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Need This? Hamster Shredder

Picture this. You're an entrepreneur who, for the past few years, has found success by creating and operating a black market tax evasion business.

Wacky Pet Pacifiers Make Both of You Smile

A pacifier for your pet? That's the idea behind the wacky "Oshaburi Toy" from Japan. Oshaburi translates to "Pacifier" in English, though once your pet gets ahold of one, YOU'LL be the one whose mood is improved!

Can Kitty Catch The Undercover Mouse?

This battery-operated Undercover Mouse mimics the sudden and unpredictable movements of a real mouse moving in the brush. Just as in the wild, the prey is hidden, only noticeable by its random movements. Must be why my cat loves the Undercover Mouse, a new interactive toy by Panic Mouse, Inc.

Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 Video Game Preview

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 is a tactical First Person Shooter coming out on PC, Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 on March 18th, 2008 (in North America). In the original Rainbow Six: Vegas, the player controlled a member, Logan Keller, of an elite anti-terrorist group called Rainbow Six. In Vegas 2, the player will create a member of the elite group from the ground up to experience the campaign.

HangBoarding: The Evolution from Skiing and Snowboarding

First came skiing, then snowboarding, now get ready to HangBoard!

$10,000, a Laptop and More for Redesigned Trash

Ever watched the Design Squad? Design Squad is a kids program on PBS consisting of 8 young engineers. As a team these young engineers take on engineering challenges for an actual client such as Ikea. There are 13 episodes per season. In the final episode the top two contestants compete, "for the Grand Prize-a $10,000 college scholarship from the Intel® Foundation".

Great Invention Idea? The Most Unremarkable Animal Toy Ever!


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My recent investigations into the mysteries of the United States Patent Office, well not so mysterious as it is undiscerning and undiscriminating, has unearthed a whole host of opportunistic patents. That is, the patenting of stuff we've all been doing, independent of the patent process, for centuries. And United States patent 6360693 is perhaps the best (worst?) example of this practice. read more »

Video Games Controlled by Your Mind - And That's Just the Beginning!


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First, there were video games, and they were good. Then, they evolved into a console system like the Nintendo Wii, and there was much rejoicing. Now, they have evolved again.

SAVA-O 13-week-old Embryo Ventriloquist's Dummy



"SAVA-O, a ventriloquist's dummy with the face of a 13-week old embryo"... is how Japanese novelty goods manufacturer Meiwa Denki describes this very unique item. One can only ask, "Why??", but words alone cannot convey the depth of my bewilderment. I bet it sells like hotcakes!
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Great Invention Idea? Cure for Numb Thumb!


A Dangerous Habit?A Dangerous Habit?

If you're anything like me, you spend an inordinate amount of time typing away at your computer. You do so knowing every keystroke brings you one step closer to a carpal tunnel disease diagnosis; every glance at the screen teases your vision with astigmatism. So you buy an ergonomic keypad and mouse pad and you force yourself to look away from the screen every 20 minutes or so. Great! But now there is something else to worry about, something that threatens the great American pastime of television viewing: B.T.N.D. or Button Thumbing Numbness Disorder. Luckily, the cure is not worse than the disease. read more »