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Say Goodbye to Clogged Toilets With This Poo-Emoji Plunger 

Few symbols are more open to interpretation than the poo emoji. In Japan, it’s considered a symbol of good luck, since the word for poop, unko, sounds similar to the word for luck, un. Meanwhile, other people view it as an efficient (and wordless) way to say “crap” in a text or email, or as a visual joke or insult. But when it comes to the Poo-Plunger, a brand-new toilet plunger that was recently spotted by CNET, the image's meaning is pretty literal.

The Poo-Plunger boasts a poo emoji-inspired coiled rubber suction cup, complete with a wide-eyed grin. Aside from its punny design, the product works just like your ordinary, run-of-the-mill toilet plunger.

Originally, the Poo-Plunger was created as a joke. But if the project takes off, its designers hope to donate a portion of the novelty plunger's proceeds to charities that help improve access to sanitation facilities and clean drinking water

The Poo-Plunger’s inventors have designed a prototype, which is currently available for pre-order on Kickstarter through an initiative called The Plunger Project. Eventually, they plan for it to retail for around $30. But if the project doesn’t raise its crowdfunding goal of $50,000 by Thursday, August 11, the endeavor will go down the toilet. (As of publication time, it had only received about $7400.) Watch the video below for more information.

[h/t CNET]

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Bleat Along to Classic Holiday Tunes With This Goat Christmas Album
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Feeling a little Grinchy this month? The Sweden branch of ActionAid, an international charity dedicated to fighting global poverty, wants to goat—errr ... goad—you into the Christmas spirit with their animal-focused holiday album: All I Want for Christmas is a Goat.

Fittingly, it features the shriek-filled vocal stylings of a group of festive farm animals bleating out classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” The recording may sound like a silly novelty release, but there's a serious cause behind it: It’s intended to remind listeners how the animals benefit impoverished communities. Goats can live in arid nations that are too dry for farming, and they provide their owners with milk and wool. In fact, the only thing they can't seem to do is, well, sing. 

You can purchase All I Want for Christmas is a Goat on iTunes and Spotify, or listen to a few songs from its eight-track selection below.

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Cheese Wheel Wedding Cakes Are a Funky Twist on an Old Tradition
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If there’s ever a time you have permission to be cheesy, it’s on your wedding day. What better way to do so than with a pungent wedding cake made of actual wheels of cheese? According to Elite Daily, cheese wedding cakes are a real option for couples who share an affinity for dairy products.

One of the trailblazers behind the sharp trend is Bath, England-based cheese supplier The Fine Cheese Co. The company offers clients a choice of one of dozens of wedding cake designs. There are bold show-stoppers like the Beatrice cake, which features five tiers of cheese and is priced at $400. For customers looking for something more delicate, there’s the Clara centerpiece, which replaces miniature wedding cakes with mounds of goat cheese. Whether your loved one likes funky Stilton or mellow brie, there’s a cheese cake to satisfy every palate. Flowers are incorporated into each display to make them just as pretty as conventional wedding cakes.

Since The Fine Cheese Co. arranged their first wedding cake in 2002, other cheese suppliers have entered the game. The Cheese Shed in Newton Abbot, England; I.J. Ellis Cheesemongers in Scotland; and Murray’s Cheese in New York will provide cheese wheel towers for weddings or any other special occasion. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from clearing out the local fromagerie and assembling a cheese cake at home.

[h/t Elite Daily]

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