Miscellaneous

School Rules! 10 Weird & Bizarre Japanese School & Stationery Supplies

Japan is famed for its education system and rightly so, though with school supplies like these its a wonder students can concentrate on the subject at hand.

BMW's Pure Metal Silver Paint Sure Is Grand... TEN Grand, To Be Exact

Pure Metal Silver may be just one of over 230 available hues on the BMW palette but in one respect it stands out from all the rest: priced at $10,000 it's the German automaker's most expensive exterior paint by far.

Chinese Villagers Pilfer Natural Gas Using Huge Bags. Oh, The Hunanity!

Got gas, will travel? Never mind the Beano, villagers from Binzhou in China's northeastern Shandong (not Hunan, sorry) province have come up with an innovative way to steal natural gas: inflate 6-meter (20-ft) long bags with the flammable fuel, then tow the blimp-like bags home. Evidently they've never heard of The Hindenburg.

10 Innovative Holiday Gift Ideas For Car-Loving Guys From Their Guy-Lovin' Gals

Guys who love cars are often the hardest people to buy gifts for – if it's car-related and they like it, they've probably already bought it for themselves. That's why our first annual Gal's Gift Guide For Car-Loving Guys is an indispensable holiday season resource, and since you're already seasonally stressed out we've whittled our gift suggestions down to a manageable top ten.

Puj Snug Makes Bath Time Safer

The Puj Snug is an ultra soft, bendable and adorable cover that fits snugly over the bath spout to help prevent bath time injuries.

China's Gigantic Toilet Waterfall Has Citizens Flushed With Pride

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you 10,000 recycled toilets, urinals and bathroom sinks, make a 300-ft long and 15-ft high Toilet Waterfall. Artists in Foshan, a city in southern China's Guangdong province, did just that in order to attract visitors to a ceramics trade show.

2015 Smart ForTwo Brabus: Brainy Gets Brawny

Drivers of Daimler-Benz's cute two-passenger Smart cars are about to be taken a LOT more seriously – that is, if they upgrade to the upcoming 2015 Smart ForTwo Brabus. A third more horsepower and much more muscular body panels oughta keep other cars from kicking sand in their faces. Maybe DB should call it the Charles Atlas Edition.

The Aquarium Armrest: Worst. Auto Feature. EVAR

The WitStar Concept car might look smart but one particular feature is particularly half-witted: a transparent “Fish Pod” separating the vehicle's rear seats. While an in-car aquarium could be justified as luxury option, most would see it as at least frivolous; at worst outrageous... and one can just imagine what the fish think.

I Brake For Elves: The Top 10 Innovative New Holiday Gift Ideas For Car Lovers

The holidays are almost here yet you're still scouring the 'net, trying to find those innovative gifts guaranteed to please your car-lovin' friends, family members and co-workers. Well stop that scouring (you're scratching up my monitor), we've come up with 10 innovative new holiday gift ideas that should satisfy the most jaded car lover.

Marching To Christmas: China's Chocolate Terracotta Warrior Army

How to celebrate the coming of Christmas in Xi'an, China's ancient capital and home of the famed Terracotta Army? For local bakers and confectioners, the answer is to cast about 300 miniature replicas of the First Emperor of the Qin dynasty's afterlife bodyguards in fine Belgian chocolate, then top each one with a marzipan Santa hat.

Fade To Black? Chrysler's Most Popular SUVs To Go Colorblind For A Few Months

Henry Ford once famously stated any Model T buyer can have a car painted any color he wants... so long as it is black. Fast-forward a century and Ford's long-time competitor, Chrysler, is telling a similar tale to potential buyers of new Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees. Blame an extensive equipment update at Chryco's Jefferson North Assembly Plant for restricting new SUVs to white, gray, silver or black paint jobs.

Blade Rumblers: The Top 10 Freakiest & Flakiest Snow Plows

Polar Vortex 2, Electric Booglaoo has brought an early blast of winter weather to a wholly unprepared nation a month before Winter™ officially arrives. Yeah, it sucks, but there's one thing Old Man Winter didn't bargain on: some of the freakiest, flakiest snow plows ever to scrape a snowbank off a side street.

Innovative Sensor Nails: Wearable Tech and Electronic Nail Art

High-tech nail art is rather new to the scene of the wearable tech invasion into fashion and accesories. Sensor nails rejuvenate the life of fingernails via touch augmentation. Read on for more information about this fascinating innovation.

Meet Vladimir Putin, Russia's Premier Car Tester & Promoter

Would you drive a canary-yellow Lada Kalina Sport sedan hundreds of miles across some of the most desolate stretches of Siberia? No, you wouldn't... but you're not Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Obese Crash Test Dummies Are A Bigger, Better Reflection Of Society

Drivers may be getting bigger but that additional padding around the waistline isn't helping them survive an auto accident – just the opposite, in fact. The alarming stats have spurred Humanetics, the world's leading producer of crash test dummies, to develop a new range of obese models.