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They Tried to Trick Us! Commercials for Lame Toys

It is the job of marketing execs to make toys look fun.  But the real question is: Is it possible to make the milking of a tiny fake cow into an exciting play experience?

Social Media Gives To Charity Every Time You Shop For The Holidays

Now your holiday shopping will not only bring a smile to the faces of those on your shopping list, it will also be used to donate to worthy causes. This year many of us became acquainted with location-based social networks that add a layer of social media to our mobile devices. This holiday season, four of the LBS applications that allows users to broadcast their location to their followers will also trigger merchants and venues to donate to charities. It's a win-win for all!

Coco Myles: Bridesmail Design Their Own Dresses To Avoid Horror

It's always flattering to be asked  to be a bridesmaid at a friend's wedding, but well, the dresses can't always be categorized the same way.It's touch to tell a bride what you like and what you don't like for a bridesmaid dress, even if she says that you can play a role in the decision. There's one site that has decided to make the process easier so everyone's happy.

Don't Let Saggy Pants Drag You Down: Get Subs™ Control

One inventor, Andrew Lewis of Harlem, has come up with a way to keep the eyesore saggies above the butt.  It was a trend many of us hoped would go away, but it has actually caught 'on fire' in urban neighborhoods.  Saggy pants.  The fat workman's 'crack,' so often hyperbolized as the height of grossness, is now considered fashion among school kids and even those in their twenties! 

 

Smart Talk In 30 Languages: A Must Have Carry On

If you can't find a personal translator for your world travel plans, the electronic Talking Language Translator's the next best thing - at least for every day tourist survival skills.  This little gadget can translate an English phrase into 30 European and Asian languages - spoken languages.

Design That Thinks Ahead: The 24 Port USB Monster Hub!

How many times have you had to disconnect one USB gadget so you could replace it with another in the most convenient port or hub on your desk?  And when you want to use the first again, you can't find it!  Like the Quirky Pivot Power Strip, the 24 Port USB Monster Hub provides a valuable industrial design solution to office disorganization.

iPad-Compatible Clothing For Carrying Social Media On Your Person (Just In Time For The Holidays)

As innovative as the iPad is, the one challenge that most owners are up against is how to transport their portable hand-held computers around. Sling bags, purses and backpacks are jerry-rigged solutions. When you're on the go with an urge to tweet or check your Facebook status quickly, the best access is reaching for the envied device from the inside pocket of a jacket or vest designed specifically for the purpose.

MTV Music Meter Tracks Social Media To Return To Roots

Who ever remembers the launch of MTV in the early 80s may wax nostalgic in learning that the network is returning to its roots. The slogan "I want my MTV" accompanied the latest Michael Jackson and Madonna music videos and certainly aided in the meteoric rise of these artists. This week with the release of the MTV Music Meter and its interface with social media, the parent company Viacom will showcase up-and-coming  artists and bands that are most buzzed about on social networks.

10 Gifts For Pet & Animal Lovers Of All Ages

Certain pets take so much of our time and energy that when a friend has a pet, one of the gift giving considerations is his or her preoccupation (some call it love) with that pet.  Then there are those whose greater interest is with wildlife and the animals only found in the wild, with the exceptions residing in zoos. Here are some new ideas for holiday gifts for the pet and animal loving human adults and kids in your life.

 


Novelty Socks Will Bring Out Your Wild Side

Just in time for the holidays there are some funky novelty socks that will bring out the wild side in anyone!

There's A Fragrance Feast Out There In Wax Tarts!

Isn't it frustrating to purchase a fragrant candle, light it up, and your fragrance goes up in smoke?  Literally, it does; half the time all you smell is smoke. When you light a candle directly, you are burning it, and that smell tends to overcome the fragrance that may be in it.

Unique Eco-friendly Winter Ornaments for 2010

There is just something so special about a finding a unique and eco-friendly ornament. They seem to be filled with love and it is easy to tell a lot of time and thought went into making them. Take a look at the festive and unique list of eco-friendly winter ornaments below.

iPad Graphic Novels Feature Buddha & Social Media

Graphic novels on iPads make for great gifts as they are the perfect format for reading a genre presented in illustrative color. Kindles which continue to be one of the most popular eBook Readers fall short for graphic novel fans by only offering black and white text. This holiday season, two exciting iPad books hit digital shelves and can be purchased for as low as $4.99 a download.

Hockey Jersey Dresses For The Ultimate Hockey Fangirl!

With hockey season and the holidays conveniently coinciding, could there possibly be a better gift than hockey swag for a major fan? Actually, yes, because now there are new, more feminine options available for female hockey fans that are on the market for the first time!

10 + Tart Warmer Gifts For The Best Home Fragrances

Some years ago a friend sent me a 'tart warmer'' for Christmas.  Tarts in this context are like mini candles, but they don't have candle wicks.  They are not meant to be burned directly, but warmed by another heating element, like a tea light or light bulb. And boy, does a tart warmer emit fragrance!  Candle burning doesn't compare!

 


A Popper & Nut Roaster To Make Parties More Fun For Everyone

It's easy to pop a bag of popcorn in the microwave, but nothing tastes as good as when it's popped with a dedicated popper. The electric West Bend has a surprise: it's a Kettle Krazy Popcorn Popper AND Nut Roaster!  It will even glaze popcorn and nuts for you.  Here's how it works.

Really... What's Better Than The Gift Of Better Health? The StressEraser®

Back in 'the day' a home medical device like a biofeedback machine was costly and complicated to operate. But not today.  In fact, there's one device that virtually every adult you know can benefit from: the portable biofeedback device called the StressEraser.

A Clock With Attitude: Yup, It Rolls Its Eyes!

Want the time?  Read my eyes.

Just what you need... a sarcastic clock.  Well, it's here and you can leave it to Suck UK to bring it to you.


Out Of All Social Media Shopping Deal Sites, Did Google Bet On The Wrong Horse?

After the smoke cleared and Google's all-time highest acquisition offer for Groupon went south, one has to ponder if the search giant should have gone after one of its competitors versus the market leader? And instead of spending $6 million they could have gotten away with a lot less - say, with a site like, LivingSocial.

10 Super Creative Cat Calendars For 2011

Pet calendars have become so clever and creative that this year I've decided to separate the cat calendars from the dog ones. No one seems to be very creative with the remaining species of pets, but that's my complaint every year.  So, off we go into kitty land and the artists that express them so well in the 2011 Cat Wall Calendars.