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Super Mario Stained Glass Ornaments 1up Any Space

Super Mario Stained Glass Ornaments 1up Any Space
Out of all of the power-ups in video game history, the mushrooms in the Super Mario Bros. series are among the most iconic. I always liked to think that they taste more like marshmallow fluff than mushrooms, but that’s just because that’s what the mushrooms in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory looked like they were made from when Mike Teavee’s mom takes a bite of one.

This Guy Built a 7-Variety Nut Bar for Neighborhood Squirrels

This Guy Built a 7-Variety Nut Bar for Neighborhood Squirrels
For those of us growing a veggie garden or feeding birds in our yards, we typically think of squirrels as pests. But they’re living creatures too, and would simply prefer that we fed them nuts if we could.
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Someone Built a Guitar from Ramen Noodles

Someone Built a Guitar from Ramen Noodles
While I prefer my ramen noodles to be made fresh these days, there were many times back in college when instant ramen was as staple food, due to its incredible ease of cooking and budget pricing.

Spaceballs: The LEGO Set

Spaceballs: The LEGO Set
These days, it’s impossible to look back at the movies of the great Mel Brooks without somebody getting their panties in a bunch about their lack of political correctness. To that, I say, “lighten up.” Comedy is supposed to push boundaries, and poke fun at people’s sensitivities and societal norms.

These Ceramic Bookends Look Like More Books

These Ceramic Bookends Look Like More Books
If you like to read, you probably have at least a few books lying around and not neatly placed on bookshelves. There are lots and lots of choices for bookends to keep them tidy, but I really like the idea of these bookends that look like books.

There’s a Back to the Future Playmobil Set

There’s a Back to the Future Playmobil Set
Growing up, I was always more of a LEGO kid than a Playmobil kid. I always liked how LEGO bricks and minifigs left more to the imagination than Playmobil, so I felt I could be more creative with their toys.

This 3D Printed Measuring Cube Should Be in Every Kitchen

This 3D Printed Measuring Cube Should Be in Every Kitchen
If you like to cook, it’s important that you measure your ingredients properly. It’s especially critical for baking. That said, every kitchen needs a set of measuring spoons and cups. Here’s a cool design for a kitchen gadget which combines a variety of measurement sizes into a single cube.

This Stand Turns Your Amazon Echo Dot into Baby Yoda

This Stand Turns Your Amazon Echo Dot into Baby Yoda
It’s hard not to love Baby Yoda aka The Child from The Mandalorian. How can you not be gaga about this adorable and precocious little dude that also possesses the power of the Force? Just one look at those big eyes staring up at you, and your heart will melt.

This Tiny Robot Beetle Runs on Methanol Instead of Electricity

This Tiny Robot Beetle Runs on Methanol Instead of Electricity
When it comes to robots, most of them are powered by batteries or plug-in electricity, which in turn drive servos or other motors. But if you’re trying to build insect-sized robots, it’s tough for them to get around them without an external power source.

How to Use 7-Segment LEDs Not as They Were Intended

How to Use 7-Segment LEDs Not as They Were Intended
Those familiar red 7-segment LEDs are designed to each display an individual digit, or if you’re 8-year-old me, maybe to string together some letters, like “8008135” that I used to think was me being clever with my old Texas Instruments calculator.

Celebrate Your Pixel Art Love with These Colorful Plexiglass Sprites

Celebrate Your Pixel Art Love with These Colorful Plexiglass Sprites
Those of us who grew up playing video games back in the 1980s have a special place in our hearts for the pixel art characters from the 8-bit arcade and home console world. From Pac-Man to Dig Dug to Donkey Kong to Galaga, game artists had to really stretch their creativity and imagination to give us memorable and identifiable characters using the most primitive of blocks and limited color schemes.

Give Yourself a Hand with This Wooden Robot Hand Kit

Give Yourself a Hand with This Wooden Robot Hand Kit
Sometimes things are just a little too far away for you to reach with your monkey paws. While you could just move your lazy butt off of the couch, you could also just use one of those reacher claws you sometimes see old people using.

The World’s Smallest Ham Radio Can Fit on a Keychain

The World’s Smallest Ham Radio Can Fit on a Keychain
Since the advent of e-mail, the internet, and text messaging, the need for amateur radio communication has definitely diminished. But there’s still a small but dedicated group of enthusiasts out there who enjoy communicating via amateur radio, also known as “Ham radio.”

Dress Your Wounds with Pizza

Dress Your Wounds with Pizza
Did you get a boo-boo on your finger? Don’t be normal and wrap it in an ordinary Band-Aid. Instead, be a surrealist and protect your cuts and scrapes with a slice of pizza. No silly, not actual searing hot pizza.

In Case of Emergency, Your Airplane Can Be Used as a Flotation Device

In Case of Emergency, Your Airplane Can Be Used as a Flotation Device
Unless you happen to be in a seaplane, if your airplane lands in the water, you’re probably in big trouble. The only other exception is if your airplane is actually an inflatable pool float, like this air-filled jumbo jet.

Someone Made a Fence out of iPhones: iFence

Someone Made a Fence out of iPhones: iFence
If you’ve ever owned an iPhone, you know how expensive they can be. So you can imagine how much it would cost to decorate a fence with thousands of them. Apparently, that’s what one guy in Vietnam has done, embellishing the exterior of his house with iPhone after iPhone.
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