All collections are inherently a touch bizarre: Why do we display commemorative dishes, or stamps, or useless figurines? But even within the realm of strange collections, Chinese “meat rocks” are bizarre. The Wall Street Journal offers this in-depth look at the growing phenomenon of collecting rocks that look like marbled pork or beef, a new and growing pursuit among Chinese collectors. Hundreds of members have joined a new meat-rock research group, and meat rocks have their own dedicated museum in Lushan, China. (I am calling dibs on the name Meat Rock for my new female-fronted metal band, by the way.) Thanks to increasing state media coverage, The WSJ reports prices for meat rocks have skyrocketed, with especially good specimens selling for thousands of dollars. Towns are also looking to meat rocks to drive tourism, and a meat-rock expert has written a book with guidelines for classifying and grading rocks on a 100-point scale. Why? There does appear to be a historical … [Read more...] about Chinese collectors go crazy for rocks that look like meat
Poisonous berries that look like blackberries
Fleish and Cherry is an-development isometric adventure game that looks like vintage black and white animation, with a story mildly reminiscent of Jessica Rabbit saving Roger Rabbit in Toon Town. Check out concept art and gameplay below: During the golden era of Toonville, Fleish the Fox is the star of all the shorts recorded in this black and white cartoon world. His arch-nemesis, Mr Mintz, always tries to ruin his adventures by capturing his girlfriend Cherry, but despite his evil machinations, Fleish continuously manages to get his happy ending with her. But things are going to take an unexpected turn… Ready, set… action!! Fleish begins his new short film walking around Toonville when he meets his lovely girlfriend Cherry. The romantic moment is interrupted when the villain Mr. Mintz enters the scene and, on the contrary to what we were accustomed, captures Fleish and takes him to the top of a hotel under construction. This time, it is Cherry’s turn to muster her … [Read more...] about An Adventure Game That Looks Like 1930’s-Style Animation
Sometimes, I enjoy scrolling down my Twitter or Facebook feed without seeing something sad, repulsive or utterly terrifying. I like to see something happy. And often, cars provide that for me. But no, no, no—not this this morning. This morning, I had to be reminded that the front end of the Sin R1 exists. I have no personal vendetta against Sin or the R1. I think it’s quite lovely that a company that will take some risks and put a six-speed manual or sequential transmission into a weird-looking car with a high-powered Chevy engine in it. What I don’t think is quite lovely is the entire front end that Sin decided to put on this thing, so, when I saw an Autoweek link and photos of the R1 on my Twitter timeline, I instantly reeled back. Just give this vehicle a stare. Look at it, deep in its headlights, and feel the fear of its poisonous wrath engulf you. Now look slightly down, at whatever kind of daytime-running lights it has that are far separated from the actual … [Read more...] about Honestly Can We Just Stop Making Cars That Look Like Poisonous Bugs
Oh my god, the Balenciaga show on Sunday was so perfect, a delightful soup of 1980s whimsy in an uncharacteristically dull Paris lineup. One item in particular really got me going: this hooded latex coat that looks like a very large condom! Please buy it for me, someone! The rest of the collection put forth by designer Demna Gvasalia felt almost as though it was made for a comic book superheroine. The theme centered around strong, exaggerated ‘80s silhouettes, with gigantic oversized bags paired with huge trenches and Members Only-style jackets stretched out to hold gargantuan shoulders. Gvasalia also offered spandex in an array of jewel tones, often blending into high-heeled legging boots. Kim Kardashian was in the audience (just hours prior to being held up at gunpoint in her hotel) and you can be sure that the clothes here—especially these boots—will show up on her entire family, as well as on several Hadids. But unlike certain other collections we’ve … [Read more...] about Hey, Can Someone Buy Me This Balenciaga Coat That Looks Like a Condom?
Japanese food looks beautiful. So do these cookies. As Japanator points out, Osaka-based Instagram user Masako has been uploading sugar cookies that look like popular meals in Japan. There are cookie versions of katsudon, soba, tempura, sushi, udon, and more. They might look too good to eat! Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. … [Read more...] about Cookies That Look Like Delicious Japanese Food