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Want This New Invention? Your Own Personal Solar-Powered Cloud

On a hot and sunny day there is nothing like a big, fluffy cumulus cloud to create a bit of relaxing shade. But, oh, they seem to move off all too quickly. Believe it or not, there is something you can do about this. You can have a Solar-Powered Cumulus Parasol. It is like owning your own little piece of the sky.

Czar & Driver: The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Russian Automobiles

Russia is known more for cranking out tractors and tanks than designing and manufacturing quality motor vehicles, which might explain why the world's largest country makes some of the world's strangest cars.

Micromax X352: Dumbphone And USB Battery Charger In One Device

Micromax's new “feature” phone looks like a pretty cookie-cutter example of these devices nowadays. Except for the mammoth battery inside, that is, which you can re-purpose as a USB charging bank for your more expensive mobile devices.

Veloschmitt's KR E-250 Personal Transporter: The Messerschmitt Reloaded

If the Veloschmitt KR E-250 looks oddly familiar, you might have spent a little too much time in post-war Germany. Designers Achim Adlfinger and Fred Zimmermann have been there and now they've done that, evoking the spirit of Messerschmitt's quirky KR200 Kabinenroller in this three-wheeled pedal/electric velomobile.

Cockroach iPhone Case For The iPhone 5: Ideal For Insect Texting

The Cockroach iPhone case surrounds your precious iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s with tough yet flexible silicone designed to imitate one of natures most successful species. That's good. The Cockroach iPhone case looks, well, like a six-inch long cockroach. That's... not so good.

Chinese Air Force Trains Monkeys To Seek & Destroy Bird Nests

China's Air Force doesn't monkey around when it comes to protecting their bases from wayward birds... scratch that, actually they do! A pair of macaques trained to seek out and eliminate bird nests near a PLAAF base are doing just that, destroying 6 to 8 nests per day each and permanently clearing 180 nests in just their first month on duty.

Decommissioned Czech Tank Adds Slide, Conquers Playground

Make fun not war! When authorities in a small Czech town found themselves stuck with a decommissioned OT-62 armored personnel carrier, they made the best of the beast by cheerfully repainting it and adding a color-coordinated plastic slide. End result? Best. Playground. EVAR.

Chinese High School Holds Exams In A Forest To Prevent Cheating

Teachers at Chengfeng School in Jingzhou, China have come up with an innovative way to prevent plagiarism by students taking important mid-term exams: moving the students' desks outside and widely separating them within a nearby forest.

Make Your iPhone Into A Weapon With the iStab

iPhone muggings are still all too common, but now you can defend yourself against attacks and use your phone to gut fish with the handy iStab folding knife.

Russian Leather-Covered Car Lacks Taste, Offends Vision

We're not Putin you on, this Russian custom car is swathed in real Canadian buffalo hide inside and out – including the trunk and the engine compartment. Better not take it out in the rain... better yet, don't take it out at all.

Want This New Invention? The Hug Me Jacket

There is a saying by Virginia Satir, a family therapist, "We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth." Few would challenge this statement, but trying to get that many hugs into the average busy day is a tall order for most of us. However, the Hug Me Jacket can take care of five of those hugs all at once!

Need This New Invention? Expedition Shoe Lights

There nothing quite as alluring as the idea of going off to explore. Not all of your exploring is going to happen in well-lit areas or during the day. So National Geographic and Uncle Milton came up with these totally cool Expedition Shoe Lights Just snap them on to almost any kind of shoe and away you go -- checking out new territory.

Want This Strange Innovation? Squeeze Bacon

Now Swedes are not exactly known for their cuisine. Aside from their meatballs most people have never eaten Swedish food. In some cases this is a good thing -- like the horror that is Lutefisk (a whitefish that has been cured in lye). Then there is lefse, an item similar to a tortilla that non-Scandinavians have been known to mistake for a napkin. However, there is one product coming out of Sweden that should be extremely popular in America (both the U.S. and Canada) -- Squeez Bacon®.

Want This New Innovation? Pocket Watch Terrariums

Terrariums are not a new innovation, but what you can find them housed in these days is. A company called The Slug and The Squirrel has created amazing lines of terrariums by blending the repurposing of vintage and heirloom glass pieces, such as pocket watches, with creating tiny fantasy landscapes.

Is Your Mom A Geek? 10 Mother's Day Gifts For Geeky Moms

Whether your Mom is a mathemetician, scientist, physician, gamer, or bookworm... if she's into Star Trek, Doctor Who, or Game of Thrones... Maybe she's just a generic geek.   We've got 10 Mother's Day gifts for the geek mom to make your shopping easier!

Palcohol: Powdered Alcohol Revolutionizes The Booze Business

Alcohol comes in many forms - wine, beer, liquor, and so on - all of which share one major characteristic in common. The fact that they are liquid. You can mix them, blend them, and shake them, but their original form still remains true to that descriptor. But, your mind will be blown to hear that alcohol may be liquid-only no longer; at least not if one innovative booze business has its way.

Vintage Jukebox Clutch Is Retro-Chic

Marching to the beat of your own drum is a whole lot easier when you can take music with you. These days, portable music players take a minimalist approach, and just don't act like fashion accessories in the ways that they once did. So, it is pretty great that one designer has come up with a quirky yet chic solution to this.

Kumming China's Kingdom Of The Dwarves: A Little Person Theme Park

At a time when society as a whole seems to be more focused on embracing vs exploiting the differences between individuals around the world, this business concept comes across as brash and insensitive. However, this controversial theme park has had proven success, and promises that promoting cultural sensitivity and respect is integral to their business model.

Oh Snap! Chinese Public Toilet Adds Flash To Your Flush

Shutter the door and make it snappy! This curious camera-shaped public toilet in Chongqing, China perfectly fits the computer and electronics focused vibe of the neighborhood. Bonus: there's no better place to butt-dial a selfie.

Splashdown! Trainer Knows How To Potty Train Boys

Genaissance Global has the answer for getting boys to "stand up and go" when they are learning to use the potty with The Splashdown! Trainer. With an exclamation point in the name I couldn't help but get excited too. It is designed to keep your son's wayward pee from going behind the toilet seat. It's also an interactive potty training tool when Splashy! cheers on your son and reminds him to put the toilet seat down when done.