• How To Squeeze Even More Mileage Out Of  Your Car: The DIY Boat Tail

    How To Squeeze Even More Mileage Out Of Your Car: The DIY Boat Tail

    Darin Cosgrove is serious about MPG savings.  How else, after all, would you explain the decision to give his car a boat tail for even better fuel economy?  It’s not a discreet spoiler-like attachment either.  He slapped a huge-ass homemade boat tail that extends the rear in both a visually painful and uncomfortable-to-drive manner. Cosgrove used a 1998 Pontiac Firefly as the canvas for his creation, adding what’s effectively a snout on the car’s rear end.  While that eyesore on [...]

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  • Bat Umbrella Saves Gotham Citizens From Getting Drenched In The Rain

    Bat Umbrella Saves Gotham Citizens From Getting Drenched In The Rain

    If getting wet is a crime then Batman would totally save the day with this Bat Umbrella.  Yes, it’s an umbrella in the shape of a bat, like of all of Batman’s toys.  I always figured the Caped Crusader’s suit was water-repellent.  Just in case it isn’t, though, this rainy day accessory would be an awesome Batgadget to add to his arsenal. Okay, it wouldn’t be that awesome.  In fact, that thing looks too big to hang around his belt [...]

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  • AquaNotes Let You Jot Down Ideas In The Shower, In The Bathtub, Even Under The Ocean

    AquaNotes Let You Jot Down Ideas In The Shower, In The Bathtub, Even Under The Ocean

    Do you get your best ideas while lathering up in the bathroom?  Never lose a creative spark of genius again with the AquaNotes, a waterproof notepad that you can use while you let loose in the shower. You never know when your most brilliant idea will strike – while you’re brushing your teeth, scrubbing your armpits or unloading last night’s dinner buffet.  That’s why it pays to be ready.  After all, that song you were humming while reaching for the [...]

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  • Hang A 2010 Google Calendar On Your Wall

    Hang A 2010 Google Calendar On Your Wall

    The Online Google Calendar is plenty useful, but for a lot of people (me included as I still prefer a daily planner over something digital) a physical calendar is just easier to use.  Don’t give me that look, either – even the gadget-obsessed Japanese thinks so.  Want proof?  Check out this real, physical, printed-on-paper 2010 Google Calendar.  Whaaaaat? Yep, Google Japan has gone all real-world on us and produced an alternative to the online-only Calendar application.  No Google account needed [...]

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  • Andtie Is A Scarf And Necktie In One

    Andtie Is A Scarf And Necktie In One

    Hate to wear a tie, but the office requires it?  Pretend to have one on with the Andtie, a scarf with one end styled to look like a necktie.   Of course, it leaves you with even more stuff to carry – a full scarf instead of an unobtrusive clip-on (admit it, that’s all you ever wear) – but such is the life for the office rebel.  Nobody tells you what to wear, dammit! Created by Pral & Brok, the two-in-one [...]

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  • Anata No Warehouse: Japan’s Intentionally Run-Down, Seedy-Looking And Dilapidated Arcade Gaming Center

    Anata No Warehouse: Japan’s Intentionally Run-Down, Seedy-Looking And Dilapidated Arcade Gaming Center

    This building in Kawasaki, Japan looks more like a drug den than a video arcade, but it’s supposedly a real game center.  Called Anata no Warehouse (Your Warehouse), it’s a large building intentionally designed to look like it survived the…wait for it… Atomic bomb (bad joke KABOOM)! According to Kotaku reader Landon (who sent in the pics to the gaming blog), it was meant to look like the “backstreets of China.”  While I’ve never been to the Kung Fu capital [...]

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  • Honey, I Stretched The Vespa: The Stretch Scooter

    Honey, I Stretched The Vespa: The Stretch Scooter

    Stretch automobiles usually point towards luxury as a primary benefit.  Not this Vespa Stretch Scooter though, which looks to be more trouble than anything else.  Think you can wade through traffic with that?  Good luck. Created by Vespa South Africa, the extra-long “family” version of the iconic vehicle looks like two scooters welded together, with the rear of one and the front of the other chopped off before being paired.  The company says it can take up to four people.  [...]

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  • JetScream Whistle Lets You Create Noise Pollution On The Sly

    JetScream Whistle Lets You Create Noise Pollution On The Sly

    Need a really, really loud whistle for those moments when you want to be heard? Try the Jetscream Whistle, which should render anyone in your immediate vicinity near-deaf with its 122 dB of noise. Created by Ultimate Survival Technologies, it’s intended for the outdoors, so that your friends may find you the next time you get lost in the middle of the woods.  Of course, it might also attract carnivorous predators that feed on confused weekend warriors like you, so [...]

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  • Geek Pocket Watch: How To Look Like A Math Geek Without Really Trying

    Geek Pocket Watch: How To Look Like A Math Geek Without Really Trying

    Want to confuse people who make the mistake of asking you for the time?  That should be easy with the Geek Pocket Watch, which replaces each number on the dial with a corresponding mathematical notation. In truth, it works like a regular analog clock, requiring no feat of genius to read.  Watch people clam up in befuddled horror, though, as they look at those math symbols thinking they’re supposed to come up with the time in some unusual way.  Aaaaaaah! [...]

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  • 2009 American Silver Eagle Coins: Add A Little Precious Metal To Your Portfolio

    2009 American Silver Eagle Coins: Add A Little Precious Metal To Your Portfolio

    Looking for a place to invest all that money you collected from your previous bank heists and ponzi schemes?  How about bullion coins, specifically the hugely popular 2009 American Silver Eagle? A lot of current investments are either crap or pose too much risk.  That’s why precious metals, like these bullion coins, are taking off among folks in search of a trouble-free product to put in their liquid assets.  In fact, the 1oz Silver Eagle has seen unprecedented sales during [...]

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  • The Damned Is A Bulletproof Hanky For Your Front Suit Pocket

    The Damned Is A Bulletproof Hanky For Your Front Suit Pocket

    Want to keep Cupid’s arrow from penetrating your heart of stone (or just some obsessive-compulsive assassin insisting on putting a bullet right in your aorta)?  You may want to look into protecting yourself with The Damned, a bulletproof pocket square for dapper gentlemen whose hearts are in danger. Of course, you can always just wear a bulletproof vest underneath all your clothes, but where’s the thrill in that?  Besides, vests make you look fat.  It’s true, you can check Wikipedia. [...]

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  • Enjoy Your Portable Media On The Cheap With A 16GB MP3/MP4/RMVB Player

    Enjoy Your Portable Media On The Cheap With A 16GB MP3/MP4/RMVB Player

    Like the iPod Touch’s design but don’t need all those apps?  Neither do a lot of people.  For folks like you, this 16GB MP3/MP4/RMVB player might prove a little more suited for your requirements. Borrowing the looks of Apple’s top-of-the-line PMP, this little Chinese clone (95 x 56 x 14 mm) does all that you need it to do without drowning you in unnecessary tack-ons.  It plays a slew of music formats (MP3, WAV, WMA, ASF and OGG) and video [...]

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  • Watch Meteors, Satellites And Aliens With SBIG’s New AllSky-340 And AllSky-340C

    Watch Meteors, Satellites And Aliens With SBIG’s New AllSky-340 And AllSky-340C

    Want to spend evenings waiting for your birth parents from outer space to take you back home (seriously, those drones downstairs can’t be your real old folks)?  Better get Santa Barbara Instrument Group’s (SBIG) new horizon-to-horizon view camcorders, which are specially-designed to facilitate keeping an extended eye on the sky. Called the AllSky-340 and the AllSky-340C, the new models are geared towards a multitude of uses, including monitoring the weather, detecting meteors, catching passing comets and recording UFO flights.  If [...]

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  • The Chrome OS Netbook Sounds Like It Really Will Be Awesome

    The Chrome OS Netbook Sounds Like It Really Will Be Awesome

    We all know that a Chrome OS netbook is coming next year.  Since the OS is free and hardware requirements are low, expectations were that it will be cheap.  However, Google’s recent announcements pegged it at $300, which is no different from the flood of netbooks in the market. A new piece from IBTimes seems to change the tide.  While they claim that the $300 price is accurate, the hardware will actually be wildly different from existing netbook fare – [...]

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  • Shaun T’s Insanity 60 Day Workout For Extreme Cardio Fitness

    Shaun T’s Insanity 60 Day Workout For Extreme Cardio Fitness

    I like Shaun T, but his Hip-Hop Abs and Rockin Body programs are just a little too dance-focused for my Henry Rollins sensibilities when it comes to getting buff.  That’s why I’m lovin’ how he’s turning the corner for the better with this new extreme fitness program, the Insanity 60 Day Workout. Rather than go the “shake that booty” route one more time, this new fitness DVD turns to sports science and high-level techniques.  Of course, the workouts are insane, [...]

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  • Cut Those Big Paper Shapes With The New Blue Cricut Expression Machine

    Cut Those Big Paper Shapes With The New Blue Cricut Expression Machine

    In the world of papercraft, no recent development has been more impressive than Provo Craft’s Cricut machines.  The electronic paper cutter doesn’t only turn complicated shape-making into a simple push-button affair, it gives you near-limitless possibilities by expanding its available designs via add-on cartridges. The Blue Cricut Expression Machine is a bigger version of the original Cricut, allowing you to produce even larger paper die cuts than usual.  It comes in two versions, each one with mostly cosmetic differences.  The [...]

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  • iMac CS Turns Old All-In-One Into A New Three-In-One

    iMac CS Turns Old All-In-One Into A New Three-In-One

    We’re kinda used to people turning used Mac cases into a bunch of other things.  I doubt most of us have seen anything like the iMac CS though, which outfits a decommissioned iMac’s shell with a small computer, a sound system and a single-serve coffee maker. Yep, a real coffee-maker, ready to make a deliciously steaming cup, punched through where the actual screen used to be.  That way, you can save yourself a trip to the kitchen while banging out [...]

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  • Seiko Pyramid Clock Brings 80s PyramidTalk Into The 21st Century

    Seiko Pyramid Clock Brings 80s PyramidTalk Into The 21st Century

    Miss the ’80s that much?  Here’s another throwback to help you relive your favorite decade – a 21st century version of Seiko’s PyramidTalk (which was all the rage back in 1984) called the Seiko Pyramid Clock.  Yay! A relic that came to life during the same decade that spawned Cyndi Lauper and Rick Astley, it holds the distinction of being the first talking quartz clock ever produced.  Its newest iteration retains both the quirky looks and useful functions, along with [...]

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  • Magimix Toaster Vision Lets You See Your Bread As It Burns So You Can Save Breakfast

    Magimix Toaster Vision Lets You See Your Bread As It Burns So You Can Save Breakfast

    Hate burnt toast? Join the club. Better yet, petition Magimix to hurry up in producing the Toaster Vision, a see-through toaster oven which lets you see the bread as it bakes for a second time. Since my mental faculties are also at their slowest early morning, my ability to make decent toast is often severely compromised. I’ve never burned toast bad enough to start a fire (seriously, those people should be locked away from the kitchen), but I’ve probably had [...]

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