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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
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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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One Cool Ad Campaign: Inox Bonomi Knives


Here's my pick for the cool ad campaign of the week.

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Tricks and Treats for the Home for More Halloween Fun


 

Halloween is a great opportunity to let loose our inner mischief makers, terrorizing children and amusing adults with seasonal props. It's also a wonderful time to bedeck your abode with festive embellishments and have fun... read more »

Seal Saver Revolutionizes the Concept of Leftovers in China


They may be American, but inventors Jeff Stuebing and Eric Miramon know that all good ideas enjoy a warm reception in Asia. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Human Fart Collector


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Elizabeth Valeri, our guest blogger, is a resident of Colorado with an interest in the material abundance of everyday life. That is, she is amused by the ways we “over-invent” our lives in a fleeting attempt at controlling them. She wanted to share some of her wacky patent finds with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

Here's her article:

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With Halloween fast approaching, I decided to scout the annals of the patent offices for inventions intended for the deepest, darkest, scariest recesses of mankind.

Nestle Japan Thinks Outside the Wrapper with Kit Kat Jars



Nestle Japan employs creativity to get around a seemingly insurmountable marketing problem: adjust the product - Kit Kat candy bars - to fit the distribution network instead of vice-versa!
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Is China the King of Weird Dining Options?


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Asia is looming full of American chain restaurants – but why would anyone patronize hem when there are so many disturbingly creative options available throughout the continent? read more »

Great Invention Idea? Butt Cheek Spreader


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Elizabeth Valeri, our guest blogger, is a resident of Colorado with an interest in the material abundance of everyday life. That is, she is amused by the ways we “over-invent” our lives in a fleeting attempt at controlling them. She wanted to share some of her wacky patent finds with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

Here's her article:

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I remember, several years ago, when I first encountered the hands-free faucet. read more »

Human Urine: Safe, Inexpensive Fertilizer?


There may be a reason why it looks like a stream of gold. read more »

World's Weirdest Spa Baths? Chicken Soup and More



Japan is famed for its hot spring resorts, but new government regulations are forcing spa operators without access to actual spring water to improvise in some very unusual ways!
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10 Most Brilliant Inventions of 2007 - R&D Magazine


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R&D Magazine has sponsored the "Oscars of Inventions" for 45 years. These research and design awards are coveted by government as well as private industry inventors. The 100 winners selected by R&D Magazine for 2007 are stunning innovations - resourceful, effective, inspiring. A significant portion of the 2007 awards are homeland security/military innovations; others are environmental, health, and there's even innovations for kids, like a must-have-Holiday-toy robot! Here are my picks for the top 10 inventions from R & D Magazine's list of the best of 2007: read more »

Grocery Shopping Out of a Vending Machine


With technology and tenacity, Japan has managed to all but eliminate employment for convenience store workers. read more »

Fiber Beer: Probably Not Coming Soon to a Restaurant Near You


Alcohol boosts digestion with Korea's latest contribution to the drinking world. read more »

I Maid Café Serves Up Japanese Weirdness in Cold Canada



Japan has exported cars and electronics to the West for decades, but it's only recently that the nation's dynamic culture, led by Pokemon and other Anime has also made the trip. Their success has led a few enterprising types to try transplanting some of the more offbeat aspects of Japanese culture into foreign soil. Can it work? Your on-the-scene reporter visited the I Maid Café in Toronto, Canada today to find out first hand!
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10 Best Beers with Balls of 2007


Finally, Fall is upon us, and that can mean only one thing: Beer! Well, that shouldn't be your only concern, but with football season in full swing and the commencement of Oktoberfest, a lot of us out there have beer on the brain. With that in mind, we here at InventorSpot.com bring you some of the ballsiest beers we could find. What makes them so noteworthy? Well, the beers on this list push the limits of conventional brewing in a number of ways. Whether they are the stoutest of the stout, or the odd brainchild of a Japanese liquor store owner (milk beer anybody?), these ales definitely have some gusto that the rest of the beer world lacks. read more »