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May, 2009

Pick the Right Moment to Take a Bathroom Break with RunPee

Surely you've been in the position where you have to run out to the bathroom in the middle of a movie, but you don't want to miss anything good.  It's so hard to gage when the right time to take a leak is.  And with the price of movie tickets always going up, you sure don't want to ruin your viewing experience just to go to the bathroom.  That's where RunPee comes in.

TykeLight Portable GloMate: Light Up Your Life

If you are looking for a great night light to help keep monsters at bay as well as provide a bit of light in a dark room, check out this little nightlight from Mobi.  Sometimes, children aren't the only ones afraid of the dark, right?  What a perfect excuse for a new nightlight!

One Way To Make Green Soda: The EcoStream

It's not all in the mix, but the newest green machine, the EcoStream, does enable an interesting mix of soda flavors, if you want it.  How about an orange Coke, for example?  But what exactly makes the EcoStream green?  It's BYOC: Bring Your Own Container.

Surprise Golfer Dad With The FLOR Putt Up Rug

The Flor 'Putt Up or Shut Up' Rug is totally out in front of the tie or the electric shaver as a Father's Day gift for Dad or Grandpa, even if he doesn't have a putter. Who wouldn't  love a rug with a sense of humor?

Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO Explores New Avenues of Online Gaming

Online gaming is becoming quite a competitive business.  In a genre built of "kill the monster, get the treasure," developers are having to branch into unknown territory to create a new experience for increasingly jaded players.  BioWare, along with LucasArts, are taking the MMO to another level with Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Ghostbusters,The Video Game Coming to Your Neighborhood...

Remember the novel "1984" and the doom and gloom it portrayed as human existence came under the control of an entity called Big Brother. And then when the year actually came to past, we were somewhat disappointed that our lives were not turned upside down by some super human domination. But then, as fate would have it, in its place, a movie premiered that actually got us laughing about the supernatural...a movie that got our toes a tappin' and everyone singing those crazy lyrics by Ray Parker Jr: "If there's something strange in your neighborhood...if there's something weird and it don't look good...Who ya gonna call?...Ghostbusters!" Well Children of the 80s and older, Ghostbusters is now aiming their proton packs at a fresh new generation when "Ghostbusters: The Video Game" is released June 16, 2009.

Stars Are Getting Their Ning On!

Whether you're into football or chess, bird watching or punk rock, sex or abstinence, Ning has an online community for you. This free social network platform brings together people globally who share common focus and passion. To date, its one of the fastest growing online venues. Launched two years ago, Ning lets members custom build their own social-networks based around the areas of business and pleasure that are of the most interest to them. Whether you are a neighborhood group of 5 housewives or a Boy Band attracting fans in the tens of thousands, we are all stars in our right.  So if you're looking for community to spotlight your star power,  Ning can socially connect you with like-minded individuals in an online neighborhood, built in less than 15 minutes!

Newest Japanese Weight Loss Craze: The Morning Banana Diet

The latest diet trend in Japan these days is the so-called Morning Banana Diet. Thanks to a posting at Mixi, the country's leading social networking site, the fruity weight loss fad has boosted banana imports and garnered a "bunch" of testimonials. 

Healthcare Recruitment Company Promises Large Salaries and Luxurious Lifestyles

Since there is an overwhelming stigma that doctors are so devoted to their work to a degree that they forfeit all other aspects of life (whether true or not in every case), one medical recruitment company in New Zealand hopes to break the mould by placing doctors in high-paying jobs that still allow them to have active social and family lives. Sound too good to be true? Perhaps, but read on, because they claim that even when working in the healthcare industry, it's possible to have it all!


Crafty Fashion From Recycled Materials: Beer Tab Corsets & Accessories

 Proving that beer tabs are good for more than just keeping your favorite drink well carbonated in its can is the Art of Can Tabistry, a crafty site with big ideas, great execution, and a lot of recycling. With a little creativity, it truly is possible to create just about anything from what would otherwise be discarded trash, while carving your own place in the green movement.

Arm Bibs Make Cleanup a Breeze

Does your child or grandchild love to paint? Although we encourage creativity in our kids, cleaning up after certain activities is something many parents and caregivers dread. Why can't someone develop something that will make cleanup less messy? Well, you're in luck - Arm Bibs are here!

Scary USB Shuriken Saves Data the Ninja Way

Yet another weird USB flash drive has made the scene, albeit quietly, like a ninja. The Shuriken USB drive makes it's "point" by saving your data as stealthily and scarily as possible.

The Son of 10 More Ads to Disgust & Disturb You

It's that time again, dear readers! Time to see what the marketing folks are thinking--and how warped society has become. Be warned--some of these ads are really messed up. Click the link... if you dare...

Heated Itch Relief: The Perfect Companion When Those Pesky Insects Are Out

Just in time for the onslaught of nibbling, flying organisms, Heated Itch Relief is a device that uses heat to eliminate the itching and swelling of those unavoidable bug bites.


TwitSnaps vs.TwitPic - Better Photosharing App?

Did TwitSnaps just build a better mousetrap than TwitPic?  Still in Beta format, TwitSnaps has launched a new photo application for Twitter that appears to feature more functionality than any other other photo sharing application online today. 

Sitter’s Studio, Finally Recognizing That Aspiring Artists Can Make An Economic & Creative Contribution

It's often you hear about waitresses who are really aspiring actresses; or bartenders who are really singers in disguise. Usually, these job descriptions are met with sarcasm since everyone in these professions in Los Angeles or New York only work to pay the bills until they come into their true calling. However, a new business based in New York actually recognizes their employees for their artistic talents, which become the main driving force behind their business concept.

Why Men Hate Underwear, Revealed With The Underwear Hall Of Fame

Always wanted to know what men hate most about wearing underwear? Want some suggestions on boxers, panties and tighty-whities from people who show off their underwear drawer and offer insightful solutions to these problems? Of course you do, so keep on reading and all will be revealed in time!

Recycling Is Beautiful: Bottle Cap Art

In January of this year I introduced you to Alexandra Guerrero the Chilean designer who recycles cigarette butts into clothing. Today I introduce you to Tom Deininger. Tom also upcycled cigarette butts into something: art. In fact, he recycles a lot of found objects (cigarette butts, toys, bottle caps, etc) into art.

Fruit & Veggies Rattles

These bright and cheery rattles are hand knitted and look good enough to eat - but don't!

Stand Back! This Table Will Self Destruct... In a While

Chicago-based Studio 1A.M. has configured a self-destructing coffee table, where each time a table is created, a pixel is removed from its tabletop, resulting in a one-of-a-kind piece of limited edition furniture.

Invention Deja Vu: The Instant Camera

Here's an old technology that's found its way back. The Polaroid PoGo combines all the great features of a digital camera and a classic Polaroid.

Google Wave, Email on Steroids!

Ooops they did it again! No, not the Britney Spears fan club! Google did it again...stealing Microsoft's thunder by rolling out Wave, their new communications and collaborative tool during the same week Microsoft debuted Bing, its new search engine. Google Wave is what email would be like if it were on steroids! It is a little of everything all mashed up into one big giant framework. Wave is part email, IM, calendar, Twitter, wiki, spreadsheets/docs/presentation, picture sharing, social media, forums, maps and just about everything else on the web, but the kitchen sink!

Powerbrella Keeps Your Gadgets Charged

The Powerbrella is the perfect accessory for the summer. Lay in the sun, while keeping all your most essential gizmos charged.

As Seen On TV: The Snuggie. I Want To Hate It...

A blanket with sleeves. Um... okay. Isn't that just a robe that you put on backwards? I want to hate this soooooo badly. But... I can't...  It goes against every fiber of my being to say this: I like the Snuggie.

Cooltribe – Green Social Networking Site Launches

Do you believe fervently in saving our planet? Would you like to communicate with others that share that passion?  Well, today there is an online community that can address those concerns.  Cooltribe, the social networking site dedicated to connecting green-minded, socially-conscious people from around the world was recently launched. One of the first of its type, Cooltribe welcomes members who are dedicated to saving the environment and fighting global warming while pursuing sustainability and other ethical issues that affect all citizens of planet Earth.

Live Like A Rock Star At London’s Rock ‘N Roll Theme Hotel

Want accommodations that make you feel like a rock star? Visit the Pavilion Fashion Rock ‘N Roll Hotel in London. A little hotel with a very big, glamorous and entertaining theme that will make you feel like a rock star in your own, even if you've never set foot on stage. Read on, but don't be disappointed, groupies are not included.

Light Up The Room With LED Grills

 

While I for one have not really embraced the phenomenon of putting bling in your mouth by way of over the top grills, this geeky gadget is worth mentioning; at least for the way it helps wearers light up the room.

Eco-Friendly Monkey Pencils

There isn't anything too spectacular about pencils, right? Non-mechanical pencils are pretty standard. Long, thin writing tools with graphite in one end and an eraser on the other. Well, move over ho-hum pencils - Monkey Pencils are here.

All In The Name Of Security: The 'Killer Chip' Invention

You thought you'd take a trip abroad to see some relatives in Bizwackistan. Upon your arrival, Bizwackian inspectors implant a tracking device in your arm to "make sure you don't overstay your welcome." What they don't tell you is that if you miss your flight out of the country, be you ill or otherwise indisposed, you will die.

Clock Clock: The Analog Digital Clock

Swedish design company Humans Since 1982 has created a prototype of a digital clock from 24 analog alarm clocks, whose hands come together to create a digital display of the time.

Freelock Locking Bike Frame

The Freelock bike allows you to drop the lock and use the frame as a means of securing your bike from thieves. Good luck hacking this and getting any money from it.

Not For Geeks: LaCie's Designer Fashions For Mobile Hard Drives

For anyone who's not following the styling of computer accessories and stand-alones, LaCie doesn't just issue any old tech gadget. It's as much about 'the look' as it is about the function for LaCie's high tech storage units and accessories. With hot items from 5.5 Designers and industrial designer Sam Hecht, who can encase chips with the sleekest of personas, LaCie's new drive cases complement its hardware, providing all-business, but showing all-style.

Knuckle Cracking Simulator Relieves Pressure Points, Drives Mom Nuts

Funny how something that provides so much pleasure to one can cause so much annoyance to another... such is the case with cracking your knuckles. The Yubi-Poki virtual knuckle cracker will keep on cracking even after you've run out of knuckles.

Keep Your Hamster Busy In The Habitrail Ovo Maze With Chewable Home

Habitrail loves its hamsters! You can tell by the ingenious activities it creates for them. In the Habitrail Ovo Maze and the replaceable chewable habitats within, it provides your little buddy with outlets for his natural behaviors: chewing, hoarding, burrowing, and even sleeping.

Analyze The Latest Celebrity Fashion Trends With Cool Spotters

More often than not, major fashion trends begin with celebrities and other public figures that are spotted wearing new and trendy fashions. While it's certainly no secret what Michelle Obama has been wearing since she has become of the front-running female fashion trend setters in the US; it's not always easy to determine what your other favorite celebrities are wearing.

Innovative Car Insurance Company Onna-Onna Alerts Drivers To Bad Weather

Putting a twist on car insurance is Dutch insurance company for women, Onna-Onna. Not only can they help people recover financially from car accidents or other related incidents, they also alert people when it's unsafe to be on the road; decreasing their chances of having an accident.


Torrent2exe Makes Downloading Torrents Dirt Simple

Most of you probably know what torrents are and how to use them, but surprisingly there are plenty of people who still have trouble with them.  Not that you could blame them.  The first trick with getting over torrents is that you have to allow all kinds of firewall access and direct port forwarding on your router, which can be a bit tricky for the novice internet user.  Torrent2exe takes all the guess work out of torrents for beginners and makes a simple executable file that allows the user to download their desired torrent.

Enter the Whimsical World of Pecanpals

If you are looking for a different kind of toy or collectible, look no further. Pecanpals are truly unique limited edition characters that will make a great addition to your family.

The Next Level Of Pedometer

The Radar Tacho RDS II is a radar-based speed monitor that tracks speeds up to 62 miles per hour. The speedometer provides exercise information for all kinds of sport activities like walking, running and bicycling.

KVANT Motorbike Snow-Ready Dirtbike

The KVANT Motorbike is a snowmobile motorcyle crossover that would allow motorcycle enthusiasts to keep riding even in the snowiest conditions. While it looks like the most fun innovation in decades, don't get too attached.

Top Ten Twitter TV Shows (Twitter All Day, All The Time)

Remember when CNN first entered our lives and people were shocked that any network could take on the daunting task of supplying us with a news format 24/7. "Unheard of?" "Couldn't be done?" And yet, here we are some 20+ years later, and CNN has not only sustained itself but was the impetus for other news networks to populate as well. Well,in 2009, the web is currently abuzz with talk of a “Twitter TV Network.” According to Biz Stone, one of Twitter founders, he's "even getting folks asking (him)if they can audition." Could Twitter TV be the next evolution in the short life span of the micro-bloggin' darling of social media?

Swedish Divot Tool May Help Your Golf Swing

Do they play golf in Sweden?  I don't know (though I have a friend who would--I'll ask him in my next e-mail).  Regardless, the Swedish have developed a new little tool to repair turf damage.  It looks kind'a nifty...

Interactive Lighting: 'Disturb Me' by the Popcorn Makers

'Disturb Me' is an interactive light installation, meant to connect people to their environment through the medium of sound, producing colored orb projections that change hue, drop off physical surfaces and collect to form pools of color.

Support Stockings Don't Help Stroke Patients After All

Although doctors have been prescribing support hose for acute stroke patients for years, and millions of stroke patients have worn them, a large British study now shows that they do not help prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) post-stroke, and that they may even cause skin damage on the areas they cover.

China Re-invents the Bicycle Wheel

Move over Japan. China's making huge strides in the field of weird and wacky. Check out this crazy bicycle with a pentagonal wheel on the the front and a triangular one on the back. It was developed by Chinese inventor Guan Baihua who believes that people will want to ride the bike because it requires more effort than a conventional bike, and thus provides a greater workout for the rider.

The Shark Steam Mop: Does It Work? - As Seen On TV

There are some people out there who love to clean.  I'm not one of them.  When I clean it comes in one large burst of energy that leaves me utterly spent--pretty much because I know I'm just gonna slob the whole place up again.  So when I see a product that has the potential to make cleaning easier, I have to check it out.  As See On TV: The Shark Steam Mop!

Shoe Lovers Unite: Shoe Tube Makes Fashionistas Dreams Come True With Video Blogging

If you haven't heard of You Tube, you've probably been living under a rock; but if the vast array of videos available there aren't really your thing, there's a similar site for fashion lovers that is sure to get you excited.

Business Most Hated By Society: Cold Call Bootcamp For Telemarketers

Okay, so telemarketers are people too, but you know as well as I do that there's nothing more annoying than the phone ringing at the most inconvenient time when there's a telemarketer trying to sell you something you neither need nor want. Good telemarketers are the ones that close the deal, and often times, the most effective and successful ones are also the most annoying. So where do telemarketers learn their persuasive skills? Enter Cold Call Bootcamp.


Scour - The Search Engine That Pays To Play

You've been searching online for years. Google has captured most of your attention. Other search engines like Lycos and AltaVista have come and gone. But did you ever think you could be bought to search? If Scour has its way, the little-search-engine-that-could wants to pay for your loyalty while it tries to steal market share from the Google-Yahoo-MSN triumvirate.

A Bagel Slicing Technology? Meet The Not-Just-For-Bagels Bagelpod™

If you've never had a sandwich on a real New York bagel you haven't lived.  Fortunately, you don't have to live in New York anymore to get an authentic bagel; there are great bagel shops all over the country.  But bagels, like rolls, buns, muffins, scones, and other roundy breads, need to be cut through the center and as I know all too well, they don't stand up nice and straight so you can slice them easily.

5 Extraordinary Trash To Treasure Chandeliers

I’m not a big fan of chandeliers. They’re too much glitter and glamour for me, but every now and then I will come across a unique chandelier that just sparks my interest. Below is a list of trash to treasure chandeliers I think are absolutely innovative.

Facesaerch: More A Book of Faces Than Facebook

When profiling a certain celebrity, there always comes a point where you wind up looking for that perfect picture to accompany your article.  Its easy enough to use Google to search for images, but more often than not you wind up getting images that are unrelated to the search you're on.  

Sunrise, Sunset... Customized With Your Alarm Clock

You're getting very sleepy. The light is dimming... dimming just a little bit more every moment.  Your eyelids are heavy... heavy with sleep.  Put your book down now.  Just let it fall.  The light is getting dimmer....

Heirloom Toy: Limited Edition Air Force One Presidential Plane

Perfect for that budding pilot, wanna-be flight attendant or future president in your family, this collectible wooden plane is like none other. The Limited Edition Air Force One is a quality made toy that features 44th President Barack Obama.

Thanko Waterproof Video Camera: Small, Simple And Inexpensive

The Thanko Waterproof Video Camera provides a handy tool for water sport athletes and creeps alike. Tiny and waterproof to 20 meters, the Thanko is the perfect companion for anyone looking to capture video in the pool, lake or ocean.

AccuVein AV300 Makes Drawing Blood Easier

Being at the doctor’s office sucks. It especially makes the visit bad when you are told you need your blood drawn. However, even worse than that is when the person drawing your blood can’t seem to find your vein, thereby having to stick you with a needle a couple of times.

Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome With The NoHands Mouse

Tired of having to move your hands away from the keyboard to take a sip of your tasty beverage?  Well, the answer to this problem is only one click away... A click of your foot, that is.

Less Pain Equals More Gain With Adult Stem Cell Facelift!

Work is underway at the Giampapa Institute for Anti-Aging Medical Therapy in Montclair, NJ to gain patent protection for a procedure that enables a knife-free facelift - injections with one's own adult stem cells. The patent application was filed last week by NeoStem, Inc. for the technology which integrates NeoStem's proprietary stem cell extraction process.

10 Totally Unique Business Cards Sure To Capture Your Attention

Today the marketing of the individual is as important (if not more important) than the marketing of a company.  The business card is usually quite effective - until you end out receiving a gazillion cards that are all the same shape and size.  People have started getting very creative in the way they market themselves.  Some of these are quite brilliant.  Others make you ask, "How am I gonna fit that in my pocket?"

Curry Hand Grenade Quite A Spicy Weapon

Want to blow up the enemy with deliciousness?  India has developed quite the little grenade that will not only disable the bad guy, but make him tasty...

Top 12 “Blogging for Dollars" Deals

Remember when DJs could be bought to promote the records of a new band or recording artist. Or when special interest groups pay off their congressman to vote favorably for their industy's causes. Well, who would have thought us little ole bloggers could come under the same scrutiny? The FTC, that's who! This is a response to a practice that's come to be known as "Blogola" where companies curry favor from bloggers by giving them computers, weekend getaways, gift baskets, cars and other swag. 

Bing Redux - Google Killer By Microsoft

On April 4th, in "Bada Bing... is Microsoft putting a Hit on Local Search?" I blogged that when Bill Gates filed a trademark under the name "Bing" for "web sites to link to geographic data, map images, and trip routing" it was Microsoft's attempt to perfect a better "local search" mousetrap than Google. However skeptics quickly associated it with "Kumo" as another failed attempt by the little "M" to ever become a worthy contender of the big "G". Now in and AdAge article published May 25, Abbey Klaasen suggests Microsoft might be sinking $80 to $100 million in a "Bing" ad campaign to go toe to toe with the search engine giant.

Toms Shoes: Buy One, Get One For A Charitable Cause

Toms Shoes may sound like your neighborhood shoe store, but it's one fashionable company that's anything but run of the mill. Not only does carry a wide variety of fashion-forward shoes that would meet the style needs of even the most discerning fashionista, but it offers a 2-for-1 deal like no other that helps support a charitable cause.

Memorializing Your Legacy With Quirky Caskets and Urns From Eternal Image

Once you die people honor your memory, and they grieve the loss. But who says once you die you have to give up the things that you believed in during your life - like your favorite sports teams, organizations, TV shows, or other cult phenomena? Well, until recently, traditional caskets and urns did by offering designs that don't allow the deceased to show off their personalities, even after death, to those that will forever carry the memory.


Eco-Friendly Cardboard Playhouse

Do your kids love to play make-believe in great big boxes?   If they do, they'll get a real kick out of this pre-made house.

Swim Like A Dolphin With Lunocet Swim Fin

The Lunocet swim fin transforms the swimmer into a cross between a mermaid and dolphin providing swimming speed and efficiency never before imagined for land-dwelling species.

The Business Of Pets: Niche Business In Living Wills For Your Dog Or Cat

Living Wills are recommended for all individuals over the age of 65, or those who are younger who are living with a serious medical condition. The principle behind these Living Wills is that the person's wishes with regards to medical care are outlined and documented so that others know what they want from their medical care at a time when they may be unable to speak for themselves and make their own decisions. Since our beloved pets can never speak for themselves, a company called Pet Living Wills has decided to capture this niche with a unique business.

Gift Giving In The World Of Social Networking: Buy Your Facebook Friend A Real Gift Using Get Them In

Facebook gifts are great, but truly do fall into the "it's the thought that counts" mentality, since naturally, the bouquet of gorgeous roses gifted to you by a crush, or the nice cold beer presented to you by a friend appears as no more than a sub-par graphic accompanied by a personal message. BuyYourFriendaDrink.com has captured the market that bridges the gap between virtual gifts, and those that can be redeemed in the real world. However, unlike another new startup, Get Them In, it doesn't allow you to show off your gift-giving generosity on your favorite social networking sites.

Diesel Roskilde Festival Jeans: Hottest Summer Festival Fashion From 2008

 

Last summer, Diesel eans and the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, partnered to create a unique pair of denim jeans that would help concert-goers survive the elements of the summer festival, allowing them to leave still looking fashionable, with clothing in tact. As another season of outdoor concerts, festivals and events approaches, it might be time to break out your Roskilde jeans once again, or if you're not a proud owner of these limited edition fashion items, you might just have to wait to see what innovative fashion will carry you through the festival season this year.

Non-Toxic Crayons: Crayon Rocks

If your kids love to color, and what kids don't, they are going to love these unique and eco-friendly crayons, Crayon Rocks.

Top Ten Social Media Books

It's not a surprise that social media books are prolific! With many being published faster than new Ashton Kutcher Twitter followers, there has been no definitive Top Ten list published to date. With over 17 million unique Twitter visitors and 100 million registered Facebook users (as of this moment in time), I have selected what I think should make a Top Ten list. And perhaps one day when the NY Times Book Review decides to designate their own list, they will agree with my selections. A Readers' Poll is available for you to vote for your favorite at the end of the blog...

"Magical" Russian Steel Could Re-define Global Construction Standards

Could the steel industry go the way of the Dodo?  A new compound developed in Russia may just signal a new wave in the structural support of large construction projects...

Sandcastles Design Makes Ugly Home Necessities Pretty

Not everything you have in your home is visually attractive. If you live in an older home, necessary objects like radiators may prove to be a bit of an eyesore that does anything but blend with your home décor. Making ugly home necessities pretty is Sandcastles design company, which started by making window displays for retail organizations, and expanded out realizing that even the eyesores in your home or business present a design opportunity. Read on to learn more about Sandcastles custom furniture and retail displays.

 

Controlling Wearable Geeky Gadgets With Body Movement

Isn't it annoying when you're out for a jog and need to fiddle around to change the track on your MP3 player to keep you in your exercise groove? Or when you have the desperate urge to channel surf while watching TV, but can't seem to find the remote control that has fallen between the cushions on your couch? Well, it seems that an innovative set of wearable gadgets are in the works by NTT DoCoMo, using a special technology that allows your body movements to control specific functions of the wearable gadgets.

Horror-themed Toilet Paper from Japan Puts You on the Edge of Your Seat

Spare a square? You may pity the paperless peon in the next stall but if horror-themed toilet paper from Japan is what you're using, tearing off a square might mean missing a melodramatic moment.

CHEWGARS! A Dog Might Think He's Humphrey Bogart

If you love old movies, then you know what Humphrey Bogart did for the cigar. He made it into fashion for the tough guys, the fast talkers, the don't-mess-with-me's of the 1940's and early 50's.  So too, this English bull dog named Sam could be the fashion setter for the tough barkin' dog.  "Hey babe, lets go to the burbs t'night and chase some cats up some telephone poles."

 


Flip & Tumble 24/7: Oh What a Bag!

Let's face it. Reusable bags are "in" these days and going green has never been cooler! Although there are many reusable bags out there today, parents are clamoring to get their hands on one particular bag, the Flip & Tumble 24/7.

Pandora Box Unleashes Modern Furniture

For today's installment of the latest in innovative home design, here we find Pandora Box, a literal box full of -- no, not all the evils of the world-- but contemporary living room furniture. Ah, breathe a sigh of relief!

Bet Dieting: If You Lose You Pay Guns, God, & Gays!

This man is going to make a commitment to lose 10 pounds in the next six weeks.  He's going to have to close the frig door, of course, so he can head to the computer and make a bet.  He needs motivation, a real inspiration... not just those pants he could zip up a few years ago.  He's going to bet 25 bucks that he can lose the weight.  If this man, whose religious beliefs don't include gay marriage, doesn't achieve his goal, a gay rights group like Freedom to Marry will get his $25 "donation."

New Industrial Revolution Sabotages Social Media!

Calling all bloggers... calling all bloggers... there's a spill on Aisle 13... and your services are no longer needed for clean up! Line up for your pink slips and check your Web 2.0 propaganda at the door, as that's no longer needed either. That's right wordsmiths, it looks like the new Industrial Revolution is steamrolling its way into our digital landscape, and you Mr. & Ms. Blogger just happen to be a disposable commodity.

Exercising The Mind And Body With Connect 18’s Unique Fitness Programs

I've already discussed the proven effects of Brain Fitness programs like Vibrant Brains, which helps prevent the development of future memory impairments by strengthening and stimulating the brain. But, a program like Brain Fitness doesn't offer a complete exercise program with a focus upon the body as well as the mind. Enter Connect 18, a unique exercise program for the body and mind that uses a historical tour perspective to educate and entertain those who are looking to stay in shape.

Crafty Fashion By Nancy Judd: The Recycled “Fan Mail” Dress

 Proving that any medium can be used to create attractive and wearable fashion is the "Fan Mail" dress by designer Nancy Judd. This crafty fashion item uses common items that can be found in most household recycling bins, so this eco-chic fashion better get more than one wear before it ends up hanging in your closet!

Solar Powered Stadium Complete and Ready To Power Itself In Time For World Games

A stadium in Kaohsiung, Taiwan is the first in the world to completely power itself 100% via solar power. The stadium was built to coincide with the 2009 World Games, which will be held at the stadium in July. When not hosting the World Games the stadium will be used (like most other stadiums) for sporting events and athletics. 

Eco-Friendly Picnic Play Mat for Kids

Summer is almost here, which means, picnic time! Plan Toys is offering yet another fantastically fun eco-friendly product just perfect for kids. So, get your party on with the Picnic Play mat!

Anything For Your Dog, But Please Not This! Dog-O-Matic

When I say "Anything for my dog," I mean for my dog, not for me.  So when I read about these automatic dog washing machines, I have to ask is this gizmo really for a dog?  Would my dog be happy to be put in an airtight chamber and then showered from all sides with soap and water?  Or would he be like the dog in the picture, trying like heck to tear his way out of the dang thing?

 


Mood Music Hits A New Level With Kokoro

The Kokoro is a homemade device that measures your heart rate and adjusts your iPod playlist based on the reading. You'll always have a tune that suits your mood.

Fair Trade Soccer Balls Send Messages of Peace, Individuality and Environmental Awareness

These unique Fair Trade soccer balls support independent living through work in areas of rural Thailand, Cambodia and Pakistan while providing Japanese sports fans with a good-looking, quality product.

Glass Glasses Anyone? BPA From Drink Containers Leaks Into Urine

A chemical in certain plastics, bisphenol A (BPA), is leaching into our urine if we drink or eat from certain plastic bottles or containers.   BPA has already been linked to diabetes and  cardiovascular disease, but the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) is calling for additional research on BPA and breast cancer, reproductive health, and on BPA's effects on infants and children using these containers.

Your iPhone Camera Needs TiltShift Generator

Go ahead, take out your iPhone.  Go try to take a good picture with it.  Are you really satisfied with those results?  Even if you are, you can get a lot more out of your iPhone's camera by putting the pictures through some simple processes to enhance the picture quality.  If you're not a big Photoshop junkie, take a look at TiltShift Generator.  It's a great little online application that makes touching up your photos a snap.

The Gadget Lover's Ultimate Dream Bed: Starry Night™

The recession hasn't deterred Leggett & Platt® from creating a bed that costs more than what most of us have left of our life savings. But heck, we can dream, especially if we're gadget lovers. Wait 'til you see what this Starry Night™ bed is hiding under its covers!

Skiing In The Off-Season With Olymp Ski Simulator

The SkyTec Olymp provides a realistic exercise session which can simulate the movements of downhill skiing and snowboarding.

Wanted Dead Or Alive On Social Networks

Is the FBI giving Social Networks a bad name? After all, the whole construct behind a social network is for followers, fans and alike to interact with each other... and kind of like... behave in a social manner. In what the FBI is calling a "pilot test," the agency is distributing billboards across the virtual worlds of Second Life with the Top Ten Most Wanted list of fugitives. Is this a cheeky way of tempting criminals to crawl out of their covert holes to sign up for Twitter and Facebook accounts?

Delicious Jewelry Inspired By Food: Accessories By Top Chef Padma Lakshmi

Food inspires many things, most prominently the meals that we serve to our families on the dinner table night after night; but since you've been reading, you're well aware that food also inspires fashion, whether it's a good idea or not. Padma Lakshmi, author and contestant on Top Chef, proves that sometimes food can inspire accessories, with an attractive effect.

*Stop* Vintage Communication Makes A Comeback *Stop* Try Telegram Stop

While email might have modernized and sped up written communication, businesses are turning to vintage methods in order to create a unique way that people can send messages to their loved ones and announce important milestones in their lives. Telegram Stop, once again makes vintage communication trendy with telegram messages and bulk telegrams to announce weddings, parties and more.


Blerp: Bring Your Discussion Anywhere on the Web

Link aggregators are all the rage these days.  As a blog reader, surely you frequent such sites as Digg, Reddit, and a host of others that enable users to gather things that they like from the web and share them with other users.  Blerp is an aggragator in the same vein, only it focuses on the conversations that surround shared sites, instead of merely passing the links off to users.

Butterfly at Rest Jewelry

If your daughter or mom has every kind of jewelry imaginable, chances are pretty good they don't own anything like these pieces. Besides being uniquely different, Butterflies at Rest are made out of a very unusual material.

A Double Strand of DNA & The Art Of Origami Meet Nanotechnology

A new method of targeting drugs for delivery to cells is in development at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  The new method combines the art of DNA origami with the science of nanotechnology and is expected to result in drug-carrying nanostructures that can weather the storms of intracellular "hurricanes."

Google's Logo Winner Wishes The World A "New Beginning"

Google's home page has a new logo, but just for today.  It's the winning color drawing of the Doodle 4 Google competition, an opportunity for kids K-12 to design their own vision of the icon's logo.  Christin Engelberth, a sixth-grader at  Bernard Harris Middle School in San Antonio, Texas, made the winning Doodle. The theme of the contest this year was "What I Wish For The World," and Ms. Engleberth's wish was "A New Beginning."

Gradefund: Corporate Sponsorship For Students Who Get Good Grades!

Last week, I introduced you to Do Good for Debt, an organization that partners individuals with student loans leftover from their educational pursuits with charities that are willing to pay off students' debts in exchange for good deeds. While that may be a helpful way for former students to get back on their feet and start their lives without the burden of financial restraint, there's no denying that it takes away from the philanthropist attitude; so today I will outline another business that helps students overcome the financial repercussions of pursuing a post-secondary education. Gradefund offers a sponsorship-style system, that rewards students for their good grades, that way the better they do, the more corporate sponsors they'll have behind them to pay off their debts before they even have a chance to accumulate.


Summer’s Hottest Fashion Accessory To Keep You Cool: Ice Jewelry!

As the temperature soars to 30 degrees Celsius here today, I am praising my air conditioner; but it also got me thinking about more fashionable and eco-friendly ways to cool off. As I searched for cooling clothing, I stumbled across designer Katharina Ludwig's unique ice jewelry, which boasts some beautiful designs that will help keep even the hottest chicks cool on a hot summer day.


Kitchen of the Future: Rendez-Vous and Volare from Electrolux

Based out of Stockholm, Sweden, the Electrolux Global Design team is an international team comprised of about 150 designers with a philosophy of 'thoughtful design'.  Their latest two concepts, Rendez-vous and Volare, reflect the latest in modern lifestyle trends and consumer driven customization, and offer a sneak peek into some very futuristic kitchen design.

Top 10 Inventions Of 'Garage Inventors' Win 2009 Popular Science Awards

Popular Science has announced the 2009 Invention Awards for the top 10 groundbreaking inventions that originated from the minds and perseverance of individual inventors.  These inventions did not have big companies behind them with a big research lab and lots of money.  You won't see the likes of Apple® or Motorola® or Honda® among this list.  Just folks like you and me whose inventions will make a major impact on the way we live, work, learn, play, and even manage intelligence in battle.


Leg Squeezing Socks Reduce Foot Fatigue On The Job

Jobs that force workers to stand for long periods of time can cause feet to swell, resulting in localized pain and general fatigue. Slim Walk socks address the issue by gradually constricting the foot and lower leg as you walk and while you work.

Adorable Wallsy Tales - Stick Em and Go

If you've been thinking about updating the décor in the kids' room but dread painting or wallpapering, this is your lucky day! Create a brand new look with very little effort with Wallsy Tales.

Take Injuries Like A Superhero: With Comic Strip Inspired Bandaids

For the Superhero in us all, I introduce you to comic strip bandages, so you can show off your injuries just like Batman with quirky, visual sound effects. No longer hide behind the same of cut and scrapes, hurry up and get your hands on these funny, fashionable bandaids and pamper your injuries vintage-style!

Pop-Up Business Cloak Vroom: Serving Summer’s Hottest Outdoor Events With Drive In Coat Check

Pop-up businesses have been sprouting up all over the world, many of which cater to the events and music festivals that take place during the summer months. Since often outdoor event goers are stuck lugging around all of their clothing and gear, Cloak Vroom is offering on-location cloak room services that has an online component for those who have one too many drinks in the event's beer tent, or find that the heat of the day has impacted their ability to remember their things.

Stove-Seat: Multi-Functional Camping Stove

The "Relax" stove-seat is a self-contained cooking stove and camp chair designed to cut out a little bulk in your trunk or backpack.

GTI Project Lets you Get Behind the Wheel of the New Golf GTI Before they Even Hit the Dealers

"Teenagers and video games go together like peanut butter and jelly." Ask any parent and they will likely agree with that statement. I mean seriously, where else can you command your own army one minute, and be burning around the Nurburgring at over 150mph the next? Video game artists can create anything. But, why go to all this work? Because video games offer us a chance to do things we would normally never be able to do. Or, in the recent case of Volkswagen, they give us the chance to do things we are too impatient to wait for.

The Camera Tripod With Simian Agility: Gorillapod

Camera tripods are so 19th century.  They're fine if you want a straight-on shot and you're shooting on level ground but, you have to admit, the tripod is somewhat limiting.  Now, along comes the multi-jointed simian tripod, otherwise known as the Gorillapod, to take over where the tripod left off more than 100 years ago.

Swine Flu Spread By Baseball Game Balloons?

Osaka's Hanshin Tigers are the latest Japanese pro baseball team to ban the use of human breath powered Jet Balloons, traditionally released in mass quantities by fans, as they could conceivably spread H1N1 Swine Flu to thousands attending the games.

Laid-Off Workers Display Business Cards at CardsofChange.com

We've all been feeling the crunch of the world's economy slowing down into this current recession, but a few hopefuls out there are trying to make the best of it.  CardsofChange is a site that collects the modified business cards of ditched workers all over the world and puts them on display.  We'll all get a few laughs out of these images, but maybe some of these bright individuals will find themselves a new gig, too!

My Favorite 2009 Trash to Treasure Chair Design: FUNature

Once, when I was in high school a boyfriend and I were kicked out of the McDonald's playground ball pit because we were too old to play in it. It was my first time in a ball pit and though I knew we were not allowed in the ball pit something about the pit called out to me, "Play With Me!" Hugh Hayden's ball pit chairs call out to me too.

Get Plenty of DIY Projects From Easy2DIY

Home improvement is easily one of the most fun and rewarding hobbies one can take up, and the internet has proven to be a good place to find information on lots of those particular projects on you "to-do" list.  Easy2DIY is an all-in-one stop for your fixer-upper projects that includes tutorials, shopping, and advice.

Wind Up Bunny: Eco-Friendly Rabbit

If you are looking for a small and inexpensive gift, look no further. The Wind-Up Bunny, from the creative folks at  Stubby Pencil Studio, is hopping to a store near you!

Pocket-Size Breath Test Tells If You Have Stinky Breath

Tired of wondering how bad your breath really smells sometimes? Researchers have developed a tiny breath test that can detect bad-breath bacteria in your mouth.

A Bookmark That Sheds Light On The Subject: The LightWedge

It's a simple gadget, which is why I like it.  An optical grade acrylic lens covers your page, and the LED lights that are tucked into its wedge spread light across the lens, lighting the page -- right where you want it and nowhere else.

Fujiyama E-PC Netbook Computer Sounds Japanese But Accent's Only Skin Deep

Bull in a China shop? Maybe bull FROM a Chinese shop if the Fujiyama Netbook computer is a typical example. If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery than Chinese manufacturers really do love Japanese products.

Utterly Composed: The Composition Chair

In a remarkable display of patience and attention to detail, Japanese designer Kouichi Okamoto of Kyouei Design handcrafted the Composition Chair, a seat composed entirely of bent aluminum.

Bill My Parents: Giving Children Financial Independence, With Parent Approval Controls

Prepaid credit cards for teenagers are not a new concept, but this type of payment method doesn't allow parents to control where, when or how their children are spending their money. Bill my Parents is a new company, which provides children with a card, but in order for a payment to be processed when kids are shopping online, parents will be notified and have to approve their children's purchases.


Murderous Hair Care Products: Personal Defense Combat Brushes and Combs

Most women carry a brush or comb in their purse for on the go touchups, but now brushes can do more than just fight hairstyle aggressors. With Comb-at combs by Lorenzo Damiani and Combando by Studiobo, women cal feel like they're armed and dangerous each and every time they're battling a hair care emergency, or even when engaging in hand-to-comb combat.


Tono 8 Cork Blocks: The Eco-Friendly Building Blocks

If you have a budding builder or wanna-be architect in your family, check out the Tono-8 Cork Blocks. These eco-friendly blocks require only one thing - imagination.

Pet Travel Made Easier With The Travel-Tainer For Pet Food

Taking a car trip with your pets this summer?  You already know that every inch of room in the car will be precious, so packing your pet's necessities will involve some good space economy.  I just found a wonderful container -- I mean "Travel-tainer" -- that combines pet food with pet bowls and packs them quite compactly in a 7 x 5.25 inch container with a handle for easy transport.

Wi-Drive: Eco-Chic Transportation Service For Executive Commuters

As businesses work to bring more environmentally friendly alternatives to their operations, there's a necessity to reconsider traditional options to cater to a more elite crowd. While the average commuter might have no problem with taking public transportation by way of a city bus, commuter train or subway; it takes a little bit more persuasion to convince some executives to give up the comfort of their Mercedes for the more eco-friendly alternative. Following of a new San Francisco law that requires companies with 20 employees or more to offer incentives to encourage employees to choose ride-sharing programs or other forms of shared transportation; Wi-Drive, an eco-chic transportation option for business executives has been created.


Ever Run Your Car On Air ... Intentionally? The STAIR Air-Fueled Battery

If you've ever run your gas tank down so low that you could swear you were driving on air, you'll be pleased to know that in the near future, you will be driving on an air-fueled battery.

Body Check Ball: Fitness Info In The Palm Of Your Hand

Get the scoop on how fit (or not) you are by simply holding a ball. The Body Check Ball is a great accessory for the fitness nut in all of us.

Can Men Wear Spanx, too? The Core Precision Undershirt Says, Yes!

Women have been swearing by Spanx to keep their bodies under control and looking desirable in their sexiest fashions, but can men wear Spanx, too? Equmen has created the Core Precision Undershirt to give men equal opportunities in control undergarments, and while the men in the ads may not need help concealing any undesirable jiggle (and no, unfortunately, the undergarments don't promise the same ripping 6-packs), the average guy may benefit from a little bit of additional fashion support.

Stupeflix Helps You Easily Make Great Looking Videos

With a name like Stupeflix, you've got to be wondering what's up with this site.  What the site does is provide you with a graphical interface that allows you to create your own slide show videos, complete with soundtracks, text overlays, and image legends.  What makes the site a real winner is that it's not just easy to create these things, but you have all the freedom in the world to create your video.

Nautilus Shell USB Hub to Sea and Be Seen

The tasteful Nautilus design of the USB 3-Port Hub in a Shell proves once again, it's hard to beat good old Mother Nature when it comes to good looks and functional style. 

Wash-Free Underwear: Meeting The Underwear Fantasies Of Men

As if men need encouragement not to change their underwear, a new line of wash-free underwear doesn't require laundering due to its unique design. I think it goes without saying that this disgusting fashion underwear design was created by a man.


Do Good For Debt: Student Loans Traded For Charity Work

Most students who complete a post-secondary education find themselves overburdened by the abundance of student loans they were forced to take out to finance their educations. As a result, they find themselves struggling to pay their bills as they try to start building their careers, which leaves little time or money to do anything else; finding the time to contribute to charity just is not a reasonable possibility. To make both things possible, Do Good for Debt was created to allow those with looming student loans to trade their debts for charity work.


Intelligent Speed Adaptation to Slow Down Speeders in London

All too often, excessive speed is the primary factor when it comes to traffic accidents. We as a society have come to believe that time is more important than safety and because of that, we sometimes risk life and limb to shave seconds off of travel time. A company called Transport for London, based in the UK, is now testing a system that will stop this risk taking, and plans on offering the system to the public in an effort to reduce traffic fatalities.

High Alzheimer's Risk For Those With Atrial Fibrillation

Boomers and younger generations are terrified of getting Alzheimer's disease, so it's a good thing that scientists are focusing on it and learning more about its causes and possible preventative measures.  It is with this in mind that I share the following -- not to frighten you, but to pass on information that can help you get medical assistance if and when you need it.

Cute Pudding Cups Show Off Your Good Taste

These delightful ceramic pudding mugs from FredFlare look sweet upside down, then flip to hold a cup full of coffee, tea or even Creme Caramel.  

Eco-Dough is Eco-Green

If your kids love to play with play dough, and what kids don't, they're going to love this environmentally friendly product from Eco-Kids.

10 Animal Stars Of The Most Creative International Award-Winning Print Ads

If you love to laugh, you have to see these ads.  While I usually find humorous ads for animal or pet products, this time I decided to research the print ad winners of about 40 different international advertising prizes awarded during 2007 and 2008 just to select the "10 best award-winning people-product print ads featuring animals, fish, or insects in starring role."

Humminbird RF35 Fish Finder Watch

The Humminbird RF35 is a GPS fish finder watch that allows you to quickly scan your favorite fishing area for the best spots. Avoid those hopeless casts and fish with confidence.

Become Model Thin Through Fashion With Katie Gallagher’s Designs: No Diet Required

As if the fashion industry isn't already obsessed with being thin, a new fashion line by Katie Gallagher provides the starving model look; binging and purging not required. For that real exo-skeletal look, this unique fashion line relies on nude body-suits and re-created ribcages. I can't decide if this is one fashion line that will transform the fashion industry, by removing the need for crash dieting when the look is available through clothing, or if it's just another way to promote the model thin image to make pre-teen American girls feel inadequate. Read on and you tell me.


Running Through Rome: Sight Jogging’s Unique, Fast-Paced Sight Seeing Tours Keep Tourists Active

Sometimes tourists complain that sight seeing tours are too slow paced; often due to the size of the group, people on group tours find they just can't take in all the historical sights and attractions they'd like to see during that vacation. A new company, Sight Jogging, took the slow-paced tourism complaints literally, and offered their own unique form of historical sight seeing action with jogging tours.


Poo To The Rescue Once More: EcoFaeBrick

Before I tell you about this next innovation I want to inform you that I don't have a fascination with dung, despite how much I've written about it. I do however find it fascinating how many wonderful products can be made with this sort of waste. It is even more fascinating how beneficial using it can be. This next innovation, a brick made with cow manure, is a perfect example. 

Move Over Bean Bag Chairs – The Tennis Ball Chair is Here

For those of us of a "certain" age, bean bag chairs were all the rage back in the day. Along with shag carpet, bell-bottom pants and groovy black-lights, many of us owned one, or two,  of these comfy bean-filled chairs. Well move over bean bags - there's a new chair in town!

The Double-Duty Oh Plah Bracelet – Chew on This

One thing is for sure, the Oh Plah! Bracelet isn't your granny's bracelet! This attractive piece of jewelry is much more than a fashion statement. It's perfect for new mommies and babies too.

Track Your Wikipedia Pages with Wiki Alarm

Recently, Irish sociology student Shane Fitzgerald fooled numerous reporters by inventing a fake quote just hours after the death of French composer Maurice Jarre.  The quote, originally posted on Jarre's Wikipedia page, wound up in blogs and publications around the world.  Fitzgerald says this was done to teach journalists the importance of double checking the facts listed in Wikipedia before publishing them.  Maybe some of these writers would have been hip to the hoax if they had used Wiki Alarm.

Go Ahead And Tickle Someone With This Feather Art

Feather artist Julie Thompson creates gorgeous artwork painted delicately onto peacock feathers.

Taga Allows You To Easily Bike Anywhere With Your Children

The Taga is a versatile bike-stroller that allows you to take one or two of your children for a ride. The bike converts into a standard stroller and folds up for transport.

Not Just Small Change: Johnny Swing's Nickel Couch

Ever wanted to be surrounded by money?  Artist Johnny Swing knows the feeling.  That's why he created a couch out of 7,000 nickels. 

Call For Inventors! As Seen On TV Innovative Product Search

If you've had product concepts simmering on your mind's back burner, but didn't have the impetus or the money to start developing them, here's your chance to get them going.  Edison Nation has partnered with some of the best direct response firms in the country to find the best innovative products for 'As Seen On TV Innovative Product Search.

Re-Kindle Your Fake Blogs?

In Dennis Leary's Hulu TV commercial, his alien persona critiques us mere mortals of sharing our "bliggety blogs" and our "Facey-spaceys" and our "Tweety pages" with all our "bookwormy anti-Boobtubey friends." Perhaps Amazon was thinking along the same lines when they rolled out their Kindle Your Blog campaign. This week Amazon's Kindle Publishing for Blogs is promoted as a "fast and easy self-publishing tool" that let's you upload  and sell your blogs at a subscription price of $1.99 per month.

Careers For Yummy Mummies: ConnectMoms Acknowledges The Business Of Women

Today, I'd like to think that women aren't held back career-wise because of their decisions to have families; but it remains a hard reality that women who are pregnant or have young children are looked at in a different, not so positive light when they apply to jobs, or when being considered for a promotion in the corporations where they work. Yummy Mummy Careers, is an employment agency that understands that even hard-working women have the right to make their families a priority, and finds them jobs and careers that also abide by this mentality.

Freyagushi Couture Designs: Medicine Meets Fashion With Gory Clothing

With all this talk of swine flu and sickness, I couldn't help but wonder what interesting clothing items were out there to help those who want to dress up and play nurse. While that naturally brings up connotations of the sexy "naughty nurse", there is nothing attractive about the Freyagushi medical designs that I came across; which are better described as gory, graphic, and imaginative, with a touch of femininity.


Call For Inventors! PetSmart Innovative Product Search

Most inventors have pets.  I can be safe with that statement, because most people have pets, whether they're dogs or cats, rabbits, fish, birds, snakes, geckos, etc.  PetSmart knows this and instead of turning to its usual providers of products for new ideas, it's turning to us: inventors who know how to create innovative solutions to improve life! 

Dozy Dolphin - Sleep Tight

If your kids have a room filled with stuffed toys, make room for Dozy Dolphin. This little guy is way more than just another stuffed animal. Dozy is an interactive dream come true for children and parents alike.

SQUID System to Provide Police Forces with Faster and Safer Way to End Vehicle Chases

Law enforcement. Easily one of the most challenging and demanding careers out there today. The constant march of technology doesn't help either. Thankfully, every once in a while technology falls on the side of our police forces and makes their lives a little easier. The Safe Undercarriage Immobilization Device (SQUID) is one example of these new devices, and also one that is designed to do more than just help the men and women of law enforcement.

Japanese High School Students to Use Radiation Before Graduation

A group of science students from Japan's Hitachi 1st Senior High School may get to live out the ultimate geek fantasy by using the JRR-3 research reactor in Tokaimura to perform a set of experiments. No word if the students are pushing for a test ban treaty.

MIT Develops Cancer Monitoring Implant To Get Instant "Lab Results"

... If your cancer is starting to metastasize, your doctor needs to know now, not four days from now, after the lab returns your tests.  By then, there's more activity going on.

Murder Scene Mop Up Company Advanced Bio-Treatment: A Business Built On Gore

Not everyone has jobs they're proud of, and even fewer have occupations that make people want to vomit during introductions. Businesses like Murder Scene Mop Up certainly aren't for the faint at heart, but it's a disgusting job and someone's got to do it.

Cell Phone Watch. Didn't Inspector Gadget Have One of These?

It's a phone. It's a watch. It's a phone... no... wait... it's a watch, a camera, a phone, an MP3 player, and pretty much everything but your own personal chef. I want one.

See Jacko's Amazing Auction Catalogue at JuliensAuctions.com

The King of Pop has been feeling the crunch of the recession just like the rest of us, and now he's getting a little hard for cash.  In an effort to stay afloat, Michael Jackson has decided to start auctioning off items from his world-famous Neverland Ranch.  For this endeavor, Jackson has employed Julien's Auctions to create a catelogue of what's up for grabs.  JuliensAuctions.com will give you an interactive experience as you peruse Jacko's mysterious and bizarre auction items.

Cigarette Pack Mobile Phone

Here's a new gadget that certainly falls into that 'Shanzhai' category: A cigarette pack mobile phone. This little winner will certainly be popular among guys in China. Given that about 57% of men over 18 are heavy smokers, you couldn't ask for a better market. Maybe a few of them would be willing to substitute out their cancer sticks for a cell phone?

Gitta Gschwendtner's Uncanny Lamps

Every once in a while you run into interior design ideas that were clearly influenced by Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' or some other fanciful work of hallucinogen-fed fiction.  The Uncanny Lamps series by Gitta Gscwendtner reflects that inpsiration pretty clearly.

Forget Sniffing! Try Whiffing Le Whif Chocolate

You may not believe this story, and I'm not even going to tell all of it, because I don't claim to believe, or even understand, how this product came about.  But Le Whif is proported to be a real product, so if you want to try it, you don't really need the story of its origination, which is terribly convoluted and seems as if written while the developers were very high.  High on Le Whif chocolate?  I don't know.  Take a whiff and see!

Top 5 Part-Time Online Business Myths

The fortune cookie says "YES!" But will you really succeed?

So you're not just an inventor.. you're also a budding Internet entrepreneur. If, like thousands of other people all over the world, you have decided to cash in on the world of opportunities the Internet has to offer, this is an article you need to read. There are tons of part-time online business myths circulating and it's about time that you separate fact from fiction.


Sexy Lingerie Tattoos Wearers, Making A Scandalous Statement

Dying for a tattoo but can't deal with the permanence? Opt instead for a pair of sexy undergarments that emboss your behind so you give admirers something to look at as you turn around to walk away. Ninette Van Kamp's lingerie designs are sexy, chic, and incorporate just the right amount of naughty, whether you're looking to impress a significant other or just trying to make yourself feel sexy with a scandalous secret.


China Developing Robot for the Eldery

China scientists recently announced that they are only a couple of years away from launching a robot to care for the elderly. This new robot, reportedly 1.6 meters in height will perform numerous functions such as "fetching food, medicine, sounding alarms in case of water or gas leakage, sending texts or video images via wireless communications, and even singing a song or playing chess to entertain its masters."

Add Phone Charms Japanese Style with Stick-On Adhesive Buttons

Want to hang phone charms off your mobile just like they do in Japan but your cellphone has no hole? No problem - just stick on a button!

Swell Light: Rises with the Temperature

UK designer Paul Cocksedge has long experimented with material and technology in his lighting that, according to his website, 'simultaneously is what it is and yet ought not to be.'  Precisely what 'Swell' light is, and isn't...

Dodge 'Em - The Kinder, Gentler Dodge Ball Game

Let's take a trip down memory lane, shall we? When you were a kid, did you ever have to endure play the popular game, Dodge Ball? You know the one - where you are trying to avoid some bigger, stronger kid throwing a ball straight at you!  If you were like me, I dreaded that game. Well, the creative folks at WorldWide Fred have developed a totally fun Dodge Ball game that is similar to the real version but without the fear and pain!

Alzheimer's Risk Indicator For People Over 65 Proposed By New Study

Though the research needs to be validated with further studies, a new study published in the online issue of Neurology today, proposes a 15 point scale to identify persons at risk for Alzheimer's disease, if they are over 65 years old.

Inspired By A Nocturnal Gecko: Possible Strange Visions!

A nocturnal gecko, the Helmeted gecko (or Tarentola chazaliae), that is native to the west coast of Africa, has caught the attention of Swedish researchers, who gazed into the eyes of the little lizard looking for the secret to his powerful and colorful night vision. What they found may help them to create better camera lenses as well as multi-optical contact lenses for human eyes.

Machine Used For Research Keeps Animal Hearts Beating

Scientists at North Carolina State University have developed a new machine that is designed to keep animal hearts beating so that they can be studied for research.

China's National Space Program Copies Star Trek Logo

To give them full credit, I shouldn't say that China's National Space Administration ripped off a Star Trek logo. They actually ripped off two Star Trek logos. Check it out:

 


Social Media Taught In Schools

What if you could go to school to become famous? Where a curriculum was built around your individuality! Where you were measured and graded on your sphere of influence? Today, in the Age of the Individual, we are all learning to market our own brand. In this new world of commerce, both online and off, your reputation is indeed becoming an accepted form of currency. If you ever thought you were too cool for school before, think again... you just might be able to enroll in an institution of higher learning that puts a whole new spin on socializing!

Designer Hospital Gowns To Go! The Progressive Recovery Collection

Most of you know the problems with hospital gowns. They suck. With, if you're lucky, two sets of strings in the front, or in the back, depending on how you're told to wear them, you always have something showing that even your intimates seldom see.

Twitter Dating Service Radaroo: Finding Love In 140 Characters Or Less

 As Twitter helps businesses and people communicate in 140 characters or less, brevity in communication is changing businesses marketing strategies and replacing long, drawn out corporate communications. As Twitter transforms the business world, could it also change the business of online dating, with online matchmaking profiles in 140 characters or less?

Nintendo Purse: Geekiest Purse For The Fashion Loving Gamer

Purses can be functional, they can be fashionable, but they very rarely come pre-packed with fun. At least I thought so, until I came across the video gamer's dream purse!

How To Start A Home-Based Business

Do you want to be your own boss? You might be surprised to know that it is not as difficult as you think. Establishing a home-based business isn't easy but it isn't impossible to do. Here are a few tips on starting a business for aspiring home-based entrepreneurs:

Solar Powered Apparel: Chic or Geek?

If solar powered gadgets were inconspicuously integrated into apparel or integrated into clothing in such a way that it looked more chic than geek would you wear it? Maybe you like the eco-geek gadget look. Not sure? Take a look at the cool solar powered apparel gadgets below to find out. 

Fastskinz Vehicle Wraps May Not Be an Easy Solution to Increased Miles per Gallon

Not too long ago, a company called Fastskinz released a product that was supposed to increase your average fuel mileage by up to 20%. The idea was fool proof, simply cover you vehicle with a made-to-fit skin and viola, instant boost in miles per gallon. Sure it sounds great, but does it actually work? According to a test conducted by our friends at Popular Mechanics, it may actually decrease your fuel economy.

Lavender Lab – Not Your Average Pooch

Cloud B's Lavender Lab is an adorable stuffed animal parents and children will love.  Lavender Lab is not only warm, fuzzy and totally huggable, little Lavender has a little secret hidden deep within.

Water Standard Wins Prestigious Award For Its Desalination Plans

Water Standard has won the 2009 Desalination Deal of the Year, a Global Water Award, given by the premier water industry journal, Global Water Intelligence. The company's CEO, Amanda Brock accepted the award at a ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland, April 27, 2009, in a room full of many notables, including one of the speakers, Nobel Peace Prize winner, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

Take A Relaxing Bike Ride And Let Gruber Do The Pedaling

Remember when you were a kid and dreamed of a bike that could pedal itself? Gruber Assist is just that. Almost.

Grasshopper Inspires Entreprenuers In Down Economy

If you remember the TV Series Kung Fu (1972- 1975), you know that David Carradine's character was continuously inspired by his mentor, the blind Master Po. The zen master's ability to uncover life's hidden truths taught his eager student how to become one with his spiritual potential.

Softening The Loss Of A Pet With A Huggable Soft-Hearted Pillow

After nearly two years of writing this column, I have yet to touch on the subject of the death of a pet. Oh, I've seen some lovely, very personal gravestones and urns for pets; it just hurt too much to write about them. But today, when I read about Soft-Hearted Pillows, I knew I had to share these with you... perhaps because a Soft-Hearted Pillow is the most gentle way yet to let our pets "go," and know that they will still be with us.

Mile Meter’s Car Insurance By The Mile: For Those Who Don’t Feel Like Hitting The Road

Most drivers have some qualms with their car insurance policies, or more specifically, their insurance carriers; but insurance is a big business, since those who want to get behind the wheel of a car need to make sure they're insured. Typical car insurance policies insure vehicles for a pre-determined term, but Mile Meter tries to offer drivers a more flexible and affordable option, by insuring people based on how much they drive.


Sexy Stiletto Stripper Shoe Bottle Openers: Fashion With The Twist Of A Bottle Cap

Attention bartenders; looking for a sexy new way to serve up a nice cold one? Opening bottles with your teeth not doing your dental work any favors, or tired of getting bottle caps permanently embedded in your cleavage? Well, now you can add a new bit of bartending flare to your routine that's both sexy and convenient, with the stilettos for bartenders by 5th Floor Productions.


Alice Wang Designs Chairs for the Dysfunctional

Designer Alice Wang likes exploring the darker side of human nature, and with this installation of quirky, bizzare one-off chairs, it's evident she's also got a healthy sense of humor.

She claims that though the function of every day objects remains essentially stable, our relationships to them shift with the evolution of culture, and so why not have that reflected?

Star Trek Transporter Room Playset – Beam Me Up!

If you are a Star Trek  fan, you're going to love the new Transporter Room Playset.  Whether you play with it or simply use it just for display, it's sure to be a great big hit with fans, young or old.

Moss Can Be Used As 'Surrogate Mother' To Human Genes

Moss, that dark green, short, furry plant that seems to grow spontaneously in dark, moist spaces, has unexpectedly shown up as a kind of surrogate mother to human genes, able to read human genes and manufacture the proteins encoded on them!  This finding, made by  Martin Fussenegger, Professor of Chemical and Bioengineering at ETH Zurich and others at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau, is a 450 million year old reversal of fortune!

Pit Start Self Service Garage Offers Full Auto Shop to London Area

One of the most common reasons people are unable to work on their own vehicles is a lack of space. While the problem can manifest itself in several ways (too much stuff in the garage, live in an apartment, and so on) the heart of the issue is still a lack of available space. Pit Start may provide a new solution to this problem, at least for the people living in or around London.

Doggles Designs More Fashionable Protective Eyewear For Dogs

I've been a big fan of Doggles® first innovation, Doggles goggles for dogs.  But now they've come out with another fashion first: Doggles Mesh Eyewear for dogs, that can be worn inside the home as well as outside -- if it's not too sunny or windy.

We7 Eliminates Music Download Pirating, One Embedded Advertisement At A Time

In today's day and age, everyone is looking for new music to listen to on their iPods or MP3 players; but the options available to download music aren't always the most desirable. Music lovers can either download songs from iTunes or other music distribution services for a per song fee, or they can risk criminal prosecution by downloading pirated versions available from peer-to-peer exchange networks. Fortunately, there's now We7, a music sharing site that provides free music, with some strings attached.


The Best Way Yet To Juggle Your Data: The LaCie DataShare

Admittedly, LaCie employed the services of the inimitable design team 5.5 Designers to create its latest USB device, but LaCie DataShare is not just a pretty face. It's a pretty package that packs a lot of functions for its size.

Kneeling Bench Keeps Toilet Splashes (and Pride) to a Minimum

Urine trouble now... Responding to complaints from homemakers about messes made by micturating males, Japanese bathroom engineers have brought their toilet talents to bear on the problem and have come up with a solution that will bring proud men everywhere to their knees.

Geeky Gadget Of The Future: Wearable Projector Bracelet and Smart Electronic

Camera, projector and WIFI connection in one innovative fashion item, will eliminate needs in the future to carry bulky equipment to business conferences and other information sharing events. Best of all, the Projector Bracelet is one wearable gadget that is also fashionable, with additional features that allow it to coordinate with the rest of your wardrobe.

Get Workout Tips from StrongestMan.org

Summer is just around the corner!  Are you ready to show off that beach body yet?  If you're still getting around to developing that perfect six pack of abs, you may want to consider StrongestMan.org for a little information.  The site has a graphical interface that lets users select workouts by muscle area, and pulls routines from sources likw WikiHow and Del.icio.us to give you what you're looking for.

3 Totally Green Hemp Dog Beds For The Green Dog, Of Course

The cool eco-beds for dogs are made of hemp shells and filled with tiny resilient fibers made from recycled plastic water bottles, or other recycled materials. The combination of these materials make these beds breathable, comfy, washable, quick drying and, of course, green.

LED Compact Mirror Helps You Do Make-Up After Sundown

Adjusting make-up after dark has been a dim prospect for women without access to light. Not any more - the battery-powered "Actress Mirror" packs a bevy of LED lights to shine the light where you need it most.

Miss Pontiac Already? The ASC Trans-Am Might Be Able to Help

After the release of the new Camaro, many tuners and fabrication specialists were immediately engulfed in ways to make the new bow-tie faster and sleeker. High performance upgrades and body kits were being introduced almost hourly and in no time at all the aftermarket for the Camaro became very extensive. The most recent of these add-ons isn't actually an upgrade, but a full bodied transformation to the Camaro's counterpart, the Trans Am.

Limited Edition Star Trek Captain Kirk Chair - Go Ahead, Sit on It!

For the Trekkie who has everything, why not add this piece of life-size furniture to your collection? What better way to watch your favorite Star Trek flicks than in this honest-to-goodness Captain Kirk chair replica?

Embark On A Rare Culinary Adventure With Edible And Have Unusual Foods Delivered To Your Door

Want to take a walk on the wild side and add a little bit of adventure into your diet? Edible, a UK based company specializes in the acquisition and shipment of unusual food from around the world that will really spice up your meals.


Wolfram Alpha, The Next Google?

Move over Google, there’s a new race car driver on the track. Expected to launch on May 18th, Wolfram Alpha is one of the early leaders in the Web 3.0 race, and its turbo-charged search formula may be just the design for all future Google contenders to emulate. It’s the brainchild of Stephen Wolfram, founder and CEO of Wolfram Research who has been fine-tuning his well-oiled machine for almost three decades, in hopes of taking the pole position away from the Mario Andretti of all search engines.

Smarty Pants: Fashion To Include Motion Sensing Abilities

Good news for those who have always wanted to wear a pair of pants that detect your every move. According to scientists at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the smart technology will soon be integrated right into the fabric of fashion items.

Estate Planning For Online Accounts Allow Beneficiaries To Grieve in 140 Characters Or Less

People take many steps to ensure that their estates and assets are left to the right people in the eventuality that they pass away. But, other important items that slip through the cracks are the various online accounts that we hold so near or dear. For many, Hotmail, Twitter and Blog accounts are far more valued then their collection of family keepsakes or jewelry, and they want to ensure that these virtual assets are well taken care of after their death. Legacy Locker, a new online business has captured this niche to ensure that important online accounts are distributed to those trusted by the deceased, so that they can grieve their loved ones passing in 140 characters or less.


BMW Expands on the Project I Line-Up: Hints at Production

BMW has been making quite a bit of noise about their new Project I program, with rumors of such vehicles as the Z2 and new Megacity concept spreading like wildfire. While BMW can "neither confirm nor deny" many of these rumors, they can keep pushing out new concepts that fall under Project I. Most recently, that German automaker has taken a lineup of small 2, 3 or 4 wheeled city vehicles into consideration.

Top 10 Strange and Innovative Pants and Jeans

 Pants are a staple in many fashion ensembles, but not all pants are fashionable or functional - some pants are innovative, while others are weird, wacky and strangely mesmorizing! Read on to see the Top 10 Most Innovative and Strange Pants and Jeans!

Heart-Shaped Watermelons Show How Love Grows

The heart-shaped watermelons grown by Japanese farmer Hiroichi Kimura and his wife are more than just a labor of love, they are products of the Kimura's passion for farming - and each other.

Star Trek Starfleet Phaser – Beam This Up!

If your "kids" love Star Trek, they are going to love this little gadget. The Starfleet Phaser is an exact replica from the just released 2009 movie Star Trek.

Dishwasher That Washes Dishes With Air

Should you wash dishes by hand or in the dishwasher? The debate is ongoing. I say it depends on the "dish washer". Is the water left running when done by hand? Is the dishwasher an old model that needs to be run more than once to wash one set of dishes? What if the dishwasher used air to wash the dishes? Take a look at designer Hwang Jin Wook's modern dishwasher prototype. 

Nintendo Famicom Art Plays On Retro NES Game Themes

The best games never created? That's the theme of Meteor's Famicase 2009, a celebration of wishful gaming designed to pay tribute to Nintendo's influential Famicom home game console.

Dinnersaurs Utensilsaurus – Can you Dig it?

The creative minds at World Wide Fred have done it again. They've created a  unique and fun line of tableware for youngsters.

Good Vibes at ThankingOfYou.com

Do you ever have those moments when you look back upon your past and think of someone who greatly impacted your life?  Ever wish that you could reach back and give them a personal "Thank You" for being such an influence?  This, and many other themes of gratitude, is the basis of a new social website called ThankingOfYou.com.

Biofuels Or Bioelectricity? Miles Per Acre Are Compared In New Study

What is the most efficient way to use farmed crops to power our vehicles -  biofuels or bioelectricity? Researchers at the Carnegie Institution for Science, University of California, and Stanford University studied these issues as well as their relative impact on the environment.  Guess which one fared miles better per acre than the other.

ODA's ROOM: Modern Modular Furniture

The ROOM,  designed by New York-based design firm Office for Design & Architecture, or ODA, was originally designed for a teenager's loft-like space.  What eventually resulted was an adjustable modular system that could be retrofitted for small or larger sized bedroom spaces. 

Innovative Fashion Tattoo To Act As Diabetes Monitor

Gone are the days where tattoos were just for fashion, and now a new nano ink particle tattoo will help diabetics eliminate the need for painful fingertip testing strips.


Top 5 New Businesses That Should Profit From The Swine Flu (H1N1 Virus)

With fears about the Swine Flu (H1N1) pandemic spreading wordwide, not everyone is living in fear. Some business, are seeing dollar signs as the media continues to instill fear about the Swine Flu in the minds of Americans and the rest of the population around the world, because their profits should quickly rise. Here are some innovative new businesses that should see a profit from the Swine Flu.

President Called In To Bail Out KFC!

To celebrate the highly anticipated launch of its new Kentucky Grilled Chicken, fast food chain KFC was giving away gratis pieces of grilled chicken to customers. To help promote the offer Oprah Winfrey added her celebrity heft in marketing the offer. Usually whenever the Big "O" gets involved, the world listens. Well, in this case, KFC's innovative viral campaign came to a crashing halt when the chicken-lickin' demand exceeded its paltry poultry supply.

Dareway: A Segway Scaled Down For The Little Tike

The Dareway is a Segway designed just for children. Did we need this device? Read on, and decide for yourself.


Teddy Scares: A Not So Cuddly Bear Alternative

Take a look at that picture. A good look. Yep. That's a dead teddy bear. And apparently these little guys are coming to "snuggle" with us in a sinister way. They're cute. But, according to their biographies, they each have a personal agenda...

Iiamo Go Self-Heating Feeding Bottles - This is One Hot Bottle!

This baby bottle is, well, beyond cool. It's HOT!  At first glance, you'll notice the unusual and unique shape of the bottle. But it's what you don't see that makes this bottle extra special.

Lotus Working On Advanced Noise Cancellation System for New Vehicles

Ever since the first electric hybrids were on the road, many people have been questioning how safe they really are. These worries are not about the crash test reliability, but rather the lack of noise the vehicles make when cruising down the road. While several aftermarket companies have presented solutions, Lotus Engineering is no working on a system that provides the necessary engine noise to the outside, while also reducing noise in the cabin.

Alzheimer's Reversal: Is This Genetic Discovery The Medical Miracle We Need?

An MIT research team has pinpointed the exact gene responsible for memory recovery and restoration in mice with Alzheimer's disease: the HDAC2 gene. Remember that gene, because it is one of the major genes responsible for brain plasticity, and now it is thought that drugs that target the HDAC2 gene may help Alzheimer's patients reverse long term memory loss and regain the ability to learn new things.  It worked on mice.

Strange Toy Emulates Environmental Conditions

Want a goo that imitates the environment of a distant planet? Can't quite figure that out? Neither could I. But Planet Plasma apparently mimics the textures and smells of Mars--as well as more terrestrial locales.

The BBQ Branding Iron: You May Never Eat In Again

The BBQ Branding Iron allows you to play cowboy right in your own backyard. Design your message, heat your iron and brand it into the steak or hamburger patty that you're cooking up on your grill.

World’s Most Expensive Jeans By Damien Hirst: Art Or Fashion?

Perfectly timed with the recession and decreased spending, come the world's most expensive jeans, by artist Damien Hirst. Through a partnership with Levis, Hirst created these jeans as a form of wearable art; but at their cost, I'd be afraid to leave the house in them, or maybe that's just because of their unique fashion statement.


Peer To Peer Lending Trend Expands With Video Rentals From iLetYou

At a time when the economy requires us all to derive income from the minimal resources we might have available to us, iLetYou, a new business which recently launched in Private Beta, couldn't have had better timing. Allowing people to rent out the items that they hold near and dear to them, iLetYou's revenue sharing program is an easy way to make money with minimal effort.


Go With The Flo™ A Transgenerational Squat Toilet

No.  You're kidding, right?  You think that boomers are going to squat on a toilet?

The designers of Go With The Flo, from Arizona State University (ASU) Design School, say that their squat toilet is a toilet concept for baby boomers to help them get Yoga exercise.  Not this boomer!

Tink! Part 4 ... They Can't Believe His Blinking Eyes!

As tink! was continuing to perplex and befuddle the vast majority of the New Kids on the Block fan base, the word in and of itself still eluded many us. As the mystery remained clouded, Jordan Knight, the pied piper himself played an online version of 20 questions. Tens of thousands of followers continued to submit guesses which were returned with simple "yes" or "no" responses. And just as this post was being written... Jordan Knight revealed his meaning of tink!  However, based on the research of  one very shrewd private investigator. I think her investigation in this case came closer to demystifying tink! than Jordan's blinking eyes!

Bike Boombox: The Podio

The Podio offers a simple, sleek wireless music solution for any bicycle. Download your favorite tunes, strap it to your handlebars and you have all the music you need sans annoying headphone wires slapping your face.

GO2 Will Harness Power from Passengers Dancing: Redefine Alternative Energy

Alternative energy is a term that has been used quite a bit in the past year or two. The real challenge comes in trying to define exactly what alternative energy really is. Thankfully a new concept boat called the GO2 has given us an interesting and extreme definition for the all too common phrase.

Sleep Sheep – A Baby’s Best Friend

The Sleep Sheep is definitely not your typical plush toy! This little lamb is not only warm and fuzzy; he's a parent's best friend and a baby's constant companion!

New Kindle DX Reads Better, Faster, Cheaper, And Louder Than A Book!

Today's the day you can pre-order your new Kindle DX, the latest generation of Kindle readers by Amazon.  The only question you'll have, providing you have the spare change to pay for it, is how many books, blogs, textbooks, and newspapers you want downloaded to it.

Draganflyer X6: A Camera Platform That 007 Would Love

Sometimes a gadget comes along that just blows my socks off. This is one of them: the Draganflyer X6, a miniature helicopter that can be used for security, film-making, surveying, and more. Plus it's cool looking...

The 11 Best Toys of 2009: Toy Industry Awards

Every year, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) selects the best representatives of 11 categories of toys. They are selected on the basis of excellence of product design and safety, creativity and novelty, and overall presentation. This year's line up of Toy of the Year (TOTY) winners include some breakthrough technologies that adults will appreciate as much as their kids enjoy playing with them

Bizarre Weight Loss Solution Lifts, Separates, Disturbs

Overweight in Japan and not a Sumo wrestler? Not to worry, there's a new weight loss solution that's easy to wear but hard to look at: the bizarre Boneless Belt. 

Graffitti Creator is a Shrine to the Artform

Graffiti, as an art form, has evolved very quickly to involve everything from depictions of urban surroundings to territorial tags of gangs.  Many may think of it as the defacing of public property, however Graffiti Creator sees it differently.

Nut & Bolt Wedding Rings: Binding Bride & Groom Together With Unique Jewelry

There are many untraditional couples out there who would never dream of having a typical wedding complete with the white dress, tuxedo, pastel bridesmaids and flashy diamonds. Having been one of these brides myself, I'm happy to see a unique wedding band alternative that truly binds the bride and groom together.

Franchild: Franchise Opportunities For Children Encourage Budding Entrepreneurs

Long gone are the days where child entrepreneurs were confined to the business of lemonade stands or garage sales. Now with Franchild, a business that helps children learn entrepreneurial concepts, follow a business model, and manage their own company in a professional way that is suitable for a child!

Mom, Do Your Balls Recharge? More Earth Friendly Gifts For Mom

Shouldn't every day be Mother's Day? Mother's everywhere will probably shout, "Yes!" This year show your mom how much she is appreciated. Then help her relax with gifts like the unique earth friendly gifts ideas below. 

Chinese Chess Is Finally Accessible To Blind And Visually Impaired Persons

Chinese chess (Xiangqi) is centuries old; some historians date the game back to 400 BC. All this time, blind and other visually disabled persons have been unable to play one of China's most popular games.  But last year, design professor Michael Siu, of Hong Kong Polytechnical University (PolyU), created a Chinese chess set  for blind persons and others with varying levels of visual impairments. The set  has opened up a new sport to millions of vision impaired persons that allows them to be included in a very popular national game.

 

The Farm Scene Wooden Book – Go Ahead and Chew on This!

By Selecta, this little book is sure to be a great big favorite for children and parents alike. The Farm Scene Wooden Book is "bound" to make a wonderful heirloom too.

Twitter In A Word...

If you were tasked with defining Twitter in just one word, what would that be? What best sums up what Twitter means to you in one word? While there has been article upon article, blog upon blog and analysis upon analysis burning up the digital airwaves, many of us still don't know WHY we are so fascinated with this entity called Twitter. Since its simplicity is definitely part of its charm (tweets of a 140 characters or less), I thought a poll based on a one word definition would be most apres pos in trying to nail down what this elusive phenomenon means.

Stationary Bike Blender: Have Your Morning Workout and Drink It Too

The Stationary Bike Blender delivers an effective morning workout and breakfast all at once.


Inspired By Nature:The Pixel Carbon Neutral Prototype Office Building

Grocon, a third generation Australian development and construction company, is about to build the world's first carbon neutral office building, complete with fresh air, native grass filtration of rain water, natural daylight, and windows that open!  Sounds revolutionary, doesn't it?

Can The Baby Remote Actually Control Babies? Unfortunately, No...

Looking for a way to control babies with just the push of a button?  Well, look somewhere else.  The results of "Baby Remote Control" in a search engine query netted me the topic of this article.  And while babies are still free to run amuck as they wish, at least they'll be able to emulate television control techniques.

Samurai Sword Handle Umbrella Provides Cutting Edge Rain Protection

The Samurai Sword Handle Umbrella protects you from post-atomic black rain, gushing founts of enemy blood, storms of fire arrows... and the occasional mild drizzle.  

12 Weird, Wild, And Wonderful International Zoo Ads

Zoo ads are conceived to show you just how weird, wild, and wonderful our fellow creatures are, and how each time you visit them, you not only have fun, but you learn things from them as well as about them.  This is one area of advertising that always delivers what it promises! Here are another 12 very clever zoo ads from all over the world for your enjoyment.

Travel to the Tombs of Ancient Egypt with Musée de la Civilisacion

Musée de la Civilisacion, as you may have guessed, translates from French into "Museum of Civilization" and is located in Quebec, Canada.  Their latest exhibit takes you back to ancient Egypt to learn about the process behind mummification, and the significance of the rituals these desert dwellers engaged in to secure a blissful afterlife.

The Haramaki: Samurai Fashion Turned Winter Wear

Following an ancient samurai fashion tradition is the Haramaki. Once used to protect the stomach and kidneys from sharp swords, this fashion item is now used to protect against much less harsh elements; namely the weather. Read on and decide if the Haramaki is a fashion statement for the future, or if it should have gone extinct with the Samurai's.


Convenient Farmer’s Market For Commuters Supports Local Economy

Non-profit group Sound Food, which aims to support the consumption and sale of locally grown produce, is bringing the ultimate farmer's market convenience to ferry commuters in Seattle. Understanding that not everyone can find the time to go to local farmer's markets, which are often hosted during the week when the majority of people are at work, Sound Food is bringing the farmers markets to them at an affordable price.

Eight Surgical Masks to Survive Swine Flu in Style

Got your mask on? Due to the deadly Swine Flu outbreak people in Mexico are wearing surgical masks like they're going out of style - except they're not, just the opposite in fact. Here are the top ten weirdest variations on Japan's (and now the world's) most healthy fashion accessory, the personal surgical mask.

Zumreed Rain Drop Speakers - Perfect for Singin’ in the Rain

Chances are pretty good you haven't seen MP3 speakers quite like these before!   The uniquely-shaped Zumreed Rain Drop speakers are sure to be great conversation starters.

Want to Increase Your Fuel Economy? Try Buying A GPS

In car navigation has very quickly become one of the most relied on pieces of gadgetry inside the vehicle and with good reason. No longer having to print out directions from the computer or rely on memory alone to get from point A to point B is a huge benefit. Coupled with live traffic updates and road work conditions, GPS units have become a very useful device. They may be even more useful thanks to a recent study done by a research firm called NuStats that points to an decrease in the amount of money spent on fuel by GPS owners.

Shark Submarine Allows Divers A Close-Up View Of The Ocean's Greatest Predator

Sharks are scary.  So imagine having the cajones to not only swim near great whites, but with great whites.  Fabien Cousteau has created the ultimate shark research tool: a shark submarine.

The Coolest Way To Read In The Dark: LED Reading Glasses

The newest thing in reading at night makes more sense than a lamp, an LED book light, and certainly a flash light.  It not only creates maximum efficiency by focusing on what you're viewing, but it can be used for more than just reading!

Innovative Electricity Generator is Powered by Prayer

Buddhist prayer wheels are a common site in China, Tibet, Nepal and India. Spun hundreds of times daily by passersby, you might think that some wise guy would wire them to generate and store electric power - and, wise guy Taikkun Li has done exactly that.

Got the Swine Flu Blues? Check Out Idemc.org

With swine flu giving the world the willies about traveling, hand washing, and even breathing, it would be great to have an up-to-date referrence as to what the situation is around the world.  If you've been following the media's coverage of the pandemic, you get blasted every day with a dose of fear that can only be good for ratings.  Why not see how things are really shaping up?

NKOTB's Tink! Takes on a Life of Its Own

Jordan Knight promised to release the true meaning of "tink!" and has announced the winner of the New Kids on the Block's NYC Today Show contest. Virally, Jordan's one-word tweet of "tink!" has exploded onto the Twitterverse into a global frenzy exciting a fan base who just can't get enough! From tens of thousands tweets to tink! cartoons, tink! products and even an Ashton Kutcher Platinum Tweet Award, tink! has taken on a life of its own.

High Fashion Octopus Dress: Unique Clothing For Women Who Never Have Enough Hands

High fashion doesn't always appeal to the masses, but fashion that hits the international runways often finds itself a major topic of conversation. Memorable, modern and mystic, the Octopus Dress finally gives women the opportunity to live out their fantasies; while most girls dreamed of being the Little Mermaid, there are some fashion lovers out there who had darker tastes and lusted after Ursula.

Let No Haggles Play Hard Ball & Find You A Great Deal On A New Car!

Buying a car can be a trying process; first you have to locate the dealership with the best price, then you have play hard ball to try and negotiate the price down, and then you have to secure the financing at a good rate because you don't have the cash. By the time the process is complete, you have a new car, and quite likely a few new grey hairs to go with it. To save the stress, a company appropriately named No Haggles does all the haggling and legwork for you to get you in that new car.


Wheely Bugs – Great Rides for Kids

This is the type of critter any mom can love! Wheely Bugs, from Prince Lionhart, are award-winning ride-on toys that are guaranteed to be great big hits with little children and parents too.

Hood Mounted Air Bag Could Provide Much Needed Protection for Pedestrians

As long as there are cars on the road, there will be accidents. Because of this auto manufacturers have spent substantial amounts of time and money trying to develop safety features that will decrease the chance of a serious injury in the event of a crash. While this is all fine and dandy, what about when the object being struck by the vehicle isn't another vehicle, but rather a pedestrian? What can we do to improve their chances of survival? This is exactly the question that a team of crash specialists from Cranfield University have set out to answer.

Fun Facial Hair: 10 Most Weird And Wacky Moustaches And Beards!

On May 23, 2009, the annual Beard and Moustache Championships competition will be taking place in Anchorage, Alaska. Inventor Spot first introduced this strange sport to readers in the "Top 10 Sports From Around The World", and in honor of this strange competition rolling around again, we're counting down the most weird and wacky moustaches and beards from the Beard and Moustache Championship photo gallery!


The Business Of Boys And Their Toys: Heavy Equipment, Construction Amusement Park For Men

They have always said that boys love their toys, and I think we all know that it's an expression that refers to the over 18 male demographic. Some men prefer their video games, or their set of garage tools, but there's others that prefer entertainment that's a little bigger and little dirtier. At Mannerspielplatz, Germany's playground for men, men get to play out their construction worker fantasies and leave their suits and ties behind at the office.


New Transparent OLED May Take Place of Rear-View Mirrors

It seems as though auto makers can never decide in what arena they would like to challenge the competition. One day it's all about horsepower, the next it's about fuel economy and by the end of the week it's about in-car technology. While this drives prices down and brings the overall quality up, it also eventually leads to the question of "do I really need that?"

Giant Cell Phone Building Calls Out for Attention

When Japan's Bic Camera wanted their electronics store in Tokyo's Ikebukuro ward to really stand out, they made a few calls on their cell phones... and got the idea for a memorable building everyone can recall.

It’s Fun to Eat with the Trebimbi Kiddies Party Set

If you have a finicky eater, the Trebimbi Kiddies Party Set may be just what you've been looking for. Not only is this colorful set functional, it's guaranteed to make anyone smile.

Shadow Caddy Automated Golf Caddy System

The Shadow Caddy is a hands-free miniature golf cart that follows you all around the course, carrying your clubs, equipment and even drinks.

Chrysler Electric Van to Provide USPS with Small Test Fleet

While many of Chrysler's employees have been focused on the bankruptcy issue that has put the company's future in question, a few have been working hard on ways to help the company pull out of these tough times. Out of this effort came a new electric vehicle that Chrysler hopes will be able to catch the attention of the USPS.

Show Your Employer The Economy Is Putting Your On Edge With A Funny, Yet Morbid Fashion Statement

With the state of the economy, employers can bring a little humor to the workplace to show that they're feeling on the edge using a less than professional fashion statement. Not recommended for wear in those offices where superiors don't know how to loosen their ties and have a laugh, this morbid necktie is a fashion accessory to die for.


Top 5 Coolest Vending Machines of 2009

Vending machines are all about offering convenient services for consumers, and in a world where we have trouble slowing down; vending machines are capturing every niche market. I've written about a wide variety of vending machines in the past, but read on, because these ones are newer vending machine prototypes which are set to be amongst the coolest of 2009.


Dust Bunny - The Handy Household Hare

Do you have trouble getting your kids to clean their rooms? Short of bribery or pulling teeth, kids and cleaning is a difficult combination to come by.  The Dust Bunny may be just the ticket.

Swine Flu App Can Detect When Pigs Fly?

With news of the swine flu epidemic crowding the airwaves, could pigs now possibly be crowding the airways? Could your favorite hog be allowed to fly the friendly skies? In a world that's paranoid of a potential pandemic, and Joe Biden being chastised for warning people "not to fly," is it even conceivable that pigs might be boarding planes? Well if PetAirways has anything to do with it, that just might be the case. And if IntuApps moves forward with their Swine Flu App, there may be a way to detect when pigs fly?

On Call Gourmet Beach BBQ Delivers To Copenhagen Vacation Spots

Sunning yourself in the lap of luxury at a Danish Beach in Copenhagen, the last thing you want to do is remove yourself from your perfect vantage point to the ocean, get dressed and go on a potentially endless trek for a junky beach fare meal. Capturing the market of people who have encountered this exact dilemma, Sommergrill is an on call beach BBQ service with a gourmet menu.


Carbon Fiber Jacket: Hot Fashion With Adjustable Temperature For Any Season

Spring is in the air, but depending on where you live the hot weather isn't quite here yet. Looking for a lighter weight jacket that delivers enough warmth for those cool spring nights? Try the carbon fiber jacket with adjustable internal heating that allows you to make sure the heat setting is appropriate for what the weather's doing outside.