• Pop-Up Grill Brings Ultra-Portable Function

    Pop-Up Grill Brings Ultra-Portable Function

    When you’re camping, the more folding gear you can bring, the better.  From your jacket that folds down into the size of socks to your Pack-Away Kettle, they make packing a load of stuff just a whole lot easier.  If you’re going to bring a portable cooker along, you may want to consider this Pop-Up Grill. Designed by Jonas Rylander, it’s a compact grill that collapses into three separate parts when not in use.  The other two parts fit handily [...]

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  • LEGO Sydney Opera House Set 10234 Pics

    LEGO Sydney Opera House Set 10234 Pics

    LEGO just announced their Sydney Opera House set model number 10234. This UNESCO World Heritage Site needs no introduction and  is considered one of the most magnificent works of architecture in the World today. The LEGO set consists of 2989 pieces and includes some hard to find dark tan bricks and tiles. Set 10234 should be available in September 2013 and suggested retail price is around $US 319.            

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  • Longboard Stroller: Not Sure If Good Idea Or Bad

    Longboard Stroller: Not Sure If Good Idea Or Bad

    You’re a parent now.  But you’re still young enough that you can’t admit it makes you just as uncool as your dad was when he had you.  So you need to hold on to what kept you a vibrant and exciting young ‘un back in your heyday, avoiding the dad clothes and sticking to your “peg leg jeans and Jordans” ensemble while taking the baby out on a stroll.  If skateboarding was your thing before knocking up the girlfriend and [...]

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  • World’s Biggest LEGO Set Stars Wars X-Wing Starfighter – Biggest Picture Gallery!

    World’s Biggest LEGO Set Stars Wars X-Wing Starfighter – Biggest Picture Gallery!

    We’ve said it once, we’ll say it again: make something very huge and it becomes indomitably impressive. Apparently, the same thing is true with LEGO sets because this gigantic LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter brings a whole bundle of awesome. A replica of the assault spacecrafts bearing the X-shaped wings from the Star Wars universe, it’s been built to a life-size 1:1 scale, measuring 11 feet tall and 43 feet long, with a 44 feet wingspan. Oh yeah, it weighs [...]

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  • The Windcatcher Will Change How Inflatable Stuff Works

    The Windcatcher Will Change How Inflatable Stuff Works

    Inflatable stuff, from giant couches to blow-up waterparks, are awesome.  And if they can have the same superpowers as the Windcatcher Air Pad, they will likely be even more awesome. Created by Portland-based Ryan Frayne, it’s an inflatable mattress that’s designed for blowing up by simply puffing into it.  Yep, no pumps necessary.  You don’t have to blow into it till you’re red in the face and your jaws hurt, either — just three puffs of air and the thing [...]

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  • Starbucks Stainless Steel Chiseled Tumbler – Do Want

    Starbucks Stainless Steel Chiseled Tumbler – Do Want

    Starbucks is a literal cash trap, making you wait in line for your coffee just long enough so you can admire and impulsively pick up one of the numerous products they have prominently displayed on the shelves.  The next time I’m in, I’ll probably be tempted to  buy one of these Stainless Steel Chiseled Tumblers and I can’t help but give in to the urges. A part of Starbucks’ new Cold-to-Go Chiseled Collection, the drinking vessel embraces the classic Cold [...]

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  • Yo Dawg, I Heard You Like Startups – Techcrunch Disrupt NY 2013′s Startup Battlefield Guide

    Yo Dawg, I Heard You Like Startups – Techcrunch Disrupt NY 2013′s Startup Battlefield Guide

    As some of you probably know, Techcrunch Disrupt is back in New York this week, spotlighting the big names, bright stars and exciting up-and-comers of the tech industry.  The event, which began on Monday and concludes today, has been an exciting one, with the Hackathon giving birth to some really fresh ideas, the panels and speakers dropping some genuine wisdom, and Startup Alley offering a healthy mix of exciting new products. The granddaddy of the event, though, as it has [...]

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  • Cool Things Is Webby Awards 2013 Honoree – We Love You Too Internet!

    Cool Things Is Webby Awards 2013 Honoree – We Love You Too Internet!

    So I was debating whether to toot my own horn or not but decided to share this exciting news with you after all. Real catalyst was loyal readers just like you actually asking why haven’t we mentioned this on the site at all? Here is a little excerpt from an email we received couple of weeks ago from fine folks at Webby Awards. “It is my pleasure to inform you that Cool Things has been selected as an Official Honoree [...]

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  • Sober Up Helps Get Rid Of Hangovers With A Shot

    Sober Up Helps Get Rid Of Hangovers With A Shot

    Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen plenty of solutions for preventing horrible hangovers associated with Friday night’s heavy drinking, so there’s no shortage of stuff, from multivitamins to candy to energy drinks, you can try to spare you from the agony.  Finding one that works for you, however, is a whole other story.  Sober Up is the latest in the growing line that you can try.  Maybe, it’s finally the one that kicks away all the nasty side [...]

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  • Envelope X-Ray Spray Lets You See Through Sealed Contents

    Envelope X-Ray Spray Lets You See Through Sealed Contents

    Opening sealed envelopes to find out their contents then sealing them back in like nothing happened is easy enough with the right tools on hand.  Unless you accidentally rip something out because you’re a crappy spy, that is.  If you’d rather avoid the whole potential for trouble, you might want to invest in a can of the Envelope X-Ray Spray instead. Able to make erstwhile opaque paper turn into a temporarily transluscent state, it lets you quickly check what’s inside [...]

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  • LEGO Technic Grand Prix Racer 42000 Pics

    LEGO Technic Grand Prix Racer 42000 Pics

    Race cars are a favorite among many fans of LEGO’s Technic line. The upcoming Lego Technic Grand Prix Racer brings that in glorious form with an added bonus: it can be alternately assembled into a race truck, too. In race car form, the vehicle looks like a throwback F1 racer from five to six years ago. Measuring 24 inches long, 4 inches high and 9 inches wide, it’s gives you a huge track-faring speedster to play with, too. Just throw [...]

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  • Exclusive Pics – Walter White And Jesse Pinkman Action Figures, Merchandise

    Exclusive Pics – Walter White And Jesse Pinkman Action Figures, Merchandise

    Breaking Bad’s amazing run may be concluding in eight episodes this year, but that doesn’t mean it will leave our minds and hearts any time soon.  In fact, it’s probably more likely we’ll see a good amount of merchandise to close out one of the best shows ever made for television.  And if that’s what you’ve been looking forward to, you won’t want to miss this Walter White/Heisenberg Action Figure from Mezco. Yep, the 50 year old Chemistry teacher turned [...]

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  • LEGO Star Wars Republic Gunship 75021 Pics

    LEGO Star Wars Republic Gunship 75021 Pics

    Want to bring the Clone Wars to your workshop…errr… big boy play room? Not a problem with the Republic Gunship, a heavily-equipped troop transporter that you can use to wage battle against those annoying Separatist Droid Army invaders. A big set consisting of 1,175  pieces, the aerial vehicle is decked in a whole load of detailed features: two pilot cabins, hidden cockpits on the wings, sliding doors, removable command station, a removable emergency capsule healing chamber, and a top compartment [...]

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  • LEGO Lord Of The Rings Pirate Ship Ambush Pics

    LEGO Lord Of The Rings Pirate Ship Ambush Pics

    Looking for more sets to add to your LEGO Lord of the Rings collection? How about the Pirate Ship Ambush, a battle-ready seafarer to satiate all your swashbuckling desires. Measuring around 2 feet long, it’s not one boat you’re bound to miss. And if the size isn’t enough to command attention in your display case, we’re pretty sure those gorgeous wing-like brown sails, detailed ship layout and arsenal of battleship weapons will. Set for release in June 2013, the LEGO [...]

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  • LEGO Technic Service Truck Set 42008 Pics

    LEGO Technic Service Truck Set 42008 Pics

    Do you occasionally need to tow some of your LEGO trucks when their batteries give out? Not a problem with the upcoming LEGO Technic Service Truck, a 24-7 big rig towing behemoth that can probably tow all those trucks that tow other trucks when their engines conk out. Armed with its own battery and motor, this isn’t just a stationary piece of wheeled monster to earn dust in a shelf. Instead, it’s a full on driveable vehicle that you can [...]

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  • M80 Vertigo Standing Guitar Case: No More Bending Over

    M80 Vertigo Standing Guitar Case: No More Bending Over

    You may not be the best guitar player in the club tonight.  Heck, you’re barely even intermediate.  You don’t care, though — chicks don’t really dig dudes that can wax magical on those ancient instruments with strings anymore.  All you really care about is how cool you can look with one.  The M80 Vertigo Electric Case ensures you’ve got the style over substance part down pat. Bending down to open your guitar case, taking out the instrument and getting back [...]

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  • Do Laundry at Work: Petit Laundry Swoosh Portable Washing Machine

    Do Laundry at Work: Petit Laundry Swoosh Portable Washing Machine

    Somehow, you managed to convince the boss to let you install a personal fridge, a mini-donut factory, and a single-serve espresso machine in your office workstation. Having a mini-kitchen in your personal cubicle sure is handy, but it does open you up to spills and stains.  Might as well install a Petit Laundry Swoosh washing machine so you can clean your shirt when that happens. A desktop washing machine, it measures a compact 29 x 29 x 44 cm (w [...]

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  • Ready Fuel Makes Starting Fires Easier, Safer

    Ready Fuel Makes Starting Fires Easier, Safer

    Want a quick way to get a fire going during your time in the wild, but not interested in hauling a liter of gasoline in your backpack?  Not a problem with Ready Fuel, a lightweight gel that ignites quickly and burns at high temperatures. Unlike lighter fluid and gasoline, this isn’t just a fire starter.  More than simply igniting when applied to a flame, it can double as the burning material all on its own, giving you a fire that [...]

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  • All The Cool Stuff You Can Expect From Fred And Friends In Spring 2013

    All The Cool Stuff You Can Expect From Fred And Friends In Spring 2013

    Chill, Baby Pacifiers - I’m not a big fan of dressing your babies in ridiculous gear. I mean, wait until they’re 13 — they’ll be weird enough without any help from you, guaranteed. Then again, if you need to make your baby look funny to help ease the stress of parenthood, these Chill, Baby pacifiers should do the trick. Just like all good baby pacifiers, these should provide the comfort your babies crave, hopefully keeping them from throwing another tantrum. What [...]

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  • 2-in-1 Cigar Holder And Flask Supports Your Two Favorite Vices

    2-in-1 Cigar Holder And Flask Supports Your Two Favorite Vices

    If you’re going to hold on to a vice, might as well make it two.  We’re guessing that’s the rationale behind this 2-in-1 Cigar Holder and Flask, which gives you a pocket-stuffed container for your after-work relaxation staples. While styled as a standard drink flask, the container actually comes with a second opening that leads to a slot for two 46-ring cigars up to 7 inches long.  That way, you can follow up a bite of your favorite scotch with [...]

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  • Titanium Entry Card Arms You With Two Sets Of Lock Picks In Your Wallet

    Titanium Entry Card Arms You With Two Sets Of Lock Picks In Your Wallet

    Experienced lock pickers can probably improvise opening doors using a whole host of stuff they can find around the vicinity.  Folks who only break into a lock when the need arises (such as when you’re locked out of the house, you lose the cabinet keys or when you discover a hidden treasure inside a locked chest) will need proper tools to do the job.  This Titanium Entry Card should get you sufficiently equipped. Sized to fit into a wallet (3.5 [...]

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  • Bacon Shaving Cream Might Just Entice You To Shave Everyday

    Bacon Shaving Cream Might Just Entice You To Shave Everyday

    I personally steer clear of novelty bacon-flavored hygiene products just because they rarely make sense.  Bacon perfume, bacon shampoo and bacon soaps don’t exactly fill me with excitement — who wants to walk around smelling like fried pork belly fat from head to toe? We’ll make an exception for the J&D Bacon Shaving Cream, though. For the most part, it makes sense.  Bacon is great for breakfast; you shave every morning.  Eating a whole bunch of bacon will leave the lower [...]

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  • Hot Can Christmas Dinner: Because It’s A Lonely World Out There

    Hot Can Christmas Dinner: Because It’s A Lonely World Out There

    We’re not sure why the Hot Can Christmas Dinner is marketed specifically for the holidays.  If you’re eating alone during Christmas, you’re probably eating alone most of the year, too.  At any rate, it’s here: hot food in a can with no other appliance necessary. You want hot food but you have no cooktop, no microwave and absolutely no way to heat canned grub?  That’s not a problem with this canned holiday feast (ummm… snack), which can self-heat all by [...]

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  • Kata Revolver 8 Backpack Provides Easy Access To Multiple Lenses

    Kata Revolver 8 Backpack Provides Easy Access To Multiple Lenses

    Sure, that Dryzone 200 and Ultimate Photographers Bag has served you well in your multiple lensman gigs, but you know deep in your heart that the perfect bag is still out there.  Maybe the Kata Revolver 8 PL is exactly what you’re waiting for. The winner of a 2012 Red Dot Design Award, it’s billed as a “revolutionary backpack for professional photographers.”  And the “revolutionary” part isn’t all hype — instead, it features a revolver design for the lens compartments, [...]

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  • Baseball Bat Flashlight Lights The Way While You Bash Everything In Sight

    Baseball Bat Flashlight Lights The Way While You Bash Everything In Sight

    Back when I started driving, I always looked at the Maglite in my glove compartment as a potential weapon in case an impromptu traffic spat occurred on the road.  It’s got enough size, enough hardness and enough strength to really crack a bone on someone’s face if you smash with enough force.   But I’d probably trade the toughest flashlight in a heartbeat for one of these Baseball Bat Flashlights. Yes, it’s a flashlight clad in the shape of a baseball [...]

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  • A Life-Sized, Realistic-Looking Blue Whale Kite

    A Life-Sized, Realistic-Looking Blue Whale Kite

    What will the world look like if those gigantic whales can soar through the air?   I’m guessing pretty awesome.  While we’ll probably never see that unless a new mad science forces all of Earth’s creatures to evolve, the Blue Whale Kite should give us a glimpse at magical that will be. Made by New Zealand-based Peter Lynn Kites, it’s a giant kite clad in the form of a life-sized blue whale.  Not only is it dolled up like the cetacean [...]

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  • Apple iPhone 5

    Apple iPhone 5

    The long wait for Apple’s new smartphone is over.  At a press event in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts yesterday, the company finally spilled everything there is to know about the iPhone 5. Unlike the last generation’s low-key updates, the new phone gets some pretty significant changes.  From hardware design to specs to features, there’s plenty for iPhone fans to really buzz about. Design The iPhone 5 is bigger than the previous generation model, sporting a 4-inch [...]

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