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Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet Wants Your Money!



The landmark 1956 film "Forbidden Planet" stood head and shoulders above the swamp of sci-fi schlock that oozed out from the paranoid 1950s, and its most memorable star wasn't even human! Now "Robby the Robot" has returned, talking fast, telling the time and taking your spare change!
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Live Blog and Recap of ABC's American Inventor: Episode 206 (Season 2 Episode 6)


American Inventor Show Recap

Unfortunately, Seth will not be able to do his live blog posting this week. We will try to have a recap summary of the show for later this evening but will not be able to provide a live blog. We apologize for any inconvenience.

In the meantime, please share your comments on the show.
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Japan's Internet Cafés House the Homeless



With affordable housing in Tokyo nearly nonexistent, both the desperate and the destitute have discovered a viable alternative to cramped apartments and capsule hotels: full featured Internet cafés!
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Turn on the Lights With your Sweat


A California Fitness Center in Hong Kong, a subsidiary of 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide, is using manpower to generate electricity in its gym. In other words, energy burned off by exercisers is diverted and converted to power lighting fixtures, while excess energy is stored in a battery. The program is called Powered By You. read more »

No More Tears For Hairy Backs!



Lasers microwave you
Electrolysis is scary
Waxing enslaves you
Doing nothing leaves you hairy
If teasing won't coax it to behave...
Buy a MANGROOMER™
And give it a shave!

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Robot Seal Pup Delivers Cute, Effective Therapy



"Paro", a cute & cuddly artificial baby harp seal certified by Guinness as "The World's Most Therapeutic Robot" is slowly but surely changing the way we think (and feel) about robots.
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Unusual and Unique Business Cards Make for Smart Marketing


 

What better way to market yourself than your business card.

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Got Sheilas’ (W)heels?


If you are a woman and drive in the UK, Sheilas' Wheels gots your back or rather your foot covered. Sheilas' Wheels is a car insurance company that caters to women's specific car insurance needs. Sheilas' Wheels has even gone as far as inventing a shoe that goes from flat to high heel and vise versa at the push of a button, all in the sake of safe driving. read more »

Ten Ways The Japanese Do It Worse



Japan and the Japanese do so many things well, it's easy to overlook where they trail the pack. From saving the whales to reaching for the stars, Japan falls miserably short - and that's just the tip of the rice-berg. Come explore the dark side of Japan, where the rising sun never shines!
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Tide iPod Sweepstakes - Inventive Marketing


 

 

 

 

 

A recent promotion by Tide used vintage style promotional t-shirts and a completely customized iPod nano to drive their Loads of Hope program to benefit New Orleans. read more »

Ten Ways The Japanese Do It Better



Time and time again, Japan has been handed a ball someone else made and scored a touchdown. From cell phones to toilets to world peace, the Japanese just do it better!
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The Simpsons Movie - Inventive Marketing


7-Eleven has gone all Simpsons for a month long in-store and online promotion tied to "The Simpsons Movie," which opens in theaters on July 27. read more »

Japanese Go "Ghetto" with Cool Cell Phone Holsters




The provocatively named "Ghetto Japanese Cellphone Holster" combines gleaming polished chromed steel and black patent leather to hug your cell in a grip the Marquis de Sade would envy.
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Is there a Guerilla Gardener in You?


I'd like to say that there is a Guerilla Gardener in me just waiting to come out. Ask my husband and he would probably tell you that I can envision a garden growing just about anywhere in my city. I'm always pointing and saying things like, "Why not plant a tree here, or flowers there?" I imagine turning abandoned buildings into greenhouses, parking-lot grass medians into botanical delights, and highway medians into evergreen forests. read more »

Top Ten Ways Japanese Live Small



Leave it to the Japanese, the same folks who invented** the transistor radio, to come up with a multitude of ways to miniaturize their lives and save valuable space. "Livin' Large"? Not here, buster!
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Sideways Bike?


Some people like to do things differently. If they didn't we wouldn't have inventors or weird people. Michael Killian is an inventor. He is a 46 year old software engineer from Dublin, to be exact, who recently invented a Sideways Bike and, not too long ago, invented the Sideways Scooter. Some people may think a Sideways Bike is a little weird, but I think it's oddly creative. read more »

Chevrolet Captiva Scratch Card - Inventive Marketing


 In Great Britain, to honor the new vehicle, the new Chevy Captiva was coated with that silvery scratch card material with thousands of scratch-and-win panels beneath. read more »


Moving Teeth Signal Moving Orthodontist - Inventive Marketing


This local orthodontics office is packing up and moving...literally. read more »

Sexy "Pink Real Estate Funds" are Viagra(TM) for Japan's Love Hotels



Japanese love hotels enjoy 200% occupancy rates, but crushing mortgages suck up renovation cash needed to attract carnal clientele. Enter "pink real estate funds", white knights who know that when it comes to sex, there's never "no vacancy".
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