If you were to stumble across this freaky ring of hairs hanging on a wall you'd probably dismiss it as another confusing piece of modern art. But if you were to give it more than just a passing glance, you'd notice that some of its hairs were moving, because it turns out this piece is actually a functional clock.
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Video: The US one dollar bill is still old school. In fact, it has the oldest design of all US currency being produced today. So that means it doesn't have the flashy tech, or the colourful hues, or the wild looks that have leaked into the redesigns of the more valuable US banknotes. But that doesn't mean it hasn't changed. Just check out the evolution of the dollar bill from 1862 until now. Ol' Georgie looks a bit different.
The phrase "etched in stone" usually applies to something that's never going to change. But while the Etch clock looks like the current time has been carved into its face, every minute the etching disappears and refreshes itself, so that phrase doesn't sound as permanent as it once did.
There's nothing quite as comfortable as wearing a sweater knit by a grandparent, right? That's why Nike started using digital knitting machines to create its colourful Flyknit sneakers back in 2012, and why IKEA has now adopted the same technology to create a pair of chairs designed to pamper your posterior.
San Francisco is a city of long lines, and on a Saturday afternoon few lines here are longer than the one in front of the Chocolate Chair in Japantown. The Chocolate Chair's specialty is Dragon's Breath, neon-coloured balls of puffed rice cereal soaked in liquid nitrogen. When you take a bite, the nitrogen-infusion fills your mouth with a dense, smoke-like gas. Breathe the gas out through your nose or mouth, and voilà, man becomes dragon.
If it's not made of gold, furniture recovered from the Titanic, or extraterrestrial materials salvaged from a meteor, you'll need one heck of a gimmick to convince people to spend $US30,000 ($41,116) on coffee table. And that's probably why Siren Design Studios made its Teles Taxídi table float like a hoverboard.
Nothing classes up a room like a massive, intricate chandelier hanging overhead. But they can be a hassle to find, hard to get home, and complicated to install without tearing a hole in your ceiling. Unless the words "some assembly required" don't frighten you, in which case this flat-packed faux chandelier is a much easier alternative.
Video: Thanks to the internet and being able to easily share videos of them playing out, those pointlessly complicated Rube Goldberg machines are more popular than ever. But this wonderful kinetic sculpture actually uses the internet as one of its countless mechanisms so that it's able to play out across five different cities across the United States.
Counterfeiting coins doesn't sound as exciting as pumping out ersatz $100 notes, but it is definitely a thing, especially in the UK where one in every 30 pound coins isn't the real McCoy. To battle this, over the next year the government will phase out the old coin for a shiny new one that incorporates "a high security feature ... to protect it from counterfeiting in the future".
Unique gifts can be hard to find and if you want to get something truly special, you often have to go down the custom route. But why bother with engraving your partner's name on a mug, or stencilling your face on the arse of their pants, when you could record your voice and have it encoded into an 18-karat gold ring?
Watchmaker MB&F isn't as well-known as Rolex or Timex, but that's because the company's unique creations — like a TIE Fighter-shaped music box that plays the Star Wars theme — are made for die-hard collectors. Its latest creation is a rocket-shaped pen inspired by the moon landing, and I'm desperately trying to justify its $US20,000 ($26,230) price tag.
We first covered Rahul Agarwal's Polygon measuring spoon a couple of years ago. Made from a flat piece of etched plastic, it folds into a measuring spoon of various capacities depending on how you hold it. Now the Polygon is finally becoming a reality through Kickstarter, so you can soon make your drawers sightly less cluttered.