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Great Invention Idea? Easy Clean Baby for Mother's Day

Have you ever seen a kid so dirty you wish you could just tie him up to a tree and spray him down? Or perhaps the kid in question is too young for such measures, so you think about grabbing the child by the shoulders (neck?) and repeatedly dipping him into a warm tub filled with soapy water. Unfortunately, the modern tub is too big to accommodate little tykes safely for either method. Thankfully, the United States Patent Office once again comes to the rescue of American families everywhere.

Pedaled Phone Calls (Llamadas Pedaleadas)

Have you ever seen a bicycle vendor selling ice cream, popsicles, corn on the cob, hotdogs, etc? If you haven't, the vendors are usually riding a three-wheeled bike with a cargo box in the front filled with their products. Inspired by these bikes and Nicaraguan's need to make phone calls, Brian Forde created Llamadas Pedaleadas.

Goats, Mermaids and Orgies - This Ain't Your Grandmother's Knitting

I remember the days when I used to sit and watch my Grandmother knit. Usually it was just a blanket or a sweater, but if I knew she could have created something like this, I might have paid more attention.

Get a Load of These Noggins

Noggins are works of art created by Joseph Seigenthaler. They are morbid yet fascinating at the same time.

Luxury Bach Miso Sounds Good, Tastes Great!

Call it "food that bites Bach"... Bahha no Yuraku Kyoichiraku miso made by Marujyu, a Japanese food manufacturer, owes its excellent taste to the music of J.S. Bach pumped into miso fermentation chambers. At least, that's the tune they're playing.

Fixing Broken Hearts With Menstrual Blood

Could "the curse" become the cure? It could happen, if Japanese scientists have their way. Experiments performed at the Keio University school of medicine have succeeded in growing sheets of heart muscle from connective tissue cells harvested from menstrual blood.

On April 25, We Commemorate The Invention Of The Guillotine

On this day in 1792, the infamous guillotine claimed its first victim - a robber named Jacques Nicolas Pelletier. The guillotine remained France's number one method of execution for the next 189 years. To commemorate the role Pelletier played in history, let's take a look at the invention of the guillotine.

Great Invention Idea? 5 Mother's Day Gifts for Every Kind of Mom

Mother's Day is around the corner. What better time is there to honor the women who give us life and who make up the cornerstones of psychoanalysis? That's why I'm recommending the following five patents as perfect, non-traditional gift ideas for your mom - whether you like her or not. C'mon dude, she had you!

10 Works of Art to Make When You're Bored Out of Your Mind

I don't know about you, but when I get bored I feel like sleeping. This is what makes me the lazy person that I am. However, there is a solution! Creating art and making statements makes for a fun-filled day for everyone. Next time you're painfully bored, try making some of this art at home.

Recycled Weapons Calls For Peace After Long War

After more than 30 years of civil war, ending in 1998, the Cambodian government has collected and destroyed more than 160,000 weapons across the country. In the name of peace some of those weapons were donated to the PAPC. The PAPC (Peace Art Project Cambodia) is a project that was created in November of 2003 by British artist Sasha Constable, small weapons specialist with the European Union.

Taxidermy Camel + Oversized Suitcase = Controversial Art

Pakistani artist, Huma Mulji, has created a work of art that caused some concerns at a recent art fair in Dubai - a taxidermy camel stuffed into an oversized suitcase.

Preserved Coelacanth Highlights Tokyo Evolution Exhibition

Japan's National Museum of Nature and Science has acquired a preserved Coelacanth to highlight its "Darwin" evolution-themed exhibition being held in Tokyo. The Coelacanth, a fish often referred to as a "living fossil", has changed very little since the species originated approximately 380 million years ago.

Company Offers Voices from Beyond the Grave

Graveyards are not what they used to be. The Japanese company Ishinokoe, or "voice of stone," recently announced that it would begin offering tombstones that have a Design QR code, which basically looks like a barcode. When a graveside visitor take a photo of the image with their cell phone, he or she is granted access to a mobile site on the Internet that includes photos, a family history and more.

Thai Food Stand Owner Roasts Chicken Using Solar Powered Oven

A roadside food stand owner from Thailand has come up with a bright idea: roasting chicken using only the free power of natural sunlight. If mass-produced, his invention could save energy and reduce costs for millions of food preparers in the third world.

Hey Kids! I'm Having a Mommy Makeover!

Now this is something I've never thought about, but it's good, I guess, that someone has.... A way to tell your kids that you're going to the doctor and coming home with new boobs, a flat tummy, and (why not?) a new nose. These three cosmetic surgery procedures are so common in post-childbirth women, they have their own marketing package -- mommy makeovers.


One Cool Ad Campaign: 1800 Tequila

1800 Tequila takes their ad campaign from the streets directly into your house.

Geisha Makeup Makes a Comeback with Natural Kyobeni Rouge

Traditional Japanese makeup as used by high ranking Geisha girls over the centuries is making a comeback, albeit at a steep price. The cost may be worth it though, for nothing quite matches the natural beauty and vivid intensity of classic Kyobeni Rouge.

The Ultimate Dry - 10 Great Tampon Ads From Around the World

Tampons have been one of those "hard to talk about" products. But tampon producers have recently used some very creative ways to promote their products. Below are 10 of the best tampon ads from recent ad campaigns:

The Art of Seeing Yourself Differently - As a Carpet, a Boulder and More

Levi van Veluw is an emerging young talent in the Netherlands. His photos are self portraits which are drawn and photographed all by himself.

Sharp Reveals Cell Phone Based on Windows Vista

Intel's Atom processor line isn't due out until later this year. That didn't stop Sharp from revealing a new device, called the D4, based on the new ultra-mobile chipset. The phone is also the first of its kind based on Windows Vista.