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Social Media's Soft Shoe (Sock) Send-off To Mad Men's Bert Cooper

The Mad Men finale of season seven, part one bid a fond farewell in grand style, to the last of Sterling Cooper's founding partners.  Bearing in mind, producer, director, writer Matthew Weiner is no stranger to goodbyes, he also knows how to tug at our heartstrings when sending off memorable TV characters. Bearing in mind, producer, director, writer Matthew Weiner is no stranger to goodbyes. . .

Toyota Aygo: With This City Car's Fourth Generation, X Marks The Spot

The Toyota Aygo (“I Go”, get it?) has enjoyed considerable success in its European market niche over the past decade but something's always been lacking... mainly, memorable styling. That's about to change in a big way. The fourth generation Toyota Aygo offers surprisingly bold styling (especially from the front) and a new slogan, “Go Fun Yourself”. Same to you, Toyota Aygo.

What Has Eight Wheels, Two Engines, No Doors & Can Float?

The story behind the odd but innovative 8-wheeled automobile photographed parked and neglected on a quiet Russian backstreet can finally be told, and to no-one's surprise it's as weird and bizarre as the car itself.

The Robin Collective: Normal Name, Freaky-Deaky Mad Scientists Developing Unusual Edibles

All you have to do is look at Instagram to recognize that everyone's a foodie these days, and that makes it harder for industry professionals to impress the general public with unique creations. But that doesn't mean they won't try, and sometimes their creations are intriguing and even frightening.

 

Get Slimed, Get Gorgeous! Chinese Salon Goes To The Shelled Source For Snail Slime Beauty Treatment

The world's trendiest skin treatment – the snail slime facial – just got a little slower and a LOT more disgusting. A beauty salon in Changsha, China has cut out the middle-man and gone straight to the source, encouraging dozens of live snails to walk back and forth across their clients' faces. Read on if you dare... and/or if you're not eating lunch.

From Slender Man To Widbook: Internet Myth Influences Writers' Social Network?

They say writing is a very lonely business. Some of our greats have gone mad searching for the perfect plot line or bon mot. Edgar Allen Poe is a cautionary tales as to how genius led to an ignominious ending. With the advent of Web 2.0 and crowd-sourcing, an increasing number of services are looking to dispel the myth of the lonely writer by offering up social media options.

Want This New Invention? The Wello Water Wheel

There are people who out there who will tell you not to reinvent the wheel. However, sometimes the wheel needs to be reinvented -- with a different purpose and to help those who don't have access to the same wheel as the rest of us do. The Wello Water Wheel is a new take on the wheel and it is out the change the world -- the Third World, that is.

Debt Penalty: The Top 10 Abandoned Luxury Cars Of The UAE

Life in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or any of the other United Arab Emirates can be very good indeed but the fun can come to a screeching halt should you bounce a check or miss a credit card payment. Non-payment of debt – any debt, any amount – is a criminal offense in the UAE and rather than face the music an astonishing number of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and other high-end car owners park their pricy rides at the airport and hop on an outbound jet, never to return.

Turtle Taxi: Atypical Taxi Service Takes The Long Way Home

Most of us that use taxi services have one core expectation - that we will get to our intended destination just as fast as traffic allows, while taking the most direct route possible. But if we've learned anything by now, it's that not everyone is quite so traditional.

Majestic Drink Holder Looks Awesome As It Locks Down Your Soda

The Majestic Drink Holder is to standard auto cup-holders what the Luxury Fries Holder is to McDonalds' cheesy red plastic Potato Holder, offering awesome looks augmented with a Swarovski-studded padlock. Hey, at least your secured soda will have some taste.

Thousands Of Bikini-Clad Girls Form Dolphin To Raise Environmental Awareness

The annual “Chimelong 10,000 People's Bikini” event at Guangzhou, China's  Chimelong Water Park involved thousands of bikini-clad girls assembling to form the shape of a leaping dolphin. The stunt's stated porpoise, er, purpose was to raise awareness of environmental causes.

Photo Shock: Lighting A Vehicle From Beneath The Ice Of Frozen Lake Baikal

A photographer looking for an innovative new way of lighting his automotive subject decided to illuminate the vehicle from beneath... and by beneath, we mean under the yard-thick, crystal clear ice of frozen-over Lake Baikal.

Taiwan Dentist Attracts Attention, Customers With Maid-Outfitted Nurses

Patients at a dental clinic in Zhubei, Taiwan have less to fear (and more to see) now that the office's hygienists have taken to wearing skimpy French Maid outfits. The respectful nurse/maids bring slippers and serve coffee to arriving visitors who leave later with the cleanest teeth EVAR!

New Lab-On-A-Chip Detects Cancer In Very Early Stages

An international group of inter-disciplinary scientists in oncology, plasmonics, nano-fabrication, microfluids, and surface chemistry have developed a detection device that can identify cancer in the blood long before any detection device available now. Though many years and many scientists have contributed to its development, the cancer detector and tracker is deceptively simple-looking and fits on a chip that's only a few square centimeters in size.

Green Chariot E-bus Brings Ultra-Capacitor Technology To Europe's Gray Streets

Look Sofia, no batteries! After proving its all-electric, ultra-capacitor, no-batteries technology over seven years and 8 million kilometres in Shanghai, China, the innovative Chariot E-bus is bringing its talents to South Bea, er, make that Sofia, Bulgaria.

Could The World Cup's Mind-Controlled Exoskeleton Be The Next Frontier Of Medical Technology?

On June 12, the World Cup in São Paulo is going to be kicked off in a very unique fashion: a paralyzed young adult will walk onto the field in a robotic exoskeleton to deliver the first kick. There are some who trumpet this as a step towards making wheelchairs obsolete...but is it?

Yammer: Tower Of Babble For Private vs Public Engagement?

In the world of Web 2.0, while corporations have struggled with just how much social media their employees should be allowed to engage in, opinions differ widely as to its usage. From strict guidelines that prohibit using Facebook, Twitter, G+ or even LinkedIn at all in the workplace, to companies like Zappos that encourage their employees to become company advocates and engage to their heart's content, there a wide range . . .

Vietnamese Speedboats Made From Salvaged USAF Fighter Jet Fuel Tanks Are The Bomb!

From swords into plowshares; from external fuel tanks into speedboats. USAF fighter jets jettisoned thousands of external fuel tanks over Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, and a significant number have been re-purposed into some of the sleekest speedboats ever to bomb down a river!

One Giant Leap For Can Kind: Japan Sending Pocari Sweat To The Moon

The makers of oddly-named Japanese sports drink Pocari Sweat have committed themselves to achieving the goal, before 2015 is out, of landing a can on the moon.

Jaguar To Complete Lightweight Special E-type Production Run After 50 Years

A half-century ago, Jaguar built 12 “Lightweight” E-types for the 1964 racing season. The original plans called for 18 cars, however. Now Jaguar plans to complete, by hand, the remaining 6 Special GT E-Types using the originally designated chassis numbers.