This Shot-Taking Robot Is Probably More Fun to Drink with Than Your Real Friends

01/07/2016 at 03:40 PM ET

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A wise man once said that sharing a drink called loneliness is better than drinking alone.

That man was Billy Joel in his 1973 hit “Piano Man.” Little did he know that 43 years later, drinking alone would become an obsolete notion — because, robots.

To combat the holiday blues, South Korean inventor Eunchan Park has created Drinky, an animatronic beanie-clad little man with an apparent predisposition towards alcoholism. The full story of how the robot came into this world is depressing enough to make you want a drink.

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“On Christmas in 2012, I drank Soju (Korean alcohol) alone because I had no girlfriend at that time. Drinking alone was definitely terrible!! So I couldn’t drink anymore,” Park states in his YouTube post.

His momentary solution? “I put an extra glass in front of me and poured Soju into it. And then, I cheered by myself with the glass of Soju, as though there was someone in front of me. Surprisingly, after that, the taste became totally to be changed!!!!!! WOW!!!”

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Wow, indeed. 😦 Watch the video below to see the full scope of Drinky’s talents.

As you can see, he does everything a real pal would: cheers with you, take shots with you, turn red after taking shots with you…well, that’s about it. Unlike a real person, though, Drinky’s alcohol goes undigested into a clear glass jar, so you can actually recycle his shot into your body afterwards. #Upgrade!

Also unlike real friends, Drinky will never spill your drunken secrets to mutual acquaintances or “accidentally” make out with your little brother at your 4th of July party. Drinky, you’re our new best friend.

Shay Spence, @chezspence

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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