Saturday, August 20, 2011

Polka-Dotted Brainbow

...because you know that polka dots are a Fall 2011 Fashion Trend!

No, it's not the Brainbow neuroimaging technique that uses fluorescent proteins to visualize individual neurons (Livet et al., 2007), it's Brains and Bows on Etsy, the e-commerce site that features handmade crafts. This fine polka-dotted brainbow (featuring an anatomically incorrect brain) is on sale for only $3.00:
This is a hand sewn high quality fabric bow! Approzx size: 3 inch x 2 1/2 inch. This bow comes in polk dot fabric that is hand sewn into bow with the cutest-creepiest little PINK brain ever! The bow has an a double prong alligator clip in back. These are limited edition and sure to sell out fast!!!
Other anatomically incorrect handmade crafts include this Crocheted Life Size Brain Plush:

You'll have to shell out $55 for this beauty, however.
This brain is the perfect snack, or a huggable anatomy plush toy, depending on your preference. Or perhaps you know a scarecrow, or a neurology major - but the main reason to get this is because it looks totally cool, especially when sitting non-chalantly on a shelf or coffee table.

Each brain is made to order and will take two weeks to complete, in addition to shipping. Your new brain will have a circumference of about 23 inches (measuring long ways), and about 18 inches around, making it a nice sized plush, or a small pillow.
I don't think this one will make it into the The Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art....

And just in case the Etsy parody site regretsy wants to start a new category for WTF Brain items for sale (to join the infamous Vaginas), I nominate the truly horrifying Zombie Girl Eating a Bowl full of brains and guts. It's a Cigarette Id Case Business Card Holder Wallet, too!

This is an awesome D.I.Y. business card, ID, or cigarette case that is handmade by me and brand new-- you won't find this design anywhere but here because this is a SHS original!
[It's somehow comforting to know they're not mass produced in Japan...]

...although I do think SweetHeartSinner's Zombie Pinup Pillbox for Birth Control would make a fun gift for that special someone in your life!


Livet J, Weissman TA, Kang H, Draft RW, Lu J, Bennis RA, Sanes JR, Lichtman JW. (2007). Transgenic strategies for combinatorial expression of fluorescent proteins in the nervous system. Nature 450:56-62.

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