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Opulent Items

11 Clearly Awesome Things

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Transparent gear? We see right through that gimmick ... and we like it.

1. Public restrooms

This glass-walled w.c. in Lausanne, Switzerland makes for a very public restroom. When visitors want privacy, all they have to do is press a button to activate the liquid crystal smart glass. Electricity switches the glazing of the glass from transparent to opaque and back again once they've taken care of business. (Watch it in action.) It's not the only see-through toilet: Back in 2004, artist Monica Bonvicini built a public restroom called "Don't Miss a Sec" out of one-way mirrors for Switzerland's Art Basel. The loo with a view has since been exhibited/used in London.

2. Canoe

What's even better than vacationing in a place with clear blue water? Seeing it all from your very expensive clear canoe! A transparent kayak is also available for a cool $6750.

3. Pinball machine


It's hard enough finding a pinball machine, much less one that's completely naked. Pinball enthusiast and arcade owner Michael Schiess stripped this machine for the 2007 Pacific Pinball Expo and scored big.

4. Glass shells

Glass Shells

Artist Robert DuGrenier's hermit crab shells are just like the real thing, only made of decorative hand-blown glass. Your pet crab will eventually outgrow the gorgeous palace. In the meantime, you're privy to its every move.

5. Piano

Crystal Pianos

The musical term that best fits this clear piano: capriccioso—in a whimsical or fanciful style.

6. Toaster


The Transparent Toaster is only a concept, but it might be the most beautiful hypothetical appliance we've ever seen.

7. TV


Turn off this Loewe Invisio clear TV, and people might mistake it for a very large Transparent Toaster.

8. Bikes


Clear goes the distance with the Clarity Bike. The transparent frame is made of Trivex, an alternative to polycarbonate.

But if that's too subtle, you can try DIY artist Jimmy Kuenle's invisible bike with Lexan panels. It'll certainly get you noticed, even without the matching outfit.

9. Car


Or you could just drive to work. This Nissan hybrid prototype is appropriately called the Panorama. Meanwhile, these other clear concept cars are racing to the finish.

10. Cellphone

Digital Trends

Get ready. If this Polytron prototype becomes a reality, your cellphone will be even easier to lose.

11. Glass-bottom plane

Virgin Atlantic

What if every aisle seat were also a window seat? On April 1, Virgin Atlantic announced the debut of the world's first glass-bottomed plane. Alas, it was just an April Fool's joke. For now.

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These $425 Jeans Can Turn Into Jorts
May 19, 2017
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Modular clothing used to consist of something simple, like a reversible jacket. Today, it’s a $425 pair of detachable jeans.

Apparel retailer Opening Ceremony recently debuted a pair of “2 in 1 Y/Project” trousers that look fairly peculiar. The legs are held to the crotch by a pair of loops, creating a disjointed C-3PO effect. Undo the loops and you can now remove the legs entirely, leaving a pair of jean shorts in their wake. The result goes from this:


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To this:


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The company also offers a slightly different cut with button tabs in black for $460. If these aren’t audacious enough for you, the Y/Project line includes jumpsuits with removable legs and garter-equipped jeans.

[h/t Mashable]

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This First-Grade Math Problem Is Stumping the Internet
May 17, 2017
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If you’ve ever fantasized about how much easier life would be if you could go back to elementary school, this math problem may give you second thoughts. The question first appeared on a web forum, Mashable reports, and after recently resurfacing, it’s been perplexing adults across social media.

According to the original poster AlmondShell, the bonus question was given to primary one, or first grade students, in Singapore. It instructs readers to “study the number pattern” and “fill in the missing numbers.” The puzzle, which comprises five numbers and four empty circles waiting to be filled in, comes with no further explanation.

Some forum members commented with their best guesses, while others expressed disbelief that this was a question on a kid’s exam. Commenter karrotguy illustrates one possible answer: Instead of looking for complex math equations, they saw that the figure in the middle circle (three) equals the amount of double-digit numbers in the surrounding quadrants (18, 10, 12). They filled out the puzzle accordingly.

A similar problem can be found on the blog of math enthusiast G.R. Burgin. His solution, which uses simple algebra, gets a little more complicated.

The math tests given to 6- and 7-year-olds in other parts of the world aren’t much easier. If your brain isn’t too worn out after the last one, check out this maddening problem involving trains assigned to students in the UK.

[h/t Mashable]