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Japan's Butt-Biting Bug Song & Video Creates Infectious Buzz



Whether shopping in downtown Tokyo, relaxing at home with family or out on the town with friends or co-workers, Japanese just can't seem to get enough of - or away from - the Butt-Biting Bug!
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Electrolux Sponsors Second Life 100,000L$ Inventor Contest


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Better hurry to get your invention ideas to Electrolux, because the deadline is November 1, and the contest was just announced on October 18, 2007! Your challenge is to create useful devices that solve specific challenges in Second Life: what's at stake is up to 100,000 Linden Dollars (L$s)!

Trim Trolley Takes Off The Weight While You Grocery Shop


Elana Bowman, our guest blogger, lives in Sydney and she has so many interests she doesn't have time to indulge in them all. On your average day, she'll be at work or writing or on the beach or reading or finding something new & interesting. She wanted to share some of her finds from the UK, Australia and New Zealand with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

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Supermarket chain Tesco is launching the trim trolley this week, a trolley designed to help people work out while they shop!

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Lawnmower That Cuts Your Grass and Tones Your Legs


What is environmentally friendly, cuts your grass, tones your legs and is fun to ride all at the same time? A bicycle lawnmower of course. read more »

Your Dog May Look Like You, But Does He Have Your Sense Of Humor?





Do you wag your tail when greeting someone you like? Bark when you want a treat? Roll over on command?

Then you're a pretty happy dog, and your owner just might be a happy human.... Now it's time to find out if your human also shares your sense of humor....
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Great Invention Idea? Butt Cheek Spreader


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Elizabeth Valeri, our guest blogger, is a resident of Colorado with an interest in the material abundance of everyday life. That is, she is amused by the ways we “over-invent” our lives in a fleeting attempt at controlling them. She wanted to share some of her wacky patent finds with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

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13 Haunted Houses That Will Make You Wet Your Pants


It's Halloween season and you know what that means: time for what has become our annual 13 Best Haunted Houses list! There have been a few additions and subtractions from last years list , but, as always, each one has their own unique characteristics that make it a worthy haunt for even the most seasoned of haunted housers. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Birth by Centrifugal Force


Elizabeth Valeri, our guest blogger, is a resident of Colorado with an interest in the material abundance of everyday life. That is, she is amused by the ways we “over-invent” our lives in a fleeting attempt at controlling them. She wanted to share some of her wacky patent finds with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

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The Apparatus for Facilitating the Birth of a Child by Centrifugal Force, may not end the age-old debate of whether or not centrifugal force actually exists, but it sure will take a pregnant woman’s mind off the business at hand during childbirth! read more »

Winners for the Best in Wacky Science Research Get Ig Nobel Award


 

Winners included the discovery that Viagra helps hamsters overcome jetlag, a method for extracting vanilla flavor from cow dung, and a study of the word "the." read more »

I Maid Café Serves Up Japanese Weirdness in Cold Canada



Japan has exported cars and electronics to the West for decades, but it's only recently that the nation's dynamic culture, led by Pokemon and other Anime has also made the trip. Their success has led a few enterprising types to try transplanting some of the more offbeat aspects of Japanese culture into foreign soil. Can it work? Your on-the-scene reporter visited the I Maid Café in Toronto, Canada today to find out first hand!
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Climb It, Ride It, Run It - 8 Crazy Escalator Ads


Advertising is literally everywhere, including on escalators. It seems that many products can use the unique features of escalators to their marketing advantage. read more »

2007's Funniest Adult Halloween Costumes

Becoming nostalgic for your childhood? If so, you'll find hundreds of childrens' costumes in adult sizes this year, like the Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood. And if you want to rewind to your infancy, there's no shortage of adult infant costumes. Then there are the childish adult costumes, and here's where I bring you some of the best for a good laugh!

Solution To Pet Separation Anxiety: Stay Home!


 

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Does your dog have anxiety attacks when you leave home? Does he tear down your window coverings, bite your door frames, scratch your doors? Does your cat pee in your favorite shoes? Refuse to eat or drink until you come home?

Doggles LLC claims to have a solution to pet anxiety with its new Comfort line. The products contain “hearts” that beat like your pets' very own mothers.

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13 Halloween Pet Costume Winners 2007: Coolest, Scariest, Weirdest, and more...


Finally, I'm ready to present Lady Bee's Halloween Pet Costume Winners for 2007. Read on, and you'll find my picks for Coolest, Weirdest, Funniest, Scariest, Classiest, Best Pimp, Most Pious, Most Flirtatious, Most Realistic, Most Surprising, Best Retro, Best Pirate, and Most Adorable costumes for pets. (Dog, cat, ferret, and bird costumes were considered). read more »

Best Poopy Stuff of All Time

Well, I was having a poopy day and it got me thinking that the world is full of poop ....literally. So I went on my merry way to prove my hypothesis true...and I have. Here are my best finds for all the things inspired by the poop in people's lives:


World's Most Freaky Door Handle

What would you do if you walked up to a door and you saw a hand reaching out to you like this one?

Where Rich Cats Poop



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More and more cats are staying home and pooping indoors these days. But, what do you do with the litter box, especially if Kitty can't have a room of her own? Well, maybe these designer litter boxes will give you some ideas... It's always nice to see where rich cats are pooping.

Meowlingual Cat Translation Device is Purr Insanity



One might think cats don't need to communicate much with their human "owners", but the folks at Japan's Takara Tomy beg to disagree. That's why they've introduced the Meowlingual Cat Translation Device, which follows on the success of the Bowlingual Dog Translator. No, I'm NOT making this up...
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10 Perfect Drinks To Serve Your Dog .... In A Dog Bar


Bobby, The Official Wine Taster (photo permission: Alice Wang)Bobby, The Official Wine Taster (photo permission: Alice Wang)

The buzz is that dog bars ("bars" as in taverns) will be the next big thing for dogs and their owners. In the bars, our dogs would be seen, sniff each other and exchange (other) pleasantries, and (why not?) have a drink or two.

Let's see what we can serve them... read more »

Pee On It, Pull It, and Rub It - Top 10 Most Brilliant Bathroom Ads


Advertising really is everywhere...EVERYWHERE. Look what great ads appear in public restrooms. read more »