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Coffin Couches

Meeting new people can be a real pain.  First of all, there’s the fact that you have to exchange

awkward pleasantries with them.  And then you have to follow through.  If you’ve asked them what they do, you have to actually pretend you’re interested in whatever it is, be it professional roller-skater or quality control at the skittles factory.

And even after all of this, there’s no guarantee that you’ll actually like the person. The stranger who you’re bonding with over the nibbles at some boring party might be a lunatic, a racist or just a generally nasty piece of work.  Or maybe you just won’t really get on with them.

Fortunately, a company called Architect has designed an iPad app that tells you whether you’ll like another person or not. 

You put on a headset which measures your brain waves as you look at each other before letting you know whether you’re going to click.  Apparently the app, entitled Brain Kiss, will be available from October.  Get it in your diaries.

If you’ve just moved into a new house or flat, you might be looking for a few items to spruce up your digs. Perhaps some knock-off film posters would do the trick. Or maybe just a few empty cans of beer and a trophied traffic cone. 

Snow Globes

Or how about a sofa made from an unused coffin? Coffin Couches is a business that specialises in the production of original pieces of furniture using coffins. Products vary from cowprint sofas to chairs based on energy drinks.  For LA Lakers fans, you can even support your favourite team
through your choice of coffin-sofa.

If furniture made from surplus funeral products isn’t really your thing, you might want to consider something a little smaller.  And with winter just around the corner, a seasonal snow globe might be just the ticket. The creations of Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz, however, might be somewhat lacking in Christmas spirit.

Their snow globes contain intricate scenes that are often more eerie and disturbing than your standard fare.  Some examples include characters being chased by gigantic spiders or children dropped down wells. I’m sure they’ll look right at home sitting on your mantelpiece.

Finally, as pranks go this one seems like good, clean fun.  In April 2012, the pranksters cycled along to Rosenthaler Platz in Berlin, where they dumped 500 litres of waterbased environmentally-friendly paint on the road. 

As the cars drove over the multicoloured puddles of paint, they made tracks on the road, mapping out the paths that the traffic made for a surprisingly beautiful end result.


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