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August 10, 2011

Mariachi Band Serenades Beluga Whale at Mystic Aquarium

From Open Culture: "Last month, the Mariachi band, 'Los Trovadores de America,' played at a wedding held at the Mystic Aquarium in Stonington, Connecticut. Before wrapping up, the guys were good enough to serenade one of the beluga whales. And, you know, the sea creature seemed to appreciate it."

[via @sheerly]

August 10, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Number Punch Set — Just the thing for your limited editions


From the website:


If you don't mind contributing to the decline of classical stone inscriptions, you can use metal punches to leave your mark.

This durable set of nine number punches is made by Gedore, a German company that has been producing tools since 1919, who thoughtfully combined the punches for the 6 and the 9.

• Made from hardened steel with hardened handle and tempered striking head    

• Set contained in a blue plastic box

• 6 mm printing height 

• 9 numbers




August 10, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Forgot to study T-shirt


Created by jublin,

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the nom de design of


Justin White.




[via Fancy]

August 10, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Balloon Vase


From the website:


A simple garden-variety acrylic base combines with a balloon into a unique decorative object.

Not only does the Balloon Vase add effervescent charm to any flat surface, it also helps keep the flowers fresh.

When the balloon shrivels, you'll know to add more water.

Includes four balloons — yellow, white, orange and black.


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"Inception" Door


You'll find it at architect Armin Blasbichler's home


in South Tyrol in Northern Italy.


His house, which he calls "der Muslhaufen,"


is in Lüsen, not far from the Dolomites.


More photos of this striking domocile


above and below.


[via Fancy and Design*Sponge]

August 10, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Buckle Up Key Holder — Just the thing if you're forgetful

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I have a good friend who's constantly misplacing his keys; I may just spring for one of these for him for Christmas.

From the website:


This fun and clever repurposed Buckle Up Key Holder make finding keys a snap.

The perfect place to keep your keys on lockdown when you get home, its mountable grab-and-go design creates a speedy key station to help you cruise out the door in time — simply click to release.

Comes ready-to-hang with both (a) two screws with anchors included, and (b) double-sided tape.

Aluminum, plastic, recycled cardboard.

5" H x 2.1" W; Key Ring: 1.1" Ø.


$24 (keys not included).

August 10, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Burma-Shave Jingles — The Complete Collection


"Here you will find the complete text of the original Burma-Shave jingles, as archived in Frank Rowsome Jr.'s book, "The Verse by the Side of the Road."

"To learn about the history of Burma-Shave, visit the online Eisner Museum Exhibit.

Fair warning:







The photo up top is of a Burma-Shave sign storage room, circa 1940.


[via John A]

August 10, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Japanese Tripod Ladder

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I'd never heard of these until I happened on them accidentally while trolling the web.

From the website:


These aluminium tripod ladders are used all over Japan by gardeners and nurserymen. Our customers include tree surgeons, topiary specialists, head gardeners, orchard owners, hedging contractors and landscapers, as well as countless keen gardeners who all appreciate the stability and practicality of the tripod design.

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The wide base, deep steps and telescopic back leg, as well as clawed feet and flat top make them incredibly safe and easy to use. Rather like in the design of the Eiffel tower, your weight is directed downwards and outwards, pinning the ladder to the ground.

The back leg adjusts quickly and easily up to 2' in 6" stops with a spring-loaded pin, extending 6" and shortening 18" for use on slopes and steps. How flat is your garden?

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Welded, extruded aluminium construction: weatherproof, strong, and very light. Double rungs are easy on the feet, and don’t get muddy or slippery.

We import directly for our Japanese manufacturer, Hasegawa Kogyo in Osaka. Hasegawa have the reputation for making the best quality and safest tripod ladders in use today — their production conforms to JIS (Japanese Industrial Standards.) Ask any gardener in Japan which ladders they use and they all say the same thing: Hasegawa.



Anything that improves stability while using a ladder gets my vote.

Two of my neighbors — men in their 60s — have died in the past ten years after falling from ladders.

One broke his hip and post-operatively developed a fatal pulmonary embolism and the other fractured his skull and died from a subdural hematoma.

Apply within.

August 10, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

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