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Dead People Bring Heat to Crematorium

To those of you who like to begin the New Year thinking gloomy thoughts, here is an eco-gloomy issue/question to think about. Is it okay for a Crematorium to use the smoke from cremated bodies to save on their heating bill? What if in doing so they also help clean the environment?

Yo Bob! You're On The Wrong Floor

"Hello Bob. You're really drunk, aren't you? Your room is on the seventh floor. This is the fifth floor. Turn around and make your first left to the elevator."

Perhaps Estonian designers Jan Graps and Ken Ruut imagined scenarios like this when they designed "Bob," an internal navigation system (INS) for hotels. But Bob is more than an INS, Bob is also a security system.

Medical Tutorial That Bleeds As You Go: Great Idea?

In keeping with those all too life-like dolls that wet and cry for mama to change them, Patent# US 6863536, also known as the Endoscopic Tutorial System with a Bleeding Complication, is like a horror movie that simulates blood and guts at the expense of the viewer. Read on, but keep your distance, as there is a new and very crazy sort-of doctor in town.

Can A Kerchief Save Lives?

A disclaimer on this product proclaims, "The store and designer take NO responsibility for schmucks and wooden-heads who feel compelled to test the endurance or resistance of the textile in any way."

Combination Handcuff Key and Writing Instrument: Great Idea?

Patent#US 6880369 also known as the Combination Handcuff Key and Writing Instrument dates back to 2005 and may be just the thing for law enforcement and security personnel. To others, however, it remains a very silly patent. Read on but….watch out for those cuffs.

Will Crows Work For Peanuts? Ask Joshua Klein

Joshua Klein got a crow in his bonnet about 10 years ago that wouldn't let up. It was to teach crows how to live more purposefully for man, so that man would not annihilate the pesky species. (Thank heavens it wasn't a bee in his bonnet; we've done quite enough for man, thank you.)

SUV Tent: Great Idea?

Patent# US D503143, which refers to an SUV Tent is not a new idea; in fact, tents have been made for pickup tricks and station wagons for the last 40 or 50 years. The idea to patent it though, is fairly new, dating back to 2006. Read on for more details and…bring along your lunch.

Save the Shavings with Chocolate Pencils

Ever notice how much pencil shavings look like those chocolate curls you see on delicious cakes? This set of assorted chocolate pencils from Nendo comes with a sharpener so you can save the shavings and feed your cravings!

Don't Be a Sucker - Pucker Up to This Art

Millions of people kiss many things every day. Babies, relatives, lovers, pets, even the ground they walk on..…but a ceiling? Photographer Fred Muram has created a unique series titled ‘Kissing the Ceiling’.

Water Ski and Fly at the Same Time: Great idea?

Patent# US 6786785 also known as the Flying Ski is the perfect invention for the sports enthusiast with phobias. Now you can water-ski even if you are afraid of it and soar at high speeds even if heights give you agita. Read on and…be amazed.

No Smoking Sign Ashtray: Great Idea?

Patent# US D500166 also referred to as the No Smoking Sign Ashtray is, so they say, a design that only a New Yorker could have come up with. Being a former one (both smoker and New Yorker) I might opt to be insulted by that. Then again, I might just laugh and forget about it because this silly patent is really quite funny. Read on and see if you don’t agree.

Scent Delivery System: Great idea?

Patent# US 6842218 known to some as the Scent Delivery System, is a 2005 invention that involves a flow of air via a single conduit with a nasal interface at one end and a fan or canister of compressed air at the other end. Read on for more details even though they already seem superfluous.

Pity These Businesses: It’s Their Job To Hear You Complain

Who doesn't like to complain? We take pride in our ability to whine, moan, and gripe to whoever will listen. The people hearing our issues can become tired of it; but they might not if they're getting paid. Two innovative businesses have kept this in mind, and not only will they hear out your annoying ranting, they also help you solve your problems.

Methods of Promoting Sleep Systems: Great Idea?

Patent #US 6997070 better known as Methods of Promoting Sleep Systems is one of those things whose purpose isn’t all that clear. Whether or not this is a good thing remains to be seen. Read on and if you can figure it out, please pass it on.

Bottle Cap Necktie: Great Idea?

Patent# US D509944 represents an idea for an invention known as the Bottle Cap Necktie. If you want to buy one of these, it won’t be easy because it is not a reality and may never be. Read on anyway and be amazed at what some people can conjure even without a single drink.

Garden Ornament and Cremation Container Combo: Great idea?

Patent # US 6854165 refers to the Combination Lawn/ Garden Ornament and Cremation Container, which transforms the idiom of pushing up daisies to a new but unimportant and rather silly level. Memorializing the deceased is an old ritual, but surely even the ancient world would have laughed at this garden sculpture that doubles as a cremation urn. Read on and…try to believe.

Multi-Functional Massage Device: Great Idea?

Patent #US 6802818 refers to a Multi-Functional Massage Device that services the multi-tasking but very confused and dysfunctional busy person of today. It proves, without a doubt, that old admonition about not chewing on your pen because of the unknown places it has been before (even though it’s likely to be located somewhere on the user of this silly thing). Read on for more information, if you have the time.

Nuclear Waste Disposal System: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6846967 also known as the Nuclear Waste Disposal System entered the world in 2005 and just won’t leave. Perhaps it is waiting for the all clear signal from those controlling the sub-sea volcano which the inventor so stoutly advocates as the way for all nuclear wastes to go. Read on, and…. stand back a bit from the shore.

Showerhead with Removable Electronic Media Device: Great Idea?

Patent# US 682353, which refers to a Showerhead with Removable Electronic Media Device is probably as silly as any invention can be. This combination shower head and electronic media device is a space saver in its own quirky way, but that does not change the fact that the concept is absurd. Read on and sort of cleanse to the music of your favorite mp3s!

Remote Plastic Surgery: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6843793 known mysteriously only as a Surgical Instrument, is a highly complicated medical apparatus that entails the principle of remote plastic surgery. No, this is not done via a television remote or on an operating table in the rainforest in southwestern Borneo. It is, instead, a rather silly attempt to perform plastic surgery as a sort of game, like painting by numbers.