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Bizarre Bondage Kewpie Doll Charm



Japan loves Kewpie Dolls... the baby-faced cutie ranks right up there with Hello Kitty on the "kawaii" scale. Being Japan, however, things start to get weird. How weird? Well, check out the Bondage Kewpie Doll Cellphone Charm, available tied up S&M style in five different shades of rope.
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The Lomme Bed: Adventures in Sleeping


Art? Or furniture? The German designed Lomme bed blurs that distinction, merging technology and sophisticated design to create a unique and enhanced futuristic sleeping environment... read more »

Robot Camel Jockey Wins Invention Prize


A robot camel jockey preps for race (from National Geographic).A robot camel jockey preps for race (from National Geographic).

A robot camel jockey, invented by the Qatar Scientific Club, won for Best Invention at the First International Exhibition for Inventions. The robot camel jockey, a seemingly odd invention here in the West, is meant to replace child jockeys in the Persian Gulf. read more »

Only in Dubai: A VPN as Illegal as Porn


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On Thursday, the UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), an organization that regularly bans websites in the Emirates, declared that subscribing to a UK based Virtual Private Network (VPN) is as illegal as ‘smuggled DVDs or pornography.' read more »

Turn Warm Beer to Freezing Cold Beer in Seconds; Without Ice!


A young 22 year old inventor, by the name of Kent Hodgson, has found a way to almost instantly chill a beverage without using any ice. His relatively simple idea uses liquid CO2 to turn a warm beverage into a cold one within seconds. read more »

Japan Turns Roads Into Musical Instruments



From the "only in Japan" file comes the Melody Road, an ingenious project that has transformed stretches of three Japanese highways into mobile music boxes!
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Kuwait Plans to Build World's Tallest Building


The Proposed Burj Mubarak Al-Kabir (from WikiMedia)The Proposed Burj Mubarak Al-Kabir (from WikiMedia)

Perhaps inspired by nearby Dubai, Kuwaiti Municipal officials approved a plan Thursday, to construct what will be the world's tallest building when completed. The Burj Mubarak Al-Kabir, part of the Madinat Al-Hareer (City of Silk), is planned to soar to a height of 1,001 meters (3,284 ft). read more »

Aluna, Lunar Clock for the Olympics


The power of the sun is amazing, but what about the power of the moon? Can it be harnessed? London-based artist Laura Williams thinks so and has decided to tap into that lunar power. read more »

New Fighter Pilot Helmet Come With X-Ray Vision


Next time you hear of an Alien abduction, it may just be a from someone who encounters a fighter pilot equipped with on of these new futuristic-looking fighter pilot helmets. These new helmets are not only scary looking, but they also have some incredible innovations such as X-ray vision. read more »

Korean Toothpaste Obliterates Slime and Grime with Charcoal


Using charcoal as an innovative form of toothpaste is not a new concept in Asia. However some not so inviting packaging and changing the word charcoal to “charcle” apparently did the job quite well according to recent Korean sales. read more »

New Security Required in the People's Republic of Cycling


Bicycling criminals will have another thing to deal with come December 1st when bike makers in China begin to include serial numbers as an effort to cut down on bike robberies in the country.
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13 Unfortunate Translations That Harmed Brand Reputations


It is important for companies to do adequate preparation and research before introducing a product into the international marketplace. How easily even "experts" can sometimes fall victim when their in-house marketing department is not fully aware of the local culture. Sometimes hiring a professional marketeer in the country is probably the best option. Otherwise, slogal translations might end up being a total fiasco! read more »

Illegal Cell Phone “Jammers” are Dropping Calls Across America


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Have you ever been in a nice quiet public place and all of a sudden you hear someone babbling on a cell phone, and they are practically yelling at the person on the other line and totally disrupting the quiet ambience of the place?

India’s Memo To the World: Stop Trying to Steal Our Traditions!


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From medicinal rituals to modern-day yoga, India is attempting to lock away access to cultures and activities practiced throughout the world, yet no-doubt indigenous to the region. read more »

Peace (Canal) in the Middle East?


Map of Jordan, Israel and Western Syria (from WikiMedia)Map of Jordan, Israel and Western Syria (from WikiMedia)

Though similar efforts in the past have failed, a prominent Israeli, Boaz Wachtel, believes that a so-called ‘Peace Canal' can bring peace to the Middle East. Well to Israel and its neighbors at least. read more »

Crealev Makes Levitation Look Easy


Crealev, short for "Creative Levitation Solutions," hopes to meet all of your levitation needs. This Netherlands-based company seeks to introduce anti-gravity technology into the mainstream for the betterment of humanity's creative projects... read more »

New Water Bottles from Japan Change The Way You See Water



Hyotan Kara Mizu is a new brand of Japanese mineral water that sets itself apart from its many competitors through its appealing packaging. The reuseable bottles come in 20 different colorful pattern designs and the curvaceous, organic shape is meant to resemble a gourd.
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LifeStraw Filters Dirty Water Too


Like the LifeSaver, another innovation can also turn dirty surface water into clean drinking water in a matter of seconds. It is called the LifeStraw and unlike the LifeSaver, the LifeStraw,personal water filtration tool, is a lot cheaper, a lot smaller and easier to take around. It can even be hung around the neck for easy access. read more »

Nissan GT-R Unveiled


Tail End: This is the side you'll see the most.Tail End: This is the side you'll see the most.

Since the first hint of an American production of the Nissan Skyline GT-R, car enthusiasts across the nation have been anxiously waiting to see if the rumors were true.They hype generated from this car comes from the heritage it is expected to live up to. read more »

Revolutionary Refinery Gets More Out of Crude Oil


HS-FCC Test Refinery in Saudi Arabia (from Nippon Oil)HS-FCC Test Refinery in Saudi Arabia (from Nippon Oil)

A newly designed, revolutionary refinery, capable of turning heavy gas-oils into higher value stock, has the go-ahead for an opening date in 2010. read more »