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Eight Surgical Masks to Survive Swine Flu in Style

Got your mask on? Due to the deadly Swine Flu outbreak people in Mexico are wearing surgical masks like they're going out of style - except they're not, just the opposite in fact. Here are the top ten weirdest variations on Japan's (and now the world's) most healthy fashion accessory, the personal surgical mask.

Innovative Electricity Generator is Powered by Prayer

Buddhist prayer wheels are a common site in China, Tibet, Nepal and India. Spun hundreds of times daily by passersby, you might think that some wise guy would wire them to generate and store electric power - and, wise guy Taikkun Li has done exactly that.

NKOTB's Tink! Takes on a Life of Its Own

Jordan Knight promised to release the true meaning of "tink!" and has announced the winner of the New Kids on the Block's NYC Today Show contest. Virally, Jordan's one-word tweet of "tink!" has exploded onto the Twitterverse into a global frenzy exciting a fan base who just can't get enough! From tens of thousands tweets to tink! cartoons, tink! products and even an Ashton Kutcher Platinum Tweet Award, tink! has taken on a life of its own.

Giant Cell Phone Building Calls Out for Attention

When Japan's Bic Camera wanted their electronics store in Tokyo's Ikebukuro ward to really stand out, they made a few calls on their cell phones... and got the idea for a memorable building everyone can recall.

Swine Flu App Can Detect When Pigs Fly?

With news of the swine flu epidemic crowding the airwaves, could pigs now possibly be crowding the airways? Could your favorite hog be allowed to fly the friendly skies? In a world that's paranoid of a potential pandemic, and Joe Biden being chastised for warning people "not to fly," is it even conceivable that pigs might be boarding planes? Well if PetAirways has anything to do with it, that just might be the case. And if IntuApps moves forward with their Swine Flu App, there may be a way to detect when pigs fly?

Google Flu Tracker Follows Swine Flu (AH1N1) Trends In Mexico

Google Flu Trends, which earlier this year won a coveted best digital innovations Netexplorateur Award, is being put to work to follow searches in Mexico for words or terms that are flu oriented. Though Google is calling its Flu Trends Mexico "experimental," so far, the Mexico tracker is trending true to what might be expected from the swine flu, now officially called the AH1N1 flu.

Vending Machines in Japan Offer Free Drinks in Case of Emergency

Free drinks from a beverage vending machine? It's more likely than you think - in Japan, that is. Specially labeled vending machines equipped with battery backup are programmed to offer victims of natural disasters life-giving water and soft drinks at no charge.

NKOTB Contest Reveals Tink! & Flies Winners To NYC

In an effort to capitalize on the buzz created by "tink!" Jordan Knight and other members of the New Kids on the Block band will be flying two "contest winning"  fans to NYC. The viral social media experiment originally initiated by Jordan Knight on Twitter appears to have formulated a life of its own as NKOTB fans have been tweeting themselves silly trying to figure out just what tink! means.

RockDex: A Measure for Bands Effectiveness on Social Media

Social media is one of the cheapest, most effective ways of branding.  And for musicians, branding is what it's all about.  An artist can spend time developing social media accounts and multimedia promotions to get their name out there, but how can they tell if it's effective?  Well, unless you have big money to spend on market penetration assessments, you can use RockDex.

Russian Engineers Develop Nano-Introscope to Measure Electrons

Russian engineers from the town of Dolgoprudny (Moscow Region) have a lot to celebrate as their new innovation will not only reveal atoms but even the electron shells of single atoms. Read on for more details about this exciting Russian scientific innovation.

Is KissPhone Destined To Become New Cybersex Toy?

A freelance inventor, Georges Koussouros, has come up with one of the first cyberdildonic gadgets -- the KissPhone, capable of sending the real thing by phone from his mouth to yours with all the sensory connections of a real life kiss.

High Tech Bathroom! SmartFaucet Uses Facial Recognition To Set Water Temperature

The smartest faucet in the world is about to be turned on in the market place: the iHouse SmartFaucet.  It uses face recognition to get to your perfect water temperature right away; not only that, but it can... are you ready?  It can check your calendar, give you the outside temperature, and... check your email!

Spavino Bath Salts Turn Water Into Wine

Women have bathed in milk, mud, pretty much anything in an effort to look pretty so why not wine? Simply add Spavino Cabernet (red) or Chardonnay (white) to a warm bath and you'll be looking grape in no time!

Top Ten Things "tink!" Could Be?

Jordan Knight, one of the five aging boy-band troubadours who make up New Kids On The Block sent out a tweet on April 23, at 1:14AM, with the simple enigmatic word: "tink!" From that day forward, tens of 1000s of tweets have flooded into the Twitterverse questioning what he meant by that!

Design The Mobile Phone Of The Future!

LG Mobile Phones, Autodesk®, and crowdSPRING are partnering to sponsor the Design The Future competition searching for the mobile phone of the future.  And, guess what?  They welcome submissions from novices and even give you the tools you need to win.

Minibar: New Hospitality Trend Emerges With The Serve Yourself Bar

A frequent part of the dining out or nightlife experience involves waiting for that server or cocktail waitress to notice that you need a refill. Realizing that people might spend far more money in their dining establishment if they didn't need to wait to be served, Minibar, a European nightlife experience, brings the serve yourself hotel style minibar out to the nightclubs.

Zipper Earphones Keep Cords From Tangling on the Fly

Tired of sorting out tangled earphone or headphone cords every time you want to take your MP3 player or iPod out for a musical walk? The innovative Y.I concept earphones employ a built-in zipper that keeps cords in order while adding some zip to your coolness quotient.

Billionth iPhone App is a Freebie!

Nine months after Apple began selling apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch, the billionth application download from the iTunes store has rolled off of the digital assembly line. Bump Technologies' free app (paid version soon) called "bump" is useful in transferring data in a very hip fashion... literally bumping data from one phone to another!

Philips Lights Up Milan With Interactive OLED Lighting Designs

The leading and most progressive lighting designer in the world has not disappointed at Milan Design Week '09. Netherlands-based Royal Phillips Electronics introduced the world's first interactive OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diodes) lighting concepts for professional and home use. These exciting designs respond to you, wherever you are, and take your intuitive cues very personally.

10 Even MORE Ads to Disturb & Disgust You!

Look at that little croissant kitty. He's soooo cute! But, if you dare dear reader, you're going to find some not so cute stuff in this month's installment of Ads to Disgust & Disturb You. Just think of how snuggly the little croissant kitty is, hold that in your heart, and read on...