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Author Archive: Paul Strauss

Dress Your Wounds with Pepperoni Pizza

Dress Your Wounds with Pepperoni 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.

Store Your Floppy Disk Coasters in a Wooden Floppy Drive

Store Your Floppy Disk Coasters in a Wooden Floppy Drive
Do you long for the days when software shipped on a bunch of floppy disks? Yeah, me either. But I do have a soft spot in my heart for collecting retro technology and art that celebrates it out of a sense of nostalgia.

These R2-D2 Leggings Are a Good Motivator

These R2-D2 Leggings Are a Good Motivator
It’s been a few months since I’ve seen R2-D2 rolling around, but the last thing I remember, he was still shaped like a garbage can on wheels. Well, I guess our little Astromech droid has been hitting the gym because he’s looking quite slim and leggy these days.

Turkey Dinner Candy Corn Is Like Willy Wonka’s 3-Course Dinner Gum

Turkey Dinner Candy Corn Is Like Willy Wonka’s 3-Course Dinner Gum
Remember that scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory when Violet Beauregard chomps down on the 3-course dinner chewing gum? Well, this is kind of like that, though it’s not going to turn you blue when you get to dessert.

Darth Vader Chrome Ceramic Mug: The Shiny Side of the Dark Side of the Force

Darth Vader Chrome Ceramic Mug: The Shiny Side of the Dark Side of the Force
Star Wars fans, what’s better than sipping coffee from a Darth Vader helmet mug? Sipping coffee from a chrome-finish Darth Vader helmet mug. The Sith Lord’s black outfit is so shiny you could comb your hair in its reflection, but this mug is even more reflective thanks to its mirrored ceramic finish.

This Creepy LEGO Spider Mech is Made from Minifig Bodies

This Creepy LEGO Spider Mech is Made from Minifig Bodies
Do you like creepy, crawly stuff? Then this LEGO construction should give you quite the thrill, as it’s about as gnarly looking as anything we’ve ever seen built from bricks. This awesomely creepy black widow mech was created by LEGO artist Markus Rollbühler, who put it together for Creations for Charity, a non-profit organization that raises funds for underprivileged children during the holidays by selling LEGO builds donated by its community.

Excel at Sipping Coffee with the Spreadsheet Shortcut Mug

Excel at Sipping Coffee with the Spreadsheet Shortcut Mug
I like to think I’m pretty adept at Microsoft Excel.  Whenever I show some neophyte how to use a Pivot Table, I feel like a spreadsheet god. Despite my skills at manipulating rows, columns, formulas, and macros, I don’t have all the Excel keyboard shortcuts memorized.

The Thumby Is the World’s Smallest Game Boy

The Thumby Is the World’s Smallest Game Boy
The whole point of game systems like the Nintendo Game Boy was to make them small enough to carry in your pocket and play on the go. But what if you’ve got really tiny pockets?.. or really tiny fingers?

This Skull-Shaped Toilet Wants You to Sit on Its Head

This Skull-Shaped Toilet Wants You to Sit on Its Head
When is a toilet not just a toilet? When it’s the best toilet ever! An eagle-eyed shopper spotted this skull-shaped toilet at a hardware store somewhere in Europe, and now I must have one for my bathroom.

5-Foot Inflatable Chucky Doll Is Ready to Terrorize Your Neighborhood

5-Foot Inflatable Chucky Doll Is Ready to Terrorize Your Neighborhood
From what I recall, Chucky was only three feet tall in the movies, and he was quite the tiny terror at that size. So can you imagine what sort of damage the little devil could do if he were five feet tall?

These Wireless Charging Mats Look Like SEGA Game Controllers

These Wireless Charging Mats Look Like SEGA Game Controllers
Back in the day, I was a serious SEGA fanboy. The SEGA Genesis and Dreamcast are still two of my favorite video game consoles of all time, the Japanese brand offering an outsider’s approach to gaming, releasing offbeat and edgy titles that Nintendo and Sony wouldn’t have dreamed of at the time.

Are You Ready for a Robot Massage Therapist?

Are You Ready for a Robot Massage Therapist?
Back before COVID-19, I used to love going to the massage therapist to have the knots and kinks worked out of my perpetually stiff back. Now, the idea of being locked in a room with a virtual stranger putting their hands all over me is kind of worrisome.

VHS Pillowcases and Duvets: Be Kind, Relax and Rewind

VHS Pillowcases and Duvets: Be Kind, Relax and Rewind
While VHS tapes clearly won the format war against Betamax, I was always more of a Beta fan because I’ve always been an outsider-slash-tech snob. Regardless of the kind of videotape you chose back in the day, your blank tapes almost certainly came in a boldly designed box with colorful line art graphics.

Freddy Krueger Fire Pit Is the Stuff of Nightmares

Freddy Krueger Fire Pit Is the Stuff of Nightmares
One, Two, Freddy’s coming for you… Three, Four, better lock your door… Those simple words still send chills down my spine. After all, Freddy Krueger is one of the scariest villains in the history of horror flicks.

Sub-Zero Has These Human Spine Candles on His Dining Table

Sub-Zero Has These Human Spine Candles on His Dining Table
Think your 12-foot-tall skeleton display is the creepiest Halloween display on the block? You might have to up your game by this year with something even more disturbing than a giant skinless corpse. When you’re setting the dinner table for guests, light up some of these spine-chilling human spine candles.

Jetpack Backpack Launches Kids Back to School

Jetpack Backpack Launches Kids Back to School
Kids may have already headed back to school for the year, but they can always use some new gear. When you send them off to school for the day, you want them to feel confident and happy.