More Unusual Japanese Houses [via Nina Reznick]

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This and the following two houses are the work of one particularly inspired architect, Terunobo Fujimori. Just where does he get his ideas from?
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He may have a thing for elevation, or so these three, otherwise distinct, examples seem to suggest.
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And he sure knows how to make a unique home for his clients and their families.
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Yet, he's not the only one. Japan is full of inventive minds, ready to outdo each other with the most outlandish homes ever conceived.
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And there are always plenty of people interested in realizing these blueprints and having them built in their own space.
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Of course, it's not just the Japanese that have to put up with neighbors who want to be different. But I don't recall ever seeing anything quite like this pyramid house.
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With lighting, some of the house do look incredibly spectacular. Though you have to wonder what they look like on the inside. It may seem that the weirder they look on the outside the less space they have on the inside. 
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But there's always a new house that puts paid to that.

 

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Unusual Japanese Houses [via Nina Reznick]

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Japan is a place known to have some unique architecture.
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Of course, we often think of the traditional wooden houses of former days, but things are changing fast.
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As old houses get torn down one by one, land owners routinely set about creating their own dream home.
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And while for most people that means going with the common style of the day, there are always exceptions.
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So, although many of Japan's streets are lined with neat looking but simple houses, expertly designed to absorb the shock of earthquakes, some people take things a little further.

Owning a Specimen of the World’s Rarest, Most Controversial Cat Breed Costs $23,000



Created by crossing a wild Caracal and an Abyssinian cat, the Caracat is currently the world’s rarest and most expensive cat breed. It numbers only 30 specimens, and owning one costs 1.5 million Russian rubles, or $23,400.
Wild Caracals have long been revered for their exotic beauty and elegance. In ancient Egypt they were often embalmed and buried with pharaohs and depicted in intricate murals, while in China, emperors gave them away as special gifts.

The Caracat is an extremely rare and controversial breed. According to Ruptly TV, an outfit of Russia Today, there are only 30 Caracat specimens in the world today, which has to do with the difficulties of mixing two different size felines – a wild Caracal, which weighs around 30 pounds, with a domestic Abyssinian, which weighs about 10 pounds. Cat Breeder Jacquie Barnes-Hookey says that “because of the difference in the length of gestation, the kittens only rarely survive.”

“Caracat breeders are putting the mother through the stress of conceiving a huge kitten or two, with only a small percentage of F1s (first generation) surviving. That can’t be good for any mother,” Barnes-Hookey adds.


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Cat breeder Barbara Galbraith Furbish also agrees that while the Caracat “is an amazingly beautiful animal, to intentionally cross a species that would not otherwise be inclined to cross ‘au naturale’ is the wrong kind of ‘gene fiddling'”. She adds that because of the unnatural cross between a Caracal and a Abyssinian cat, one can see both “the wild animal pleading behind those eyes to be released” and “the panicked domestic.”

And as with any exotic hybrids, owners of Caracats have to consider other problems as well: genetic defects that make the animal unable to properly digest food, resulting in inflammatory bowel disease, the possibility of death following a rabies vaccine that would otherwise not affect a domestic cat, a tendency to play rough (frequent biting), and pungent urine spraying (characteristic of wild cats).

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Seduction is a Life Skill!

In 2009 & 2012 Chen was nominated as one of the "YWCA Women of Distinction in Vancouver," and was recently honored by the Australian government with a Distinguished Talent Permanent Visa for her international achievements in the arts. As the international author of "My Seductive Cuba, a unique travel guide", Chen has won two awards in the US, including the prestigious IPPY Book Award. With a passion for dance and creative movement, Lizra offers students seduction workshops and focused lectures and seminars about the art of seduction in our everyday lives.



Galileo's Hypothesis Proved [via David Adshek]

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Galileo in 15th century, discovered that any object falling to earth, falls at the same rate of time . He mentioned that a cannonball and a feather, if dropped from the same height will touch the ground at the same time provided there is no air resistance. He had difficulty explaining it for quite a long time .

4 centuries later with the current Technology it has been experimentally demonstrated.

Its a great visual treat to watch  

People go to great lengths to protect man’s best friend.

One day while hunting one of the highly trained dogs was chasing some pigs by scent and collided with a big buck kangaroo that then held and wrestled the dog by its protective gear (boars have tusks like knives), the owner was horrified that his dog or the kangaroo would get hurt and run in to save both parties. You can see the dog trying to escape, wanting nothing to do with the kangaroo. The big buck kangaroo releases the dog when the owner gets close but then moves in to try and attack the human.

The man then confronts the animal, who lets go of the dog and the fight begins. After several hops, the man punches the kangaroo directly in the face, forcing him to bounce backward.

The punch stops the roo and makes him think about the situation, giving the owner and the dog time to disengage from the big wild animal and leaving it to hop off and I suppose wonder about what just happened. We laughed at the absurdity of the situation and at how unfortunate it was for the dog and kangaroo.

Our 6 foot-7 inch friend felt no malice to the kangaroo but had to step in and fix a bad situation before it got worse.

These Realistic-Looking Leather Shoes Are Actually Made of Chocolate, Cost More Than Real Shoes

Featuring perfectly replicated seams, soles and shoelaces, as well as impressively realistic finish, these life-size chocolate shoes seem made of genuine brown leather.

The “Gentleman’s Radiance” chocolate line is the creation of master chocolatier Motohiro Okai of Rihga Royal Hotel’s chocolate boutique L’├ęclat, in Osaka, Japan. Each leather show measures 26 centimeters (10.2 inches) in length, and is crafted exclusively from chocolate, including the insole and laces. The shoes come in three different shades of brown leather – light, dark and red-brown – and have a realistic shiny finish which Okai achieved after a painstaking process of trial and error.




Each pair of life-size chocolate shoes comes bundled with shoe care accessories, including a shiny shoehorn made from chocolate and a jar of “shoe cream” that actually contains round disks of tempered chocolate.

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The workmanship and attention to detail that went into creating the Gentleman’s Radiance chocolate shoes is best reflected by the obscene price tag of a pair – 29,160 yen (US$258.45). Only nine pairs will be made available for purchase, and only by reservation.

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If you’re actually considering spending more money on a pair of chocolate shoes than most people spend for actual footwear, you should know that reservations for the Gentleman’s Radiance line will be accepted between January 20 – February 7, with deliveries for 7-14 February, in time of Valentine’s Day.

Great new inventions [via Cacciatore}


A pen that lets you scan and write in any color.



Wall outlets with USB chargers.


It should also come with a built-in night light


And the ultimate outlet would also have extension cords built into the wall


Traffic lights with countdown indicators