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Low Lai Chow

Low Lai Chow is a spacebar invader and freelance writer from Singapore. She travels light and is working on exercising demons from her past.

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This soda-dispensing vending machine in Seattle might potentially be haunted

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By Low Lai Chow in Uncategorized on Monday 14 April 2014

What a find: a soda machine located in an obscure part of Seattle’s Capital Hill has been around for a decade and a half, with one slightly disconcerting detail: no one knows who stocks or maintains the damn thing. It even has a button you can press to get your hands on a mystery drink, […]

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Single woman’s hilarious holiday snapshots with fake mannequin family

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Saturday 12 April 2014

This is brilliant: 14 years ago, Colorado-based art director Suzanne Heintz decided she had enough of her mum asking when she was going to settle down and get married, so she went ahead to buy herself a mannequin husband and daughter. It’s a hoot looking at Heintz’s insanely huge grin as she poses for these […]

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Finally, a gigantic nest-like chair fit for catching some caveman winks in

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Saturday 12 April 2014

Remember the time your ancestor climbed into a pterodactyl’s nest and had the soundest sleep of his life? No? Neither do we. Well, maybe Floris Wubben — who designed this nest-like chair out of wooden branches for aMAZElab — does. The form is interesting, but we’re not sure it looks very cosy at all. The […]

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This next-gen music speaker is really just hollow bamboo

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Saturday 12 April 2014

A power-free speaker that thrives on natural acoustics to amplify music from your phone? Yep. Handcrafted out of sustainable bamboo, the iBam, as its name would suggest, promises to provide an instant audio boost to any phone when you slip the latter into it. How ingenious.

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Stunning hybrid animals that could only exist with taxidermy

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Friday 11 April 2014

According to Stephen Paternite, his taxidermy sculptures allow him to experiment with, and document evolution. The fascinating works combine materials either found in their natural environments or purchased through taxidermy supply, fuse natural parts like claws, skulls, feathers and antlers with other forms to create new hybrid animal species. The one of the robocat — […]

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These cups will remind you that you might be a fashion victim

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By Low Lai Chow in New Fashion on Friday 11 April 2014

Ooh, we are really loving these. Israeli designer Yael Kristal redesigned these coffee cups — complete with uncomfortable stiletto heels, constrictive bangles and piercings — to wake people up to the sobering idea that they might really be fashion victims. Very clever.

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We could read the classifieds all day if more ads were like this

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Friday 11 April 2014

Colombia-based creative Felipe Salazar has possibly nailed down the best classifieds ad we’ve seen ever. Done for a kitchen design company, the subtly tweeked text shows up the outlines of a kitchen peeping through these busy lines. Plus, it actually makes us even want to read the classifieds at all, which is quite an achievement.

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Seriously, why clean your windows when men in kilt can do it for you instead?

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 11 April 2014

Would you like some window cleaning? How about some panache with that? Well, you can now engage the fun and friendly services of Men in Kilts, which promises ‘proud, kilt wearing professionals’ who will turn up at your residential or commercial property and clean away.

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Squirrels that look like Radiohead

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 11 April 2014

Sorry Radiohead, you might be one of the world’s best living bands, but we have found some damning evidence that shows how much you look like squirrels. If this all seems pretty outrageous, let it be known that we wished nobody ever had it in their heads to make chipmunk versions of your music — […]

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Photographer shoots wild meerkats, gets climbed on and used as lookout post instead

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco, New Photography on Friday 11 April 2014

Tree-climbing goats, move over now. Photographer Will Burrard-Lucas was minding his own business in the Makgadikgadi Pans region of Botswana and shooting away at meerkats, when, one day, the meerkats — including a three-week-old litter of babies — decided he could be trusted and would make quite a decent vantage point.

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French artist illustrates odd human behavior to hilarious effect

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Thursday 10 April 2014

French illustrator Marion Fayolle, who has worked with well-known publications like The New York Times, also has a body of work where she presents human behavior and interactions in the most entertaining and whimsical way. Just look at these and try to disagree — it’s impossible.

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Wow! This lamp is literally grown out of mushrooms

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Thursday 10 April 2014

Brooklyn-based designer Danielle Trofe, who takes a sustainable and eco-friendly approach towards furniture and lighting design, has now developed the Mush-lume, which takes the form of a mushroom, and — get this — is actually grown from mushrooms.

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Prescription coffee mugs and liquor flasks prove you don’t have a drinking problem

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Wednesday 9 April 2014

Parody site The Onion has some of the best gag gifts we’ve seen, including the Prescription Pill Bottle coffee mug that makes your caffeine addiction perfectly acceptable, and the Prescription RX flask, that makes your drink addiction perfectly acceptable too.

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Darth Vader now running for Ukraine presidency

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 9 April 2014

Yes, that’s right. Darth Vader is now running for Ukraine presidency, thanks to the Ukrainian Internet Party (UIP) that now backs a guy dressed as the Sith Lord to be their official candidate for the May 25 presidential elections. In a statement issued by the party, Vadar is quoted as saying: ‘I alone can make an empire out of a republic, to restore former glory, to return lost territories and pride for this country.’

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Eat well, floss well: Now you can do both at once with bacon and cupcake floss

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Wednesday 9 April 2014

If you love your savory treats as much as the sweet ones, know that you can start your days right by flossing your teeth in the morning with Bacon Floss, and end your nights on a sweet note with the Cupcake Floss. Of course, Urban Outfitters, which is behind these floss products, aren’t as evil […]

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