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Planning A Trip To Middle Earth? Don't Forget Your Travellers' Guide!

In celebration of the next installment of The Hobbit, a group known as HRS has created a quirky little infographic to take fans on a delightful romp through Middle Earth. Not my usual fare, but hey - it got a chuckle out of me. Maybe it'll brighten your Friday a bit, too.

Cement Push Pins Stick With Stone, Are Anything But Tacky

Sticks and stones might break my bones but Japanese cement push pins from Japan Trend Shop will never hurt you... unless, of course, you're holding them backwards when pinning.

Facebook's About To Get A Whole Lot Smarter

In a Q3 earnings call yesterday afternoon, CEO Mark Zuckerberg had a rather fascinating announcement to make: Facebook is looking into developing artificial intelligence. The organization has founded a new Artificial Intelligence Unit, and is separately also working on speech recognition.

Bizarre Chinese Ivy-Covered “Zombie Car” Needs Water, Fertilizer, Brains

Green transportation in China just got creepier thanks to an abandoned, ivy-covered van that's become a national social media sensation.

Cheetos Cheeseburger Corn Puffs Are One Slick Snack

Frito-Lay Japan would like to say their Cheetos Cheeseburger flavored corn puffs offer fast-foodophile snackers the glorious taste of hot, juicy cheeseburgers without the time, trouble and expense of cruising their local drive-thru. We say, shut up and take our money!

Subway Grocery Store Offers Commuter Convenience

I can't be the only one in the world that feels like grocery shopping is a burden nine times out of ten. After a long day of work, the last thing I feel like doing is spending an hour engaging in shopping cart wars and getting stuck behind someone unfolding dozens of coupons at the register. And, as it turns out, I'm not alone in that feeling at all - at least, not according to the innovative commerce solution that's on the rails in Korea.

Umbra’s Grip Coasters Help Enforce Coaster Use

Having people over is fun, finding sticky rings and water damage marks on your furniture the next day is not. Fortunately, Umbra has come up with a clever way for you to enforce coaster use without seeming like an anal host.

Lomography's New Petzval Lens

Old is new with Lomography's upcoming Petzval lens, a 19th century lens redesigned for 21st century photographers. Raising $1.3 million dollars through Kickstarter in only 30 days (the goal was $100,000) Lomography promises to deliver an uber slick lens for the retro photography enthusiast.

Nikon Sues Sakar Over iM1836 Android Camera

Nikon is suing Sakar International Inc. over the design of the Polaroid iM1836 camera, an Android-power device that looks like a carbon copy of the Nikon 1 J1.

Ten Terrifying Horror Games To Scare You Witless

There's something invigorating about fear, and there's no better occasion than Halloween. To that end, I've always found horror-themed video games to be scariest; you're naturally more immersed. Why not try one? Submitted for your pleasure, here's a few horror games guaranteed to scare you witless.

Spiders Prompt Recall Of 870,000 Toyota Vehicles

Toyota has announced they're recalling nearly a million 2012 and 2013 model year Avalons, Camrys and Venzas (including hybrids) due to so-called “spider-related problems”. It would seem that owners who ordered WiFi in their cars ended up with web sites of a very different type.

Making a Splash: Spectacular Liquid Drop Art

The rise of digital technology has expanded the range of visual art to unimaginable levels in recent years. Without ultra-sensitive photography, the mind-blowing organic forms of Corrie White's liquid drop art would be impossible. Luckily, the combination of creativity and technology has allowed her to make quite a splash in the art world, and the mesmerizing dance of water and gravity that she is able to capture makes for some truly unforgettable art.

Smencils: Scented Pencil Company That Makes You Smarter

Sniffing  tools that are meant to be used for writing isn't an activity that is generally recommended. In fact, there is a stigma associated with people that enjoy sniffing permanent markers - and let's just say that stigma doesn't reward people for intelligence.  Smencils hopes to change all that by making pencils that are not only cool to sniff, they make you smarter too.

The Tiny Universe of Lori Nix

Architects, designers, and engineers may create the world around us, but it takes an incredibly talented artist to fool a viewer into believing that they are looking at the real world, when they are actually looking at something that could fit inside a shoe box. Lori Nix creates tiny universes that could fit in a suitcase, showing that size really doesn't matter when it comes to modern art.

Beach of the Bizarre: Living Surrealist Sculptures

There's nothing like putting on your Sunday finest, breaking out your cello, and walking into the ocean for an orchestral concert. That might sound strange to you, but for Australian artist Andrew Baines, it sounds like just another day at the office. His living sculptures juxtapose normal people in strange and unexpected settings, usually involving sand, surf, and a healthy touch of Surrealism.

Skolkovo, A New Silicon Valley In The (ex)-Soviet Union?

The Russian government has recently decided to create its own version of Silicon Valley outside the capital city of Moscow. But instead of Apple products, expect to see a different type of innovation emerge from within.

China's First Robot Moon Rover Needs A Name, Wants Your Input

Red rover, red rover, let... what's-it's-name come over! That's right, China's first lunar rover doesn't have a name and the China Academy of Space Technology wants the world's netizens to help fill in the name tag before the groundbreaking Chang'e-3 moon mission gets off the ground.

Could Valve's Steam OS be Just What The Console Industry Needs?

For those of you who've been living under a rock, Valve this week announced the Steam Machine - a video game console which runs entirely on the new Steam OS. That's not even the most interesting part, either - the OS is free.

Folks, this might be just what the console industry needs.

New GPS Tracker Technology Designed For Patrol Cop Cars

StarChase has invented a device to simply mark fleeing vehicles rather than engaging n high liability chases.  It's now possible to tag the offender in front of you and catch them a little bit later.  Read more about this new innovation.

Burn the 'Burbs: The Installation Art of Ian Strange

The suburbs hold a certain amount of nostalgia for many people, but Australian artist Ian Strange has a bizarre relationship with that icon of the middle class - he likes to burn them down. His body of work juxtaposes large-scale installation art, video footage, symbolism, and towering infernos as a means of breaking down the constructions of society, in more ways than one.