Japanese Farmers are Growing Heart-Shaped Watermelons


Do we need watermelons grown into shapes of squares and hearts? Well, yes and no.

No, they don’t taste any different (we’re guessing). Sure, they’re probably easier to store. Yes, they will melt your heart.


Farmer Hiroichi Kimura from Japan’s Kumamoto Prefecture underwent a long series of trial and error to create his proprietary watermelon heart-mold, which was inspired by a comment from a neighbor. Rocket News reports, “Mr. Kimura’s heart watermelons have a crunchy consistency that gives way to pleasantly sweet juices. Once you’ve gulped down the red flesh, you’re left with a mellow sweetness that lingers on the tongue. The taste was better than Mr. Kimura imagined.”


Watch this neat featurette to see how he did it and start planning your Valentine’s Day shipment now. Bonus points if you figure out a way to hide an engagement ring inside. This is some Grade-A Pinterest sh*t.

H/T + PicThx Design Taxi


I Don’t Even Know Anymore: Penis-Shaped Egg Molds


The Bachelorette Party industry is really slipping. While it’s easy to understand the appeal of sucking down Screaming Orgasms oozing out of dick-shaped shot glasses, it’s a little harder to think our future husbands would appreciate experiencing a virtual circumcision every time they sit down to read the morning paper.

But it seems nobody told the folks at OMG International that. Dubbed the “Breakfast of Champenis,” their Penis Egg Fryer is exactly what it sounds like – a black, non-stick mold designed to help you make perfectly phallic breakfast foods, including but not limited to eggs, pancakes and pizzas.

Why? Because it’s “erotic” and “eggciting,” the packaging says, which makes total sense if you’re like, fifty, and the sight of solid sizzling egg white is enough to get you hot and bothered. Me, I like to think I’m a little harder to please. As in, it’s a bacon weave dildo, or no dice.


The Penis Egg Fryer: $15 @ Amazon

H/T + PicThx Incredible Things, ebay


This Mold-Detecting Bowl Saves Your Fruit, Bananas Everywhere Rejoice

fruit bowl detects moldIt’s hard to know when fruit is at its peak. One day, it’s solid and unripe. The next, it magically transforms into mush. Wait too much longer and you’ll have blue fuzzy mold on your hands, or worse, buzzy fruit flies.

Offering a solution to wastefulness, design student Jagjit Chodha created a fruit bowl that detects mold before it grows. The bowl’s attached sensors detect elevated levels of ethylene (gas emitted as fruits mature or “ripen”), and a light on the sensor will tell you when to hurry up and eat those puppies before they go bad.

This handy fruit container was created for the Made In Brunel Show at London’s Brunel University. While it’s not available for sale, we sure hope to see it on shelves someday. Until then, we’ll have to rely on our good ol’ guessing skills to know the average life span of a banana.

H/T + PicThx Mashable


DID YOU KNOW: Apparently, Finding Mold in Capri Sun is Normal

capri sun

Almost nothing can turn a stomach quite like finding mold in your supposedly good food or drink. Many mothers are discovering this quease-worthy fact when approached by their children who claim their Capri Sun tastes funny. The fruit drink beloved by elementary schoolers and praised by parents for lack of preservatives has a small kicker, fermentation. The promise of no preservatives allows for the possibility of fermentation, as well as mold to grow, if air find its way into packaging.

This surprising little fact is mentioned on the packaging itself, stating that the mold is not harmful to your health, physical health that is. The same cannot be said for the mental aversion you’ll have after sucking up a glob of delicious mold. (Excuse me, I think I just threw up a little in my mouth) Chances are you’ll never come across this phenomenon, but just in case you pop a straw into the pouch and it tastes a little off, no need to chance your mental state by playing scientist, just throw it away.

H/T + PicThx Snopes


Here’s A Dazzling Display of Pretty Moldy Bread


Pretty moldy as in the bread is both moldy and aesthetically pleasing . . . though it’s also “pretty moldy” like there’s a lot of mold.

Singaporean artist Sookoon Ang devised these hideously stunning loaves under the series title “Your Love is like a Chunk of Gold” using bread, ammonia phosphate (the secret behind the crystalline mold) and time.  Featured at the 2013 Art Stage Singapore, Design Boom calls them “an intersection of the real, supernatural and science fiction.” I also thought that exact same thing.

Some who look at this may feel inspired to wax poetic about the juxtaposed dichotomies of beautiful mold, creation and decay, order and chaos, and so on and so forth. The rest of us are already in the kitchen, trying to figure out how to do this with a bagel and some food coloring.





See more image’s at Ang’s site.

H/T Animal New York + PicThx Design Boom


Brighten Up a Gloomy Breakfast with this Clever Egg Mold

Sunnyside Egg Mold

If you’re not a morning person, rising and shining can be rough. But we’ve come across a charming solution that’ll cure those early morning blues and pack in a healthy breakfast — Sunnyside Egg Molds.

These silicon forms are not only adorable, but they’re also really easy to use. The innovative design allows you to simply pour the egg into the circle — the egg-yolk stays in the ring and the white flows out to fill the rest of the silicon cast. Within seconds you have yourself a perfectly cheery and nutritious creation!

Sunnyside Egg Shaper $20 @ Amazon

H/T  Kid Crave + Design by Avihai Shurin for Monkey Business


Check Out These Sweet Star Wars LED Lightsaber Popsicle Makers, Broda

In a 2008 episode of How I Met Your Mother entitled “The Fight,” Jason Segel’s character makes the fine prediction that  “three to five years” from then, he would be cutting his Thanksgiving turkey with a lightsaber. If you, like me, are too antsy to wait another year though, these Star Wars LED Lightsaber Popsicle Makers from ThinkGeek get the whole experience of eating with Old Green pretty damn close.

Originally envisioned as an April Fool’s joke, this “Saber-lickin’ good!” ice pop mold pack features a set of four lightsaber hilts, two Lukes and two Vaders, each with an inserted LED that lets you light up the “blade” in red or green.  Just pour in your favorite liquid, pop on the hilt and in four hours throw away all self-consciousness and stage your very own epic light saber battle (sound effects, sadly, not included.)

A couple other caveats: because the LEDs are battery powered, the hilts are not machine-washable, and unless you plan on making popsicles out of plain sugar water, chances are the color of the LEDs will get lost anyway beneath the filter of whatever orange or purple or Yoda-colored juice you put in the mold.

But if you are just looking for some geektastic decoration or happen to actually like sugar water, have at it. The Star Wars Lightsaber Ice Pop Maker will be available around November, all four for $35 (or less than $10 each).

Oppa Gungan style.

[Via Gizmodo]

Packaged Food

Moldy Applesauce Manufacturer Gets an FDA Warning

A warning letter was issued to Snokist Growers, a food processing company from Washington, for reprocessing moldy applesauce. The Food and Drug Administration are currently investigating the manufacturer after discovering that their products could possibly contain dangerous multicolored molds.

Snokist Growers distributes their products to baby food manufacturers as well as schools through the National Lunch Program. According to reports, Snokist products were blamed for the illnesses of nine North Carolina children earlier this year. The FDA continues to outline some of the other blunders the Snokist company has made during several different violations over the past year, including a 3,300 case recall for dented seals, instaces of bird feathers and feces within the facilities, fruit flies both alive and dead, and non food grade hydraulic fluid dripping from a pipe onto the housing of the apple slice conveyor [FDA].

Tough times ahead for this bunch, it seems.


via: Huffington Post Photo Credit: Benimoto