This chair is filled with as many litres of tears you’ll cry in a lifetime

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Saturday 20 December 2014

Japanese designer Keita Suzuki has created a rather unusual-yet thought-provoking-chair design. The Tear Drop Chair is a free-form design that is filled with 64 litres of water. Why that exact amount of water? It’s supposed to signify the average volume of tears a human being will shed during their lifetime. Sixty-four litres, people! That’s a lot of tears and a lot of eye redness.

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Startling photos show microscopic structures of dried human tears

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 5 December 2013

Photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher has a fantastic project out called Topography of Tears, where she uses microscopes to give us ‘an unexpected view of another familiar subject: dried human tears’. She started the project around five years ago, ‘during a period of copious tears’ and realized that ‘everything we see in our lives is just the tip of the iceberg, visually’, which is where this fascinating collection of photos comes from.

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Have some cheese made from human tears and belly button bacteria

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 4 December 2013

Would you like some human tears and belly button bacteria with your wine, sir? Selfmade is an exhibition featuring cheese cultured from human tears and belly button bacteria collected from the artists and scientists themselves. Side note: I wonder how they forced themselves to tear up. Did they watch The Notebook with test tubes in […]

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Salt made from real tears

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By Samantha Dalrymple in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 2 June 2012

We all shed tears from time to time, but Haxton Street Monster Supplies has created a range of products that processed different ranges of tears to create salt. They combine centuries-old craft with the freshest human tears, which are gently boiled, released into shallow crystallization tanks, then harvested by hand and finally rinsed in brine. […]

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