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10 Ads That Will Make You Totally Queasy

Humans are organic machines.  Instead of oil, we have blood.  Instead of engines we have organs.  And internal organs are just... well, nasty.  They're all floppy and gelatinous and squirt out all matter of fluids.  So leave it up to the marketing guys of the world to utilize internal organs for a (mostly) positive effect. Take the ad to the right. If that's not positive, I don't know what is...

NKOTB Contest Reveals Tink! & Flies Winners To NYC

In an effort to capitalize on the buzz created by "tink!" Jordan Knight and other members of the New Kids on the Block band will be flying two "contest winning"  fans to NYC. The viral social media experiment originally initiated by Jordan Knight on Twitter appears to have formulated a life of its own as NKOTB fans have been tweeting themselves silly trying to figure out just what tink! means.

RockDex: A Measure for Bands Effectiveness on Social Media

Social media is one of the cheapest, most effective ways of branding.  And for musicians, branding is what it's all about.  An artist can spend time developing social media accounts and multimedia promotions to get their name out there, but how can they tell if it's effective?  Well, unless you have big money to spend on market penetration assessments, you can use RockDex.

First Flavor Memorable Marketing: Taste Test Tryvertising

An innovative marketing company is finally recognizing the power of taste in brand marketing and is helping food producers sell their products using more than just visual appeal. While historically, food and drink brands have marketed their products through sample packages distributed by mail or during taste test sessions at local grocery stores; First Flavor uses an approach that allows potential consumers to taste their clients' products that is less costly, more convenient, and rather innovative.

Headlines From Around the World on Newseum.org

If you're a news junkie like the rest of us, you'd better take a look at Newseum's new addition to their website.  They've got headlines from around the world on a graphic interface that is both easy to navigate and comprehensive to the entire globe.

Maker Faire Africa: A Celebration of African Ingenuity and Innovation

Maker Faire Africa (MFA) will take place at the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT in Ghana's capital, Accra, on August 13-15, 2009. Its sole purpose is to identify, spur and support local innovation. Read all about this important and glorious event and find out how you can be a part of it.

Credit Card Sized Cell Phone

The Card Phone, the world's slimmest phone weighs in at a razor-like 5.9 millimeters. The phone is so slim, there's no room for a keypad.

10 Even MORE Ads to Disturb & Disgust You!

Look at that little croissant kitty. He's soooo cute! But, if you dare dear reader, you're going to find some not so cute stuff in this month's installment of Ads to Disgust & Disturb You. Just think of how snuggly the little croissant kitty is, hold that in your heart, and read on...

Diamond Ring Door Stopper Gives Princesses Privacy

Gals on the go need to play safe, so when the day's done and you "vant to be alone" the Diamond Ring Door Stopper provides an extra circle of security.

Free Beer? Kirin Free is All Fizz, No Buzz

Free beer? It's more likely than you think... if you're in Japan, at least. That's because Kirin has introduced Free, a de-alcoholized brew with all of the fizz but none of the buzz.

Big Box Stores Lessen Environmental Impact With Help From Enviro Company Terracycle

We've introduced you to Terracycle before and their line of eco-friendly products. Now, Terracycle is expanding by partnering up with big box stores around the US to promote recycling of non-recyclables. It's a bold business move by a company whose ethics aren't necessarily in line with many of the consumption driven big names we're already familiar with, and smart PR for those corporations looking to improve their environmental image.

Siberian Sculptors Erect Monument to Yeti

Last month, I wrote an article about a scientific expedition that set out to the mountains of Siberia to explore recent reports of Bigfoot sightings. Although fruitless so far, organizers deterred by the severe climate are determined to resume the search this summer. A monument has been erected to honor this yeti expedition, but viewers cannot resist the urge to smile upon viewing it. Read on and find out why.

Russian Orphan Designs Winning Spaceship Logo

A talented, 15-year-old Russian orphan has won the competition to design the space mission emblem that is certain to go down in space travel history. Read on for more information about this very special contest and its extraordinary winner.

Don't Be An Ash: Japan Tobacco's 'Smoking Manners for Adults' Ads, Part 5

Japan Tobacco ad execs sweated, strained and no doubt chain-smoked a whole lot of their main product while brainstorming up 73 "Smoking Manners for Adults" ads. Numbers 41 through 50 are presented here in hopes that rude smokers will smarten up and get their ashes in order.

Satisfy The Shoe Fetishist In Your Sole With iPhone's New App: iShoes

If there's an iPhone application every shoe fetishist must have it's iShoes. Released last week on the iPhone AppStore, iShoes should keep you busy for awhile as you have only 50,000 pairs of shoes to scroll through.

New G.I. Joe Verses Old G.I. Joe... Which Is More Cool?

GI Joe. Just those two words conjure a multitude of childhood memories for me. Action? Adventure? GI Joe knew the way. Then he got really tiny--roughly 9 inches smaller. And his mission changed. And now there is a movie coming out based on the little tiny GI Joe figures. But my heart still rests with the 12 inch figures from my youth... Which is more cool?

4P Extreme Sports Cam Action Video Minus the Filmer

The 4P Sports Cam is an interesting design that allows users to get no-hassle sports footage. No videographer is needed as the system uses GPS to track movements and provide fluid filming.


Want Your Kid To Bathe In Goo? If So, Gelli Baff Is For You

Are your kids just plain bored with taking a bath?  If so, why not throw them into a tub full of multi-colored sludge?  It's all the rage!  All the cool kids are doin' it!  Gelli Baff is the answer to all of those non-glob baths that have plagued kids for centuries.

Omegle: Chat with Complete Strangers

This new social service wants you to strike up conversations with complete strangers.  Omegle puts you in a private chat with someone completely random, and the handles are simply "You" and "Stranger".  Kinda weird, right?  But who knows?  Maybe this will catch wildfire.

A Man's Car Is His Dog's Castle: Honda Element's New 'Dog Limo'

We're all suckers for our dogs and Honda's no fool. Honda's new concept for the Element, unveiled at the New York Auto Show today, upgrades the safety features and accoutrements for pets to the level of premier class. Honda should throw in a chauffeur's cap with this car!