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Pillow Crash Helmet: Great Idea?

U.S. Patent #3,538,508, also known as the Pillow Crash Helmet dates back to 1970 and is just as silly today as it was then. More than likely inspired by the courtesy pillows handed out on airplanes, this pillow goes a step further and upon command, becomes a crash helmet. Read on for some smashing details.

13 Strange and Bizarre Gifts For The Weirdos In Your Life

Know someone hard to shop for? Are you sick of looking for something they'll actually like? Why not try something sure to confuse them instead? These strange goodies will be great ways to throw off the preconcieved gift ideas people already expect from you.

Fake Sideburns for Sunglasses: Great Idea?

Patent#Des 376,811, also known as Fake Sideburns for Sunglasses would appear to be a distant relative of the Groucho Marx masks that were so popular many years ago. These sideburns, however, are designed for the inner Elvis that resides within some of us even if the outer Elvis left the building three decades ago.

Psst! She Loves The Dog More...

Surveys are coming out right and left these days, as retailers try to find out exactly what people will buy when they really shouldn't be buying anything at all. And don't think the pet industry has been asleep at the wheel. The American Kennel Club (AKC), the purveyor of the well-bred dog, released data from its survey yesterday.

Psst. She loves the dog more.


This Place Smells Really Fishy!

The sports center in Callao, Peru will never be the same. Oh, it will probably look the same, but after this past Sunday, it will likely never smell the same.

A Fork That Tells You When To Eat: Great Idea?

US patent #5421089 also known in polite circles as the Alarm Fork is reminiscent of a ride along a busy highway. You stop for a light and proceed when it changes to another color. The alarm fork works the same way, creating a dictatorship and rule by the minority over the desires of the majority to eat whenever one desires. Read on, but watch that alarm. You may miss your chance for another bite!

Japanese Fish Beer Adds a Dash of Dashi

A unique beer from Japan derives its special flavor from dashi - a pungent mix of dried seaweed and shaved Bonito fish flakes usually used in Japanese miso soup.

Hijacker Injector: Great Idea?

Patent #3,841,328, the Hijack Injector, dates back to 1974, and although amusing in nature, is shrouded in a topic that couldn’t be more serious. One man’s idea about how to control a mid-air hijacking situation may be off base, but it is to be commended, sort of. Read on and watch your seat!

Say Doc, What About A Prescription For This Handgun?

A new firearm, designed for easy access and shooting ability, and usable by millions of disabled and elderly persons, has received a listing from the FDA as a "medical device." The Palm Pistol™ is now appealing for Medicare and Medicaid coverage.

"Hey Doc? How about a prescription for this handgun?"


Cheese Filtered Cigarettes: Great Idea?

Patent# US3,234,948, also known as the Cheese-Filter Cigarette, dates back to the 1960s, when smokers and cigarettes still ruled the earth. This invention concerns a cigarette filter comprised of a mixture in which particles of hard cheese are blended with charcoal to produce a cigarette that tastes like…well, like it shouldn’t. Read on and wonder why.

Curry Soda Spices Up Japan's Soft Drink Selection

Curry soda could be shrugged off as a one-off attention grabber if there weren't at least two varieties of the fiery flavored fizzy drink heating up Japanese store shelves.

Strange Scents Become Hot Business With CB I Hate Perfume

Christopher Brosius, entrepreneur, artist and founder of CB I Hate Perfume has made his distain for floral and effeminate scents into a profitable business. His line of personal and home scents may be off the wall, but they are being picked up by perfume retailers in Canada and the US.


Retractable Toilet Table Top: Great Idea?

Patent# US6983493, the Retractable Toilet Table Top, concerns the concept of toilet inspiration, you know, those great ideas that seem to come out of nowhere when it’s “john time.” The royal throne, as the inventor refers to that instrument of necessity we plebes know as a toilet, has been transformed into a respectable workplace.

Got an Empty Tin Can? Want a Robot?

If you're like me, you might have a few empty cans sitting around the house. Instead of throwing them away--or, more approriately, tossing them into the recycling bin--why not build a robot?

Just Who Do You Think You Are? 3 Chairs That Tell You

In an exhibit entitled The Power Of Seat(ing) at Milan Design Week 2008, designers Sung-Hyun Kyung, Jesse Weser, and Gesthimani Papadopoulou used their collective talent to create chairs that reflect individual psyches, either who a person is, or who he wants to be.  Which of the chairs represents you? The Queen, Superman, or The Thinker?

Video Game Coffee Table Offers a Big Cup Full of Entertainment

Want a place to put your coffee while destroying aliens? This table might be the answer...

Caffeine Inhaled Rather Than Imbibed: Great Idea?

Most agree that there’s nothing quite like the smell of coffee in the morning, but even the most die-hard aficionados confess to the need for caffeine as the real reason people love coffee. So why not find a quicker way to get the caffeine inside you? Why wait for the coffee to brew? Why indeed?

Marijuana Found In Chinese Shaman’s Tomb

It looks like that mean little plant known far and wide as wackey tabackey, is even older than previously imagined. Archeologists have dug up a 2,700 year-old tomb of a shaman near Tupan (far west Xinjiang province) that reveals a few secrets about the ancient Chinese that might surprise the modern world. Then again, they might not. Read on and decide for yourself.

Suspended in Time - Magical Photography Art

Have you ever taken a photograph and captured it at just the right time so it came out to be a pretty amusing picture? French photographer Denis Darzacq does just that – perfect timing so that subjects in the image look like they are caught in mid-air.

Here's A Bacon Flavor That Makes Sense: Maple Bacon Morning Coffee

Bacon, bacon, bacon. Now that everything else is flavored with bacon -- water, chocolate, vodka, bourbon... lollipops, and even mints! -- finally, the Baca Java Artisan Roasted Coffee Company is flavoring its beans with bacon as well as maple! Now this makes sense!