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Hey, Suppliers, You Should Package Everything With This!

Goldfish bubble Hey, Suppliers, You Should Package Everything With This!Ok, so it’s actually just a concept right now, but I know I’d definitely use this amazing bubble wrap on everything I ship – work related or not! Japan-based designer Daisuke Akiyama (feel free to click the link, however, it’s all in Japanese) filled the bubbles with tiny goldfish replicas, creating the illusion of tiny, adorable fish bowls in an effort to deter people from the addictive act of popping the bubbles. I’m not sure what exactly he’d be trying to accomplish with that goal – but my guess would be to prolong the life of the packaging, thus making it reusable and reducing waste. Whatever his reasoning, it’s ridiculously cute. He’s  marketing the idea to manufacturers, but I think he should throw the idea our way – I know at least a few people who would bite the bait. (via: Spoon & Tomago)  

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Flesh Eating Bacteria In Florida Kills Ten People

beach Flesh Eating Bacteria In Florida Kills Ten PeopleLiving in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, My wife and I spend a lot of the time at the beach, so this latest news hits very close to home. Florida beaches are currently under warnings, due to Vibrio Vulnificus, a flesh-eating bacteria that thrives in warms waters. The bacteria attacks through opens wounds. So far, 32 people in Florida have contracted this flesh eating bacteria, 10 of which have died. MORE

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Frag to Colony

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This acropora is a prime example of the beauty that can be achieved when starting with a seed fragment instead of a wild colony.  The placement of a frag with the vision of what it will become in time can be difficult for some to visualize, and may deter the less patient aquarist. The captive grown colony will take space up and fill the area nicely, giving a natural appearance as opposed to when wild colonies are placed on live rock like a fruit stand at the grocery store.  The survivability of a coral grown from a seed fragment is much higher than trying to introduce larger wild corals into artificial conditions.  Instant gratification is not part of the puzzle when attempting a natural look in a reef aquarium.  Using captive grown seed fragments will give a great sense of accomplishment if given proper time and patience.

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Screams Heard From The Other Room

Screen Shot 2014 07 30 at 4.45.24 PM 300x247 Screams Heard From The Other RoomJared runs in to see if I’m still alive (I don’t always have the most appropriate reactions). “I MUST HAVE THIS!!!”. My list continues to grow at a daunting rate, and the pieces on it keep creeping slowly upward – but this Is truly an incredible find. Stefan Kudoke presents us with this Kraken timepiece, aptly named the “KudOktopus” (nice word-play there Stefan, I approve). At 42mm in diameter, this glorious work of art is encased in stainless steel and features sapphires on the front and back. With your choice of Louisiana Alligator or calf-skin, the leather strap will assure the watch stays snugly affixed to your wrist. You better hope it does, anyway, given the $9,860 price tag. See and read more at DudeIWantThat.com

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Sigh, Another Thing To Add To My List Of Things I MUST Own!

Screen Shot 2014 07 27 at 12.36.21 PM2 Sigh, Another Thing To Add To My List Of Things I MUST Own!“AND WHEN YOU GAZE LONG INTO AN ABYSS, THE ABYSS ALSO GAZES INTO YOU.” – FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE. Will the Interwebs ever stop torturing me? I’m debating banning myself from This Is Colossal’s website as I’m slowly but surely going bankrupt. Perhaps I should take a lesson in impulse control, but this is too good to pass up. Check out this stunning layered glass table that creates a cross-section of the deep blue by designer Christopher Duffy of Duffy London, appropriately named “The Abyss Table”. Production will be limited to 25 which can be purchased here so hurry! At $7,800, I actually think it’s reasonably priced for such a stunning piece. More images of my newest coffee table below. Screen Shot 2014 07 27 at 12.36.09 PM Sigh, Another Thing To Add To My List Of Things I MUST Own!Screen Shot 2014 07 27 at 12.36.26 PM Sigh, Another Thing To Add To My List Of Things I MUST Own!

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Apparently Fish Shaming is a Real Thing

46b2Fish Shaming Bully Apparently Fish Shaming is a Real Thing Apparently, there’s such a thing as fish shaming. In this interesting act of internet virality, an aquarium owner posts conceivably embarrassing messages about their fish. While the comedy of humiliating fish on the internet may be lost on some (or likely most) people out there, believe me when I say that it’s the perfect message for an aquarium keeper. In the images shown above and below, which were taken from the Tumblr page Distinct Memory, the fish were apparently overly aggressive toward tankmates, inflicting some sort of damage or death that the aquarist was tired of. The hobbyist then used the power of social media to let the world know of the fish’s bad behavior. And while the fish obviously aren’t really even aware of what’s going on, we got quite a chuckle from this fish shaming and would love to see it expanded towared more of our salty pets as well. Just image, shaming that “reef safe” angelfish for nipping at all the clams or humiliating a clownfish for trying to host a water pump. The possibilities are endless. MORE: Apparently Fish Shaming is a Real Thing

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I Dare You to Find Me a Cuter Cupcake!

10556336 327968347370043 1936179471868301673 n 2 I Dare You to Find Me a Cuter Cupcake!Woke up this morning to find this adorable little guy on my news feed! Actually – given the  flower on the mantle, puckered lips and rosy hue, this guy might just be a girl, but who am I to sex octopus cupcakes? This isn’t the first time we’ve featured Ceph-inspired baking creations, (I still vote that Blue Ring cake should be served at MACNA) but it certainly is the most whimsical cupcake I’ve seen! Tragically, when I tried to contact Cotton Candy Bakeshop, they appear to no longer be operating. Here’s to hoping they’re simply taking a break – all that cuteness has got to be overwhelming. Not to be left out, flocks of teeny penguins assume their sugary positions, and a dive-themed cupcake tower may just be what I have as my next birthday cake (no need to point out this particular one was designer for a toddler). Hope this sweetens up your day! (Note: I cannot be held responsible for your diabetic coma – cupcake responsibly) Screen Shot 2014 07 29 at 10.35.48 AM 300x243 I Dare You to Find Me a Cuter Cupcake!   Screen Shot 2014 07 29 at 10.38.18 AM 300x212 I Dare You to Find Me a Cuter Cupcake!

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Animals Dying In Public Aquarium Renovation Fail

aquarium Animals Dying In Public Aquarium Renovation FailPublic aquariums are supposed to protect animals and promote conservation. This sad news from the Taraporewala Aquarium in Mumbai, India is the antithesis of all that public aquariums stand for. Currently, over 270 fish and 38 turtles who were previous residents are now at the Versova fisheries center, without any handler or appropriate care.The animals were moved to the fisheries center in March 2012, when the Taraporewala Aquarium underwent renovation work. While the renovations were supposed to be completed in 2013, leaky tanks and other structural inadequacies delayed the project. It is still unclear when the renovations will be complete. In the meanwhile, these poor animals are being held without anyone to care for them. To date, more than 30 animals have died and the conditions reported, included fish being attacked by crows in open ponds, are grave.  MORE

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