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Thanksgiving Patents-Part 5: Smelly Gas No More!


Fart Pad in ActionFart Pad in Action

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:

4 Ways To Play A Spit-less Game Of Fetch With Your Dog



Doggie DriverDoggie Driver

Remember the game of fetch? You threw a ball, your dog chased it, picked it up, and brought it back? Again and again, the game repeated itself until one or the other of you got tired, usually you. You'd be dead tired, slumped in your chair, with smelly, sticky dog drool on your hands.

Now, dog gadgeteers (dogeteers) have invented ball-throwing gadgets that maintain your stamina, keep your hands clean and, perhaps, tire your dog. read more »

Robot Camel Jockey Wins Invention Prize


A robot camel jockey preps for race (from National Geographic).A robot camel jockey preps for race (from National Geographic).

A robot camel jockey, invented by the Qatar Scientific Club, won for Best Invention at the First International Exhibition for Inventions. The robot camel jockey, a seemingly odd invention here in the West, is meant to replace child jockeys in the Persian Gulf. read more »

Thanksgiving Patents - Part 4: Avoid Holiday Drama & Weight Gain This Year


Appetite SuppressorAppetite Suppressor

One thing I've learned over the years is you can never go wrong by invoking the diet excuse. (This excuse is particularly effective if you are still single.) Of course, you run the risk that a family member will decry your concerns for your figure as nonsense, or worse - for your plan, not your ego - tell you you're too thin as it is. read more »

Only in Dubai: A VPN as Illegal as Porn


(from ITP.net)(from ITP.net)

On Thursday, the UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), an organization that regularly bans websites in the Emirates, declared that subscribing to a UK based Virtual Private Network (VPN) is as illegal as ‘smuggled DVDs or pornography.' read more »

Thanksgiving Patents - Part 3: Narcissistic Gourd Molds


Narcissistic Gourd MoldNarcissistic Gourd Mold

A cornucopia of autumn produce and foliage is a traditional holiday favorite, if not a little predictable and overplayed. Yet with some time and planning you can assemble a unique cornucopia centerpiece spilling with gourds in the shape of your own head, or any other shape for that matter! read more »

Japan Turns Roads Into Musical Instruments



From the "only in Japan" file comes the Melody Road, an ingenious project that has transformed stretches of three Japanese highways into mobile music boxes!
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The Exact Science of Paper Art


Paper artist Jen Stark has a bold new vision for 3D contemporary design. Or is it just good vision she has? Either way, the woman rivals Edward Scissorhands in her skills with an X-acto knife and the simple medium of multi-colored construction paper... read more »

Watch Your Step on Disappearing "Wall Stairs"


Unless you're on par with the likes of James Bond, or frequently find yourself escaping from super-villains, it's unlikely that you have any real need for a staircase that disappears at the touch of a button... read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $35,000 for a Bed


Hollandia International has created a magnificent bed that has so much stuff you could pretty much live in it - the PLATINUM-LUXETM Elite sleep system. The only catch is that it comes with a hefty price tag of $35,000. You'll have to leave your bed to go to work in order to afford it. read more »

Exploding 'Savings Bomb' Piggy Bank Scares Japan into Saving



Lazy coin savers in Japan are in for a big surprise should they forget to deposit their loose change in TOMY's Savings Bomb Pggy Bank... not to mention a big mess to clean up!
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Table Without a Top: New Concepts in Kitchen Essentials


A lot happens at the kitchen table. Aside from serving the traditional function of simply being a place at which to sit and eat, the kitchen table is akin to the heart of the home. So what happens when that beloved surface goes missing? ... read more »

'My Chopsticks Bra' Replaces Cups with Bowls



The 'My Chopsticks Bra' is the latest outrageous creation from Triumph International Japan, a lingerie company that's never been shy about attracting attention to its products - for a good cause, of course!
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Thanksgiving Patents - Part 2: The Well-Dressed Bird


The Cooking Jacket "for use in cooking large pieces of meat, turkeys, chickens, roasts and the like," or U.S. patent 4942809, looks like a large mesh hammock with handles designed "to enable the turkey or other piece of meat to be retained in a jacket structure and easily lifted from the cooking pan, pot, vessel or the like." read more »

13 Unfortunate Translations That Harmed Brand Reputations


It is important for companies to do adequate preparation and research before introducing a product into the international marketplace. How easily even "experts" can sometimes fall victim when their in-house marketing department is not fully aware of the local culture. Sometimes hiring a professional marketeer in the country is probably the best option. Otherwise, slogal translations might end up being a total fiasco! read more »

Thanksgiving Patents - Part 1: To Eat the Bird You Must First Catch the Bird


The Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner: Step 1
Trueky Decoy: Patent #6684552Trueky Decoy: Patent #6684552
Welcome to my new blog! The following is the first installation in a multi-part series exploring innovative and unusual patents that could help make this your best Thanksgiving celebration ever!
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10 Craziest Concept Cars from the Tokyo Motor Show


Mazda TaikiMazda Taiki

On the 26th of October, the Tokyo Motor Show kicked off with a roar . Some of the highlights included the Lancer EVO X and the highly anticipated Nissan GT-R. Manufacturers also introduced a handful of concept cars that can only be described as "unique." Here are my picks for the 10 Wackiest Concept Cars from the Tokyo Motor Show: read more »