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Archive for July 2022

Building a Massive 2-Ton, $100,000 Thor’s Hammer

Building a Massive 2-Ton, $100,000 Thor’s Hammer
Because dream it, and, with enough funding, you can achieve it, the gang at the Hacksmith channel on YouTube went and constructed a massive 2-ton version of Thor’s Hammer, Mjolnir. Admittedly, that is probably the largest Thor’s hammer I have ever seen.

Omega Mart’s Claw Machine Is Filled With Unwrapped Butter

Omega Mart’s Claw Machine Is Filled With Unwrapped Butter
Art collective Meow Wolf’s immersive art exhibit Omega Mart in Las Vegas is full of surprises, and new to the store’s lineup of WTF-ery comes Butter Frenzy 2 – a claw machine full of unwrapped sticks of butter you can win.

Modder Runs DOOM on Electronic Badge from ElectroMagnetic Field Festival

Modder Runs DOOM on Electronic Badge from ElectroMagnetic Field Festival
Because there’s a festival for everything, programmer Phil Ashby went and took an electronic badge from the 2022 ElectroMagnetic Field Festival (aka EMF Camp) and got it to run DOOM. I am not surprised. I also won’t be surprised when somebody manages to run DOOM on my Casio watch; it’s simply the natural progression of things.

A Cat Collar with an Integrated Laser Pointer: Hours of Feline Fun

A Cat Collar with an Integrated Laser Pointer: Hours of Feline Fun
Because there are few things in life a cat loves more than chasing lasers, the KiTiDOT Collar (affiliate link) is a cat collar with an integrated laser pointer that points down at the floor in front of your cat so they can chase that little red dot to their heart’s content.

Mad Scientists Use Wolf Spider Carcasses as Robotic Grippers

Mad Scientists Use Wolf Spider Carcasses as Robotic Grippers
A group of researchers at Texas’s Rice University have developed a method of turning wolf spider carcasses into robotic grippers, making the legs open and extend when a small amount of air is applied inside the carcass and close and grip when the air is drawn back out.

Man Replaces Mazda Miata’s Steering Wheel with Nintendo Wii Wheel Controller

Man Replaces Mazda Miata’s Steering Wheel with Nintendo Wii Wheel Controller
Presumably, to prove that Mario Kart can be used as a realistic driving simulator when coupled with the Nintendo Wii Wheel, TikTok user Tyler Atkin created the ‘Wiiata,’ a Mazda Miata with its steering wheel replaced with the Wii peripheral.

Submachine Gun Attached to AliExpress Robot Dog: The Robopacalypse Nears

Submachine Gun Attached to AliExpress Robot Dog: The Robopacalypse Nears
Because terrible ideas come in all shapes, sizes, and price points, someone bought a $3,000 robot dog (knocked-off of Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini) on AliExpress, then went and strapped a Russian PP-19 Vityaz submachine gun to the top of it.

Realistic Heart Flower Vase: Love In Bloom

Realistic Heart Flower Vase: Love In Bloom
The Love In Bloom porcelain flower vase is shaped like a realistic human heart, complete with ventricles, atria, and arteries. Made by Seletti and available on Amazon (affiliate link), the heart measures approximately 4″ x 7″ x 10″, making it bigger than mine, and significantly larger than the Grinch’s.

The MARS Project ONE is a $9,000 Watch That Tells The Time on Earth and Mars

The MARS Project ONE is a $9,000 Watch That Tells The Time on Earth and Mars
The $9,125 MARS Project ONE Dual Time Zone Watch from Behrens tells the time simultaneously in two different time zones: one on Earth and one on Mars. You know, because it’s always important to know if you’re going to be late for a Martian meeting.

LEGO Builds a 14-Foot, 663,900 Piece 1:1 Scale Bowser for Comic-Con

LEGO Builds a 14-Foot, 663,900 Piece 1:1 Scale Bowser for Comic-Con
To promote the upcoming release of its Mighty Bowser build set, LEGO went and constructed a massive 14-foot animatronic 1:1 scale replica of the reptilian villain, made up of over 663,900 pieces. Wow, now that’s a lot of pieces!

Heinz Fry Spoonz: For Maximum Ketchup Load

Heinz Fry Spoonz: For Maximum Ketchup Load
Some people believe french fries are just a vehicle to get ketchup to your mouth. My dad is one of those people. And in news that’s sure to make his day – then ruin it when he realizes you have to be a UK resident to enter – Heinz is giving away free Fry Spoonz to lucky participants in its National Fry Day contest (available to enter HERE).

Researchers Develop Octopus Sucker Glove for Grasping Objects Underwater

Researchers Develop Octopus Sucker Glove for Grasping Objects Underwater
Researchers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech (my alma mater!), led by Assistant Professor Michael Bartlett, have developed the Octa-Glove, a glove with octopus-like suckers on the fingers designed for firmly grasping objects underwater without requiring grip strength.

The Astronaut Rabbit Side Table/Tissue Holder Is a Real Product That Exists

The Astronaut Rabbit Side Table/Tissue Holder Is a Real Product That Exists
The day has finally come: the astronaut rabbit butler side table/tissue holder we’ve all been waiting for is finally available for sale! And to think of all the sleepless nights I’ve had to endure just waiting for it.

Harry Potter LED Candle with Wand Remote: Incendio!

Harry Potter LED Candle with Wand Remote: Incendio!
Because who doesn’t like make-believing they can do magic, FireBox is selling this Harry Potter Candle With Wand Remote. The candle features the Hogwarts insignia embossed on the front, and a touch of the wand’s button turns its LED on or off.

UFO Abduction Night Light: Take Me to Your Sleeper

UFO Abduction Night Light: Take Me to Your Sleeper
Inspired by the classic UFO shape perpetuated by old sci-fi films (real alien spaceships don’t look anything like this), this UFO LED Night Light is the perfect accessory to let aliens know you’re ready and willing to be abducted and join their human zoo.

IV Drip Automatic Plant Waterer: Intensive Plant Care

IV Drip Automatic Plant Waterer: Intensive Plant Care
Because plant care is tricky for some people, FireBox is selling this Mini Plant Life Support system, an IV drip bag that automatically waters your plant so you don’t accidentally kill them with neglect. Nurse – 50ccs of TLC, STAT!