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Learn about history’s worst contraceptives

Not to judge, but If you’re planning on having sex, wear protection. For women to protect themselves, chances are their using contraceptives like the Pill.

Bizarre Japanese cookbook require the use of condoms

With all of the television shows and networks that revolve around food, you probably thought you’ve seen it all. Chances are you haven’t seen this Japanese cookbook. If you’re wondering what makes it so unique, well, it’s centred around condoms. 

Creative alphabet made by cutting, folding and manipulating paper

Berlin-based artist Tony Ziebetzki has created a series of alphabetic paper designs. Using only a scalpel, pieces of paper and a scanner, he wanted to find out how many ways could there be manipulating paper into letters. 

The shocking things that happen every minute

Have you ever wondered what wonders could happen in a mere 60 seconds? Well, in this infographic by Minute of Life, it shows us 15 amazing things that happen every minute across the world.

Hilariously profane cookbook wants you to eat like you give a fuck

These days it’s hard to eat healthy; especially with food like galaxy donuts and the secret menus at restaurants. But if you’re the type of person who’s looking for inspiration to start eating delicious and healthy food, this cookbook is for you.

A Harry Potter-inspired invisibility cloak

Invisibility is usually the stuff of science fictional, but researchers in the US claim to have created an invisibility cloak. Inspired by Harry Potter’s iconic cloak, scientists from the University of Rochester have created a cloaking device. But, unlike Harry’s cloak, the scientists used a combination of four standard lenses for…

One simple dress code rule to boost your career

Whether you’re job hunting or just want to be taken seriously at work, how you present yourself is an often overlooked. In fact, the dress code is integral part of your career and can boost your chances at impressing others.

Starbucks tests Dark Barrel Latte that tastes like Guinness

Starbucks coffee is known for offering seasonal drinks like Unicorn Frappuccinos and Pumpkin Spice lattes. But for the first time, Starbucks patrons will be able to warm up with a beer-flavoured coffee: the Dark Barrel Latte. 

Infographic: Crazy facts around the world

Did you know that Mount Everest grows an estimated 4mm per year? Or that Pluto is smaller than Russia? There are even more crazy facts like that in this infographic created by travel website When On Earth. Check out more crazy facts below and impress your friends with…

Make crossing the road fun with dancing pedestrian signals

We’ve all done it; waiting for a traffic light to turn, checking to see if it’s clear, then doing the mad dash for the other side of the street. It’s not the safest move. Creatively taking on the question of “how can we make our cities…

This ice cream looks and tastes like a baked sweet potato

The Japanese are certainly known for their odd eating habits, like deep-fried maple leaves. But did you know that yakiimo—also known as a baked sweet potato—is enjoyed by people of all ages in Japan? 

An elegant bicycle you won’t be able to steal

Thanks to three engineering students from Chile, we can finally park and lock our bicycles safely in public areas. In The Yerka Project, the trio designed a bicycle that lets you wrap it around a pole or a tree—meaning people won’t be able to steal it.

Have the munchies? Try a marijuana-laced gourmet pizza

The latest food trend to come out of Los Angeles are pizza pies that’ll get you high. The idea may sound half-baked, but Stoned Oven Gourmet Pizza is a start-up by entrepreneur Henry Mark producing pizzas laced with marijuana.

Find out what the best type of beard is for your face

Not only is virtually every Hollywood actor sporting a meticulously groomed beard, now even corner office CEOs are bristling, too. Facial hair is all the rage now; a fashion trend I joined nearly 20 years ago.

Everything that will kill you… from A to Z

Spoiler alert: We all die in the end. The only question is, what will kill you? Will it be natural causes or something unforeseen? One thing’s for sure, there are some pretty strange ways to die. For example, there are some unconventional murder weapons; and taking…

The Champagne popsicle: A fizzy frozen luxury treat

If your standard Mr. Freeze Jumbo Popsicles aren’t doing it for you anymore, enter the world of luxury popsicles. POPS is a champagne popsicle that makes it easy to cool off with a fizzy, indulgent treat.

Jewellery creates electricity through body movements

Jerusalem-based industrial designer Naomi Kizhner has created a jewellery concept that harnesses the body’s kinetic energy. Her hope is that one day it can be used to create electricity.

A sidewalk lane in China for people on their phones

These days people are captivated by their smartphones and connected devices; so much so that they have become oblivious to the world around them. This smartphone addiction is especially prevalent in Chinese youth. That’s why the city of Chongqing has created the first mobile phone sidewalk.

Bacon is part of every item on this restaurant’s menu

Did you know that the average North American consumes nearly 18 pounds of bacon each year? Canadians love bacon so much that 43% would choose it over sex. Few meats, let alone foods, inspire as much fervour and excitement. In fact, there are so many…

Everything you need to know about men’s fashion

Sometimes looking sharp is all about wearing clothes that fit properly. To give you some style advice on men’s fashion, Infographic Journal has created an infographic with tips on creating a better you.

Watch 6 easy hacks for better sex

Life hacks have occupied everything from our offices to bathrooms, closets, and kitchens. Since we’re hacking everything else these days, why not sex, too? 

Witty uninspiring posters about life’s lows

For most of us, that uninspiring or depressed feeling comes and goes. But when sadness persists it affects your ability to function at work, at home, or in other aspects of your life. So if you’re currently in a funk, you might want to avoid…

The world’s most expensive hot dog

There’s a lot of expensive food out there like, cupcakes, hamburgers, and even potato chips. But when you think of a hot dog, you probably don’t think of extravagance. 

Gorgeous molecular structure necklaces from common drugs

Most people don’t understand why or how someone could become addicted to drugs. Lets face it, we all have a vice; it might not be an illicit drug, but we’re all addicted to something.

The international styles of kissing

A survey of 3,500 singles regarding their thoughts about kissing, found that most have dated a bad kisser. 73% of those singles polled, also claim they’ve been stuck in a bad kissing situation.

How to make a bacon-infused, Bloody Mary popsicle

Why should kids have all the fun? Well, they can keep their Creamsicles. I previously featured how to make deep fried Tequila shots. Now, Perry Santanachote from Thrillist has come up with bacon-infused, Bloody Mary popsicles.

Humorous superhero mashup illustrations

The superhero genre has never been more popular. From Batman to the Avengers and X-Men, there’s a story for everyone. But what would happen if they started to crossover with pop culture, comics, or even famous personalities?

Everything you ever wanted to know about napping

When was the last time you had a nice, leisurely nap? If you’re not a morning person like me, getting up early to start work leaves you feeling tired most of the day. To ease that tired feeling, I find napping (whenever possible) help give…

A hot and sexy lingerie ad directed by Penélope Cruz

Penélope Cruz has returned both on and behind the camera to hawk L’Agent; the lingerie line she and her sister Monica developed for Agent Provocateur. Just like the banned fitness ad by TomTom, this lingerie ad will probably leave you hot under the collar.

Discover the annoying types of office personalities

if you're not sure what to look out for, this infographic will help you identify the more annoying office personalities.

A crazy recipe on how to make deep fried tequila shots

Creative chef Amy Erickson from Oh Bite It has come up with a crazy recipe that teaches you how to make deep fried tequila shots. Making this sinful snack involves making an angel food cake, cutting it up into small cubes, and soaking them in the golden…

The greatest fears that a gamer can relate to

As someone who has grown up playing video games, I know there are fears that gamers can relate to; like when you die, but forgot to save. 

Do you think you should you shave today?

A popular method for both men and women, having a shave is a good short term fix for unwanted body hair. Waxing, however, requires a good level of hair growth (not too long, though) before it can be carried out. It’s also sometimes painful.

A beautifully shot video shows how fedoras are made

In a society of mass production it’s easy for people to forget the importance of making something by hand. In Venice Beach, California, Nick Fouquet designs hand-crafted fedoras.

An elegant necklace that’s also a vibrator

Wearable technology has never been more… pleasurable. This elegant necklace by design-focused sex toy company CRAVE is more than just a fashion statement, it’s a vibrator.

What not to say to a photographer

Bing a photographer is a complicated and sometimes challenging job, requiring talent and knowledge. But that doesn’t stop some people from treating them like free photo dispensers. 

101 places to get fucked up before you die

When you travel, do you like to stare at ancient manuscripts in museums? Or perhaps ogle the oil paintings at the art gallery? If getting fucked up is more your style, then here’s a book for you.

Find out how people consume meat around the world

Where’s the beef? With all the BBQs flaming this summer, if you consume meat then you’re probably thinking of a nice juicy burger or steak right now. Lets face it, the world loves meat. And I know that there are plenty of vegetarians and vegans out…

If the 90s were a movie, this would be its trailer

Has anyone else noticed that Hollywood has no new ideas? It seems all they make these days are remakes of toys, cartoons, and franchises from the 80s and 90s.

The world’s most expensive cupcake costs $900US

I’ve previously featured the most expensive doughnut – which costs a whopping $1825CDN. Keeping with pastries, Lisa Sanguedolce, owner of Le Dolci bakery, has created the most expensive cupcake; beating the previous record holding $764CDN cupcake with her $982CDN creation.

An alphabet poster series inspired by The Beatles

A fan of The Beatles, Tumblr user Lexi wanted to pay tribute to her favourite band. Using her knowledge of the band, she imagined each letter of the alphabet corresponding to a word that relates to their legendary history, band member’s name, or song title.

How to start a successful career as a freelancer

Are you tired of working for the man? Or perhaps you’re just looking for a little extra coin. Well, if you choose to become a freelancer, then New York-based company Fiverr has designed an infographic that details ways to successfully start a career that way.

You’ll end up in a trance staring at these unique GIFs

If you’re looking for a distraction from work, then Texas-based visual artist Hayden Zezula has what you need. He’s created a series of unique, hypnotizing GIFs that you could end up putting you into a trance all day.

Ice cream that changes colour as you lick it

When you think of physicists, you probably think of people who want to better our understanding of the universe. And while some may be working on string theory or quantum mechanics, Manuel Linares used his talents to create an ice cream that changes colour as…

12 myths about sex you probably didn’t know

There are plenty of myths surrounding sex and our attitude towards pleasure. In fact, popular culture often tends to build up sex as something illusive or grandiose.

Fashion styles around the world in 80 hats

All cultures of the world use the clothes they wear to define how they live, work, and respect their history. Featuring 80 culturally significant hats around the world, booking website Venere has created an infographic that allows you to discover a lot about a country’s history and culture…

12 alternate ways to fight with a lightsaber

The lightsaber is the weapon of a Jedi; an elegant weapon of a more civilized age. It can be used to cut through blast doors or enemies alike. But how do you fight with one?

Synthetic Silk Leaf produces oxygen just like a real leaf

One of the main challenges of human space exploration is the lack of oxygen. Here on Earth, trees and other plants take in our carbon dioxide and changing it back to clean, sweet oxygen. But what if we could take those biological oxygen factories into space with us…

Witty, offensive cards that fold out into awesome greetings

Receiving greeting cards from a loved ones makes every holiday or celebration that much more special. But how would you react if that card said Santa Hates You? If you’re sick and tired of those cliché greetings, you’ll just love these!

Beautiful mirror mosaic creates optical illusions

French designer Arnaud Lapierre has created a mesmerizing mirror installation at the Place Vendôme in Paris. Called The Ring Mirror, it plays with the context of this urban space through reflections, light and the interaction of passers-by.