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8 Weird Baby Strollers Guaranteed to Get Attention

Forget traditional luxury models like Bugaboo—the latest concepts in baby transport involve streamlined avant-garde designs usually reserved for cars and high-tech gadgetry, as well as a dose of just plain weirdness.

1. MAN-PRAM

When Skoda surveyed 1000 British dads to find out what they wanted in a baby buggy, the car manufacturer discovered that traditional prams just wouldn't do: 33 percent said they felt embarrassed when pushing a traditional stroller, and a quarter even admitted to making their partners push the strollers when out on walks. Seventy-six percent of dads surveyed said they'd be more likely to push a stroller "if they had access to a stylish, high spec buggy." So Skoda came up with the Man-Pram, which has all the things British dads most wanted in a stroller: wing mirrors, hydraulic suspension, 20-inch alloy wheels, brakes and brake lights, and sports-style upholstery. Sadly, it doesn't seem that the stroller, which was featured in a TV ad for Skoda's Octavia VRS, was ever actually sold.

2. CYCLOPS

This leering one-eyed monster stroller, designed by Elmer Presslee, will probably leave you wishing you had one of these grotesque carriages as an infant. Luckily, if you dig the scary-cute cartoon aesthetic, your consumer options don't just limit you to baby strollers: Presslee also creates nightmarishly fun furniture and art you can spruce up your pad with.

3. EGG

Moms who want to make a meta statement about maternity will delight in this sleek, egg-shaped carriage that could also double as a Brancusi sculpture (but only in fall and winter). This eye-catching design is the product of artist John Knott, who has crafted a unique hybrid of antique baby stroller parts and hand-shaped aluminum panels for this piece. The only practical drawback to its design is that it probably turns into a toaster on a hot summer's day.

4. ROLLER BUGGY

Who said kids get to have all the fun? Not Valentin Vodev, of design trio Creative Industrial Objects (CIO). With a simple tug, this multi-functional baby carriage transforms into a scooter, providing the need for speed on various terrains, as well as some giggles for the parent. In terms of child safety, the Roller Buggy also includes a seat belt and a specially made hydraulic brake system.

5. 'O' PRAM

Probably the most futuristic baby stroller on this list, this Segway-based 'O' pram, designed by Meni Keinan, is a must-have for techie parents. Despite its precarious appearance, it actually ensures a safe, smooth, and easily controllable ride, due to its gyroscopic balance mechanism.

6. ZOMBIEKILLER

This isn't a medieval torture device but a heavily armed baby stroller that's apparently meant to take on the zombie apocalypse. Just in case you miss a direct kill shot to the head, four sets of spiked double wheels guarantee to take out any walking dead shambling your way.

7. BATMOBILE

This Batmobile buggy is a likely option for the new generation of stay-at-home dads who enjoy showing off their pop culture passion by making their kids play the role of Bruce Wayne for a day. Realized by web show AWE me's Super-Fan Builds, the initial idea was pitched by supermom Maressa Earl so that her husband and toddler son could have “something Dark Knight-related” to play with. You can't buy it—but you can attempt to make one yourself by following the video above (might be tough if you don't have a CNC machine, though!).

8. AT-AT IMPERIAL WALKER

Parents who also moonlight as hardcore sci-fi fans can channel some serious Star Wars nostalgia with this DIY AT-AT Imperial Walker baby stroller. The main magic is actually in the shell, whose foam body panels are connected with zip ties. It took daddy Rick Russo 30 to 40 hours to complete the stroller, using the designated cardboard template. Riding high in these Walkers, your babies will definitely be feeling the Force.

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22 Emojis That Look Completely Different on Different Phones
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Emojis are a great addition to our communication toolbox. Without saying a word, we can talk about people, places, things, and emotions. But different platforms sometimes display the same emoji specification in different ways. An eye roll might come across as petulant or cheerful. A snake might look threatening or adorable. To help you navigate some potentially confusing cross-platform interactions, here are 22 emojis (referred to by their programming code names) that come out with important differences on Apple (iOS 11.1), Google (Android 8), and Samsung (Galaxy S8).

1. FACE WITH ROLLING EYES

3 different face with rolling eyes emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Way to miss the point.
Google: Ugh. Oh boy. Nice one. NOT!
Samsung: Heh, heh. Neato.

2. SNAKE

3 different snake emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Beware!
Google: Beware?
Samsung: Aww. Snakey-poo.

3. NERD FACE

Three different nerd face emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Nerdy cuteness.
Google: Nerdy excitement!
Samsung: Nerdy astonishment!

4. COOKIE

Three different cookie emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Mmm. Delicious chocolate chips…
Google: Raisins? Nuts?
Samsung: Uh, thanks for the cookie?

5. LOUDLY CRYING FACE

Three different loudly crying face emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: River of tears.
Google: Waterfall of tears.
Samsung: Cast adrift on a lake of tears.

6. GHOST

Three different ghost emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Ready for a goofy good scare?!
Google: Me scary! (*wink*)
Samsung: (*clears throat*) Um, boo.

7. COUCH AND LAMP

Three different couch and lamp emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Midcentury modern pad.
Google: Office waiting room.
Samsung: Haunted Victorian hotel.

8. CHIPMUNK

Three different chipmunk emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Cute? No. Please allow me my dignity.
Google: Tee hee. Cute!
Samsung: Where did I put those nuts…

9. OCTOPUS

Three different octopus emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Oh. You surprised me there.
Google: Boo! I surprise YOU!
Samsung: Hellooooooo, over there.

10. CAT FACE

Three different cat emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Always identified more with the mice, actually.
Google: On the internet, everyone loves a cat!
Samsung: Your texts are tedious.

11. PIZZA

Three different pizza emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Pepperoni.
Google: Pepperoni and olives.
Samsung: Pepperoni, olives, and extra cheese.

12. MAN DANCING

Three different man dancing emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung
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Apple: Disco in the '70s.
Google: Miami Vice in the '80s.
Samsung: Dabbing, whipping, and nae-naeing at the middle school.

13. OLD MAN

Three different old man emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: More like middle-aged.
Google: Old and yet somehow babyish.
Samsung: Very prematurely grey kid.

14. RUNNING SHOE

Three different running shoe emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Ready for the 5K.
Google: Ready for some stickball.
Samsung: Ready for the playground.

15. DETECTIVE

Three different detective emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Experienced and ready to assist.
Google: No experience yet, but can’t wait to start!
Samsung: Seen too much.

16. PERSON SURFING

Three different person surfing emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Awesome!
Google: Pretty fun.
Samsung: Whoa. Help.

17. FRAMED PICTURE

Three different framed picture emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: For the nursery.
Google: For the den.
Samsung: For the great hall.

18. DROOLING FACE

Three different drooling face emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Sooo delicious…
Google: Sooo incomprehensible…
Samsung: Sooo disturbing…

19. CLAPPING HANDS

Three different clapping emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Pay attention!
Google: Polite applause.
Samsung: Hushed appreciation.

20. T-SHIRT

Three different t-shirt emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Casual Friday at the office.
Google: Saturday at the gym.
Samsung: Sunday on the couch.

21. PERSON FROWNING

Three different person frowning emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Hurt and disappointed.
Google: Crushed and disappointed.
Samsung: Not gonna stand for it anymore.

22. FEARFUL FACE

Three different fearful face emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Yikes! Aaack! No way!
Google: Oh dear! Why! I feel sick!
Samsung: Bzzzt! Yoinks!

Check the platform differences for all the emojis at Emojipedia.

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Australians Vote to Name New Sydney Harbor Boat 'Ferry McFerryface'
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Proving that some jokes never die (or at least take a little longer to reach the Land Down Under), Sydney has a new ferry named Ferry McFerryface, according to BBC News.

For the uninitiated, the name Ferry McFerryface pays homage to an English practical joke from 2016. It all started when the UK's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) made global headlines after launching an online poll to name a nearly $300 million polar research ship. Leading the vote by a significant margin was the moniker “Boaty McBoatface.”

For a short period, it seemed as though jokesters would pull off their naming coup. But once the competition reached its end, government officials ultimately decided to override the poll. They named the research ship RSS Sir David Attenborough instead, although they did agree to give the name Boaty McBoatface to one of its submarines.

Sydney recently held a similar competition to name a fleet of six new harbor ferries, and the results were announced in mid-November. Locals submitted more than 15,000 names, and winning submissions included the names of esteemed Australian doctors, prominent Aboriginal Australians, and—yes—Ferry McFerryface, according to the Associated Press. Boaty McBoatface also came out on top, but it was struck down.

“Given ‘Boaty’ was already taken by another vessel, we’ve gone with the next most popular name nominated by Sydneysiders,” said Andrew Constance, the New South Wales minister for transport and infrastructure, in a statement. “Ferry McFerryface will be the harbor’s newest icon and I hope it brings a smile to the faces of visitors and locals alike.”

[h/t BBC News]

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