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15 Outrageous But Cool Things You Can Buy Online

15 Outrageous But Cool Things You Can Buy Online

Just because you don’t need something, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get it. We all have things that we don’t need, but still bought them because we really wanted them. Sometimes, you just have to get that really cool but unnecessary item, just for the fun of it. We don’t have to justify all of our purchases, and we are allowed to have fun once in a while. With this in mind, check out these 15 really outrageous but cool things that you can order online right now.

1. 4D Master Gummy Bear Anatomy Model

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    Anyone who loves gummy bears needs to have this model. The outer casing is a plastic bear, and the parts inside show you just what a gummy bear looks like from the inside (just kidding…the gummy bears you eat don’t actually have bones, muscles, organs, etc.). You also get the fun of putting it together yourself.

    2. Bacon Scarf

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      Who doesn’t love bacon? If you are a bacon lover, this is definitely the scarf for you! It actually looks like real bacon! It is 180cm long and 35cm wide, and made from 100% silk. You will almost be able to smell the bacon every time you wear it.

      3. Faceted Meteorite Ring

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        Not only is this a cool thing to buy, it is actually an item that is very pretty and will go with just about anything. These rings are carved from an actual meteorite, the Muonionalusta Meteorite to be exact. This meteorite is believed to have landed on the earth 110,000 years ago, and you can have a small piece of it.

        4. Kim Jong-Un Scratching Post

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          If you hate this dictator, you will love watching your cat claw the stuffing out of him! This is an awesome item for cat lovers, and for those who hate fascist dictators.

          5. Two-Fisted Drinker Mug

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            If you love your beer, this is the beer mug for you, with one handle and two mugs! You can either enjoy two glasses of your favorite beer at once, or have a different kind in each glass if you like to experiment.

            6. Toblerone Jumbo

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              Chocolate lovers will go nuts (no pun intended) for this giant (4.5kg) Toblerone bar. This is the largest chocolate bar in production, and unless you plan to share, it will likely take you a couple of months to finish eating it.

              7. DCI BBQ Branding Iron

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                Barbecue enthusiasts will really enjoy being able to “brand” their own meat. You can have these branding irons personalized, so the cut of meat you grill is literally from your own personal brand.

                8. Giant Gummy Snake

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                  Here is another awesome item for gummy bear lovers, a giant, 26-pound gummy snake! This delicious treat is going to take a while to eat. If you feel so inclined, you may even want to share it with someone you love.

                  9. Beard Beer Can Cozy

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                    Beards are all the rage these days, so why not give your beer a beard too? Beer can cozies are great for keeping your beer cold and your hands warm, and this one is super-cool, combining the comfy cozy with the beard that is so popular right now.

                    10. Studio Banana Things Original Ostrich Pillow

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                      No matter where you are, you can enjoy a peaceful nap when you are using this pillow. You can use it to basically shut out the rest of the world so you can relax. It may look a bit weird, but who cares? You will be comfy and cozy, and that’s all that really matters.

                      11. Latika Soap Bag of Coal Soap

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                        If you have someone on your naughty list this year, give them a lump of coal in their stocking. Better yet, give them a few lumps of coal-shaped soaps. This black soap has an awesome aroma of smoked wood, with just a touch of vanilla and raspberry. There is actually activated bamboo charcoal in this soap, so it truly is a lump of coal.

                        12. Cocktail Shrimp Neck Pillow

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                          Enjoy sleeping on this delicacy, and you don’t even have to worry about cooking it first. This neck pillow can be used just about anywhere when you need to rest your neck, even if it does look a bit weird.

                          13. Selfie Toast

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                            The selfie craze is going to the next level. Now, you can turn your selfies into edible toast with the toaster that uses your images to create images on toasted bread. This is a real toaster, and it can burn any image you like onto your toast. Imagine scaring overnight guests with photos of what they did the night before burned into their toast!

                            14. Meat Cards

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                              If you are looking for a business card that is going to make you stand out, start handing out cards that are made out of meat. These cards are made with jerky, so they are as delicious as they are impressive.

                              15. Moss Bath Rug

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                                Do you love the feel of moss between your toes? If so, bring that feeling indoors with a bath mat made of moss. It is a living mat, and you don’t have to worry about decay or rot thanks to a foam tray that allows for easy watering of the moss (it only needs a few drops of water a day to thrive).

                                Featured photo credit: STUDIO BANANA THiNGS via studiobananathings.com

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                                Last Updated on July 8, 2020

                                18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                                18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                                The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

                                1. Understand Yourself Better

                                Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

                                Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

                                2. Keep Track of Small Changes

                                I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

                                Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

                                3. Become Aware of What Matters

                                As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

                                You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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                                4. Boost Creativity

                                The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

                                When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

                                You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

                                5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

                                A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

                                Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

                                6. Process Life Experiences

                                When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

                                Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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                                7. Stress Relief

                                In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

                                Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

                                8. Provide Direction

                                Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

                                One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

                                9. Solve Problems

                                Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

                                Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

                                When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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                                10. Find Relief From Fighting

                                Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

                                Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

                                11. Find Meaning in Life

                                Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

                                12. Allow Yourself to Focus

                                Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

                                13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

                                When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

                                14. Let the Past Go

                                I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

                                15. Allow Freedom

                                Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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                                16. Enhance Your Career

                                Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

                                Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

                                17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

                                All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

                                18. Catalog Your Life for Others

                                No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

                                We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

                                Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

                                Featured photo credit: Kelly Sikkema via unsplash.com

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