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A De "Light" Ful Design For Your Walls: Foscarini Yet Wall Sconce

The words "wall sconce" evoke images of powdered chrome and iridescent Art Deco icons; the Yet Wall Sconce is anything but... One thing's for sure: you will have a great deal of fun with the "Yet" Wall Sconce, especially if you have more than one.

Railroad Crossing Alarm Clock Signals the Stubbornly Sleepy

If you've ever dreamed of being tied to the railroad tracks by some Snidely Whiplash-like ne'er-do-well, then The Railroad Crossing Alarm Clock from Banpresto is NOT for you.

Simulated Wedding Cake: Great Idea?

Patent# US 7021465 concerns the Simulated Wedding Cake, a must have for brides, grooms, best men and ladies in simulated waiting! How one can invent a simulation, which by definition is a copy of something, is a conundrum that does not appear to be addressed in this silly exposé. Read on anyway, and may you and all your wedding guests really eat cake.

Russian Dogs Lend Helping Paws to Financial Crisis

In Siberia, man’s best friend is doing his and her part to help with family expenses by becoming walking billboards for specific products. Read all about the city of Novosibirsk’s innovative Promo Dog Agency and…arf!

Is the Smoker Hat Hazardous to Health and is it a Great Idea?

United States Patent #4858627, better known as the Smoker’s Hat, represents one inventor’s attempt to save the environment from the ill affects of smoking. Despite lofty intentions, silly is still the operative word when it comes to describing the meaning and purpose of the Smoker’s Hat. Read on and see if you agree.

China’s Amazing Economic Growth: From Mao Till Now

Rising from the ashes, like a phoenix from the fires of Mao’s cultural revolution of the 1970s, China has emerged as a mega consumer-oriented nation. This is an amazing trend considering that for 35 years its primary items were limited to cigarettes from Albania! Read on and be amazed at this story of economic growth and development.

Pillow With Retractable Umbrella: Great Idea?

United States Patent 6711769 refers to a Pillow With a Retractable Umbrella, the beach accessory to end all beach accessories. This invention is comprised of a pillow that transforms into a pillow with a retractable umbrella to offer optimum protection if a user is lying in the sun. Should you get one? I would wait if I were you.

Cell Phones in Russia: Nokia Leads The Way

Russia has a passion for cell phones, especially glitzy and different ones that enable them to keep up with the Russian equivalent of the Jones’s (whoever they are anyway.) Read on and learn about Nokia’s cultural hold over the Russian people.

Taste Sensations Better in Girls than Boys

Here is one more reason why girls are better than boys: a new study has found that girls have a better sense of taste than boys do.

Innovation Is a Long and Bumpy Road for China

Can China become an innovative manufacturer of goods and rise to the top of the technological food chain? Will it be able compete with the rest of the world or will it remain a mid-level producer of products that other people design and engineer? Read on for some answers.

Drinks That Jump Across Counters: Great Idea?

Have you ever thought about how impressed friends and relatives might be if you could make your glass of whatever you are drinking jump across the nearest bar or counter? No, well, maybe you haven’t had enough drinks to consider the proposition, better known as United States Patent #5678617, the Jumping Drink Bar Device, but whether you drink or not, read on and …well, just read on.

Electrolux Kitchen Design 2008 Contest Winners Announced

Electroux Icon® and Interior Design® have announced the winners of their 2008 contest for the best kitchen design. Architectural designers were challenged to come up with designs for a kitchen that would meet the needs of a modern family.

Study: Intentional Pain Worse Than Accidental Pain

We all know that pain can hurt. However, a new study says that pain hurts more if the person giving you the pain does it on purpose.

Sukhoi Superjet 100: Fatigue Tests in Siberia

Sukhoi Superjet 100, a test plane formerly referred to as the Russian Regional Jet, has been transported to SibNIA (Siberian Aeronautical Research Institute) in the city of Novosibirsk for the express purpose of fatigue tests, which will confirm the increased operating life of the airframe amounting to 70,000 flight hours. Read on for details but…take a nap first.

Vibrating Body-Piercing Jewelry: Great Idea?

US Patent# 6865907 concerns Vibrating Body-Piercing Jewelry, which comes with its very own motor and housing for such unit. It is a very versatile sort of thing as it can be worn on a body part that is either pierced or non-pierced. (Neon colors may also be available, but if they are, the cost could run either an arm and a leg or possibly a thighbone. Read and pulsate…if you dare.