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MinMu Squishes Several Links Into One

MinMu is about as simple of a service as it gets, and not altogether not unlike TinyURL.  You take your links, input them into the generator, and out comes your abbreviated link.  But MinMu does have some features that give it a bit of an advantage over TinyURL

Bizarre 'Sand Puppies' Could Be Next Japanese Character Sensation

Naked mole rats dig deep into Japanese hearts... in a GOOD way. What were you thinking? The so-called "sand puppies" at Tokyo's Ueno Zoological Gardens just might be the next cute character sensation, and the Zoo is helping things right along by selling plush toy versions of the bizarre, bucktoothed rodents.

10 Best Hamburger Fantasies Become A Reality

Sushi is so 2006 and bacon is totally 2008, but what random food fad is on the cool horizon this year? Burgers. Why burgers? They’re as all-American as you can get –even more American than apple pie and baseball, which are really just variations of German and British inventions respectively.

 

In honor of this great American feat of food engineering, I bring you the must-have burger gizmos of the upcoming year.

 


Green Man USB Memory Flash Drive Has a Head for Data

USB memory flash drives come in just about any shape, size and/or color possible but the Green Man stands head and shoulders - mainly head - above the goofy gadget crowd.

There’s Nothing Hardboiled About This Eggshell Art

Ron Cheruka, a.k.a. “The Egg Man”, makes beautiful sculptures out of - yep, you guessed it – eggshells!

Giving Birth Via Balloon? Great Idea?

The Balloon for Preparing for and Easing Human Birth can only make every mother in the world wonder if she did it right after all. Patent# US 6843251 provides a way to practice childbirth on a balloon which seems an odd way to learn. Perhaps the popping when the balloon bursts is apt preparation for water breaking? Don’t ask me, but read on anyway and be…not overwhelmed but just whelmed, as Mel Brooks used to say.

Google Earth: Atlantis Still Lost Among New Finds

There is some embarrassment and quite a bit of denial surrounding the claim that the Google Earth mapping tool was used to discover a grid of streets in the ocean that were thought to be the lost city of Atlantis. Google Earth has had some amazing results and the entire Google search system has come further than even its creators could ever have predicted. Still, read on for more details, which confirm that the lost city of Atlantis is, alas, still lost.

CastTV Gets You Whatever Videos You Want

Online video has enjoyed a healthy boom over the past few years, and many new websites have been popping up all over to take advantage of the growing medium.  CastTV has been designed to be a one-stop search for whatever videos you're looking for, and it seems to us like they've done the trick.

Who Watches The Watchmen? I Know I Will...

Listed as one of Time Magazine's 100 Best Novels, Watchmen has long been considered the pinnacle of graphic novel storytelling. Many considered it impossible to adapt into a film, but Zack Snyder (director of 300) has helmed a big-budget blockbuster adaptation due to hit the screens in March, 2009. An innovative marketing campaign has emerged to hype the film--and I, for one, like what I see.

Rubberbands, Not Clothes Make The Man: Great Idea?

Patent# US D522914 represents Homunculus Constructed from Common Rubberbands, which is an idea for an invention that raises one question above all else; namely why? The recycling of rubberbands is clever and responsibly green, but it would be an odd child indeed who would be drawn to this mummy like creature. But then again, odd is even sometimes these days.

Learn a New Language at Busuu

Busuu is a do-it-yourself approach to learning languages.  If you want to get a little linguistics exercise, but don't have the time or money to spend taking formal courses at your local community college (ugh), then Busuu is for you.  Right now, Busuu offers free basic courses in English, German, French, and Spanish.

Torrent Relay Lets You Download Torrents Right Through Your Browser

Torrents are the biggest P2P file transfer protocol on the web.  TorrentRelay lets users connect to a torrent by using its website as a torrent client, bypassing firewalls and router port-forwarding.  You can use it from your desktop, and even your mobile device!

Who Needs A Canvas? Fabulous Facepainting Art

This artist paints his face with all types of cool and strange artwork, especially fruit.

Giga Pudding, the Family-sized Dessert for Really Big Families

Pudding on the Ritz? The Sahara of desserts? Pudding-zilla? Giga Pudding from Japan's Takara Tomy is the sumo-sized snack that will soon leave you as big & jiggly as IT is!

Cell Phone Data Extractor: A Spy Tool For the Masses?

Need yet another device to secure your knowledge that your spouse is cheating on you? Well... here ya go. The Cell Phone Data Extractor will insure that those nagging doubts that you've carried around for years are fact... Do I sound sarcastic? Yep. But it's still a pretty cool little gadget...