8 More Horrifically Haunting Halloween Decorations

Last year we brought you 14 amazing Halloween decorations that might just give your trick-or-treaters nightmares. Because we just can't get enough creepy Halloween goodies though, we've collected a few more horrifically wonderful props to terrify more visitors this October.

Hunchback Skeleton

A step ladder with a paint shelf serves as the base for this surprisingly easy and entirely creepy prop. You can find an entire how-to on Haunt Forum.

Packing Tape Sculptures

The cool thing about this ghostly effect is that it requires little more than packing tape and a little clever lighting. The translucent body is a great way to add ghosts to your graveyard in no time and if you don't have the required mannequin form to make a full size one, you can even just use your own arms to form creepy ghost hands that come out of your walls.

Intricate Headstones

It's easy to get Styrofoam headstones at local retailers, but if you want something that doesn't look totally generic, try making your own. If you want to add a chillingly real accent, you can even use silk flowers with granite spray paint like this Halloween Forum user.

Creepy Crypt

Real graveyards aren't limited to just tombstones, they also feature creepy crypts. Now you can set your fake cemetery apart from the rest with a hauntingly real crypt adorned with the shape of a mourning woman.

Stone Gargoyle Columns

If you're going for a graveyard theme, you may as well make some creepy cemetery entrance columns. With this cool Instructable, you can make your own stone-like columns complete with gargoyles.

Hell Hole

It's always scary to see the dead crawl out of the grave, but when that haunted soul is actually crawling out of hell, that invokes a whole new level of terror. This terrifying effect is sure to scare the pants of your visitors.

Flayed Skin Tablecloth

Plenty of people wish they had more time to enjoy dinner with their families, but far fewer wish they had the chance to eat more meals with the family from Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This tablecloth is sure to terrify your guests just as much as the iconic human-skin apron worn by Leatherface himself.

Boneyard BBQ

If a tablecloth of human skin doesn't seem quite cannibalistic enough for you, then you can always try roasting a human over a spit. This great tutorial from Yard Haunt can show you how to put the whole thing together -including a nice flame to roast your meal on.  

If this still doesn't satiate your Halloween DIY spirit, then don't miss our full Halloween archive where we have some great ideas ranging from pumpkin carving techniques to tastefully creepy table settings.

11 Rugs to Set Your Home Apart

As The Dude can tell you, a good rug can really tie a room together. These fantastic floor coverings are a great way to add a little more personality to your home.

After Matisse

We love a good collection of colors and this wonderful rug that invokes thoughts of the great modern artist Matisse is adorned with a rainbow of hues.


If you prefer your colors in organized stripes rather than piles of squares, then check out this awesome Rosenberry Rooms rug.

Modular Masterpiece

No matter what size or color you need, EntreDesign can custom-make an impressive modular crochet rug for you out of recycled fabrics from the Portuguese textile industry.

Land Carpet

Most of us can't afford to fly every day, but if you just can't get enough of the views from above, you'll absolutely want to get your hands on these brilliant designs by Florian Puncher. You can even select a view from specific countries.

Worlds Apart

You don't need to invest in a telescope to enjoy the beauty of space -just incorporate this beautiful rug by 2SweetsHomeDecor into your space.

Space Invader

Of course, if you prefer to enjoy your views of space from an arcade cabinet, you won't want to miss this charming rug featuring everyone's favorite 8-bit alien.

Plush Tiger Skin

There was a time that having a dead beast on your floor was the epitome of masculinity. This charming plush tiger skin rug turns that idea on its head and makes it an ideal way to decorate a child's room.

Wooden Bear Skin

If you wish for your own fun hunting trophy rug with a more adult vibe, enjoy this amazing plush bear skin that looks hard wood floor.

Climbing Leopard

Diane Von Furstenburg knows her fans have a wild side, which is why precisely why she introduced this seriously cool leopard rug.

Monarch Fire

Few things are more beautiful than a migration of monarch butterflies and now you can enjoy the sight on a daily basis by bringing them into your home thanks to this rug by Alexander McQueen.

Shadow Steps

Learn to dance the tango while pretending to be on a beautiful cobblestone street in Europe at sunset thanks to this cool black and white design by A/R Design.

If you're looking for a great rug to welcome people to your home (and to wipe your feet on), don't miss our round up of geeky doormats.

9 Fall Home Maintenance Musts

Summer is all but over and as we've all heard, "winter is coming." In order to prep for the upcoming cold weather, there are quite a few things you can do to prep your home and you'll want to start early so you don't have to do them when it's already freezing.

Do Some Yard Work

Autumn leaves are beautiful, but they can also create quite a mess. Rake up excess leaves and compost the leftovers and then mulch the majority of them to add nutrients to your lawn -you may want to sprinkle some over garden beds as well. Once all the leaves have fallen, don't forget to clean out your gutters and inspect them too.

When you're done mulching the leaves, it's time to move on to your garden. Remove the dead annuals and prepare your perennials for winter by adding a layer of mulch, making sure to leave the center of the plant clear to prevent rot. If you want to move your perennials, this is the perfect time of year to do it. Remember to plant or bring in any plants living in clay planters and to empty the dirt from those not in use because freezing temperatures easily crack planters filled with soil.

Lastly, trim your trees to avoid potential problems caused by falling branches during violent winter storms.

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Protect Your Equipment and Outdoor Furniture

Remove or cover any window air conditioning units and put a cover on central cooling units. Clean and then store outdoor furniture and grills or apply protective covers. Clean your mower, leaf blower and weed trimmer and drain the gas tank before putting them away for the season.

Consider Painting

Now that summer's humidity is gone and winter's freeze has yet to set in, it's a perfect time to paint. Even if you aren't considering a new hue, check exterior walls for peeling or blistering paint. If you notice any, you can repair the individual patches or decide to do your whole home anew.

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Insulate Your Space

Use a screwdriver around your windows and doors to check for damaged wood trim or weather stripping, then either replace it or use caulk to fill in the holes. Also caulk any air leaks and remove and replace any worn out old caulk. If any window frames are cracked or loose, call a window professional before the cold weather hits.

Switch out window and door screens for storm windows and doors -be sure to store the old screens somewhere safe and dry.

Check Your Heating Sources

Give your furnace a good once-over, checking the pilot light, vacuuming excess dust and changing the filter. If you aren't sure what to do or find a problem, be sure to call a professional to help you.

Next, clean your fireplace and buy plenty of firewood to keep your warm through those chilly winter nights. You may want to bring in a chimney sweep to make sure the inside is as clean as the outside.

Now that you have working heating methods, change the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector or install one if you don't already have one. Furnaces and chimneys are great, but they also can be deadly if they leave your home full of dangerous carbon monoxide and without a detector, you may never know until it's too late.

Lastly, don't forget to change the direction of your ceiling fan to redistribute warm air that has floated up to the ceiling.

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Locate Your Snow Stuff

From warm clothes to snow shovels, you aren't going to want to hunt around for these things once it's already freezing outside, so locate them and put them in easily accessible locations for the upcoming winter.

Check Your Roof

Few of us give our roofs more than a passing thought throughout the year, but if it starts leaking, it may soon be all you can think about. Look for loose or missing shingles, cracked flashing, leaks, moss or mildew. If you aren't sure what to look for or notice any damage you can't repair yourself, a professional can help.

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Seal Your Driveway

Check your driveway for cracks. If you see any, clean them out, repair the hole with driveway filler and then apply a commercial sealer. Aside from making the surface look as good as new, this will also prevent further cracking during the chilly winter months.

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Go Shopping

Home maintenance isn't all hard work. September is the best time to go home appliance shopping since manufacturers release their newest models around this time of year, which means big savings on marginally older versions.

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This is also the perfect time of year to start getting together and building some epic Halloween decorations. If you really want to scare the kids in your neighborhood, don't miss these amazing over-the-top Halloween decoration ideas.

8 Amazing Modern Castles

Many of us dreamed of living in a castle when we were younger, but then the reality of living in an old, drafty stone mansion set in and we abandoned those hopes. But not all castles are medieval relics. These beautiful modern structures offer the style and regality of a classic castle without denying their residents modern comforts.


Named for Louis XIV's extravagant palace in France, the Versailles of Kentucky is a perfect home for any American queen or king. Rex and Caroline Martin originally started building the castle back in the 60's, but after the two got a divorce, the property stayed empty until 2003 when it was turned into a B&B. Only a few years later, the elaborate (and entirely renovated) ten bedroom mansion was listed for a whopping $28 million.

Wing's Castle

Recently featured on American Pickers, this elaborate and artistic castle was the brainchild of totally untrained and inexperienced artist Peter Wing and his wife Toni Ann. The fairytale-like castle, and a second one operated as a B&B, remains under construction an amazing 40 years later.

The Alpine Castle

One of the most affordable castles on the list, this beauty was constructed by long-time resident John Pottenger who used only stone, wood and brick in the construction. The 15,000 square foot home features 6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, a wine room, a theater, a waterfall and a game room. The 4 acre property offers pristine mountain views, a guest house and a private manmade lake. Most impressive of all? The San Diego, CA property sold for just under $1 million in 2014 -a downright bargain.

Oak Brook Castle

This 2009 castle built in Oak Brook, Illinois can be yours right now for $4.2 million. The 5 bedroom, 7.5 bathroom mansion features stone, wrought iron, wood and brick detailing throughout the home with heated floors to keep you cozy. Within the home's 12,000 square feet are a game room, a theater, a gym, a wine cellar, a wet bar, a billiards room and more.

Moussa Castle

Moussa Abdel Karim Al-Maamari became fascinated with castles after helping his uncle renovate a classic castle. Not long after, he bought some property in the Shouf mountains of Lebanon and started building his own castle. The project took over 40 years and Moussa did almost all the work on his own, but in the end, his castle became a true tribute to medieval architecture complete with a moat, drawbridge and ramparts.

Conyers Farm Castle

With 12 acres of land, seven bedrooms, eight fireplaces, a library, tennis courts and more, it's no wonder this stunning castle in Greenwich, CT is selling for $13.5 million. As if the sheer size wasn't impressive enough, the building (still under 30 years old) was painstakingly renovated for the sale making the property as pristine as it is massive.

Eagle Castle

This California castle is perfect for those who love the style of a classic palace, but don't want all that extra space. The beautiful property houses a modest 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, but if you're hoping the reduced space will result in a low price tag, think again -this Paso Robles, CA home listed for $5.9 million the last time it was on the market -when it was purchased by an aspiring winery.

Akimov Castle

Anatoly Galitsky originally dreamed of opening a fairytale-themed cafe to entertain children, but when he couldn't get planning permission to turn his property into a cafe, he instead constructed a residential castle. While all but one of the towers on the home are facades, the smiles on the faces of children and newlyweds who come to visit are most certainly real. Anatoly and his wife gladly offer tours and photo sessions of their house for free -they simply insist visitors call them Shrek and Fiona in return.

Can't get enough castles? Then check out this adorable castle-like tree house or the medieval game room in this list of epic man caves.

12 Delightful Doctor Who Home Goods

We've already featured a wide array of geek goodies, most notably including two collections of Star Wars stuff, but for those who love their scifi on the Brit side, here are some of the coolest ways to accessorize your home with a little Doctor Who.

TARDIS Murphy Bed

The blogger from The Stubby Thumb has a smaller two-bedroom home. To make the most of her space while still accommodating a guest bed, she opted to add a Murphy bed to the second bedroom -but not just any Murphy bed, this is a TARDIS Murphy bed that truly is bigger on the inside.

Dalek Dresser & TARDIS Bookshelf

Brenna Monroe sent this charming picture of her custom kid's furniture to The Doctor Who Hub. The dresser remains one of the best (and only) pieces of Dalek-inspired furniture out there.

TARDIS Refrigerator

Glass Sculpture.org sells this incredible TARDIS refrigerator cover that can be custom built to accommodate any fridge. The "police box" sign area can even be equipped with a door to provide access to your ice maker.

TARDIS Cat Condo

Cats have nine lives, so they're practically Time Lords already -so why not give them their own TARDIS? This adorable cat condo from That Cute Site is an attractive option sure to please humans, cats and Gallifreyans alike.


Want to live inside the TARDIS? With this fun wallpaper available on eBay, you can look up at the wall and feel like you're right at home inside the little blue box.


Of course, you don't need wallpaper when you can just get a police box sign and hang it up on a wall painted in the trademark TARDIS blue.

TARDIS Doorwrap

With this awesome Tardis doorwrap, it's easier than ever to imagine that your room (or even the entire home) is bigger on the inside thanks to Time Lord technology.

Pillow Case

You're sure to have sweet dreams of The Doctor and his crazy intergalactic adventures when you fall asleep on this cosmic TARDIS pillowcase.

TARDIS Throw Pillow

Remind yourself of the pure joy of The Doctor's arrival whenever you relax to watch television with this wonderful TARDIS throw pillow.

TARDIS Shower Caddy

Some people sing in the shower and others plan out the rest of their day, but for those who dream of getting whisked away by a confused, slightly deranged Doctor, this TARDIS shower caddy is a great way to help set the scene.

Sonic Screwdriver Remote

You might not be able to get a real sonic screwdriver that works like The Doctor's, but you can at least pretend to with this fantastic sonic screwdriver that works as a TV remote.

Cyberman Squirrel Feeder

Since there seems to be a definitive lack of Cyberman-related home items, it seems worth mentioning that a little peanut butter, some nuts and a Cyberman mask can make one heck of a squirrel feeder, adding the perfect touch of Whovian style to your garden (particularly when paired with a subtle Weeping Angel statue).

Can't get enough Whovian home stuff? Then don't miss the whole TARDIS-themed room in our round up of scifi rooms that are out of this world.

16 Brilliant Moving Hacks

Moving is never easy, but it's just one of those things in life that has to be done sometimes. With these simple tricks though you can at least make the process as painless as possible.

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Get Good Boxes

Wine and liquor stores are great place to find boxes that have dividers for glasses and you can often get free boxes on Craigslist from other people who just moved. If you can't find good ones for free though, just head to Home Depot or Lowes where you can buy packs of clean, sturdy boxes for barely anything -it's a lot better than dealing with soiled boxes that are ready to rip at any second.

When you're done moving, don't forget to store your boxes away for your next move or put them on Craigslist to help other people about to move.

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Stop Grocery Shopping

The less food you have when you move, the less you'll have to transport or toss. So make your last shopping trip two weeks before you move and make an effort to eat everything you can from your freezer and fridge before cleaning and defrosting it the day before the big move.

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Change Your Address Early

Assuming you can start receiving mail before you move, change your address at least two weeks prior to the big day. A lot of places require processing time, not to mention that it will give you time to get mail from places you would have otherwise forgot about.

Use Your Existing Suitcases, Baskets, Etc. as Boxes

You're already going to be taking them with you, so why not make them useful. Rolling suitcases are particularly handy for heavy items like books.

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Get Rid of Stuff

Both while packing and unpacking, keep an eye out for stuff you don't use, don't need and don't want. Offer it up to friends or donate it to thrift store -just get it out of your house.

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Use Your Clothing, Towels and Sheets as Padding

Your tees, sheets, towels and sweaters can make great padding in boxes with fragile items. You might need to use some bubble wrap and paper to pad things, but these make great padding and you have to pack them either way. Socks even make great padding for glasses.

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Protect Makeup With a Cotton Ball

No one wants their foundation or eye shadows to crack during a move, but it's all too common during a move. A cotton ball or pad in the packaging will stop things from breaking when they get banged around.

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Plastic Wrap Dresser Drawers

Light dresser drawers can be taped or plastic wrapped in place so you don't need to unpack them. Heavier drawers can be pulled out, wrapped up with the contents inside and then moved without an extra box.

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Slide Your Clothes On Hangers Right Into Garbage Bags

It not only saves you a box, but also makes unpacking as easy as hanging them back up and pulling off the bag.

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Store Your Screws and Bolts in Plastic Bags

When you take apart furniture for the move, store the bolts, screws and other parts in a sandwich bag and then tape them to the pieces of furniture. You may also want to label the bags with a felt pen, just in case they are separated.

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Prep Your Bathroom Ahead of Time

If it hasn't been cleaned in advance, clean it before you move in because you're hardly going to want to scrub toilets after carrying a bunch of boxes in. Additionally, make sure you have a shower curtain, towels, soap and toilet paper ready because you'll want to be able to take a shower and use the toilet when you move in -not have to search around to find these things after you move.

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Pack an Overnight Bag for Your First Night

Put together a bag with a few days worth of clothes, toiletries, medications, cell phone chargers, laptops and paper towels so you don't need to search through all of your boxes to find what you'll need for your first few nights. Also, make a file folder with your insurance documents, birth certificates and other important documents and bring that with you just in case you run into trouble.

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Keep Your Valuables Safe

If you're moving a long distance or hiring movers, protect your smaller valuables like jewelry by packing them separately (maybe even in a lockbox) so you know they're safe. Be sure to keep this box in the car with you.

Take Photos If You Rent

Shoot images of your new place before you move in and your old place after you move out. It's important to document the condition of your rental in case there are any issues while dealing with your deposit.

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Throw A Housewarming Party ASAP

Even if you aren't big on housewarming parties, it's a great way to force you to move in, unpack and clean up quickly. Otherwise you may find yourself still unpacking boxes months later.

Need a little help cleaning up before or after a move? Then don't miss these 16 wonderful cleaning tricks.

10 Crazy Cool Clock Designs

There's never a bad time for cool clock designs and these are some off the most impressive time-telling tools we could find.


This whimsical clock by Mike Mak looks in the direction of the time -the hour on the left and the minutes on the right.

Melting Clock

Whether you're into the concept that time is fluid and relative to the observer or just like the look of Dali's melting clocks, there's a lot to love about this awesome surreal clock sold at ThinkGeek.

Recycled Goodies

Etsy seller Pixelthis has a particular set of skills -making ordinary objects into funky wall clocks. A few of our personal favorites include this iBook, turntable, Kodak Brownie and magnetic tape.

Moon Clock

We love a full moon and now you can have one in your room every night with this cool moon clock that glows in the dark. This clock is great for perfectionists as it actually is a composite image of real photographs of the moon, making it a highly accurate replica of the Earth's favorite nightlight.

Bike Parts Sunburst

For a classic sunburst wall clock with a twist, you could do a lot worse than this gorgeous design by DreamGreatDreams that's made from recycled bicycle spokes and a chain.

Word Clock

It's strange how we describe the time compared to how it is displayed. Cold hard numbers leave no room for our verbal flourishments like "o'clock" or "half past." This fun word clock takes full advantage of our verbal quirks to make a unique and attractive display piece.

Mhin Clock

Some people just love to see their numbers visualized in graph form. With this cool Mhin Clock by James Tobin, your time is displayed as a bar graph rather than in digits.

Origami Clock

Giftedpapers cleverly markets their paper clocks as perfect first anniversary gifts -which they are, but the impressive origami designs are also great for anyone who loves beautiful crafty creations.

Big Gears

A perfect clock for steampunk, mechanical or bicycling fans alike, this cool clock chugs along the large gear to tell you the time in a kinetic, modernist manor.


This cool clock by Robocut Studio makes it look like you have a 3D cube hanging on your wall -emphasizing the idea that time is merely an illusion itself.

Of course, if you have a great clock, you'll need a nice light to be able to read it, so don't miss some of our lists of great lights.

8 Amazing Isolated Lodges, Homes and Monasteries

We all need a little time to ourselves, but some people would rather live like a hermit than see anyone enter their home. These lodges, homes and monasteries are sure to guarantee all the alone time you can handle -and some nice scenery along with it.

The House On Ellidaey Island

Technically a hunting lodge and not a home, this structure was constructed by a local hunting club to offer members a place to stay while stalking the puffins that inhabit Iceland's Ellidaey Island. Even so, it did provide shelter and even features a sauna so it's close enough to a house for us. Of course, you probably wouldn't want to move into this amazingly beautiful building yourself as the remote location means that the structure still lacks electricity and indoor plumbing.

It's worth noting that you may occasionally see websites claiming the home belongs to Icelandic singer Bjork, but the pop star happens to live on a completely different island in Iceland also named Ellidaey -hence the confusion.

Solvay Hut

Like the house on Ellidaey Island, the Solvay Hut isn't a home, but it still offers shelter to those traveling this isolated path. The hut is the highest hut on the Matterhorn summit, squeezed onto a ledge over 13,000 feet up and is intended only as an emergency refuge for climbers who need temporary shelter on their way to the peak (though many hikers take a break outside to admire the view). The small space was constructed in only five days back in 1915, though it was rebuilt in 1966, and features ten beds and an emergency telephone.

Wordie House

Constructed as a research base all the way back in 1947, the Wordie House is located on the Argentine Islands just off the west coast of Graham Land, Antarctica. As you might imagine, the station (that features little more than thin wooden walls and an uninsullated roof) is far from comfortable -particularly during the seemingly unending winters of Antarctica.

Even so, multiple groups of brave men and women (in groups of four or five) spent numerous winters in the uncomfortable structure that served as one of the first research stations in the world's least visited continent. The building still stands in place and even serves as a time capsule of the work performed in the research station.

Eremo di San Colombano

Built out of a cliffside cave, construction on this outlandish monastery began all the way back in 753. When the monks discontinued the use of the structure, townspeople took over care of the monastery and in 1996, it was restored and opened to the public. Of course, those visiting still have to brave the 102 steps carved right into the rock leading up to the church.

Xuankong Temple

Built right into the cliffs near China's Mount Heng, the Xuankong Temple sits an impressive 250 above the ground, seemingly supported by little more than thin wooden pillars (though the main structural support actually comes from beams fitted into the cliffs and careful use of cantilevering). Construction on the temple began all the way back in the 6th century, making the end result a marvel of ancient construction techniques.

The temple is the only existing monastery that combines religious worship from the three traditional Chinese religions, Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. While the facade might seem narrow, the caves inside offer ample space for religious practices, including over forty individual rooms.

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Casa do Penedo

High in the Fafe Mountains of Portugal sits a home that looks like it fell right out of The Flintstones. Constructed between four massive boulders found on the site, the two-story home looks rustic but still has plenty of amenities, including a swimming pool carved from a nearby rocks.

Being this far from civilization comes with a cost though and this impressive home still has no electricity or indoor plumbing. Even worse, making a structure this unique attracts visitors even when it was purposely constructed out in the middle of nowhere. In fact,  owner Vitor Rodrigues had to move to escape the constant flow of visitors.

Just Room Enough Island

Like the owner of Casa do Penedo, the Sizemore family discovered that building an isolated house can backfire if it is unique enough to become a tourist destination. In this case, the family purchased a tiny island in the Thousand Island archipelago and thought the tiny home they constructed on what they named "Just Room Enough Island" would make an excellent vacation house to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Instead, the sight of a home built on an island of almost the exact same size was enough to drive visitors past the home on an ongoing basis.

Katshki Pillar

Sitting 130 feet above the ground near the Georgian town of Chiatura is a natural limestone pillar with the ruins of a small church balanced on it. The church originally was constructed in the 9th or 10th century and remained in use until at least the 13th century. After its abandonment, it remained unvisited until researchers scaled the pillar in 1944, discovering the monastery held a wine cellar, a crypt and more. The church has since been restored, but it remains inaccessible to the public.

While you may not realistically be able to live in any of these places, they're certainly fun to daydream about when you desperately need to get away from it all.

12 Cool Kitchen Tools We Desperately Want But Absolutely Don't Need

There are millions of kitchen gadgets out there, but at least half of them are almost entirely pointless. Of the other half, most are still unnecessary but at least useful on occasion. These twelve items aren't things you actually need to have in even the most well-stocked kitchen -but they still look totally fun to own.

The Imperial Spherificator

The very item that inspired this article, the Imperial Spherificator takes all the guess work out of making those mock-caviar pearls molecular gastronomy fans are crazy about. Just about anything can be turned into caviar-like pearls that pop in your mouth, releasing surprising and delightful flavors. Simply liquefy your ingredients, add them to the Spherificator and then release them into your prepared water solution.


Want a little something extra to spice up your food pearls? How about custom-made foam made of complimentary fresh flavors? The Molecule-R Foam-R can help you make all kinds of foods into light, airy foams.

Sous Vide Temperature Controller

While molecular gastronomy plays with the notion of food science, it's often considered a novelty rather than the future of cooking. Sous Vide on the other hand, is becoming increasingly praised and utilized by chefs around the globe. Unfortunately, most home chefs can't afford a professional sous vide cooker -but this Dorkfood creation allows you to hack a rice cooker, crock pot or any similar appliance into a perfectly temperature-controlled water bath that's ideal for sous vide cooking.

Herb Mill

Dicing herbs is a pain that often takes more time than chopping a pile of vegetables for a dish, but with the Epare Herb Mill, you simply throw the herbs into the mill, twist and enjoy your unbruised, finely-diced herbs.

Spill Stopper

Pan spillovers might be the most frequent cause of stovetop messes and now there's a way to stop them. The KochBlume Spill Stopper is a pretty pot-topper that also stops stovetop spills thanks to its clever inverted design.

Pineapple Slicer

Let's face it, you probably don't eat pineapple often enough to need a special tool in your home dedicated exclusively to preparing it. That being said, these pineapple slicers make coring, peeling and slicing your tropical treats so insanely easy. I actually own one of these and the three times a year or so that I actually use it I am so thrilled to have it. It even leaves you with a good-looking pineapple hull that can be used as a perfectly whimsical cocktail glass.

Watermelon Keg Tap

Sure, you can always carve a watermelon (or pumpkin) into a punch bowl, but why use a ladle out of the top when you can instead turn it into a fun keg? Your guests will be delighted to pour drinks from a festive fruit.

Personal Potato Chip Maker

Wish you could have warm, home-made potato chips on demand? What if they were actually healthy because they didn't require any oil? If you're anything like me, you're probably already falling for the magic of this chip maker which uses the microwave instead of a messy, unhealthy deep fryer.

Sonic Foamer

A good beer just doesn't taste the same at home as it does from the tap of a bar. That's because the keg allows for more heady brews, which brings out the rich aromas of the beer. With this Sonic Foamer, you get that great keg-taste you love right out of the bottle or can at home.

Marinade-Injecting Tenderizer

Using a traditional meat tenderizer flattens out your meat -which is fine in some cases, but not when you want a nice, thick, juicy steak. This incredible tenderizer not only severs tough connective tissue without thinning the meat out, it also allows you to inject your choice of marinade right into the meat itself.

Automatic Food Canning System

Canning at home is a great way to preserve fruits and veggies during their peak season and to discover new and incredible varieties of jams and pickles. Unfortunately, the canning process is slow, hot and messy. With this canning system though, you can have the machine do all the work for you.


A little sprinkle of cinnamon, coco powder or nutmeg can make a nice garnish for your coffee or dessert, and now you don't have to settle for a random dusting. Instead, use the Cinnibird to draw all kinds of fun shapes on your food with your choice of spice.

Want to buy them all? Then don't miss these clever kitchen storage systems so you can make room for all your new goodies.

8 Cool and Creative Lamps

We've already featured multiple articles loaded with stunning lighting options, but the truth is, there are just way too many amazing lights out there to ever exhaust the subject. So with that in mind, here are 8 more that are too incredible to ignore.

Wooden Cathedral Puzzle

Love putting puzzles together but hate having to put them away again? Then check out this amazing lamp by 1Man1Garage. It starts out as a 3D puzzle and once you put it together you have an absolutely gorgeous lamp.

Art Deco Cthulhu

Artist Karl Dupere-Richer created this impressive tribute to Lovecraft's most famous creature with materials culled from old patio chairs, flower pots, umbrellas, bicycles, pipe, cars, garden hoses and more. The end result is both impressive and spine-tingling, just like Cthulhu.

Industrial Robot

This adorable little robot light by Joseph Barral not only has a lot of character -he also has a lot of uses thanks to his built-in electrical sockets and USB ports.

Edison Bulb Chandelier

This industrial-looking light by LightwithShade looks like some sort of mechanical spider, but the best part is that you can set the position of each individual bulb so you can ensure that every corner of your room has just the right amount of light.


Whether you're a big fan of Ridley Scott's Alien series or just can't get enough of the artwork of H.R. Giger, there's a lot to love about this horrifyingly cool lamp Kreatworks made from discarded machine and vehicle parts.

Knight's Helmet

If you can't afford to buy one of the impressive artist creations on this list, don't despair -you can built this one yourself thanks to Instructable user Mr. Hyde's tutorial. Of course, you'll still need to shop around to find a good-looking and affordable helmet and crankshaft.

Coke Can

It's one thing to make a lamp base from a Coke can, but creating an entire lampshade from pull tabs is what sets License to Craft's creation apart from the competition. If you don't like Coke, she has plenty of other similar lamps made from a variety of beverages including Monster, Coors and Mountain Dew.

Boon Glo

The trumpet-like, color-changing design of this lamp already makes it a fun addition to a child's room, but the real brilliance of this design is the fact that your youngster can grab an LED ball and carry it to light his or her way to the restroom and back (or to light up a potentially monster-filled nook in his or her room).

If you still haven't found the perfect lamp for your taste and space, then be sure to check out our lighting category with all kinds of amazing ways to brighten your home.

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