Today's unfortunate sexbot breakthrough = a poster you can make out with

Oh, this is just downright dark. Researchers at Keio University have developed a sensing program that allows you to slobber on a digital two-dimensional image, which will react to your amorous advances. I suppose this what it's like to get to first base with General Zod when he's trapped in that Phantom Zone… »4/02/12 11:25am4/02/12 11:25am

Dropping 1000 feet inside a giant bullet = the most bad-ass amusement park ride that never was

I imagine amusement park safety was lax in the 19th century, but this is ridiculous. An 1891 issue of Scientific American showcased this invention by a one Monsieur Carron of Grenoble, France. In short, Carron had invented an amusement ride that involved 15 patrons falling almost 1,000 feet inside a 30-foot-long… »11/12/11 12:30pm11/12/11 12:30pm

Mustache Umbrella? Pipe Umbrella? The Most Bizarre Umbrellas Ever Invented

Mad science has seldom been so practical as at the Hendricks Unusual Umbrella Emporium in London, where the most off-the-wall umbrellas in the world are being showcased, alongside some potent cocktails. The weird umbrellas include a pipe umbrella, that will keep the rain from ruining your smoke-up. And a pair of… »10/13/11 3:40pm10/13/11 3:40pm

This patent for a snowman's skeleton is the oddest thing you'll read all day

Yesterday, inventor Ignacio Marc Asperas of Melville, NY was granted the US patent for an "apparatus for facilitating the construction of a snow man/woman," a.k.a. a snowman-shaped shell with which to cover with snow. That's a bizarre idea, but what truly makes this patent required reading is its totally non-technical… »9/07/11 2:30pm9/07/11 2:30pm