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Pacific Ocean Mud Holds a Wealth of Suddenly Not-So-Rare Earth Minerals

If the recent discovery of vast deposits of rare earth minerals on the floor of the Pacific Ocean pans out, the use of the word “rare” to describe these essential high-tech elements may prove to be the mother of all misnomers.

Punch Your Own Guitar Picks Out Of Your Old Credit Cards And Hotel Key Cards

I went to college with this complete guitar freak who collected, among other guitar and music paraphernalia, guitar picks. He had tons of unique and personalized guitar picks and I'd have a lot of fun just looking over them when we would hang out at his place in between classes.

Super Combo Ramen Fork Spork Keeps Your Noodles Soupy

This cool designer ramen “spork” allows slurpers to gulp their noodles with a spoonful of soup on the side. Besides dispensing with wasteful disposable chopsticks, the souped-up spork adds a dash of artistic taste to any bowl of delicious hot ramen!

USB Record Turntable Plays the Hits, Saves Them to Your PC

The Donya Direct DN-USB-TP01 is a USB-powered portable record turntable that can play 33rpm, 45rpm and even 78rpm vinyl records. Like what you're hearing? Download the included 'Audacity' software and save those blasts from the past to your PC!

Teachers Expel School Intruder with Two-Pronged 'Man-Catcher'

Japanese teachers recently subdued and immobilized a knife-wielding intruder using a variation of the traditional, two-pronged Sasumata. The incident highlights this ancient fighting weapon in its modern iteration as a non-violent, noninvasive, “Man-Catcher” school safety device.

It's Five O'Clock Somewhere... But Where?

As the Country & Western song goes, “It’s five-o’clock somewhere.” But exactly where to go at five-o'clock? Chicago-based SceneTap has developed an eponymous new mobile application that no urban cowboy or hip barhopper will want to leave home without.


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.

Medical Identity Thieves Meet New Detective: The Palm Reader

According the the National Survey on Medical Identity Theft, about 1.4 million Americans were victims of medical identity theft in 2009.  Almost half of these victims did not learn of the theft until one or more years after their medical records were taken over and 'blended' with the thief's.  The time it takes to discover medical identity theft is one reason why this crime is on the rise; it's easier to get away with.


iPhone, iPod and iPad Custom Button Stickers Bling Up the Power

Before you push it, stick it on! Cute & colorful “Touch Me!” home button stickers from Japan help your iPhone, iPod or iPad stand out from the other Apples in the bushel.

Block Sticky Notes Look Awfully Like A Tetris Party!

If there's ever a game that sticks in your mind, it's the almost classic video game Tetris®. So, our friends at Suck UK, never too shy to honor a true classic, have commemorated the 10 year old game with a new design by Ben Ambrose: Block Notes. What cooler way to remind you of your 'to do's?'