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No Smoking Sign Ashtray: Great Idea?

Patent# US D500166 also referred to as the No Smoking Sign Ashtray is, so they say, a design that only a New Yorker could have come up with. Being a former one (both smoker and New Yorker) I might opt to be insulted by that. Then again, I might just laugh and forget about it because this silly patent is really quite funny. Read on and see if you don’t agree.

Russian Electric-Powered Sportscar: Meet Marussia

A popular Russian singer and former car-racing champion, Nikolay Fomenko, is preparing to give Russia its very own electric sports car. Read all about the Marussia and this fascinating project that will concentrate on predominantly non-metal exchangeable bodies.

One-of Dodge Viper Concept Up for Sale

Since its introduction, the Dodge Viper has been about one thing; Raw horsepower. With a 500hp V10 under the hood and a 6-speed transmission to get the power to the ground, it's no mystery why it became so famous. Now, an even more rare and refined form of the Viper is up for grabs, but you better act fast as there is only one in existence.

Scent Delivery System: Great idea?

Patent# US 6842218 known to some as the Scent Delivery System, is a 2005 invention that involves a flow of air via a single conduit with a nasal interface at one end and a fan or canister of compressed air at the other end. Read on for more details even though they already seem superfluous.

Pity These Businesses: It’s Their Job To Hear You Complain

Who doesn't like to complain? We take pride in our ability to whine, moan, and gripe to whoever will listen. The people hearing our issues can become tired of it; but they might not if they're getting paid. Two innovative businesses have kept this in mind, and not only will they hear out your annoying ranting, they also help you solve your problems.

Methods of Promoting Sleep Systems: Great Idea?

Patent #US 6997070 better known as Methods of Promoting Sleep Systems is one of those things whose purpose isn’t all that clear. Whether or not this is a good thing remains to be seen. Read on and if you can figure it out, please pass it on.

Ford Demonstrates New Active Park Assist

For some reason, parallel parking seems to cause problems for many drivers. Of course, there are some who have no problems with it at all, but they seem to be a minority these days. If you are among the populous that has not yet mastered the art of parallel parking, Ford has joined the handful of other manufactures to offer a solution.

Bottle Cap Necktie: Great Idea?

Patent# US D509944 represents an idea for an invention known as the Bottle Cap Necktie. If you want to buy one of these, it won’t be easy because it is not a reality and may never be. Read on anyway and be amazed at what some people can conjure even without a single drink.

Copycat “Shanzhai” Culture Becomes Innovation in China

Now innovation in China has taken on a new and strange dimension that depends upon imitation in order to flourish. If you are about to argue that this is a contradiction in terms, suffice it to say that you are right. Read on anyway, for the fickle finger of marketing and fate points to a very interesting phenomenon.

Community Toilet Scheme Gives People A Place To Go, Literally!

The Community Toilet Scheme is a not-for-profit partnership of businesses in the UK that open their doors to give the public access to their washrooms whether they're paying customers or not.

Garden Ornament and Cremation Container Combo: Great idea?

Patent # US 6854165 refers to the Combination Lawn/ Garden Ornament and Cremation Container, which transforms the idiom of pushing up daisies to a new but unimportant and rather silly level. Memorializing the deceased is an old ritual, but surely even the ancient world would have laughed at this garden sculpture that doubles as a cremation urn. Read on and…try to believe.

Dying to Own the Rights To Your Favorite Song? Bid On It With SongVest

Finally, a unique online auction allows music lovers to enter the industry by purchasing the rights to their favorite songs. Users bid to purchase songs as gifts for the person who has anything, or for an indulgence of their own.

Multi-Functional Massage Device: Great Idea?

Patent #US 6802818 refers to a Multi-Functional Massage Device that services the multi-tasking but very confused and dysfunctional busy person of today. It proves, without a doubt, that old admonition about not chewing on your pen because of the unknown places it has been before (even though it’s likely to be located somewhere on the user of this silly thing). Read on for more information, if you have the time.

Russian Lab Promises Affordable Cure for Cancer In the Works

A laboratory in Russia says it has built a proton accelerator for treating cancer victims that is 10 times cheaper than any similar device. It may provide salvation for millions of oncology patients around the world. Read on and learn more about this amazing device.

Nuclear Waste Disposal System: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6846967 also known as the Nuclear Waste Disposal System entered the world in 2005 and just won’t leave. Perhaps it is waiting for the all clear signal from those controlling the sub-sea volcano which the inventor so stoutly advocates as the way for all nuclear wastes to go. Read on, and…. stand back a bit from the shore.