• Hoverwing Floats Your Boat…Literally

    Hoverwing Floats Your Boat…Literally

    Hovercrafts are awesome.  Because they’re supported by a cushion of slow moving, high-pressure air, they can travel equally well on land, ice and water.  The Hoverwing, a DIY hovercraft by New Zealand mechanic Rudy Heeman, goes the extra mile, hovering well above the water at heights of up to five feet. What’s so spectacular about this one?  As you can tell from the photo, it doesn’t just hover like a regular hovercraft – it soars.  Even better, it can perform [...]

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  • Boneyard: Where Dead American Warplanes Go To Die

    Boneyard: Where Dead American Warplanes Go To Die

    From afar, the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) looks like an airplane modeler’s wet dream.  Lots of miniature flying machines just sitting there, waiting to be cast in a suspended animation scene.  Amusingly enough, they aren’t toys.  Instead, they’re real, decommissioned birds awaiting their future fate. The place, more popularly known as the Boneyard, is where old military airplanes go to die.  Reputed to be the world’s largest aircraft cemetery, the airbase covers a sprawling 2,600 acres of [...]

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  • Forget Cops And Robbers,  Get Your Kids Playing Sellers And Suckers With The Kaufladen

    Forget Cops And Robbers, Get Your Kids Playing Sellers And Suckers With The Kaufladen

    Want your kids to grow up filthy rich?  Get them started early with the Kaufladen, a mobile kiosk stand marketed to German kids.  That way, they can steal stuff from your fridge and sell it back to you for a profit.   Clever. Anywhere you go in the world, it’s always the business owners raking all the money.  Forget having your children play cops and robbers – nobody makes real coin from that deal.  If they’re going to roleplay, they might [...]

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  • Vacuum Cleaner Museum Showcases 120 Vintage And Classic Dust-Sucking Home Appliances

    Vacuum Cleaner Museum Showcases 120 Vintage And Classic Dust-Sucking Home Appliances

    All things that suck go here. No, not our website – we’re cool (well, we try). They go to Nottingham, England’s Vacuum Cleaner Museum, possibly the single most dust-free place in the world. Yep, a real, true-to-life depository for everyone’s favorite dust-eating home appliance. Don’t expect a floor that looks like the home cleaning shelves of your local appliance store, though. None of that lame, robotic modern vacuums here. Instead, it’s filled with lines upon lines of vintage and classic [...]

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  • Bloom Energy Shows Off Their Bloom Box Fuel Cell Power Generators

    Bloom Energy Shows Off Their Bloom Box Fuel Cell Power Generators

    After being featured on 60 Minutes, the entire world is abuzz with Bloom Energy once again.  Nearly forgotten due to a lack of recent press, the alternative energy company’s current spate of publicity is sure to light a fire in water-cooler discussions over the next few months. Why is it such a big deal?  Bloom Energy produces fuel cell boxes that, when combined with an energy source (such as natural gas), can produce usable electricity.  See those two boxes founder [...]

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  • Zingy Is A Super Safe Two-Person Boat That’s Cute As A Button

    Zingy Is A Super Safe Two-Person Boat That’s Cute As A Button

    Unlike cars or gadgets, boats aren’t exactly something most regular folks think about buying.  Inventor Clayton Turney wants to change all that with the Zingy, a sea-capable, two-person boat that prides itself on accessibility. Designed for novice boaters, it looks nothing more than a toy at first glance (like a real boat with the rest of its body hacked off).  Don’t let the harmless appearance fool you.  While small, it boasts excellent sea-keeping abilities, described as a “super safe, super [...]

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  • In Gangland Taiwan, The Handgun Of Choice Is A Shotgun Revolver

    In Gangland Taiwan, The Handgun Of Choice Is A Shotgun Revolver

    Shotguns pack a punch, but those things are also huge – not the type of weapon you can stick under your pants when you want to roll down packing quietly.  In gangland Taiwan, they’re supposed to get over that hurdle by using these: shotgun revolvers. Yes, it’s a small handheld weapon that you can, theoretically, hide under baggy jeans.  Really baggy jeans.  Unlike other pistols, though, it can take standard 12-gauge shotgun slugs and shells, allowing you to put a [...]

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  • Workaholic Pillow Adds A Disguised Head Cushion On Your Desk For Those Sneaky Office Naps

    Workaholic Pillow Adds A Disguised Head Cushion On Your Desk For Those Sneaky Office Naps

    Like to sleep at work when no one’s looking?  Doze off comfortably with the Workaholic Pillow, a soft head cushion that folds up into an innocent-looking book to keep your office hour naps a secret. Yep, it’s a downy pillow disguised as a giant book.  We can’t read the Japanese inscriptions on the side, which is awesome, since no one at my office can understand what it says either.  If anyone asks, just say it’s your private diary that no [...]

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  • Say Goodbye To Sandbags, Soldier: McCurdy’s Armor Is A Portable Steel Fort That Sets Up Like Legos

    Say Goodbye To Sandbags, Soldier: McCurdy’s Armor Is A Portable Steel Fort That Sets Up Like Legos

    I’ve never been to war, but stacking sandbags to set up a defensive line just sounds like a terrible way to spend the day.  A defense contractor finally did something about it with the McCurdy’s Armor, a steel-plated wall that provides equivalent protection while setting up within minutes. Named after a Marine who died in the line of duty in 2006, the new military rig boasts assembly that requires no tools or equipment, with the company going as far as [...]

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  • Heinz Dip & Squeeze Reinvents The Ketchup Packet

    Heinz Dip & Squeeze Reinvents The Ketchup Packet

    I hate ketchup packets with a vengeance.  Why bother producing a container with so little ketchup in it?  That’s just ridiculous.  Heinz has finally decided to do something about it, turning out a packet that both contains more of our favorite french fries companion and offers more flexible use. Called the Dip & Squeeze, the redesigned packet lets you use your ketchup in two different ways. You can choose to squeeze it out by tearing off the “cap” or dip [...]

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  • Aircruise: The Luxury Aircraft Of The Future?

    Aircruise: The Luxury Aircraft Of The Future?

    Electric cars are slowly etching themselves as the future of land transportation.  For flight vehicles, however, there’s barely a glimmer of any future standard yet.  Design company Seymourpowell thinks they have the answer with the Aircruise, a giant airship powered by natural energy. An airship may sound like a step back in technological development, but it does make perfect sense.  We’ve been conducting air-powered flights long before engined planes and it might be time we explored how we can take [...]

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  • Pedal The Ocean: One Man, A Pedal-Powered Boat And 2,672 Miles Of Water

    Pedal The Ocean: One Man, A Pedal-Powered Boat And 2,672 Miles Of Water

    It’s one thing to ride a pedal-powered boat.  It’s completely another to take it from Canada to Hawaii all by your lonesome.  That’s exactly what Canadian Greg Kolodziejzyk will be doing in July, when he takes his ocean-faring boat Within for his Pedal the Ocean project. A world first, the adventurer will travel the full 2,672 miles of water on nothing but leg muscles.  If that sounds crazy, well, it’s not like he’s new to doing that at all.  In [...]

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  • Pre-Chewed Pencils Dare You To Gnaw At Them

    Pre-Chewed Pencils Dare You To Gnaw At Them

    Like to chew on pencils?  It’s a bad habit that you really should put a stop to.  Wearing a muzzle over your mouth or putting mild poison on the pencil tips are both valid ways of curbing the behavior, but that can get somewhat crazy really fast.  Here’s something that’s a little less severe, but has a shot of actually being equally as effective: Pre-Chewed Pencils. Yes, wooden writing instruments that someone chewed on well before you had it.  Absolutely [...]

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  • Man Flies In An Office Chair Strapped To 55 Balloons, Comes Back Down And Goes To Work

    Man Flies In An Office Chair Strapped To 55 Balloons, Comes Back Down And Goes To Work

    What do you make of adrenaline junkies, 55 party balloons and an office rat?  As it turns out, all three things came together in the person of Jonathan Trappe, a North Carolina middle manager who flew 14,783 feet up in the air using 55 helium balloons strapped to his office chair.   Yes, a cluster balloon flight, like that Disney movie with the grumpy old man and the rotund child which was moderately funny. A technical project manager at work, he [...]

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  • Manpacks Will Ship You A Fresh Batch Of Underwear Regularly, So You Can Skip On Those Dumb Shopping Trips

    Manpacks Will Ship You A Fresh Batch Of Underwear Regularly, So You Can Skip On Those Dumb Shopping Trips

    Need a new batch of briefs every three months, but can’t seem to remember to get them?  Since robots can’t shop for you yet, a company ran by humans might prove the best thing you currently have available.  Manpacks, a scheduled delivery service for socks, briefs, boxers and undershirts, should have you covered. Why would you need a company to regularly send over personal garments?  Because you’re a dude.  And dudes would rather do anything to get out of a [...]

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  • Buy Your Own Cold War-Era Russian Fighter Jet

    Buy Your Own Cold War-Era Russian Fighter Jet

    Want a Cold War-Era Russian fighter plane that you can call your own?  Look no further than the Russian Sukhoi SU-27 Flanker jets that are currently being sold for private ownership to well-heeled Americans.   Yes, top-flight Russian wartime hardware that can be yours for a measly $5 million. At that price, it’s cheaper than some luxury performance yachts and around the cost of most used business jets, which should put it at serious consideration for your next “nothing better to [...]

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  • IMEC Etches The Smallest World Map Onto A Photonics Chip

    IMEC Etches The Smallest World Map Onto A Photonics Chip

    Your map of the world will always be too big next to this thing: the Smallest World Map, as created by the Photonics Research Group of Ghent University-IMEC.  Sure, you’ll probably have no use for it, but I’ll bet all the crab lice living in your body (ewww, gross) will appreciate one.  Hey, a couple of them may be interested in geography too. Why would anybody make a map so small?  Because they can.  And it gets attention.  Heck, any [...]

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  • Living The Millionaire Lifestyle: My Garage Is A 108-Foot Sunseeker Predator Yacht

    Living The Millionaire Lifestyle: My Garage Is A 108-Foot Sunseeker Predator Yacht

    When you pair off luxury with awesome, you get a picture of how gazillionaires live.  That’s exactly what Sunseeker did at the London International Boat Show, showing off one of their Predator 108 Special Editions with a Caterham Se7en stowed on the vehicle compartment.  Yikes. Sunseeker debuted their new 108-foot flybridge motor yacht at the event, paying special attention to the garage area at the stern of the boat.   Normally intended as a launching pad for a smaller motorboat, they [...]

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  • Kolelinia Puts The Bicycle Lane Over Traffic

    Kolelinia Puts The Bicycle Lane Over Traffic

    Why drive your bicycle on the road where all the traffic is when you can ride on top of it?  Well, that’s the idea behind the Kolelinia, a proposed transportation system that puts bicycle lanes on overhead steel pipes.  Yes, just like they do in the circus. Designed by Martin Angelov, the concept won first prize at the international Line of Site competition.  While the idea looks dangerously dumb at first glance, it’s actually rather novel.  Despite its appearance, there [...]

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