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Fiat Abarth 595 Turismo Rocks The Catwalk In Rosso & Grigio

The UK-only Fiat Abarth 595 Turismo may be the most stunning Fiat 500 variant yet. Sporting two-tone livery of metallic Rosso Officina topped by Grigio Pista, Fiat's pocket rocket has never looked so good.

Alarming News: China's Mechanical Clock Theme Park Closes

Due to an unexpected lack of visitors, operations at the Mechanical Clock Theme Park project in Ganzhou, China have been suspended. The clock-themed recreational complex brought in only a fraction of predicted revenues so city authorities wisely suggested a time out.

Veloschmitt's KR E-250 Personal Transporter: The Messerschmitt Reloaded

If the Veloschmitt KR E-250 looks oddly familiar, you might have spent a little too much time in post-war Germany. Designers Achim Adlfinger and Fred Zimmermann have been there and now they've done that, evoking the spirit of Messerschmitt's quirky KR200 Kabinenroller in this three-wheeled pedal/electric velomobile.

Cisco Leads The Charge In The Application Economy

It's hard to believe that mobile devices while a couple of decades in the making didn't achieve mass adoption until Apple launched their first iPhone in 2007. With it's customer-pleasing multi-touch interface and application distribution platforms, a number of competing mobile operating systems joined the fray quickly to meet the burgeoning demand. Smarphones, tablet computers and other hand-held devices ushered in tech advancement . . .

Chinese Air Force Trains Monkeys To Seek & Destroy Bird Nests

China's Air Force doesn't monkey around when it comes to protecting their bases from wayward birds... scratch that, actually they do! A pair of macaques trained to seek out and eliminate bird nests near a PLAAF base are doing just that, destroying 6 to 8 nests per day each and permanently clearing 180 nests in just their first month on duty.

Decommissioned Czech Tank Adds Slide, Conquers Playground

Make fun not war! When authorities in a small Czech town found themselves stuck with a decommissioned OT-62 armored personnel carrier, they made the best of the beast by cheerfully repainting it and adding a color-coordinated plastic slide. End result? Best. Playground. EVAR.

Small Business Advertisers: Facebook Wants You!

If you question Facebook's motives as to their current push to bring on SMB (small and medium-sized business) advertisers, you're not alone. Small business operators with small marketing budgets should be cautious about investing in a social network that up till now favored big brands over the little guy. So, questioning whether this current shift in focus is advantageous to your needs or theirs is a legitimate one.

Mitsuoka Orochi Takes Final Bow With Five-Unit Final Edition

Our long international automotive nightmare is about to end as the Mitsuoka Orochi, slammed by many as one of the world's ugliest production vehicles, nears the end of its eight-year run. Only five special Final Edition vehicles will be sold to deep-pocketed buyers looking for a far out of the ordinary far-eastern wannabe supercar.

Japan's Nankai Electric Railway Animates Transportation With A Blazing Red Mobile Suit Gundam Train

Gundam it, Japan's Nankai Electric Railway knows how to celebrate special occasions in style! To mark the 20th anniversary of their Airport Line, passengers can ride the Mobile Suit Gundam UC - Neo Zeon Limited Express Rapi:t train and stock up on some cool commemorative swag.

Chinese High School Holds Exams In A Forest To Prevent Cheating

Teachers at Chengfeng School in Jingzhou, China have come up with an innovative way to prevent plagiarism by students taking important mid-term exams: moving the students' desks outside and widely separating them within a nearby forest.

My Other Bicycle Is A Chevrolet... Wait, What??

While American cars are a tough sell in Japan, American bicycles are practically flying off the shelves. No matter that these sporty bikes emblazoned with Chevy's name, bowtie logo and “An American Revolution” slogan are actually made in China, this bizarre branding exercise is all about style, not substance.

SPAM & Cheese Burger Highlights Burger King Japan's New Morning Menu

Burger King Japan wants you to start your day with SPAM, whether you've checked your email or not. Highlighting a very lunch-like new morning menu, the SPAM & Cheese Burger slaps a hot, juicy & salty slab of Hormel's signature canned pork between a split whole-grain bun garnished with cheese, pickles, lettuce and mayo.

Small Business LinkedIn For 21st Century Customer Engagement

As foreword-thinking folks who've been in business for a number of years will attest, 20th Century business practices no longer cut the mustard. Ushered in by a hockey-stick uptick of Internet usage, small business operators saw the need to seek out new strategies and tactics to achieve more of a competitive edge in the new century. From 'cold calling' to 'glad-handing,' to '3-martini lunches' and other Mad Men type of . . .

Award-winning Custom 1964 Buick Riviera Took 20,000 Hours To Build

Wouldn't you really rather have THIS Buick? A radically customized 1964 Buick Riviera named “Rivision” has won the Ridler Award for America's most creative and innovative custom car. Looks like the 20,000 hours of labor and $300,000 worth of parts Canadian car customizer J.F. Launier put into the mellow yellow retro Riv paid off big time.

Russian Leather-Covered Car Lacks Taste, Offends Vision

We're not Putin you on, this Russian custom car is swathed in real Canadian buffalo hide inside and out – including the trunk and the engine compartment. Better not take it out in the rain... better yet, don't take it out at all.

Denmark's Government Is Spreading The Word About Its Country With Minecraft

On the list of innovative ways to get the word out about your country, this one ranks pretty highly: The Denmark Ministry of Environment today announced that it has mapped out its entire country on a 1:1 scale in Minecraft. In other words, if you've ever wanted to explore Denmark, now's your chance.

Empire Avenue's [X]PendaPalooza 14 Opens To Limited Media Fanfare, But Lots Of Grass Rooters Rooting!

If one was to search for "[X]PendaPalooza 14" on Google News, you'd be hard-pressed to find any coverage. On the other hand, typing those same keywords into a standard search you'll be presented with "about 5,750" links. However those SERPs [search engine result pages] will take you to links created by Empire Avenue's founders or from veteran EAers. . .

KFC Japan Gives You Donut Balls

You'll get Donut Balls from eating at KFC Japan but fear not, the condition is harmless unless you're a tad hypoglycemic. As part of the company's “KFC × RONALDO” campaign with soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, three-piece orders of Donut Balls are served hot along with a packet of gooey Honey Maple dipping sauce.

North Korea's Crashed Drones May Have Been Made In China

North Korean drones that recently crashed in South Korea bear an uncanny resemblance to the Sky-09P, a bargain-basement UAV made by China TranComm Technologies.

Snack Of The Gods? Frito-Lay Japan's Doritos Gourmet Bacon & Mustard Tortilla Chips

The good news is, Frito-Lay Japan's Doritos Gourmet Bacon & Mustard tortilla chips hit store shelves on April 21st. The bad news is they're only available in Japan or in your wildest dreams.