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The Stout Scarab

The 1936 Stout Scarab is referred to by some as the first minivan. Its definitely one cool car!
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Sep 25, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Design and Designers, 1930's, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

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
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