Scream loudly and carry a big vase

Plastic jug from Japan is designed to fit over the contours of your mouth and absorb your shouts.

Shouting Vase
Japan Trend Shop

Good thing the Shouting Vase wasn't around back when news anchor Howard Beale urged viewers to open their windows and shout, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore." That famous scene from the movie Network would have really lost its punch with this thing.

The plastic jug, which weighs less than half a pound, is all about muffling your screams, not broadcasting them. Reportedly popular in Japan, a culture widely known for discretion, it's designed to fit over the contours of your mouth and absorb your shouts, emitting a softer version of your cries through the tiny hole at the base.

It's "ideal for when you feel like shouting, but know that speaking softly is more likely to do the trick. Or the perfect gift for the loud one in your life," says Japan Trend Shop, which sells the product for $79. For that much, you could probably get a couple of good anger management CDs.

On the other hand, the Shouting Vase does resemble a terracotta planter, so if you've gotten the rage out of your system, you could always get double your money's worth and use it for potting geraniums.

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Leslie Katz, Crave's senior editor, heads up a team that covers the most crushworthy (and wackiest) tech, science, and culture around. As a co-host of the now-retired CNET News Daily Podcast, she was sometimes known to channel Terry Gross and still uses her trained "podcast voice" to bully the speech recognition software on automated customer service lines. E-mail Leslie.

 

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