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Top 100 Bizarre Trends in 2016

From Furry Nail Art to Relaxing Soup-Scented Bath Salts

— January 28, 2017 — Unique
These 2016 bizarre trends show just how far brands are willing to go to get consumers to remember them. To see what other campaigns and products like these arise, check out our 2017 Trend Reports.

To bring more shoppers into its food courts, IKEA Japan created the 'Ninja Dog,' a 12-inch hot dog that's sandwiched in an 8-inch bun. Made with edible bamboo charcoal, the food is colored a deep hue of black, which is where it gets its name from. The Ninja Dog is then topped off with mustard and ketchup, with the condiments appearing especially vibrant on the Gothic food. In addition to appealing to foodies with a taste for obscurity, IKEA Japan's hot dogs boasted detoxifying properties.

Also included in these 2016 bizarre trends are excrement-themed dessert cafes, fried chicken sunscreens, cocktail-mixing dresses and an $80,000 milk glass that bears a trace of Justin Bieber's DNA.
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Burger-Flavored Beers
Burger-Flavored Beers
Red Robin's 'Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale' Tastes Like Its Banzai Burger
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99
Chocolate Pumpkin Fries
Chocolate Pumpkin Fries
This Savory and Sweet McDonald's Halloween Treat is a Limited-Time Offer
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98
Captivating Cat Delivery Ads
Captivating Cat Delivery Ads
Yamato Transport's Bizzare Commercial Follows a Feline Protagonist
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97
Insect-Covered Comfort Food
Insect-Covered Comfort Food
Bug Bistro is Debuting Two Insect-Topped Dishes at This Year's CNE
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96
Whale Vomit-Infused Beers
Whale Vomit-Infused Beers
This Craft Beer is Made from a Digestive Substance Called Ambergris
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95
Oversized Popcorn Sculptures
Oversized Popcorn Sculptures
Cineplex Entertainment Stationed a Big Bag in "Lightning Alley"
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94
Gamified Anime Marathons
Gamified Anime Marathons
Runners Can Play 'Pokémon Go' at Virgin Active's 'Pokérun'
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93
Underwater Music Performances
Underwater Music Performances
AquaSonic is a Water Band That Performs in Aquariums
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92
Sour Cucumber Ales
Sour Cucumber Ales
This Collaborative Golden Ale Boasts a Distinctive Tart Flavor
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91
Pee-Powered Batteries
Pee-Powered Batteries
This Microbial Fuel Cell is Powered By Bacteria From Human Urine
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90
Beefy Cheese Candies
Beefy Cheese Candies
Micarna's Meat and Cheese Candies Boast a Savory Flavor
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89
Chicken-Flavored Nail Polish
Chicken-Flavored Nail Polish
This Edible KFC Nail Polish Comes in Two Flavors
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88
Bottled English Air
Bottled English Air
Bottled Air From the English Moors is Being Retailed for $116
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87
Santa Claus Conventions
Santa Claus Conventions
Dina Litovsky Photographed the Discover Santa 2016 Convention
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86
Coconut Streaming Devices
Coconut Streaming Devices
Multicoco is a TV Streaming Device Housed in a Colombian Coconut
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85
French Fry Milkshake Dips
French Fry Milkshake Dips
McDonald's UK Suggests Combining Fries and Milkshakes in an Unusual Way
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84
Quirky ePayment Commercials
Quirky ePayment Commercials
Klarna's Offbeat Ads Communicate How Smooth Payments Can Be
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83
Curry-Flavoured Macarons
Curry-Flavoured Macarons
These Unusual Macarons Contain a Spicy, Curry-Inspired Filling
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82
Yogurt-Inspired Ice Creams
Yogurt-Inspired Ice Creams
The Newest Häagen-Dazs Japan Ice Cream Tastes Like Yogurt & Honey
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81
Taco-Based Cleanses
Taco-Based Cleanses
The 'Taco Cleanse' is a Tortilla-Based Detox for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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80
Deep-Fried Gelatin Desserts
Deep-Fried Gelatin Desserts
This Year's Texas State Fair Featured Fried Jell-O
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79
Olympic Waterfall Installations
Olympic Waterfall Installations
Mariko Mori Placed a Large Ring Above a Waterfall to Signify Unity
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78
Tater Tot-Crusted Pizzas
Tater Tot-Crusted Pizzas
The New 'Hash Bites Crust Pizza' is a Delicious Hybrid Dish
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77
Stone-Faced Found-Art Museums
Stone-Faced Found-Art Museums
The 'Chinsekikan' Museum Features Rocks That Look Like Human Faces
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76
Toast-Flavored Chips
Toast-Flavored Chips
This Flavored Snack from Koikeya is Meant to Taste Like Toasted Bread
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75
Emoji Coloring Books
Emoji Coloring Books
'Kittens, Hearts, and Poo' is a Coloring Book for Emoji-Loving Millenials
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74
Canned Pickle Juice Beverages
Canned Pickle Juice Beverages
Gordy's Fine Brine Allows Consumers to Enjoy Pickle Juice on the Go
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73
Invasive Species Sushi
Invasive Species Sushi
Miya's Sushi Uses Invasive Plant and Animals for Its Fish Sushi
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72
Fantasy-Inspired Concerts
Fantasy-Inspired Concerts
This Game of Thrones Concert Transports Audiences to the Seven Kingdoms
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71
Bagel-Muffin Hybrids
Bagel-Muffin Hybrids
The 'Mufgel' Combines the Best Parts of Bagels and Muffins
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70
Dog-Friendly Brews
Dog-Friendly Brews
Woof & Brew's 'Bottom Sniffer' is a Special Non-Alcoholic Beer for Dogs
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69
Crustless Ramen Sandwiches
Crustless Ramen Sandwiches
This Japanese Company is Now Selling Sandwiches Filled with Ramen
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68
Soup-Scented Bath Salts
Soup-Scented Bath Salts
Village Vanguard's Bath Salts Smell Like Various Soup Flavors
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67
Exploratory Handbag Photography
Exploratory Handbag Photography
Sergei Stroitelev Captures What's Inside Women's Purses
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66
Gelatinous Noodle Desserts
Gelatinous Noodle Desserts
This Unique Dessert from The Dessert Kitchen Boasts an Unusual Form
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65
Elegant Bullet Earrings
Elegant Bullet Earrings
Enreverie's Silver Tone Earrings are Made With Ammunition
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64
Insect-Infused Ice Cream
Insect-Infused Ice Cream
This Japanese Soft Serve Ice Cream is Filled with Locusts and Wormwood
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63
Blossoming Flower Livestreams
Blossoming Flower Livestreams
This Broadcast Captures the Corpse Flower's Once-in-a-Decade Bloom
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62
Anti-Hangover Alcoholic Drinks
Anti-Hangover Alcoholic Drinks
This Hangover-Free Alcohol Was Invented In North Korea
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61
Reindeer Pizza Deliveries
Reindeer Pizza Deliveries
In Japan, Domino's Pizza Delivery is Being Offered with Santa's Fleet
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60
Insect-Infused Desserts
Insect-Infused Desserts
Gourmet Grocer Summerhill Market is Now Selling Edible Insect Treats
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59
Candy Floss Organs
Candy Floss Organs
These Artificial Body Parts are Made Using a Modified Cotton Candy Machine
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58
Burger-Shaped Pizzas
Burger-Shaped Pizzas
Domino's India is Selling an Unusual Burger-Inspired Pizza
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57
Monstrous Museum Exhibitions
Monstrous Museum Exhibitions
LACMA Hosts an Eerie Exhibit of Guillermo del Toro's Creative Process
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56
Blue Algae Lattes
Blue Algae Lattes
Matcha Mylkbar's 'Smurf Latte' Has a Strange Sweet and Sour Taste
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55
Food-Based Makeup Tutorials
Food-Based Makeup Tutorials
Instagram's 'Makeup_Maven' Created a Video Using Food as Makeup
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54
Ninja-Inspired Hot Dogs
Ninja-Inspired Hot Dogs
IKEA Japan Introduced an All-Black Addition to its Food Menu
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53
3D Printing Restaurants
3D Printing Restaurants
Food Ink is Now Launching Its First Restaurant in London, UK
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52
Nose-Shaped Soap Bars
Nose-Shaped Soap Bars
The Piero Golia 'Comedy of Craft' Soap Bars are Shaped like Comedic Noses
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51
Breakfast Pancake Burgers
Breakfast Pancake Burgers
Eggs ‘N Things is Sharing Unusual In-House Recipes with the Public
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50
Potato-Inspired Ice Cream
Potato-Inspired Ice Cream
This Ottotto Ice Cream Dessert Boasts a Salty Potato Flavor
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49
Inflatable Samurai Helmets
Inflatable Samurai Helmets
The Dodeca Samurai Helmet Makes You Look Like a Traditional Warrior
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48
Chocolate-Covered French Fries
Chocolate-Covered French Fries
This Fast Food Chain is Putting an Unusual Twist on a Classic Dish
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47
$80,000 Celebrity Milk Glasses
$80,000 Celebrity Milk Glasses
This Odd Justin Bieber Product is Being Sold by Restaurant Staff
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46
Self-Referential Clocks
Self-Referential Clocks
This Meta Clock's Design Features Several Clocks Within It
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45
Chicken Gelato Desserts
Chicken Gelato Desserts
This Chicken-Based Gelato Flavor Functions as an Aperitif
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44
High-End Canine Wines
High-End Canine Wines
Apollo Peak Recently Debuted a Line of Dog-Friendly Wines
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43
Daring Granny Documentries
Daring Granny Documentries
Grandmas Smoke & Get Introduced to Youth Culture on This Channel 4 Show
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42
18-Karat Gold Toilets
18-Karat Gold Toilets
This Golden Toilet is on Display at a Museum in New York City
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41
Cooperative Dining Tables
Cooperative Dining Tables
'Sati Tala' is a Dining Table for Two with a Balancing Tabletop
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40
High-Fashion Foam Clogs
High-Fashion Foam Clogs
Crocs Made a High-Fashion Debut at London Fashion Week
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39
Fast Food-Scented Candles
Fast Food-Scented Candles
This KFC Candle Smells Like Fried Chicken
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38
Clothing-Optional Pop-Ups
Clothing-Optional Pop-Ups
'The Bunyadi' Pop-Up Will Allow Patrons to Dine in the Nude
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37
Excrement-Themed Cafes
Excrement-Themed Cafes
This Toronto Dessert Restaurant is Looking to Change Peoples' Ideas of Poop
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36
Cheesy Nail Designs
Cheesy Nail Designs
These Swiss Cheese Nails are a Holey Manicure Option
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35
Fried Chicken-Scented Lotions
Fried Chicken-Scented Lotions
KFC's Extra Crispy Sunscreen Features the Scent of Fried Chicken
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34
Deceptive Concrete Sofas
Deceptive Concrete Sofas
Four Eight Eight's Concrete Sofa Perfectly Mimics Leather Upholstery
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33
Armpit-Sniffing Date Nights
Armpit-Sniffing Date Nights
The Romancing the Armpit Event Had Singles Sniffing Out Their Matches
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32
Eerie Masked Editorials
Eerie Masked Editorials
'So Far So Good' Was Captured by Dylan Myers for 'F*cking Young!'
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31
Bottled Deep Sea Water
Bottled Deep Sea Water
'Kona Deep' is a Desalinated Beverage from Deep-Ocean Currents
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30
Winter Sunbathing Suits
Winter Sunbathing Suits
The 'TanRound' Allows One to Ditch Indoor Tanning During Cold Weather
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29
Denim Suit Jackets
Denim Suit Jackets
Ralph Lauren is Taking the "Canadian Tuxedo" to a New Level
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28
Fast Food Robot Chefs
Fast Food Robot Chefs
Momentum Machines is Opening a Robot Fast Food Joint in San Francisco
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27
Feline-Inspired Footwear
Feline-Inspired Footwear
This Cat Footwear Collection by Randa Celebrates a Popular Instagram Pet
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26
Novelty Inflatable Unicorns
Novelty Inflatable Unicorns
Firebox's 'Giant Inflatable Unicorn' is a Mythical Novelty Decor Item
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25
Ultra-Realistic T-Rex Costumes
Ultra-Realistic T-Rex Costumes
ON-ART Corporation's 'Dino-a-Live' Costumes Require Just One Actor
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24
Milk-Flavored Potato Chips
Milk-Flavored Potato Chips
This Koikeya Snack Tastes Like Dairy and is Fortified with Calcium
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23
Cheesy Wine Candies
Cheesy Wine Candies
Puccho's 'Ajiyui' Series of Japanese Candies Includes a Wine and Cheese Flavor
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22
Embroidered Bread Art
Embroidered Bread Art
Terézia Krnáčová's 'Everyday Bread' Project Utilizes Intricate Stitching
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21
Hot Sauce-Covered Cars
Hot Sauce-Covered Cars
The 2017 Lexus Sriracha IS Is a Food-Themed Car with Hot Sauce in the Paint
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20
Cocktail-Mixing Dresses
Cocktail-Mixing Dresses
Anouk Wipprecht's 'Drinkbot' Dress Pours Cocktail Shooters
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19
Humorous Eggplant Deliveries
Humorous Eggplant Deliveries
This Website Allows Users to Mail an Eggplant with a Personal Message
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18
Artisan Leather Body Accessories
Artisan Leather Body Accessories
'Sampedro Accesories' Offers Luxurious Handmade Jewelry and More
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17
Shoe-Shaped Churches
Shoe-Shaped Churches
This Taiwanese Church is Shaped Like a High Heeled Shoe
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16
Candy Floss Hairstyles
Candy Floss Hairstyles
The Rick Owens Fall Show Has Inspired a Cotton Candy Hair Movement
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15
Bizarre Food-Themed Shirts
Bizarre Food-Themed Shirts
The 'Psychic Curry T-shirt' is a Realistic Print of Japanese Curry
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14
Uncanny Organic Tech Devices
Uncanny Organic Tech Devices
Mio Izawa's Art Pieces Merge Technology with Organs
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13
Potato Chip Holders
Potato Chip Holders
Chip Fingers Allow Users to Eat Chips Without Getting Fingertips Greasy
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12
Realistic Octopus Backpacks
Realistic Octopus Backpacks
The 'Octopus George' Bag Looks Like an Octopus Hanging Off Its Wearer
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11
Eccentric Surrealist Photography
Eccentric Surrealist Photography
This Photography Series Takes Mundane Objects and Transforms Them
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10
Robotic Body Paintings
Robotic Body Paintings
Hikaru Cho's 'Intimate Illusions' Series Features Futuristic Human Subjects
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9
Unusually Interactive Cat Accessories
Unusually Interactive Cat Accessories
These Interactive Cat Toys Let You Lick Your Cat
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8
Out-of-Body Experience Paintings
Out-of-Body Experience Paintings
Netanel Morhan's Artwork Was Inspired by His Childhood Dreams
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7
Useless Object Photography
Useless Object Photography
These Unusual Pictures Take Away an Object's Functionality
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6
Curious Hairstyle Editorials
Curious Hairstyle Editorials
Man About Town Magazine Collaborated with Gary Gill and Johnny Dufort
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5
Poetically Surreal Collages
Poetically Surreal Collages
Lorenzo Casu Imposes Spacey Elements onto Common Scenes and Objects
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4
Avant-Garde Furry Manicures
Avant-Garde Furry Manicures
This Manicure Style is Designed to Bring a Soft Touch to Fingernails
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3
Humanized Footwear Editorials
Humanized Footwear Editorials
This Camper Shoe Campaign Brings Footwear to Life
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2
Unconventional Love Portraiture
Unconventional Love Portraiture
This Unusual Photography Series Depicts a Life-Like Doll
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1
Wearable Feline Headpieces
Wearable Feline Headpieces
Artist Housetu Sato Makes Photo-Realistic Fantasy Cat Heads
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