Kotatsu: The Ingenious Japanese Table That Offers The Warmth And Comfort Of A Bed
Jan05

Kotatsu: The Ingenious Japanese Table That Offers The Warmth And Comfort Of A Bed

The kotatsu is a contemporary invention with roots that date back to 14th century Japan. It looks pretty cool, right? This cozy invention consists of a low, wooden frame covered by a heavy blanket, which a table top rests upon. Underneath is an electric heat source (charcoal was used in the old days, and some still prefer this method), which is usually built into the table itself. However, if someone uses the charcoal version, there...

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This Book Has Intricate Puzzles That Must Be Solved To Unlock The Next Page
Dec30

This Book Has Intricate Puzzles That Must Be Solved To Unlock The Next Page

This may be one of the hardest books you’ll ever read. The Codex Silenda can’t be read until it’s unlocked by the user, and for that, you have to be extremely smart; it’s a puzzle. It’s an eye-catching, laser-cut, five-page wooden book created by the talented industrial designer, Brady Whitney. Whitney has been raising funds for the unique project via Kicksarter where you can get on a waiting list to grab one for yourself (see...

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This Giant Lavender Labyrinth In Michigan Will Captivate ALL Of Your Senses
Dec23

This Giant Lavender Labyrinth In Michigan Will Captivate ALL Of Your Senses

Bucket list item #33: Visit the lavender labyrinth. If you’ve ever fantasized about wandering down an endless, winding road of sweet-smelling flowers, a farm on Lake Michigan can help make your dreams come true. Cherry Point Farm and Market in Shelby, Michigan is home to a lot of fanciful (mostly edible) things, like cherries, pies, breads, jams, fudge, and even summer fish boils. The fruit and farm market has been in operation since...

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Japanese Cat Water Cake Is Here And It Is Truly Breathtaking
Dec21

Japanese Cat Water Cake Is Here And It Is Truly Breathtaking

Have you ever heard of a water cake? Probably not! I know I had no idea what this strange looking thing was? How on earth can this be called a cake? It’s crazy! So what is it? It’s a clear and jiggly Japanese dessert that looks exactly like a huge drop of water. This water mochi was first served and made popular by a confectionery in Yamanashi. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, now Twitter user mithiruka shared a pic of a clear...

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Galaxy-Themed Jigsaw Puzzle Has No Beginning And No End
Dec10

Galaxy-Themed Jigsaw Puzzle Has No Beginning And No End

If you find jigsaw puzzle assembly process to be too rigid, Nervous System’s Infinite Galaxy puzzle could be right up your alley. Either that, or it will throw you into a fit of rage. Each side of the 133-piece, birch plywood puzzle boasts an image of the galactic center taken by the Hubble telescope. It can be assembled any way you want—there’s no starting point and no edges. Indeed, there’s no right or wrong method of putting it...

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Seattle company makes art from ashes of the departed
Dec07

Seattle company makes art from ashes of the departed

VIEW PHOTO GALLERY 10 photos SEATTLE, Wash. — You can spend the afterlife anchoring a coral reef; give your loved ones a show as part of a fireworks display; even have your remains pressed into a vinyl record. And now, a Seattle company will even take the ashes of a loved one – and create art. “The memories will be there forever. That’s about all I can say,” said Kurt Murphy of Tacoma, who spent Monday...

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