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World Cup's German Soccer Players Were Constructed, Not Self-Made?

It's no doubt that the summer of 2014 will be remembered as the 'Summer of Soccer.' One has only to look at the viewing audience to get a sense of its immense popularity. The coverage of this year's FIFA World Cup continues to break records in the United States alone - both on television and online.

The Business Of Clowning Around: Terrifying Stalker Clowns For Hire

We have seen businesses that are scary in their genius, scary in their creativity, and scary in the fact that they're disturbing. While many businesses end up being scary, few actually setup to attain this as the central part of their business plan, it just happens somehow. Since scary isn't generally the intended goal, those monetizing on the terrifying become all the more interesting.

Wilshire Gun Range: First Business To Combine Shooting With Serving Alcohol

If we've learned anything, it's that the best businesses don't always have to be the most innovative or out of this world concepts. Sometimes, taking a familiar concept that already has mainstream success, and putting a unique spin on it is exactly how some of the best businesses come to be. Other times, businesses take this approach, but get it all wrong.

Marijuana Farmer's Market Becomes An Actual Thing In 2014

With the nation's ever-evolving marijuana laws, pot businesses are becoming increasingly popular and legal dispensaries are finding their own niches in the industry. The latest trend follows a formula that is tried, tested, and true. It continues to grow in popularity as consumers switch their focus to shopping local.

'Internet of Everything' Now Hiring

If you're looking for a career change, have kids undecided about their college major or just have a genuine interest, the Internet of Things (IoT) -- or what Cisco has branded as the Internet of Everything (IoE) -- is looking for a few good men and women - to the tune of millions in just six short years.

Wearable Tech: Phone-Control Garments Charge Fashion Runways

You have a phone that just makes calls and allows for Inetrnet access and e-mail? How passé and non geek-chic can a person get? Read on to discover the amazing wearable tech phenomenon known as phone-control garments!

LEGO My VW! The Strange Tale Of The Volkswagen Golf Harlequin

One car two car red car blue car... make that red and green and yellow and blue car! The innovative Volkswagen Golf Harlequin was the ideal choice for indecisive carbuyers who just couldn't settle on an exterior paint color. Resplendent in blue, yellow, green and red, exactly 264 quad-hued Golf Harlequins left VW's factory in Puebla, Mexico, and 18 years later a dedicated registry devoted to them lists 116 survivors.

ReStyle Restores Hope For Women

ReStyle is a company which brings Fair Trade, women artisan made products to the mainstream market. ReStyle gives women in El Salvador, Columbia, and India the ability to create art, earn money, and support their families and children. ReStyle has renewed many women’s lives by giving them the hope for a brighter and safer future by recycling and using native materials.

'Hang w/' Is Little Bit Twitter, Little Bit Instagram, Little Bit Rap, Little Bit Celebrity Ham

As social apps continue to proliferate the Web and our smartphones, it's not a great surprise that a platform like Hang w/ -- the latest shiny new thing -- would inevitably roll off a developers' assembly line. Described by some, as a 'melting pot of social networks,' this app (free at Google Play and the App Store) is an intriguing proposition and a nice complement to what went before.

Ford & Heinz Team Up To Put Tomatoes In Tomorrow's Autos

Tomato by-products in my new Ford? It's more likely than you think, or at least it will be once H.J. Heinz and Ford Motor Company realize their plan to recycle used tomato skins, stems and seeds into car components.

Slingshot, Facebook's Answer To Snapchat, Disappeared Itself (Video)

Me thinks Mr. Zuckerberg might have got the premise of Snapchat wrong. The raison d'être for that app is to have outgoing messages disappear seconds after they are received. Instead Facebook's Slingshot itself has vanished from the digital landscape, shortly after its debut.

'Sweat Neutrality' Exercising Net Neutrality's First Amendment Right

Who's sweating Net Neutrality? Most of us would point to the little guy, the billions of netizens who believe the World Wide Web should remain free and equitable to all. Unfortunately, however, they are not the only ones who feel they have a First Amendment claim. There's also the big guys who are balking about their alleged loss of civil liberties -- and like the big bully in the school yard, they're shouting down all those who get in their way. . .

Long-Lost General Motors EV1 Electric Cars Turn Up In Overseas Parking Lot

GM built over a thousand EV1 electric cars between 1996 and 1999, and the company's controversial decision to crush almost all of them still lingers as a black mark in the firm's history. Wonder of wonders, two EV-1s have been discovered, miraculously uncrushed, in a Chinese research institute parking lot.

The New Ford Troller T4 Is Only Available In Brazil. Problem?

Is Ford trolling us with their new Troller T4? Yes and no... this brutish, bare-bones 4x4 Brazilian Bronco is available for purchase but buyers had best exchange their Yankee greenbacks for Brazilian reals – in Brazil – before taking delivery.

When You're Only As Good As Your Last Tweet, Voycee Your Opinion

The paradigm of ephemeral messaging that was ushered into the social media space by apps such as Snapchat appears to have influenced others who want a piece of the "now-you-see-it-now-you-don't" action. Like a modern-version of the messages received by Mr. Phelps on the popular hit TV series of the 60s Mission Impossible. . .

Gory Gourmet: Zombie Food Truck Serves Braaaaiiinnss

Zombie food trucks are a trendy concept. Most American cities have one, playing on people's love for all things undead. While a zombie food truck is a unique concept in itself, when a business trend is overused, it takes away from the innovation. Standing out from the pack therefore needs a super creative approach to something that already falls into the realm of imagination.

Cloud Computing's Silver Lining For Smartphones: Fog Computing

Computer storage is no longer just an issue at your place of business or in your home office. Today's mobile society requires our smartphones to carry just as many gigs (if not more) than what our desktops were supplied with just few short years ago. If you're still wasting your mobile phone's precious in-built storage, you're either purchasing too many seldom-used apps or. . .

I Tradizionali: Foodie Business Creates Visual Recipes On Temporary Tattoos

Some of the most innovative business concepts cross the boundaries of love and hate - some consumers will readily embrace them and share their excitement with others, while other people will rebel against it disdainfully because it deviates too far from the traditional. In either circumstance, a business knows it's doing something truly unique when it elicits such strong reactions, and this new culinary business is one that will surely fall into this category once consumer awareness increases.

Urban Undercover: Innovative, Multifunctional Emergency Panties

You might have thought that your days of stashing emergency underwear to take with you were left behind shortly after you successfully completed potty training; or so you'd like to publicly admit. In reality, women recognize that emergencies can happen, and preparedness is key for such situations.

Social Media's Soft Shoe (Sock) Send-off To Mad Men's Bert Cooper

The Mad Men finale of season seven, part one bid a fond farewell in grand style, to the last of Sterling Cooper's founding partners.  Bearing in mind, producer, director, writer Matthew Weiner is no stranger to goodbyes, he also knows how to tug at our heartstrings when sending off memorable TV characters. Bearing in mind, producer, director, writer Matthew Weiner is no stranger to goodbyes. . .