The Japanese say they invented it, but maybe they were just the first to name it. The name, Chindogu, is becoming universally known and used to describe inventions that are useless. Well, I don't know about Ben Franklin or Thomas Jefferson or the prolific inventor Leonardo da Vinci, but haven't most inventors created some useless stuff? In fact, mostly useless stuff?
Although the establishment of new technologies and general acceptance of people who are "different" by society has allowed the hearing impaired to maintain successful careers; there's still a stigma that they might not be as capable. One business in India is looking to chance these perceptions by providing their HR with strict instructions when hiring.
Designer Fernando Altamirano, who previously dressed Cognac Dudognon Heritage Henri IV in the most expensive cognac bottle in the world, recently sold his newly-designed water bottle for $60,000, winning his second Guinness record for the highest priced bottle sold at auction. Proceeds for the sale were donated to a foundation to stop global warning.