Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Häagen-Dazs Loves Honeybees

Häagen-Dazs ice cream has been showing their love for bees lately. It's a bit of a marketing approach, but the end result is the same, regardless. You see, bees have been dieing off and the company (along with Mother Nature) needs the striped insect to maintain their use of 1 million pounds of almonds a year. To help save the bees, Häagen-Dazs is developing an area dedicated to bees at the University of California, Davis - an area that will include a half-acre, $65,000 bee-garden. Sweet! [via The Christian Science Monitor]

A Gamer's Mecca - World Of Warcraft-Themed Restaurant

World of Warcraft or WoW is designated as a massively multiplayer online role-playing game. As with a lot of games, players explore the landscape, fight monsters, complete quests and interact with other players. Worldwide there are more than 11 million monthly subscribers. China can claim at least one million of these. The country's capital, Beijing, has a new restaurant that hopes to cater to the city's WoW fans with "screens playing animations from the game, a full-sized suit of armor, fantasy-inspired murals, and menu items named after characters." Could this become an international gamer's destination? [via Jaunted]

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Making Diamonds From Spit - DNArtistic

Science and art have combined to create a unique business - DNArtistic. The company uses advanced genetic techniques and a dash of creativity to produce personalized pieces of art. You send them some spit-soaked swabs and they send you a framed DNA fingerprint. Their newest undertaking is a line of jewelry that incorporates the buyer's DNA via a fusion of molecular biology and jewelry-making. The starting price will be 1 million Swiss francs ($852,878 USD) for the spit-filled gem.

Vanessa Hudgens Gives Away Free Trees

Million Trees LA is an initiative to plant one million trees throughout the Los Angeles area. In cooperation with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the initiative is giving away up to 7 free shade trees to existing electric customers. High School Musical star, Vanessa Hudgens, showed her green side as she helped promote the program at the 2008 Environmental Youth Conference.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Bigger Than The Million Man March? - Obama's Big Day

On Jan. 20, 2009, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the President of the United States. A million or more people may show up for the inauguration of the country's first black president. Some have even estimated upwards of 5 million! The event has spun out of control with tickets and hotels selling out. If you want to be a part of it all, check out Crash The Inauguration - a site dedicated to attending the 'Woodstock of Washington'. [via The Associated Press]

Lighting One Million Firecrackers... At Once!

Big Boys Toys is Australasia's largest and only complete male lifestyle event where you can see, try and buy the leading brands you love. This 1,000,000 firecracker display was part of the festivities this year. Could be a world record.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

1,000,000 Pennies - A Wall Of Copper

Ever wanted to know what one million pennies would look like? Me neither, but you might as well look since you're here. Actually, it's 1,003,776 pennies. Whatever. It's close enough. This is a wall 4 feet wide and 5 feet high. And yes, that is a traditional penny-counter's uniform. [via MegaPenny Project]

Beer Bottle Building - Monks Advertise For Heineken

Thai monks used over one million recycled glass bottles to construct their Buddhist temple. The monks obtained the bottles through a local cleanup effort. Apparently, Thai drinkers prefer Heineken and Chang, as the entire temple is made only from the green and brown bottles of these brands. [via greenUpgrader]

Saturday, December 13, 2008

A LEGO-Maniac's Workshop

Sean Kinney doesn't work for LEGO, but he plays with the colorful building bricks everyday. You see, Sean is an artist who uses LEGOs as his art medium and with over 1 million Lego pieces in his studio, he is ready to prove that he can build anything... anytime. He has worked on portraits, sculptures, and scale models for companies such as Google, ABC, NBC, Mazda, Chase, and others. Interested in commissioning a custom LEGO sculpture? He does that too. [via InventorSpot]

Giving The Gift Of Trash This Holiday Season

Christmas is a wasteful time of year. Wrapping paper and discarded packages. Month-old Christmas trees and leftover snacks. All of it gets pitched in the trash and eventually finds it's way to the landfill. The North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources says the holiday season increases the nation’s trash by an extra 1 million tons per week between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. [via WSLS 10]