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Exacto, Its Not Just A Knife Anymore

The Exacto bullet tracks moving targets. The military has been testing it since February.
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue May 05, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Design and Designers, Destruction, Armed Forces, Weapons


France has enacted a law limiting excessively thin models from working until their BMI reaches a minimum level set forth in the law. Fines and even jail time can be leveled against fashion houses and modeling agents trying to use models that are thinner than the law allows. Its about time we quit letting vanity destroy our little girls.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Apr 05, 2015 | Comments (13)
Category: Addictions, Eating, Design and Designers, Fashion, Food, Nutrition, Health, Disease, Mental Health and Insanity

Over Achiever

Some kids just build snow men.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Mar 22, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Design and Designers, Imitations, Forgeries, Rip-offs and Faux

A spoon made of tiny spoons

This is one of the "nonobjects" featured in the book "Nonobject" by Branko Lukic and Barry Katz. The book description says it's about objects whose design "started not from the object but from the space between people and the objects they use." I think this means it's about objects whose design is useless but whimsical.

Other Nonobjects include "a 'superpractical' cell phone with keypad, speaker, and microphone on every surface," a square motorcycle, and an umbrella that sends rain rushing through the handle from an upturned top. More at the site
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Sep 30, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Art, Design and Designers

Child Abuse Poster Kid Sized

How do you tell an abused child it's okay to call for help? Make the ad visible to the kids and not the abuser.

Watch the ad at about 30 seconds to see what children see. There is also a nice graphic showing how the height of the viewer affects what is seen.
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Sat May 11, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Design and Designers

What’s It To You?

A great combo of mad science and rampant consumerism. Half an hour of better living thru chemistry.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jan 15, 2012 | Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Design and Designers, Domestic, Technology, 1950's

Bughouse Furnishings

Are you in the market for a chandelier made out of syringes?

What about a punk lamp inspired by Sid Vicious?

If so, visit the Bughouse site.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 12, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Design and Designers, Interior Decorating, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers

Have Sharpie, Will Draw

Need thousands of dollars worth of renovations in your home, but only have a handful of magic markers? Not a problem, if you're Charlie Kratzer. Mr. Kratzer, of Lexington, Kentucky, wanted something unique to cover the sea of endless cream-colored paint on his basement walls. He started the project mid-wall, by drawing a copy of the "Salon" by Picasso, and the idea took off. Through most of the spacious basement there is black line-drawing — around the pinball machine and the pool table and over the bathtub and toilet. You can view the entire basement artwork here, and see if you can spot Sherlock Holmes, Winston Churchill, The Walrus and the Carpenter from Alice, the Marx Brothers, and R2D2.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Fri Jul 02, 2010 | Comments (4)
Category: Art, Crafts, Design and Designers, Graffiti

The Amazing Cleft Shield

Created by Kimberly Brewer, the modern fashion designer who "wants to take the stress out of the way you dress", the Backtacular Gluteal Cleft Shield was made for those who enjoy wearing low-cut pants but don't want to expose too much. (Odd, I thought the purpose of low-cut pants was to show off?) The shields are made of denim and are applied directly to the skin. This begs the question, why bother? If you are that worried about exposing too much, just buy some pants that FIT.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Sun May 02, 2010 | Comments (18)
Category: Body, Butt, Body Modifications, Design and Designers, Fashion

Just Some Weird Crap!

A New York jeweller briefly owned the world’s most valuable pet earlier this year when his golden retriever swallowed a $20,000 diamond by mistake. Sollie, the dog, had accompanied his owner George Kaufman to the latter’s jewellery shop where Mr. Kaufman and his partner were intending to inspect some gemstones. Unfortunately a diamond weighing 3 carats fell to the floor where it was immediately snatched up by Sollie and swallowed. After a vet recommended that nature be allowed to take its course, Kaufman spent the next three days carefully collecting and dissecting everything Sollie produced before finally retrieving the gem (Telegraph).

Perhaps he should have contacted Ireland’s first official dog-waste removal company, Mr. Scoopy-Poo. The brainchild of Irish entrepreneur William O’Brian, Mr. Scoopy-Poo (motto, “Business stinks – but it’s picking up!”) will clean up after your dirty dogs into biodegradable bags and hygienically dispose of them, for a price of course. After all, where there’s muck there’s brass, and occasionally diamonds (Irish Examiner).

But O’Brian may be missing a trick here, why dispose of faeces when you could be selling it as the latest must have fashion item? What sounds like insanity may be an idea whose time has come. How else can you explain not one but two manure-based products in the same week?

First up is London based artist and designer INSA, who has produced a pair of 10” stilettos incorporating elephant dung. And this isn’t just dung from any old elephant either, this is dung from the very same elephant family that produced the infamous extra ingredient for a series of paintings made by artist Chris Ofili in the 90s. Yup, in these shoes you are literally standing on celebrity elephant dung (Huffington Post).

And hot on the precipitous heels of INSA is Geneva based watchmaker Yvan Arpa, who has crafted his latest $11,000 wrist-candy from toad skin and dinosaur doo. The watches, to be made and sold by Swiss watchmakers Artya, feature a face cut from a 100 million year-old “coprolite”, or fossil faeces, left behind by an ancient plant-eater in what is now the United States. And the quality American materials don’t just amount to a pretty face as the strap is lovingly crafted from the hide of an American cane toad. The mechanism though is pure Swiss craftsmanship (Star Tribune).

Image: Maggie Smith /
Posted By: Dumbfounded | Date: Tue Mar 16, 2010 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Design and Designers, Fashion, Shoes, Pets, Dogs, Excrement
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