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  1. Weird

    Haagen-Dazs Japan To Debut Vegetable Ice Cream

    The Japanese branch of Haagen-Dazs wants ice cream lovers to (kind of) have their cake and eat it too. Starting May 12 the company will be rolling out their new "Spoon Vege" vegetable flavors, and if that name alone doesn't get your mouthbuds a-waterin' than perhaps their offer of free samples will.

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  2. Tech

    Japanese Gadget Alerts You When Your Dogs Get Too Hot

    It's rough being a dog. Sure, you have no responsibilities in life other than being happy and running around, but when the temperature starts to rise, the only tool you have at your disposal is your tongue—unless your owner buys you a Petline Heat Index Checker for Dogs, of course.

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  3. Tech

    Robotic Glasses Promise To Give You Friendlier Eyeballs

    Someone once said that the eyes are the window to the soul. That guy must not have been familiar with "chronic bitchface," which is when your resting facial expression makes you look like you want to set things on fire. Thankfully, now there's a solution for those of us who have to constantly reassure our friends and coworkers that we're not upset.

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  4. Weird

    Today We Learned: Japanese “Fart Battle” Scrolls Exist

    Let's talk about farts. Specifically, fart battles as depicted in these hundreds-of-years-old Japanese "he-gassen" scrolls. They're a real thing, and they might be the best real thing we've seen today. Check out some more examples below.

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  5. Entertainment

    The Japanese Opening For The 90s X-Men Cartoon Is So Much Cooler Than The One We Got

    We loved the opening credits for the 90s X-Men cartoon - until we saw the two Japanese openings. The cute character spotlights are nothing compared to crazy cartoon violence. Sure, flying around in front of your name is cool, I guess, but have you considered lightning volcanoes? They even manage to make Jubilee look bad-ass (no easy feat).

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  6. Weird

    Giant Cat Gives Man A Ride To Work In Exciting Japanese Gum Ad

    I don't exactly know what's going on here, but I'm buying what Lotte Fit gum is selling. Is the man miniature or the cat enormous? What kind of permit does one need to ride a giant cat down an electrical wire? And most importantly, where can I find this in North America?

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  7. Entertainment

    New Japanese Bar Lets You Get Drunk With Kaiju

    A bar opening for a limited time in Kawasaki Japan tomorrow has an awesome gimmick. It's called Kaiju Sakaba, and it's the probably the only place where you and your drunk compatible friends will be able to hang out with some of the world's most famous monsters.

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  8. Weird

    Japan’s Official Pillow-Fighting Pillow Goes On Sale Today

    Apparently not only does Japan have an a countrywide annual pillow fight, they also have an official pillow corporation, and now an official corporation-accredited pillow, the badly-translated Pillow Officially Recognized By The All Japan Pillow Fighting Association. Wow, pillow is a weird word, huh?

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  9. Science

    Japanese Diaper Solves All Your Diaper Problems

    Professors from the University of Tokyo will be unveiling a new organic sensor at an academic conference in San Francisco this week--which means a lot of very smart people will be spending their days discussing diapers, and with good reason. Although the tiny "talking diaper" sensor may look flimsy, it could change the butts of babies and beyond.

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  10. Weird

    Japan Put a Zookeeper in a Gorilla Suit to Test Escaped Gorilla Protocol, the Video Is Priceless

    Pop quiz, hot shot. You're at a Japanese zoo. An earthquake hits, and a gorilla escapes. What do you do? What do you do? It's not exactly the kind of situation you want to be unprepared for. That's why zoo officials threw a gorilla suit on one of their employees and then tried to catch the "gorilla" with nets.

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  11. Weird

    Take A Video Tour Of Japan’s “Cat Cafes” And Prepare To Die Of Adorableness

    I'm a long-time fan of YouTuber Sharla in Japan, a Canadian girl currently going to school in Japan and posting about her experience. Her latest video is a hard-hitting exposé on the latest trend in Japan - cat cafes. An instant death-trap if you have allergies, sure; but otherwise, these cafes are the most adorable thing on the planet.

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  12. Weird

    Here Is A Bra That Only Unhooks If You’re In Love, Because Japan

    If you've always wanted undergarments that respond directly to your heart rate and body secretions, Japan has got your back. For its tenth anniversary, lingerie company Ravijour has developed what they're calling the "True Love Tester," a bra that will only unhook if it senses that you're in "true love." Did I know we could "sense" that now?

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  13. Space

    Japan Is Going to Clean up Everyone’s Space-Mess with a Giant Magnetic Net

    Most of the time, when a bunch of roommates have a mess problem, it's solved with a lot of passive-aggressive notes about whose dishes are still in the sink and who doesn't even use the dirty microwave. Space junk is a little more dangerous than dirty dishes, so we're glad Japan has skipped all of the snarky stuff and come up with a solution.

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  14. Entertainment

    5 Geek References China and Japan Can Call Each Other Besides “Voldemort”

    Politics made Potter! Chinese and Japanese ambassadors have been showing their Harry Potter knowledge in a recent dispute, and we applaud them for putting international relations on our level. As a thank you, we've come up with more analogies (similes, too!) that politicians can choose from they next time they need to reference pure evil.

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  15. Tech

    Ripley’s Exoskeleton From Aliens Is Real And You Can Buy One

    We've all seen the clip from James Cameron's 1986 film Aliens, where Sigourney Weaver (as eternal badass Ellen Ripley) puts the smack-down on an alien queen while wearing a strength-enhancing exoskeleton. Looks like the folks over at Panasonic have seen it too, because they've manufactured their own version - and are going to start mass-production.

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