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Video: Bobbie Thomas picks fun, peculiar products

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updated 1/2/2012 9:46:43 AM ET 2012-01-02T14:46:43

While I love sharing the buzz about the latest in fashion and beauty, every so often, I come across an item that is so interesting or inventive that it deserves it's own category. Affectionately referred to around my office as "Hmmm"-worthy, these are the things that give you pause, the links you forward to friends or post to Facebook, the stuff you just have to share.

One of my recent favorites was sent in from Kimberly Aschauer from Royal Palm Beach, Florida, a mom and TODAY viewer who sent samples of her product, FaceLift Bungee for us to try. Naturally this found its way into our makeup room fodder at Studio 1A, and Kathie Lee was the brave one willing to test it out. Claiming to be an instant way to erase years of frowning and pouting, the Facelift Bungee is a small piece of cable attached to a hair clip that you slip into your hairline and pull taut for an immediately perkier disposition ($19.95; faceliftbungee.com). You’ll have to decide for yourself if it works, but be careful to not pull too tight- you may end up with a headache.

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And while this may sound like a strange game, the "Body Conductive Musical Instrument" by Ningen Gakki had me laughing out loud when I first saw the video. Just gather a group around the device, with each person gripping one corner. Then slap hands, give playful punches and tap one another to generate incredible musical beats via circuit connections ($39.99; thinkgeek.com).

Considering all that technology can do these days, it seems like there's a gadget or app to solve every problem. The the Japanese "Shouting Vase," however, aims to prove that sometimes the best answer is the simplest one. The vase, from Japan Trend Shop is a sound-proof ceramic canister that you can scream bloody murder into without your co-workers or friends hearing so much as a peep. Perfect for anyone with anger management issues, a frustrating job or a spouse ($99.95; japantrendshop.com).

When it comes to creative thinking, NYC based artist, Justin Gignac, is literally turning one man's trash is another man's treasure. He has found success boxing up real debris from Manhattan's streets. Think it sounds silly? Think again. His creations sell for $50 a pop — to $100 for trash collected from special events like the World Series and the Presidential Inauguration. Visit his website for more info; I'm sure you'll find yourself mesmerized at how the objects take on new meaning once they're off the the street (nycgarbage.com).

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Last but not least, the holiday season may have come to an end, but that doesn't mean the party is over! Nightowls out there may be happy to hear about the "Tipsee Wine Bottle Task Light," a small LED bulb that can be attached to the neck of a bottle, ensuring the perfect pour in all lighting conditions ($15.95; homewetbar.com). And for those looking to be a little more discrete with their indiscretions, Bender Bound "book covers" appear to be copies of notable reads like 'Wealth of Nations' and 'The Joy of Cooking,' but the inside reveals secretly stashed glass flask.  Gift at your own risk ($99.95 & up; benderbound.com).

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  1. Funky fashion straight from the runway

    Think you could pull off these looks? Try not to stare as you take a look at some of the most unique and odd styles designers have created to grace the catwalks of fashion shows around the world. (Jacques Brinon / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. These shoes were made for gawking

    A model cleverly struts the catwalk in a Martinez Lierah design that elevates the look of a broken heel to Gaga glam during the 080 Barcelona fashion week on Jan. 27, 2012. (Lluis Gene / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Cell-out

    A model shows a creation of Dutch designer Bas Kosters, a dress and hat featuring cell phones (hmm is this social commentry or are phones just fashion forward?) on the first day of the Amsterdam International Fashion Week. (Ade Johnson / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Sharp angles

    This On Aura Tout Vu dress, part of the Spring/Summer 2012 Haute-Couture collection, features embroidered crystal on the sleeves. The collection was shown during Paris Fashion Week on Jan. 25, 2012. (Richard Bord / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Sculptured flair

    Dubbing her collection "animality without being provocative," designer Yiqing Yin pleased critics during the Spring/Summer 2012 Haute Couture collection show, on Jan. 25, 2012 in Paris. (Francois Guillot / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Cut and dry

    A model presents a creation by Amapô during the Sao Paulo Fashion Week, Fall-Winter 2012 at Ibirapuera Park in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Sebastião Moreira / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Animal magnetism

    Iris Van Herpen designed these shoes, reminiscent of a predator's teeth, and featured them in the Haute-Couture 2012 show as part of Paris Fashion Week. (Victor Boyko / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Scientific style

    A model presents a creation by Iris van Herpen, whose collection was inspired by nature, specifically, microscopic organisms. This dress was shown during the Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2012 fashion show in Paris on Jan. 23, 2012. (Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Behind the mask

    Netherlands' fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck titled his collection Lust Never Sleeps, and featured male models wearing masks. This model walked the runway at a presentation of the designer's Men's Fall-Winter 2012/2013 fashion collection in Paris on Jan. 21, 2012. (Jacques Brinon / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Bug-eyed

    These models presented creations by fashion designer Elin Engstroem during a show of Baltic designers at the Fashion Week in Berlin on January 20, 2012. (Markus Schreiber / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Eye of the tiger

    On January 21, 2012, this model showcased a unique look during the Bernhard Willhelm Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Le Trianon. (Victor Boyko / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Muscle man

    This model walked the runway during the Thom Browne Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 22, 2012. (Kristy Sparow / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Very high heels

    A creation of fashion designer Gregor Gonsior, a model wore these shoes on the runway during a show of Baltic designers at the Fashion Week in Berlin on January 20, 2012. (Markus Schreiber / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Seeing red

    A model walked the runway wearing this look during the Qasimi Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 22, 2012. (Victor Boyko / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. The orchid thief

    A design by Meiyi Cheung, this model showed off a unique look during the 'Arts meets Fashion' show on day one of Hong Kong Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 on January 16, 2012. (Victor Fraile / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Pillow pecs

    This model walked the runway at the Beautyberry by Wang Yutao show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin, Germany, on January 20, 2012. (Hannibal Hanschke / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Splash of color

    On January 19, 2012, a model wore this design by Osklen on the runway during the 2012 Winter collections of the Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Hair lines

    This design by Eiffel Li Lun appeared on the runway during the Young Fashion Designer's Contest 2012 on day two of Hong Kong Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 on January 17, 2012. (Victor Fraile / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Mysterious lady

    On January 19, 2012, this model walked the runway at the Kaviar Gauche Autumn/Winter 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin. (Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Rainbow bright

    During Men's fashion week in Milan, a model displayed this creation as part of the Versace Fall-Winter 2012-2013 Menswear collection on January 16, 2012. (Giuseppe Cacace / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Smurf-tastic shoes

    This model wore a creation from the Vivienne Westwood Men's Fall-Winter 2012/2013 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled on January 15, 2012. (Luca Bruno / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Candy cane stripes

    On September 21, 2011 in Milan, Italy, this model graced the runway at the Roccobarocco Spring/Summer 2012 fashion show as part of Milan Womenswear Fashion Week. (Jacopo Raule / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Fenced in

    This look appeared on the runway during the Gareth Pugh Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2012 show during Paris Fashion Week at Garage Turenne on September 28, 2011. (Victor Virgile / Getty Images ) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Metallic mania

    Models presented creations by Indian designer Manish Arora for Paco Rabanne fashion house as part of the Spring/Summer 2012 Women's Ready-to-Wear fashion collection show during the Paris Fashion week on October 4, 2011. (Ian Langsdon / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Spike skirt

    Displaying an outfit by Spanish designer Martin Lamothe, this model walked the runway during the Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week on September 19, 2011. (Pierre-Philippe Marcou / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Wearing white

    This look from designer David Delfin's Spring/Summer 2012 collection appeared during Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week on September 17, 2011. (Susana Vera / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Futuristic

    Presenting a creation by Spanish designer Alba Cardalda, this model graced the runway during the Cibeles Ego fashion show at the 54th Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week Sepetember 20, 2011. (Paco Campos / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Cotton candy vision

    This outfit by designer Ibai Labiega graced the runway during the Ego Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week on September 20, 2011. (Pierre-Philippe Marcou / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. White rabbit

    This model wore a creation by designers Ayagoz and Botagoz Kirgizbayeva during the National Contest of Young Designers OPEN WAY in Almaty on September 30, 2011. (Shamil Zhumatov / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Jailbird

    This outfit by Spanish designer Carlos Diez appeared on the runway during the Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week on September 19, 2011. (Pierre-Philippe Marcou / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Coat of many colors

    A creation from designer Magnus Dekker, this model presented the bright look during the 15th International Amsterdam Fashion Week on July 15, 2011. (Ade Johnson / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Mustard mayhem

    This model walked the runway at the Henrik Vibskov show at Copenhagen Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012 on August 5, 2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Dario Cantatore / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Hair apparent

    On July 6, 2011, a model showed off this unique creation at the offsite show Triumph Inspiration Award during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin. (Jens Kalaene / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Big hearted

    This look appeared on the runway during the Kilian Kerner fashion show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2012 on July 8, 2011. (Johannes Eisele / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Waisted

    In Rome, Italy on July 8, 2011, a model showcased this dress during Fausto Sarli fashion show as part of AltaModa AltaRoma Autumn/Winter 2011 at Campidoglio. (Elisabetta A. Villa / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Uneven

    A model wore this look on the runway at the HTW Berlin Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2012 on July 9, 2011. (Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Gaga for gumballs

    Wearing a creation by Belgian fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck, this model walked the runway as part of the designer's Spring/Summer 2012 fashion collection presented in Paris on June 24, 2011. (Thibault Camus / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Barely there

    This model graced the catwalk at the Iris van Herpen Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2012 on July 8, 2011. (Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. Cocoon

    Russian model Tanya Dziahileva wore a creation by Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen during the Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on July 4, 2011. (Maya Vidon / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. Living in a bubble

    This model showed off a style by Taiwanese designer Yang Yu Lin at the offsite show Triumph Inspiration Award during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin, Germany, on July 6, 2011. (Jens Kalaene / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. Caught in the web

    This creation was showcased on the runway at the Austrian Fashion Design show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin, Germany, on July 7, 2011. (Britta Pedersen / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. Leathered up

    In Milan, Italy, this model wore a suit from the Versace Spring-Summer 2012 collection during the Milan Men's Fashion Week on June 20, 2011. (Omaggio Press Office Versace /Ha / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  43. Protecting assets

    This model walked the runway during the Moncler Gamme Bleu fashion show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Spring/Summer 2012 on June 19, 2011. (Tullio M. Puglia / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  44. Potty humor

    This look created by Georgian designer Alexandre Akhalkatsishvili was presented at the Fall-Winter 2011 Tbilisi Fashion Week, in Tbilisi, Georgia, on May 6, 2011. (Zurab Kurtsikidze / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  45. Take us to your leader

    Models presented creations by Hungarian designers Zita Csabai and Zsofia Farkas during a fashion contest at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest on May 8, 2011. (Attila Kisbenedek / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  46. Dude looks like a lady

    This design by Alistair Trung was presented during Rosemount Australian Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011/12 in Sydney, Australia. (Stefan Gosatti / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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