If you love stuffed animals so much you could eat 'em up, you'll be drooling over an educational plush skipjack tuna whose eminently edible innards are held together with velcro fasteners.
Also known as bonito or katsuo, this member of the tuna family is well known to Japanese cooks and consumers, especially in the form of katsuobushi: dried, smoked and flaked bonito used to flavor soups and top entrees like okonomiyaki and takoyaki. Those fish flakes appear to writhe and wriggle when placed on hot food so yeah, there's a history of weirdness attached to the noble bonito – and now there's this.
Measuring 60cm (just under 2ft) in length, the life-size skipjack is made from 100% cotton batting and polyester. The MEITO company is offering this so-called “educational material” to buyers who want more substance in their stuffed animals. By the way, should an educational item whose head, filleted flesh and select internal organs are held together with velcro really be smiling?
You'll pay a stiff price for MEITO's smiling sliced skipjack – the product page posts a sticker price of 11,500 yen (about $110) each, plus tax. That doesn't include the cost to your daily peace of mind and nightly restful sleep. (via Jonelle Patrick)