Miscellaneous

When Gloomy Bear Meets Hello Kitty, There Will Be Blood

Gloomy Bear meets Hello Kitty... or is that Gloomy Bear EATS Hello Kitty? If this violent and disturbing character combo is any indication, the backlash against Japan's culture of cuteness may have begun.

Vehicle Skin to Return 25% Increase In Fuel Economy

Of all the forces present on a moving vehicle, few can reduce your fuel mileage as much a drag. For this reason, many people are beginning to modify the bodies of their vehicles to increase the aerodynamic efficiency and therefore fuel mileage. It was from this idea that a new way to improve your fuel economy, called Fast Skins, was born.

Need Some Help Haunting Homes?: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6776687 is what is known as a Haunting Aid, and it is one of those ideas that makes one wonder exactly how much those people down at the patent office really drink every day. Glowing eyes via an LED is hardly another world or even another invention. Read on anyway and ignore that chill that just passed over your right shoulder.

Does Big Foot Have a Foothold in Siberia?

For some hunters in Tashtagol, a small mining town in the Siberian region of Kemerovo, located on the Kondoma River, some strange things are going on concerning furry humanoid creatures that have been spotted on several occasions. Read on for more information, but…don’t forget to keep your camera close at hand.

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.