Oreo introduces kawaii cookies for spring

Super kawaii pink-and-green Sakura Matcha Oreos exist for a limited time. As do not-quite-as-kawaii Oolong Peach ones. The catch? They're only available in Hong Kong. Boo! They sure are cute though.


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Japanese fabric softener commercial from 1988 is kawaii AF

In 1988, I worked in a toy store and quickly became annoyed by all the requests for the Snuggle bear. But this I can tolerate. For a moment anyway. Read the rest

Here's a charming giant paramecium made of felt

For a group gallery show titled, "The Kingdom of Specimens," longtime fave Hiné Mizushima created these delightful felt paramecia. Read the rest

Protect your noggin with this Hello Kitty earthquake hood

Here's something you don't see every day: a Hello Kitty earthquake hood. I mean, I know that Sanrio will put Kitty White (her full name) on just about anything but I didn't know that earthquake hoods even existed.

In Japan schoolgirls keep special fire-proof "disaster hoods" at the desks to protect their heads in case a major earthquake strikes. The standard cute bousai zukin just got cuter with this design from Sanrio, the makers of Japan's favorite cat character! Yes, the Hello Kitty Earthquake Hood will make head protection for young girls as sweet as it can be.

Decorated with Kitty-chan and a host of other characters and items from the kawaii world of Sanrio, this pink earthquake hood will not only provide life-saving protection, it will also reassure your child with its fun and cute look.

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Viewing cute images promotes a careful behavior and narrows attentional focus

People who looked at pictures of cute animals "improved performance on tasks that required carefulness." The results of the experiments are in a paper titled The Power of Kawaii, by Hiroshi Nittono , Michiko Fukushima, Akihiro Yano, and Hiroki Moriya, published in the Public Library of Science (PLOS).

This study examined the effect of viewing cute images on subsequent performance in unrelated tasks. The images of baby animals were rated as cuter and more infantile than the images of adult animals in all the three experiments. When the participants rated the images of both baby and adult animals (Experiment 3), the former were rated as more pleasant than the latter. In the first two experiments, viewing cute images improved performance on tasks that required carefulness. This effect was found in a fine motor dexterity task that was related to helping others (Experiment 1) and in a non-motor visual search task that was irrelevant to caregiving or social interaction (Experiment 2). The improvement was associated with either a decrease or an increase in performance speed, depending on the nature of the task. Experiment 3 showed that viewing cute images narrows the breadth of attentional focus and reduces the global precedence effect in a subsequent task.


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Impossibly cute paper clips shaped like cats, dogs, and wild animals

I like to buy these adorable little critter-shaped paperclips from stationary accessories maker Midori of Japan on Amazon. They work just the same as regular paperclips, but they add a lot of sweetness and personality when the design matters, not just the function.

More than 24 designs are available in Midori's super-kawaii D-Clips series, with lots of little animals and birds to choose from: elephant, turtle, squirrels, whales, penguin, and more, on sale for $7-8 per pack of 30 clips at the time of this blog post.

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Coyote/Golden Retriever mix dog adopts 10 baby chicks

“They showed up in our yard one morning and it was love at first sight,” the YouTube uploader says of this sweet video.

10 happy hamster videos

Bookmark this page for your next bad acid trip, or perhaps an evening when you've bitten off more pot cookie than you could handle, or maybe the day after Donald Trump becomes president. Read the rest

Tiny Hamster visits Walt Disney World

Tiny Hamster (previous/tiki bar - also in book form) visited Walt Disney World, but not the same one you and I visit -- this one was replete with tiny cardboard replicas of churro stands (with pouchable mini-churros!) and Dole Whip stands and a tiny shoebox Haunted Mansion (!) (Thanks, Eli!) Read the rest

Watch this cute little fluffy doglet happily licking a watermelon slice

And just like that, all is well with the world. Read the rest

Princess Penelope Pricklepants the pretty little pygmy hedgehog

A portrait of Her Royal Princess Penelope Pricklepants, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

Mechwarrior dad/baby costume

Ryan Bowen and his baby son Geraint dressed as a mech warrior for Hallowe'en in an awesome effort that turns the child into a brave mecha-pilot. Read the rest

Ewok tee

Silly Sockys's Etsy store is full of great, full-bleed tees with custom patterns, including this giga-cute Ewok shirt. (via Geekymerch) Read the rest

Hello Kitty Avengers

The amazing Hello Kitty Avengers meme started back in (at least) May, but has only picked up steam since then, growing to encompass many other Supers. (via Wil Wheaton) Read the rest

Cardboard Box Office: recreating movie scenes with a baby and scrap cardboard

When Lilly and Leon discovered themselves with a house-full of cardboard boxes (they'd just moved) and a new baby, they did what any parent would do: used the materials to recreate iconic scenes from their favorite movies, only the sets are made of cardboard and feature an adorably posed and costumed baby. Because parenting! Read the rest

Tiny pink Stormtrooper

Stephanie sent this pic of a tiny pink Stormtrooper cosplayer to Fashionably Geek. They say it was a little girl in there, but that seems to be citing facts not in evidence. In any event, this kid is hella cute.

Little Girl Proves Stormtroopers Look Good In Pink [Cosplay] [Amy Ratcliffe/Fashionably Geek]

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Tailly: a heart-rate-controlled costume tail, on Indiegogo

Tailly is a tail that monitors your heart rate and reacts accordingly.

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