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Groupon's Food Fail is a T-shirt Seller's Epic Win

Popular deal-of-the-day website Groupon's embarrassing New Year's 'Osechi Ryori' meal mess-up was about to fade from Japan's fast-moving pop culture radar. Not so fast - the phenomenal food fail has been spun - literally - into a t-shirt by an enterprising and opportunistic designer.

Chinese Girl Lives & Works in Public Bathroom, Makes a Few Scents Profit

Think we're having a housing crisis? Then consider the case of Xiao Du, a 17-year-old girl from Xian, China, who lives in a public bathroom. On the bright side, at least she has a bed, a TV, and most important: an electric fan.

Rotator MP3 Player Puts A Spin On Mobile Music

With eco-friendly everything on the rise, designer Denis Kalinin has created the Rotator MP3 player, a clever way to have your music and charge it too.

Eat Yak Cheese, Send a Tibetan Kid to School!

Semi-nomadic tribesmen who raise yaks in the highlands of Tibet once thought their traditional lifestyle was doomed. Now a pilot project centered on yak cheese has boosted incomes, employment and educational opportunities.

Reference Tree: Buy College Textbooks Electronically By The Chapter

One of the worst things about going to college - not that there's a lot of bad in the whole experience - is the cost of textbooks. You know and I know that in college you dish out hundreds or thousands each year for books that you may only need a couple of chapters from, and that will no longer be required the next year. There are a number of businesses that have surfaced in the last couple of years that have been focused on capturing this market, but one has particularly taken advantage.

The Writing Really Is On The Wall - Write On Walls And Store The Information

A new partnership allows you to write on walls, and store the information in the format of your choice.

Red Rice For Beans - Marketing Rice To Reduce Poverty

A small organization is helping lift Sri Lankans out of poverty by marketing the rice they grow to the world.

Block Around The Clock - Melissa And Doug Combine Shapes And Time

Wooden toy manufacturers Melissa and Doug are at it again - this time with the Wooden Shape Sorting Clock. It's an educationally good time!

The Holy Grail Of Chocolate Has Been Rediscovered: Fortunato No. 4

Just when I thought I'd tasted the best of them, two entrepreneurs from Oregon go and find a unique cacoa bean in Peru, which has not been used in chocolate making for more than 100 years, and is reputed to be the unsurpassed best ever chocolate in the world.

Blooming Fair - Buy Fair Trade Flowers For Valentines Day

Buying Fair Trade Certified flowers for Valentines Day will make more than just your loved one happy.

Bringing a Food Product to Market - The TERRA Chip Success Story

The story behind the success of TERRA Chips is truly inspirational for any entrepreneur interested in bringing a new food product to market. 

Here’s their story…

A Back Support That Moves With You: The Hug

Back pain is the most common health complaint in the world.  It seems that nearly everyone you know has, or has had, back problems, whether they come from swinging a golf club, falling off a curb, or sitting at a desk all day. 

Social Networking Helps Finance PadPivot™ Invention

So many inventors are frustrated by lack of funds to obtain a patent, prototyping, manufacturing and marketing.  For those of you who have been in this depressing relationship with the next great invention, perhaps you will get some inspiration from Bernie Graham, the originator of the PadPivot.

 

 

What's Love Got To Do With It? - Treating Marriage Like a Business

A new book explains how to succeed in marriage, by treating it like a business.

Inventor Of New Baby Pacifier Finally Gets To His Own 'Super Bowl'

Most inventors have to wait a long time to see their products on the market, if they ever get there.  That''s why two of the critical character traits of an inventor must be persistence and patience.  Dr. John Davis, a Roanoke, Virginia pediatric dentist, waited 10 years to see his PreVent pacifier on the shelves and online stores of Baby's R Us.  That was finally his Super Bowl.

 

The Ultimate DIY Inventor Success Story!

Since founding her company, Sara Blakely has donated more than $10 million dollars, employs 100+ people, has been on Oprah, was featured in a reality show with Sir Richard Branson, and met former President Nelson Mandela!

How did Sara Blakely reach such success? The story goes like this…


Keep Your Pet's Food Flowing With Regular, Discounted Deliveries!

How would you like a pet service that doesn't cost you more than not having a pet service?  Hard to find these days. Well, now you can get almost any dog or cat food that your pets eat through such a service.  The company is called Petflow and it ships your pet's food right to your home for  less than it would cost you to purchase it at a pet store, without the inconvenience.

Inventor's 'Bedbug Detective' Sniffs Just Like A Dog!

Two years ago, when the deluge of the bedbug became the scourge of the day, Chris Goggin, a mechanical engineer, wondered if he could create a machine as sensitive to odors as a dog.  The particular sensitivity would be to the pheromones emitted by bedbugs.

 


Calling All Kid Inventors: First Lego League Wants You!

FirstLego® League (FLL®) is calling for all young inventors between the ages of 9 and 16 (9 and 14 years old in the U.S. and Canada) to compete for the New Global Innovation Award presented by the X Prize Foundation.  Kid teams will compete for the opportunity to win a cash reward of $20,000 that would go towards patent and development costs for their new invention.

Purposefulness Of Shadow Chair Stands Out In A Crowd

Sometimes, a designer turns a common concept on its head, but in this case designer John Leung puts the standard chair design flat on its ass. Enter the “Purposefulness of Shadow”.