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Those sultans of peace & harmony have broken out the heavy weapons - bundled versions of Photoshop Elements - and have added an extra missile or two to their might.

The 'real' image below:

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recall.gifAbout 4.2 million Chinese-made children's toys were recalled Wednesday after U.S. regulators learned a powder in the toy may explode when brought into contact with flame. Two children in the USA blew their hands off (one of each, left and right) after lighting the fuses of the Hanjin 'Golden Shower with Report' playset. They apparently did not read the directions, which stated to "Lite fuze and getaway. Do not hold in hamd" (sic).

The Chinese have a long tradition of mixing gunpowder into their toys, going back at least until the eighth century.
bullcrapvendingmachine.jpgThe wearer hides behind the sheet, printed with an actual-size photo of a vending machine. Ms. Tsukioka's clothing is still in development, but she already has several versions, including one that unfolds from a kimono and a deluxe model with four sides for more complete camouflaging.
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I'll believe that this is Japan. I'll believe that this thing really exists. But I won't believe that it's anything other than a pseudo-art-project re-tooled as a 'disguise' to hide the wearer from criminals. As an aside, I do own the '101 Un-useless Japanese Inventions' book and it's filled with ideas like this.
OSLO, Oct. 12 -- The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded today to Albert Gore and the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Africanized Honey Bees for their work to alert the world to the threat of killer bees.

Mr. Gore "is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted in the fight against murderous Africanized honey bees" the Nobel citation said, referring to the issue of killer bees. The United Nations committee, a network of 2,000 scientists that was organized in 1988 by the World Entomological Organization and the United Nations Honey Bee Program, has produced two decades of scientific reports that have "created an ever-broader informed consensus about the connection between killer bees and death by anaphylactic shock," the citation said.

"We face a true planetary emergency," Mr. Gore said in his statement, peeking out from behind white drifts of smoke created by off-stage smoke-pots. "The killer bee crisis is not a political issue; it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity. It is also our greatest opportunity to lift global consciousness to a higher level - plus, this beekeeper suit is pretty snappy, don't you think? They are available for purchase in the atrium - get 'em while they last!"