The ultimate invention for telling your coworkers to screw themselves

Science fiction pioneer Hugo Gernsback wasn't simply the founder of Amazing Stories, the first scifi periodical — he was also a prolific inventor and futurist who regaled past generations with zany visions of Dalek-like killing machines and computer-mandated marriage examinations. » 8/28/12 9:25am 8/28/12 9:25am

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 8:25am 4/02/12 8:25am

Dropping 1000 feet inside a giant bullet = the most bad-ass amusement…

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 9:30am 11/12/11 9:30am

The most disturbing Japanese make-out robot you'll see all day

Good morning, internet. Some of you may already have a burgeoning case of the Mondays, so here's an invention that will immediately make you appreciate your station in life. » 10/17/11 6:30am 10/17/11 6:30am

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

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 12:40pm 10/13/11 12:40pm

Man inventing cell phone that can kiss you

Ever wished your phone was a little more... intimate? Fabian Hemmert, a design researcher at the Berlin University of the Arts, Germany, certainly does. "Mobile phones use so little of our sensory abilities," he says. "They are great for information exchange - text, video, and speech - but they provide no feeling of… » 9/11/11 8:30am 9/11/11 8:30am

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

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 11:30am 9/07/11 11:30am

More quack inventions from the early days of electricity

We recently featured a gallery of horrifying electrical inventions designed to keep human and horse libidos in check. John Ptak, the curator of that previous gallery of terrors, has shown us more ridiculous electrical devices from the late 1800s-early 1900s. » 5/21/11 2:35pm 5/21/11 2:35pm