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Japanese Illusion

Meiji University professor Kokichi Sugihara specializes in creating impossible illusions that seem to defy gravity, including these mind-boggling slopes that you see above. How is this possible? Technology of course, as he used a computer program to interprets two dimensional line drawings as three dimensional objects. "Sometimes the program turned these objects into real objects, and that's how I discovered that some impossible objects are not really impossible - they can actually be built as solids in three-dimensional space," said Sugihara. Continue reading for two more of his impossible illusions.

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WHILL Mobility Device

If Apple made a personal mobility device, it'd probably look something like the WHILL Model A. Featuring an advanced omni-directional drive system that lets it take tight turns and ride on rough terrain, along with a sleek minimalist TRON-inspired design. Its lead-acid battery gives the Model A a range of nearly 20 kilometers on a single charge, and steering is as simple as using the built-in joystick on the armrest or a smartphone app. Continue reading for two more videos and information. Click here for more pictures of the WHILL Model A.

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Giant Squid Japan

It's not everyday that divers get to see a giant squid, much less one up close, but that's exactly what this research team saw this past week. "Giant squid was caught the camera a valuable figure that swim among the sea. The 24th morning in the boat mooring field in the Toyama Prefecture, the fishing that the swimming is a living giant squid people had was found. Length of the giant squid is about 4m, girth is about 1m, the part of the head it is that was swimming quietly towards the seabed," according to ANN News Japan [translated]. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here for more images of giant squid.

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Thomas the Train Robot

H/T: Laughing Squid

Y Nakajima, a sculptor from Japan, has transformed Thomas the Tank Engine into a creepy post-apocalyptic hexapod robot, complete with a frickin' working laser canon. Not just for looks, this nightmare fuel creation is capable of popping a balloon, lighting matches, or just scaring away intruders. One thing's for sure, you don't want to leave this alone with your kids, or else Thomas may wreak serious havoc. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a daredevil skiing through an impossibly narrow mountain gap, captured with an action cam.

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Cat's Forehead Fragrance

These days, there are companies that specialize in selling empty gag product boxes, but "Mohu Mohu Odeko no Kaori" (Fluffy Forehead Fragrance) Fabric Water from Japan-based retailer Felissimo isn't one of them. Available a 3.4-ounce bottle, priced at $10.60, this product is described as sweet and aromatic, designed to freshen up fabrics like cushions. You could also pick up a $25 kitten head plush toy to spray it on. Continue reading for more pictures and information. click here to see cats as 1960s scientists and pilots.

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Giant Salamander

A high school student "Yu" from Kyoto, Japan has discovered a giant Salamander casually walking down a footpath on his journey to class. He called the police to watch on, so he was not late for school, as the amphibious creature made its way back to the river. The Japanese giant salamander, is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List as a near threatened species. They can grow up to 150cm most found in the wild are between 60-70cm long according to Japanese environment agency data. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here to view more pictures of giant slamanders.

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Sliced Chocolate

H/T: Bored Panda

Love chocolate and grilled cheese sandwiches? It may be time to rejoice, as Japan-based Bourbon has released sliced chocolate that looks exactly like the American cheese slices you're used to seeing in supermarkets. You get five two-millimeter (0.08-inch) thick slices per package, but unfortunately, they will set you back a cool $27USD. Continue reading for more pictures and information. click here to view some bizarre chip flavors from around the world.

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Mewgaroo Hoodie

Unihabitat, a Japan-based pet supply company, has unveiled their latest product, the Mewgaroo Jumpsuit. Think of it as a onesie (pajamas) for adults that boasts an built-in feline pouch in front. There's also wedge-shaped pouch that includes a removable liner for cat hair and such, paw print-clad long cuffs, cat ears on the hood, as well as a swinging tail in case Halloween is just around the corner. Continue reading for a video of the Mewgaroo Hoodie.

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Hand Rest Gadget Japan

Another day, another bizarre gadget from Japan, and this time, it's Thanko's Agonose Arm. It functions exactly as it sounds: an arm with a tilting flat hand on one end, while the bottom clamps to your desk. The adjustable wrist (height included) can be angled to support either your chin or cheek, depending on how you feel. Click here to view more strange gadgets from Japan. Continue reading for more pictures and information about the Agonose Arm.

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Space Glass

H/T: Bored Panda

Satoshi Tomizu is a skilled glass artist from Japan that puts the universe in tiny eyeball-sized glass marbles for his "Space Glass" series. He adds air bubbles, opals, flakes of gold as well as other decorative pieces to transform simple glass into a scene that's out of this world. As you can probably guess by just looking at the pieces, his work has won several international awards. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.

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