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When Gloomy Bear Meets Hello Kitty, There Will Be Blood

Gloomy Bear meets Hello Kitty... or is that Gloomy Bear EATS Hello Kitty? If this violent and disturbing character combo is any indication, the backlash against Japan's culture of cuteness may have begun.

BMW Developing Navigation System that Predicts Your Destination

It seems that in car technology just keeps getting smarter with every new generation of vehicles. At the rate we are going, it won't be long until vehicles will be able to decide on a destination and drive there for us with little or no input from the driver. While this seems like something from a Science fiction movie, BMW is already working on a system that can guess where you plan on going.

Vehicle Skin to Return 25% Increase In Fuel Economy

Of all the forces present on a moving vehicle, few can reduce your fuel mileage as much a drag. For this reason, many people are beginning to modify the bodies of their vehicles to increase the aerodynamic efficiency and therefore fuel mileage. It was from this idea that a new way to improve your fuel economy, called Fast Skins, was born.

Need Some Help Haunting Homes?: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6776687 is what is known as a Haunting Aid, and it is one of those ideas that makes one wonder exactly how much those people down at the patent office really drink every day. Glowing eyes via an LED is hardly another world or even another invention. Read on anyway and ignore that chill that just passed over your right shoulder.

Flipping For An Upside Down Tomato Garden

The Upside Down Tomato Garden is an invention that's about time in coming. After years of trying to grow tomatoes in the ground and humanely keeping the gophers and rabbits from destroying them, I'm flipping for this gadget.

Does Big Foot Have a Foothold in Siberia?

For some hunters in Tashtagol, a small mining town in the Siberian region of Kemerovo, located on the Kondoma River, some strange things are going on concerning furry humanoid creatures that have been spotted on several occasions. Read on for more information, but…don’t forget to keep your camera close at hand.

Really Groovy Dishes From Designer Ross McBride

Sometimes just having the perfect tools is an excuse for an occasion. Like when you purchase a new barbecue grill, it's an excuse to invite friends over for a cookout. What better excuse to "dish" with a pal than these groovy dishes from Ross McBride, now designing from his studio in Tokyo.

MinMu Squishes Several Links Into One

MinMu is about as simple of a service as it gets, and not altogether not unlike TinyURL.  You take your links, input them into the generator, and out comes your abbreviated link.  But MinMu does have some features that give it a bit of an advantage over TinyURL

Marketing Goes Green! Natural, Unique & Sustainable Advertising By Curb

Effective marketing strategies can make a great contribution to the success of a business. While many marketing agencies are turning to blogging and online marketing to advertise their clients' services; Curb is going green in their marketing strategies by using eco-friendly, sustainable marketing methods that rely upon nature.


Bizarre 'Sand Puppies' Could Be Next Japanese Character Sensation

Naked mole rats dig deep into Japanese hearts... in a GOOD way. What were you thinking? The so-called "sand puppies" at Tokyo's Ueno Zoological Gardens just might be the next cute character sensation, and the Zoo is helping things right along by selling plush toy versions of the bizarre, bucktoothed rodents.

Disco Ball Hat: Get Your Party On and Dance the Night Away

Some of us of a certain age may have fond memories of the Disco era.  Others, well, not so much.  But whether you loved Disco or hated it, this isn't your average, run-of-the-mill hat! 

10 Best Hamburger Fantasies Become A Reality

Sushi is so 2006 and bacon is totally 2008, but what random food fad is on the cool horizon this year? Burgers. Why burgers? They’re as all-American as you can get –even more American than apple pie and baseball, which are really just variations of German and British inventions respectively.

 

In honor of this great American feat of food engineering, I bring you the must-have burger gizmos of the upcoming year.

 


Renewable Energy From Artificial Trees: SolarBotanic's Fascinating Designs

Using wind and solar energy, SolarBotanic's plan for individual homes and energy grids may end up costing users 50 percent less than current solar systems. And, as SolarBotanic is quick to point out, its plan is far better looking than photovoltaic panels or wind turbines.

Japanese Animated Short Film Wins Oscar

"Tsumiki no Ie" (House of Blocks) was a surprise Oscar winner in the Short Animated Film category at this year's Academy Awards. The entrancing film, directed by Kunio Kato, breaks free from the stereotypes many people have of Japanese animation.

Garmin Introduces Workout Watch At Moderate Pricepoint: The FR60

If you fancy a workout watch -- one that tracks your time, calories burned, and gives you a bit of training challenge -- then the new FR 60 may be for you. But for $130, don't expect it to tell you how to get where you're going or much else.

Snore Much? Here's A "Side Solution Pillow"

If you or your special other has a problem snoring, here's a new pillow that may help that. It's the Side Solution Pillow!

Howie’s Hand Me Downs: Durable Fashion Designed To Last Forever

Even designer clothing isn't designed to last forever. Howie's Hand Me Downs specializes in making high-quality clothing that uses fabrics and materials made to withstand the tests of time; so not only will your fashion purchases last your lifetime, they can spend their days draped on a second generation wearer and still look great. Read on decide if this clothing manufacturer that emphasizes recycling fashion is onto a trendsetting concept, or if its classic style is a fashion flop.

City Night Lights Create Day Lights In Window Shades

Finish interior designer Elina Aalto has created a novel window shade that comes in cities, instead of colors!

Green Man USB Memory Flash Drive Has a Head for Data

USB memory flash drives come in just about any shape, size and/or color possible but the Green Man stands head and shoulders - mainly head - above the goofy gadget crowd.

There’s Nothing Hardboiled About This Eggshell Art

Ron Cheruka, a.k.a. “The Egg Man”, makes beautiful sculptures out of - yep, you guessed it – eggshells!