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Twitter Dating Service Radaroo: Finding Love In 140 Characters Or Less

 As Twitter helps businesses and people communicate in 140 characters or less, brevity in communication is changing businesses marketing strategies and replacing long, drawn out corporate communications. As Twitter transforms the business world, could it also change the business of online dating, with online matchmaking profiles in 140 characters or less?

Solar Powered Apparel: Chic or Geek?

If solar powered gadgets were inconspicuously integrated into apparel or integrated into clothing in such a way that it looked more chic than geek would you wear it? Maybe you like the eco-geek gadget look. Not sure? Take a look at the cool solar powered apparel gadgets below to find out. 

Grasshopper Inspires Entreprenuers In Down Economy

If you remember the TV Series Kung Fu (1972- 1975), you know that David Carradine's character was continuously inspired by his mentor, the blind Master Po. The zen master's ability to uncover life's hidden truths taught his eager student how to become one with his spiritual potential.

Softening The Loss Of A Pet With A Huggable Soft-Hearted Pillow

After nearly two years of writing this column, I have yet to touch on the subject of the death of a pet. Oh, I've seen some lovely, very personal gravestones and urns for pets; it just hurt too much to write about them. But today, when I read about Soft-Hearted Pillows, I knew I had to share these with you... perhaps because a Soft-Hearted Pillow is the most gentle way yet to let our pets "go," and know that they will still be with us.

Kneeling Bench Keeps Toilet Splashes (and Pride) to a Minimum

Urine trouble now... Responding to complaints from homemakers about messes made by micturating males, Japanese bathroom engineers have brought their toilet talents to bear on the problem and have come up with a solution that will bring proud men everywhere to their knees.

Get Workout Tips from StrongestMan.org

Summer is just around the corner!  Are you ready to show off that beach body yet?  If you're still getting around to developing that perfect six pack of abs, you may want to consider StrongestMan.org for a little information.  The site has a graphical interface that lets users select workouts by muscle area, and pulls routines from sources likw WikiHow and Del.icio.us to give you what you're looking for.

Wolfram Alpha, The Next Google?

Move over Google, there’s a new race car driver on the track. Expected to launch on May 18th, Wolfram Alpha is one of the early leaders in the Web 3.0 race, and its turbo-charged search formula may be just the design for all future Google contenders to emulate. It’s the brainchild of Stephen Wolfram, founder and CEO of Wolfram Research who has been fine-tuning his well-oiled machine for almost three decades, in hopes of taking the pole position away from the Mario Andretti of all search engines.

Heart-Shaped Watermelons Show How Love Grows

The heart-shaped watermelons grown by Japanese farmer Hiroichi Kimura and his wife are more than just a labor of love, they are products of the Kimura's passion for farming - and each other.

Nintendo Famicom Art Plays On Retro NES Game Themes

The best games never created? That's the theme of Meteor's Famicase 2009, a celebration of wishful gaming designed to pay tribute to Nintendo's influential Famicom home game console.

Good Vibes at ThankingOfYou.com

Do you ever have those moments when you look back upon your past and think of someone who greatly impacted your life?  Ever wish that you could reach back and give them a personal "Thank You" for being such an influence?  This, and many other themes of gratitude, is the basis of a new social website called ThankingOfYou.com.

President Called In To Bail Out KFC!

To celebrate the highly anticipated launch of its new Kentucky Grilled Chicken, fast food chain KFC was giving away gratis pieces of grilled chicken to customers. To help promote the offer Oprah Winfrey added her celebrity heft in marketing the offer. Usually whenever the Big "O" gets involved, the world listens. Well, in this case, KFC's innovative viral campaign came to a crashing halt when the chicken-lickin' demand exceeded its paltry poultry supply.

Go With The Flo™ A Transgenerational Squat Toilet

No.  You're kidding, right?  You think that boomers are going to squat on a toilet?

The designers of Go With The Flo, from Arizona State University (ASU) Design School, say that their squat toilet is a toilet concept for baby boomers to help them get Yoga exercise.  Not this boomer!

Tink! Part 4 ... They Can't Believe His Blinking Eyes!

As tink! was continuing to perplex and befuddle the vast majority of the New Kids on the Block fan base, the word in and of itself still eluded many us. As the mystery remained clouded, Jordan Knight, the pied piper himself played an online version of 20 questions. Tens of thousands of followers continued to submit guesses which were returned with simple "yes" or "no" responses. And just as this post was being written... Jordan Knight revealed his meaning of tink!  However, based on the research of  one very shrewd private investigator. I think her investigation in this case came closer to demystifying tink! than Jordan's blinking eyes!

The 11 Best Toys of 2009: Toy Industry Awards

Every year, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) selects the best representatives of 11 categories of toys. They are selected on the basis of excellence of product design and safety, creativity and novelty, and overall presentation. This year's line up of Toy of the Year (TOTY) winners include some breakthrough technologies that adults will appreciate as much as their kids enjoy playing with them

Bizarre Weight Loss Solution Lifts, Separates, Disturbs

Overweight in Japan and not a Sumo wrestler? Not to worry, there's a new weight loss solution that's easy to wear but hard to look at: the bizarre Boneless Belt. 

Graffitti Creator is a Shrine to the Artform

Graffiti, as an art form, has evolved very quickly to involve everything from depictions of urban surroundings to territorial tags of gangs.  Many may think of it as the defacing of public property, however Graffiti Creator sees it differently.

Twitter In A Word...

If you were tasked with defining Twitter in just one word, what would that be? What best sums up what Twitter means to you in one word? While there has been article upon article, blog upon blog and analysis upon analysis burning up the digital airwaves, many of us still don't know WHY we are so fascinated with this entity called Twitter. Since its simplicity is definitely part of its charm (tweets of a 140 characters or less), I thought a poll based on a one word definition would be most apres pos in trying to nail down what this elusive phenomenon means.

Inspired By Nature:The Pixel Carbon Neutral Prototype Office Building

Grocon, a third generation Australian development and construction company, is about to build the world's first carbon neutral office building, complete with fresh air, native grass filtration of rain water, natural daylight, and windows that open!  Sounds revolutionary, doesn't it?

Samurai Sword Handle Umbrella Provides Cutting Edge Rain Protection

The Samurai Sword Handle Umbrella protects you from post-atomic black rain, gushing founts of enemy blood, storms of fire arrows... and the occasional mild drizzle.  

The Haramaki: Samurai Fashion Turned Winter Wear

Following an ancient samurai fashion tradition is the Haramaki. Once used to protect the stomach and kidneys from sharp swords, this fashion item is now used to protect against much less harsh elements; namely the weather. Read on and decide if the Haramaki is a fashion statement for the future, or if it should have gone extinct with the Samurai's.