• PasswordCard Hides Your Passwords In A Coded Cheatsheet

    PasswordCard Hides Your Passwords In A Coded Cheatsheet

    I hate random passwords, especially complex ones with capitalizations, numbers and symbols. Not only are they difficult to type, they’re almost impossible to remember. But security risks have made it so that you either choose an obscure combination or risk getting your accounts hacked into. The solution? Use complex passwords and write them down. Of course, that means if that place you keep the passwords in get stolen (such as a notebook or a mobile phone), you run yourself at […]

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  • Pepsi Encourages Recycling With Dream Machine Kiosks

    Pepsi Encourages Recycling With Dream Machine Kiosks

    Pepsi is putting out new kiosks. Instead of dispensing soda like regular vending machines, though, the Pepsi Dream Machine is meant to collect bottles and cans for on-the-go recycling. Done in partnership with Waste Management, the computerized bin is designed to make for a convenient place to dump used soda containers, providing on-the-go recycling facilities to regular consumers. Each can or bottle you drop in is recorded, with redeemable reward points (probably for more Pepsi) doled out for your troubles. […]

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  • Hello Russia: Boat With Giant Chainsaw

    Hello Russia: Boat With Giant Chainsaw

    If Russia threatened America with a giant chainsaw during the Cold War instead of nuclear bombs, every nation would have totally supported starting World War III. Of course, the US had to respond with the threat of giant clawhammers or it wouldn’t have worked. Imagine the movies we’d be making about that now, especially if Japan joined the fray and unleashed one of the secret robots we always knew they’ve been hiding under the streets of Tokyo. The 10-foot chainsaw […]

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  • Volcanic Eruptions: The New Perfect Backdrop To A Romantic Dinner

    Volcanic Eruptions: The New Perfect Backdrop To A Romantic Dinner

    Why waste a perfectly good exploding volcano when you can use it for a little rest and recreation? These two certainly didn’t, choosing to take the opportunity to partake in a romantic meal – cooked in steaming hot lava rocks. Thrillseekers flocked to the Fimmvorduhals volcano in the middle of the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland when it began eruptions last March 21st. We pay good money to watch disaster movies, after all, so why not make the trek to experience […]

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  • Dancing Samurai Robot Waiters Bring You Sushi, Dance Moves

    Dancing Samurai Robot Waiters Bring You Sushi, Dance Moves

    Dancing and singing waiters? Been there, done that. How about Dancing Samurai Robot Waiters with goofy eyes and a toothy grin? Bring it on, right? While Japanese food may be the fare at Thailand’s Hajime Robot Restaurant, these raw-fish serving robot attendants are the real attractions. A fully-automated sushi bar, clients can pick their orders from a touchscreen menu, take their seats and wait for the rolling bundles of steel to show up with their food. Dressed in traditional (okay, […]

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  • Buy Your Own Small Town From eBay

    Buy Your Own Small Town From eBay

    Why run for Mayor? Buy your own small town and declare yourself an Emperor. While we’re not sure how to go about making the latter official, you can get a headstart by snagging Wauconda, a small town in eastern Washington currently on auction at eBay. Millionaires have been buying their own private islands for a while now. Do them one better and buy your own town. Who wants to be surrounded by sharks and all that saltwater anyway?  Wauconda, which […]

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  • World’s Oldest Whiskey: Mortlach 70 Year Old

    World’s Oldest Whiskey: Mortlach 70 Year Old

    Some liquors are aged. Others are just freaking ancient. The Mortlach 70 Year Old is the new granddaddy for your whiskey collection, having stewed patiently a full seven decades. Aged in a special cherry cask that lived to see the world before World War II in the Speyside region of Scotland, it’s as old as it is special. Only a limited number of bottles have been made, none of which I’ll have the heart to ever open even if you […]

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  • China Unleashes New Superweapon: Giant Deodorant Cannons

    China Unleashes New Superweapon: Giant Deodorant Cannons

    Look out superpowers. China has unveiled a new cannon. And it’s armed with massive doses of…errr…deodorant. Don’t worry, humble citizen who doesn’t take baths. It’s not meant for you. Instead, Beijing will be using the Giant Deodorant Guns to spray gallons of fragrance over the city’s ever-growing landfills, so that nearby residents don’t have to put up with the aroma of freshly-rotting garbage whenever the wind blows their way. That’s how serious Beijing’s garbage problem has become – a direct […]

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  • Computers Know Everything, Even How To Avoid Landmines

    Computers Know Everything, Even How To Avoid Landmines

    Sick of military games showing children even wilder ways to kill? A new game, Landmine Lookout, goes the other way, teaching young lads in war-torn countries how to help keep everyone alive. Developed by students and faculty from Michigan State University (MSU), the game looks to educate children on the finer points of avoiding unexploded landmines. Obviously not for the majority of people, it’s designed for use in areas ravaged by years of wars, with landmines intended to catch enemies […]

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  • Matsumura Yoran Offers Service To Bring Orchids Back From The Dead

    Matsumura Yoran Offers Service To Bring Orchids Back From The Dead

    Japanese hobby gardeners who have developed an attachment to their flowers need not be sad when their orchids die. Orchid grower Matsumura Yoran is opening a new business that they claim will Frankenstein customers’ dead orchids back into bloom. Just like the plot to a bad horror movie. According to company president Hidehiko Matsumura, “We want our customers to enjoy the attraction of orchids as long as possible.” And that they will, once the orchids go through the company’s revival […]

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  • Einstein’s Manuscript For The Theory Of Relativity On Display

    Einstein’s Manuscript For The Theory Of Relativity On Display

     First published in 1916, Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity remains a groundbreaking landmark in modern Physics. Now, the original manuscript detailing the famed scientist’s explanation of the subject has gone on display in its entirety for the very first time. While the manuscript has been shown to the public before, it was always in the form of isolated pages, highlighting one or more of the aspects of the general theory. According to organizers, they wanted to exhibit something […]

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  • PlanetSolar, The World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat

    PlanetSolar, The World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat

    Since the 1980s, skipper Raphael Domjan has been dreaming of sailing around the world using the minimum amount of energy.  Five years ago, he embarked on a journey to fulfill that dream.  Recently, they unveiled the vessel that will help him accomplish it – PlanetSolar, the world’s largest solar-powered boat. Shown off at the HDW shipyard in Kiel, Germany, the catamaran measures 100 feet long, 50 feet wide and 25 feet high.  Using a multi-hull body constructed by the Knierim […]

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  • Save The Office From Lunch Confusion With The Takeout Menu Organizer

    Save The Office From Lunch Confusion With The Takeout Menu Organizer

    Lunchtime is always busy time at the office.  That’s because stomachs are grumbling and no one has any idea where to get their food.  Except you, of course, because you’ve got the Takeout Menu Organizer, a three-ring binder designed for putting together a compilation of local take-out flyers.  My hero! Everyone at work likes takeout food.  Despite that, no one seems to bother organizing the stack of restaurant flyers that regularly make their rounds.  That’s where you swoop in, of […]

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  • Forget Work At Home, The H2Office Lets You Work At Sea!

    Forget Work At Home, The H2Office Lets You Work At Sea!

    You’ve already got an office in your backyard.  Now, it’s time to take unconventional workplaces to the next level with the H2Office, a compact office unit designed to float in the water. Why would you want do that?  Well, I’m not entirely sure.  Maybe, working in a 30-story building at the commercial center cramps your style.  Perhaps, fishing or sunbathing both sound like better activities to enjoy during your lunch break.  Heck, maybe your business caters to the kind of […]

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  • Make The Ocean Your Living Room With The Electric Sofa Boat

    Make The Ocean Your Living Room With The Electric Sofa Boat

    Your living room’s a bit too cramped?  Entertain guests in the biggest living room ever – the ocean – with the Sofa Boat, an electric-powered, floating watercraft with a couch on top. Recently shown off at the Abu Dhabi Yacht Show, the unusual vessel is intended for ferrying people over short distances.  So why is it in the yacht show?  Because you can use it to carry guests from your luxury yacht to a party at George Clooney’s luxury yacht.  […]

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  • Hoverwing Floats Your Boat…Literally

    Hoverwing Floats Your Boat…Literally

    Hovercrafts are awesome.  Because they’re supported by a cushion of slow moving, high-pressure air, they can travel equally well on land, ice and water.  The Hoverwing, a DIY hovercraft by New Zealand mechanic Rudy Heeman, goes the extra mile, hovering well above the water at heights of up to five feet. What’s so spectacular about this one?  As you can tell from the photo, it doesn’t just hover like a regular hovercraft – it soars.  Even better, it can perform […]

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  • Boneyard: Where Dead American Warplanes Go To Die

    Boneyard: Where Dead American Warplanes Go To Die

    From afar, the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) looks like an airplane modeler’s wet dream.  Lots of miniature flying machines just sitting there, waiting to be cast in a suspended animation scene.  Amusingly enough, they aren’t toys.  Instead, they’re real, decommissioned birds awaiting their future fate. The place, more popularly known as the Boneyard, is where old military airplanes go to die.  Reputed to be the world’s largest aircraft cemetery, the airbase covers a sprawling 2,600 acres of […]

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  • Forget Cops And Robbers,  Get Your Kids Playing Sellers And Suckers With The Kaufladen

    Forget Cops And Robbers, Get Your Kids Playing Sellers And Suckers With The Kaufladen

    Want your kids to grow up filthy rich?  Get them started early with the Kaufladen, a mobile kiosk stand marketed to German kids.  That way, they can steal stuff from your fridge and sell it back to you for a profit.   Clever. Anywhere you go in the world, it’s always the business owners raking all the money.  Forget having your children play cops and robbers – nobody makes real coin from that deal.  If they’re going to roleplay, they might […]

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  • Vacuum Cleaner Museum Showcases 120 Vintage And Classic Dust-Sucking Home Appliances

    Vacuum Cleaner Museum Showcases 120 Vintage And Classic Dust-Sucking Home Appliances

    All things that suck go here. No, not our website – we’re cool (well, we try). They go to Nottingham, England’s Vacuum Cleaner Museum, possibly the single most dust-free place in the world. Yep, a real, true-to-life depository for everyone’s favorite dust-eating home appliance. Don’t expect a floor that looks like the home cleaning shelves of your local appliance store, though. None of that lame, robotic modern vacuums here. Instead, it’s filled with lines upon lines of vintage and classic […]

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  • Bloom Energy Shows Off Their Bloom Box Fuel Cell Power Generators

    Bloom Energy Shows Off Their Bloom Box Fuel Cell Power Generators

    After being featured on 60 Minutes, the entire world is abuzz with Bloom Energy once again.  Nearly forgotten due to a lack of recent press, the alternative energy company’s current spate of publicity is sure to light a fire in water-cooler discussions over the next few months. Why is it such a big deal?  Bloom Energy produces fuel cell boxes that, when combined with an energy source (such as natural gas), can produce usable electricity.  See those two boxes founder […]

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  • Zingy Is A Super Safe Two-Person Boat That’s Cute As A Button

    Zingy Is A Super Safe Two-Person Boat That’s Cute As A Button

    Unlike cars or gadgets, boats aren’t exactly something most regular folks think about buying.  Inventor Clayton Turney wants to change all that with the Zingy, a sea-capable, two-person boat that prides itself on accessibility. Designed for novice boaters, it looks nothing more than a toy at first glance (like a real boat with the rest of its body hacked off).  Don’t let the harmless appearance fool you.  While small, it boasts excellent sea-keeping abilities, described as a “super safe, super […]

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  • In Gangland Taiwan, The Handgun Of Choice Is A Shotgun Revolver

    In Gangland Taiwan, The Handgun Of Choice Is A Shotgun Revolver

    Shotguns pack a punch, but those things are also huge – not the type of weapon you can stick under your pants when you want to roll down packing quietly.  In gangland Taiwan, they’re supposed to get over that hurdle by using these: shotgun revolvers. Yes, it’s a small handheld weapon that you can, theoretically, hide under baggy jeans.  Really baggy jeans.  Unlike other pistols, though, it can take standard 12-gauge shotgun slugs and shells, allowing you to put a […]

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  • Workaholic Pillow Adds A Disguised Head Cushion On Your Desk For Those Sneaky Office Naps

    Workaholic Pillow Adds A Disguised Head Cushion On Your Desk For Those Sneaky Office Naps

    Like to sleep at work when no one’s looking?  Doze off comfortably with the Workaholic Pillow, a soft head cushion that folds up into an innocent-looking book to keep your office hour naps a secret. Yep, it’s a downy pillow disguised as a giant book.  We can’t read the Japanese inscriptions on the side, which is awesome, since no one at my office can understand what it says either.  If anyone asks, just say it’s your private diary that no […]

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  • Say Goodbye To Sandbags, Soldier: McCurdy’s Armor Is A Portable Steel Fort That Sets Up Like Legos

    Say Goodbye To Sandbags, Soldier: McCurdy’s Armor Is A Portable Steel Fort That Sets Up Like Legos

    I’ve never been to war, but stacking sandbags to set up a defensive line just sounds like a terrible way to spend the day.  A defense contractor finally did something about it with the McCurdy’s Armor, a steel-plated wall that provides equivalent protection while setting up within minutes. Named after a Marine who died in the line of duty in 2006, the new military rig boasts assembly that requires no tools or equipment, with the company going as far as […]

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  • Heinz Dip & Squeeze Reinvents The Ketchup Packet

    Heinz Dip & Squeeze Reinvents The Ketchup Packet

    I hate ketchup packets with a vengeance.  Why bother producing a container with so little ketchup in it?  That’s just ridiculous.  Heinz has finally decided to do something about it, turning out a packet that both contains more of our favorite french fries companion and offers more flexible use. Called the Dip & Squeeze, the redesigned packet lets you use your ketchup in two different ways. You can choose to squeeze it out by tearing off the “cap” or dip […]

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  • Aircruise: The Luxury Aircraft Of The Future?

    Aircruise: The Luxury Aircraft Of The Future?

    Electric cars are slowly etching themselves as the future of land transportation.  For flight vehicles, however, there’s barely a glimmer of any future standard yet.  Design company Seymourpowell thinks they have the answer with the Aircruise, a giant airship powered by natural energy. An airship may sound like a step back in technological development, but it does make perfect sense.  We’ve been conducting air-powered flights long before engined planes and it might be time we explored how we can take […]

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  • Pedal The Ocean: One Man, A Pedal-Powered Boat And 2,672 Miles Of Water

    Pedal The Ocean: One Man, A Pedal-Powered Boat And 2,672 Miles Of Water

    It’s one thing to ride a pedal-powered boat.  It’s completely another to take it from Canada to Hawaii all by your lonesome.  That’s exactly what Canadian Greg Kolodziejzyk will be doing in July, when he takes his ocean-faring boat Within for his Pedal the Ocean project. A world first, the adventurer will travel the full 2,672 miles of water on nothing but leg muscles.  If that sounds crazy, well, it’s not like he’s new to doing that at all.  In […]

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