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Weird Pillows
image Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have developed the latest in long-distance surrogate affection. It's a robotic pillow named The Hug. Katie in Kansas hugs her pillow, which then transmits a signal over the phone lines, instructing another pillow in Florida to start squeezing Grandma. It's meant to bring the sense of touch back to long-distance communication. But for some reason I think I'm going to stick with simple phone calls (I have visions of the pillow malfunctioning and not letting go).

Not to be outdone, Japanese inventors have developed the Girlfriend Lap Pillow. Put simply, it is "a pillow imitating a woman's legs made from urethane foam." Tired Japanese businessmen can pretend that they're taking a nap with their head on their girlfriend's lap. Kind of like the Boyfriend Arm Pillow, but slightly creepier. I'm sure a fusion of the robotic Hug and the Girlfriend Lap Pillow is being developed somewhere, by someone. And while listing weird pillows, of course I can't leave out the breast pillow.
Posted by The Curator on Mon Nov 15, 2004

A pair of legs in the living room is MUCH classier than a blow-up doll.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Mon Nov 15, 2004  at  01:33 PM
Wouldn't it take a lot less time to list things that are LESS classy than a blow-up doll?
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Mon Nov 15, 2004  at  02:39 PM
Very right, Big Gary. Less classy than a blow-up doll: Blow-up dog?
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Mon Nov 15, 2004  at  04:05 PM
I seem to remember something in the news about a break in at an adult novelty store that listed the items stolen as including a blow-up sheep. I felt better off not having ever known that blow-up sheep exist.
Posted by Matt  on  Tue Nov 16, 2004  at  06:34 PM
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