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The Fine Art of Drinkable Art


Artist Hannes Broecker's installation of colorful blocks of drinkable art opened in Dresden, Germany earlier this week, enticing gallery attendees to partake of the fine art of drinking, alongside the mighty fine art itself. read more »

Trellis Earth's Bioplastic Bag Sample Pack Review


There is an ongoing doubt about the environmentally friendliness of biodegradable plastic as compared to petroleum made plastic. Do they really biodegrade? Does it take more land, resources and energy to make biodegradable plastic than it does to make petroleum made plastic? The following review is not meant to confirm or deny this doubt, but simply to review an innovative biodegradable corn based products produced and sold by Trellis Earth. read more »

French Decanters Make Wine a Centerpiece


Don't know what to do with all that wine you've been saving for some long-awaited special occasion? Why not break out some of those vintage reds and allow them to adorn your home in these limited edition wine decanters designed by French sculptor Etienne Meneau? read more »

Great Invention Idea? Toilet Headrest Steadies You in Your Hour of Need


Toilet Forehead SupportToilet Forehead Support

Many of us, no doubt, have found ourselves kneeling down before the porcelain god reflecting on the events that brought us there. read more »

Whale Curry Adds Spice to Japan's Traditional, Controversial Dish



Japan's renewed whaling activity has generated loud protests from the world at large. One wonders, just what is done with the meat from hundreds of "scientifically killed" whales? Japanese food company Asian Lunch offers a spicy solution, Whale Curry, though there's something fishy about efforts to curry favor with hungry diners!
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Bacteria Makes Water Taste Better


Scientists noticed that old, dirty water filters seemed to make water taste better. They investigated this peculiarity, and found that tiny bacteria that thrive on dirty water filters can reduce the distasteful earthy tinge in tap water. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Treatment for Male Impotence Found in Your Pantry


My mother always says the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Well, I don't know about all that, but thanks to Mr. Hirsch I do know the way to my heart is through my man's stomach! United States patent 5,885,614 was issued on March 23, 2000 to Mr. Hirsch for the "Use of Odorants to Treat Male Impotence." That's right, the scents of the season are what really get a guy going! What can I say? ‘Tis really is the season to be jolly! read more »

Chocolate Bar Stickers Tell You When to Taste


Morinaga, one of Japan's biggest candy & chocolate companies, has come up with an engaging idea to boost the popularity of their premium Dars chocolate: a temperature sensing sticker that indicates when "high quality mouth meltiness" has been achieved.
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Thanksgiving Patents-Part 5: Smelly Gas No More!


Fart Pad in ActionFart Pad in Action

While there are many instances of farting to be found in great literature (James Joyce, St. Augustine, Dante, etc.), the reality of farting in public is much less noble. That's why I'm recommending you do a bit of damage control before any real damage to your modesty or friends has occurred this year. read more »

Roly Poly Drink Glasses Make You Want to Party


Now you don't need to tip a few back to feel a bit off kilter! The Roly Poly Glasses Cordial Set takes the work out of skewing your vision before you even start downing your evening's libations.


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Thanksgiving Patents - Part 4: Avoid Holiday Drama & Weight Gain This Year


Appetite SuppressorAppetite Suppressor

One thing I've learned over the years is you can never go wrong by invoking the diet excuse. (This excuse is particularly effective if you are still single.) Of course, you run the risk that a family member will decry your concerns for your figure as nonsense, or worse - for your plan, not your ego - tell you you're too thin as it is. read more »

Thanksgiving Patents - Part 3: Narcissistic Gourd Molds


Narcissistic Gourd MoldNarcissistic Gourd Mold

A cornucopia of autumn produce and foliage is a traditional holiday favorite, if not a little predictable and overplayed. Yet with some time and planning you can assemble a unique cornucopia centerpiece spilling with gourds in the shape of your own head, or any other shape for that matter! read more »

Table Without a Top: New Concepts in Kitchen Essentials


A lot happens at the kitchen table. Aside from serving the traditional function of simply being a place at which to sit and eat, the kitchen table is akin to the heart of the home. So what happens when that beloved surface goes missing? ... read more »

'My Chopsticks Bra' Replaces Cups with Bowls



The 'My Chopsticks Bra' is the latest outrageous creation from Triumph International Japan, a lingerie company that's never been shy about attracting attention to its products - for a good cause, of course!
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Thanksgiving Patents - Part 2: The Well-Dressed Bird


The Cooking Jacket "for use in cooking large pieces of meat, turkeys, chickens, roasts and the like," or U.S. patent 4942809, looks like a large mesh hammock with handles designed "to enable the turkey or other piece of meat to be retained in a jacket structure and easily lifted from the cooking pan, pot, vessel or the like." read more »

Thanksgiving Patents - Part 1: To Eat the Bird You Must First Catch the Bird


The Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner: Step 1
Trueky Decoy: Patent #6684552Trueky Decoy: Patent #6684552
Welcome to my new blog! The following is the first installation in a multi-part series exploring innovative and unusual patents that could help make this your best Thanksgiving celebration ever!
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Curry Offers Hope for Cancer and Alzheimer's Victims



Curcumin, a polyphenolic compound found in the "curry spice" Tumeric, has been shown to have beneficial effects against cancerous tumors and combats the advance of Alzheimer's disease. The compound breaks down quickly after being eaten, however, so Japanese scientists are creating longer lasting synthetic versions.
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New Water Bottles from Japan Change The Way You See Water



Hyotan Kara Mizu is a new brand of Japanese mineral water that sets itself apart from its many competitors through its appealing packaging. The reuseable bottles come in 20 different colorful pattern designs and the curvaceous, organic shape is meant to resemble a gourd.
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LifeStraw Filters Dirty Water Too


Like the LifeSaver, another innovation can also turn dirty surface water into clean drinking water in a matter of seconds. It is called the LifeStraw and unlike the LifeSaver, the LifeStraw,personal water filtration tool, is a lot cheaper, a lot smaller and easier to take around. It can even be hung around the neck for easy access. read more »

Heroes Star Hayden Panettiere's Surfing Stunt Showcases Innocence and Ignorance



"Save the Cheerleader, save the whales"... Hayden Panettiere, the cute young actress who plays the cheerleader in popular American action drama Heroes recently performed another role: bringing attention to a traditional dolphin hunt in Japan.
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