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Top 10 Holiday Gift Picks for Tea and Coffee Lovers


As an avid coffee and tea drinker, I am well acquainted with the joy of small things. Nothing quite satisfies like that first mug of morning joe, or cozying up with a hot cup of tea on a cold night. Given the enormous growth in the beverage industry, I know I am not alone in my fondness for these infusions. So, here are some of my top picks (in no particular order) for this year's wish list. Perhaps your favorite coffee or tea drinker would enjoy these in their daily imbibing as well. read more »

The Mikado Lamp Spreads Its Wings


Created by Miguel Herranz, the Mikado lamp is named after the Spanish game of pick-up sticks. Can you see their spiny resemblance? read more »

Report Cards Used for Advertising in Elementary Schools


Earlier this month, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood demanded that McDonald’s immediately stop advertising on children’s report cards. read more »

Next Generation Mitsubishi Eclipse


Since 1989, Mitsubishi's Eclipse has been the favorite of young car-buyers and tuners alike. The Fast and the Furious trilogy didn't hurt either. Mitsubishi has given up a glimpse of the next generation Eclipse, which will be officially introduced at the North American International Auto Show in January. I wonder if the new style will keep it's popularity?
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Ten Really Weird, Totally Bizarre Kewpie Doll Cell Phone Charms



These Ten Really Weird, Totally Bizarre Kewpie Doll Cell Phone Charms prove two things - Kewpie Dolls are loved by Japanese young and old, and love can be very strange sometimes... VERY strange!
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Deck the Trees: 5 Cool Holiday Ornaments


Looking for the latest and greatest ornaments around? I’ve done some investigating, and have found some clever and whimsical variations on the usual Santa and snowman theme. These funky ideas will help you to kick your holiday collection up a notch and bring some flavor to your tree-trimming. read more »

"Smart" Beer Coasters Provide New Drinking Game Ideas!


I was intrigued by hese new smart coasters for a variety of reasons--mainly they're cool to look at, and they provide a host of new drinking game opportunities. Another cool thing about these beer coasters is that you can build them yourself! Check out the video... read more »

Magellan Roadmate 1200 Entry-Level Portable GPS Unit


Magellan is one of the largest portable GPS unit manufacturers in the World, and they have recently introduced their newest entry-level GPS device called the Roadmate 1200. This device is one of the thinnest portable GPS devices on the market right now, and best of all, it's also one of the least expensive. read more »

AquaMaker Creates Water from Thin Air


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In Israel, where water is scarce, a new device allows people to generate water from air. read more »

The Latest in Christmas Trees: 7 Modern Replacements for the Traditional Christmas Tree


Tired of the same old same old when it comes to Christmas trees? Is the traditional tree just not cutting it these days? Perhaps you'll have a hard time seeing the forest for the trees with the alternatives I've found (since some of these hardly qualify as "trees" in the first place), but on the eternal quest for variety and newness, here are some of the latest Christmas tree designs coming down the pike. read more »

Israel to Install Innovative Motion Sensors


Stock picture of IDF unit (from Wikipedia)Stock picture of IDF unit (from Wikipedia)

The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) is considering a move to install underground motion sensors at Israel's border with Gaza. These innovative new sensors, developed by Sonic Lynx, are capable of discerning different objects, including humans, animals, and vehicles. According to Sonic Lynx' CEO, the sensors distinguish objects by using "seismic and acoustic fluctuations". read more »

Great Invention Idea? Nicotine Based Dental Care


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Thanks to Henry Petroski's book, "The Toothpick: Technology and Culture," I've learned that the toothpick has both an illustrious history and some interesting applications. But I wonder what Petroski would say about a group of patents I've termed, "addiction hygiene?"
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Top 10 Concept Cars of 2007 that We Can't Wait to Buy

The results are in. Although most of the cars at the Tokyo Motor Show are only concepts, there were quite a few that many people would love to see on the road. Here are the top 10 concept cars that we can't wait to buy.

Top 10 Concept Cars of 2007 that We Can't Wait to Buy


The results are in. Although most of the cars at the Tokyo Motor Show are only concepts, there were quite a few that many people would love to see on the road. Here are the top 10 concept cars that we can't wait to buy. read more »

New Nokia Stereo Headsets for Music Phones


Nokia has just announced the release of 2 new stereo headsets that will make managing phone calls while listening to music a much more pleasurable experience. Scheduled for a January 2008 release, the Nokia WH-700 and the WH-600 stereo headsets will provide a good sounding, quality option for people with music phones. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Pee for Fun and Prizes with the Urinator!


Patent Improves with Prizes!Patent Improves with Prizes!

For years I've been haunted by a musical potty and its innocent reward system. Why is it that adults don't have anything besides toilet paper to remind us how grand it is to take part in adult civilized society? Well, we do now. read more »

Delightful Dandelight LED Lamp is Battery-Powered


Dandlelight, created by Designdrift from the Netherlands, is a custom-made little LED light fashioned from real dandelion seeds. read more »

That’s a Wrap – 7 Funky Gift Wraps That Think Outside the Box


Gift wrap can be so pedestrian, especially this time of year. Red, green, gold and white are such tired choices in an endless sea of gift wrap options. So why not break out of the box and try something new? And don't fool yourself - presentation matters! So here are a few of my top picks for some of the coolest gift wrap around. If you don't impress them with the gift, you can at least dazzle and distract them with the packaging, right? read more »

Award-Winning Pencil Bench by Boex Blends Art, Office Supplies and Function


UK-based Boex 3D Creative Solutions designed this award-winning bench based off a single conversation about incorporating an everyday office item into a functional piece of furniture. All it took was a little bit of creative brainstorming, and voilà -- the Pencil Bench was born! read more »

Top Ten Strange Santas from Japan



Santa Claus is a recent feature of Christmas in Japan and sometimes a few details get lost in translation. Sometimes a LOT does, as our Top Ten Strange Santas from Japan so graphically illustrate!
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