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Trucking Cool: PATTON SUVs Invade Chengdu Motor Show

Look out China, here comes PATTON! The 2013 Chengdu Motor Show features a couple of ominously modified Ford trucks proudly bearing the Patton nameplate. Could Pittsburgh PA's Allegheny Ford Isuzu Truck Sales be channeling Old Blood & Guts for a Far East sales offensive?

WTF? Super-Expensive Designer Toilet Paper?

Evidently rich people don't have enough things on which to spend their money. Now we have entered the land of designer toilet paper.Do you think this toilet paper is worth the hefty price tag?

Create A Modern Library & Win The Fenn Young Designers Award 2013!

If you’re between 18 and 33, and you know exactly how to reimagine the concept of a library for “Millennials,” share your designs for a chance to win up to $1,500!

Chocotowel Is The Best Hand Towel Bar None!

Chocotowel from Japanese design house OTTAIPNU may be sweet but it's also calorie-free. Why design a hand towel to look like a chocolate bar? Why not... just the thought of chocolate is enough to boost one's mood and provoke a smile.

Tawki's DIY Videos To Feature ‘One-Click, Animate’ Functionality

Adding video production to your social media tool box is essential today for both business and pleasure. According to the web tracking-and-measurement firm ComScore, 89 million people in the United States are going to watch 1.2 billion online videos today alone. And, 76 percent of marketers plan to add video to their websites, making it a higher priority than Facebook, Twitter and even blog integration.

Chinese Carmaker Licenses “Snowden” Name For New Electric Vehicle

Haima Snowden and you're not! Hainan-based Haima Auto has contracted with the Chinese trademark owner of the “Snowden” name and are planning to use the American asylum-seeking secret-spiller's monniker for a yet-to-be-released EV (electric vehicle). One would hope the upcoming Snowden sedan won't leak as much as its notorious namesake.

Silver Gel Sucks Bacteria Out of Dirty Water in Seconds

In the aftermath of disasters, clean drinking water may be impossible to find. Now, a porous gel infused with silver nanoparticles is in development. The invention may change the way water purification happens. The gel sucks in contaminated water and squeezes out purified water in mere seconds.

Raining Champions: Japan's 10 Cutest, Cleverest & Coolest Umbrellas

If your umbrella succeeds in keeping you dry in the rain and/or shaded from the sun, then everything else is just gravy. Well, it must be raining gravy in Japan 'cause the country's umbrellas take effective rain & sun protection as their starting point and run with it. Where they end up is anyone's guess... but be sure to bring your umbrella with, just in case.

The Art of Advertising

The world of art and business have been crossing paths and overlapping for hundreds of years, and from Parisian Absinthe Art to Wall Street Warhol crazes, there has been a powerful connection between art and marketing. Although this ad campaign by Guido Daniele is a few years old, it exemplifies the change in that relationship which has occurred in recent years. Our hyperconnected, light-speed generation, coupled with our throw away culture, might render certain forms of art as nothing more than a disposable tool to sell a product, rather than a lasting statement about the world at the moment of its conception.

Win 17,000 Euros For Using Ceramic Via Tile Of Spain Awards 2013!

If you’re an architect or interior designer with a preference for ceramic tiles made in Spain, you could win big for your handiwork!

Hong Kong's Air Pollution Forces Photo-Snapping Tourists To Use Blue Sky Backdrops

How bad is the air pollution in Hong Kong? This bad: tourists who want to take photos of family and friends with the coastal city's famous skyline have been forced to use fake backdrops featuring the skyline captured on a rare, pollution-free sunny day.

Gear Up For The 2013 International Sustainable Electronics Competition!

With technology evolving faster than the chimpanzees featured in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” large amounts of computers, TVs, mobile phones and other electronics are being tossed out on a regular basis. Help to fix the problem, and earn some big cash!

Hello Kitty Safety Helmets Put Cute Cats On Hard Hats

The Hello Kitty Series of head-protecting helmets from Japan's Tanizawa Safety Products are just as tough as those worn by hard-as-nails New Jersey construction workers... not that they'd ever allow themselves to be seen wearing them.

Hyetis Crossbow – Feature-Packed Smartwatch with a 41-Megapixel Camera

Switzerland-based startup Hyetis is preparing to impress smartwatch-cravers everywhere with its first product, the Crossbow. It will be capable of not only controlling your smartphone but surely outmatching it with a huge list of features. No surprise to find, then, that Hyetis is charging a pretty premium.


Photography 2.0 - Time is A Dimension

When it comes to art mediums, photography is traditionally the most controversial, and the one that raises the most questions about where the limitations and boundaries of artistic creation begin and end. For more than 150 years, photography has been limited by its two-dimensional form, but Singapore-based photographer Fong Qi Wei has found a way to break out of that narrow structure and play within a new dimension of photography - Time.

Crooked False Canine Teeth Give Vamps The Vampire Look

“Magical Tooth” adhesive crooked canine caps from Japanese cosmetic accessories company Luvlit are designed to make wearers look younger, cuter and more attractive than ever before... and not just to vampires, either.

Weight of the World: Hermit Crab Shell Art!

Combining art and nature is nothing new, but having live animals as participants in exhibitions is a bit more unusual. Luckily, these hermit crabs don't move too fast, particularly since they have entire artistic cityscapes on their backs, fashioned meticulously out of plastic by Japanese artist Aki Inomata.

Strung Out: Unbelievable Thread Spool Mosaics

Imagine an artist that can create installations that look just like Picasso, Warhol, Rembrandt, Monet, and DaVinci...more impressively, she can do it without every picking up a paint brush. Devorah Sperber creates massive mosaics using thousands of spools of thread, but the image is upside down and backwards. She relies on reflections, the physics of sight, and subjective reality to give her re-mastered masterworks an unusual, unforgettable twist.

Watermelon Boy In Fruit Suit Goes Viral In China

Photos of a cute kid wearing a handmade watermelon cap & shorts combo have gone viral in China. Be afraid, Fruit Of The Loom, be VERY afraid!

USB Tie Pin Fan Cooler Chills Overheated Mad Men (& Women)

The USB Tie Pin Cooler from Japan's Thanko takes Mad Men style to a newer, cooler level. The lightweight, high-power clip-on fan normally runs off a wired USB connection but includes a battery pack so you can keep chillin' out when you have to leave the office.