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What the World Would Be Like Without O-Rings

O-rings. They're those small, looped elastomers that mechanics and photography hobbyists always seem to say they need when they're in the middle of some project. I was pretty much blown away by how useful these little buggers were, which led me to think about what the world would be like without o-rings--and let me just say, it wasn't pretty.

No Need To Invent The Koch Brothers - They're The Real Thing!

If Charles Dickens was alive today, he might have been inclined to create a fictionalized version of the malevolent brothers the likes of Charles and David Koch (pronounced Coke). While these two modern-day rogues have deviously shown how elections can be manipulated, helped create a radical extremist group, despoiled a number of ecosystems and are hell-bent on demonizing the current leader of the free world -- the Koch brothers run one of the largest U.S.companies (bigger than Coke), but one that most folks never heard of.

Hamster Jeans Illustrate the Art of Wearing Expensive Pants

Is that a hamster on your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? Both, of course, because Hamster Jeans from Japan's Ito Manufacturing feature not one, but two of the cuddly critters painted over the back pockets.

Digital Gold Rush: Gold Bullion Optical Mouse Exudes Luxury With Every Click

Now we aren't all millionaires, so we can't possibly afford having a couple hundred gold bars to put in our personal safes. As an alternative, we normal folks can get ones of these Gold Bullion Optical Mouse instead. You know, to show that we can keep up with the gold trend without going into debt.

Alien Autopsy Tissue Box Cover is Out of This World

Can't decide if you “want to believe” or just want to blow your nose? Don't just sit there crying to the sky. Thanks to the Alien Autopsy Tissue Box Cover from Japan's Village Vanguard you can believe and blow at the same time!

Orbitz Polishes Higher Hotel Rates For Its Apple Users

There's a reoccurring foreboding in many fairytales, that says: magic comes with a price. The Evil Queen that offered Snow White the poisonous apple received her comeuppance in the end, and hopefully Orbitz will be served a does of the same, when the traveling public learns that Mac users are charged more than those using Windows. Yes, in this case, you can think of Orbitz as the Evil Queen! And the 30 percent higher rates they are offering to Apple device owners, the fruits from their poisonous tree.

Father Of Obamacare's Signature Irony Not Lost On The Twittersphere

In an alternate universe somewhere, the Father of Obamacare might have actually had a shot at becoming the next president of the United States, had he just stuck to his guns. Because on Planet Earth, the candidate responsible for this accomplishment is not Obama. Obama cannot take credit for inventing the Affordable Care Act. It was ironically his opposition who laid the groundwork in Massachusetts, and then decided to take the wrong fork in the road to diminish its application for the nation.

Pepsi EX Extra: All the Caffeine of Coffee in a Cool, Carbonated Can

Pepsi Japan's new workplace coffee alternative, Pepsi EX Extra, offers a hot coffee cup's worth of caffeine in a cool can of carbonated cola. As Pepsi puts it, “Enjoy the shot of cola with strong caffeine, for long working hours.”

Mother Jones Airs Attack Ads Against "Game Of Thrones" Candidates (Videos)

For those addicted to the HBO hit series "Game of Thrones," could you imagine if those vying for the thrones of the Seven Kingdoms were competing with Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on today's political landscape. The Mother Jones news team postulates how today's dirty politics might be played out if Daenerys Targaryen, Jeffrey Baratheon and Robb Stark were added to the presidential race in contention for leader of the free world.

China's “A Blue Work Shirt” is Mass Market Retro Fashion

“A Blue Work Shirt” from OSPOP is an updated version of the no-nonsense, long-lasting tops that clothed Mao Zedong's China of the 1950s through 1970s. Proudly made in China but not just for Chinese anymore, A Blue Work Shirt salutes those who made the Great Leap Forward from shattered post-war China to today's economic powerhouse.

Cool 'Seek & Destroy' T-shirt: The Cat's Got Your Back

Why advertise a product, band or sports franchise on your t-shirt when Japan's Ito Manufacturing offers an expensive, expressive & eccentric alternative? “Seek & Destroy” t-shirts in Grass Green and Cloud Gray plug you into a rarefied region of social consciousness where mass market consumerism takes a back seat to a black cat with heat-vision.

British Airways Uses Social Media & UK Addresses For Olympics' #HomeAdvantage

In an ingenious TV commercial that we're sure Don Draper would have approved, British Airways is utilizing the distribution channels of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to extend their rallying cry for a "Home Advantage" at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Siri Takes Lead From SNL's Self-Deprecating Humor Making Apple Butt Of Joke

Does anyone remember when iPhone prototypes were left behind in Silicon Valley bars only to be found by those looking to make a quick buck while providing the techie world with an advance sneak peak at Apple's latest iteration? In both cases, Apple execs were none too pleased and subsequent police investigations and threats of litigation were filed against Gizmodo and ex-Apple employees responsible.

Kusa Flip Flops Have Grassy Soles, Never Need Watering

Keep ON the grass! With Kusa Flip-Flops, your lawn is underfoot whenever and wherever you walk. The shaggy Syn-Turf soled sandals let you relive one of summer's sweet simple pleasures: wriggling your toes in the cool green grass.

From "Finish Line" To "Shut The Mother F-er Down": OTB Employees Struggle To Be Heard

If one was to ask what happened on December 7, 2010 and 2011, most folks would reference the 69th & 70th-year anniversaries of Pearl Harbor. Few people would know or care that New York's Off-Track Betting Office doors were shuttered that first year, depriving thousands of workers from earned health benefits. And on its anniversary date the following year, it marked the day that OTB worker Patti McCole entered the hospital for brain cancer.

Mt. Fuji Travel Tissue Case Blows Its Top When You Blow Your Nose

Sneeze the moment with a cute & clever Mt. Fuji Travel Tissue Case! The 100% cotton case designed by Tomohiro Ikegaya for Goodbymarket relies on users to provide the case's one moving part: the tissue paper poking out from Mt. Fuji's snow-capped summit.

Facebook's IPO Morality Tale: If The Green Shoes Fit, Wear Them?

Facebook's reversal of fortunes in such a short span of time has played out almost like a modern-day morality tale.  The fall-out of the social network post-IPO, after such an enthusiastic build-up was telling. While it lined the pockets of some (namely investment bankers), it deprived the 99 Percenters (or Dumb F*cks as Zuckerberg so adroitly labeled them back in 2004) full-disclosure, resulting in a subsequent short-fall on their FB investment.

Technology and the Future of Payments: Credit Cards and the Mobile Wallet

We are currently living in the digital age, where seemingly advanced technologies from the past are slowly being rendered obsolete. One such technology includes those from the payments industry, where advancements in mobile wallets, which takes advantage of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.

Celebrate Lamborghini's 50th Anniversary with Asahi Wonda Gold Canned Coffee

Gentlemen, start your mornings! In honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., Japan's Asahi Soft Drinks is including one of 10 miniature model motorcars with selected cans of Wonda Gold coffee.

iPhone 'Mug Case' Helps You Get A Grip On Your Calls

Tired of being put on hold? Get a handle on your mobile conversations and hold ALL your calls, all the time, with the self-standing silicone Mug Case for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.