"Speeches of Barack Obama" Book & CD Helps Japanese Learn English

"The Speeches of Barack Obama", a book and CD combo released last November in Japan, sold over 400,000 copies in just a couple of months. Students, homemakers, even Buddhist monks have all been polishing up their English skills by listening to the 44th president wax poetic on the political stage.

Unique Restaurant Serves Peanut Butter and Jelly Exclusively!

Peanut butter has forever been a staple in sandwiches that appear in lunch bags and snack tables around North America for years. But with increased knowledge about peanut butter allergies, it can be difficult to find somewhere where you can sit down to enjoy a good old PB&J sandwich, that is if you don't where to look. One restaurant franchise brings peanut butter back into the accepted mainstream, by serving nothing but peanut butter.

WineSide: Wine Tasting From Test Tube Wine Bottles

Selling wine by the glass can lead to waste at restaurants or wine that just isn't top quality because the bottle isn't finished within the recommended time after recorking. A company called WineSide has come up with a unique alternative by packaging their finest wines in a unique way.

Lap Desk Keeps Your Computer Cool

Ever suffer from "Sweaty Thigh Syndrome?"  You know, that intense heat generated by your laptop computer that melts through your pants and paints your legs like a sunburn?  I know I have.  And I applaud the innovation behind this laptop folding table with integrated cooling fans.

Bank Note Handkerchiefs Make You Feel Cooler and Richer

Wiped out in the market? Wipe up that cold sweat with replica 10,000 yen bank notes!

Shaving School For Stupid Men? Industrious or Genius?

Perhaps this business was inspired by a hate of facial hair, or perhaps it's about self-improvement, but in any case, this is one business that is clearly designed for stupid men. Not only does it teach them a fundamental skill they've probably been using during their entire adult life, it also charges them a ludicrous amount. Yes, it's a shaving school and keep on reading to find out exactly what it does and why.

Sno:La Yogurt: Mouth Watering and Guilt-Free Eco-Friendly Yogurt Company

Frozen yogurt tends to be a guilt-free desert as it's lighter on the calories and the fat content. But there's another reason to feel a little bit of remorse when satisfying your sweet tooth, because until Sno:La came along, no frozen yogurt shop specialized in a product that has 100% organic and natural desert treat.

gdgt Spreading The Gadget Gospel

Have you ever expressed the guilty pleasure of "I have to have an iPhone," "I've gotta get a netbook," or "I need to buy a Wii." If so, you might be suffering from 'gadgetnitus', the obsessive desire to own the latest and greatest gadgetry in the market. Gadget freaks are a growing breed of man (and woman) who revel in possessing the current technological toys-du-jour while becoming savvy technophiles.

Most Expensive USB Memory Key Saves Data, Drains Wallets

Paying one million yen (around $10,000) for the Mnemosyne USB Memory buys you more than just a 16GB designer portable data storage device, it also buys you bragging rights on the most expensive USB flash drive ever offered.

Niche Business Goes To The Dogs: Swimming Pools For Your Pets

Sitting outside in the backyard getting some sun, I couldn't help think about my poor dogs roasting away. After turning on the sprinkler and putting them into a fit of terror, I couldn't help but wonder if there's a company out there that specializes in making swimming pools specifically for dogs. Read on and find out!

Exergaming Fitness Center Nexgym Brings More Industry Competition

Last year I introduced you to Bulldog Interactive Fitness, and exergaming franchise working to get kids off the couch with the innovative concept. Not only is Bulldog finding success, but exergaming is not surprisingly a trend that's really making waves. Now, with Nexgym out there in the industry, the competition in exergaming is heating up!

Vacation Like The Pioneers At Feather Down Farms

Forget modern vacations with all of the modern conveniences of in-room beverage dispensers, room service, and on-location spas, and escape to a vacation that lets you live as the pioneers did in days gone by at this unique UK vacation spot.

Yoostar: Act Like Your Favorite Star By Creating Your Own Home Hollywood Movie Productions

Coming to you in August 2009 is a new business that allows you to replace your favorite actors in some of Hollywood's top movies. Aspiring actors and actresses, you might never make it to the big screen, but with this up-and-coming company you can pretend.

Japan's NTT DoCoMo Updates the 'Pay Phone'

Hauled into jail by some rural deputy sheriff and need to pay a fine? If you're in Japan, you can use that one phone call to make an instant cash transfer. Finally, a pay phone that actually pays!

Top Ten Enterprise Microblog Sites

Are Twitter and Facebook lacking because they don't offer a complement of collaborative tools including threaded replies, RSS feeds, photo and file sharing? Have other microblogging platforms found a chink in their armor? Is 'enterprise microblogging' the next step in the evolutionary process of social networking? Yes, it appears that several new collaboration suites have emerged to fill this void...and in advance of Google Wave's scheduled debut in the Fall.