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A Baker's Dozen of Japanese Colonel Sanders Statues

When a southern colonel sets up shop in the far east, the west is history.

Baby Plays: The Netflix Of Children’s Toy Rental

Parents know how quickly kids get bored. One day they're begging you to purchase that trendy toy they saw on TV and the next day it's discarded for that a new toy lugged around by a best friend from daycare. Baby Plays, the Netflix of baby and toddler toy rentals makes sure toys are available to keep up with your child's development rate and attention span, so you don't have to stock your own baby toy warehouse at home.

Seal, Sierra Club and Facebook Marketplace Sell For A Cause

What do Grammy-award winning artist Seal, the Sierra Club and the Facebook Market Place have in common? The Sale For a Cause tab where Facebook members can sell items and then donate the money they receive to the Sierra Club Foundation. It is an easy way to raise money for an environmental cause.

UK’s Most Innovative Restaurant: Inamo Touch Screen Ordering & Video Feed

Who needs waiters and waitresses? UK Asian fusion restaurant Inamo, uses cutting-edge touch screen technology that allows diners to browse and make their meal selections self-sufficiently. Patrons can also watch a live video stream directly from the kitchen so they receive no unwelcome surprises in their meals!


Anything/Whatever: It’s A Soda Surprise Every Time You Pop A Can!

We all have that indecisive friend who can just never seem to commit to a decision. How annoying is it when at a party, the wishy-washy person can't even voice their personal drink preference, leaving it up to you to decide what will quench their thirst. Now, instead of shouting in frustration, "won't you just make up your mind", Singapore company Anything takes the refreshment decision out of everyone's hands with their surprise yourself canned drinks.


Don’t Let Others Off The Hook: Keep Track Of Favors With Friendly Favor

 Have you ever done a favor for someone only to find it was never returned? While it may not sound like your gesture was out of good will; let's face it, we do live in a "your scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" world. Friendly Favor lets you keep track of the favors you've done for others; swap favors with a friend or family member and ask for help around the house or with childcare. This new startup makes sure favors don't fall between the cracks so you can make sure you and your friends are living up to your end of the favor dispensing bargain

Mrs. Doe Pee: Laugh & Cringe At Funniest Business Name & Gross Business Opportunity

During hunting season, hundreds of burly woodsmen slather themselves in doe pee to attract and lure their prey with their shot guns at the ready. Wearing pee like perfume certainly isn't glamorous, but it's a necessary part of hunting for sport. If you think that wearing deer pee is disgusting, think about the poor businesses responsible for collecting the doe pee. Mrs. Doe Pee in Iowa specializes in pee farming; be prepared to pity these people because business doesn't get much less glamorous than this.


Box-O-Box Care Packages For Your Favorite Slacker…Err, College Student

When someone you love is away at college, it's nice to send them a care package to let them know you care. Starving students appreciate the food, drinks, clothing and money that typically come in care packages more than the gesture, but not when the contents of the care package suck. Box-O-Box is an innovative new company that specializes in creating unique, themed care packages that won't end up in the garbage (they hope).

Wallypop Brings Reusable to Question

Should some things just not be reusable? Personally speaking I don't have a problem with using recycled toilet paper. Sure it isn't soft toilet paper, but it also doesn't require deforestation or the use of dangerous chemicals to make it. What I'm not so sure about is going a step further, for the sake of the environment or my wallet, and using reusable Wallypop wipes. 

Zoho: The All-in-One Office Everything You Need Software Website

Zoho is a complete office suite that gives you just about everything you could want in terms of office software, all available online through their website.  The service is comprehensive and reliable, and surprisingly inviting upon first look.  If you think it's going to be a simple word processor online, think again.  Word processing is just the beginning of what you can do with Zoho.

Live With The Fishes At The Most Fun And Unique Underwater Hotel In The US

Jules' Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida offers a unique experience for those fascinated with marine life. This unique hotel that is only accessible by scuba diving can offer a romantic getaway for honeymooners or an educational look at underwater research with their aquanaut program.


Wearable Heart Monitor: Vital Jacket’s Fashionable & Vital Monitoring Medical Device

Traditional heart monitoring systems are bulky, inconvenient, and just not always practical for everyday use. Biodevices, S.A. specializes in the development of cutting edge medical diagnostic technologies; the Vital Jacket is their newest gadget which is medically functional and actually quite fashionable, too.


Pop-Up Hotel Room: 5-Star Accommodation Or Glorified Trailer?

Pop-up concepts are literally popping up across the globe; and pop-up hotel rooms are one of the front-runners in the portable business brand. Pop-up hotels offer luxury accommodation where it's not possible to put a full size hotel. The pop-up hotel brand is growing in popularity in Europe in particular, because it's portable, convenient accommodations are ideal for festivals and other outdoor events.

Cafe Precious in Tokyo Offers Net Surfing in Style, 24-7

My wife is in Japan for a few weeks and she's emailing me from the Cafe Precious, an Internet cafe in Tokyo. I checked out their website and was amazed - cheap, flexible pricing gets visitors a wide range of services, His & Hers washrooms and 54 tasty menu choices.

Call Cutta in a Box: Your Imaginary Friend For The Office

Call Cutta in a Box offers a one-on-one theater experience like no other that combines an international business industry with the opportunity to make a new friend. Imagine, you're sitting in your office and the phone rings; on the other line is a call center representative direct from India who engages you in stimulating conversation while objects around your office move by themselves to reveal a story. Not a paranormal experience, but not for the paranoid either, Call Cutta in a Box combines business with ultimate entertainment.

Jelly Beans, Your Way!

PartyBeans.com is a new website that has a great product and a great way to market it. The site has become my own one-stop shop for small gifts that make a huge impact on their recipients... because I get to design each package myself! And readers of this column get a 15 percent discount off their first purchases, for a limited time, so read further and get the details.

Eyealike.com: Matchmaker Turns On Daters Using Facial Recognition

A big part of dating is based on physical attraction, and now with Eyealike.com you can upload a photo of your ideal man or woman; whether it's a celebrity crush, your next door neighbor, or TV personality, and find an eligible bachelor or bachelorette that looks just like the person you can't have to love. Live in fear of restraining orders and stalking charges no more, because with Eyealike.com you can find your own version of the man or woman of your dreams through online dating.

Shocking & Disturbing Restaurant Offers Unique Dining Experience With A Hospital Theme

Hospitalis is a disturbing new restaurant that has opened in Riga, Latvia. Its weird and wacky hospital themed dining experience takes place in a sterile, modern medical environment and boasts nurses in complete uniform, patients in straight jackets, and the opportunity to dine on gurneys and operating tables. Meals at this strange and disturbing restaurant are served in a way that might shock and disturb you. The dining experience available at Hospitalis certainly isn't for the faint at heart.

Get Naked With Wine! Taking It Off With Naked Wines’ Online Winery

Naked Wines is an online farmer's market for independent wineries in the UK. Wine drinkers benefit from discount prices to purchase their favorite merlots, pinots and chardonnays and get advice on which wines are worth tasting. Love wine? Then get naked with Naked Wines.

Top 10 Anti-Recession Businesses of 2009: Ludicrous Luxuries

Inspired by our suffering economy, I'm counting down the top 10 anti-recession business services of 2009. These businesses are fine examples of innovative concepts; I just can't help but think that when times are tough with the economy, there are better ways to keep money in your pocket. If you're prepared to splurge, embrace these businesses with open arms. But if you need to pinch your pennies, consider a more recession-friendly alternative to these businesses services because these concepts were not created for times when money matters.