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Bizarre Best; Minute or Less

Murata Manufacturing recently unveiled a team of 10 robots called the Murata Cheerleaders, which dance in formation while balancing on top of balls.

The Murata Cheerleaders are Murata’s fourth generation of robots, following the bicycle-riding MURATA BOY in 1991, the second MURATA BOY in 2005, and the unicycle-riding MURATA GIRL in 2008. All of these robots incorporate Murata’s proprietary core technology.

 USB lighter "Jii! Jii! Jii!" - Cute, eco and convenient


Japanese love their cigarettes and are never without them and a lighter.  And recently, a cute singing lighter has arrived on the scene.  It is chargeable through your computer's USB port, giving hours of lighter fluid-free cigarette lighting.  Wind and rain? There's no flame so there's no problem!

Sing a long with Jii!  Fill your lungs with smoke and your heart with song! .みんな new gTLD domain

Google has released .みんな - a new domain extension for Japanese who want to carve out their own, new space on the Internet.

.みんな (.minna) literally means "everybody" in Japanese, and is being positioned by Google as an alternate online address space for Japanese. - Japanese Directors - Academy Award

The nominees for the 86th annual Academy Awards were announced yesterday (US time), and we were happy to hear that 2 Japanese animation movies were nominated!

First, of course, from Studio Ghibli…

- The Wind Rises by Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli for Animated Feature Film

Unlimited-Terrain RC QuadCopter from Takara Tomy

Well that’s an interesting way to go about it...
Takara Tomy’s made thousands of RC toys over the years, but this is the first in a while that’s really caught our interest: it really is a go-anywhere ride.

Girls, Custom Cars, and 100 Awesome Photos that We Totally Forgot to Publish! 

Prosthetic Thumb Conquers Giant-Screened iPhone 6

Reminder: Thanko's Got Your Back
(in the form of some extra thumb)