April, 2007

Scribble Away on the Table

Genius TableGenius TableA table you can write on?

Without feeling remorseful?

Is it possible?

Well, with the Genius Table it definitely can. This table allows one to scribble away without fear of spoiling the surface, ever. You see, the surface can just be torn away.

I must have lost you by now. So just read on to know more about this great lifestyle product.

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Seth Says...Soothing ApartmentTherapy

Today's post marks the beginning of a daily blog I will run called "Seth's Says...." I hope to bring to my readers a daily dose of cool by providing links to noteworthy websites, designs, fashions and writings. I spend all day at a computer, so why not put all that surfing to use and show you what I find out there in cyberland. Feel free to pass me links you find and I'll give a shout out in my post. Enjoy!

If, like me, you are subjected to the oxymoronic woes of living in a tiny apartment in a big city, take a few minutes a day to visit ApartmentTherapy.com and get some helpful ideas on how to make even the smallest spaces work for you. read more »

Looking for Discreet Protection? Try the Tampon Stun Gun

Ladies can replace that period with an exclamation mark as feminine hygiene goes lethal with The Pink Stinger, a stun gun creatively disguised as a tampon.

Product Review: The JumpSnap

When it comes to a challenge, unless it's illegal or immoral, I'm pretty much willing to accept it.

So, a little over a month ago, after reading my article, featuring the JumpSnap, the jump rope without a rope, Brad LaTour of JumpSnap challenged me to actually give the JumpSnap a try. I was happy to do so and rose to the challenge. After all, what's the worst that could happen? I'd exercise more?

One trial month later, I have to say, it isn't all that bad! But it isn't all that good either. What I mean to say is that I wasn't 100% satisfied. Still, I did see potential in the JumpSnap and believe with a few minor changes I could find myself appreciating this exercise tool and using it on a frequent basis. read more »

Inventive Advertising: In the Bag

As our readers know, we have started a weekly series of Inventive Marketing articles to highlight some of the most creative and innovative ways of advertising and marketing a product.

Dark Roasted Blend has pulled together an extensive collection of advertising that I thought was pretty awesome. I think some of the bag concepts were pretty fun. read more »

Intelliscanner Mini- An Easy Way To Get Organized

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If you have an attic full of old comics, a pantry full of all kinds of food stuff, and perhaps a wine cellar with wines whose vintage you no longer remember...

You need an Intelliscanner Mini to organize your stuff and your life for you.

The Intelliscanner Mini simply scans barcodes, loads the info on your computer and organizes it.

Easy Living Indeed. read more »

11 Alarm Clocks to Wake the Living Dead

Do you hate your alarm clock? The snooze button is one of my favorite things. Whoever invented the snooze button must surely be the most popular guy in the Land of The Living Lazies! I mean imagine the alarm clock ringing at an unearthly hour in the morning and all you have to do is press the snooze button. Uninterrupted sleep for another 5-10 minutes! Ahh... a few minutes more of precious sleep.

Staples® Announces 2007 Staples Invention Quest® Kid, Adult and Associate Winners

From an ingenious dry erase page called the "Problem Pad" to "No Poke Pins," an innovative twist on traditional thumbtacks, Staples Inc. today announced the winners of the third Staples Invention Quest®, its national search to find the next great product that makes school- or work-life easier. read more »

Yellow Pages Booster Seat

When I was a kid, I remember every Thanksgiving following my uncle into the hallway so he could retrieve the phone book from his closet.

He would hold it high above his head, shuffle to the table, and with a flourish, place it firmly on the black vinyl dining room seat.

Reluctantly, I re-lived that glorious holiday again when I came across Boost, the Yellow Pages booster seat. read more »

License My Idea or Sell It Myself?

You have a great idea for a new invention. But should you try to license it out or try to manufacture and sell it yourself?

Our Guest Bloggers, Stephen Key & Andrew Krauss co-Founded inventRight to teach inventors how to license their products. Stephen Key is a successful inventor who has licensed over 20 products in many different industries.Celebrities such as Alex Trebek & Michael Jordan have endorsed his products. Andrew Krauss heads up one of the largest and most successful inventors' associations in the world (www.InventorsAlliance.org ).inventRight is a simple, effective 10 step system for licensing your products. For more information about Stephen, Andrew and inventRight, check out www.inventRight.com.

Stephen and Andrew wanted to share their hands on how to advice on the invention process with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

Here's their article:

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Rolling Out Your Inventions: An Interview With Roger Brown

Quick Clip: Available at Sunglass HutsQuick Clip: Available at Sunglass HutsRoger Brown is nothing short of incredible.

When it comes to inventions, he's prolific with a capital P, and I don't know any free-lancer with a successful licensing approach like his. With six inventions licensed, another six about to be licensed, and 247 inventions in his Power Point file on call at all times, I think he might be on to something. ...Read and Learn! read more »

Listen Up To All The Things That You Shouldn't

Listen Up Personal Sound AmplifierListen Up Personal Sound AmplifierWife is sleeping but you just cannot miss that fav match. It's too loud. Listen Up!

Those two are chatting away with a side glance at you every now and then.You'd give anything to know the topic of their conversation.

Well, Listen Up!



Poke, Pry, Snoop and much more with the Listen-Up Personal Sound Amplifier.

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Laptops To Satisfy Your Ego

Ego LaptopEgo LaptopWhat is the big deal with Ego laptops?

Ego laptops come with changeable designer skins. Don't blame you for wondering what they are...

So now you can match your laptop to your tie, or change its color to reflect your mood. Apart from this, Ego laptops are home to a host of innovative features and functions that just might justify its price tag.
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Obtaining Accurate Cost Estimates for Offshore Manufacturing

Trying to manufacture your product overseas?

Our Guest Blogger, Ashton Udall, is a partner at Global Sourcing Specialists, a product development and sourcing firm that assists businesses, inventors, and
start-ups tap overseas resources to succeed in the global economy. He has helpful advice on on getting accurate cost estimates from manufactueres for the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article:

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Junk Mail Makes Great Gems

How much junk mail do you receive in the mail everyday?

According to New American Dream, "More than 100 million trees' worth of bulk mail arrive in American mail boxes each year - that's the equivalent of deforesting the entire Rocky Mountain National Park every four months." Most of us, if we don't recycle our junk mail, we throw it away, but we never really think much more of it. Fortunately, there are people like Gretchen Fleener, an industrial designer, who have found ways to make good use of junk mail. read more »

The Long History of the Condom

Geocomo CasanovaGeocomo CasanovaCurious about the history of the condom?

Here's a bit of the obvious for you: men and women have been having sex for as long as there have been humans. Discounting any origin of the species theories involving extraterrestrials, that works out to around 250,000 years for Homo sapiens as a distinct species of primate. read more »

Laughing Pen: Write Away Your Blues

The Laughing PenThe Laughing PenOhh! to see a smile on the faces around...why is everyone so down these days?

Gift a pen, which is guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone's face. No, it does not write in multicolored ink, nor is it engraved with cartoon characters...read on to discover the secret of The Laughing Pen.

And yes, it is also a pen...it writes like all normal pens do. read more »

USB Keylogger: A Spy for your Keyboard

USB KeyloggerUSB KeyloggerSpying was never so easy or so much fun.

No need to snoop around or try to be discreet.

The USB Keylogger shall do it effortlessly stroke for stroke.

No Software, No Installation.

Just Plug and Spy!! read more »

For Reasons of Spirit

Youth, creativity, dynamism, style all come together in the furniture line by Animi Causa.

The furniture is created ‘for reasons of spirit' and is an ode to the relationships between objects and the body.

The designers have managed to create furniture that is a reflection of both the sensory and emotional experience. read more »

Eco-Friendly Millet Mobile Charger

The Millet Mobile Charger is like any other charger, just another gadget.

But it's special as it works anywhere and everywhere. And, more importantly, it requires no electricity! read more »

VioClean Brushes Away All Germs

VioCleanVioCleanVioclean is not a toothbrush; it is a portable UV toothbrush sterilizer.

The innovative sterilizer effectively brushes away fungi, bacteria and viruses that may have taken up residence in your toothbrush.

The VioClean sterilizer uses patented UV and ozone technology to eradicate up to 99% of the germs present and that too in six minutes.

Zip Zap Whoosh...All clean.
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The Global Warming Mug Shocks You Into Awareness

If you still don't know what global warming is all about then I would advise you to simply pick up the global warming mug to savor your morning coffee! Soon it will be all clear.

This is one cup of coffee that is sure to get the conversation rolling as it shows off the adverse effects of global warming. read more »

The Remote Door Key

A remote door key! Why didn't we think of it before.

After all the same gadget for a car has been around for years and years. Standing at my door in the wee hours of the night, often have I cursed my bunch of keys for getting lost in all the traffic inside the bag. Goodbye to those troubled times. This simple remote from Locca functions exactly like a car remote. read more »

Give a Toss for Wannabe Parents

In the UK, if you want to help couples get pregnant go to the Give a Toss website. At Give a Toss you can learn how to donate, as well as learn interesting facts about sperm. For example, did you know that the average time a sperm survives in a man's body is six months and that what a man eats can effect how "he" tastes?

What is Give a Toss? Give a Toss is a campaign created to help UK couples become parents. Any healthy man between the ages of 18-45 and women between the ages of 18-35 can donate. According to the website 1 in 6 couples seek medical help in order to achieve pregnancy. read more »

Looking for a Great Domain Name?

Looking to build a website to market your idea or invention?

Our Guest Blogger, Drew Anderson is an idea person from Portland, Oregon. You can see his entertaining collection of his ideas at his Millions of Hundred Dollar Ideas website, mohdi.com. He wanted to share some tips on building a website with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article:

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Tiny TV Tuner

Tiny ELSA TelebitTiny ELSA TelebitA TV tuner card that weighs 5 gm, measures 2.16x1.32x0.32 inches. How cool is that?

The ELSA Telebit costs only US $110, has an in-built as well as external antenna, uses very little power...in short has a lot going for it.

But readers in the US will have to just read and be happy, as the TV tuner card is for use in Japan only.

Life is unfair...at times. read more »

Octodog -- The Frankfurter Converter

We’re always telling our kids not to play with their food, but sometimes you just gotta break the rules. I’m talking about the Octodog, a revolutionary new "frankfurter converter" that skillfully turns a simple wiener into an eight legged creature from the sea.
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Simple Secrets to Success

Our Guest Blogger, Barbara Carey, is the inventor of Hairgami® and dittieTM feminine protection brand, as well as over 100 other products. Barbara is also the author of "The Carey Formula: Your Ideas Are Worth Millions." For more information about Barbara and "The Carey Formula" check out www.CareyFormula.com.

Barbara believes there are some simple secrets to success as an inventor and she wanted to share them with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's her article:

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A Pillbox For Someone Who Has Everything!

WVitaCarryVitaCarryhen I look at this pillbox, I think, "Wow. A person has to have every disease under the sun to need all these pills!" (There are four more compartments on the right side of the box!)

This fancy pillbox is not, you understand, for a week's worth of pills. No, this pillbox, with its fancy electronic reminder system, is for one day's worth of pills, and it tells you when to take them. read more »

TechSelector Saves the Day for Non-Geeks

TechSelectorTechSelectorHow often have you stood at a gadgets store knowing what you want yet unable to buy anything as the variety of choices in terms of brands, features, prices etc simply leaves you more confused than you were before you entered the store?

There is help available for all the non-techies.

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Innovative Cat Litter Box

Love your cat, but don't really like cleaning cat litter, especially scooping it out by hand?

Here's a great solution to all litter cleaning problems.

It's innovative, durable, cool, sturdy and really works. Read on to discover how to make your life easier and have a happier cat in the bargain.

Meow, meow... read more »

Invention History: The Father of FM

Radio TowerRadio TowerCurious about who invented FM?

The tragic story of Edwin Howard Armstrong is an updating of the classic David and Goliath tale, as well as a cautionary account about individual creativity suppressed by corporate power misused.

Unless you're an engineer or a techie-type, you've probably never heard of Armstrong. He wasn't adept at self-promotion as were Thomas Edison, and Bill Gates, or any of the inspirations for the endless number of eponymous products and services out there. Still, he was the real deal.

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Quack, Quack, Duck Radio Thermometer

Radio Duck ThermometerRadio Duck ThermometerLittle duck swimming about in the water.

So what if the water is in a tub?

The duck looks cute and is more than a decorative item.

You see it is also a fully waterproof radio and thermometer. Easy to use, safe, handy and pretty, the Duck Radio will bring many hours of music to listeners of all ages.


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Better Than Coffee?

Remember Wake-Up Juice from Back to the Future III? (View a clip on YouTube here .) It was a concoction of flaming sauces that jolted Professor Brown’s body to immediate alertness after a night of whiskey sloshing. Today, dozens of energy drinks and pills flood the market claiming to keep your body jazzed up with hours of unlimited energy, but most of them have annoying side effects (rapid heartbeat, shakes), or lead to addiction (hello, coffee!). But what if there was something that kept you awake without the consequences of traditional stimulants?

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Glowing From Within: Luminous Fabric

A table cloth that glows?

How can that be possible?

What new contraption is this?

These were some of the questions that came into my mind when I saw a picture of the Luminous Fabric online. Let me tell you it is not magic, but a great innovative idea that will redefine personal attire and home décor as we know it. The fabric glows thus creating an ethereal effect in the dark, setting the stage for hours of magical moments. read more »

7 Inventive Ways to Live in a Closet

Sofa, Bed and Lamp in OneSofa, Bed and Lamp in One

Real estate, real estate...that's all I hear about these days. First, prices are going through the roof. Now, supposedly, prices are caving in. Who cares?

All I know is that with prices so high, I can not afford a decent sized place to live. The way my cash flow is going, I may have to move into some teeny tiny space which is more aptly described as a closet than a house.

Assuming that everyone is just like me, boxed in and feeling wretched, I decided to help my fellow small space dwellers by finding items of furniture that can help you save on space.

This furniture gives you 7 Ways to Live in a Closet or Other Cr@ppy Tiny Little Hole in the Wall That You Call Home: read more »

More Weird Furniture

4. Store Your Computer in a Carboard Desk

Cardboard Desk This computer desk and shelves set is made of 100% recyclable carboard. When you are done using the desk, you can just flatten it to a pulp, literally! read more »

US Commerce Secretary Unveils National Campaign to Inspire Invention in Children

Here's some good news about the future of our country and the future of inventing from a recent press release from the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO):

The Advertising Council joined with USPTO and the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation (NIHFF) launched a national, multimedia Public Service Advertising (PSA) campaign to engage a new generation of children in innovation. read more »

Brilliant's Invention Idea of the Week - One Grip Bagholder

One Grip Bag HolderOne Grip Bag HolderLooking for a better way to hold all those plastic bags?Almost nothing is as painful and annoying as having to hold a series of heavy plastic bags in your hands when you go shopping.
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What is the Future of Transportation?

Attu has a great series of photographs on people trying to get from Point A to Point B.


Man has constantly be in search for a better mode of getting from A to B. Discovering the wheel, creating  the bicycle and  building the car, what will be next to get people from Point A to Point B. What will be the best new idea in transportation?  Have we reached the limits of inventing modes of transportation? If not, what is next? Any ideas?

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GPS Robot Wins Grand Prize at PennVention Competition

Radiosconde RecoveryRadiosconde Recovery A new robot that could assist climate-change researchers has won the grand prize at the annual PennVention competition.
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Where Company Names Come From

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Ever wonder how companies come up with their names?

FortyMedia.com, a business blog lists a collection of well-known company names from Wikipedia and their origins. Recognizing the importance of branding, its interesting how what was the inspiration for a company's name:

Here's a few of my favorites:


7-Eleven: this chain of convenience stores started in 1927 as U-Tote’m (so called because customers “toted” away their purchases). In 1946, U-Tote’m became 7-Eleven to reflect the stores’ new, extended hours: 7am until 11pm, seven days a week.

Apple: for the favourite fruit of co-founder Steve Jobs and/or for the time he worked at an apple orchard. read more »

Cool Tool: The “Open-It Universal Opener”

The Open-It Universal OpenerThe Open-It Universal OpenerIf you believe, as I do, that a good Swiss Army Knife is something everyone needs, I think you’ll agree that this week’s Cool Tool, is something that boomers, seniors, and generations X, Y, and Z all need….


It’s a top flipping, can prying, bag splitting, envelop slitting, orange peeling, hole punching box cutter! read more »

Recycling : Inspired to Superuse

One of my favorite types of green innovation finds is what I like to call a "trash to treasure" find. There is just something about taking a pile of trash and turning it into something useful or beautiful that really gets me feeling good. I'm always on the search for these, whether for work or just for fun, but on the Internet this type of find can be at times difficult to find. Luckily, one day, I don't know how I found this, I came across Superuse. Superuse puts these "trash to treasure" finds together and organized in one place.
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Hipper 50 -The Musical Egg


The Hipper -50 is a beautiful new gadget to help you celebrate your Easter with the right note. The Musical Note! This fashion gadget is an iPod speaker. Simply plug in your MP3 player and watch it light up and change colors to the beat of your favorite music. read more »

Robert Adler: Making Life Safe for Couch Potatoes

Robert Adler made the world safe for couch potatoes.

If not for the estimable work of Robert Adler, the simple act of watching TV - that ubiquitous appliance considered an essential part of every home - would be very different from the experience to which we've become accustomed. Without Adler's contributions, not only might the act of watching the tube be very different, the TV-itself might still be a small, funny-looking box with tinny sound. read more »

10 Ways To Have Fun With Boobs

Boob products?! Yes, this is an article about fun boob gadgets and products. If you are too young or too prudish to handle this, go and read something else.

Love boobs? I certainly do. Love them. Love them. Love them. If I could, I would spend all of my days lounging around under a palm tree, eating fried chicken breasts and playing with boobs.

Sadly, life is not like that. It's hard for a man to spend his whole day surrounded by boobs... since by boobs, I don't mean the idiots I work and live with. So, to make life more enjoyable for my fellow men, I came up with the brilliant idea of finding the way that a man could play with breasts all day long and still get stuff done.

So here are my picks for the 10 Fun Ways to Play with Boobs...

Innovative Easter Gifts

Tired of buying the same old gifts?

Racking your brains on what to get your friends or children this Easter? I'm here to share a few ideas that make for innovative Easter gifts and live up to the occasion in the real sense of the word.

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Frozen Back to Life?

When it comes to our health, sometimes it can be out of our control. No matter how healthy we are or how safe we try to be, accidents happen and our lives... can suddenly take a turn for the worst. Lucky for us there are people who dedicate their lives to help us get back on our feet. People like Dr. Joseph Varon, for example, or as some like to call him, Dr. Freeze, from St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital. He is known for his innovative life saving hypothermic treatment on brain dead patients.
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Envirowoman Goes Plastic Less

Before you read this, I'd like for you to look around your house and take a look at all the items and products in your home that are made of plastic or contained in plastic. Start with your trashcans, your computer, your printer, the keyboard buttons, the phone, the clothes you are wearing, your pens, the fan, the remote control... How about your under-the-sink plumbing? In your kitchen, I bet there is a bunch of plastic stored away-Tupperware, dishes, cleaning products, parts of your appliances, condiments... In your bathroom: shampoo and conditioner bottles are probably made of plastic. Look in your medicine cabinets too and you'll find plastic medicine bottles and deodorants and mouth washes in plastic containers...
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An Average Inventor's Experiences at American Inventor Auditions for Season 2 (2007)

Are your curious about what the auditions for American Inventor reality television show are really like?

An Average Inventor posted the following in the forums discussing the Chicago auditions for American Inventor. The discussion thread for our forums on the auditions are at

I thought is was a particularly good post and wanted to share it witth those interested in reading about the inner workings of a reality television show in general and the American Inventor television show in particular.

Here's An Average Inventor's posting from this forum discussion:

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Warning About Food Allergies Can Be Fun

Donna Rendell is the mother of a child with life-threatening food allergies. She lives in fear that her daughter, Stella, will come in contact foods given to her by well-meaning parents, relatives, or friends who may forget that her allergies are so severe, the wrong foods can kill her.

She set out to create products to help communicate the allergy message. read more »

What's Happened to the Inventors from American Inventor - Season One?

Curious about what's happened to your favorite inventors and inventions from Season One of American Inventor?

Well, we have lots of information but we didn't know for sure what we could share with you and what we couldn't since much of it was unconfirmed or confidential.

So we thought it would be a good idea to create a post where folks from Season One can report on what has been going on for them. read more »

A Yoggie to Protect your Laptop

A malware creep into your computer simply because it is connected to the home network? It can happen. After all, you never know from where your son might be downloading stuff onto his PC which shares the same network as the malware.

The Yoggie Gatekeeper offers a centralized solution to this problem.Simply place the Yoggie Gatekeeper between the modem and the router and Wow! your home network is absolutely secure. read more »

Staples Invention Quest: Finalists Announced, Voting Begins

Staples Invention QuestStaples Invention QuestStaples has announced the 15 finalists in its Invention Quest. Five finalists in each of three categories are now up for a grand prize of $25,000 each and a chance to have Staples manufacture and sell their product. You have a chance to affect the outcome (or so they say) as the online voting has begun. Read on to learn about the products that will rock your office world... read more »

Facelift in a Jar : Review of Athena 7-Minute Lift

I gave up on expensive face creams a long time ago. I knew that nothing but Botox® and a plastic surgeon were going to make my wrinkles go away. But while I saved for the eventual nip and tuck, a new generation of miracle creams came about.... read more »

Protecting Your Ideas - Why and How Should Strategies Differ

Want to know what your protection strategy for your idea or invention should be?

Our Guest Blogger, Melvin J. DeGeeter, Ph.D., is the publisher and author of a book titled "Technology Commercialization Manual. Strategy, Tactics and Economics for Business Success." Dr. DeGeeter spent over 16 years in R&D with The Upjohn Company and Monsanto followed by another 16 years at Texas A&M, Indiana University and the University of IL where he was responsible for technology commercialization. He was the founder and owner of Med-Launch Inc., a company focused on asset development and deployment until he retired in 2006. More information about him and about protecting your intellectual property is available at www.tclearningcenter.com . Dr. DeGeeter wanted to share his asset protection tips with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article:

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Camera For The Shutterbug Pooch

A digital camera for dogs to make them feel a part of the "family. When you can have your own camera and the kids can have theirs, why not the dog?

A very pertinent question from dogs and savvy dog lovers alike.The Japanese company, Takara Tomy got thinking on these same lines and has developed the Wonderful Shot, a great dog gift and accessory. read more »

Candy, Baskets and Bunnies: Best Easter Innovations Ever

(c) bbc.co.uk(c) bbc.co.ukNo holiday is quite the paradox as Easter. Where else can you find the mix of religion and rabbits? Of conviction and confection? Of pastels and pennance? For most of us growing up in America, Easter meant one thing...Easter candy! Today we're looking at the top 5 Easter innovations and not surprisingly, candy dominates the list. We'll be exploring the history and ingenuity behind the quintessential Easter products and learning a little about the holiday itself. So call off that dentist appointment and strap yourself in for a hop, hop, hoppin' good time. read more »