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Show Off Your Invention At The Invention & New Product Exposition, This June!

There’s still plenty of time to register a booth to showcase your latest invention at the 2013 INPEX, as you’ll definitely want to impress the various product manufacturing giants who will be combing the event for superstar innovations…

The Neon Lovechild of Modern Art

Paint splatters and graffiti might look like accidents or vandalism to some people, but the eye-catching, genre-bending artwork of Rowena Martinich is redefining ideas of art and beauty, while answering one very important question; what would it look like if Warhol, Pollock, and Picasso got together and went wild on a wall?

Emergency Rice “Can” Be Stored Up To Five Years

Whether preparing for the apocalypse (zombie or otherwise) or merely stocking your post-Cold war bomb shelter, you'll be bowled over by soft drink can sized Emergency Rice rations from Japan. The manufacturer, CTC, designed the good-looking, no-nonsense packaging because hey – in an emergency no one has time for nonsense, amiright?

Marissa Mayer's Intuitive Search Meets Work Ethic At The Corner Of Bing & Yahoo

What's a $36 Million-Dollar lady to do after bailing from the world's largest search engine only to join the ranks of a bit player the likes of Yahoo? A player that was losing so much market share, it needed to enter a 10-year partnership agreement with Microsoft's Bing to stop the bleeding.

Black Cat Stockings Are Really Cute And That's No Stretch

Hello kitten-knees! OK, that was bad and we feel bad, but these Black Cat Stockings from Japan are the purr-fect way to put some feline on your femurs.

The Web Is 20

20 years ago CERN created the World Wide Web. Now to celebrate, they are bringing back the original web pages at their original URLs for all to see, proof that no one knows how popular their inventions might become.

Are Brits Sleeping Better - And Cheaper?

Whether you spend your nights in 1500 Thread Count luxury or the scratchy tatters of motel room sheets, the quality of the mattress is always key. Getting the best mattress isn't easy or cheap, but somehow, the brilliant Brits at WeDo Mattresses have unlocked the mystery behind inexpensive, high-quality beds so they can grab some cheeky sleep.

Chinese Poultry Feather Removal Machines May Be Spreading H7N9 Bird Flu

Poultry feather removal machines are commonly used to pluck freshly slaughtered chickens, ducks and geese at China's urban live poultry markets. Trouble is, hot water steam and spray emanating from the machines could be a transmission vector of the virulent H7N9 bird flu virus.

Nissin's Hamburger Instant Ramen Is Two Fave Fast Foods In One Cup

Product planners at Japan's Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd. thought they'd beef up boring old instant ramen by floating a hamburger on top. The result is GooTa “Demi-hamburg-men”, a clever combo sure to satisfy fast-foodies who want it all and want it now... or, like, in 5 minutes.

PEEL Lamp From Japan Adds A New Dimension To Night Lights

The PEEL Lamp is an innovative night light from Japanese design duo YOY. This unique electrical fixture utilizes an ultra-thin OLED light source to create the illusion of another, brighter world lurking just beyond our own.

Hands-Free Maps Turn Tourists Into Locals

Traveling in a strange city can be intimidating enough, without the embarassment of having to pull out a map every two blocks. These Metro cuffs might not give you the layout for whole cities, but at least you'll look like a pro in the subways when you never have to look at a map...except for the one on your wrist.

45-Year-Old Vietnam War Photos Rediscovered

Charlie Haughey, who served during the Vietnam War, shot almost 2000 pictures during his tour of duty. Upon his return to the States his negatives were put into storage and forgotten. Now, almost 45 years later, many of those images are being published for the very first time. And so begins the Chieu Hoi Project.

McDonald's “Potato Holder” Fits Fries Above, Hands & Cupholders Below

Old & busted: cupholders. New crispy, salty and greasy hotness: the McDonald's fries holder! Designed to fit car, truck and bike cupholders not to mention pedestrian hands, the bright red plastic “potato holder” is available for a limited time from McDonald's Japan.

Are The 9th Annual IMGA Winning Games On Your Mobile Device?

Ever since 2004, IMGA has picked out the year’s most innovative and worthwhile videogames made for mobile phones. With all of the fantastically inventive games in the running, it was a huge competition for gifted game developers who specialize in mobile gaming devices.

Put The Bite On A Piranha At Nara Kenko Land's Amazon Fair

Do you choose to chew Piranha? If so, get your appetite to the Nara Kenko Land hotel in Nara, Japan. Until May 12th, the second-floor restaurant is serving a variety of Amazon fare including Deep Fried Piranha, Amazon Catfish burgers and delicious Forest Smoothies.

Spring Is Here! - 8 Weird and Wonderful Biking Ideas

For half the world, Spring is beginning to show its' face, which means that sidewalks and bike lanes will soon be packed with cyclists who have been cooped up all winter. Before you pedal into this biking season, trick out your wheels with some of these weird and innovative ideas for cycling in style and safety.

Chinese Book Sterilizer Makes Dirty Books Clean Again

The IDSmart Bookshower from Taiwan's Claridy Solutions blows through a book quicker than the fastest speed-reader, leaving each and every page neatly disinfected, devoid of bacteria and magnificently microbe-free.

Designer Mahogany Meiji Chocolate Bar Case For Candy Dandies

The Meiji Chocolate Design Wood Case from Japanese jewelry and design house Sweet D Life isn't only a thing of beauty, it's destined to make the heartbreak of bent chocolate bars a thing of the past.

FireWood Faux Fireplace For Smartphones Adds Heat To The Beat

Have smartphone and fireplace, will travel! The FireWood portable personal fireplace runs off your smartphone, adjusts its light when blown on and pulsates to the beat of music played on your phone or MP3 player.

Branson & Virgin Altantic Use Hard Sell To Poke The Competition

When the competition goes highbrow, what's the CEO of a competing airline to do? Well, if you're Richard Branson you might seek out advertising space that goes below the belt. That's right. . . while politicians, the likes of U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner have lost their jobs over public images pertaining to to their 'junk,' Virgin Atlantic's number one publicity junkie exposes himself to the world at large - and to boot - getting off "Scot" free (literally)!