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Baseball in Japan Can Throw You a Curve

Baseball in Japan has evolved quite a lot since Horace Wilson first introduced the sport in 1872, yet foreigners still find many aspects of Japanese baseball confusing – not least the the odd names of the teams. Let's run down the dozen Nippon Professional Baseball league teams (without actually running them down) and clear up any misconceptions.

Junk for Your Trunk: 10 Exciting Chairs Help Reduce Waste

I've mentioned it before and I'll mention it again, some recycled chairs are so unique they scream "Look what I'm made from!". They're the kind of chairs that call to you, "Sit! and relax." Are these voices in your head? Probably, but that doesn't take away from the fact that these unique eco-chairs stand out from the rest of the chairs in a very good way.

New Device Lets You Keep Tabs on Loved Ones

We all worry about our loved ones, especially when they are suffering from conditions such as Alzheimer's or dementia. A Spanish company called Keruve has recently designed a new GPS device intended for people that may happen to wander off or get separated from others easily.

Hello Kitty Pincushion Sticks it to the Queen of Cute

Hello Kitty may be Japan's most successful cultural export but not everyone loves the omnipresent epitome of animated cuteness. For those precious few, we present the Hello Kitty pincushion.

Bees Battle Crows in the Skies Over Tokyo

Tokyo is plagued by crows. Not crowds (well, that's debatable) and definitely not cows, but crows. Noisy, aggressive flocks of crows have become such a huge problem that Tokyo city authorities have turned to nature in a desperate effort to combat the ravenous ravens – thousands of stinging bees!

Novelty Bavarian Lederhosen With Yodeling Frankfurter Controls: Hurry!

Novelty Bavarian yodeling trousers are sort of sweeping the country. Read about their odd claim as one of the most absurdly hysterical products ever created.

Weekend Reading: Fun in the Sun

Lazy days of summer may slow some down, but these InventorSpot writers find lots of fun in the sun.

Design For New Needle Based On Mosquito

A new needle has been designed by researchers that is based on the mosquito.

This Artist Loves His Toy Bricks - Amazing Lego Art

Brick Artist Nathan Sawaya creates amazing sculptures out of LEGO bricks.


Study Shows Food Diary Can Double Weight Loss

Most of us have been on the diet roller coaster more than once in our lives. Diet pills, miracle exercise machines, fat diets; they are all part of our daily lives. While we're all looking for the quick weight loss diet solution to everything, the sad news is that there isn't one.

Jailhouse Frocks are Japan's Latest Fashion Trend

A series of stark, black & white aprons and totes emblazoned with the Hakodate Juvenile Prison logo in both Japanese and English has proven so popular, inmates can't keep up with demand.

Germs 101: How to Traumatize Your Children

When you think baby present, you think cute, right? Cuddly? Educational? How about infectious? Contagious? Deadly? GIANTmicrobes® are accurate and (mostly) adorable representations of germs, bacteria, viruses and other no-see-ums at 1,000,000x magnification.

Orange Juice Motion Lamp: Retro Groovy

Remember those weird lava lamps from another psychedelic time and place? Well, they are sort of back, sort of. Read on for all the groovy details!

Mohawk Drink Hat: One For The…Warpath?

Is the world ready for the new Mohawk Drink Hat? I don’t know, but look out because…here it comes!

Lightweight Greenhouse Waiting To Be Unfolded

I've heard a lot of complaints from people living in small spaces (dorms, apartments, condos, etc) about their inability to garden due to lack of space. I promised some of you I would keep a look out for innovative ways you can garden even with your limited space. Thanks to The Gin Lady, I have come across a possible solution for some of you. It's called the Foldable Greenhouse.

NASA Wants Your Urine

If you're in the area at the Johnson Space Center, stop by at 2200 Space Park and donate your urine for a good cause.

Israel’s Marital Mitzvah Machine - The ATM

What would you think if you walked into a wedding reception and saw an ATM at the front door?

Lost And Need Directions? Pull Out This Map Art

Every day millions of people use maps to take them places. But what about maps as a work of art? Here are a few artists that use maps as their muse.

Tech Chair Takes in the Sun and Powers Up

If you've been to the beach or to an outside pool you've seen a lounge chairs right? Have you felt one? Lounge chairs can get pretty hot after with just a few minutes of sun exposure. So here's a thought. Wouldn't it be smart to innovative lounge chairs so that the chairs soak up the sun and then convert those rays it into electricity to power up electronics? PC World thinks so.

New Study Finds That Tired People May Sound Drunk

Have you gotten enough sleep lately? Well pull out that cot, because according to a new study, sleep deprived people may sound drunk.