Strange, Odd, Weird or Wacky
"I Could Just Kick Myself." Well, now you can!
Did your parents ever tell you all you needed was a swift kick in the butt? If you were in grade school around the time I was - back when no one much cared about your self-esteem or your feelings - you might have heard a teacher say these very same words to/at you. Perhaps when you've screwed up, yet again, you've even uttered these words to yourself under your breath. The obvious problem in this last scenario is that people just aren't built to accomplish such a feat. read more »
On December tenth, Saudi blogger Fouad al-Farhan was detained for questioning by the Saudi Interior Ministry. In a case that has invoked international condemnation, possible charges against Farhan have not been elaborated on, except for a brief statement by a Ministry spokesman, stating that, Farhan was detained "for violating rules not related to state security." read more »
If you've listened to the news lately it might seem as though we are on the brink of another arms race. Oh sure, we've made some progress with North Korea, for now, but what about the rest of the world? If worrying about escalating international tensions is keeping you from making good on your new year's resolution to embark on a diet and fitness program that will help you transform yourself, I've got a patent that could put some of your fears to rest - temporarily - just long enough so that you can get up off the couch and into the gym.
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Turn on the faucet and let the light flow? Hmm... Seems a bit paradoxical, but the Light Drop by Brazilian designer Rafael Morgan does just that. read more »
Sleeping entwined with another is a novel concept, but there's always the problem of that extra arm. Where does one put it? Mehdi Mojtabvi's Love Mattress offers a simple solution for the chronic limp arm that often results from sleeping while wrapped in a prolonged embrace. read more »
I just can't close the year without sharing these beautiful hand blown and crafted martini glasses with you. The dog and cat martini glasses are made by Yurana Glass Designs and each one is crafted individually, so no two are alike. They cost a little more than the average cat or dog bowl, but after all, they're for a celebration... like New Year's Eve. read more »
The Flat Life project by Finn Magee might make you look twice, as most of us aren't used to cords running out of our still-life art. What appears to be an image of a standard desk lamp and digital alarm clock is actually a light source and means of time-keeping, merging the third dimension with 2D design. read more »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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! read more »
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!
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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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 »
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!
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 »
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. read more »
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 »
Many of us, no doubt, have found ourselves kneeling down before the porcelain god reflecting on the events that brought us there. read more »