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Whose Bright Idea Was That? The New York Times Magazine Ideas of 2007



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They're not the best, not all the most promising .... They're not even the most popular. The ideas are not necessarily good ideas. They are not categorized by science, technology, or other standard classifications -- only alphabetically ordered. But the New York Times Magazine's 7th Annual Year In Ideas has picked 70 ideas just for your interest that have been percolating around the world in 2007. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Robotic Massage Hand


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Have you ever longed for a gentle reassuring touch throughout the day? Would you welcome an occasional touch, rub, or connection to another without all the messy human entanglements that often accompany such a sweet gesture? read more »

The Future of Despotism: Blogging the Iranian Presidency


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While some in the U.S. may feel that a lack of governmental transparency here has led to significant shortfalls in recent policy decisions, those in Iran are getting the chance to chime in on policy while simultaneously learning a little bit about the mind of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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Great Invention Idea? Watch That Predicts Your Death


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We know many of the vices we enjoy actually accelerate our journey towards oblivion. Furthermore, not knowing exactly how fast we're going is the cause of some considerable anxiety. And anxiety, as you know, makes the time it takes to reach our final destination go even faster! Still not ready to toss out your cigarettes or stop yelling at your spouse? read more »

Ten Really Weird, Totally Bizarre Kewpie Doll Cell Phone Charms



These Ten Really Weird, Totally Bizarre Kewpie Doll Cell Phone Charms prove two things - Kewpie Dolls are loved by Japanese young and old, and love can be very strange sometimes... VERY strange!
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15 Best Holiday Pet Fashions & Costumes For 2007!

If you're not in the swing of the "Season" yet, maybe these adorable pets and their holiday fashions will put you in a festive mood. Christmas fashion is in for pets; the question is how will you keep up with them?

I've selected my favorite pet holiday fashions, as well as costumes, for 2007. Read on to see the awards for silliest, holiest, flashiest, most shocking, and other awards for holiday pet fashion this year, covering fashion for dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, and horses... the best pet Holiday outfits for 2007!

Great Invention Idea? Nicotine Based Dental Care


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Thanks to Henry Petroski's book, "The Toothpick: Technology and Culture," I've learned that the toothpick has both an illustrious history and some interesting applications. But I wonder what Petroski would say about a group of patents I've termed, "addiction hygiene?"
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Great Invention Idea? Pee for Fun and Prizes with the Urinator!


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For years I've been haunted by a musical potty and its innocent reward system. Why is it that adults don't have anything besides toilet paper to remind us how grand it is to take part in adult civilized society? Well, we do now. read more »

15 Great Holiday Pet Gift Baskets For Dogs, Cats, Horses, Birds & Their Owners!



Gift baskets are always fun to receive, and pets love them as much as we do. This year's holiday pet gift baskets are more ingenious and beautiful than ever, with special ones for the dogs, cats, birds and horses that you know and love. There are even combination gift baskets, a one-shot gift idea for pet and pet-lover for Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukah!

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That’s a Wrap – 7 Funky Gift Wraps That Think Outside the Box


Gift wrap can be so pedestrian, especially this time of year. Red, green, gold and white are such tired choices in an endless sea of gift wrap options. So why not break out of the box and try something new? And don't fool yourself - presentation matters! So here are a few of my top picks for some of the coolest gift wrap around. If you don't impress them with the gift, you can at least dazzle and distract them with the packaging, right? read more »

Shocking Story: The Electric Eel Powered Christmas Tree



Japan's Aqua Toto Gifu aquarium has sparked interest worldwide with its E-tree... the "E" standing for Electric Eel! Renewable energy never looked so, er, weird.
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Award-Winning Pencil Bench by Boex Blends Art, Office Supplies and Function


UK-based Boex 3D Creative Solutions designed this award-winning bench based off a single conversation about incorporating an everyday office item into a functional piece of furniture. All it took was a little bit of creative brainstorming, and voilà -- the Pencil Bench was born! read more »

Great Invention Idea? Toilet Headrest Steadies You in Your Hour of Need


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Many of us, no doubt, have found ourselves kneeling down before the porcelain god reflecting on the events that brought us there. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Treatment for Male Impotence Found in Your Pantry


My mother always says the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Well, I don't know about all that, but thanks to Mr. Hirsch I do know the way to my heart is through my man's stomach! United States patent 5,885,614 was issued on March 23, 2000 to Mr. Hirsch for the "Use of Odorants to Treat Male Impotence." That's right, the scents of the season are what really get a guy going! What can I say? ‘Tis really is the season to be jolly! read more »

Lamponi Lamps Give Old Parts New Life


Milan-born designer Maurizio Lamponi Leopardi boldly states, "My lamps are not gadgets." Well, all right. I guess they hover more in the world of fine art, then? At the very least, they walk the line between restored iconic retro pieces and functional light sources, and could certainly be considered masterpieces by some... read more »

Pimp My Ride Going To The Middle East ?


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Friday, MTV unveiled an Arabic language music video channel. MTV Arabia now provides Arabic music videos, as well as other MTV programs, to Middle Eastern audiences. read more »

Thanksgiving Patents-Part 5: Smelly Gas No More!


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While there are many instances of farting to be found in great literature (James Joyce, St. Augustine, Dante, etc.), the reality of farting in public is much less noble. That's why I'm recommending you do a bit of damage control before any real damage to your modesty or friends has occurred this year. read more »

Great Ideas for Non-traditional Holiday Decor


It seems as though you either love or hate the holiday season, with few people straddling the line in between. I, personally, am one of those apathetic souls that could take it or leave it, depending on day, mood, and my current penchant for blind consumerism. So, in my effort to jump on over to the "loving" side of the holiday fence, I bring to you the first installation of my latest finds in non-traditional seasonal decor that really work for any season. read more »

Bizarre Bondage Kewpie Doll Charm



Japan loves Kewpie Dolls... the baby-faced cutie ranks right up there with Hello Kitty on the "kawaii" scale. Being Japan, however, things start to get weird. How weird? Well, check out the Bondage Kewpie Doll Cellphone Charm, available tied up S&M style in five different shades of rope.
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Top 10 Ways to Have a Great Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is such a predictable and tedious holiday.

I think that Thanksgiving Day should be a lot more fun...a bit more of a surprise.

So, for my friends who are bored, I have collected together a few items that I think will turn any painfully tedious Thanksgiving Dinner into something people will remember for years. Here's my list of the 10 Ways to Have A Great Thanksgiving in 2007: