‘Pikachu’ Donuts Get Pulled For Looking Terrifyingly Unalike Promo Photos


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If the realistic incarnation of ‘Pikachu’ in the upcoming live-action Detective Pikachu film creeped you out, you’re in for a treat.

This month, Japan’s leading donut chain, Mister Donut, introduced an assortment of Pokémon-themed donuts in select locations that looked too adorable to be true—and they probably were.

While some of these snacks matched the ones advertised in the brand’s promotional pictures, SoraNews24 discovered that several Twitter users across Japan weren’t so lucky with the starter Pokémon that they had caught at their nearest Mister Donut locations.

Some ‘Pikachus’ sported asymmetrical pupils that appeared to stare into their eaters’ souls. Others had their ears shortened or faces elongated.

The appearances of these ‘Pikachus’—or rather, ‘Freakachus’—were so terrifying and humorous at the same time, they spawned some meme-worthy fan artworks.

Following the trauma the snacks might have caused, Mister Donut’s parent brand, Duskin, announced that it was halting sales of the ‘Pikachu’-themed donuts.

However, fans throughout Japan will be able to catch ’em all again, as the ‘Pikachu’ donuts will resume sales, as well as launch nationwide, on 16 November—this time with stricter quality control.

明日から始まるミスドのピカチュウドーナツ、、
店によって個体値違うらしいから気をつけて、、 pic.twitter.com/OHriAtbiyz

— 与田尻 (@yumikinaon) November 13, 2018

父がお土産に買ってきてくれたドーナツ。家族総出でピカチュウ撮影会になりました。 pic.twitter.com/IWgUZaZMu1

— かなで (@ebihurai_utpr) November 11, 2018

ピカチュウドーナツ可愛い… pic.twitter.com/a40AiMlMcW

— 琉海子@sjにお熱中 (@ryukon_06) November 10, 2018

ピカチュウゲットw

ビミョー、、#ピカチュウドーナツ pic.twitter.com/nLNwr9vnhX

— らむねの@ブログはじめました (@ramuneno_mogu) November 12, 2018

うちの子もなんだかビミョー#ピカチュウドーナツ #ミスタードーナツ pic.twitter.com/h2Vrjgfnx6

— はきだめチョップ (@hakidamechop) November 12, 2018

ミスドで買ってきました!!
お昼ご飯😀ちょっと歪んでるw#ピカチュウドーナツ pic.twitter.com/Snm1Gs6rgY

— ハル (@MqJsBsQ) November 12, 2018

ここで皆さんのピカチュウドーナツをまとめてみましょう。#ピカチュウドーナツ pic.twitter.com/hbH8C2O2SK

— つみきくん (@UFxyBVGK5GWqy6C) November 14, 2018

うちのピカチュウが一番酷かった#ピカチュウドーナツ pic.twitter.com/EMXOFXKzDt

— minmi (@minmicaru) November 12, 2018

RT> さっきTLに流れてきたピカチュウドーナツが可愛くて泣いた、、、昨日自分が食べたヤツはなんだったんだよwww pic.twitter.com/8FBHy6ZiAE

— ささとりり (@saku_0v0_chine) November 12, 2018

ホクロがセクシー#ピカチュウドーナツ#これじゃない感 pic.twitter.com/UP4IRaJQsm

— u ©︎ ⁠ (@beerlady_u) November 11, 2018

ミスドのピカチュウドーナツを描いたヨ pic.twitter.com/BChC0msfnl

— ぽんぽんぷぅ (@ponponpuxu) November 13, 2018

ピカチュウドーナツ発売記念に描きました pic.twitter.com/lAAhf66m38

— 超有機生命体コウ (@pochifu_kou) November 13, 2018

[via SoraNews24, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/402400/Pikachu-Donuts-Get-Pulled-For-Looking-Terrifyingly-Unalike-Promo-Photos/

John Cena Transforms Into An Entire Boy Band To Promote ‘Proudly American’ Vodka

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After teasing a possible role as the next ‘Captain America’, WWE wrestler John Cena is yet again exemplifying his patriotism by being the star—nay, stars—of a video for “proudly American” SKYY Vodka.

In the ad, Cena plays three different members of a cheesy boy band. They dance in unison, flaunt their abs, recite sweet nothings about their home country, as well as chug down SKYY’s ‘Blue Vodka’.

“Welcome us into your embrace,” he declares. “When we close our eyes, all we see is your gorgeous face.” Amusingly, he’s referring to the Statue of Liberty, an American icon.

Cena also tweeted, “This one goes out to my beautiful Lady Liberty… my torch only lights for you, girl.”

Everyone has a favorite boy band member. Which one is yours: blond John Cena, brunette John Cena, or headband John Cena?

This one goes out to my beautiful Lady Liberty, my torch only lights for you girl. #Ad #SkyyVodka #ProudlyAmerican pic.twitter.com/JRyArRnW3f

— John Cena (@JohnCena) November 13, 2018


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Image via SKYY Vodka


Image via SKYY Vodka

[via Comicbook, video and screenshots via SKYY Vodka] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/402399/John-Cena-Transforms-Into-An-Entire-Boy-Band-To-Promote-Proudly-American-Vodka/

Apple’s iPhone X Purportedly Explodes, Shatters After Owner Installs iOS Update


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While Apple’s versions iOS 12 and newer are believed to be hack-proof, one user didn’t feel as safe as he was supposed to be after making the upgrade.

On Tuesday, Twitter user Rahel Mohamad wrote in to Apple’s Support account to relay a shocking occurrence that took place after he had installed iOS 12.1 in his iPhone X.

“[My] iPhone X just got hot and exploded in the process of upgrading to [iOS 12.1]. What’s going on here?” the iPhone owner asked.

To support his statement, the user also shared some photos revealing a shattered iPhone X with a hollowed-out interior.

He elaborated to tech blog Gadgets360 that the iPhone was purchased in January this year, and that he had “been using it normally.”

Towards the end of the download, Mohamad said that the device started spewing “dark gray smoke.” The update saw completion, “and as soon as the phone turned on, it started to smoke and caught fire.”

He added that he had been using an official Apple Lightning cable and wall adapter at that time, but unplugged the gadget because it got “very hot… I [dropped] the phone immediately.”

Apple responded to Mohamad’s tweet, saying that, “That’s definitely not expected behavior. DM us, so we can look into this with you.” That’s, erm, reassuring.

According to the user, the company later requested that he ship the handset over so that its support team could investigate the matter.

@Apple iPhone X just got hot and exploded in the process of upgrading to 12.1 IOS. What’s going on here??? pic.twitter.com/OhljIICJan

— Rocky Mohamadali (@rocky_mohamad) November 14, 2018

That's definitely not expected behavior. DM us, so we can look into this with you: https://t.co/GDrqU22YpT

— Apple Support (@AppleSupport) November 14, 2018

[via 9to5Mac, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/402395/Apple-s-iPhone-X-Purportedly-Explodes-Shatters-After-Owner-Installs-iOS-Update/

Marvel Studios President Leaks Details On ‘Captain Marvel’ And All-New MCU Movie

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At the 2018 Ryan Arts BE A HERO Fundraiser, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige spilled some beans about MCU’s two upcoming movies.

In an interview with Bionic Buzz, Feige teased that Captain Marvel proves complicated due to its dense history that goes quite far back, therefore this film adaptation will see a narrowed version of the superhero.

The movie will be based on ‘Carol Danvers’ from the Kelly Sue DeConnick comic books, and though the series has only been around for several years, the character has already inspired many fans worldwide. In DeConnick’s version, the timeline is set between 2012 and 2015, so fans will get the glimpse of the character in the modern era, instead of when the character first appeared in the 60s.

Aside from Captain Marvel, another MCU movie in the works is The Eternals, reported for a 2020 release. Feige explained that the film will be set one million years back in time and focus on the ‘Celestials’—who created the ‘Infinity Stones’—and ‘Deviants’ that will go into battle.

Though he did not leak much details about The Eternals, Feige drew comparisons between the upcoming film and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Feige said, “[I can say] very little when it comes to Eternals, but I will say your reaction about not being familiar with The Eternals is perfect because most people weren’t familiar with Guardians, and believe it or not, there were people who were not familiar with Avengers or with Iron Man. So for us, it’s finding great stories, whether people have heard of them or not, and bring them to the big screen in as an amazing way as we can.”

The Marvel Studios head also recently paid tribute to Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, whose recent passing has left fans deeply saddened.

On Twitter, Feige wrote, “No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee. Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and his millions of fans.”

[via Metro, opening image via Captain Marvel] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/402393/Marvel-Studios-President-Leaks-Details-On-Captain-Marvel-And-All-New-MCU-Movie/

Coca-Cola Wipes Clean Its Social Media Accounts, Leaving Fans Confused For Days

Coca-Cola recently wiped clean its social media accounts in honor of World Kindness Day that fell on 13 November 2018.

The beverage brand revamped its Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts to launch a fresh social strategy that exudes optimism and positivity. The company’s feeds went dark from 9 to 13 November in the lead-up to World Kindness Day to spark anticipation among fans.

Coca-Cola then flooded its social media platforms with more than 50 pieces of in-house content with the help from four street artists—Greg Mike, Stefan Kunz, Ricardo Gonzalez and Timothy Goodman—for this ‘#RefreshtheFeed’ campaign. The drink company also invited social media influencers to post their art on their respective channels.

The brand’s refresh is meant to present a more cohesive voice and artistic visual language for the company.

The new graphical images feature the company’s iconic colors of red and white. Coca-Cola hopes to engage over eight million of its fans in the US while sharing this simple yet impactful message of positivity.

Sarah Traverso, Coca-Cola’s North America Social Center group director, explained, “Our fans are looking for things that make them smile, which is a great insight for Coca-Cola because it aligns to our values of optimism, uplift and bringing people together to share moments of happiness.”

“We took a step back and looked at content across our platforms and realized that while we’re proud of this work, it didn’t feel like it was coming from one cohesive point of view. We felt like it was a great opportunity, on World Kindness Day, to literally and figuratively ‘refresh our feed’ and take our platforms back to where the brand thrives. This is meant to be a visual punctuation… a clear shift,” Traverso said.

We’re celebrating #WorldKindnessDay by spreading a little love and positivity. ❤️️ #RefreshTheFeed pic.twitter.com/aneTjuLOQg

— Coca-Cola (@CocaCola) November 13, 2018

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Be good to each other. ❤️ #RefreshTheFeed #WorldKindnessDay

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Kindness looks good on you. 😉 #RefreshTheFeed #WorldKindnessDay

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❤️💛💚💙💜#RefreshTheFeed#WorldKindnessDay pic.twitter.com/2BzSrw78EL

— Coca-Cola (@CocaCola) November 13, 2018

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😄 and proud of it. #WorldKindness #RefreshTheFeed

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[via Coca-Cola, opening image via Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/402396/Coca-Cola-Wipes-Clean-Its-Social-Media-Accounts-Leaving-Fans-Confused-For-Days/

Five-Story Building Floating Down China’s Yangtze River Stumps Internet

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Imagine walking alongside a river one day only to see a five-story building cruising down its waters. That’s the sight that greeted Chongqing City, where one of its last floating restaurants was being transported with help from two barges.

Chongqing City’s floating diners, once popular amongst locals and tourists for fresh seafood, have dwindled in number after the Chongqing government began offering incentives to move these buoyant eateries onto dry land.

Pollution became a growing concern as many of these establishments lacked proper sewage treatment facilities, resulting in waste being dumped straight into the Yangtze River.

This particular restaurant, shown in the video below, is apparently called Impression Jangjian and required transportation aid from vessels since it lacked its own motor. The other floating restaurants in the region had already been dismantled, leaving Impression Jangjian as “the last one removed out of the region,” according to an official.

While the occurrence might not have surprised those in Chongqing City, it seems the rest of China begs to differ.

The video went viral on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo on Sunday, and sparked amusing comments including references to famous Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, reports China’s Global Times newspaper.

Sina Weibo user ‘Shenjinglidegutaishui’ wrote, “It’s a real-life Howl’s Moving Castle,” while ‘Baofucaishen’ commented, “Magic Chongqing is not a joke.”

According to China Daily, the country established a campaign in 2016 to offer greater protection over its environment, including overuse of the Yangtze River.

[via SoraNews24, Global Times and China Daily, video via CoolChina, main image via video screenshot] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/402398/Five-Story-Building-Floating-Down-China-s-Yangtze-River-Stumps-Internet/

Balenciaga’s Virtual Models Bend Over Backwards So You’ll Buy Its Spring Capsule


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These days, fashion brands aren’t just championing diverse bodies among humans, but also embracing a gamut of digital personalities.

Hot on the heels of Balmain’s CGI avatars are Balenciaga’s virtual models who defy the boundaries of physical movement.

For its Spring 2019 lookbook, the quirky fashion retailer casted six bendy, levitating models—created by Copenhagen-based visual artist Yilmaz Sen—to wear, as well as bring considerable focus to, its colorful new pieces.

“My intention was to explore the anatomical limits of the human body,” the artist detailed. “For this I combined full body photogrammetry scans and live action footage, then deformed each look in various ways.”

Well, that’s one way to get around the fashion industry’s obsession with cookie-cutter body types.

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Ruben – for @balenciaga’s Spring 19 RTW collection. Credits: Director: Yilmaz Sen Styling: @lottavolkova Production: @makropolcph Cinematographer: Peter Hjort Photogrammetry: @rigsters3d Post production assets: @viljamsmed, Lennart Wendt Production Designer: Anna Cathrine Colberg Production Coordinator: Sarah Chheiber Sound: Mads Michelsen

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Christine – for @balenciaga’s Spring 19 RTW collection. Credits: Director: Yilmaz Sen Styling: @lottavolkova Production: @makropolcph Cinematographer: Peter Hjort Photogrammetry: @rigsters3d Post production assets: @viljamsmed, Lennart Wendt Production Designer: Anna Cathrine Colberg Production Coordinator: Sarah Chheiber Sound: Mads Michelsen

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Hxeoni – for @balenciaga’s Spring 19 RTW collection. Credits: Director: Yilmaz Sen Styling: @lottavolkova Production: @makropolcph Cinematographer: Peter Hjort Photogrammetry: @rigsters3d Post production assets: @viljamsmed, Lennart Wendt Production Designer: Anna Cathrine Colberg Production Coordinator: Sarah Chheiber Sound: Mads Michelsen

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Jocelino – for @balenciaga’s Spring 19 RTW collection. Credits: Director: Yilmaz Sen Styling: @lottavolkova Production: @makropolcph Cinematographer: Peter Hjort Photogrammetry: @rigsters3d Post production assets: @viljamsmed, Lennart Wendt Production Designer: Anna Cathrine Colberg Production Coordinator: Sarah Chheiber Sound: Mads Michelsen

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Une – for @balenciaga’s Spring 19 RTW collection. Credits: Director: Yilmaz Sen Styling: @lottavolkova Production: @makropolcph Cinematographer: Peter Hjort Photogrammetry: @rigsters3d Post production assets: @viljamsmed, Lennart Wendt Production Designer: Anna Cathrine Colberg Production Coordinator: Sarah Chheiber Sound: Mads Michelsen

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Elsa – for @balenciaga’s Spring 19 RTW collection. Credits: Director: Yilmaz Sen Styling: @lottavolkova Production: @makropolcph Cinematographer: Peter Hjort Photogrammetry: @rigsters3d Post production assets: @viljamsmed, Lennart Wendt Production Designer: Anna Cathrine Colberg Production Coordinator: Sarah Chheiber Sound: Mads Michelsen

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[via Paper Magazine, videos via various sources, cover image via Balenciaga] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/402392/Balenciaga-s-Virtual-Models-Bend-Over-Backwards-So-You-ll-Buy-Its-Spring-Capsule/

Israeli Art Collector Criticizes Banksy’s Palestine Poster, Shares Its Redesign

A London-based Israeli art collector is unhappy with Banksy’s depiction of Israel’s occupation in Palestine.

Philanthropist Batia Ofer branded Banksy’s recent poster, which the anonymous British street artist made free for all to download, as “anti-semitic” as opposed to being artistic.

The graphic, created to encourage tourism in the West Bank, features children at a fair, riding around a watchtower. The slogan beneath reads, “Visit historic Palestine, the Israeli army likes it so much they never left!”

The limited edition poster was made available for free at the tourism fair World Travel Market London. Palestinian authorities, including Palestine Tourism Minister Rula Maayah, applauded Banksy for the poster as it appeals to youths, and gives them a glimpse of the Israeli occupation.

Ofer, however, has critiqued the artwork for going one step too far in condemning Israel for the present situation and took to Instagram to vent her anger.

She wrote, “You may criticize Israel for the current situation and I’m totally for a two state solution and fight for justice on both sides! BUT insinuating we don’t have a right to exist suggesting Israel has no right to ANY land is disgraceful. In addition – military service in Israel is mandatory! So your poster is denouncing all Israelis! Your posters resemble Nazi propaganda in the 1930s and spread antisemitism.”

A redesign of the poster, created by producer @diwon and artist @seyxyes, was subsequently shared to Ofer’s Instagram with the words, “Visit Historic Israel… All are welcome to the only democracy in the Middle East.” The children featured inside the redesign were tagged with labels such as Muslim, Palestinian, Christian, Israeli and LGBTQ.

This is not the first time Banksy has helped with Palestine’s tourism efforts. The anonymous British street artist’s Walled Off Hotel, located in Bethlehem, has attracted over 50,000 tourists since it first opened in March.

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. free Palestine poster. Be advised we only have 1000 posters to hand out each day at the tourist fair. You can download one from the website at www.banksy.co.uk

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Our reply to you @banksy. You may criticise Israel for the current situation and I’m totally for a two state solution and fight for justice on both sides! BUT insinuating we don’t have a right to exist (which is exactly what your poster does using the term “historic Palestine”) suggesting Israel has no right to ANY land is disgraceful. In addition- military service in Israel is mandatory for all women and men! So your poster is denouncing all Israelis! Your posters resemble Nazi propaganda in the 1930s and spread antisemitism @banksy #antisemitism Thank you @diwon and @seyxyes for making this poster!

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[via Haaretz, opening image via Banksy] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/402385/Israeli-Art-Collector-Criticizes-Banksy-s-Palestine-Poster-Shares-Its-Redesign/

McDonald’s Ultra Nostalgic, Throwback Ads Pay Homage To Its ‘Timeless Big Mac’

The Golden Arches has gone full retro in its celebratory vintage ads, created by ad agency TBWA\Paris, for the 50th anniversary of its iconic ‘Big Mac’ burger.

This McDonald’s classic comprising two all-beef patties, unique sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions, all sandwiched between a sesame seed bun, has remained unchanged over five decades, proving that the golden menu food item is simply, timeless.

Enjoy a nostalgic throwback to yesteryear in the ads below.

Le Big Mac a 50 ans. Le Big Mac est #Indémodable 🍔 pic.twitter.com/0gzvdqRkGi

— TBWA\PARIS (@TBWA_PARIS) November 14, 2018

[via TBWA\Paris] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/402394/McDonald-s-Ultra-Nostalgic-Throwback-Ads-Pay-Homage-To-Its-Timeless-Big-Mac/

UK Police Thanks ‘Ross’ After Arresting Theft Suspect Who Looks Just Like Him

A theft suspect who gained internet fame due to his uncanny resemblance to actor David Schwimmer, who played ‘Ross’ on the hit TV series Friends, has been arrested in London.

Blackpool Police previously shared the image of the wanted man, taken from a security camera, to seek help from the public in locating the suspect.

The similarities in looks caught the attention of Schwimmer, who responded with a hilarious video in which he provides an alibi whilst “stealing” a carton of beer cans, mimicking the theft act. The video came with the caption, “Officers, I swear it wasn’t me. As you can see, I was in New York. To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation.”

On 12 November, Blackpool Police tweeted that the investigation had come to a close and that the suspect had been tracked down in Southall, West London.

The tweet reads, “Following the appeal we posted looking for a man who resembles a well-known actor, we now have an update. Thanks to our colleagues @MetPoliceUK, a 36-year-old man was arrested in Southall last night on suspicion of theft. Thanks for the support, especially @DavidSchwimmer!”

Officers, I swear it wasn't me.
As you can see, I was in New York.
To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation.#itwasntme pic.twitter.com/EDFF9dZoYR

— schwim (@DavidSchwimmer) October 24, 2018

Following the appeal we posted looking for a man who resembles a well-known actor, we now have an update. Thanks to our colleagues @MetPoliceUK, a 36-year-old man was arrested in Southall last night on suspicion of theft. Thanks for the support, especially @DavidSchwimmer! pic.twitter.com/sUy5XyS4im

— Blackpool Police (@BlackpoolPolice) November 13, 2018

Happy to help @LancsPolice #IllBeThereForYou
https://t.co/4hup1FUsVX

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) November 13, 2018

[via CNN, opening image via Blackpool Police, David Schwimmer] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/402384/UK-Police-Thanks-Ross-After-Arresting-Theft-Suspect-Who-Looks-Just-Like-Him/