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'Mario' Gets His Own Avenue in Spain, Still Can't Find the Princess

'Super Mario Bros.' recently turned 25-years old, and the birthday gifts keep coming in. One Spanish neighborhood has given the iconic hero an impressively geeky present that may be the first of its kind: an entire street. During an elaborate public ceremony, the planned community of Arcosur, Spain officially unveiled the 'Avenida de Super Mario Bros.' Along with the expected costumed spectators,...

Google Maps Blamed for Nicaraguan Invasion of Costa Rica

We've seen Google Maps misplace cities and mislead pedestrians, but we never thought the navigational service's occasional inaccuracies could spark an international conflict -- until now. It all began when Nicaraguan military commander Eden Pastora sent a group of troops into a region around San Juan Lake, near the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Upon arriving, the soldiers promptly...

Laptop Case on Legs Marketed to People With Chairs, Without Laps

We'd like to say we can think of a million uses for this rather strange laptop bag... but we can't. Ostensibly a carrying case for your portable PC, the Thanko Laptop Table Bag hides four telescoping aluminum legs in its undercarriage. At 5,980 yen (roughly $74), it's not too much more expensive than your average case -- but, at a bulky six pounds, it probably weighs more than your laptop itself....

Cell Phone Makes Man Slobber via 'Bondage Happens' System

Anybody who owns a smartphone or works at the computer all day knows that modern man is at the beck and call of various pings, rings and vibrations. Ian Page has considered this fact, and has created Bondage Happens -- conditioning headgear that, for two weeks, will inject a sip of lemon juice into his mouth every time his phone rings. (We call it drool-dialing.) See a video of the project after...

New Print-n-Sniff Ink Jet Will Likely Just Jam-n-Stink

Scratch and Sniff stickers exploded in popularity during the glorious early '80s, but the trendy olfactory simulators rapidly faded into obscurity. For some reason, Japanese scientists apparently hope to revolutionize the forgotten, fragrant industry by incorporating scent production with modern technology. Keio University researchers reportedly worked in conjunction with Canon to hack -- and...

Japanese Humanoid Bot Busts a Move And Sings Onstage

It might not pose a threat to Lady Gaga -- yet -- but the HRP-4C dancing robot busted an untethered move at Tokyo's recent Digital Content Expo. The humanoid bot, which is being developed at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, took the stage with a group of backup dancers to offer folks a glimpse into the future of robotics and, possibly, pop music. Not only can...

8 Minutes of Bizarre VCR Obsession

This Finn loves green screens, bowl cuts, 'Tubular Bells' and the 'Terminator' theme. He also really, really loves VCRs. We don't know why! He may be some kind of repairman, but that only half-explains the VHS fetish. If you've got eight minutes to zone out, watch his paean to the videocassette recorder below. (He's also a YouTube uploading champ, having posted 988 videos since May 2008.) Weird....

We're Not Afraid of This Singing Robot

Some of us at Switched have decided that we need to stop referring to humanoid robots as 'creepy,' even if they do plumb the depths of the Uncanny Valley. So the best way for us to describe the HRP-4C -- a Japanese singing robot that attempts to mimic human facial expressions -- is to call it 'unnecessary.' See a video of the entirely non-threatening and irrelevant 'droid after the break....

DIY Tweeting Snuggie Is as Ridiculous as It Is Awesome

Bringing a smile to a geek's face is easy: take several things they love (especially things they love ironically), and jam them together in some ridiculous way that's both incredibly novel and completely useless. It's a flawless formula that leads to the creation of things like this tweeting Snuggie (or Slanket if that's your bag). The recipe is simple. Take one cheap piece of infomercial-famous...

Robot Taught to Punch People, For 'Science'

Borut Povše, of the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, is conducting a slightly unsettling experiment in which high-powered industrial robots punch human subjects in an attempt to study the threshold at which machines cause pain. It sounds like the antics of a mad scientist, but Povše claims his work is aimed at quantifying the data necessary to institute Asimov's first rule of...

'Kid's Walker' Robot Gives Your Kid the Gift of Physical Injury

What's a great way to tear your child away from his PlayStation and get him outside? Why, with a giant robotic toy that will walk for him, of course! At a little over 5-feet tall and weighing over 400 lbs., the new 'Kid's Walker' 'Avatar'-esque robo suit isn't so much a toy as it is a recipe for carnage. Just plop your kid in the bot's seat, let him spend hours cruising around the neighborhood...

Scientists Win IgNobel for Collecting Whale Snot With RC Helicopter

This year's IgNobel Prize winners, as always, came up with ingenious ways to do really zany things. This year's winner in the physics category, for example, discovered that people who wear socks on the outsides of their shoes are less likely to fall while walking on ice. Another researcher earned the vaunted prize for his straight-to-DVD research on fruit bat fellatio. Perhaps the weirdest...

Straight Out of 'eXistenZ': Mio I-zawa's iPhone Birth

Considering how disgusting it is in New York today, we thought we'd share this horrible video of an iPhone being birthed by some kind of fleshy, umbilical... something. Artist Mio I-zawa has made a number of conspicuously David Cronenberg-esque devices, like a tumor that pulsates in accordance with your CPU usage. Gross. And kinda cool! And still gross. The nauseating video is after the break....

Rescu.me Texts Fake Emergencies, Helps You Get out of Awkward Dates

Why go through the hassle of being honest with a bad date, when you can just fabricate a mysterious excuse and hit the road? A new service called Rescu.me is designed to help us do just that. As MakeUseOf explains, the free SMS and voice application sends disgruntled date goers timely "emergency" text messages, giving them a believable reason to jump ship. All you have to do is text 'SMS' to a...

Segway Owner Jimi Heselden Dies After Riding Segway Over a Cliff

In a certain sense, dying while doing something you truly love is a luxury that most people will likely never experience. Silver as that lining may be, however, it probably won't do much to console the family of Segway owner Jimi Heselden, who recently died after driving one of his trademark devices off of a cliff in England. As the Telegraph reports, Heselden's body was found late Sunday...