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Fred Toothpick Holder, Ouch!

Fred Toothpick Holder, Ouch!

Make your next party painfully amusing by inviting Fred Toothpick Holder, Ouch!, the voodoo-it-yourself toothpick holder. Perfect for finger food, emergency hexes, and jump-starting the good times. With Ouch, olives will never be boring again!

Human Key Holder

Human Key Holder

You’ll never blame her again for losing the keys with this pair of Human Key Holders (His and Hers) mounted to the wall. Simply attach your keys to the key provided, and insert the key into the male or female forms.

“The Ex” Knife Set and Holder

“The Ex” Knife Set and Holder

Not only functional, but also therapeutic, "The Ex" Knife Set and Holder is a five-piece knife set plus holder that makes for the perfect gift and a guaranteed conversation piece. Constructed with heavy-gauge durable stainless steel, each knife offers a razor-sharp precision cutting blade and a hollow, ergonomically designed for comfortable [...]

Boring + Boring = Pleasant?!

Boring + Boring = Pleasant?!

I've read that Aristotle taught his students while they walked around. It seemed to enhance learning and make the activity more enjoyable. The self-experimenter Seth Roberts has found that doing two boring things together, like walking on a treadmill and studying flash cards, results in a pleasant experience... Fact 1: For the last few weeks, [...]

Foil impressioning: lock-picking technique that uses the lock to form a new key

Here's a fascinating post on "foil impressioning" -- a simple lockpicking technique that uses the lock itself to fashion a working key out of soft aluminium tape. You just stick a key loaded with this stuff into a lock and wiggle it around in a special way and the lock opens itself. (more…)

Bunnie Huang uncovers the mystery of Kingston MicroSD cards’ crappy QA

Bunnie Huang uncovers the mystery of Kingston MicroSD cards’ crappy QA

When Bunnie Huang was in South China overseeing production on his versatile ChumbyOne device, he discovered a major quality issue with Kingston's MicroSD cards. At first, he assumed that he'd gotten a counterfeit batch, but further investigation proved them to be legit. Kingston wasn't willing to give Bunnie any details on its QA process, so [...]

First study of mummy DNA leads to all sorts of discoveries

First study of mummy DNA leads to all sorts of discoveries

King Tut, plus 10 other royal mummies, recently became the first ancient Egyptians to get their DNA analyzed. The results, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, turned up a treasure trove of new information about the famous boy king, his family and Egyptian royalty in general. Among the [...]

Coolest iPhone app ever!

$2.99... talk me out of it. This is much cooler than the "I AM T-PAIN" app.

Withings WiFi Body Scale

Withings WiFi Body Scale

This scale wirelessly sends my weight, fat mass, and BMI to a personal web page at Withings.com and to my Google Health page, my RunKeeper account, and my DailyBurn account. To set it up, I connected it to my computer with a USB cable and filled out some information online. The USB port is hidden in the scale's battery compartment because you [...]

Mute button pacifier

Mute button pacifier

I visited my friend at her home yesterday. She just had a baby boy, who is the proud owner of this adorable little pacifier that doubles as his very own mute button. You can buy it on Amazon for $6. I might have to order a couple just to have on hand for gift-giving opportunities.

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Windows 7 “GodMode”

Windows 7 “GodMode”

Although its name suggests perhaps even grander capabilities, Windows enthusiasts are excited over the discovery of a hidden "GodMode" feature that lets users access all of the operating system's control panels from within a single folder. To enter "GodMode," one need only create a new folder and then rename the folder to the [...]

Top Gear does a “sensible” roadtest

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Original blueprints of the Eiffel Tower

Original blueprints of the Eiffel Tower

At the Eiffel Tower's official web site, you can check out scans of the original blueprints created by Gustave Eiffel in preparation for the 1889 World's Fair. The famous tower in Paris was the source of much controversy (many thought its skeletal design ruined the classical cityscape) and remained the tallest structure in the world until the [...]

Rockit Fuel

Rockit Fuel

It is just guarana, glucose, and orange flavor. I guess it's big in the UK and recently some guys bought US distribution rights. Although, I do have a feeling the FDA will get their panties in a bundle when they catch wind of this; And I would love to see a commercial for this stuff. Parent reactions would be epic. (more…)

Infographic: The complete and astounding history of storage

Infographic: The complete and astounding history of storage

Geekologie's superb "Evolution of Storage" infographic traces the history of data, music and photo storage from the wax cylinder to the 2TB hard drive. I think I'll print this out and hang it on the wall of my office, for the same reason poets kept skulls on their writing desks*: "this too shall pass, all is hubris and folly, the future rushes up [...]

Visualizing the decline of empires

Visualizing empires decline by Pedro M Cruz, who explains: "The data refers to the evolution of the top 4 maritime empires of the XIX and XX centuries by extent. The visual emphasis is on their decline." Here's more on the data and methodology.

Subversive anti-cancer cross-stitch kits

Subversive anti-cancer cross-stitch kits

For survivors-to-be whose healing arsenal includes attitude. I dedicate this post, on this particular day, to Gloria Rosa Linda, who is going to beat the living shit out of breast cancer. Sewing kits range from $12 to $20, depending on what materials you'd like to include. The folks behind this made bracelets, too, but not for sale. "Just to [...]

HOWTO: Defend yourself at gun point

HOWTO: Build a home server in a whisky bottle

HOWTO: Build a home server in a whisky bottle

Jason Marton was looking for a quieter, hidden home server. So, naturally, he built one into a whisky bottle that blends in with his existing dry bar. Over at hack weblog MetkuMods, Jason Marton explains how he created a personal PC or home server inside of a discarded and (obviously) empty whisky bottle. Although it isn't the first thing one [...]

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