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15 Emoji-Themed Products to Text Your Friends About

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What better way to celebrate the long-awaited arrival of the taco emoji than with some emoji-themed clothing and accessories? Here are 15 emoji products you can actually buy—and then brag to your friends about (over text, of course, while using your favorite characters).

1. A bottle opener

This cool metal bottle opener features everyone’s favorite smiling pile of poop (sorry, Mr. Hankey). The piece is 3D printed just for you, and you can even order a 14k gold version—although you really shouldn’t.

2. Balloons

It’s not a true party without these sweet mylar balloons. You’ll need to fill them yourself, but it'll be worth it once you see all those happy faces (on the balloons and your guests!)

3. Loafers

Eddie Parker and Del Toro have rolled out a line of swanky accessories called M'Oticons. These loafers boast a variety of different emojis, strategically paired to convey cheeky messages—a flame on one shoe and a chick on the other, for example, means “hot chick.” (For people who aren’t very good at rebuses, the shoes have a corresponding clutch that says “#hotchick” in glittery text.)

4. Pins

Pintrill offers—you guessed it—awesome pins, including a whole slew of emoji-themed options. Some notable examples include the “100” and the Sassy Hand Girl.

5. An emotional mug

Artist Jason Travis chose to put his own spin on the familiar emoji set. The piece looks great on a mug, but also comes as a tote bag, throw pillow, or rug.

6. An entire book

Emoji Dick is the first book to be completely translated into emojis. It’s entirely unintelligible, but still a must-have for any avid texter.

7. A stylish shirt

You don’t have to sacrifice style when you make the commitment to wearing emojis. This button-down shirt features an elegant Smiling Poop pattern so subtle, your friends might not even notice it's there. Don’t wear shirts? The pattern also comes on sneakers.

8. Nail art

Now you can live the dream of looking at emojis on your fingers while those fingers type emojis on your screen (hopefully said screen will be wrapped in an emoji phone case). The cool nail decals can be applied to light nail polishes for a strong statement that doesn’t require words.

9. Beanies

The best way to keep your ears warm and head stylish is with an emoji-branded hat. Other options include the sassy help desk woman, heart eyes, and of course, the beloved Smiling Poop.

9. Pillows

Frankly, it’s hard to believe anyone can sleep soundly without one of these adorable pillows nearby. Throwboy makes this, and all the other Internet-themed pillows you could dream of (or with).

10. Stickers

Free the emojis from the confines of your phone with stickers. The jumbo pack offers 960 stickers for you to stick on whatever—or whomever—you want.

11. Socks

Let your feet do the talking with socks covered in your favorite emojis. The fabric is handprinted and comes in two sizes, so your whole family can match.

13. Masks

Good news: We found your Halloween costume. These fun, slightly unnerving disguises help you wear your emotions on your face—something you clearly have never been able to do until now.

14. A keyboard

We’re getting closer and closer to completely abandoning the written language, and this keyboard cover may end up being the final push. Using a special software, Mac users can type exclusively in emojis, meaning you'll soon be able to hammer out your own emoji masterpiece (à la Emoji Dick) right on your laptop.

15. Stamps

Birthday cards, backs of hands, business memos, and sleeping friends can all be jazzed up with these fun emoji stamps. You can also use them to send your friends faces via snail mail when your phone’s on the fritz. And they say print is dead!

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The Secret World War II History Hidden in London's Fences

In South London, the remains of the UK’s World War II history are visible in an unlikely place—one that you might pass by regularly and never take a second look at. In a significant number of housing estates, the fences around the perimeter are actually upcycled medical stretchers from the war, as the design podcast 99% Invisible reports.

During the Blitz of 1940 and 1941, the UK’s Air Raid Precautions department worked to protect civilians from the bombings. The organization built 60,000 steel stretchers to carry injured people during attacks. The metal structures were designed to be easy to disinfect in case of a gas attack, but that design ended up making them perfect for reuse after the war.

Many London housing developments at the time had to remove their fences so that the metal could be used in the war effort, and once the war was over, they were looking to replace them. The London County Council came up with a solution that would benefit everyone: They repurposed the excess stretchers that the city no longer needed into residential railings.

You can tell a stretcher railing from a regular fence because of the curves in the poles at the top and bottom of the fence. They’re hand-holds, designed to make it easier to carry it.

Unfortunately, decades of being exposed to the elements have left some of these historic artifacts in poor shape, and some housing estates have removed them due to high levels of degradation. The Stretcher Railing Society is currently working to preserve these heritage pieces of London infrastructure.

As of right now, though, there are plenty of stretchers you can still find on the streets. If you're in the London area, this handy Google map shows where you can find the historic fencing.

[h/t 99% Invisible]

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The Force Field Cloak
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This Glowing Blanket Is Designed to Ease Kids' Fear of the Dark
The Force Field Cloak
The Force Field Cloak

Many kids have a security blanket they bring to bed with them every night, but sometimes, a regular blankie is no match for the monsters that invade their imaginations once the lights are off. Now there’s a glow-in-the-dark blanket designed to make children feel safer in bed, no night light required.

Dubbed the Force Field Cloak, the fleece blanket comes in several colorful, glowing patterns that remain invisible during the day. At night, you leave the blanket under a bright light for about 10 minutes, then the shining design will reveal itself in the dark. The glow lasts 8 to 10 hours, just long enough to get a child through the night.

Inventor Terry Sachetti was inspired to create the blanket by his own experiences struggling with scary nighttime thoughts as a kid. "I remember when I was young and afraid of the dark. I would lie in my bed at night, and my imagination would start getting the best of me," he writes on the product's Kickstarter page. "I would start thinking that someone or something was going to grab my foot that was hanging over the side of the bed. When that happened, I would put my foot back under my blanket where I knew I was safe. Nothing could get me under my blanket. No boogiemen, no aliens, no monsters under my bed, nothing. Sound familiar?"

The Force Field Cloak, which has already surpassed its funding goals on both Indiegogo and Kickstarter, takes the comfort of a blanket to the next level. The glowing, non-toxic ink decorating the material acts as a gentle night light that kids can wrap around their whole body. The result, the team claims, is a secure feeling that quiets those thoughts about bad guys hiding in the shadows.

To pre-order a Force Field Cloak, you can pledge $36 or more to the product’s Indiegogo campaign. It is expected to start shipping in January 2018.

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