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Hold the phone, there’s even more going on in the world of wonderfully weird produce than we thought. Last month we shared the discovery of incredibly creepy “happy/joyful doll pears" in a Beijing supermarket. Today we learned that Chinese farmers aren’t just growing spooky blissed-out babies. They’re also growing green bottle gourds, called Hulu (葫芦) in Chinese, that are shaped like Chairman Mao, Jesus, Santa Claus, Maitreya, the God of Fortune, a fire-breathing dragon and more.
According to a spot on Youku, a man named Xie Lyu Zhi visited the Thousand Year Temple in Sichuan, China and a Buddhist monk told him a dream he had about a gourd shaped like a famous deity. Xie decided this meant he should create artistic gourds.
Like the nightmare pears, these gourds are shaped by growing them inside plastic molds. In China, bottle gourds are very auspicious symbols, associated with good fortune, happiness and good health. These molded gourds appear to be an evolution of the long-standing tradition of decorating the gourds by carving and painting them.
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Oh Japan, you’ve done it again. Perhaps the only thing better than eating yummy slices of toast is eating toast shaped like an adorable teddy bear that cheerfully sits up to greet you right before you devour it.
Called the Ernest Bread Pop Up!, this delightful product is the work of Japanese company Tokyu Hands. It even comes with three interchangable facial expressions so you can customize your scrummy toast bear before you send him to your belly.