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Choose Your Grandma! Knitting Grannies Craft Custom Order Hats & Socks

Who says you need to have your very own, blood-related granny to craft your custom made knit wear? A growing international fashion trend allows the young and old to order knitted hats and socks directly from the knitting needles of Nanas and Omas around the world, and Net Granny and Golden Hook to get your hands on the classic fashion.

Borrow A Cat’s Affection At Japan’s Cat Cafés

We've seen pet rental companies, which while successful, have created controversy with animal rights activists worldwide. Now, there is a new more humane way for people to mix and mingle with their favorite furry friends in the comfort of a public place. In Japan, cat cafes have been popping up all over the place, allowing people to relax with a cup of coffee while receiving the purr-fect, relaxing companionship of a kitty.


No Screw, No Glue: An Office Suite In Cardboard

Recently Joost van Bleiswijk created his first cardboard office suite, a là no screw, no glue, for the award-winning Amsterdam-based advertising firm, Nothing. And he accomplished his goal in grand fashion, as if he were building the Colosseum.

10 More Ads to Disgust & Disturb You

The advertisers of the world just keep churning out stuff that is... well, just plain messed up. And while these ads get attention, I'm not sure that they are generating product recognition in a positive light. If you were a fan of 11 Ads To Disgust & Disturb You, then buckle your seat-belts. There's even more craziness to come!  Enter at your own risk, dear reader...

Twitterlebrities & Politicians Not Safe on SuperNews!

Online animation has been capturing the imagination of Internet users for quite some time, ever since JibJab first lampooned the Bush Administration some 8 years ago. Sort of like the progeny of South Park and Mad Magazine, or The Daily Show meets The Onion, SuperNews! has been hatched live and raw to expand on that age-old tradition of satire. With its own twist of ironic commentary on politics and the lifestyles of the attention-deficit digerati, Super News! is a short form animated television series which airs on Current TV and has officially alerted the media online and off, that they are taking no prisoners!

ExecTweets: Twitter for Biz Buffs

With Twitter exploding as the new big thing in social networking, a slew of different user aggregators are popping up to allow you to find who's who on Twitter.  Microsoft's ExecTweets is site that groups together all of America's top business executives for your microblogging pleasure.

Russian Innovation: Ricochet Lightweight Jacket

Russian researchers have created a new super-light armour jacket called the Ricochet Vest, which is the latest in ballistic protection against a direct shot from an assault rifle. It weights just 2 kilograms (about 4 pounds) while standard police issue is 10 kilograms (about 20 pounds). Read all about this new and efficient armor designed for police officers.

Electric Banana Speaks Out When You Strip It

This somewhat cute, certainly annoying keychain slash mobile phone charm speaks with the voice of one of Japan's most popular voice actresses - every time you peel it.

Recession-Friendly Staycations: Fake An Economic Vacation At Home

During the recession, families are forced to cut back on luxuries in order to keep money in the bank for life's unavoidable expenses. In lieu of taking an expensive, luxury vacation overseas, many families and individuals are opting instead for fake vacations at home which are creating a world of new business opportunities for entrepreneurs

King Maker & Social Networking Made Obama A Rock Star?

"Kingmaker" is a term originally applied to the activities of Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick during the Wars of the Roses, when he was instrumental in getting King Edward IV to ascend to the throne of England. The term has since come to mean any person or group who has great influence over a political succession, without being a viable candidate themselves. Kingmakers may use political, monetary, religious, or military means to manipulate the opportunities for succession. But up until this past year, no one has accessed the tools of the electronic media for political gain with the level of success we all observed in the most recent election.So was social networking responsible for Obama's successful political campaign? 

Robotic Cradle Rocks Crying Babies Back to Sleep

If this cradle's rockin', don't bother walkin'... and rock it will, until your baby's sound asleep once more. The Suima automatic cradle features a sound sensor that detects crying sounds and then swings into action - literally.

The First Ever Roll-up Cantilever Chair: Miesrolo

The architectural and design challenges that University of Belgrade design student Uros Vitas took on were well rewarded by the results. He created the first roll-up cantilever chair that achieves strength, balance and flexibility.

Siberian Innovation: Computer Generated Church Bells

Talk about making lemons out of lemonade! Meet one Russian Orthodox priest in Western Siberia who has turned to modern technology in his quest for a competent bell-ringer for his church. Read on, inventors, and feel inspired to take the bull by the horns (or something like that).

BMW Improves Hydrogen Engine Efficiency to Compete with Today's Turbo Diesels

Hydrogen power has been an ongoing project for many companies. One of the most pressing problems is the reduction in efficiency when compared to other kinds of fossil fuel burning engines. BMW has recently come up with a solution to this problem by changing the induction system of their Hydrogen engine.

New Russian Stereomicroscopes: Crime-Solvers Extraordinaire!

Since the early 1800s, the microscope has been used to help solve crimes, and even today it is a vital tool. Criminal investigators in Russia have gone one step further and introduced a new and better stereomicroscope with a digital recording system. Criminals beware; your time for capture is nigh.

Falling In Love With Design: The Latest Collection From Dima Loginoff

Russian designer, Dima Loginoff has doubled his creative output in the last two seasons. Perhaps it was the unbearable Moscow winter, but more likely it was Loginoff's growing passion and exuberance for interior design, now that he has found the perfect vehicle for his creative talent.

Obama Sushi Adds Good Taste to the Executive Brunch

The "Obama Sushi" made by an exceptionally creative sushi chef pays tribute to America's 44th president in a most unusual - and dare I say, tasteful - manner.

Time Banking Can Help During the Recession

In today's recessionary world, its become exceedingly difficult to make time for ourselves and the others we care for. With job lay-offs, the decline of 401Ks and wage decreases, we are spending more time worrying about our finances than taking care of things that still need to be accomplished. Cutting the lawn, walking the dog, tutoring your child are tasks that still need to be tended to, but sometimes overlooked. With our spirits dampened, we fore-go even the basic necessities of our everyday lives.What if you could go to a Time Bank and make a withdrawal of time to assist you during this trying period?

Collectible Puzzles By Patou Fine Art & Design

For those who love jigsaw puzzles, you'll definitely want to be a collector of Patou Fine Art and Design's new limited-edition Puzzle Collection of tables. Stand alone as an end table or join together for a sideboard or cocktail table, the collection offers a refreshing look at how to make furniture fit.

Incrudo and the Russian Phantom Smartphone

The smartphone market is constantly expanding and Russia, while slow to start, is getting on the bandwagon. Creators of the exclusive Phantom refer to it as the “Rolls Royce of the mobile phone world.” Read all about this beautiful gadget made of incredibly expensive materials.