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China Re-invents the Bicycle Wheel

Move over Japan. China's making huge strides in the field of weird and wacky. Check out this crazy bicycle with a pentagonal wheel on the the front and a triangular one on the back. It was developed by Chinese inventor Guan Baihua who believes that people will want to ride the bike because it requires more effort than a conventional bike, and thus provides a greater workout for the rider.

Toms Shoes: Buy One, Get One For A Charitable Cause

Toms Shoes may sound like your neighborhood shoe store, but it's one fashionable company that's anything but run of the mill. Not only does carry a wide variety of fashion-forward shoes that would meet the style needs of even the most discerning fashionista, but it offers a 2-for-1 deal like no other that helps support a charitable cause.

"Magical" Russian Steel Could Re-define Global Construction Standards

Could the steel industry go the way of the Dodo?  A new compound developed in Russia may just signal a new wave in the structural support of large construction projects...

Horror-themed Toilet Paper from Japan Puts You on the Edge of Your Seat

Spare a square? You may pity the paperless peon in the next stall but if horror-themed toilet paper from Japan is what you're using, tearing off a square might mean missing a melodramatic moment.

Fair Trade Soccer Balls Send Messages of Peace, Individuality and Environmental Awareness

These unique Fair Trade soccer balls support independent living through work in areas of rural Thailand, Cambodia and Pakistan while providing Japanese sports fans with a good-looking, quality product.

Pop-Up Business Cloak Vroom: Serving Summer’s Hottest Outdoor Events With Drive In Coat Check

Pop-up businesses have been sprouting up all over the world, many of which cater to the events and music festivals that take place during the summer months. Since often outdoor event goers are stuck lugging around all of their clothing and gear, Cloak Vroom is offering on-location cloak room services that has an online component for those who have one too many drinks in the event's beer tent, or find that the heat of the day has impacted their ability to remember their things.

GTI Project Lets you Get Behind the Wheel of the New Golf GTI Before they Even Hit the Dealers

"Teenagers and video games go together like peanut butter and jelly." Ask any parent and they will likely agree with that statement. I mean seriously, where else can you command your own army one minute, and be burning around the Nurburgring at over 150mph the next? Video game artists can create anything. But, why go to all this work? Because video games offer us a chance to do things we would normally never be able to do. Or, in the recent case of Volkswagen, they give us the chance to do things we are too impatient to wait for.

Swine Flu Spread By Baseball Game Balloons?

Osaka's Hanshin Tigers are the latest Japanese pro baseball team to ban the use of human breath powered Jet Balloons, traditionally released in mass quantities by fans, as they could conceivably spread H1N1 Swine Flu to thousands attending the games.

Fujiyama E-PC Netbook Computer Sounds Japanese But Accent's Only Skin Deep

Bull in a China shop? Maybe bull FROM a Chinese shop if the Fujiyama Netbook computer is a typical example. If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery than Chinese manufacturers really do love Japanese products.

Do Good For Debt: Student Loans Traded For Charity Work

Most students who complete a post-secondary education find themselves overburdened by the abundance of student loans they were forced to take out to finance their educations. As a result, they find themselves struggling to pay their bills as they try to start building their careers, which leaves little time or money to do anything else; finding the time to contribute to charity just is not a reasonable possibility. To make both things possible, Do Good for Debt was created to allow those with looming student loans to trade their debts for charity work.


Intelligent Speed Adaptation to Slow Down Speeders in London

All too often, excessive speed is the primary factor when it comes to traffic accidents. We as a society have come to believe that time is more important than safety and because of that, we sometimes risk life and limb to shave seconds off of travel time. A company called Transport for London, based in the UK, is now testing a system that will stop this risk taking, and plans on offering the system to the public in an effort to reduce traffic fatalities.

Japanese High School Students to Use Radiation Before Graduation

A group of science students from Japan's Hitachi 1st Senior High School may get to live out the ultimate geek fantasy by using the JRR-3 research reactor in Tokaimura to perform a set of experiments. No word if the students are pushing for a test ban treaty.

Cigarette Pack Mobile Phone

Here's a new gadget that certainly falls into that 'Shanzhai' category: A cigarette pack mobile phone. This little winner will certainly be popular among guys in China. Given that about 57% of men over 18 are heavy smokers, you couldn't ask for a better market. Maybe a few of them would be willing to substitute out their cancer sticks for a cell phone?

China Developing Robot for the Eldery

China scientists recently announced that they are only a couple of years away from launching a robot to care for the elderly. This new robot, reportedly 1.6 meters in height will perform numerous functions such as "fetching food, medicine, sounding alarms in case of water or gas leakage, sending texts or video images via wireless communications, and even singing a song or playing chess to entertain its masters."

Add Phone Charms Japanese Style with Stick-On Adhesive Buttons

Want to hang phone charms off your mobile just like they do in Japan but your cellphone has no hole? No problem - just stick on a button!