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Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Elfoid

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This STJT is actually a year and a half old, but is so creepy I had to show it to you guys anyways. Have you ever wished you could call somebody on a tiny albino tadpole person with soulless, dead eyes? Have I got good news for you!

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Behold the Elfoid, a phone that major Japanese phone company Docomo is actually working on developing, on purpose. Please note the way his lower region merges into a disgusting, fleshy nub, yet he still has a slight indentation indicating some kind of genital area. Apparently buttons light up in the Elfoid’s chest when it’s time to make a call; I don’t know if it screams in pain or merely mutters in consternation when you dial on him, but either way I’m going to have nightmares about this thing tonight.

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Just wanted to make sure you had nightmares too. Enjoy! (Via Pink Tentacle)

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