The folks over at IronicSans used Google's new patent search capabilities to search for patents belonging to celebrities. The results were both amusing and enlightening. Lawrence Welk has a design patent for an incredibly tacky ashtray. No big surprise there. But did you know that Hedy Lamar has a patent for a 'secret communication device?' This device, which used a piano roll to enable frequency hopping was intended to make radio controlled torpedoes harder to detect. Further, the frequency hopping concept is fundamental to modern cell phone communications. Whatta broad!
A focus Group would have fixed this name
It's a shirt that can convert quickly and easily to a hat or vice versa—a nice little idea when you're at the beach or running around in the summer. Now, what can we call this wonderful invention? I can hear the eureka moment in my head: 'Lessee... it's both a shirt and a hat. Howabouts we call it a shat?' Good lord! What were these people thinking? I bet they thought they were pretty lucky when they found out the domain shatcorp.com was still available. Actually, it's pretty surprising that someone in the adult entertainment industry hadn't grabbed it already.
MacrofurryIsland is a combi-Furry/Stomp fetish site. I've covered furries here before. These are the people that get an erotic charge out of dressing up in mascot outfits or otherwise imagining themselves as anthropomorphized animals. It seems a bit odd, but harmless. I've never covered the folks with the stomp fetish before because, well... because they creep the fuck out of me. I'm sorry, getting off by imagining yourself ground under someone's foot just ain't right. I'm all for live and let live, but there's a point where counseling is in order. This is past that point. Waaaay past. Enjoy!
Nintendo, wii have a problem
It was the hottest toy of the holidays, showing that gameplay is actually more important than beefy technical specs. Now Wii has further cemented its spot in popular culture with a Class Action lawsuit, and this site, about damage caused by people losing control of their Wiimotes during frenzied game play. Marvel at the photos of TVs, laptops, lamps, windows, pictures, and people taken out by flying game controllers. Now, if those bastards over at the Peterson Target would put units out for sale to customers, instead of giving their employees dibs so they can resell them on eBay. ( This was relayed by an employee there. ) I could find out what the fuss was about.