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High Speed Trains Designed For Cold Siberian Winters

Siberian winters create quite a challenge to the makers of high-speed trains who must provide top comfort as well as speed to its passengers. Enter Conti Tech, an elastomer specialist that has developed an exceptionally cold-resistant secondary suspension system especially for these conditions. Read on and be cozy and warm.

Pillow Crash Helmet: Great Idea?

U.S. Patent #3,538,508, also known as the Pillow Crash Helmet dates back to 1970 and is just as silly today as it was then. More than likely inspired by the courtesy pillows handed out on airplanes, this pillow goes a step further and upon command, becomes a crash helmet. Read on for some smashing details.

Rain Man: The Most Refreshing Wine Decanter Ever!

Rain! It's so refreshing! It brings life and health to all of nature. What more fitting a tribute to rain than this elegant vessel for pouring wine in small smooth streams?

Turn an iPod into an iPhone

Turn your iPod touch into a VOIP phone with Truphone.

China Wages Never Ending War Against The Weather

Every year, China launches thousands of rockets and artillery shells into the sky in a duel without end against the powers that be, otherwise known as the weather. Read on if you dare, but not without knowing the precise location of your umbrella.

Fake Sideburns for Sunglasses: Great Idea?

Patent#Des 376,811, also known as Fake Sideburns for Sunglasses would appear to be a distant relative of the Groucho Marx masks that were so popular many years ago. These sideburns, however, are designed for the inner Elvis that resides within some of us even if the outer Elvis left the building three decades ago.

Study Says Money Is More Incentive to Lose Weight

Losing weight can be tough. There are so many different diets out there that it’s hard to choose when you’re ready to take on the challenge. However, a new study says that people are more motivated to lose weight when money is involved.

Psst! She Loves The Dog More...

Surveys are coming out right and left these days, as retailers try to find out exactly what people will buy when they really shouldn't be buying anything at all. And don't think the pet industry has been asleep at the wheel. The American Kennel Club (AKC), the purveyor of the well-bred dog, released data from its survey yesterday.

Psst. She loves the dog more.


A Fork That Tells You When To Eat: Great Idea?

US patent #5421089 also known in polite circles as the Alarm Fork is reminiscent of a ride along a busy highway. You stop for a light and proceed when it changes to another color. The alarm fork works the same way, creating a dictatorship and rule by the minority over the desires of the majority to eat whenever one desires. Read on, but watch that alarm. You may miss your chance for another bite!

Computerized Matchmaking For Animals: Chinese Pandas Take The Lead

In China, for the last two years, breeding experts have claimed success putting giant pandas in the mood by showing them images of other pandas mating. To those who may claim this is “panda porn” you are absolutely right. Read all about the newest concept in online dating for rare species of zoo animals!

The Face Fornasetti Just Couldn't Forget

The other day, I wrote about Piero Fornasetti (1913 - 1988) furniture designs that are among those recently revived by his son Barnaba. But it's hard to write more about Fornasetti's designs without sharing those that include a very special face, one that he made one of the most frequent subjects of art and design in the last 100 plus years: Lina Cavalieri.

Researchers Find Men and Women Are Different Colors

Researchers at Brown University have discovered that men and women have different skin colors. Men are red, and women are green.

Hijacker Injector: Great Idea?

Patent #3,841,328, the Hijack Injector, dates back to 1974, and although amusing in nature, is shrouded in a topic that couldn’t be more serious. One man’s idea about how to control a mid-air hijacking situation may be off base, but it is to be commended, sort of. Read on and watch your seat!

Tandem Umbrella: For Clingy Twosomes

Romance is definitely in the air with the Tandem Umbrella. Designed by Jasmine Rasnahan, this umbrella promises to let couple cozy in together while walking in the romantic rain.


Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers is Music to Shoppers' Ears

Gwen Stefani has branched out from fronting hit band No Doubt to become a master marketer and stylish trendsetter. Now with her Harajuku Lovers brand of apparel & accessories, Stefani channels chic Japanese fashion culture from Tokyo streets to America's avenues.