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Starbucks Japan Shakes Up Summer With Coffee Jelly Frappuccino

Coffee Jelly Frappuccino is coming back on the menu at Starbucks Japan, just in time for another hot, humid Tokyo summer! Starbucks bills this cool, caffeinated treat as "Coffee To Eat", but doing so through a straw really, er, sucks.

Environmental Twist Plastic Bottle Saves Space, Reduces Waste

I LOHAS, Coca Cola Japan's entry in the bottled water sweepstakes, is going green... with a twist. Once you've drained the bottle just give it a twist - and help save up to 40 percent in disposable volume.

Tomato Pill, Ateronon™, Can Reduce Effects Of Bad Cholesterol By 90%!

At today's first session of the British Cardiovascular Society in London, Cambridge Theranostics announced its release of a new pill, Ateronon™, which has reduced the oxidation of LDL cholesterol by as much as 90 percent in two months in clinical trials.  Ateronon is being marketed as a food supplement, as it is a natural product made from tomato skins -- tangerine tomato skins to be exact.

Newest Japanese Weight Loss Craze: The Morning Banana Diet

The latest diet trend in Japan these days is the so-called Morning Banana Diet. Thanks to a posting at Mixi, the country's leading social networking site, the fruity weight loss fad has boosted banana imports and garnered a "bunch" of testimonials. 

A Bagel Slicing Technology? Meet The Not-Just-For-Bagels Bagelpod™

If you've never had a sandwich on a real New York bagel you haven't lived.  Fortunately, you don't have to live in New York anymore to get an authentic bagel; there are great bagel shops all over the country.  But bagels, like rolls, buns, muffins, scones, and other roundy breads, need to be cut through the center and as I know all too well, they don't stand up nice and straight so you can slice them easily.

5 Extraordinary Trash To Treasure Chandeliers

I’m not a big fan of chandeliers. They’re too much glitter and glamour for me, but every now and then I will come across a unique chandelier that just sparks my interest. Below is a list of trash to treasure chandeliers I think are absolutely innovative.

Curry Hand Grenade Quite A Spicy Weapon

Want to blow up the enemy with deliciousness?  India has developed quite the little grenade that will not only disable the bad guy, but make him tasty...

Bet Dieting: If You Lose You Pay Guns, God, & Gays!

This man is going to make a commitment to lose 10 pounds in the next six weeks.  He's going to have to close the frig door, of course, so he can head to the computer and make a bet.  He needs motivation, a real inspiration... not just those pants he could zip up a few years ago.  He's going to bet 25 bucks that he can lose the weight.  If this man, whose religious beliefs don't include gay marriage, doesn't achieve his goal, a gay rights group like Freedom to Marry will get his $25 "donation."

Glass Glasses Anyone? BPA From Drink Containers Leaks Into Urine

A chemical in certain plastics, bisphenol A (BPA), is leaching into our urine if we drink or eat from certain plastic bottles or containers.   BPA has already been linked to diabetes and  cardiovascular disease, but the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) is calling for additional research on BPA and breast cancer, reproductive health, and on BPA's effects on infants and children using these containers.

Delicious Jewelry Inspired By Food: Accessories By Top Chef Padma Lakshmi

Food inspires many things, most prominently the meals that we serve to our families on the dinner table night after night; but since you've been reading, you're well aware that food also inspires fashion, whether it's a good idea or not. Padma Lakshmi, author and contestant on Top Chef, proves that sometimes food can inspire accessories, with an attractive effect.

My Favorite 2009 Trash to Treasure Chair Design: FUNature

Once, when I was in high school a boyfriend and I were kicked out of the McDonald's playground ball pit because we were too old to play in it. It was my first time in a ball pit and though I knew we were not allowed in the ball pit something about the pit called out to me, "Play With Me!" Hugh Hayden's ball pit chairs call out to me too.

Pet Travel Made Easier With The Travel-Tainer For Pet Food

Taking a car trip with your pets this summer?  You already know that every inch of room in the car will be precious, so packing your pet's necessities will involve some good space economy.  I just found a wonderful container -- I mean "Travel-tainer" -- that combines pet food with pet bowls and packs them quite compactly in a 7 x 5.25 inch container with a handle for easy transport.

Cute Pudding Cups Show Off Your Good Taste

These delightful ceramic pudding mugs from FredFlare look sweet upside down, then flip to hold a cup full of coffee, tea or even Creme Caramel.  

Forget Sniffing! Try Whiffing Le Whif Chocolate

You may not believe this story, and I'm not even going to tell all of it, because I don't claim to believe, or even understand, how this product came about.  But Le Whif is proported to be a real product, so if you want to try it, you don't really need the story of its origination, which is terribly convoluted and seems as if written while the developers were very high.  High on Le Whif chocolate?  I don't know.  Take a whiff and see!

Sexy Stiletto Stripper Shoe Bottle Openers: Fashion With The Twist Of A Bottle Cap

Attention bartenders; looking for a sexy new way to serve up a nice cold one? Opening bottles with your teeth not doing your dental work any favors, or tired of getting bottle caps permanently embedded in your cleavage? Well, now you can add a new bit of bartending flare to your routine that's both sexy and convenient, with the stilettos for bartenders by 5th Floor Productions.