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Buy Nothing For Christmas

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This Christmas we'll be swamped with offers, ads and invitations to buy more stuff. But now there's a way to say enough and join a movement dedicated to reviving the original meaning of Christmas giving.

Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.

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Ritual Sacrifice of XBox360 in Front of "Fanboys"

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[Your 15m]
In response to the throngs of crazed consumers who are compelled to stand in line to be one of the first to purchase Microsoft's new XBox360, a web group collected donations, stood in line, purchased one of the new, limited, sought-after units, and then proceeded to destroy it in front of others.

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Wacky Japanese Inventions

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[Sex]
Hey, the Japanese are really getting fancy with the latest technology to help milk cows.

Right? That's for cows isn't it?

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Turn Your Dead Loved One Into Jewelry

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[Vanity]
Everyone said she was a gem. Now, just eight ounces of cremated remains is all it takes to turn your mother into a diamond. LifeGem uses super-hot ovens to transform ashes to graphite and then presses the stone into blue and yellow diamonds that retail for anywhere from 2,700 to 20,000 dollars.

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Amazing New Battery Powered by Pee

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[Eureka!]
The first urine-powered paper battery has been created by physicists in Singapore. The credit-card sized unit could be a useful power source for cheap healthcare test kits for diseases like diabetes, and could even be used in emergency situations to power a cellphone, they say.

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Own a Piece of "The World" in the Middle East

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[Vanity]
For the uber rich who always dreamed of owning their own country, Middle Eastern construction company, Nakeel is introducing their newest development: THE WORLD: A collection of 250+ man-made islands off the coast of Dubai, UAE, in the shape of continents and countries on Earth. Prices start at US$6.8M. Get your checkbooks ready! Also be prepared for cozy temperatures up to 118 degrees F during the day.

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Dell Forced to Honor Goofed-Up Hard Drive Ad

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In Australia, Dell produced an advertisement selling 250G hard drives for AUS$8.80 instead of AUS$600.00. As a result, there was a rush of orders and Dell apparently claimed there was an error with the price, but enter the Australian Fair Trading body which may force Dell to honor the original advertised price.

Apparently, Dell can usually get out of this by slapping up a "We're not responsible for mistakes" disclaimer on their web sites, and other countries honor this, but the cool Australians don't accept such catch-all liability waivers and are forcing Dell to honor the terms they laid out. Makes you want to move to Australia where they actually hold a company's feet to the fire when they mislead consumers.

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Japan Introduces Strawberry Milk Sausages

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[Junk Food]
In a bid to boost declining sales of fish-meat sausages, Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. has come up with a new flavor designed specifically to attract children -- strawberry milk.

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Spray on Mud

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So you've been driving your escalade to and from the mall each day and you're worried about losing your "street cred?" Well, before you visit Talbot's again, why not apply some "Spray on Mud" to your vehicle to give it that authentic, "I-actually-use-my-SUV-for-the purpose-it-was-designed" look?

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Star Wars Merchandising Hits All Time Low

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Do you reminisce about that sexy scene in Star Wars where Princess Leia was kidnapped by Jabba and dressed as a slave, but you wish you could re-create the imagery with your dog? Well, apparently you aren't alone and the dawn to your dark days has arrived! Announcing the Princess Leia Slave Girl Dog Costume! It's just one of the many great new Star Wars-related products to be regurgitated onto the market in time to capitalize on George Lucas' latest solicitation.

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Tetris Shelving

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[Entertainment]
Several companies, including one called Brave Space are now marketing some interesting new furniture based around the Tetris video game. At $350/per piece or $1700+ for a shelf, it's a bit pricey.

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For the Ultimate Couch Potato

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So you're looking for the ultimate in comfort as you atrophy while playing Unreal Tournament or watching CSI: Silicon Valley? A UK company, Bluebroc, may have what you're looking for. Rumor has it their next model has an optional catheter attachment.

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Darth Tater rises to consume the toy world with the dark side

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For the Star Wars fan who thought he had everything, do you have the new Darth Vader Mr. Potatohead from Hasbro? Un huh. I thought so.

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Your PC can have "dignity" for only $50,000

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Couture culture comes to the world of PCs. You say you purchased the Neiman Marcus Jeweled Mr. & Mrs. Potatohead and you still have money to burn? Well, we've got good news for you. A company called TRUVIA is introducing a line of "Boutique" PC's in the $50,000/each range. The web site states:
A TRUVIA luxury EPC has no equals, powering through the most demanding work and play applications...Most importantly, a TRUVIA luxury EPC always performs with the utmost dignity.

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Divine Interventions

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The next time someone screams "Oh God!", they mean it.

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Clear Channel contest gives away boobies

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Clear Channel Communications Inc. is being criticized by women's health advocates over a Christmas contest that granted breast enlargement surgeries to women in four cities.

The "Breast Christmas Ever" contest was aired in Tampa, Jacksonville, Fla., St. Louis and Detroit and has drawn the ire of both the National Research Center for Women & Families and the National Organization for Women. NOW has urged its supporters to file complaints against the company and its stations with the Federal Communications Commission.

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OD'd ODB is CCTV'd then eBayed

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[Music]
Footage of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s final concert before his untimely death was recently sold on EBAY with a selling price of $100,000, according to the Internet auction site.

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French fry vending machine

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[Junk Food]
Tasty Fries®, Inc. has developed a multi-patented vending machine that prepares, cooks and dispenses French Fries with the flavor, aroma and texture of freshly cut French Fries. Yum, made with Nestles' dehydrated then rehydrated "potato product!"

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Spongebob vandalized or disappearing coast-to-coast

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As seen draped over various trans-fat-laden fast food establishments, it seems the venerable Spongebob Squarepants is in hot demand this season as snipers deflate him or otherwise snatch him. Where could he be?

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Road rage flash cards!

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For the passive-aggressive crazy in us all comes the neat invention of Road Rage Flash Cards. If you're cut off, tired of idiots talking on their cell phones, and generally bad drivers, you can whip out these easy-to-select flash cards to give them a piece of your mind. Kevlar vest and health insurance sold separately.

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