Friday, November 30, 2007
An undated handout photo shows a cat and a brown mouse within an inch of each other. Fear may be linked to the sense of smell, and can be switched off simply by shutting down certain receptors in the brain, Japanese scientists have found. In an experiment with mice, the researchers identified and removed certain receptors on the olfactory bulb of their brains -- and the result was a batch of fearless rodents. (Ko and Reiko Kobayakawa/Handout/Reuters)
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
hoops is a pink kitty. yoyo is a green bunny. Together, they’re a couple of comical, carefree friends who never fail to find the fun in any situation. And once they find it, they’re allllll about sharing it, baby.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Fritz would like to thank his friends Christine and Laura for being such a big help on Saturday. He would also like to thank his family for always being so supportive.
He, along with Errol Flynn, Zelda, and Lucy (not pictured) would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Rilakkuma (リラックマ, literally a combination of the Japanese pronunciation of relax and the Japanese word for bear; also called Relaxuma and Rirakkuma) is a Japanese character produced by the San-X company. He is a brown bear who lives in the house of an office lady (OL) named Kaoru. True to his name, Rilakkuma greatly enjoys relaxing. He is often accompanied by Korilakkuma, who is a smaller white bear with a mischievous personality, and Kiiroitori, a yellow bird who plays a tsukkomi role. Korilakkuma frequently plays pranks on Rilakkuma when he is sleeping.
Rilakkuma has been increasing in popularity since his debut in 2003. Recently celebrating his 3rd anniversary, San-X introduced many new items depicting the cute character in celebration. Related items include pastry marketed under Rilakkuma Cafe brand. Available to fans through online retailers, this adorable little bear is becoming a regular face in many homes around the world.
from none other than our most reliable and well used source, Wikipedia.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Departing a bit from our regularly scheduled Japanese Cute Programming, we visit Pee Wee's Playhouse, which was a children's show sensation that ran from September 1986 through November 1990. One of the best supporting actors on this show was Chairry, a bluish-green armchair with eyes on the chair back, a mouth between the seat cushions, and armrests that flapped around and occasionally hugged Pee-wee when he sat on her. Pee Wee himself is a bit on the scary side, but hugs from a big blue armchair are always cute.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Pachirisu are small squirrel-like pokemon. These Pokémon have what one could call a "cute" appearance, due to their small size, overall appealing look, and obvious similarities to Pikachu, making it the "electric rodent" of the 4th generation of Pokémon, since it has so many similarities to Pikachu. Pachirisu's main body color is a white tinged with a very light pastel blue. Their heads are quite large and the bodies are small, giving Pachirisu a somewhat comical appearance. They have two yellow circles on their cheeks, which create and store electricity. Their ears are blue and pointy, with a small protrusion pointing down into its face from the base of the ear. Their paws are short and bear three fingers. Their tails are curly and are very large in proportion to their bodies and are capable of unleashing static electricity for use in battle or other tasks a Pachirisu may perform. In fact, they can store their charge in bits of fur and then release them off their bodies. They use these charged puffballs and store them with berries they hide, like squirrels do, to keep others from stealing them. Their tails also bear three spikes on the part where it begins to curl. A blue stripe starts at the forehead above the nose, and runs down the back all the way to the tail just past the three tail spikes.
The male Pachirisu's blue stripe extends slightly farther down its forehead than that of a female Pachirisu. A shiny Pachirisu has a pastel purple stripe instead of a blue one.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Starbucks' new addition for the holidays is an adorable crocheted stuffed penguin. He obviously immediately became MY new addition for my desk. He sits atop my monitor next to his new friend, Mamegoma Seal. The three of us will probably be huddling together for warmth this winter.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Before they even hit Land of Cute, Aqua Dots were pulled off of shelves for unfortunate results produced by putting them in one's mouth. Another apparent defect is that they don't photograph well (see above image).
However, no matter how harmful they are when swallowed, we Land of Cuters feel Aqua Dots at least deserve a Cute Salute as their ship goes down. May a better, safer, cuter version be released soon.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
We LOVE Richard Scarry! From "Busy, Busy World" to "Best Rainy Day Book Ever", his work has a delightful "feel-good" quality. One of my personal favorite stories is "The Hedgehog's Christmas" from his "Best Storybook Ever", as the art is tonal, and the illustrations are very full, like the cover art featured here.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
If you are looking for yet another way to escape the reality of the dreariness of everyday living (as if Zelda, Animal Crossing, and Wee World are not sufficient), Club Penguin is the place to be. We here at Land of Cute have joined... come have a snowball fight with us! "Waddle around and meet new friends!!"
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Years ago I lived near the San Francisco Zoo, and across from the zoo was the Doggie Diner. The diner featured this classic piece of americana which is odd looking, but endearing. The diner was really a regular kind of place you would go to for a coke and burger.