A Dozen Watches That Cost More Than Your House

Shelter? A warm hearth and roof over your head? Who needs any of that when you can blow a half million bucks on swanky, hyper-complicated timepieces like these? Even if they don't keep perfect time, our friends at Oobject have assembled 12 of the most intricate examples to date. » 2/21/13 7:00pm 2/21/13 7:00pm

12 Classic Cameras That Look Nothing Like Cameras

The dvent of digital photography has transformed how we view the world around us. The breadth and scope of our image capture devices has exploded. But not even the most ingenious action cam can compare to the sheer audacity of these awesome rigs collected by our friends at Ooobject. » 1/18/13 6:20pm 1/18/13 6:20pm

15 Shields Only Phantom Warriors Can Carry into Battle

What is good in life? To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women. How do you take what is good in life? By smashing some fucking skulls with these Papua New Guinean war shields that our friends at Oobject have assembled. » 1/09/13 3:20pm 1/09/13 3:20pm

Nine Stubborn Nail Houses Giving the Finger to Redevelopment

The wheels of progress may turn slowly but they don't ever stop, as these nine landlords have learned the hard way. Our friends at Oobject have assembled the best examples of what resisting gentrification gets you. » 12/21/12 9:00pm 12/21/12 9:00pm

21 Awesome and Rare Gifts You'll Never Find at the Mall

You know the face. That obviously-disappointed-but-smiling-to-be-polite face that people make every time they open a present from you. Time to step up your game and start giving gifts that people actually want. Our friends at Oobject have assembled 21 of the most incredible, sock-rocking vintage gifts that you can buy. » 12/14/12 2:00pm 12/14/12 2:00pm

A Dozen Short Buses You Wouldn't Make Jokes About

The gleaming 40-foot behemouths that shuttle suburban American kids to school and back are useless on the crowded streets of Delhi. Throughout the developing world kids get to their daily lessons by any means possible—trike, rickshaw, even ox cart. Our friends at Oobject have assembled 12 of the coolest home brew tike… » 11/30/12 7:20pm 11/30/12 7:20pm

Dr. Kellogg's 15 Most Absurd Medical Contraptions

Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, though most famous for his invention of the corn flake, also ran a very successful holistic sanitarium where the ill and infirmed would subject themselves to his unique medical practices. Our friends at Oobject have assembled 15 of the strangest restorative devices to ever come out of Battle… » 11/26/12 2:40pm 11/26/12 2:40pm

Nine Awesome Gadgets Only Available from Late Night Television

In the days before Sky Mall and Hammacher Schlemmer, Americans had just one option to purchase their gimmicky gadgets—late night TV. Whether you needed a vacuum-equipped razor, an in-the-shell egg scrambler, or the best damn rotisserie $19.95 could buy, all you had to do was pick up the phone. Our friends at Oobject » 11/16/12 2:40pm 11/16/12 2:40pm

A Dozen Ways to Heal Yourself with Light

While tanning beds are now the domain of irresponsible parents and young white women looking for some skin cancer, their UV rays were originally designed as a (quasi) legitimate medical treatment. Get your dose of vitamin D with this Oobject-assembled collection of illuminating medical devices. » 11/05/12 5:00pm 11/05/12 5:00pm

These Twelve Gadgets Have Exploded—But in the Good Way

As any mechanic—or conversely, six year old—can tell you, the need to disassemble things is one of our most base impluses because, well, how else would we see how stuff works? Our friends at Oobject have assembled 12 such instances that toe the line between destruction and art. » 10/19/12 8:00pm 10/19/12 8:00pm

How NYC Transformed Times Square Into a Cultural Icon

Say hello to the world's most visited destination—Times Square in New York City. This single attraction hosts more visitors every year than Canadia has residents. This collection of shots from our friends at Oobject illustrate the Square's radical evolution over the past century from former NYT publishing house to… » 10/12/12 12:20pm 10/12/12 12:20pm

12 Moving Image Machines That Make Animated GIFs IRL

Before there were GIFs there were motion pictures. And before film on reels, these "movies" were made up of actual printed still images that zipped in front of your eyes in rapid succession with the help of machinery. Our friends at Oobject collected a batch of crazy zoetropes and other machines, both and new, that… » 9/28/12 7:40pm 9/28/12 7:40pm

15 Ophthalmological Marvels That Make Your Eyesight as Clear as Your…

They may look as ridiculous as they sound but Phoropters are essential eye-doctoring devices. These overgrown binoculars have helped optometrists measure an individual's refractive error, more commonly known as your eyeglass prescription, since the 19th Century. Our friends at Oobject have collected the very best… » 9/21/12 1:40pm 9/21/12 1:40pm

Murphy's Law and the Rocket Sleds That Love It

Exactly what part of "rocket sled" sounds like a good idea to you? I'll give you a hint: none of it. Separately sure, rockets and sleds can be slightly hazardous. But slap them together and you've got yourself a fuel-injected suicide machine. Just look at the carnage wrought this collection assembled by our friends at… » 9/14/12 4:40pm 9/14/12 4:40pm

What the World's Most Famous Monuments Could Have Looked Like

Not every idea is a good idea when it comes to public architecture. In fact, some ideas are downright absurd—a Triumphal Elephant standing atop the Champs Elysees? Really? Our friends at Oobject have assembled 12 of the wackiest national tributes to thankfully never be built. » 9/07/12 4:40pm 9/07/12 4:40pm

Is There Anything Space Balloons Can't Do?

When you're millions of miles from Earth, things need to work—the first time. So rather than rely on failure-prone mechanical systems, these space instruments utilize miniature atmospheres for their protection. Our friends at Oobject have collected the dozen best examples of space inflatables. » 8/31/12 5:40pm 8/31/12 5:40pm

You'll Never Recognize These 12 Rebuilt Cities

Regardless of the severity of the damage, a city rarely stays destroyed—even Chernobyl will be resettled eventually. And if these 12 reconstructed urban landscapes are any example, when it does get rebuilt, you'll want to double check the address. » 8/17/12 4:00pm 8/17/12 4:00pm

Slit-Scan Photographs Make for Psychedelic Photo Finishes

Slit-scan photography works much like a rolling shutter does—the sensor continually collects image data but the shutter never actually closes, hence its use in determining a "photo finish"—whatever crosses the camera's view first, appears first in the photo set. Or at least that's how its supposed to work. » 8/10/12 11:40am 8/10/12 11:40am

How Were These Ever Considered Olympic Events?

Ribbon Dancing, Synchronized Diving, Curling? These Olympic events push the definition of "sport" nearly to its breaking point but aren't even close to the oddest in the Games' 116 year history. Our friends at Oobject have assembled twelve contests that take the gold for absurdity. » 7/27/12 12:00pm 7/27/12 12:00pm

15 Early Airplanes With More Wings Than a Bucket of Fried Chicken

In the early days of manned flight, people generally had no clue what they were doing. If two wings could make the contraption fly, more wings must make it soar, right? Our friends at Oobject have assembled 15 of the most grandiose, excessive, and redundant aeroplane wing designs of all time. » 7/20/12 1:00pm 7/20/12 1:00pm