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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.

Manga Comic Explains The War On Terror in Anime Style

"Afuganisu-tan" is a Japanese manga (comic) that seeks to explain the sociopolitical situation in Afghanistan and The War On Terror in a very unique and unusual way - with cute anime characters representing the countries.

Have Environmental Floor Designers Gone to the Pits?

When you eat a peach and finally get to the pit do you ever wonder, “this pit would make a great floor”? Floor designer, Alla le Roux has.

April Showers Bring Innovation - the History of Windshield Wipers

For many people, the arrival of spring also means the arrival of rain. This is something we are used to and it's hard to imagine normal levels of rain keeping us from our daily errands. But until the invention of windshield wipers, drivers caught in a spring shower would be a little stuck.


Earliest Known Sound Recording Discovered

Thomas Edison has long been credited for the invention of sound recording, thanks to his phonograph. However, researchers have recently discovered a a 10-second recording that was created 17 years before the phonograph was invented. It is believed to be history's earliest recording of sound.

The Artificial Albatross - History of an Early Flying Machine

History is littered with attempts at aviation, performed by people eager to soar as high and as gracefully as birds. One flying machine was inspired by birds so much that its inventor named his creation after one. L'Albatros artificiel, or the Artificial Albatross, was a glider invented by Jean-Marie Le Bris in 1856.

The 5 Tackiest Invention Ideas for Easter Ever!

There is no religious holiday of more importance to a Christian than Easter. To this end, some inventors wish to provide believers with helpful symbols and trinkets to assist or focus their faith. Then there are the others: inventors who capitalize on - exploit? - this kind of solemnity with their own particular tacky take on the holiday. In my opinion, the following patents illustrate this point exactly. What do you think?

New Rolleiflex MiniDigi AF5.0 Redefines a Camera Classic

The original Rolleiflex twin-lens 6x6 camera was a photographer's dream come true when it was first introduced in 1929, and Rollei still makes a similar camera today. Leave it to Japan's Komomura Corp., however, to pay tribute to the Rollei 6x6 by creating a 5 megapixel mini digital version that takes the concept of "retro cute" to a new level.

The Newseum is Big News

It's big news in Washington DC- the opening of the $450 million Newseum. Just over a month remains before show time when the doors to the 250,000 square foot museum open to the public.

Opera and Beer Cans Make “Green” Gown

This year, in celebration of St. Patrick’s day, I wish to introduce the talented and hardworking artists, Nikos Floros. Nikos Flores took more than 5 years to create the beautiful works of art in the pictures above and below out of recycled beer cans. The most amazing thing about it is that he made them by hand.

Need This? Office Ejector Seat

Pulling parts from old World War II planes? Call it art and you can charge what you like!

Great Invention Idea? The Most Practical St. Patrick's Day Accessory Ever!

This year, if you plan to mark St. Patrick's Day in the usual way, that is, somewhere other than church, then I've found the perfect accessory for you.

The Crossword Puzzle: A Wordy History

It's rare today to open a newspaper or visit an airport book store without encountering the omnipresent crossword puzzle. Ranging in skill level from easy to unbelievable genius, the crossword puzzle is arguably the world's most popular word game - a fate its inventor probably didn't consider.

The Paper Dress - History of a Ready to Tear Invention


The 1960s were a remarkable period in history for many reasons, and the invention of new fashion ideas was one of them. Some are still around today, such as the mini skirt, but there was one fad from the '60s that we may never see again - the paper dress.

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10 Teeth Ads You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into


From local dentists to chewing gum to whitening strips and major toothpaste brands, the message is clear: Take Care of Your Teeth! read more »

Great Invention Idea? Disguise for Baldness. (We've All Seen This One Before!)


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Today dear readers, I am turning my blog over to you. That's because I'm stumped. Is United States Patent 4022227 worthy of a patent? Do you consider this an invention? An innovation? Or did Frank and Donald Smith the "inventors" merely lay claim to something men have been doing for centuries? You decide; then let me know what you think. read more »

The Wonderbra: History of the Fifth Greatest Canadian Invention


Our Guest Blogger, Samantha Marcelo, is a freelance and fiction writer living in Calgary, Alberta. Samantha has a keen interest in all things history-related, and wanted to share some remarkable historical inventions with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

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Last year, the CBC here in Canada asked its viewers to vote on the greatest Canadian invention of all time. Among the fifty items on the shortlist were the pacemaker, basketball and the alkaline battery. Yet, the item that ranked higher than all of those three was the humble Wonderbra. read more »

Stocks & Blondes... Japanese Women Style Their Hair to Suit the Times



A Japanese cosmetics company has noted a curious trend: the nation's women appear to choose their hairstyles based on the current economic outlook: going long in good times and cutting short when things turn bad. It would seem somewhat silly... if it weren't so accurate!
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