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Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet Wants Your Money!



The landmark 1956 film "Forbidden Planet" stood head and shoulders above the swamp of sci-fi schlock that oozed out from the paranoid 1950s, and its most memorable star wasn't even human! Now "Robby the Robot" has returned, talking fast, telling the time and taking your spare change!
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Turn on the Lights With your Sweat


A California Fitness Center in Hong Kong, a subsidiary of 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide, is using manpower to generate electricity in its gym. In other words, energy burned off by exercisers is diverted and converted to power lighting fixtures, while excess energy is stored in a battery. The program is called Powered By You. read more »

No More Tears For Hairy Backs!



Lasers microwave you
Electrolysis is scary
Waxing enslaves you
Doing nothing leaves you hairy
If teasing won't coax it to behave...
Buy a MANGROOMER™
And give it a shave!

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Why Guys Should Not Drink and Invent


Helmet GunHelmet GunScott Seegert has written a highly entertaining book called, "It's a Guy Thing: Awesome Real Innovations From the Underdeveloped Male Mind". In it, he writes about the real inventions patented by guys. What makes the book and amusing read is that the illustrations are the inventors' actual drawings, taken directly from the official paperwork filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
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Baseball Evolving? Nah, Com'On...


Cameron Kruse With His Invention (Photo Intel.com)Cameron Kruse With His Invention (Photo Intel.com)

That last inning of the All-Star baseball game last night should be the cover story for Nail-Biter Magazine!

I watched the whole game real intently though, because I had just learned an interesting bit of detail about baseball -- that the balls are rubbed with mud before they're put in play. Apparently, new baseballs are slick and slippery and can lead to the dropsies unless they are deglossed. Did every fan already know this?

Sixteen-year-old Cameron Kruse knew it. ... read more »

Waterproof 12V Solar Panel Review


I love solar energy, because it frees us from high electric bills and because it allows us to use the sun to power our electronics. If you want to learn about solar power the Waterproof 12V Solar Panel from Scientifics is a smart simple way to introduce you and your family to the power of the sun. It is light weight and 3 1/2 X 3 X ¾ inches in size. It is also encapsulated in a strong clear plastic shell which makes it durable, sturdy, waterproof and corrosion proof for outdoor use. In other words it can take the heat and a beating. read more »

Japanese Go "Ghetto" with Cool Cell Phone Holsters




The provocatively named "Ghetto Japanese Cellphone Holster" combines gleaming polished chromed steel and black patent leather to hug your cell in a grip the Marquis de Sade would envy.
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Sideways Bike?


Some people like to do things differently. If they didn't we wouldn't have inventors or weird people. Michael Killian is an inventor. He is a 46 year old software engineer from Dublin, to be exact, who recently invented a Sideways Bike and, not too long ago, invented the Sideways Scooter. Some people may think a Sideways Bike is a little weird, but I think it's oddly creative. read more »

Motion Computing Model LE 1700 - Product Review


If you are looking for a light notebook sized Tablet PC with big RAM and the Vista Business operating system, the Motion Computing Model LE1700 may be prefect for you. Rated Four Stars (out of five).
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Espionage 101: Tracer Spy Tool


We all have fantasies of being James Bond. Here's a little help getting started. The Spy Tool by Tracer is a great beginners' kit to starting your career of international espionage.
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