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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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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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Taking a dump in the dark? Toilet paper glows in the dark to ensure you wipe well

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

We’ve seen our fair share of glow-in-the-dark products, but we never thought we’d live to see glow-in-the-dark toilet paper. Now this is one thing you know you can count on to guide you towards relief when you need to make a run to the loo at night. Or, for the more panicky among us, serve […]

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Clothes that let you wear your luggage proudly (and skip airport fees)

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

Frugal flyers everywhere who are less picky about the way they look now have the option of bulking on with the Jaktogo jacket that lets them sneak in 10kg worth of extra luggage into the flight. Water and wind resistant, the custom-made leather and denim jacket comes with 14 pockets for all your luggage stuffing […]

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World’s best shoes to torture your feet and trip over in

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Tuesday 8 April 2014

NY Mag has rounded up a list of the 50 most sinuously evil shoes anyone can ever slip their feet into. The first on the list is Noritaka Tatehana’s Lady Pointes that pour 18 inches down into the ground, and let’s say the list only gets more incredible. Watch out for Christian Louboutin’s towering, sparkly […]

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Say, namaste or narcotics? Decidedly the unlikeliest yoga mat we’ve seen

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Tuesday 8 April 2014

What? Life is too short for serious, angry yoga. Artist Jon Kessler has designed the most unexpected yoga mat we’ve ever seen: a realistic replica of a blown-up US$100 bill with a razor blade and cocaine on it. For just US$80 on Grey Area (quite a steal, no?), you can roll up your yoga mat […]

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Finally, you can make your smartphone a dumbbell

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Tuesday 8 April 2014

Time-starved iPhone users can now work their biceps on the move, thanks to a bizarre invention dubbed the ToneFone that adds a 1kg or 1.5kg weight in the form of an iPhone dumbbell case. Made of 100% British steel, the product guarantees no rough hands from working out, thanks to the soft, grippy rubber finish. […]

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Fed up with gender inequality, artist casts penises for women everywhere

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Tuesday 8 April 2014

Is this elegant or what? Oklahoma-based artist Holly Wilson had an epiphany sometime last year when she decided she had enough of being discriminated against as a female artist: ‘I thought I could let this take me over OR I could hold onto my “dick”.’ And so her Bring Your Dick To The Table project […]

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The human anatomy, painted onto real human bodies

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Monday 7 April 2014

Johannes Stoetter, the artist behind the amazing illusion of the woman bodypainted to look like a parrot, has clearly had a lot of practice. We lucked out on another great bodypainted series by him, Anatomy, where he painstakingly painted the human anatomy (exposed muscles, veins, internal organs and all) onto real human bodies. How absolutely […]

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5-room apartment dies; comes back as ridiculously garish classical art museum

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Monday 7 April 2014

Two months in Germany left such a huge impression on a Singaporean as a student, that when she grew up and bought her own 5-room flat, she decided to renovate it to resemble some sort of ornate European art museum, complete with Victorian details, gold trimmings, hanging chandeliers, candles, oil paintings, a fake fireplace, and faux flowers sticking out everywhere.

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This guy makes the most hilariously bad cosplay outfits on a budget

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By Low Lai Chow in New Fashion on Monday 7 April 2014

Perhaps we’ve been pampered with admiring the mad skills of too many good cosplayers out there. At the other end of the spectrum of cosplay greatness is a particular Thai cosplayer, Anucha Saengchart, whose brand of Lowcost Cosplay is defyingly, howlingly bad. We think we have seen everything now.

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Classical art paintings, updated with social media notifications

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Monday 7 April 2014

In her ‘emoji nation’ series, Kiev-based artist Nastya Nudnik takes the event notifications from Facebook, Twitter and the lot that we are so familiar with on social media, and updates classical art paintings with these. That one tweak instantly transforms the timeless to something quite mundane.

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