World’s Thinnest Condoms


“I would say these condoms are razor thin, but it seems they are thinner than that. As explains, the average thickness of human hair is 0.06 millimeters. At 0.01 millimeters, these Japanese condoms are the thinnest in the world. According to website ZakZak, it took Sagami Rubber Industries over ten years to realize these rubbers, from conception to completion. In total, over 20,000 condoms were put through a battery of tests in a trial and error process.” w/ photos

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Maru & Hana

“Maru is training young Hana to investigate bags, and soon to graduate to boxes!” — F.Fables

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Odd Parrot!

“…must be trying to recreate the sound of ocean waves by the shore. So artistic.” — Tranq512

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Moon Solar Panel Station?


It sounds like a tale from a science fiction novel, but a team of Japanese engineers really is hoping to turn the moon into a giant solar panel. Shimizu, a giant civil engineering and construction firm, plans to install a ‘solar belt’ around the moon’s equator. To be built almost entirely by remote-controlled robots, the Luna Ring would run around the 6,800 mile lunar equator and be 248 miles in width. The solar energy collected would converted and beamed back to earth as microwaves and laser, where it would then be converted into electricity and then potentially supplied to the national grid.” w/ photos

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Japan’s Owl Cafes!


If at first there was this craze with cats, now there’s a craze with owls. Yes, cafés with real live owls watching you with their big eyes as you quietly sip your drink. Of course, the entire theme of these cafés has something to do with owls, so the background and the menu complete the picture. The owl cafés are pretty crowded places. Customers are not allowed to get in the cafés at the same time and scare the birds, so queues are formed outside. Careful! The weekends are especially busy, so you might want to get up early if you want to have coffee with an owl. There are quite a few owl cafés to choose from, each with its own rules, but there are a few general guidelines that should be respected when entering these places.” w/ photos + video

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Japanese Precision Walking

“It took the 77 Nippon Sports Science University students 5 months – at 3 days per week – of exercises to get them in shape for the dazzling performances. Their practice forced them to walking up to 720 miles in total – roughly the distance from Paris to Rome. The captain of the team say she hopes their collective discipline will help the older generation improve their impression of the younger. ‘People say Japanese youngsters these days lacks the ability to work collectively in group, but we just proved that we don’t,’ 23-year-old Keiko Suzuki said.” — Euronews

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