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a&o’s newest byproduct: mind-rot.com

With the new year comes a new project by the fine folks of absurdandobscure.com; a site driven by completely unoriginal content not unlike what you would find at a&o. Rather than writing new content, the new site will be a constantly updated collection of content provided by others. It is my esteemed pleasure to introduce to the world…mind-rot.com.

mind-melt

I’m excited about the new project/site/portal to nonsense that will cover the work of innumerable scourges of the Earth at as rapid of a speed as possible. There’s no reason you shouldn’t be excited about it either, especially if you frequent this poor excuse for a blog/site/sounding board of relatively disreputable schlock/sheer awesomeness.

As of today, mind-rot.com is obviously still in the process of becoming completed, but the finishing touches aren’t far off. I’ve wanted to get this thing together for months, but because of reasons too boring to go into, both the new project and a&o had to suffer. I’m sure you pulled through these past couple of months though…just a wild guess from the 13,000 views that absurdandobscure.com received last year. Speaking of, I want to sincerely thank every single person that checked this site out last year. We’re hoping things will be significantly different this year, especially when it comes to digging into the depths of the worst acting caught on film, the best hardcore bands you keep ignoring for the dumbest reasons, brain melting foreign oddities and other indescribably engaging ephemera.

So be sure to check out both sites whenever you get the chance…you never know what absurd and/or obscure stuff might get the honor of being uncovered.

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FUCK.

The End.

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Awesome Book Week: Day 4 – Super7 Mook

INTERNATIONAL TOY…pirates?

If you’re already familiar with Super7, then you either already have this or want this really, really bad but you’re too much of a cheapskate to shell out the bread to call it your own. If you have no idea who or what the fuck Super7 is, here’s an abridged introduction: these maniacs have a rabid affinity for soft vinyl toys and toys in general that are weird/cool looking and/or are impossible to find. The Super7 team also has friends that are equally enamored with collecting. So enamored that I’m willing to bet that anyone featured in this book has treasure chests full of insanity that would put to shame any hipster’s paltry Dunny “collection.”

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“Bring me the head of Kamen Rider!”

This month’s issue of Hyper Hobby included the Kamen Rider mask that you see above, and believe it or not, it was easier to put together than it was to take photos of. Even though I was fighting my glasses while trying to get decent photos of this 2 ¼” helmet (antennae included) without a macro lens or a tripod, I still feel like I did alright on them. If I knew that someone besides myself was going to get excited about this “kit” then I would’ve spent more time with it and done a better job. Either way, I’m sure both you and I will somehow find the strength to carry on.

Even the box that this came in is awesome.

Hyper Hobby box

I’ve never seen a combination of blue and brown like this, never mind that such a color combination would be used to depict a hero that an incredibly large majority of the American populace has never seen or heard of. I’ll admit, I’ve heard of the (original) Kamen Rider, but I’ve never actually seen the show…which nearly leads me to infuriation. Here we have yet another example of an internationally known phenomenon that should be available on this side of the planet, but isn’t. Maybe that’s part of the appeal? I’m sure that if I grew up with all the different versions of Kamen Rider then maybe I wouldn’t be as interested in this assemblage of plastic as I am now.

More proof of my enthusiasm:

Kamen Rider helmet - front

Kamen Rider Helmet - held

Kamen Rider helmet - out of focus

“What’s to like?” you say. “It’s some weird bug mask thing with these cheap-looking retractable antennae and a mouth that has some bear trap type apparatus going on.” That’s exactly the strain of thinking that made me buy this, and that’s exactly why I want to see the show so bad.

Here’s a photo of the magazine and it’s contents.

Hyper Hobby 01.08 Hyper Hobby 01.08 - contents

(…and yes, that is a photo of a particularly uninterested looking Rick Rubin that I added for no reason.)

Even before I bought this month’s issue of Hyper Hobby (maybe three or four weeks ago), the details of the bug-eyed helmet stuck with me well enough for me to sketch the “drawing” below when I should’ve been studying for finals.

 

Kamen Rider sketch

 

Ironically enough, someone sent in a photo of their kids decked out in Kamen Rider masks in the same issue.

Kamen Rider kids

It’s okay, you can admit that you wish that they were your kids.

All this effort and I haven’t even seen the show…apparently I’m out of my mind. Or maybe I’m just that excited about it? How about we settle on a combination of the two? You know, just for the time being?

 

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Elite Banana Banao

Don’t even pretend like you wouldn’t shell out just short of two bucks to have one of these.

Elite Banana Banao

I’m personally a fan of the sweaty, nervous banana. Obviously he is a very busy banana and is under a lot of stress. However, the suave looking tuxedo banana closer to the middle is pretty cool and collected. There’s also a cat sitting on top of a banana, and a banana relaxing with some wine. I have no idea why the easy chairs/amorphous blobs are different colors though.

These are made of soft vinyl and come in a plastic capsule (like what you’d find at the exit of a grocery store) and are 2 ½ inches tall…just in case you wanted to know.

What annoys me is that I see stuff like this all the time online or in magazines and I never order them because I’d feel like a total idiot ordering just one. If they were at the grocery store by my place though…

…but I mean really, what do we get for key chains and cell phone charms in America?

Oh, that’s what I thought…

stupid keychains      nascar phone charms

More Elite Banana Banao can be found here.

(The Elite Banana Banao scan was also from the Nov. ’07 issue of Quanto.)

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