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10 Best Gourmet Hot Chocolates To Get You Through The Winter

Old, or should I say very old, Punxsutawney Phil came out of his hole today and declared, on this 168th US observance of Groundhog Day, that there will be (at least) six more weeks of Winter. To all Winter sports enthusiasts, this is great news. You and the rest of us can drink to it with a cup of fantastic gourmet hot chocolate, because we will all need something yummy and hot to stay warm. Here are 10 of the best cocoas for drinking... and the bonus feature is my favorite hot cocoa recipe!

 


Back To Basics: Businesses That Emphasize Sharing

Sharing is a concept learned from a young age, and while we may not all do it well, new and innovative companies believe it's important to try to share and be a friend through use of their unique services. ParkatmyHouse.com connects drivers with parking spots, SingleSpotCamping.com takes backyard camping to a new level, and Bixi brings bike sharing to Montreal.


Whipped Cocoa Bath: Great Idea?

Patent#US 6753303 known among chocolate lovers as the Whipped Cocoa Bath, may very well take the concept of going a bit too far a bit further. If you have dreamed of sitting in a luxurious cocoa bath surrounded by suds that don’t know quite what to do, consider it within sight, but watch out for those marshmallows!

Innovative Chinese Museum Unites Mah-jong and Tea Culture

In Chengdu, the capital city of China’s Sichuan Province, there stands a one-of-a kind museum. It is the very first of its kind to combine the China’s two most popular aspects; the game of mah-jong and tea culture. Read on for some fascinating details.

Oh, You Are So GREEN! The HYmini Handheld Wind Turbine

A handheld wind turbine might be the last thing you would think of to charge your MP3, cell phone, or digital camera. How about a handheld wind turbine with mini solar panels too?

Inspired By Photosynthesis: Dye Solar Cell (DSC) Solar Panels

DSC technology still has a way to go to catch up with nature. You see, DSC technology is based on the process whereby plants convert light into energy and store it. Plants that use photosynthesis operate 24/7, even though the sun does not.

High Hormone Levels in Women May Lead To Cheating

A new study has shown that high levels of the sex hormone oestradiol may lead to a woman having an affair.

Stress Amplifies, Beta-Blockers Slow, Malignant Skin Cancer

In the third of a series of studies linking stress hormones and cancer, medical researchers at Ohio State University found that stress amplifies the progression of malignant melanoma, particularly in advanced and aggressive melanomas.

Sleipnir Charges Into The Web Browser Wars

A new web browser called Sleipnir is charging into the Japanese market and is preparing to make a global push. You may be wondering about the very un-Japanese name... Sleipnir comes from Viking mythology: he's the eight-legged horse ridden across the heavens by Odin.

Exercise Apparatus: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6979284 also known in lazy circles as the Exercise Apparatus is the almost ideal equipment for the exerciser who hates to go to the gym (I need not point fingers. You know who you are.) It is actually quite the thing for someone a bit lazy because the process can take place in your own armchair! Read on, but don’t sweat it.

Keyboard Made of Stepping Stones: One Weird Russian Monument

Although most of us would probably agree that the computer keyboard is a symbol (or stepping stone, if you will) for universal communication, there are those Yekaterinburg, Russia who have gone a bit too far with the creation of the most unusual QWERTY Monument. Read on but avoid commands for a few moments more.

Small Businesses Hope To Overcome Recessionary Times On Valentine’s Day

Recession or no recession, a recent study shows that Valentine's Day is a crucial holiday for the success of small businesses. Learn more about strategies used by businesses to boost their Valentine's Day sales and other related statistics by reading on.

Catching Viral Fever – A Look at 3 Viral Marketing Techniques

When we think of viruses…we start conjuring up negative images. Viruses that trigger colds and viruses that damage computers are contagious and something we try to avoid or fight off with mega-doses of Vitamin C and spyware software.  So how can Viral Marketing be good for us?

The World's Smallest Color Scanner

James Bond would be proud to have this in his arsenal. Scanning documents (full pages, not just lines) goes mobile with the DocuPen RC800.

Chopsticks Manners Kit Helps You Pick Up Chicks

Challenged by chopsticks? Dread looking like a klutz at a Japanese restaurant? For those who fear straying from the familiarity of the fork, this cool chopsticks practice set is worth its weight in silverware.

10 Anti-Valentine Gifts That Speak Volumes About Love

I hate to be cynical, but how long does the honeymoon last, anyway? Is everyone supposed to be blushing, and giggling, and cooing, and making kissy-face uncontrollably in public just because it's Valentine's Day? C'mon, most of us are actually suffering from some major heartbreak on Valentine's Day, just like most other days.

Walk The Walk, Chalk The Chalk - Crafty Street Art

When you were little, did you ever play outside with chalk by drawing pictures on the ground? While many of us have before, this artist uses chalk combined with shadows to create his art.

Feng Shui Compass: For Inner Order, Direction and Wha?

For the person who has everything (or at least thinks so), comes the electronic Feng Shui Compass, the newest creation from Fortune Compass, LLC. If you have been working in a room with your back to the door, now is the time to move, as this compass will indicate in no uncertain terms. Read on and be prepared to …calculate!

Google's 40 Minutes When the Earth Stood Still

Google caused the Internet world to stand still on Saturday 6:30 AM PST, January 31, 2009 for a whole 40 minutes! The problem affected internet pages across the entire planet, as engineers frantically tried to fix it.


A Robot That Crawls Into Forbidden Places: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6824508 is also known as a Micro Robot. While that might sound harmless enough, this little guy is really brazen and travels up unsuspecting butts. This 2004 invention has its medical purposes, but there are those who might prefer to see it in action in the next horror flick about the homicidal robot that practices medicine without a license! Read on, but be careful where you sit!