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The History of Father's Day

Many of us have grown up celebrating Father's Day: giving Dad a card, making him breakfast or creating something handmade in school. But when did all this start? Let's look at the invention story of Father's Day.

Seven Innovations in Coffee History

The invention of coffee isn't credited to a single person or time. However, since the realization that consuming coffee beans makes people energized and happy, there have been a series of historical innovations that we couldn't imagine living without today.

Teenager Shows Us How To Decompose Plastic Faster

Teenagers get a lot of bad rap these days. Their stereotypical images on society as drug users, rebels, smart mouths, immature animals, etc., leave many of us, well... a little worried. These stereotypical images rarely allow us to picture the average teenagers out there. There are many teenagers using their brains and living a good life while leaving a wonderful impact on the world. For instance, take 16 year old Daniel Burd and his famous plastic decomposition science project.

The History of the Bikini - The World's Skimpiest Invention

About two hundred years ago, women pranced around on beaches wearing flannel dresses and three-quarter length trousers. In that period in history when showing one's knees was considered scandalous, it might have come as a shock to these women that their descendants would be sporting the skimpiest invention of all - the bikini.

The History of Dad's Favourite Father's Day Gifts

Most of us have relied on the old standards for Father's Day Gifts. Whose dad doesn't have a Father's Day tie, wallet or pair of socks? Let's take a look at the invention stories of these favourite Father's Day Gifts:

The Slightly Gross Origins Of Lipstick

Both women and men can recognize a tube of lipstick. It likely hasn't changed much in recent years - Same tube, same general appearance, same method of application. But did you know that the history of lipstick is filled with things like crushed beetles?

World's Smallest Helicopter Ready For a Spin

Guinness World Records has declared the GEN H-4 to be the world's smallest one-man helicopter. Now the inventor of the GEN H-4, 75-year-old Japanese inventor Gennai Yanagisawa, will demonstrate the chipper chopper in the Italian hometown of famed aeronautical pioneer and "Renaissance Man" Leonardo da Vinci.

Twitter Reporting On The China Earthquake

Forget about TV and radio, the best source of breaking news on the deadly earthquake may have been Twitter.

Self-adhesive Solar Panels

Remember when the stamp became self-adhesive? It made stamp glue aftertaste a thing of the past. Well now technology is so advanced that even Solar Panel have been designed to be self-adhesive. That's right! A peel and stick solar panel is now on the solar panel option list.

From Holy Water to Firewood - The History of the Vending Machine

Recently, a resident of Lacombe, Alberta was honoured with an award for his invention: a vending machine that dispenses firewood. James West, who sells firewood seasonally, invented this machine so that campers won't have to rely on wood lot hours. West's creation is another innovation in the history of vending machines, which have dispensed treats such as candy, coffee, toys - even holy water.

Japanese Face Cream Made From Nightingale Droppings

A traditional Japanese beauty treatment made from nightingale droppings - yes, bird poo - is helping Japanese women look as clean and fresh as can be. Just don't tell their husbands...

Three Unusual Inventions for Your Head

Many strange things in history have been invented to make a task easier or to just have some fun. Here are three such inventions - all unusual and designed for problems of the head.

On April 25, We Commemorate The Invention Of The Guillotine

On this day in 1792, the infamous guillotine claimed its first victim - a robber named Jacques Nicolas Pelletier. The guillotine remained France's number one method of execution for the next 189 years. To commemorate the role Pelletier played in history, let's take a look at the invention of the guillotine.

Recycled Weapons Calls For Peace After Long War

After more than 30 years of civil war, ending in 1998, the Cambodian government has collected and destroyed more than 160,000 weapons across the country. In the name of peace some of those weapons were donated to the PAPC. The PAPC (Peace Art Project Cambodia) is a project that was created in November of 2003 by British artist Sasha Constable, small weapons specialist with the European Union.

Preserved Coelacanth Highlights Tokyo Evolution Exhibition

Japan's National Museum of Nature and Science has acquired a preserved Coelacanth to highlight its "Darwin" evolution-themed exhibition being held in Tokyo. The Coelacanth, a fish often referred to as a "living fossil", has changed very little since the species originated approximately 380 million years ago.

In Celebration of Earth Day: Amazing Recycled Architecture

Ever since the day my mom found out I was writing for an environmentally friendly blog she's continuously suggested I write something on homes made from junk. For Earth Day and in honor of my mom who taught me to be creative, a good person and to love trees, below is a list of unique and innovative homes made of recycled material.

Three Famous Things Invented by Accident - Slinky, Silly Putty and the Popsicle

The creation of the next hot toy or snack is often a long one, involving lots of time and market research. But did you know that the ever-popular Silly Putty, the Slinky and the Popsicle were all invented accidentally?

Great Invention Idea? Candy for Adults Who Suck

United States patent D301835 enables the psychosexual slackers among us to complete the oral fixation stage anytime we want, or simply prolong it for as long as we like.

Brazilian Seed Grows into Diesel Tree: Farmers Happy

Australian farmers in North Queensland have recently invested in 20,000 Brazilian trees not just for the sake of the environment, but also for what the trees can give the farmers in about 15 to 20 years. Fuel!

Great Invention Idea? New & Improved Snot Rag!

Spring is here with all its usual markers: flowers, grass, pollen and hay fever! If you are looking for a handy, inexpensive, and green - as in reusable, not the color of mucus - way to blow your nose this season look no further. United States patent 7013494 promises to be easy on your face, your wallet and the environment.