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The History of the Bikini - The World's Skimpiest Invention

About two hundred years ago, women pranced around on beaches wearing flannel dresses and three-quarter length trousers. In that period in history when showing one's knees was considered scandalous, it might have come as a shock to these women that their descendants would be sporting the skimpiest invention of all - the bikini.

The Who's Who Of Grilling With Grill Charms™

One rare, no bacon, lots of pepper. One medium well, bacon, lemon and garlic, hold the salt. A medium, bacon, chile... By now I'm going crazy. I can prepare the steaks, but how will I tell them apart on the grill?

Another frustrated chef found the solution for me and other grill-lovers... Grill Charms™!


A Multi-Functional Hearing Aid That Makes You Really Happy!

This man is jumping for joy. He can hear all the sounds in his environment, just like fully-hearing people can. He can also wirelessly connect to his mp3 player, watch TV, and make and receive cell phone calls... all through his hearing aid!

As Phonak, the maker of his Exélia™ hearing aid, suggests, the picture represents the joy that comes from finally experiencing a full life.


The History of Dad's Favourite Father's Day Gifts

Most of us have relied on the old standards for Father's Day Gifts. Whose dad doesn't have a Father's Day tie, wallet or pair of socks? Let's take a look at the invention stories of these favourite Father's Day Gifts:

A Reverse Alarm You Won't Be Able to Miss

Pretty much every driver has had at least 1 near miss when it comes to backing out of somewhere. Sometimes it's a carelss pedestrian or a child on a bicycle, either way such situations are dangerous. Our Lady of the Trunk aims to help reduce the number of such occurrences.

The Slightly Gross Origins Of Lipstick

Both women and men can recognize a tube of lipstick. It likely hasn't changed much in recent years - Same tube, same general appearance, same method of application. But did you know that the history of lipstick is filled with things like crushed beetles?

Great Invention Idea? A Reservation System for Airplane Toilets.

Is there anyone left who doesn't think the only thing better than traveling by air is having his or her wisdom teeth pulled? Do any of you suspect America is in fact a class based system and not an egalitarian one? If you have any doubts at all about such things United States patent 6329919 should put your doubts to rest once and for all.

World's Smallest Helicopter Ready For a Spin

Guinness World Records has declared the GEN H-4 to be the world's smallest one-man helicopter. Now the inventor of the GEN H-4, 75-year-old Japanese inventor Gennai Yanagisawa, will demonstrate the chipper chopper in the Italian hometown of famed aeronautical pioneer and "Renaissance Man" Leonardo da Vinci.

Great Invention Idea? A Diaper for Your Bird!

Polly want a cracker? Unfortunately, it'll make Polly poop all over your house the minute you let her out of her cage! If you love your little bird and want to let it fly free all over your house from time-to-time, then I've got a patent that should serve as a happy compromise for you both.

Threat Of Sudden Cardiac Arrest And Stroke Spotted By The Endotect™

Endotect™, recently released by Israeli medical tech company Cardiatec, looks as nonthreatening as a blood pressure cuff... and it is. Endotect tests endothelial function, the function that ultimately determines whether you live or die as a result of a cardio-vascular incident, such as sudden cardiac arrest or stroke.

A Sticky Problem Solved With "Clean Gum"

In the UK, where they take clean seriously, there are Gummy Bins randomly placed around city streets to encourage folks to recycle their chewing gum. That's one solution to a very sticky problem. But another solution has been in the works in the Kingdom, the invention of Clean Gum that doesn't stick to anything ... not even your hair!

Make Perfect Ice Cubes With A $1300 Ice Cube Mold

In Japan, the perfection of the cocktail is akin to France's obsession with perfecting the souffle. The skilled and creative bartenders in the Ginza area of Tokyo compete like crazies to perfect their mixed drinks, and everything from the material of the cocktail shaker to the style of the shake is in play. Now, from Taisin Trend Shop, comes an ice mold that makes the perfect sphere for your cocktail.

From Holy Water to Firewood - The History of the Vending Machine

Recently, a resident of Lacombe, Alberta was honoured with an award for his invention: a vending machine that dispenses firewood. James West, who sells firewood seasonally, invented this machine so that campers won't have to rely on wood lot hours. West's creation is another innovation in the history of vending machines, which have dispensed treats such as candy, coffee, toys - even holy water.

Wear Your Dearly Departed Pet as a Diamond Ring

It's the ultimate Pet Rock. A Japanese company specializing in crafting memorials to passed-on pets can transform your faithful furry friend into a true jewel of denial - a glittering diamond ring or pendant.

Europe Honors Its Best: European Inventor of the Year Awards For 2008

The 2008 European Inventors of the Year were awarded yesterday in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Even if you don't recognize the names of the inventors, you will certainly know their inventions and the contributions those inventions have made to the world during the last 10 to 15 years.

Coffin Couches Take Resting to New Levels

Next time you want to take a load off, how about stretching out on a casket that has been converted into a couch?

Brilliant Invention! Vanguard System For Better Breast Cancer Detection

This new MRI table and accompanying breast detection software not only take better pictures, but they allow immediate medical intervention, if needed. That's why the Vanguard System inventor, Cameron Piron, President of Sentinelle Medical Inc. just received a Best Innovator 2008 Award from the Ontario Premier.

"I'll Take the Stealth Spray Paint Please"

Stealth technology is easily in the top 3 most important technological breakthroughs of the century. Without it, countless more lives would have been lost over the years. Recently, Werner Nickel, a German Inventor and scientist, took the design a step farther by making the same technology available in paint form.

Three Unusual Inventions for Your Head

Many strange things in history have been invented to make a task easier or to just have some fun. Here are three such inventions - all unusual and designed for problems of the head.

Clean, Green, and Mean! Lotus® Your Tap Water!

Time Magazine picked the Lotus® as one of the Best Inventions of 2006, and the inventor, Steve Hengsperger, just won the Ontario Premier's Innovator Of the Year Award, 2008, for his two Lotus inventions. What is a Lotus and why is it used as a verb?