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Eight Cool Tools to Handicap the Course


Pocket MarkmasterPocket MarkmasterDid you every wish you could improve your golf game?

Our Guest Blogger, Scott Fetters, is a self-described "freelance writer extraordinaire, adventure sports enthusiast, and professional extrovert", who is "riding out this train we call life through some fresh powder, until the wheels fall off." Scott thought his good deed of the day would be to help readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com become better golfers (and who doesn't need a little help with their game) with these innovative golf gadgets.

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Green Innovation Contest for College Students


ecomagination challengeecomagination challengeThe mtvU GE ecomagination Challenge is asking individual and teams of college students from around the country to develop new, creative ways to green their campus. They are looking for innovative and groundbreaking ideas that can have a positive impact at the local level or the global level - or both. read more »

Enjoy Your Backyard with Solar Energy


Solar GrillSolar GrillDo you like to barbeque? Do you mow your yard? Do you have a fire ant infestation or are the mosquitoes eating you alive? Are you too dirty to go inside? Whether this sounds like you or someone else you know, there is an alternative, cheaper, quieter, and greener way to enjoy your backyard. From mirrored grills that cook your food naturally to chemically-free ant charmers and mosquito repellents, these innovations are all powered by the sun and get the job done. read more »

A Windmill in every backyard—the future is now!


Skystream 3.7 Home Wind TurbineSkystream 3.7 Home Wind Turbine

As gas prices increase, oil prices skyrocket and the general cost of powering our overpowered lives heads northward along comes a solution that has dotted the landscape of the world for eons—Wind power.

So we’ve all heard the benefits of solar power. We’ve seen the photos of the great wind farms out in the middle of nowhere. So it was only a matter of time before someone figured out how to make a small, affordable wind turbine available to everyday homeowners. read more »

Innovations for the Environmentalists and the Gardeners


Blue Planet ComposterBlue Planet ComposterLooking for a way to support our environment? Our Guest Blogger, Gloria Campos-Hensley, is from Houston and is fascinated with innovations that make living and working in today's times a little more convenient. She wrote this article for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com: * * * * * Did you know that over 30% of landfill waste could be composted and provide valuable nutrients to plants, but instead the waste is thrown in the trash and sent to landfills? Whether you're an environmentalist, a parent wanting a better world for her children, an avid gardener or just curious, turning waste into compost has become easier for all of us to do. Compost is a mixture of various decaying organic substances, such as dead leaves, cut grass, kitchen scraps or manure, used for fertilizing soil. Many composting products have been made and continue to be improved upon for the kitchen, the restroom as well as the yard. Thanks to these products, composting can be made faster, easier, healthier, smaller cheaper, with NO or little odor. From compost toilets, kitchen scrap bins, to "worm tea" - what was once waste is now nourishing our gardens and our yards.
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War of the Off-Brand Sodas


BlackcherryBlackcherryWe all love sodas ... with the possible exception of when we brush our teeth and immediately thereafter drink some Diet Coke (inadvertently creating a taste in our mouth similar to that of shampoo mixed with battery acid). Still, the good stuff can become expensive; what can you do? The obvious answer is, of course, to start buying cheaper pop. read more »

Walk, Walk, Walk Your Bicycle


Treadmill BikeTreadmill Bike

The article here the other day on a rowing bicyle in Row, Row, Row Your Bicycle, which to most folks seems like a pretty cool idea, made me think of another variation of the bicycle that I think is pretty novel. read more »

Inventive (But Ill-Advised) Ways to Keep Cool


This is the first entry by Christian Hoopes as a featured blogger. Christian knows how to win friends and influence people; he just chooses not to. He grew up in a desert and therefore is an expert on beating the heat, albeit not exactly in style. He also thinks they should bring back Peanut Butter Snickers.

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Summer is in full swing with no signs of letting up any time soon-these may in fact be considered the ‘dog days’ of summer. Why the dog days? Because it’s so hot that you pee anytime someone rings the doorbell, and you can’t stop panting and licking yourself. It’s not pretty.

Therefore, we at American Inventor Spot have decided to leap to your rescue. Everyone wants to find a better way to beat the heat, but not everyone has the luxury of taking the day off and splishing around at the local water park-some of us have jobs, you know. It is for these unfortunate individuals that we direct our assistance. read more »

Father’s Day Gifts - Five Kid's Toys that Dad Would Love for Father’s Day


Is anyone else amazed by the toys that are out there? Sometimes I look at the toys and ask myself, is this really for kids?

When I had my first child, I saw the mini motorized cars for kids. I immediately wanted one. To tell the truth, sometimes my children end up with certain toys because I want it so badly (yes, my sons have a mini motorized fire truck). Is this wrong? I don’t think so. What’s the point of having kids if you can’t relive your childhood a little bit (just more responsibly).

Well, here are some toys that I know daddies all over the world would love to play with. More...



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10 Father's Day Gifts That Actually Make Sense 2006


(Editor: This article was originally published for Father's Day 2006)

Father's Day is the worst. Every year, it's the same lame presents. Come on, you know what I am talking about! If I never see another tie, cologne, BBQ set, belt, wallet socks, underwear, shirt, sweater or lame ass book, I will die happy. Listen up, guys and let me know if you agree with me. I think I have come up with some really novel gift ideas for dear old dad (other than the obvious stuff he really wants but I can't afford like a Porsche, the model girfriend or the giant flat screen tv). Here's my picks for what to get the old man, depending on what type of Dad you have (together with some choice ad content from their vendors)...
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