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13 Pet Calendars for 2009: Crazy, Funny, Artsy, and Bizarre

I'm going to have to order 13 calendars this year, because after combing through a few hundred dog, cat, bird, ferret and other pet calendars, I'm so torn about the 13 Best Pet Calendars for 2009, I decided to put one on every other wall, instead of one in every room! This year, you'll find the Most Bizarre, Wisest, Funniest, Best Poop and several other best pet calendar picks....

Truly, Madly, Sexy Sinks

Christian Kaldewei, founder of Kanera, has a distinct goal right now: to create the most sensuous environment he can to receive the life-giving resource of water into your bathroom basin. It's a poetic concept and, as water becomes a more and more precious commodity, Kaldewei's sinuous basins seem like iconic monuments to the resource we need most.

Twitter Drawers Collection Tweaks Twitter to a T

The Twitter Drawers Collection, or TDC for short, offers twitterers from Japan and elsewhere a free way to add a unique Japanese accent to their tweeting.

12 Fun And Memorable Holiday Gifts Between $4 and $40

Even in lean financial times, when some of us are iffy about our jobs, our homes, and our savings... the holidays are still pressing. What small but meaningful gift can you buy for your best friend, your brother, the baby-sitter...?

 

You Won't Find Any Phone Numbers in This Art

Long-Bin Chen is an artist that uses old phonebooks, newspapers, magazines and other discarded material in order to create his art.

20 Trash To Treasure Gifts for the Winter Holidays

This holiday season consider buying (or making) a recycled gift for your loved ones. Remember it is good for the environment your loved ones and some times also your pocket book (depending on the artist). Below is a list of 20 innovative recycled gifts I found online. Take a look.

Russia’s Porcelain Musical Egg: Whispers of Faberge and the Romanovs

Read all about this very special musical egg so reminiscent of the masterpieces crafted by Carl Fabergé for the royal family of Russia.. Its beauty is only magnified by the fact that it plays, upon opening, The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite on an 18-note key-wound musical movement.

11 Not-Too-Tacky Novelty Lamps Make Fun Holiday Gifts

As more sophisticated technology has made lighting design a central focus of interior design, a lamp is not just something to improve sight in the dark; lighting is its own statement, expressing style, mood... even humor! Mood and play lamps are totally welcome in modern interior design, as long as they're not too tacky. Some of them even make useful gifts...

Intel Corp. Releases New Home Medical Monitor

Intel Corp., the world’s biggest computer chip maker, recently released the Intel Health Guide, a medical monitor for patients with chronic health problems.

McDonalds Japan Goes No-Brand with Quarter Pounder Shops

McDonalds Japan is testing the waters of no-brand marketing with newly opened Quarter Pounder stores in Tokyo.

5 Neat Eco-gifts Ideas for the Holidays 2008

It's that time again to buy gifts for those we love for the Holidays. If you're not into the whole donating to charity idea and you would rather buy a gift, below are some green gift ideas to consider.

A Design Invention That Stands Gardening On Its Head: BOSKKE™ Sky Planter

Is that a real plant? I've heard of hanging plants before, but never saw suspended in the air upside down. It must be an optical illusion of some kind...

Shinsoku Sports Shoes Sell Well With the Right Stuff

A new type of running shoe is breaking sales records in Japan while helping young athletes keep on track - literally. Shinsoku sports shoes are designed with asymmetric soles that give young runners extra traction on oval courses.

11 Brilliant Inventions From Popular Science's Best of What's New 2008

Popular Science has announced its Best of What's New awards for 2008; they are all brilliant inventions, but some are phenomenal! There were 11 categories of best invention awards ranging across a wide spectrum of technology, from automobile to security technologies. One of the 11 winners was named the Grand Award Winner... see if you can guess which one!

10 Hot 2009 Calendar Gifts For Men

A little of this, a little of that, and just a tad of naughty make up the 10 Hot 2009 Calendar Gifts For Men. Just remember that "hot" can mean many things and my primary meaning is that these are hot-selling. However, I've pushed the envelope as far as I could with some pretty sexy pin-up picks.

It's My Tissue Dispensing Pillow And I'll Cry If I Want To: ThenCry!

It's good to see that crying is finally receiving some recognition in the design world, even though the fabulous German shop, Design 3000, lists the ThenCry pillow as a "First Aid" product! What better "treatment" for crying than the warmth of a cozy pillow that dispenses tissues.

Smarindesign: Design Your Own Playrooms!

Stephanie Marin grew up in Marseilles and now lives in Nice; both cities are on the French coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the famous French Riviera, where the sun, sea, and delectable local wines and foods abound, and so does fun! Those environments have influenced her passion for re-creating not only her natural environment but the spirit, the joie de vivre, of her environment in her designs.

Recycled Decor To Keep Your Bitter Thanksgiving Dinner Guests Distracted

Thanksgiving is suppose to be a time to gather with your family and enjoy a delicious eco-meal, but for some of us it makes it hard to be thankful for the things you are thankful for when there is so much tension amongst the family. Whatever the reason for the tension help get rid of it by distracting everyone with these innovative recycled dinner items on your table.

Inhale, Exhale, Repeat: Japan Tobacco's 'Smoking Manners for Adults' Ads, Part 4

Japan Tobacco's series of 73 "Smoking Manners for Adults" ads - numbers 31 through 40 provided here - have lately achieved international recognition, including comedian David Sedaris' amusing discussion of them on Late Night with David Letterman. Without doubt the ads are (often unintentionally) funny, insightful and thought-provoking, but will smokers who read them really think about their manners?

Like Fine Sports Cars, Brodie Neill Designs Exude Power, Energy, And Sensuality

Brodie Neill is the Jaguar of furniture design. He's also hot. Now in London, the Australian designer has built a brand. a mark every bit as recognizable as a fine sports car. Coincidentally, like Jaguar, Brodie Neill's designs are smooth, shiny, and very, very sensual.