanoid, whose new design is meant to resemble an ancient highway traveler pulling [...]

Baby Monkey (Going Backwards On A Pig)

(YouTube link) If it’s cute and it’s viral, Parry Grip will write a song about it. Here he lends his talents to the Boar-riding Monkey at the Fukuchiyama Zoo in Kyoto, Japan. -via Laughing Squid Previously at Neatorama: The Nom Nom Song and He’s a Cat Flushing a Toilet.

Luxury Capsule Hotel

Photo: Design Boom In 1979, Japan built its first capsule hotel — an inn with rooms consisting of little more than a bed, and certainly not enough room to stand up. Now developers in Kyoto are contrasting that minimalist approach with luxury furnishings at the 9h Hotel, which will open in December. It’s called 9h because [...]