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The Crossword Puzzle: A Wordy History

It's rare today to open a newspaper or visit an airport book store without encountering the omnipresent crossword puzzle. Ranging in skill level from easy to unbelievable genius, the crossword puzzle is arguably the world's most popular word game - a fate its inventor probably didn't consider.

Celebrate National Plumbers Day - Inventive Marketing

Why not celebrate April 25 in style this year with a giveaway from Roto Rooter.

The importance of April 25?

National Plumbers Day!


HangBoarding: The Evolution from Skiing and Snowboarding

First came skiing, then snowboarding, now get ready to HangBoard!

Great Invention Idea? It's a Bird! It's a Plane! No, It's You!!!

As many of you no doubt know, we here in Colorado are blessed with some of the best skiing on earth. Unfortunately, great skiing has a tendency to leave the winter enthusiast with an insatiable desire for more thrills.

$10,000, a Laptop and More for Redesigned Trash

Ever watched the Design Squad? Design Squad is a kids program on PBS consisting of 8 young engineers. As a team these young engineers take on engineering challenges for an actual client such as Ikea. There are 13 episodes per season. In the final episode the top two contestants compete, "for the Grand Prize-a $10,000 college scholarship from the Intel® Foundation".

Beer Tender Has Arrived, But You'd Better Really Like Heineken!




Like pub style beer? Like Heineken®? Well, that's good, because Krups® and Heineken have teamed up to make Heinekin beer available to you from your own draft beer dispenser, the Beer Tender®. Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, the Beer Tender could add some jolly to your home celebration.
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Forgot to take Fido to the Vet? Try the Calendar Shower Curtain

Why is it when you are at your most indecent, that an important date comes to you. For me, this is when I'm in the shower. Usually I'll be lathered up with shampoo dripping into my eyes when I remember that I was supposed to call Uncle Jimmy and wish him a happy birthday.

A Marketing Solution for the Projected "Death of Magazines"


 

We have all heard the prediction that the growth of the internet is going to lead to the death of printed magazines. read more »

Need This? USB Mouse Typing Speedometer

If you need an ugly plastic robo-mouse to encourage you while you type then we've found the perfect product for you! Also, we think you're crazy and want you to keep away from us.

Exercise While Web Surfing with Springflex

With Springflex, at least the added dangers of sedentary computer use—lowered metabolism and weight gain—can be a thing of the past.

The World's Largest Sleepover - Inventive Marketing

This coming June, thousands of girls between the ages of 8 and 14 will be coming together for the largest sleepover in Canadian history.

Great Invention Idea? The Most Unremarkable Animal Toy Ever!


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My recent investigations into the mysteries of the United States Patent Office, well not so mysterious as it is undiscerning and undiscriminating, has unearthed a whole host of opportunistic patents. That is, the patenting of stuff we've all been doing, independent of the patent process, for centuries. And United States patent 6360693 is perhaps the best (worst?) example of this practice. read more »

Cat Climbing The Walls? Show Him The Door



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You can take a cat out of the wild, but you can't take the wild out of a cat. Unless you want to mount tree branches in your home (Ooh, let me think on that!), the next best thing to satisfy his urge to climb might be a door climber. I mean, if he's climbing the walls anyway... read more »

My Other Half Wine Glasses Make You Cry Over Spilt Wine


My Other Half wine glasses designed by Jim Rokos are an interesting experiment in cooperation. These glasses are connected via a clear tube and as such, when one person raises their drink to their lips they might meet with frustration as their own beverage drains through the tube to their partner's glass, possibly overflowing it. read more »

$21 million for Cool Earth’s Solar Balloons



What has inflatable lightweight mirrors and captures the same amount of energy from the sun, as traditional flat panel PV systems, while using 500 times less solar cell material? Cool Earth's cool Solar Balloons do and they're about to expand. read more »

Clear the Table Two Ways With the Fusion Table


Have you ever had a moment where you slap your forehead and think, "Why didn't I think of that?" The Fusion Table, which combines a standard dining table with a hidden pool table underneath, may produce some forehead-slapping moments. So incredibly simple in design while also an obvious space-saver, this clever invention brings a new meaning to the idea of clearing the table. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Cure Hiccups with a Zap!


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We've all heard that a good fright is one way to cure a bout of the hiccups. Admittedly, that's never worked for me, but I'm not the kind of girl who scares easily. (The nutrition label on a bag of Cheetos notwithstanding.) Well it seems back in 2003, Philip Ehlinger, Jr., in the style of a pre-Discovery Channel MythBuster, or an obstinate inventor, you decide, felt this urban legend was worth validating, so he came up with United States patent 7062320 . read more »

Need This? Vodka-based Musical Machines




We've all been to a wedding reception, a business dinner, or a family gathering that's gone on a little too long. We've all seen someone who insists on making music out of wine glasses, not content to have a single but drunkenly trying to set up a whole scale of glassware. read more »

Need This? Computerised Catflap


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What do you get when you combine a cat and military-developed technology?

Computerised Canine Enjoys Your USB



The motto of the intrepid inventor is "Build it, and they will come. With cash." Never has that saying been truer than with the USB Humping Dog, a gadget so technically pointless as to make a shaved kiwi look like a scalpel. read more »