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Cold Sores Caused By Herpes May Lead To Alzheimer's Disease

Scientists at the University of Manchester in England report that the herpes virus causing cold sores is a major cause of protein plaques that accumulate in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.

The Face Fornasetti Just Couldn't Forget

The other day, I wrote about Piero Fornasetti (1913 - 1988) furniture designs that are among those recently revived by his son Barnaba. But it's hard to write more about Fornasetti's designs without sharing those that include a very special face, one that he made one of the most frequent subjects of art and design in the last 100 plus years: Lina Cavalieri.

Researchers Find Men and Women Are Different Colors

Researchers at Brown University have discovered that men and women have different skin colors. Men are red, and women are green.

Mutant Worms May Provide Cure for Obesity

A mutant roundworm that rapidly consumes its own fat could help researchers develop new treatments for obesity in humans.

Hijacker Injector: Great Idea?

Patent #3,841,328, the Hijack Injector, dates back to 1974, and although amusing in nature, is shrouded in a topic that couldn’t be more serious. One man’s idea about how to control a mid-air hijacking situation may be off base, but it is to be commended, sort of. Read on and watch your seat!

A 61 Key Piano That Fits In Your Pocket - The Yamano Hand ROll Piano

Musical bands used to be restricted to practicing at their keyboard player's house or studio. With the advent of electronic pianos, the largest keyboard instrument became portable. Oscar Peterson would have loved this: a piano so portable, you can roll it up and put it in your jacket pocket! The Yamano Hand ROll Piano is also digital!

Russian Bulava Missile Hits Bulls-Eye

The Bulava, which is still under development, is a submarine-launched ballistic missile designed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology. Its purpose is to possess defense capabilities so advanced as to make it nearly impervious to existing and future missile-defense systems. Read on, but look over your shoulder intermittently.

Tandem Umbrella: For Clingy Twosomes

Romance is definitely in the air with the Tandem Umbrella. Designed by Jasmine Rasnahan, this umbrella promises to let couple cozy in together while walking in the romantic rain.


Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers is Music to Shoppers' Ears

Gwen Stefani has branched out from fronting hit band No Doubt to become a master marketer and stylish trendsetter. Now with her Harajuku Lovers brand of apparel & accessories, Stefani channels chic Japanese fashion culture from Tokyo streets to America's avenues.

Attention Entrepreneurs: Learn From The Top 5 Companies To Work For in 2008

Each year Fortune Magazine releases the 100 Best Companies to Work For; a list that every company on the up and up strives to land on. The businesses on the list set the standard for their industries, so it is a great resource for entrepreneurs to learn what has made their competitors a resounding success.


Gotta' Love The Stone 2GB MP3 Player

Don't get me wrong, I love my iPod Nano... but the Zen Stone 2G MP3 player is sure grabbing my attention, so much so, that I bought one for a Zen friend, and "borrowed" it. Gifting is a great way to try out products; so many gadgets, so little money....

Say Doc, What About A Prescription For This Handgun?

A new firearm, designed for easy access and shooting ability, and usable by millions of disabled and elderly persons, has received a listing from the FDA as a "medical device." The Palm Pistol™ is now appealing for Medicare and Medicaid coverage.

"Hey Doc? How about a prescription for this handgun?"


Cheese Filtered Cigarettes: Great Idea?

Patent# US3,234,948, also known as the Cheese-Filter Cigarette, dates back to the 1960s, when smokers and cigarettes still ruled the earth. This invention concerns a cigarette filter comprised of a mixture in which particles of hard cheese are blended with charcoal to produce a cigarette that tastes like…well, like it shouldn’t. Read on and wonder why.

Curry Soda Spices Up Japan's Soft Drink Selection

Curry soda could be shrugged off as a one-off attention grabber if there weren't at least two varieties of the fiery flavored fizzy drink heating up Japanese store shelves.

When Recycling Goes Right: Dress Made Of Phonebooks

Who would have thought that an old phonebook could be turned into a dress?

The Flying Car Comes to Market

The first car that you can fly has made its way to the market. For 194,000 dollars it can be yours by 2010.

Weird New Dinosaur Found in China Formally Named

A strange, long-necked, waddling herbivore with enormous arms and claws that once waddled across China has been formally named Suzhousaurus by a team of Chinese and American paleontologists. Its full name is Suzhousaurus megatherioides, which translates from Chinese into “giant sloth-like reptile from Suzhou.” Read on for details, but avoid eating green things until finished.

Strange Scents Become Hot Business With CB I Hate Perfume

Christopher Brosius, entrepreneur, artist and founder of CB I Hate Perfume has made his distain for floral and effeminate scents into a profitable business. His line of personal and home scents may be off the wall, but they are being picked up by perfume retailers in Canada and the US.


Oh Gee, Doggy! Thanks For The Picture!

How do you like it? My dog Buddy took this picture with his new Pets Eye View Camera by Uncle Milton. It's a new digital camera Buddy got for Christmas... a bit early, from his Grandma. I lent it to my cat for a few hours, but the photos she took of her gopher remains are really disgusting.

Is Your Wallet A Pain In The Butt? Try The Rogue Wallet Instead

The truth is that a man's wallet is often a pain in the butt. In fact, mens' wallets cause so much back pain that men must remove them when they sit down, or the back pain becomes chronic.