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Morbid Home Decor

Over a year ago, I posted Killer Home Decor and found out how many of you have a subversive, or even a morbid sense of humor in furnishing your homes. This is the long overdue continuation of that post, with more ways for you to impress visitors to your home. These products will give them either smiles on their faces or chills down their backs!

Roadkill Carpet

Ew, what's that on your rug? Studio OOOMS has a handmade 100% wool carpet that looks beautiful, except for that 100% wool flattened bloody fox!

Mr. Suicide Bath Plug

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The Mr. Suicide bath plug was designed by Massimo Giacon for Alessi. The little guy attached to a chain and a "weight" (the plug itself) comes in three colors. As long as the stopper is in the drain, he'll be held under the bath water.

Dead Fred Penholder

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Dead Fred is a penholder. Not only is the sight of an ink pen (or pencil) stuck through Fred's heart a real conversation starter, it also keeps your writing instrument where you can find it.

Hanged Man Lamp

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Shine a little light in the darkness with the Hanged Man Lamp by enPieza. Made of treated iron, this little guy will impress your guests, or else scare them off. But you can assure them that you bought it only because it reminded you of your favorite word game.

Nuclear Waste Containers

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Nothing says "hands off" like a nuclear symbol. These Atomic Food Containers come in a set of three sizes with lids and ominous warnings. Great for leftovers or for taking your lunch to work.

Coffin Table

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The Memento Coffee Table Casket is designed to be both a coffee table and a coffin!

Made from an intentional choice of materials, this "pine box" puts design in context of the user at different stages of life, and death. In life, Memento serves the user as a functional piece of furniture that stores the material possessions we choose to collect. When the inevitable occurs, this coffee table takes on a second life as a non-toxic burial vessel.

Coffin Couch

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Coffin Couches are made from 18 gauge steel coffins collected from Southern California funeral homes. They are embossed with the universal biohazard symbol due to contact with a deceased body. They come in all manner of colors and can be customized to your taste.

Knife Hooks

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It appears as if someone has thrown a knife from a distance and it lodged in your wall. But these knifes are screw-in hooks you can hang a coat or hat on!

Crime Scene Scarf

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Not necessarily a home decor item, but I couldn't resist including the crime scene scarf called Fuzz. Knitted from acrylic and spandex; designed by Michelle Kempner. If you want to incorporate crime scene tape into your home decor, you might try the toilet paper version.
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See quite a few additional deliciously morbid touches for your home in the post Killer Home Decor.

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Your Dresser Is a Serious Tipping Hazard. Here's How to Fix It
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When it comes to household safety, we’re used to potentially hazardous items being clearly labeled. Hair dryers come with warnings not to use them in the shower; volatile cleaning products implore us not to drink them. But some of the most significant items carrying actual mortality rates are largely ignored: common living room or bedroom furniture.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 30,000 people were treated in emergency rooms from 2014 to 2016 as a result of furniture tipping over on them. Children are at particular risk of being injured or worse when they attempt to climb a dresser or TV stand. As Consumer Reports points out, these items do not have to conform to any universal manufacturing standard and can easily become unstable regardless of their weight, cost, the child’s weight, or other variables. Injuries are also seen when children tug on the furniture or attempt to climb inside the drawers. Since dressers are often in a child's bedroom where they can play unsupervised, the potential for an accident is high.

In testing performed by Consumer Reports, no one brand or style stood out as being inherently safer than the others. So what can consumers do?

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One easy solution is to avoid putting televisions on top of these dressers, since they pose a high risk of falling on top of a child when the dresser is moved. More importantly, child safety advocacy groups advise that adults use anchoring systems for furniture in danger of tipping over. These kits are available via mail order or in retail stores and come with straps that are connected between the furniture and two wall brackets. If weight is applied to the front of the dresser, the straps will keep it from falling over.

Some furniture comes with these kits, or with L-shaped angle brackets. Both are effective, but included straps can often be plastic that degrades over time—they should be nylon or steel. If not, you should opt for a third-party kit.

Advocacy groups have found that a lot of consumers are either unaware these kits exist or find them difficult to install. But it's a relatively easy procedure so long as you secure the anchor into a wall stud and not into drywall, where it will be too loose to stand up to a weight-bearing load. For brick or masonry walls, it’s best to hire a professional. If you’re renting and have been told not to drill into the wall, consult your landlord—it’s likely they’ll agree to waive any restrictions to make for a safer living space.

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These Unique Benches Are Made From Yogurt Cups and Plastic Bags
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When sent to a landfill, some plastic waste will sit there for centuries before breaking down. The Belgian design firm Studio Segers has found an alternative use for the plastic containers some people throw away by re-purposing them into innovative outdoor seating. This modular bench spotted by design milk is made from used yogurt cups, butter tubs, and plastic bags and is 100 percent recyclable.

Commissioned by the recycling company ECO-oh!, the H-bench consists of slender, plastic components. They come with or without backrests and are available in dark gray, medium gray, light gray, pastel green, pastel blue, and beige. Snap three of them together and you have a chair. Keep adding pieces to build a snug love-seat or a bench long enough to fit a crowd.

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The seat is designed to be customized to suit the user’s taste. Chair backs can face one way or alternating directions; the bench can feature multi-colored stripes or a uniform shade; one side can have seat backs while the opposite end is built for laying down.

The makers didn’t skimp on quality to make their product sustainable: The H-bench is made from plastics called polyolefins, which means it's durable enough to stay strong and vibrant even in harsh outdoor conditions. Get a closer look at the smart design in the video below.

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