Miscellaneous

Railroad Crossing Alarm Clock Signals the Stubbornly Sleepy

If you've ever dreamed of being tied to the railroad tracks by some Snidely Whiplash-like ne'er-do-well, then The Railroad Crossing Alarm Clock from Banpresto is NOT for you.

Are 4 Front Wheels Better than 2 ?

While the jury may still be out on that question, the Covini Engineering team is hoping to finally put their 6-wheel concept vehicle into production and maybe be able to shed some light on the paradox.

Simulated Wedding Cake: Great Idea?

Patent# US 7021465 concerns the Simulated Wedding Cake, a must have for brides, grooms, best men and ladies in simulated waiting! How one can invent a simulation, which by definition is a copy of something, is a conundrum that does not appear to be addressed in this silly exposé. Read on anyway, and may you and all your wedding guests really eat cake.

Russian Dogs Lend Helping Paws to Financial Crisis

In Siberia, man’s best friend is doing his and her part to help with family expenses by becoming walking billboards for specific products. Read all about the city of Novosibirsk’s innovative Promo Dog Agency and…arf!

A Gift Idea for the Toddler Motor Head

LEGOs have to be one of the most versatile building tools ever created. With pieces of every color shape and size, the possibilities are truly unlimited. A fact that once again has been proven with the introduction of an air powered Lego built engine.

I Am Saint Nick Launches Personal Santa Service

Through annual letters to Santa, the young and old alike divulge their biggest secrets; they reveal what it is that they'd truly like for Christmas. Until this year, we normal people haven't been privy to this classified information, but now I am Saint Nick makes it possible.

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.