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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.

Cheese Filtered Cigarettes: Great Idea?

Patent# US3,234,948, also known as the Cheese-Filter Cigarette, dates back to the 1960s, when smokers and cigarettes still ruled the earth. This invention concerns a cigarette filter comprised of a mixture in which particles of hard cheese are blended with charcoal to produce a cigarette that tastes like…well, like it shouldn’t. Read on and wonder why.

Fine Reproductions Re-Create Desire For Piero Fornisetti's Designs

A master interior designer of the 20th Century, Piero Fornasetti (1913 - 1988) was a prolific painter, sculptor, and engraver as well. Fornasetti's works, thanks to his son Barnaba, live on in authentic reproductions of furniture that have been handcrafted and hand-colored every bit as carefully as he would have done himself.

Designer Tattoos From Sunshine On Your Skin

Designer Yu-Chiao Wang has come up with the idea of a Sun Tattoo. It is actually a 'wearable' cloth stencil - a robe, with a specific pattern, that creates a natural tattoo.

If You Get Lonely, You Can Talk To This Clock: Hello Moshi!

It looks innocent enough, but behind the moderately average looking face, this clock has the intelligence of a... well... a clock that listens when you talk and responds to you in well... English, in this case. Is there a trick to the Moshi IVR Alarm Clock? Kinda'...

Don't Divorce Yet! Marriage Supposedly Improves In Middle Age

I know of several boomers who waited until their young left the nest and then left it themselves. But contrary to my observations comes a report from Psychological Science that suggests maybe we should put the brakes on escaping until we see what happens.

Cover Your Mouth! Study Finds One Sneeze Can Give Cold to 150 People

Public transportation can really stink sometimes. All those coughing, sniffling and sneezing people. Well now a new study says that one sneeze can give up to 150 people a cold in just five minutes.

Sewing Your Own Clothes Gets Modernized With SANS

We all hate seeing our favourite clothes on someone else. But in the world of mass production, it is bound to happen. And let's face it, not all of us can afford designer haute couture...

SANS is here to rescue us.


Caffeine Inhaled Rather Than Imbibed: Great Idea?

Most agree that there’s nothing quite like the smell of coffee in the morning, but even the most die-hard aficionados confess to the need for caffeine as the real reason people love coffee. So why not find a quicker way to get the caffeine inside you? Why wait for the coffee to brew? Why indeed?

Weight Loss Trend For The New Year: Gyrotonic Fitness Studios

This year, honor your New Year's resolution to get in shape by trying a new fitness trend. The Gyrotonic brand's new archaic-looking fitness apparatus and Gyrokinesis classes combine the benefits of swimming, yoga, gymnastics, dance and more, to give fitness enthusiasts a full-body workout and spiritual-like healing experience.


Marijuana Found In Chinese Shaman’s Tomb

It looks like that mean little plant known far and wide as wackey tabackey, is even older than previously imagined. Archeologists have dug up a 2,700 year-old tomb of a shaman near Tupan (far west Xinjiang province) that reveals a few secrets about the ancient Chinese that might surprise the modern world. Then again, they might not. Read on and decide for yourself.