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Indian Car Owner Looks Back On A Decade Driving In Reverse

From the “if life gives you lemons” file comes this heartwarming (and neck-twisting) tale of a man who made the best of a bad situation when his car wouldn't shift out of reverse gear.

Surgery Selfies Making The Rounds At Chinese Hospitals

So-called “Surgery Selfies” - group photos of doctors, nurses and even sedated patients in operating rooms – have become somewhat of a trend in China though not everyone thinks turning successful medical procedures into Kodak moments is a good thing.

Versatile Wearable Tech: A Sheet of Paper That Doubles As a Scarf

Is that a sheet of  paper you are wearing around your neck or is it...something else?  Read all about the Paper Scarf from Little Factory that transports wearable tech to new and unexpected levels.


Want To Make Your Christmas Greener? Rent A Live Tree!

Chances are you have already got your Christmas tree this year, but there is something new emerging on the market -- the rental of live Christmas trees. Each year 25-30 million evergreens are harvested to be sold as Christmas trees and at any given time 350 million trees are being grown on farms throughout the U.S. It is a tremendous amount of waste -- even if the tree remains are recycled into mulch. Using a live tree is the ultimate in recycling AND still having a real tree.

Want To Never Dine Alone? Go To Japan's Anti-Loneliness Cafe

Eating alone in a restaurant can be awkward and even embarrassing. One cafe in Tokyo was designed to help solo diners feel a little less lonely by offering a silent dining partner. These partners are "Moomins." Moomins are fantasy creatures that largely resemble hippopotami walking upright. They were created by Finnish author Tove Jansson in the 1940s and have found a comfortable home (and marketing niche) in Japan.

My Other Taxi Is A Pink Russian Army Amphibious Scout Vehicle

Neither snow nor rain nor flood shall impede these taxis from delivering paying customers to their destinations. That's because the innovative pink-painted cabs are decommissioned Russian Army amphibious scout vehicles that can keep on driving through hell or high water... well, through high water at least.

Want To Wood Panel Your Legs? Wood Grain Leggings Make It Easy

What would you look like if you were Pinocchio's sister? Well, that's hard to say, but I would venture a guess that your legs might look something like these intriguing Faux Bois Leggings. They are the coolest thing to come under the Skinny Sweats label which is designed, created, and made by Adrienne Butikofer of Toronto, Canada. They could be just the thing to wear if you are dating or married to a carpenter, shop teacher, or other woodworker to make sure his eyes stay on you.

Nico Sushi Memo Pads Look Tasty, Won't Get Stinky

This holiday season, give the gift of sushi with Nico Sushi Memo Pads. Unlike actual sushi, these cute & colorful paper memo pads are easy to leave notes on and won't become smelly after being stuck on your refrigerator door for a few days.

VisionTek's Pocket SSD Offers Un-USB Drive-Like Performance

Being more or less PC solid-state drives with USB 3.0 interfaces grafted on, VisionTek claims “up to double” the transfer speeds of other flash drives, while remaining compatible with any system bearing USB connectors. Those who need to move giant video collections, drive image backups, or other sizable sets of files on a relatively frequent basis, take note!

Want To Protect Your Christmas Tree? Ninjas Can Do The Job

It is Christmas. There are a lot of fake Santas on the prowl. How do you protect your Christmas tree from all but the real Santa? How do you make sure that the kids aren't sneaking peeks at the packages under the tree? How do you keep the cat from climbing the tree? Well, ninjas are the answer. These HOrrible HOliday HOoligans are ornaments to hide in your tree and attack when anyone least expects it.

Want Your Artificial Tree To Smell Real? Use An Essential Oil Ornament

Artificial Christmas trees have been around for many decades now and the one thing that they truly lack is that fresh piney smell that is synonymous with the holiday season. These days this is an easy fix with this Snowflake Bubble Aromatherapy Ornament. Just hang the blown glass ball on the tree and fill it with Balsam Fir Oil and let the sniffing begin!

Skull Lollipop Candy Case Shows Zombies You're No Sucker

Keep your friends close and your personal lollipop closer as the old saying (sort of) goes. The Skull Lollipop Candy Case from Japan's Village Vanguard will alert those so-called “friends” to keep their sticky fingers off your fave Chupa Chups sucker.

Want To Get Rid Of The Elf On The Shelf? Try A Mensch On A Bench!

Hanukkah is underway for another year and -- oy! -- there is a new addition to the story of Hanukkah. It is the first real change since Saturday Night Live created Hanukkah Harry and gave Jews their own version of Santa 25 years ago. This time The Elf on the Shelf is getting its own Jewish counterpart with The Mensch on a Bench. The Mensch comes with his own story of how he impacted Hanukkah in a book for children.

Want To Get Into Shape In Ultra Cool Style? Try Wood And Leather Weights

As more and more of us in the U.S. are being faced with a serious battle of the bulge, more of us are putting exercise equipment into our homes. This can have a rather industrial-looking effect on home decor if you aren't wealthy enough to have a separate home gym. For the rest of us there is a set of Wood and Leather Dumbbells that is decorative as well as functional.

Want To Make Your Farts Smell Better? Take A Pill!

One of the great scourges of society since the dawn of man has been our periodic ability to produce copious amounts of odiferous methane. In other words, we can really stink up the place with our farts. It is a fact that is met with both agony and jest, especially when stuck in close quarters with one another. What to do? The answer is here! A little old man in France, Christian Poincheval, put his inventor hat on and has come up with a simple little pill that will make all that gas a whole lot more pleasant.

Want To Rock Out With The Empire? Then You Need A Death Star Speaker

Just because you live in a galaxy far, far away you don't need to be going without some righteous tunes. Foil the Empire into thinking that you are loyal rather than a rebel by displaying this way cool Death Star Bluetooth Speaker on your desk or in your home as you entertain your ears. Just beware of x-wing fighters trying to attack the thermal exhaust port.

Chinese Restaurant Offers Discounts Based On Sex & Weight

A restaurant in Chongqing, China has begun offering discounts to heavyweight males and featherweight females. Something tells us the bistro won't break even until they institute a Ladies Only policy.

HOnk HOnk HOnk: The Top 10 Over-The-Top Holiday Decorated Vehicles

Old and busted: Holiday home displays big and bright enough to outshine Rudolph's red nose. New hotness: cars and trucks decorated with more glowing bells & whistles than Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve.

Want To Channel Your Inner Viking? Get A Drinking Horn

The drinking horn has a long history throughout Europe, though it seems to be most readily associated with Vikings quenching their thirst in large quaffs. It seems that a new modern version designed for coffee is destined to make a comeback worldwide. It has been redesigned by a guy in Slovenia to serve the international obessesion with java and the need to make it as portable as possible. The result is the Goat Mug.

Dig In To Dinner With Deep Fried Construction Equipment!

Do not operate heavy machinery while eating? The heck with that! The clever designers at Panda's Hole, an edgy division of Takara Tomy's T-Arts, suggest diners throw caution to the wind and sprinkle their new line of Deep Fried Construction Equipment over your next box lunch.