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The Island Of The Misfit Foods: Catering With Ugly Produce

As a not just self-proclaimed kitchenphobe, culinary businesses aren't among my favorite, unless they're really, really cool. With that disclaimer, the fact that I am really excited about this business has to say something to you about how innovative it is.

Do You Drink Enough Water? H2O-Pal Can Tell You

About 75% of Americans suffer from chronic dehydration. What that means is they don't drink enough water. H2O-Pal could help many remedy that problem. The device makes your water bottle a "smart bottle" and helps you monitor your water intake.

Food Spoilage: Chinese Research Team Develops New Smart Tag

Is there a way to tell if food has gone bad without experiencing that unpleasant attack on the nostrils by opening the container?  Read all about the innovative Chinese research team that devised a smart tag to eliminate all that and possibly revolutionize the food and beverage industry.

Two-Lane Pavement Picnic Sheet Takes Road Food To The Next Level

Old and busted: picnics in the park. New hotness: a picnic in a parking lot! Japanese artist/designer Yuma Kano's disconcerting “On The Road” picnic sheet puts al fresco diners square on the pavement even if they're off the beaten path.

Ooho: Drink Your Water, Eat Your Water Bottle!

Ooho. Who would have thought it?  Three London-based design students came up with Ooho, a water container that's not plastic, not vinyl, not stainless steel... but an edible algae! Ooho was considered so brilliant that, among other coveted awards, it won the 2014 Lexus Design Award.

Soylent: The Future Food That Wants To Be Your Only Source of Nourishment

When you read the word Soylent, it may conjure up images of Charlton Heston and a dystopian future.  However, Rob Rhinehart hopes to change that.  Soylent is actually a food substitute, crafted with several ingredients that intend to give its consumers all of the necessary nutrients and calories required for a single day.  Thus, a few cups of Soylent a day is all you need to sustain yourself.

Nestlé Japan's Baked Kit Kat Chocolate Bars Toast Great!

You don't have to be half-baked to enjoy toaster oven Kit Kat bars but hey, it wouldn't hurt! Individually sealed in bite-size portions, Nestlé Japan's latest and possibly greatest Kit Kat variety (and that's saying something) is a cool idea best eaten when hot.

Ten Things You Don't Need for St Patrick's Day

Alcohol and poor purchasing choices go hand in hand. Which is why some businesses think they can sell crap by sticking "It's fun/beer related!" on the front. They are wrong.

10 Great Invention Ideas for the Best St. Patrick's Day Ever

The following are my picks for the best St. Patrick's day ever, with a few post-St. Patrick's day reconciliation-style inventions thrown in for good measure.

Let Them Eat Grass! 6 Grass Products You Can Grow For Your Pets

If you have any size yard at all, you probably recognize this grass, Elymus repens, aka couch grass, aka dog grass.  Dog grass?  You guessed it. Dogs, and actually cats too, love to eat this stuff. But they don't love it enough to remove the roots of this obnoxious weed that insidiously takes over your entire yard.  So, get rid of the "dog grass," and let your pets eat some other grass that's even better for them.  Here are 6 of the most popular grasses you can grow especially for your dogs, cats, and other pets.

LIVR: New App Helps You Party Based On How Drunk You Are

With the invasion of granparents, baby pictures, and wedding photos on popular social networks like Facebook and Twitter, everyone is putting on their best face for their online profiles, and it seems there is no true place where one can "go wild."  LIVR, a new social network app, that only lets you enter if you are legally intoxicated, hopes to change that.

Restaurant Mon Petit: Dine Like A Feline At Purina's Exclusive & Unusual Eatery

It was only a matter of time, considering the internet has made the world's obsession with all things feline rise to new levels. Cat-themed businesses aren't a new trend, and perhaps that's why the latest business might make even the craziest of cat ladies shudder with dismay.

Need This New Invention? Bloody Bath Mat

April Fool's Day is not far off and the time for preparing your practical jokes for the day is afoot. This way cool bathmat may be just the thing to freak out your significant other or houseguests. While they are in the shower you just sneak in and switch out that boring plain white bathmat with the Bloody Bathmat -- one covered with bloody footprints and directional blood spatter. Then you just wait for the screams.

Top 10 Clever and Cool Cooking Concepts Of 2014

Whether you are a master chef or a bacon-craving amateur, cooking is a part of your life. However, there is always room for improvement, and inventors around the world are constantly thinking of new culinary concepts to make the kitchen less intimidating and more fun. These new concepts and clever products will make the chef in all of us reach for our measuring cups!

Great Invention Idea? Human Turd Scale!


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I have a friend who tries to calm my food fears by reassuring me that something that doesn't weigh a pound cannot make me gain a pound. Fine! But what about the bag of chocolate covered nuts (they're filled with protein) I ate this morning? The one I forgot to weigh on my food scale? How much of that have I got sitting inside of me, threatening the needle of my bathroom scale? read more »

Beer Vending Machines In Sochi Spread Canadian Generosity

You don't have to look to far past television sitcoms, or big-screen comedies to see Canadians presented as generous, polite, and friendly human-beings. As an actual Canadian, won't burst your bubble and imply that these social perspectives aren't universal norms. Instead, I will further promote that ideology by showing you what Canadian is doing to encourage global connections in Sochi - through beer.

Meet The Most Portable BBQ Ever

Camping trips are excellent for creating fires and eat barbecued food, but sometimes this is not handy because the tools are not available, as they take up precious space which has to be filled with more important items. However, a new Israeli invention seems to be a true revolution on this matter: a triangular foldable barbecue, super small and compact, which can be taken everywhere with ease.

Blue Tooth Pizza? You Just Need the Right Buttons

If you want something even faster than online ordering for pizza, check out this Blue Tooth ordering system in Dubai! 

Lotteria's French Fries With Chocolate Dipping Sauce: A Salty & Sweet Valentine's Day Treat

Valentine's Day is on the way and Japan's Lotteria fast food restaurants have got an extra-special unexpected sweet treat for you and your nom-nom-nomming significant other: fries with a side of chocolate dipping sauce!

Need This New Discovery? The Proper Way To Eat A Hamburger

It is a problem that has plagued mankind for decades -- how to eat your burger without all the extra goodies sliding back out onto your plate and making a mess. For burger purists this has never really been an issue with just a little ketchup and mustard, and maybe a pickle slice or two. For those of us who like to add the cheese, onion, tomato, lettuce, and whatever else comes to mind it is serious business. Now researchers have the answer.