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February 21, 2014 • Gear Bits

DHL Pranks UPS and TNT in Hilarious (and Fake) Advertising Campaign

Just because everyone looks at UPS or FedEx as the big boys of shipping, doesn’t mean that DHL has to take it lying down.  To that end, DHL decided to “prank” fellow shippers UPS and TNT by printing “DHL is Faster” on temperature-sensitive paper and glued them to large boxes and had UPS and TNT …

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February 11, 2014 • Gear Bits

Vladimir Putin Sports Yota Advertising for Russian Mobile Provider

There was controversy back in 2012 about the official sponsors of the Olympic games forcing athletes to not display logos of their sponsor brands. The Sochi Olympic games came with their own controversies, but the branding rules stand. For the athletes anyway, as the Russian President wore a fleece with several brands displayed, including Russian …

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February 10, 2014 • Gear Bits

Project Capture Enables UFO Reporting Via iPhone

Project Capture is a social network way for UFO enthusiasts to report “something unexplainable in the sky” or an alien “crash site” via iPhone or iPad app. Get alerts when UFO’s are spotted by your crazy neighbor in your neighborhood. Submit your own UFO reports. Be advised this is only for legitimate material and false content …

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February 7, 2014 • Gear Bits

Is “Not Having Kids” the Right Prescription for You?

Want to sleep through the night? Looking to keep your stress as low as possible? Looking to avoid paying $50,000 a year for college? Hoping to retire before the age of 75? Try “Not Having Kids”. It isn’t the right for everyone but it may be just the right prescription for you. Click for video. …

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February 3, 2014 • Gear Bits

NYC I.V. Doctor Will Make HouseCalls with Hangover Cure

  Did you party a bit too hard last night during the Super Bowl? If this morning is not treating you kindly, and if you live in the NYC area, then you might want to give the I.V. Doctor a call. “Party without worrying about a hangover” and “discover why so many celebrities and socialites …

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February 1, 2014 • Gear Bits

Valentines Day Gifts That Will Leave You Single on February 15th

    Ah Valentines Day. That heartwarming day filled with love, chocolate, over-priced cards and, of course, terrible gifts that far too often backfire on the giver. Sure, you can get the love of your life a Lexus tied in a red bow, but what will you do the following year? Here are a few …

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January 30, 2014 • Gear Bits

Are You a Good Liar? Take This 5 Second Test and Share Your Results!

There are several personality traits that can supposedly be revealed based on the results you glean from this simple 5 second test. Kev and I did it over breakfast, and the results were a bit surprising … or maybe they weren’t. Watch the video, take the test, and then share your results below!

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January 27, 2014 • Gear Bits

You’ll Never Clean the Litter Box with These Feline Stickers

Who needs cat videos when you can stick these feline stickers anywhere you want? Forget nine lives, since you get 11 different stickers per pack. I like the one with the butterflies. Purrrfect for your cat lover. But ouch — at $151 plus $17 for shipping for the set, it’s you who is being declawed.  Order now. Or …

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January 23, 2014 • Gear Bits

Schlitterbahn’s Verruckt – Would You Ride a 17 Story Waterslide?

I love roller coasters, but have never been as enthused about waterslides. There’s something comforting (false or not) about being securely strapped in, as opposed to a thin bathing suit being my only protection against plummeting straight down. Needless to say, I won’tt be riding the Verrückt at Schlitterbahn Kansas City … will you? Watch the …

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January 22, 2014 • Outdoors, Reviews

Heaven Golf Shoes Will Get You and Your Game Noticed

Sometimes a product comes along that is so bizarre-looking that you just have to take notice. Heaven Golf Shoes are just such a product, and they promise to be a revolutionary development in the game of golf. If nothing else, they’re sure to distract spectators from your duck hook into the wrong fairway.

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January 18, 2014 • Gear Bits

Heartbreaking Destruction of Hurricane Sandy Revealed in Google Maps Street View

A post on Reddit titled “What’s the Most WTF Thing You Can Find On Street View” caught my eye. I was not quite sure what to expect though the top post caught my eye. It’s a pre and post street view of Kissam Ave in Staten Island, New York which was devastated by Hurricane Sandy …

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January 14, 2014 • Gear Bits

You Can Get Ready for Spring but There is NO WAY to Get Ready for the Mankini!

I may share a name with Sasha Baron Cohen, but I don’t share his willingness to do just about anything for a laugh. Case in point — the Mankini. Yes, he really wore this. And yes, you can get your own. Better still, it is currently on sale over on Gadgets and Gear.

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January 9, 2014 • Editorials

Email Is Forever, a PSA from the Governor of New Jersey

The Governor of New Jersey is in a bit of hot water and currently trying to do damage control. I won’t comment on him or his staff’s behavior but one thing became clear as he spoke. We warn young people that anything they post on social media “is forever” and, as the Governor and his …

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January 8, 2014 • News

Surreal Melting Watch Inspired By Salvador Dali Distorts Your Mind

Everyone at CES is talking wearable technology, from Google Glass to Pebble to fitness trackers and more. But what about the most basic wearable – the wrist watch? Gadgets & Gear is back with a cool ‘melting watch’ inspired by the classic Salvador Dalí’s painting ‘The Persistence of Memory’. With this on your wrist you …

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January 6, 2014 • Gear Bits

Michael Bay Leaves Samsung Press Conference Stage Due to Teleprompter Failure

When you do things live, stuff happens. That is just how it goes – technical problems, mixups and misunderstandings, and so on. They happen. As they say, it isn’t the problem but how you deal with it that says more about you. Well, at the Samsung Press Conference there was a teleprompter problem … and …

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December 10, 2013 • Gear Bits

Sorry Apple Weather, That Is NOT How You Calculate Wind Chill

When I was a kid, the concept of ‘wind chill’ was new; the National Weather Service didn’t start reporting it until the 1970s, and it took a while longer to become popular with news viewers. Now it has evolved into ‘Real Feel’ or ‘Feels Like’ rather than just ‘Wind Chill’. Either way, Apple’s Weather app …

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November 19, 2013 • News

Poo-Pourri – Using Potty Humor to Sell a Great Product

While waiting for a Lenovo video to load, this hilarious Poo-Pourri ad popped up. Usually I click SKIP as soon as the option is available, but not this time. Maybe it’s the 5th grader still trapped inside of me, but this video made me laugh; even funnier is that it’s a product I know works …

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November 19, 2013 • Gear Bits

Baby You Can Ride My Car. The Kennedy Car 50 Years Later

I wrote up my visit to the Henry Ford Museum after being there with Ford last January. Among the amazing things I saw during my visit was the actual car President Kennedy was riding in when he was shot 50 years ago this week. More amazing? It was put back into service, and other Presidents …

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November 15, 2013 • Crowdfunding, News

Make Your High-Fives the Life of the Party with Fiesta Five!

When I heard about the Dragon Innovation project called ‘The Fiesta Five’, I had an immediate thought: one of my sons loves fist-bumps and high fives, the other does not. When he finally does give his brother a high-five, there is a celebration … and I could just picture him using one of these to …

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November 13, 2013 • Editorials

Thoughts on Retail Workers Working on Thanksgiving from an Ex-Retail Worker

Long ago, I worked in retail. I worked at a large family owned chain here in Ohio called Meijer. Unlike other stores, they are open 364 days a year for 24 hours a day closing only on Christmas. Some retail has always been open on Thanksgiving. The rest of world is changing, and it’s ok.

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October 24, 2013 • Outdoors, Reviews, Yum Log

Stuff-a-Burger Lets You, Well … Stuff a Burger!

If you don’t know what a “Juicy Lucy” is, then prepare to have your mind blown. The Juicy Lucy is a stuffed hamburger filled with add-ins like cheese, bacon, mushrooms or onions. Until now, they’ve been difficult to make at home, but thanks to the Stuff-a-Burger Press, you can make your own version on the …

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