LEGO Craftsmanship of the Day

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Japanese LEGO brick artist Talapz showcases his super intricate pop-up model of Tōdai-ji, a well-known Zen Buddhist temple in Nara, Japan.

Shut Up and Take My Money of the Day: Lifelike Robofish

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Japanese gizmo maker Takara Tomy Arts unveils its line of batterly-run, lifelike Robofish toys (¥2,980 / $37 per fish) at the 2012 Tokyo Toy Fair.



Shut Up and Take My Money of the Day is a feature series dedicated to highlighting the latest innovations and visions in the world of consumer product design and gadgetry.

Weird Tube of the Day

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Check out this gameplay footage from Japan World Cup 3, not your average horse race betting game.

Nice Structure of the Day

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The G-Cans Project (formally known as the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel) is the world's largest flood water drain facility located 50 meters below ground in the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan. Built between 1992 and 2009, the massive underground tunnel system is equipped with four jet-powered turbines and five gargantuan water silos that can drain floodwaters at an impressive rate of a 25-meter swimming pool per second.

Weird YouTube of the Day

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Here we have a video of two Japanese girls diving into a mud pit head first. 2 Girls 1 Mud Pit, you say? Well actually, this is a video clip from a Japanese game show called "Jump Into Mud Puddle" (泥の水たまりに飛び込む), in which the contestant who stays submerged in the pit the longest wins ¥8 million Yen, which is around $100,000 USD.

Early Bird Special

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In case you missed it, here are some crazy pranks from Japanese television. No translation necessary.

[stuffistole]

Insensitive Tweets of the Day

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Insensitive Tweets of the Day
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In what should come as a surprise to nobody, approximately .012 seconds after the final whistle of Thursday's USA vs. Japan gold medal soccer match, an onslaught of racially-charged tweets hit the Interwebs. Because sports and war tragedies are equal in the minds of some knuckleheads, many tweets declared the 2-1 outcome -- in favor of the United States -- "payback for Pearl Harbor." Realistically, it was payback for a shootout loss in last year's World Cup final, but even in that case, the tweet storm which ensued trumpeted the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Japan Daily News has compiled a bunch of the offending tweets, for the entire world to see.

[jezebel]