Terrifying Rugs and Bizarre Bathmats

At this point, I think there's a Star Wars-themed product for just about everything, but here's one you might not have seen -- a throw rug designed to look like a Wampa, the terrifying creatures that occupy the ice planet Hoth. (As if I needed to explain that.) The good news is, it's plush, fits right in front of your bathroom sink so you won't have to freeze your toes while brushing your teeth on chilly mornings, and I'm told he doesn't bite.

April is the cruelest month. Bring the cruel realities of the streets into your home with the Road Kill rug from Oooms. It's a strip of soft gray "pavement" complete with a squished fox. Honey, supper's on!

Thanks to Boingboing for alerting us to this one -- the handmade "Demon Rug." Creator Missmonster describes it thusly: "Face/ears/claws/teeth/horns are all hand sculpted and hand painted, head base is a foam taxidermy form. Fur is airbrushed (original color was light grey). 77" long, 87" wide." Not for sale yet -- unfortunately.

For those of you who prefers the gritty thrills of movies like The Hurt Locker to monster flicks, there's a rug for you, too -- the Iraq Rug. It's like a giant game of Risk on your floor -- except there's only one country, and everyone loses.

Big Brother is watching you. Of this one, Retro to Go writes, "a typically bizarre Piero Fornasetti work, it features the female face (opera singer Lina Cavalieri, should you be wondering) that was so prevalent in his work, this time in a keyhole shape on a bold red background. Hand knotted in 100 per cent wool and sized around 3ft x 5ft, it retails for £2,390." What a steal! If you can afford this rug, you can surely afford to bribe the Secret Police.

This bathmat made from real, living moss is actually fed by the humidity of your bathroom, and the drips that fall from your body as you step onto it from the shower or the bathtub. Presumably, it grows over time -- maybe with enough care and dripping, it'll turn into a wall-to-wall moss rug!

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10 Pats Born on St. Patrick's Day
A photo from the 1919 wedding of Princess Patricia of Connaught to the Hon. Alexander Ramsay.
A photo from the 1919 wedding of Princess Patricia of Connaught to the Hon. Alexander Ramsay.
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Need some St. Patrick's Day conversation fodder that doesn't involve leprechauns or four-leaf clovers? Ask your friends to name a "Pat" born on St. Patrick's Day. If they can't, they owe you a drink—then you can wow them with this list of 10.


Princess Patricia was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria, who gave up all of her royal titles when she married a commoner. She was born at Buckingham Palace on March 17, 1886.


The Dallas star was born on March 17, 1949. And here's a totally random fact about Duffy: His nephew is Barry Zito, former MLB pitcher for the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants.


Pattie Boyd
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Pattie Boyd is well-known to lovers of classic rock: She has been married three times, including once to George Harrison and once to Eric Clapton, who both wrote a couple of the most romantic songs in rock history in her honor (including The Beatles's "Something" and Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight"). Boyd was a model when she met Harrison on the set of A Hard Day's Night in 1964; the pair were married two years later. They divorced in 1977 and she married Clapton, Harrison's close friend, in 1979. She also had an affair with Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones toward the end of her marriage to The Quiet Beatle.


Belfast-born Pat Rice is a former footballer and coach who spent the bulk of his career with Arsenal F.C. (that's "football club," a.k.a. soccer to us Americans). He joined the Gunners in 1964 as a mere apprentice, turning pro a couple of years later. He became captain in 1977 and left the club for a few years in the early 1980s to go to Watford, but returned after he retired from playing in 1984. In 2012, after nearly 30 years with the organization, he announced his retirement.


Patty Maloney is an actress with dwarfism who stands just three feet, 11 inches tall. She has appeared in many movies and T.V. shows over the years, including operating the Crypt Keeper puppet in Tales from the Crypt. She also played Chewbacca's son Lumpy in The Star Wars Holiday Special.


Michael C. Hall and Mathew St. Patrick in 'Six Feet Under'

Ok, so Mathew St. Patrick is the stage name of the actor, but he was born Patrick Matthews in Philadelphia on March 17, 1968. You probably know him best as David's boyfriend Keith on Six Feet Under.


He may not be a household name, but the recording artists Patrick Adams writes for and helps produce certainly are. Adams has been involved in the careers of Salt-N-Pepa, Sister Sledge, Gladys Knight, Rick James, and Coolio, among others.


It's possible you look at Patrick McDonnell's work every day, depending on which comics your newspaper carries. McDonnell draws a strip called Mutts featuring a dog and a cat named Earl and Mooch, respectively. Charles Schulz called it one of the best comic strips of all time.


 Singer/Guitarist Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins performs onstage during Live Earth New York at Giants Stadium on July 7, 2007 in East Rutherford, New Jersey
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Yes, you know him better as just plain old Billy Corgan: he's the face of the Smashing Pumpkins, engages in public feuds with Courtney Love, and maybe once dated Jessica Simpson. He made his debut on March 17, 1967.


Patricia Ford is a retired model probably best known for her Playboy photoshoots in the 1990s.


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