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No Smoking Sign Ashtray: Great Idea?

Patent# US D500166 also referred to as the No Smoking Sign Ashtray is, so they say, a design that only a New Yorker could have come up with. Being a former one (both smoker and New Yorker) I might opt to be insulted by that. Then again, I might just laugh and forget about it because this silly patent is really quite funny. Read on and see if you don’t agree.

Be Your Own Plumber With PermaFlow

The PermaFlow sure saves the environment from the toxic liquid drain cleaners being poured into it. And it's likely to save you a few bucks in plumber's bills.

Just A Little Bit Off The Wall: "These Creatures" Hanging Feeders

The beautifully metal-sculpted designs from These Creatures are as stylish as they are functional. Attach them to the wall at just the proper feeding level for your pet, and voila! You have an off-the-wall pet feeder!

World’s Largest Dinosaur Site Uncovered in China

Chinese scientists claim that they have discovered the world's largest dinosaur fossil site in the eastern province of Shandong. This is a most interesting development for a country that up until recently has been a relative latecomer to the field of archaeology. Read on for more details.

Russia Sends the World’s Hardiest Organisms Into Space

Can the world’s hardiest organisms survive three years in outer space? This year, a Russian spaceship will send more than 10 of earth’s toughest life forms into space for the answer. These organisms will face harsh radiation, extreme temperatures and few nutrients, but scientists believe they will survive.

RORMaxx Could be First Steps to Wind Powered Sports Car

In the ongoing search for alternative energy, few things have been so overlooked as wind. Granted, many places are beginning to accept wind power as an easily accessible form of renewable energy, but still others don't see its potential. It is this problem that 2 young minds from California have set out to solve.

Garden Ornament and Cremation Container Combo: Great idea?

Patent # US 6854165 refers to the Combination Lawn/ Garden Ornament and Cremation Container, which transforms the idiom of pushing up daisies to a new but unimportant and rather silly level. Memorializing the deceased is an old ritual, but surely even the ancient world would have laughed at this garden sculpture that doubles as a cremation urn. Read on and…try to believe.

Nuclear Waste Disposal System: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6846967 also known as the Nuclear Waste Disposal System entered the world in 2005 and just won’t leave. Perhaps it is waiting for the all clear signal from those controlling the sub-sea volcano which the inventor so stoutly advocates as the way for all nuclear wastes to go. Read on, and…. stand back a bit from the shore.

Healthy Snacks Delivered To Your Office For A Grazing Lifestyle

Like cows, nutritional experts urge us humans to graze throughout the day; eating smaller portions of healthy snacks instead of binging during our 3 daily meals. A new company in the UK plays into this trend, by offering consumers a convenient method to snack. I bet their name won't come as a surprise either, accurately describing their nutritional services by calling themselves Graze.

China's Solar Cell Industry: A Sunny Forecast?

While experiencing a period of stable and rapid growth over the last few years, China’s solar cell industry like so many others affected by this year’s global financial crisis, is now going through a difficult time. What’s in the forecast for 2009? Read on and reach for the sun as well as the sky.

Trapping Cow Belches: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6982161 is an odd little baby indeed. Entitled: A Process for the Utilization of Ruminant Animal Methane Emissions, one can only speculate as to exactly where the creative process is headed if this is an example of someone’s brain child. Read on and be amazed at what some people will pay money to produce.

Try to Jaywalk Across This Street Art

Roadsworth is a street artist that stencils drawings on pavement and has also gotten arrested for his works of art.

Solar Powered Lamp Or Bicycle Art?

The annual Innovate or Die Contest challenges participants to use their bikes to power devices and appliances that normally rely on electric power. The gadget we have here uses the sun to powering the bike. Can we get a chain going? The sun powers the bike that powers the lamp, that powers the...?

Mysterious Dark Energy Controls Expansion of Universe

Russian scientists have recently discovered that a mysterious ‘dark energy’ is responsible for preventing galaxy clusters from getting too big. Is this new galactic diet also responsible for the expansion of the universe? Read on, but stay away from junk food and watch out for those clusters!

Pocket Navigator MW-430: Russia’s Newest Car Navigator

Cars in Russia today are equipped with many different varieties of navigation software to accommodate many different tastes. Now a new model has appeared on the GPS horizon and this Pocket Navigator MW-430 is the first to include a complete software iGO8 with a map Tele-Atlas Russia. Read on for details, even if you are not sure where you are.