Miscellaneous

Pepperfruits Gum Packs Heat in Every Bite

Snacks are big business in Japan, and not a day goes by without some new gum, candy or other sweet confection hitting store shelves. Pepperfruits, the new gum from Kracie, just might be "crazy" enough to make a lasting impression.

Is the Smoker Hat Hazardous to Health and is it a Great Idea?

United States Patent #4858627, better known as the Smoker’s Hat, represents one inventor’s attempt to save the environment from the ill affects of smoking. Despite lofty intentions, silly is still the operative word when it comes to describing the meaning and purpose of the Smoker’s Hat. Read on and see if you agree.

China’s Amazing Economic Growth: From Mao Till Now

Rising from the ashes, like a phoenix from the fires of Mao’s cultural revolution of the 1970s, China has emerged as a mega consumer-oriented nation. This is an amazing trend considering that for 35 years its primary items were limited to cigarettes from Albania! Read on and be amazed at this story of economic growth and development.

Max Wallack Wins Grand Prize in Design Squad "Trash to Treasure" Contest

If anyone deserves a special gift this Holiday season for his kindness and his innovative ideas it's ninth-grader Max Wallack from Natick, Massachusetts. He has already won a few rewards for his inventions. His latest invention won him thousands of dollars and has the potential to help the homeless and clean the environment all at once.

Pillow With Retractable Umbrella: Great Idea?

United States Patent 6711769 refers to a Pillow With a Retractable Umbrella, the beach accessory to end all beach accessories. This invention is comprised of a pillow that transforms into a pillow with a retractable umbrella to offer optimum protection if a user is lying in the sun. Should you get one? I would wait if I were you.

Cell Phones in Russia: Nokia Leads The Way

Russia has a passion for cell phones, especially glitzy and different ones that enable them to keep up with the Russian equivalent of the Jones’s (whoever they are anyway.) Read on and learn about Nokia’s cultural hold over the Russian people.

These Apples Wear Their Hearts on Their Peels

Blog!NOBON is a Japanese Apple Computer fan site whose owner makes his own Apple apples. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Blog!NOBON's unique tribute is no more than skin deep.

Drinks That Jump Across Counters: Great Idea?

Have you ever thought about how impressed friends and relatives might be if you could make your glass of whatever you are drinking jump across the nearest bar or counter? No, well, maybe you haven’t had enough drinks to consider the proposition, better known as United States Patent #5678617, the Jumping Drink Bar Device, but whether you drink or not, read on and …well, just read on.

Hieroglyphic USB Thumb Drive Shows Timeless Style

The ancient Egyptians, with their magnificent pyramids designed to last forever, made memory one of the cornerstones of their culture. Now a strikingly beautiful USB flash drive evokes the glory of the pharaohs to store your vital data.

Vibrating Body-Piercing Jewelry: Great Idea?

US Patent# 6865907 concerns Vibrating Body-Piercing Jewelry, which comes with its very own motor and housing for such unit. It is a very versatile sort of thing as it can be worn on a body part that is either pierced or non-pierced. (Neon colors may also be available, but if they are, the cost could run either an arm and a leg or possibly a thighbone. Read and pulsate…if you dare.

Specialty Concierge Services Bring Convenience To The Ordinary Person

 One of the benefits of staying at a nice hotel, or leasing a high-end apartment is the concierge services that come with them. A new business trend popping up all over the globe, are specialty concierge services that bring that once limited convenience to individuals, no matter who they are or where they live.

Angel & Devil Earphones are Wicked Good

Feeling somewhat schizoid when it comes to your music? Green House has the perfect cure: cute "Angel & Devil" earphones that come in 5 color combinations though the Angel is always white.

Plastic Bottle Lifesavers Save Lives and Dollars

Coast Guard offices in Japanese seaside cities are saving money along with lives by recycling used PET plastic bottles into lifesaver flotation devices.

Support Sustainable Tibetan Culture - Put Yak on your Back

Shokay offers a huge variety of clothing and accessories made of natural Yak and bamboo fiber, made by indigenous peoples in Tibet who are able to maintain their traditional lifestyles.

Matching Collars for Dog and Owner: Great idea?

In keeping with the most honored tradition that dogs after a long while begin to resemble their owners and vice verse, Patent# US D504984, Matching Collar for Dog and Owner, offers a way to publicly display your affection for your pet, (which is also sometimes referred to in polite circles as making an ass of yourself). Read on for details, but resist the urge to bark.