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“Green” Low-Sulfur, Eco-Friendly Fireworks Could Be The Next Big Boom

Celebrations in China begin end with a bang thanks to the extravagant use of fireworks. Trouble is, excessive use of fireworks exacerbates the country's infamous air pollution and choking smog. Since trying to change China's traditional love of fireworks hasn't been successful, one fireworks manufacturer is trying to change their fireworks instead.

Woof To Wash: Laundry Machines Controlled By Dogs

Those of us with pets are aware that they live pretty cushy lives. They spend their days basking in the sun, chasing squirrels while out for walks, and barking when someone comes to the door. The average dog has few responsibilities - all we expect of them is to be semi-obedient and do their business outside. One company believes that dogs should play bigger roles when it comes to the maintenance of their households than simply licking fallen crumbs off the floor.

Money & Betrayal Play Key Roles In Silicon Valley Tomes

It appears when Ben Mezrich penned his tell-all book about the early beginnings of Facebook and included the bon mots "money" and "betrayal" in its title, he had paved a path for another to follow. After all if one social network could be launched on greed and deception, couldn't others? Good ole Machiavellian ethics may be as old as time, but it appears to be the common denominator for both...

Dreaming Of A Red Christmas: 10 More Strange Santas From China

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in China, thanks to the country's many odd, offbeat and occasionally off-putting interpretations of Santa Claus. Though their origins can be found in traditional western depictions of Father Christmas, these sinicized Saint Nick knockoffs have strayed a lot further... into the nightmarish realm of the bizarre!

Chinese Moon Rover Replicas Ready To Roll Off Store Shelves

In celebration of China's successful landing of the Jade Rabbit moon rover, scale model replicas of “Yutu” in zinc alloy and silver have been made available for retail sale.

South Korea's Looking To Officially Classify Gaming As An Addiction

Although South Korea boasts one of the most active video game communities in the world, it also has one of the most addicted. It's not unusual to hear of people gaming themselves straight to death - which is why the country is looking to declare games as an addiction.

Luxury Fries Holder Feeds Fast Food To Fastidious One-Percenters

Listen up, fast-driving fast food fanatics: the Luxury Potato Holder will keep your fries within easy reach while freeing up your hands for more important things, like counting your money. Yes indeed, one-percenters, when the chips are down the Luxury Potato Holder cheers 'em right back up again!

Abu Ghosh: Restaurant Takes Diners To A Time Before Cell Phones

In recent months, the internet has been running rampant with videos, articles, and photo memes that emphasize the importance of living in the moment. This is a message that has managed to withstand the tests of time, but now the emphasis is placed upon accomplishing this by disconnecting from technology. One savvy business has decided to embrace the "live in the moment" movement and has incorporated it as part of its branding initiative.

Kigurumi Pajamas: Because Growing Up Is Overrated!

Fresh off of Japanese shelves are the expansive line of Kigurumi pajamas from Sazac; a one-size-fits-all set of PJs that doubles as a makeshift Halloween costume. Check that person who wants to go to bed as a ring tailed lemur off your Christmas list- You’ve got him covered!

New Collision-Avoidance Technology Helps Save Humanitarian Workers

A lot of good can be done with humanitarian aid, but transporting people and supplies around the world has major logistics problems. Road accidents are a leading cause of death among humanitarian workers. Now, an innovative developer of collision-avoidance technology is teaming up with a group of safety-conscious businesses and charities to help preserve the lives of aid workers -- and expand the reach of humanitarian organizations worldwide.

Burger King Japan's “King's Turkey Party Set” Lets You Party Like It's 1539!

It's good to be the king, especially if you're England's Henry the Eighth in full-on turkey leg nomming mode. Now Burger King Japan is channeling good king Hank's festive side with the “King's Turkey Party Set”, a deluxe Christmas dinner for two featuring a pair of royally massive smoked turkey drumsticks!

Vespa My Segway: Bel & Bel's Zero Scooter Adds Italian Style To Geek Travel

The Zero Scooter from Bel & Bel combines a Segway with a Vespa to create the oddest two-wheeled personal transport anyone's ever seen. This extremely cool makeover of Dean Kamen's geek icon just might be the coolest & cutest thing on two wheels.

Nelson Mandela Apps: An Icon's Footprints Across The Digital Landscape

It's difficult to say good-bye to a man as formidable as Nelson Mandela. TV, Radio and the blogosphere have been flooded with updates, and I suspect this will continue for some time. Living in the digital age, as mankind moves forward, it's apparent that we will all be memorialized when the time comes with what we leave behind on the Internet.

Make The Manliest DIY Invention Ever For Instructables “Manly Craft Contest”

Do you have an idea for a DIY project suitable for Chuck Norris, Han Solo or Captain America? Then you’ll want to share it with Instructables and Civilware for a chance to win some ultra-manly prizes from the Manly Craft Contest!

Introducing Microsoft’s “The Prime Challenge” - A Challenge To Find The Lost Primes!

It’s up to you, the dedicated math geek, to help Microsoft to discover the “lost primes!” While people have searched tirelessly to discover the largest prime numbers possible, untold amounts of perfectly prime numbers are waiting to be found with the aid of cloud computing!

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Image Used To Promote Chinese Online Sale

“I have a dream...” of great savings! The stylized image of American civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. has begun appearing in ads for Chinese internet mall Taobao's upcoming Sales Day.

Dump Truck Trikes Are Mini Mighty Motorcycles

“Cargo Tricycle” might sound like a Tonka toy kids would love to find under the Christmas tree but in many parts of the developing world, fathers are the ones who work these mini mighty motorcycles.

Win Hundreds In The Airpatrol Controller Casing Design Challenge!

The AirPatrol Crew is actively looking for designers to create a controller casing for the latest model of the AirPatrol heater and air conditioning control device. They’re ready to reward up to five designers for their efforts, with a cool $750 going to the top case design…

Hello Kitty Champagne Makes New Year's Eve Cuter & Sweeter

Conceived by Dutch entrepreneur Paul Herman and created by champagne bottler M.Hostomme, Hello Kitty Cuvée Spéciale is an officially licensed, nose-ticklingly bubbly, demi-sec rosé Champagne consisting of 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay wines.

See The Top Chair Designs From NYC’s Battery Park Contest!

The Battery Conservancy Americas “Draw Up A Chair” Design Competition is quickly coming to a close, and one of the five remaining chair designs will be used to furnish Manhattan’s Battery Park. But which one of the designers will win the $10,000 prize?