Prankster Husband Surprises Wife with Dinosaur Statue in Their Backyard

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In response to his wife’s suggestion that they improve their backyard, a clever British man surprised her by having a massive Tyrannosaurus Rex statue installed outside their home. The proverbial prehistoric lawn ornament was reportedly the brainchild of Adrian Shaw, who conceived of the idea after a conversation with his wife Deborah. “She suggested that I clear away the weeds and maybe put a gnome on the patio,” he recalled mischievously, “which got me thinking.”

Citing his wife’s love of the Jurassic Park films and David Attenborough documentaries, Shaw decided to eschew the garden gnome and opted for something considerably bigger: a 12-foot long T. Rex statue. “I thought nothing could possibly look nicer,” he jokingly said about the 224-pound piece of artwork that he purchased for approximately $2,000 and had installed by way of a giant crane. “The neighbors loved it and took lots of pictures,” he said, “it looked great in the garden.”

As one might imagine, his wife was not exactly thrilled with the new addition to their backyard, although that may have something to do with how she first encountered it. Since she was at work when the statue was installed, Shaw planned on reveal it to her the following morning and had “even set up my camera to capture her reaction, which I was expecting to be one of sheer delight.” Alas, the plan never came to fruition as Deborah had to take their dog out in the middle of the night, which is when she spotted the faux T. Rex.

“I could hear the screams and went running downstairs,” he recounted, “but even after the initial shock, she continued to scream.” While one might think that the unsettling experience would spell the lead to the dinosaur’s extinction in their backyard, Shaw declared that he has “fallen in love” with the statue, which he calls ‘Dave,’ and insisted that the piece will remain outside their home. “I’m sure Deborah will understand,” he said, “and grow to love him just as much as I do.”

Weird Yet Brilliant Japanese Inventions

What it is: Hand headrest that lets you nap at your desk
Invented: 2015
Average Price: $40*

This weird invention is slightly creepy-looking, but it does appear to be popular. The hand-shaped head holder attaches to your desk, and you can adjust the shape of the hand to conform to your head, allowing you to take a nap at the office, if you want. It’s sort of like a third, urethane hand.

You can also use it to rest your chin while you stay awake and get work done. The hand-shaped head holder is supposed to improve your posture. The invention has been around since 2015, and it costs the U.S. equivalent of around $40 in total.

What it is: An exercise tool that you put in your mouth to tighten facial muscles
Invented:
Average Price: $37*

This looks like a torture device from a horror movie, but it’s not. The little pink figure goes between your lips in order to strengthen your facial muscles around your jaw and mouth. This prevents skin sagging and aging. You only have to use it three minutes a day to see results over time.

The mouth exercise training figure is made by Taruman, and it costs about $37. There are two versions: strong and normal, both of which are made of elastomer. The figure’s dimensions are 2.1” by 1.3” by 1.3” for reference. You can vary the strength based on how out of shape your face is.

Remote controlled floor mop

What it is: A floor mop operated by a video game controller
Invented: 2015
Average Price: $87.53*

The Japanese company Kyosho makes this, and it advertises this remote-control mop as a way to “mop without mopping.” The remote-control mop is somewhat of a Roomba, but, instead of a vacuum, it is a small floor mop. The remote-control in question is a video game console.

Basically, you can clean stuff without getting off the couch. Kyosho cautions against using the remote control mop for large cleaning projects, admitting that it is really only good for cleaning “small areas, spills, or small messes.” The remote-control mop is available on Amazon for $87.53 (although it’s rating is 2.5/5 stars).

What it is: Several benevolent, loud robotic dinosaurs that check-in people at a hotel
Invented: 2015 (certified by Guinness World Records in 2016)
Average Price: $0* (not for sale, they are working at a hotel)

Jurassic Park fans will like this one. At the Henn-na Hotel, located in suburban Tokyo’s Urayasu, there are two very interesting new staff members. The front desk is manned by robotic dinosaurs. The dinosaurs have sensors, and, when they sense you approaching, they scream, “WELCOME” at you.

The check-in dinosaurs have little bellboy hats and appear to be benevolent. Henn-na means “weird,” and the chain prides itself on its quirky experience. Particularly, Henn-na is pleased that it is the first hotel chain staffed by robots. The robotic dinosaurs are all Tyrannosaurus Rex models, though they are far from life-size.

Scream jar

What it is: Soundproof jar you can scream into to let off stress
Invented: 2016
Average Price: $81.72*

Everyone gets stressed out, but not everyone is able to just yell at someone when they’re stressed. The Banraishop Scream Jar Voice Silencer is primed for stress relief. You put the jar up to your mouth and scream into it. It is soundproof, so there is just a tiny whisper that comes out.

The Voice Silencer also is good for practicing karaoke or singing, but, judging from the reviews, people are mostly using it to rage-scream into. Or they’re giving it to their kids to yell into so that they’re not as annoying. It costs approximately $82 and is available on Amazon.

Walking fridge

What it is: A fridge that comes when called
Invented: 2017
Average Price: $5,000*

Designed by Panasonic, the Japanese Walking Fridge is something that fans of Requiem for a Dream or Black Mirror will like. The Walking Fridge comes to you when you call it. The Panasonic Moving Fridge, as it is called, comes with a LIDAR built-in. The fridge will be able to use the light detection/depth sensors to come to you without running into things.

When you call the 600-pound mini-fridge, it will waddle over to you. Panasonic created the fridge for elderly people or those with mobility problems, but anyone can use it. Caution: your pets will probably be freaked out by it.

Noodle-cooling fan chopsticks

What it is: A fan attached to chopsticks to blow on your noodles to cool them
Invented: 2018
Average Price: $99*

Everyone in Japan uses chopsticks, and this invention is basically chopsticks with a fan attached. The USB-powered fan latches onto the base of the chopsticks, blowing on your noodles and cooling them while you eat. The fan comes with the sound effects of bubble wrap, and some limited-edition Otaku versions have the voices of anime characters.

The noodle cooler is made by YO! Sushi. The fan first launched in 2018, and it has since become pretty popular, as, though it is technically Chindogu (Japanese for “useless invention”), it appears to work. YO! Sushi has also invented a Napkin Hat, Wasabi Stick, and Noodle Splash Guard.

Nose straightener

What it is: A clip to contour/straighten your nose
Invented: 2012
Average Price: $43*

Want a straighter nose but don’t want to shell out for surgery? Japanese inventors have you covered. The company has invented the Hana Tsun Nose Straightener. The silicon clip works to straighten the bones of your nose over time and make it more contoured. All you have to do is wear it twenty minutes per day.

According to Japan Trend Shop, the nose straightener is made in Japan and the instructions are all in Japanese. However, it’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s unclear how long it will take to see results, but it has sold out rather quickly, so it must work, right?

Cubic sound catching pillow

What it is: A pillow that lets you lay on your side and still hear out of both ears
Invented: 2013
Average Price: Currently unlisted (out of stock everywhere)

Made by FUJIPACKS, the cubic sound catching pillow helps you be comfortable while watching TV. The cube-shaped pillow has cube-shaped holes in it, so, when you rest your head on its side while watching TV, your ear isn’t blocked off and you can still hear what’s going on.

FUJIPACKS All-Sound Catch Cubic Pillow comes in two colors (Dark Navy and Red), and reviewers have compared the filling of the pillow to “soft, fine sand.” The Cubic Pillow isn’t FUJIPACKS’ first Chigodu rodeo, as it has also invented a mushroom light ($44) and a stainless-steel four-way cylindrical nail file ($102).

What it is: Funnel glasses that help you put eyedrops in
Invented: 1991
Average Price: $15-$20*

A lot of people can’t put medication in their eyes. Whether that has something to do with a fear of something going in their eyes or they just don’t like it, it’s a big problem. Japanese eyedrop glasses are there to fix the problem. The eyedrop glasses contain a funnel balanced on each of the lenses.

You put the medication into the funnel, keep your eye open, and it goes right into your eye without a problem. The glasses are made by Topcon, located in Tokyo, Japan. According to the U.S. Patent Office, these eyedrop glasses were first patented in 1991.

Monkey Riding in Car Stuns Motorist in Alabama

A driver in Alabama could not believe their eyes when they spotted a monkey riding shotgun in a car next to them. According to a local media report, the puzzling scene unfolded in the city of Tuscaloosa and was shared on social media earlier this week by Charles Newman, who says that his friend filmed the wild moment when they had stopped at a red light. In the video, the curious capuchin can be seen clamoring around the open passenger side window of its ride and observing the people in cars nearby.

The witnesses initially react with delight at the unexpected sight, but their amazement quickly turns to concern when it appears that the monkey is about to leap out of the car and escape. Fortunately, their fears are quelled when they realize that the creature is wearing a leash. With that bit of drama behind them, one person in the car wonders aloud how the driver of the other vehicle managed to get a monkey in the first place, while another simply and understandably exclaims, “oh my gosh, that is so weird!”

Since the video was posted online, the creature has become something of a viral sensation thanks in large part to the fact that it was wearing a University of Alabama Crimson Tide t-shirt. Dubbed ‘Bama Monkey,’ the capuchin quickly won over the hearts of the football-crazed community and even got an endorsement from the college athletic department, who retweeted the video and declared “we need more Bama Monkey in our lives.”

The Genius Behind Japan’s New Transparent Public Toilets

Most people are apprehensive about using public restrooms as it is, so making them completely transparent would just boost their anxiety, right? Well, apparently, the exact opposite is true.

Japanese public toilets generally have a higher standard of hygiene that other public restrooms around the world. I distinctly remember posting about Benjyo Soujer, a Tokyo social club whose members gather every Sunday morning to voluntarily clean public toilets around Japan’s capital. But even in this country, some people dread the thought of having to walk into a dark, smelly, dirty and possibly unsafe facility to do their “business”. But what if you could see how clean or safe this facility was before walking in?

Photo: The Tokyo Toilet Project

Earlier this year, the non-profit Nippon Foundation launched “The Tokyo Toilet Project” in a creative attempt to cure people’s toilet phobia. The project tasked 16 experienced architects with renovating 17 public toilets located in the public parks of Shibuya District, one of Tokyo’s busiest commercial areas. According to a Nippon Foundation statement, the main goal of this endeavor was “that people will feel comfortable using these public toilets and to foster a spirit of hospitality for the next person”.

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban’s creations have been getting the most attention so far, mostly because his design seems to go against the main characteristic of a modern toilet. When most people think about toilets, the first thing that comes to mind is privacy, but the Japanese architect’s creations in Haru-no-Ogawa Community Park and the Yoyogi Fukamachi Mini Park both have see-through walls…

 

But the transparent nature of these revolutionary public bathrooms is by design, as they allow potential users to see inside before venturing in, thus laying their two main concerns to rest – “the first is whether it is clean inside, and the second is that no one is secretly waiting inside,” according to the Nippon Foundation.

Consisting of several adjacent cubicles, each sporting a different color, the ingenious public toilets rely on the latest smart glass technology to turn the transparent walls opaque whenever the door is locked, and transparent again when the door is unlocked.

 

“This allows users to check the cleanliness and whether anyone is using the toilet from the outside. At night, the facility lights up the park like a beautiful lantern,” the Nippon Foundation statement mentioned.

Along with Shigeru Ban’s transparent creations, three other public restrooms designed by participants in The Tokyo Toilet Project also opened this month, and two more innovative designs are set to be showcased in the coming week. The remaining public toilet renovations are set to be unveiled in spring of next year.

Interestingly, transparent toilets have been used in Japan before. Back in 2014, the city of Oita introduced see-through toilets that relied on motion sensors to turn the walls opaque. However, Kotaku reported that the toilets were risky to use, as if the sensors didn’t detect any movement for 35 consecutive seconds, they turned the walls transparent again.

Town in Austria with interesting name

Fucking / German: [ˈfʊkɪŋ] is an Austrian village in the municipality of Tarsdorf, located in the Innviertel region of western Upper Austria. The village is 33 kilometres (21 mi) north of Salzburg, and is 4 km (2.5 mi) east of the Inn river, which forms part of the German border.

Despite having a population of only 104 in 2005, the village has drawn attention in the English-speaking world for its place-name, which is spelled the same as an inflected form of the profane English-language verb “fuck”. Its road signs are a popular visitor attraction, and they were often stolen by souvenir-hunting vandals until 2005, when the signs were modified to be theft-resistant.

Fucking is most famous for its four traffic signs with its name on them, beside which tourists stop to have their photograph taken, owing to the profane English word with the same spelling.

British and American soldiers based in nearby Salzburg noticed the name after World War II, and began to travel to the village to have their photos taken beside the signs while striking various poses. The local residents, the Fuckingers, were considerably bemused, as they had not previously been aware of the meaning of their village’s name when read as English. Since then, the number of visitors to Fucking has increased, with the occasional visit by a tour bus.

Japan Bans Screaming on Roller Coasters

Even though Florida opened Disney World yesterday, and Tokyo Disneyland was open as of July 1st, there are still guidelines that must be followed at at least some theme parks in Japan.

One of the most bizarre is the banning of screaming on thrill rides. The idea is that, even with masks in place while whipping along at roller coaster speeds, anything that would cause the COVID 19 virus to be spread more easily (such as talking and singing, much less yelling) should be prohibited. A video posted by the Fuji-Q company shows bemasked executives riding in complete silence and ends with the admonishment to “please scream inside your heart.” The rule seems in effect at the Fuji-Q facilities, but may just be a company policy so far.

This could also be considered an appropriate response to the events of 2020 in general.

Just have to hold that scream in.

Scared Sh@#less

The Nightmare’s Fear Factory is a haunted house attraction in Niagara Falls, Canada, and one of the oldest running haunted house in North America. The house has been described as the “scariest and best haunted house attraction” and in case you don’t believe them, the owners of the 30-year old establishment publishes a regularly updated stream of pictures showing terrified visitors shrieking and grimacing with genuine fear. The photos became an internet sensation after they went viral in social media websites.

The house is so frightening that visitors have a ‘safety word’ – Nightmares – which they can utter at any time if they wish to be escorted out. In the last 30 years, about a half-million people have gone through, and many have opted out part-way and had their names added to a public “chicken list”. Over 110,000 people have elected to use the ‘chicken exit’ during the 15-minute tour.

The tour takes from 10 to 15 minutes and is in total darkness, except for small red lights on the floors, walls and ceiling that patrons must follow in order to get through the haunted house. Unlike conventional haunted houses, the Nightmares Fear Factory doesn’t rely primarily on blood and gore in order to induce fear. Rather, there are live actors in scary costumes that come at the patrons out of the darkness and taunt them, scream at them, speak in creepy voices, etc. They have been known to grab, push and pull patrons in order to get a reaction. There are also scary sounds like growls, eerie music, spooky voices, yelling, and so forth.

 

 

Highlights of the tour include a shaky drawbridge, a claustrophobic tunnel that visitors must crawl through, and a place where it appears that the walls are closing in on the visitors.

The most notable part of the tour is when the visitors, walking in complete darkness (often holding on to each other) suddenly see a sign that reminds them that they are going to die. At this point their pictures are taken and sometimes posted on the Fear Factory’s Flickr account.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After doing some research on what exactly is making these people shit their pants I think I discovered what it is.  It is a hologram type image of a screaming demon that comes out of nowhere.

If anybody wants to check out some scary business in Winnipeg, check this link:

https://demonhotelofhargrave.blogspot.com/

This Mom Ordered A Shirt And It Arrived, Ahem, A Biiiit Different

Buying clothes online is always a bit of a gamble. Aside from the obvious, which is you can’t try things on through your computer screen so you can’t be sure how they’ll fit, you really won’t even know if the items you bought look like the photos until the packages arrive at your door. It’s shopping roulette, and unfortunately a lot of us have paid for a cute shirt but received a potato sack.

Sometimes, though, if you’re extremely, extremely lucky, you’ll end up with something better than you anticipated.

Kelsey Williamson, a mom from Illinois, ordered a shirt for her 3-year-old daughter off AliExpress. Even if you don’t shop online, if you’ve ever been on Facebook you’ve probably scrolled by one of their ads, maybe you’ve even hovered over the “shop now” button because part of you is dying to know what $5 jeans actually look like.

Williamson told BuzzFeed News that she’s bought a ton of clothes for her daughter off the same site before, so she didn’t expect this time to be any different. OHHH BUT IT WAS.

This was the shirt she WANTED to buy:

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Awwwwwww, cuuuuuute.

Frog and Toad, two of the most wholesome children’s book characters ever. I mean, this is definitely using their picture illegally which is not wholesome but aside from the blatant copyright infringement, super wholesome.

This is the shirt that she got: