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Cool Cat Hoodie is a Back to School Faux Paws

Wanna be the teacher's pet? Then make a feline beeline for the Hachiware Cat Parka from Japan. Available in black or gray with a rose-red zipper "tongue", this cool cat hoodie is absolutely purr-fect for students looking to show some style before school's out and it's time to join the rat race.

Thick Fake iPhone 4 is China's Coolest Smartphone Fan

If you thought iPhones and smartphones were getting thinner with every new release, think again: the White “iPhone 4″ Air Cooler from M.I.C Gadget bucks the trend by evoking the original thick brick cell phones. It's also very cool... for a non-phone iPhone 4 fan.

Graffiti Umbrella by Liu Hsiang-Ling is Write as Rain

The Rain Brush Umbrella designed by Liu Hsiang-Ling points the way to sustainable, renewable, temporary urban graffiti: write what you like but come rain or shine, your message will vanish.

Panoramic, Igloo-Like Tents: Kinda Cool, Kinda Weird, Kinda Ridiculous

An odd solution for tent camping that provides seamlessly integrated shelter.

Sbyke--Easier To Ride Than To Say

The Sbyke takes elements from a few everyday devices and combines them into a new, innovative ride.

Big Game Hunters Set Their Sights on China's Wildlife

International trophy hunters have formally applied to stalk Tibetan Gazelles and Himalayan Blue Sheep native to China's mountainous Qinghai province. If approved, it would be the first time in 5 years that sportsmen would be allowed to lock, load, and let the lead fly on Chinese soil.

Candy Candles from Japan Make a Nice 'Light' Snack

It's a candle, it's a candy, it's... Candy Candles, candles that look like candies! These wacky waxy wick'd wonders are sealed in clear cellophane wrappers just like hard candies and are small enough to fit in your pocket, purse or backpack.

Animal Footprint Beach Sandals Make Walkers Paws

These stealthy beach sandals from Kiko-Kids have really got sole: animal footprint soles to be exact. Now your kid can make tracks to the beach right through your living room and blame it on the family cat, monkey, owl, gecko or dinosaur.

Deep Frying Aims To Make The Kool-Aid Man A Little Rounder

On a day-to-day basis I try to avoid deep fried foods (for obvious artery-clogging type reasons), but if I came across fried Kool-Aid, as is being offered at the San Diego, Calif., County Fair, I think that my curiosity would get the better of me.

Rifle Umbrella Keeps You Dry, Could Trigger Panic

Stop or I'll bumbershoot! The Rifle Umbrella from Brando.com may not be the most well-thought-out gadget but at least it'll keep you dry when sudden storms strike.

Bottle Cap Lamp is Ideal for Light Drinkers

The battery-powered Bottle Cap Lamp from Japan's Ideaco turns most any water or drink bottle into an eerily attractive lamp. Hmm, wonder if it'll turn a bottle of Budweiser into a Bud Light?

Helter Shelter: A Cheap Portable House made from Packing Materials

The problem of temporarily housing refugees from natural disasters is being addressed by students from Nanjing Forestry University in Nanjing, China, who have created a cheap, lightweight house made from common packing materials.

New Melanoma Drugs Have Unprecedented Success Rates

The type of skin cancer known as melanoma has historically been one of the deadliest forms of cancer.  Though a few drugs have helped extend the 5 and 10 year survival periods, news of two particular drugs presented at yesterday's annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology  have sparked some real hope for the future.

 

Part Boat, Part Car, All Awesome: The HydroCar

The Dobbertin HydroCar is one of the coolest boat-cars/car-boats we've ever seen. But it still isn't quite greater than the sum of its parts.

Macau Makes Like Manhattan with a Spectacular Central Park

Call it "Central Park East" if you like. Macau's exciting new Taipa Central Park will take a bite out of the Big Apple by providing city dwellers with an unexpected oasis of pastoral charm.

Wacky Fan Umbrella Combo Blow-Dries On the Go

Bad hair day? Get a Fanbrella! The unimaginatively named Fanbrella combines – you guessed it – a fan and an umbrella to keep Japanese commuters cool and dry during the hot, humid rainy season.

Give This Wind-up Eco Flashlight a Spin to Let it Shine

The BunBun Eco Light from Japan works like clockwork: spinning it around like a dayglo plastic nunchuck juices up the rechargeable batteries with clean kinetic energy.

Miles Of Styles - The 100 Mile Design Challenge

It's amazing what can be made solely from local materials - just see what these design students have done.

Planking Pair from Taiwan are Actively Lying Down Off the Job

Like your women flat as a board? Then get your abs to Taiwan, where two twenty-something Planking pals from Taipei and Taichung are prone to putting themselves in some very uncompromising positions... and that's no lie.

Walkie The Talkie - An App That Pays You To Use It

Gigwalk pays you to use your smartphone.